Friday, March 2, 2012

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week...
I have felt particularly grumpy and grumbly this past week.  I shouldn't have been, and I tried to keep it to myself most of the time.  It didn't work all the time though because my grumpiness did rub off onto my kids a little bit.  I can always tell when I'm off because it really does set them off and before we know it we're all grumbling at each other.  We did have some good times this week too though.

In our homeschool this week...
We mostly worked on our solar system lapbooks, and have been learning a little bit about the planets.  We played some games like candyland, and star wars guess who.  We read some Dr. Seuss books.  I stewed a great deal about what kinds of things we could do on Dr. Seuss's birthday, but couldn't decide what to do.  We ended up reading The cat in the hat goes to outer space, and gluing planets on a big poster board to show our solar system.  It turned out to be a fun project.  Not the big hoopla I had hoped for, but it tied in well with all the other space things we were doing.  We also colored lots of Dr. Seuss hats throughout the week.


Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share...
Keep it simple, and don't do things just to do them.  I think that's enough said.  Oh, and remember to laugh, especially during the grumpy days or weeks.

I am inspired by...
Mostly right now blogs, and pinterest.  I find so much inspiration from so many great homeschool blogs, and it keeps me going some days.

Places we're going and people we're seeing...
We had co-op on Monday.  Then we joined some of the co-op friends on Wednesday at sky high, a place where you can literally bounce of the walls.  The place is covered with trampolines, and they even have them on the sides.  The kids had a good time, and it was a good mid-week stress release.  The kids only jumped for an hour (you pay by the hour to jump), and they were worn out!  Then today (Friday) we had a homeschool field trip with a more local group to the Firestation.  That was a lot of fun.  It's always fun to see those big fire trucks.

My favorite thing this week was...
Surprising my kids by taking them to sky high.

Things I'm working on...
I made homemade laundry soap for the first time this week!  You can read about that adventure here at my family blog.

A photo to share...
I made this cat in the hat out of clay with my 3 year old.  He didn't like it.  Not the best clay creation, and we ran out of clay so that's why he has pipe cleaner hands and tail.  Maybe I'll stick to paper creations :-)



  1. Oh my is that Dr. Suess sculpture ever adorable!!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  2. I am loving Pinterest, too.

  3. What great advice. When I first starting I felt like I had to do every craft and reading and subject lesson that I saw and quickly learned that it just isn't possible I have to figure out what is best for my kiddos and go from there. Great tip!

  4. Hope your upcoming week is filled with lots more smiles! and less of the grumpies! We all get that way sometimes! :) I try to pinpoint whats causing it so i can fix it and get back to the case of the happies! :) hugs!


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