Homeschool Mom's Journal

For Today... 

evening of October 22nd, 2015

Outside my window...

the night sky is lit up by street lamps.

I am thinking...

how quickly this week went by and that I missed my weekly post that was due yesterday!

I am thankful...

for such an understanding and supportive husband.

I am wearing...

pajamas because I should be in bed. 

I am creating...

memories with my children. 

I am going...

to an American Heritage presentation in the morning and then a friend's house to work on a homeschool project and then I'd be happy to not go anywhere for a week. 

I am wondering...

if I will be able to keep track of what we do in our homeschool without blogging! Maybe the regular stuff that's scheduled out for me, but the fun stuff? I think I will miss documenting our homeschool. 

I am reading... 

15 Laws of Invaluable Growth, by John Maxwell. I'm moving through this turtle slow because growth... well, it is hard. 

I am hoping...

to get some work done that needs done in the house and to finish tidying soon, and also for good friends to come spend Thanksgiving with us. 

I am learning...

that slow and steady wins the race. 

In my kitchen... 

dinner tonight was mama's famous meatloaf (p. 157) with buttered broccoli sprinkled with nutritional yeast, and while waiting for the meatloaf to cook, I browned burger for cheeseburger pie (p. 149) and made homemade spaghetti sauce for lazy lasagna (p. 140) for tomorrow and Sabbath. 

dessert tonight (and all day) was pay off day candies (p. 381)

All from the new Trim Healthy Mama cookbook, which I looove!
If you order from THM, I'd so appreciate it if you used my THM affiliate link. :) 

In the homeschool room... 

the Landmark Books I ordered finally came yesterday, so today we jumped in where we are at in History and read chapter 9 (The British Take a Collision Course) and chapter 10 (Americans Declare Their Independence). We also finished the last five chapters of Toliver's Secret and read The Winter at Valley Forge. That takes us up through Week 8 or so in Core D&E. Malachi read The Journal of Willian Thomas Emerson: A Revolutionary War Patriot (from the Dear America series). 

We are rowing The Hatmaker's Sign... we did printmaking for art this week and each made a sign for our colonial shop. Tomorrow, we will start a project from the Heroes of History study guide for Ben Franklin. We are making a diorama (of sorts) of a home that Ben Franklin improved. 

We've also been rowing I Am an Artist. Today, Bo took apart the seed pods that we collected from a nature walk and counted the beans inside the pods. I'd like to do a nature study with the older kids on the tree they came from as soon as I figure what the tree is called. Earlier this week, we did an art project on texture. I think we should either make cloud cookies or do a whipped cream sensory tub for a fun edible tie-in. 

We also read Week 7 in Sonlight P4/5 and Bo finished his Developing the Early Learner (DEL) Book 1 (ahead of schedule) and we did lowercase j and k this week in All About Reading Pre-reading

Bo initiates school now, knowing that he needs to do his school before he can play chess on the iPad. In fact, he will even look at the logbook to see what he has to do now. :) Luke had him play in the 4th-5th grade tournament and he made it quite a ways before he was eliminated. Malachi and Eliana are both still in and play tomorrow to wrap up the tournament.   

I bought Bo a colorful abacus from Rainbow Resource and it arrived yesterday. He loves it so much! He carries it around with him, sets it beside him while he plays, and uses it frequently to count on. One time it had 98 and the next time it had 102. I showed him how to count by tens on it and that it always has 100. :) I need ideas on how to use it while he's still excited about it! 

We are plugging along nicely in all other subjects. 

A peek into one of my days...

a fro-yo date with Malachi. We loved the color-changing spoon. :) 

We shared so I could sneak a few bites - I loved the Mango Tango sorbet with Bottlecaps, but shhh. 

One of my favorite things...


  1. I hope you keep blogging about homeschooling. I know it helps me to see that we get a lot more done than I realize!

    1. Thank you for your encouragement, Megan! We'll see! :)

  2. Thank you for sharing some of your menu :) Ahh...pajamas, my favorite attire! Fun color changing spoon! I know my girls would love to see that at a yogurt shop. Sweet picture of you and Eliana :)

    1. This is the fro-yo shop I texted you from that reminded me of our time together in CA! :)