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Homeschool Journal | January 2017

In my life this month…

I set one goal for this year which is also my word of the year: healing.

In choosing my goal, I kept the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting principle in mind so that it is:
  • Specific: First, my body through nutrition - GAPS to heal and seal my gut and whole food supplements from Standard Process that feed my body...
  • Measurable: How will I know I've healed? I will have energy and feel good. I want to feel as good as I did when I was 18!
  • Attainable: I think this is attainable if I am diligent to care about myself and spend the money (real whole food supplements and real whole organic food is not cheap).
  • Realistic: I think this is realistic if I follow my nutrition protocols - even the feeling like I'm 18 again!
  • Timely: I want to give myself a 3 year time period for my body to heal itself. This may seem like a long time, but what's 3 years? Especially if I will feel great at the end! The Forbidden Doctor helped me see this. This year will simply be the first step to healing. 
My marriage needs healing, too. I had no idea when I married my husband that he was a minimalist. I didn't even know what a minimalist was 13 years ago. I am very practical about the stuff I bring into our home and generally only buy things that are useful, but we have too much stuff. I cannot write out the specifics of this goal yet, because my first healing goal is critical to this one - I need energy to clean and declutter, and I need his understanding.

In our homeschool this month…

We are reading These Happy Golden Years (aff) and doing the lessons in Prairie Primer.

We finished Lesson 8 in IEW Student Writing Intensive A (working in Unit 3). I have finished through Unit 4 in the Teaching Writing Structure and Style (TWSS) series.

We are plugging along and where we need to be in all our other subjects - except Science.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

Eliana has a birthday this month. She will turn 10 so to celebrate double digits I am planning to take her to get her ears pierced.

My favorite thing this month…

Laura and Almanzo get married in These Happy Golden Years, so we are planning to make a wedding cake! I hope to teach the kids some cake decorating skills, too.

What’s not working for us…

Over planning - adding extra science to Prairie Primer has proved to be too much.

Math for Bo? He is half way through MUS Beta and while it's working, he's ready for a break (or something different?).

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

I'm pondering curriculum choices for next year. It's a good thing I don't have the money to buy anything yet - I fall in love with one thing one day and something totally different the next, ha!

I thought about using Simply Charlotte Mason's Free Curriculum Guide to plan my year - I have several delightful living books in my cart right now, but then I am reminded of all the wonderful benefits of having something planned out for me with a boxed curriculum and start to doubt. I am more focused when my energy can go into implementing curriculum, rather than planning and scheduling it.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…


I took this photo for my most recent review, but I wanted to say how much I love this photo. Bo's beautiful long eye lashes, his warm pink cheeks from just waking up from a nap, his willing smile, and him all cozy on my bedroom chair all remind me of the two days he slept cuddled by my side with a fever. Both boys were sick in bed for two days with a mild flu - just a fever and body aches and no throwing up, thankfully. But, I miss him snuggling me all day!

On my blog in case you missed it…

MyWinter Bucket List | 52 Lists
Little Town on the Prairie | Prairie Primer
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Currently | December 2016
Throwback Thursday | Blog Style
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