Our School Journal-Entry 2

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…

I’m gearing up for the next phase of our journey, transitioning from letters of the alphabet to actual phonics. That means, I’m trying to schedule out lessons for next week and four weeks from now at the same time. That also means, I’m getting to know new software. I’ve been piddling around with Homeschool Skedtrack, a free web-based planner, for a few weeks now but am really trying to put it to use this week. I like it, and I think it will be helpful. But what a time-consuming task it is!

I’ve also been launching this blog and am really excited about it. In just two days, I’ve had over a hundred views. Thanks everyone for stopping by!

In our homeschool this week…

I had A Beka Little Books 1-10 out on the couch, trying to schedule the next few weeks of our school, when my son comes in, sits down, and proceeds to read all ten books–even the letters we haven’t covered yet! Stinker. Now what am I going to do?

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

We had some friends over for lunch and a play date. What a sweet time of fellowship! Not to mention, I got to hold a 7 week old baby. Just precious.

My favorite thing this week was…

Our garden activities. We have really had a great time playing outside together, watering, and watching hopefully for things to sprout.

What’s working/not working for us…

I’ve been experimenting with new schedules. Up to this point, I’ve had the little one just tagging along in our lessons. But in a couple of weeks, we’ll be through all the letters of the alphabet and on to special sounds. It’s time to give them their own time–and I’m not sure yet how I want to do that. Hmmm. A lot of failed experiments this week. But I’m not discouraged; as Thomas Edison put it, I’ve just discovered a myriad number of ways it can’t be done!

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

“Hey Mom, let’s do an art-ivity.”–my son

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9 thoughts on “Our School Journal-Entry 2

  1. Nice to meet you! Saw your link on “The Homeschool Chick”. I have a reluctant reader on my hands so I too am experimenting and trying new things. I purchased two “Parent-Led” phonics workbooks from Currclick, but I’m also looking at the Go Phonics reading program. Each child learns so differently that it keeps me on my toes! I look forward to reading more on your new blog!

    • I hope your experimenting goes well. Isn’t that one of the graces of homeschooling, that we get to really learn our children and have the opportunity to teach them how to succeed? I hope to do a post soon on False Starts and Failures, what it takes to get on the right road to learning. Thanks for sharing your journey with me.

  2. I won’t use Skedtrack because of the time involved. I prefer paper planners.

    • I love the fact that it will reschedule everything if you skip a lesson–without having to redo pages of planning. I did figure out how to autogenerate past lessons for the days we’ve already done school. And that saved some time, but I also understand the appeal of paper. I’ll let you know how successful this venture turns out to be.

  3. I like that Edison quote!

  4. I love Homeschool skedtrack. It is time consuming to start with but once it is all entered, you are good to go. I love the fact that it just reschedules too.

  5. I use MCP Phonics for my four year old. He can read and write sentences now. There is no scheduling or planning time. It seems to work for us. We just do a couple pages per day. It has enough variety for him to keep him interested.

  6. Your blog looks great!

  7. Enjoy reading your blog.
    Have a great week.

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