Our School Journal-Entry 3

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…

Sniffles, itchy eyes, sneezes, and–allergies. The kids had them pretty badly this week, especially the little one. But every time I was about to throw the towel in and call it quits, my son would look up from his chair and remind me, “I’m doing a good job, Mommy. I love school.” And I’d suddenly remember why I decided to start schooling in the first place:  my son wants to learn.

In our homeschool this week…

We really did have fun with rainbows. My son learned ROY G. BIV; but if you ask him what colors are in a rainbow, he’ll give them to you backwards beginning with purple. Yes, purple. I could not get him to say violet. He finally compromised with me and called it violet purple.

We learned R and F, and we began learning about addition.

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

I’m really hoping to be able to fit in a trip to pick strawberries.

My favorite thing this week was…

My son’s rendition of “The Ugly Duckling.” We checked out the audiobook from the library and listened to it together this week. When my husband asked the kids about the story, my son told him that the ugly duckling bit the monster’s head off.

Hmmm. Sounds like the little swan and Incredible Hulk had a wrestling match…and the green monster lost?

What’s working/not working for us…

Our “Cozy Corner” worked well for us this week. I often find the kids playing with the flashcards or looking through the books, even after school time is over. My son was even trying to teach his sister the sight word “a.” But she was not a willing learner this week, which is another reason “Cozy Corner” worked so well.

When she was just too miserable and stuffy to concentrate on coloring her pages, I let her go to the corner and learn just by being with us. She contentedly played there while I worked with my son. I was glad to see the basket working exactly as I’d hoped it would.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

Initial review of Homeschool Skedtrack planner: love it as a grade book and assignment scheduler; hate it for teaching plans. Scratching my head as to whether I want to go with an editable pdf or computer application (i.e. Planbook). I love the concept behind Homeschool Creation’s Weekly Planner, but I also really like having the flexibility to move lessons around without having to redo the whole year’s plans.

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

Little One getting "cozy" in the "corner"
Fishing for words

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6 thoughts on “Our School Journal-Entry 3

  1. Oh I really like the cozy corner-and enjoyed the school room tour, thank you! I hope your dd is feeling better-we’ve been sick here, too!

  2. Love the idea of a cozy corner. For lesson planning have you tried Homeschool Tracker Plus? We’ve used it for years. I love that they include videos to help you figure out how to use it. Not easy but worth it.

    • Post Author Tracy

      I looked at it briefly just now, and it appears to have some great features. It actually looks similar to Homeschool Skedtrack. Unfortunately, it does not run on a Mac without some extra software. But thanks for the suggestion–and for PC users, it is worth a peak: http://www.homeschooltracker.com/

  3. I struggle with a planner as well. Right now I use iCal on my computer, but would love something that will update and move an entire week or month of lessons around.

    • Post Author Tracy

      You might look at the Planbook application. They offer a free trial. I love the interface and the lesson planning features. It will allow you to bump lessons to different days or insert a No-school day into a schedule. It will even allow you to reload lesson plans for different school years. I also love that you can include document files and web links right into the lesson plan. However, it does not have any features for grade books and reports. Just depends on what you are looking for.

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