Our School Journal-Entry 4

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…

My garden is growing! You have no idea what a miracle that is for me. I kill every plant I even think about tending. I think they see me coming and say to themselves, “I’d rather die.” But this year, I actually haven’t killed anything yet, and my seeds have actually sprouted: sweet peas, garden beans, leaf lettuce, morning glories, and some other flowers. Also, many of our farming/gardening friends have been bringing to us produce from their gardens. We’ve had spinach, lettuce, broccoli, and asparagus–fresh from the garden, freshly steamed, and delicious!

In our homeschool this week…

We are wrapping up J and K this week, and really wrapping up the alphabet as well. We only have V, W, X, Y, Z, and Q. (A Beka saves X and Q for Kindergarten, but we’re going to go ahead and learn them). Since we are covering two letters a week now, that only leaves us with about three more weeks of the alphabet. We started working on addition this week, as well.

I also learned a few things in our homeschool this week, particularly with my toddler. It’s hard for me to understand her sometimes. One day, she will out-color her brother–staying in the lines, coloring in one direction; then the next day, it’s like she’s never colored before–all doodles and polka-dots. Well, one day this week, I actually scolded her for doodling on a coloring page (because I know she can do better), and she burst into tears. By God’s grace, I very quickly recognized what I had done. I had criticized what she thought was beautiful, in essence telling her she had ruined what she thought she was embellishing. She is very definitely my creative child, and I had just undermined the person God had made her to be.

I told her that I was sorry, in the same manner we have taught them to say it: “I was wrong. Please forgive me.” And then, once she had forgiven me, I gave more specific directions for her coloring pages. “Please practice coloring first, and then you may doodle on the back of your sheet.” Thus, the back of just about all of her pages this week have had doodles and her own attempt at tracing her hand.

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

We have a very full weekend. Tonight and tomorrow night we have fellowships with the two Sunday School classes that my husband, who is an associate pastor, oversees. Then Sunday, there is a large church fellowship, followed by our revival on Monday and Tuesday nights. When my son asked for a picnic last night, I was able to tell him, “Not tonight, but we’ll have lots of picnics this weekend!” Lord-willing, the weather will hold out.

My favorite thing this week was…

My Nook Color! In addition to the apps for children’s puzzles, I’ve also downloaded some audiobooks for it. The kids love my Nook as much as I do, and it is a real treat when they see the card for it in their pockets. We’ve also enjoyed the Highlights subscription that my mother-in-law got for the kids. The Highlights website has an audio link where the entire magazine is read to your child! It’s a great last activity of the day, while I’m trying to put the school room back in order. (Bonus: You don’t have to have a subscription to listen to the audio. Check it out!)

What’s working/not working for us…

Having the kids learning together has really been amazing. My little one has learned more than I ever thought she would, and my son loves helping her. She loves to say my son’s consonant chart, repeating all of the consonant sounds and clue words “all by herself.” When she gets stumped, she gives her brother a covert sideways glance, and it’s his cue to give a little help. So cute to watch!

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

I love the opportunity that homeschooling has provided for getting to know my children, really getting to know them–their personalities, their learning styles, their frustrations. I really feel I have learned so much about them over the last few months.

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

I’ve shared lots of pictures of our week with the kids, so I thought I’d share a few non-homeschool links I have especially enjoyed this week.

10 Minutes Every Hour (or Parenting a Wild Child): this post really had my heart prepared for the situation that came up with my daughter’s coloring pages. I was really challenged by the thought of being my children’s Mordecai.

MODsquad Blog (Mothers of Daughters): I found this blog just this week, and it has been so inspirational. I’ve long been following Warrior Prayers for my son, but this one for my daughter has been exactly what I needed. Happy Weekend!

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5 thoughts on “Our School Journal-Entry 4

  1. I get excited when my things grow too! I always kill things I have a black thumb..lol

    • Post Author Tracy

      Yes! That’s me! My kids are so excited. My son said the other day, “We don’t have to have a pretend garden anymore, Mommy.”

  2. I’m enjoying all the green stuff growing, too!

  3. Our garden is sprouting too! I also have a black thumb! Congrats!

  4. What an amazing reflection. How wonderful to be able to look back and read past journal entries. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, ideas, and feelings with us.

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