Our School Journal-Entry 5

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…

What a crazy week! We’ve had something going on every night this week. Tonight will actually be the only night this week where we don’t have anything planned, and we’re trying to plan a family outing into town. Anyone else like that?  Where you never see a free evening as an evening to do nothing, but rather as an opening for another activity? But I love our crazy life.

In our homeschool this week…

V and W were the letters this week, and my little man is reading like crazy. He also has done really well with addition. We’ve learned 1+1 to 1+5 and he knows them! I’ve mixed the flashcards and done them orally (mixed order and with nothing to look at)–and he got them all right!

This is such an exciting stage with both of them so eager to learn, with minds so open to everything. I praise God, I have the opportunity to be the one filling those little minds.

And I finished my lesson plans for this summer, all 12 weeks! Ya-hooo! I still have to put together some teaching notes, but the assignments are all plotted out. I used the editable planner from Homeschool Creations (see the link in the right sidebar?) and I must say I LOVE it. It was so easy to use and looks very neat and orderly–all printed up and in my binder. That is, until we start using it and life spills over on to it with all of it’s scrollings and additional notes and changes and… Well, you all have seen what that looks like.

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

We always have places to go and people to see. This weekend we have a meal planned with the Senior Citizens in our church. The kids especially enjoy this activity.

My favorite thing this week was…

Little feet pitter-patter across the hardwood floor and I sigh. It’s supposed to be “quiet time.”

“Mom,” he peaks his head around the door to the room where I am working and then squeezes through the opening. “I just have one thing to tell you. ‘Hey’ and ‘say’ rhyme.”

What’s working/not working for us…

I chose the sight word “the” this week and placed the word card for it in a different pocket each day. Each day, he had to find it and read it. By the end of the week, he was reading the word in sentences with no problem–and no painful repetition.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

I just purchased my first mini-unit from Harmony of Fine Arts to use this summer: Senses Nature Study and VanGogh/Handel. I love what I see and can’t wait to get into it!

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

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.”~ Harriet Braiker

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5 thoughts on “Our School Journal-Entry 5

  1. love that quote about striving for excellence versus striving for perfection. such truth in that! Please do more posts about the art unit and let us know how you like it…it sounds intriguing. stopping by from the HMJ linky. have a wonderful week! Katie

    • Post Author Tracy

      Hey, Katie. Thanks for stopping by! I’d love to do some posts on the art and music. I’m very excited about it. We’ll probably start getting into it toward the first of June. I plan on starting our summer schedule on June 6. So check back with me!

  2. Busy week! I don’t know if this would help you, but I read about one homeschool mom who kept two planners. In one, she did lesson plans for the whole year, the way she’d like it to be. In the other, she recorded each day’s actual work. This way, she could see where she actually was in relation to where she wanted to be, and adjust accordingly. I just thought that seemed so much easier than constantly “moving.”

    I didn’t want to purchase a two huge planners for this, so I just made tables in word for each subject. You could easily use the Homeschool Creations planner, but it just didn’t work for us because we school based on my husband’s rotating schedule.

    Stopping by from THMJ!

  3. I enjoy reading your post
    Have a great week

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