In My Life This Week: I have been praying for a week where my crazy, busy life just slows down a bit and this week was it! We actually have been home every day to just do school. We have had very few places to go so most school days this past week were done in our jammies!
I have even been able to carve out some much needed scrapbook therapy time for myself as well as time for an an evening bubble bath or two!
One of the more exciting things I'm working on is updating my passport! I plan to join one of our church's mission teams to Africa next summer! My passport expired years ago so I have to get a new one.
In Our Homeschool This Week: We have gotten so much done! Every other Monday when Caleb (14) goes to work for one of the neighboring farmers, the two other kids and I decided to set the regular books aside and focus on some unit studies. Josh (11) is working on making a book of states, capitals and facts.
He got all the states that begin with "A" done this past week!
Carolyn (9) is just like I was at her age...a terrible speller! She made this lapbook into a poster that we have kept close by to use when she is stuck on a word.
Even though Caleb missed the unit study day on Monday, he just finished a chapter on the Revolutionary war, so he is making a poster out of an American Revolution lapbook. (We LOVE turning lapbooks into posters as well as books!) He plans to spend all day tomorrow (Friday) finishing it while he finishes watching Patriot!
Here are some of our favorite places to get lapbooks, notebooking materials and unit studies. Click on the pics to go to their sites!
I love all of the free lapbooks at Homeschoolshare! We have even used some in our Co-Op classes!
The Notebooking Fairy is also one of my favorite places for high quality notebooking pages!
I also wish I could afford everything that is not free from NotebookingPages.com!
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I Am Inspired By: The "sacrifices" made by all of the homeschooling moms in my area ~ and all of my cyber homeschooling friends too ~ who "give up" alone time, money and a clean house to give their children the best possible education they can! Why did I ever think my house would stay cleaner if I stayed home?! I have to admit, the laundry is more kept up and the kids do help with household chores more but at the end of the day, my house looks (almost) just like it did when we were all off going our own ways during the day.
Places We're Going and People We're Seeing: Tomorrow Caleb (14) and I are joining a few friends and their daughters to go to the "Follow The North Star" program at Conner Prarie a few hours away! We will actually become runaway slaves on the underground railroad at night! I can't wait to blog about the experience!
My Favorite Thing This Week Was: having a few afternoons to myself and a much less hurried pace!
What's Working for Us: I was delighted when one of the neighbors offered Caleb a job. He is not your typical 8th grader. His Asperger's can make some days down right unbearable. He can be a delighful, eager learner one minute and throwing things the next. Letting him learn valuable life skills from his new boss is priceless! He has helped load hogs as well as clean out grain bins! He always comes home exhausted, smelling like pigs and ready for a shower! One of the other perks is that he is getting paid $10 an hour so we now go to the bank once a week to deposit his check. Its been a great way to reinforce spending habits with him!
Questions / Thoughts I Have: A few nights ago I posted on my blog about the things I've learned since we started homeschooling. I thought thatI had thought of everything the evening I typed it but have to add a few more thoughts...
- I have learned that homeschooling families have to change the tiolet paper more often!
- There are NEVER enough snacks in the house!
- We are always running out of printer ink!
I'm Praying For: A wonderful friend of mine who is a single mom of 6 kiddos who may have to/ wants to start homeschooling her special needs daughter. I pray that God leads her to do what He has planned for her!
A fun pic of my kiddos from the costume party we had at church last night!
Caleb (left) won 3rd place for his Gilligan costume! He even had the show's theme song playing from his Fanny Pack! Josh's (middle) age group did not have a costume contest so he decided not to bother with a costume! Carolyn's age had Wacky Hair Night! She recycled her costume from last year and added almost every hair bow from the drawer to embellish her indian braids!
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