Homeschool Mother’s Journal: Back to School

In my life this week…

We started our 2012-13 school year! None of us felt ready to start, but getting the school room cleaned out and organized changed our minds. We were ready to spend time in that space! I’m now instructing a second grader and a fourth grader.

In our homeschool this week…

  • We have had a great time studying the Olympics. We’re looking at how the Games started and are watching highlights of historic moments in Olympic history as well as watching events highlights to see history happening now!
  • We’ve jumped into our math, language arts, and reading.
  • We started using We Choose Virtues in our homeschool, and it has made all the difference in the world. (More on that later. There’s a review and giveaway coming up in a few weeks!)
  • We have almost finished studying the book of Esther with Grapevine Studies. (Have you entered the giveaway? It ends tonight! There’s also a coupon code that’s good until the end of the month.)
  • We have started using notebooking regularly in our homeschool! ( is having a fantastic sale until August 10 if you’re interested. They have a lot to use FREE too!)

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Relax! Honestly, since I have quit stressing about everything we need to do, have gotten us organized, and have made the effort to focus on spending time with my children, our homeschooling has gone much better.

I am inspired by…

Everyone else who homeschools! I have yet to meet another homeschooling family who does not inspire me in some way. Every family is different and every situation is different, but I learn something from each one.

My favorite thing this week was…

We went bowling as a family when my husband got off work yesterday afternoon. (We’re taking advantage of the last few weeks of the Kids Bowl Free program.) We had a great time and set some family records!

What’s working/not working for us…

I’m most excited about the opportunity to use We Choose Virtues. Those resources combined with memorizing carefully chosen Scriptures have really helped my struggling learner this week. I’m so grateful!

Questions/thoughts I have…

I’m beginning to wonder how I can get more hours in my day again, which means it’s time to sit down, reassess what I’m doing, pray about it, and make a new list.

Things I’m working on…

Now that my school room is completely cleaned out and organized, I’m ready to do the same thing to the rest of my house. I’ve held onto some things for years and still haven’t used them. It’s time to get rid of the clutter!

I’m reading…

For my ongoing reading list, see last week’s Homeschool Mother’s Journal. It now includes School Is Where the Home Is by Anita Mellott.

I started:

  • Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson (I got an ARC and am excited to get a sneak peek!)

I’m cooking…

We have baked banana bread from scratch twice this week. Our version has no milk, eggs, or wheat, but it tastes yummy!

I’m grateful for…

I’m especially thankful for my family! I am blessed to have the wonderful husband and children that I do.

I’m praying for…

We need a breakthrough in several areas of our lives. I am trying to stay focused on God and His promises and know that He will show us what to do, how, and when.

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

It was our family’s version of the Olympics. BookGirl celebrates while DH checks the score in disbelief when he bowls his third strike in a row. (He went on to get a fourth!)

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3 Responses to Homeschool Mother’s Journal: Back to School

  1. Welcome to a new year! It sounds like it went smoothly! We’re staring 9/4 (if everything goes as planned). I think *I* ready, but the kids have some more summer they want to enjoy! LOL

    • Thank you, Jessy! We’ve had a good first week. We’re working our school schedule around the rest of our summer activities, but it’s just too hot to do a whole lot. We’ll work, work, work now, and when it cools off, we’ll have space in our schedule to play!

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