Homeschool Mother’s Journal: End of Summer (Officially!)

In my life this week…

It is officially the end of summer in our area. All of the public schools around us started school this week or will begin on Monday. We wrapped up our “summer” activities with lunch out with some family members. We saved money all summer to go somewhere special, and we really enjoyed the treat!

In our homeschool this week…

Princess Roo made some good progress in math when she tackled three-digit addition. She was definitely reluctant at first, but our early focus on the virtue “diligence” this year paid off. BookGirl figured out that four-step division wasn’t nearly as difficult as she’d imagined it would be! It was a sweet victory for both girls!

We continue to be diligent but have moved to the next virtue, which is “helpful.” It’s amazing how my girls take these things to heart and are putting them into practice with very little prompting from me! They even remind me of how diligent and helpful they’ve been so they can get a sticker on the chart from We Choose Virtues!

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

Last Saturday we took a family field trip. It was nice to have my husband along this time! We revisited the hands-on science museum we went to last Wednesday and had a great time—again! We spent about seven hours there, and the girls still weren’t ready to leave at closing.

My favorite thing this week was…

There is a very real possibility that Princess Roo will get to do therapeutic horseback riding this school year. It’s looking good right now, and I’m excited about the opportunity!

What’s working/not working for us…

We’re all getting to bed earlier, and that’s improving our productivity in school and around the house. Summer is a great time for relaxing and being flexible, but we definitely require more structure during the school year!

Things I’m working on…

I didn’t do as well on staying ahead on my writing this week, but I did get the online writing credits page on my blog mostly put together. Now I have a record of sites where I’ve had pieces published, and readers can check out other things I’ve written easily, from a central location.

I’m reading…

Ongoing reading projects:

  • The Battlefield of the Mind Devotional by Joyce Meyer
  • The Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
  • 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential by Zan Tyler (for the second time!)
  • Power Thoughts: 12 Strategies to Win the Battle of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
  • School Is Where the Home Is by Anita Mellott

I finished:

  • A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner (review coming next week!)
  • Bible in 90 Days (my 7th time through the plan!)

I started:

  • Answers to Prayer from George Müller’s Narratives by George Müller and A. E. C. Brooks
  • Implosion by Joel C. Rosenberg

I’m grateful for…

I’m thankful for some progress in the two part-time businesses I’m building. I’ve worked hard for a while, and it’s hard not to get discouraged sometimes. Progress is a blessing!

I’m praying for…

Heavy on my heart are some serious prayer requests that have come to my attention about health issues and provision for getting them dealt with. I don’t even know the names of those involved, but God does.

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

Gotta love what the Van de Graaff generator can do for hair!

I still think the Tesla Coil discharge looks amazing!

 

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Photo credit: (l) Jennifer A. Janes; (r) cjbooklover (used with permission)
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2 Responses to Homeschool Mother’s Journal: End of Summer (Officially!)

  1. Hi Jennifer,
    So glad I found you throught HMJ. So glad you had a great start to your year. We are also making math milestones this year.

    I had not heard of We Chose Virtures. I took a quick peek and bookmarked it. I will definately be going back there soon to look at it in detail.

    Blessings to you and your family!
    Robin

    • Thank you, Robin! I’m glad you stopped by for a visit!

      Isn’t it wonderful to see them making great progress in subjects they don’t like or struggle in?

      I’m glad you’re looking at We Choose Virtues. The products have been a blessing for us this school year. I never dreamed they would make such a huge difference in our homeschool and family life!

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