Homeschool Mother’s Journal: New Year, New Start

In my life this week…

It has been a slow start into the new year. BookGirl and I are recovering from illness, I’m trying to get my priorities and goals in order for the new year, and I’m glad to be blogging again after a break the past few weeks because of Christmas and being sick! I enjoy these weekly wrap-up posts, so I’m picking them up again. I will streamline them, though. There’s no need for me to be so wordy. 😉

In our homeschool this week…

Homeschool? This is our last week of Christmas break. We watched an Awesome Science DVD, and we have gathered up some supplies needed for an art tutorial program we’re going to tackle in 2013. I’ve been praying for affordable art lessons for the kids, and this may be the answer—in our own home, on our schedule!

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

When you need a break, take one! Take advantage of the flexibility of homeschooling. I was feeling a little burned out before we took our Christmas break. After three weeks off, I’m recharged and ready to go again!

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

We spent this week running errands, trying to get back into a routine after the poor sleep habits we allowed to rule during our break, and visiting with friends and family before everyone has to go back to school and work.

My favorite thing this week was…

Feeling better and leaving the house for the first time in over a week!

Questions/thoughts I have…

Will I be able to maintain my enthusiasm and excitement about diving back into lessons and our new classes/projects when we actually start again on Monday?

Things I’m working on…

I’m working on a lot of exciting things for the blog, and I even have thoughts of an eBook in my head. (What am I thinking?!) The Be Fully Persuaded series will feature more guest writers very soon, and there’s a five-day series coming in a little over a week titled “Multisensory Homeschooling for Children with Special Needs.”

I’m reading…

I’m reading a lot of things, many of which you’ll probably hear about over the next several weeks. I’m most excited about the family devotions we’re starting 2013 with! On January 1, we began reading the One Year Bible (NLT) together as a family, which means that we will read the entire Bible as a family this year! We also started reading God Said So! by Alisha Gratehouse. It’s a great devotional for kids that focuses on establishing a strong biblical foundation in their minds and hearts.

I’m grateful for…

My family. My relationship with a heavenly Father who loves me beyond what I can imagine. Another year, a fresh start.

I’m praying for…

Our nation. The world. Breakthrough in some areas of our personal lives.

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

Our three-week Christmas break was full of art work, Play-Doh sculptures, board games, and movies. We enjoyed it thoroughly!

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12 Responses to Homeschool Mother’s Journal: New Year, New Start

  1. Meg says:

    I find it so hard to get my routine sometimes but I always LOVE getting it back! I’m so glad you are all feeling better (or at least on your way). Getting sick like that is never fun! Happy New Year – I’m so thankful for you and your blog!

  2. I’m glad you’re finally starting to feel better! And I think I’ll be feeling your pain in trying to get back to something of a schedule next week!

  3. You too? Gosh – we were sick over Christmas break! Even now we’re still sniffling and coughing a little still. ::sigh:: It’s been a while since we were that “down-and-out”. I hope you all are feeling 100% soon!

    I’m looking forward to your multisensory series as my youngest has SPD and learns best through many multisensory means. It can be a little overwhelming though for ME to think that way!

    • Thank you, Jessy! We are doing much better. I think we’ll be back at full speed very soon. I’m sorry you were sick over Christmas break too, but I’m glad that you are mostly better!

      It is challenging to think outside the traditional visual and auditory methods of learning when you have a special needs learner. It has been hard for me, but I have picked up a few tips along the way. I hope they help you out!

  4. kelli- AdventurezInChildRearing says:

    We’ve been so sick too – love your pictures & looking forward to your series on sensory homeschooling

  5. Mary says:

    SO glad to hear you are feeling better. :-)

    And yes, when you need a break TAKE ONE, because if you don’t it can just be disastrous. I know I’m preaching to the choir.

    Stay well, my friend, and thanks for linking with Collage Friday!

    • Thanks, Mary! I’m slowly learning that I get more accomplished when we break than when we push to the point of burnout.

      Thanks for hosting Collage Friday! I always enjoy it.

  6. Jenn says:

    Can’t wait to read your series:) We embrace multisensory learning! I was trained as a speech-language pathologist and worked at a school for children with special needs before my girls were born. I remember thinking that language based, multisensory teaching was how all children should learn!

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