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the homeschool mother’s journal 11.22.13

the homeschool mother’s journal 11.22.13

Joining in with the homeschool mother’s journal today:

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In my life this week… a little quieter here on the blog, you noticed?  This was good as I wrapped up a few writing projects before the holiday season.

In our homeschool moving right along.  This season is one of the most mellow, yet deeply rich, periods of homeschooling in a few years.  I’ll take it!  I credit much of the change to keeping prayerful, instead of fretful, over my children.

10th grade:  she says Chemistry is not as hard as she thought it would be, which is good news!  There’s a Christmas concert solo being practiced, and her social calendar keeps me hopping.

5th grade:  writing & literature class was an incredible success, though my girl prefers open-ended creative writing to more structured focus.  Yet still, the work and class fine-tuned her skills, and much was gained.

2nd grade:  reading, reading reading – this boy is gobbling up books at a rapid pace!  Stop-animation movie making remains a priority in his days.

preschool:  oh, it’s so bittersweet – today is our final day of speech therapy, after 2.5 years!  My little guy is only 4 years old, and so this is all he has known…we go to speech 2x a week, then 1x a week, and now?

He’s graduated from weekly sessions.  Remember when I first found the words to talk about it online?

We’re far, far from where we all began, and I’m so grateful.

Helpful homeschool tip to share As you enter the Christmas season, integrate your Advent plans, celebrations, and more into your homeschool day and time.

We usually make December focused on the core academically (reading, writing, arithmetic), and also enjoy the many other aspects of learning & growing done this season.  It’s one reason we start our year in July – so we have wiggle room!

My favorite thing this week was watching my children lend their hands to clearing out an office in our church.  We made quick work of it all, and chatted and laughed the whole time.

Siblings got along, everyone had a part to contribute, and we finished in record time. Beautiful.

Things I’m working on I’m behind in thinking through our family’s Advent plans for this year.  I anticipate they’ll be low-key, but purposeful.  I’m looking over our plans two years ago, and drawing inspiration from my own post! 🙂

I’m reading I get so distracted with books, and start too many at once.  Still wrapping up Bread and Wine, just started Say Goodbye to Survival Mode (for a book review), and I’m finishing up An Unhurried Life.

More reading time should be happening over the next week – we’ll see!

I’m grateful for  the blessings of my marriage relationship, and how my husband cares for me.   Today, I’m sharing over at The Better Mom some Scriptures for improving our marriages; words I’m keeping in mind as well.

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And friends, that’s it…

Grace to your weekend.


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  • MichelleNovember 22, 2013 - 11:03 pm

    Congrats on Jeremiah graduating from speech therapy. We are only 8 months into therapy, and Bo turns 3 in a month. We have lots of work to do, but I am encouraged! I’d love to hear more of your story. 🙂ReplyCancel

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