Monday, January 24, 2011

The Homeschool Mother’s Journal –Will You Join in the Fun?

The Homeschool Chick

Sue, a.k.a The Homeschool Chick, inadvertently started a fun new meme. I don’t think she intended it to be that way, but her readers sure thought it’d be fun to participate. As a result, she’s added a linky to her post and each week you’ll have the opportunity to answer the writing prompts and link up your own blog post. Sound like fun? I thought it did!

In my life this week…

I have to admit that I’m a bit heavy hearted. This morning my husband called and shared a difficulty that one of our family members is experiencing. I don’t want to share any details, but they’ve been on my mind and in my prayers throughout much of the day.

In our homeschool this week…

We are re-evaluating. We’re a bit slow getting back to the daily grind and I think part of that is because we’ve struggled so much this year to find a daily routine that works for us. Our focus is on spelling, math and writing, with some foreign language thrown in. Pretty much the basics.

My husband also finished previewing The Young Man in the Mirror and has insisted that our boys begin reading it right away. If you have a teenage son, my husband can’t recommend this book enough.

We’re also attempting to spend an hour at the YMCA, three times a week. If my children weren’t so insistant, I know it would be easy for me to slack off on this but we all have a desire to work on getting fit. Okay, that’s a lie. I want to get fit. My boys just want to get six-packs.       

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

If you regularly read my blog than you know we’re ALWAYS heading out the door for a field trip. This week we’ll be exploring one of the National Forests here in Alabama with a naturalist. We should be able to see some waterfalls, scenic bluffs and hear about some of Alabama’s Natural History along the way.  We’re hoping that the forecast is wrong and it will be a bit warmer than the 36 degrees that is predicted!

We’re also excited to expect friends over to share a meal tomorrow night. We love to open our home to others so that is an especially special treat.  

My favorite thing this week was…

Okay, since I’m getting in here a wee bit late, I’m going to share my favorite thing that happened last week. Ready? Here it is: I reached my goal of working out three times and discovered that I’m really loving our Y membership, more than I ever imagined! Another benefit? While I’m there, I clear my mind and pray and give praise to the Lord the entire time I’m walking. I leave relaxed and refreshed. Amazing.

What’s working/not working for us…

Right now? Nothing seems to be working- which is the reason for the re-evaluation. Hopefully I can respond a bit more enthusiastically and positively on Friday.

Homeschool questions/thoughts that I have… 

I wonder if every other homeschool mom has the same fears that I have.

A photo to share….

Last week was my husband’s birthday. We bought him a super girlie purple, pink and yellow cake because it was the only one that was half white and half chocolate! We also bought those trick candles that you blow and blow and they still don’t go out. Hmmm…it’s a good thing that not all of the 39 candles were trick candles! I couldn’t believe how difficult it was to extinguish those flames. Oh well….it seemed like a fun idea at the time! 

birthday cake

There’s a peek at our week. This has been really fun! I hope that you’ll consider joining The Homeschool Chick and linking up your own journal pages. Until Friday~ Happy Homeschooling!


  1. Tonya, I always enjoy your writing! I might have to look into this meme! Thanks!

    FYI - I am hosting my first ever Homeschool Linky Fun Party on Friday. Just a link up with pictures of your homeschool place (aka....your rooms, areas etc)....if you would like to join me, I would be honored!


  2. Tonya,
    I LOVE that you ended up linking up with me this week. I'm sorry that your heart is so heavy and I will definitely be keeping you in my prayers.

    I can sooooo relate to needing to re-evaluate what's working/not working in your homeschool. We just went through that ourselves and made a major curriculum change mid-semester. Honestly, it was the best thing that we could have done! -- I hope all works out for you very soon.

    Thanks for joining me on the journey.

    Sue :)


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