Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

I found this fun blog hop on Christie's blog....I thought I would join in today. Be sure to click here to visit The Homeschool Chick for more homeschooler's journal entries.

In my life this week... I ran more miles in one week than I ever have (40), and I made homemade bread for the very first time (photos later).

In our homeschool this week...Clay made a play-doh model of the brain, we made edible play-doh for all of the children to enjoy, we started reading aloud two new fabulous books (Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? and The Horse and His Boy), and Julie began a research paper.

Places we're going and people we're nephew's first baseball game, two outside runs at the city park this week, bowling with our homeschool group.

My favorite thing this week was...making edible play-doh for the children.

What's working/not working for us...working--reading aloud first thing after our Bible lesson. Not working--getting a normal amount of schoolwork done on Mondays before our piano lessons. I don't want to leave anything out, but it's so hard to get it all done before 1:30, and no one (including me) wants to finish school after we get home around 4:00.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have...Have any of you tried the new Horizons Pre-Algebra? I am thinking of using that for Clay......

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

the brain


  1. One of my friends has told me that Whatever Happened to Penny Candy is a great book. I have not gotten it yet, but need to remember to see if our library has it!

  2. We have several of the Uncle Eric books and have enjoyed them. I understand that he is a Libertarian and that does come out in some of his writing.

    I don't schedule everything on Tuesdays when we have to leave the house before 1:00 for piano lessons and errands. It's just too hectic and NO ONE wants to crack a book after we get back home. There really isn't time any way, by the time we get unloaded and things put away it is time to finish up dinner.

  3. Roan,
    Hopefully this will help answer the question that you had about the confetti popcorn that I made with Carson. For each bag of microwave popcorn, I melted 1/2 of a package of Kroger brand "Vanilla Candy Coating". We didn't measure the MnMs and peanuts...just sprinkled them in until it looked like a good ratio. We popped 2 bags of popcorn, so we used 1 full package of the candy coating, and that made about 15 of the little Valentine treat bags. It can be done for most any holiday, since MnMs are available in color combinations for most holidays! Hope you have fun making some with your kids! Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

  4. Thanks for posting this. I think I will look into doing this myself.

    Ryan is reading Whatever Happened to Penny Candy and narrating as part of his economics. Wonderful book!

  5. I would just schedule those things you can fit it on piano days, and give yourself and the kids a break!

  6. It is just impossible for us to get everything done when we have errands. Today is our day to go to the nursing home. We will have to leave by 1:15 to get there a little early. There is no way we will get all of our school done. I just look at it as life lessons.

    I have not seen the Horizons Pre-algebra. We have used BJU Pre-algebra with Randy and now with Riley and love it! I even switched Randy from Teaching Textbooks to BJU Algebra I this year. I love the way BJU teaches the higher maths.