Homeschool Mother's Journal: Falling for Autumn

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…I am making Christmas gifts, deep cleaning the house, and looking for bargains at the grocery store.
In our homeschool this week…Our oldest is learning about shoe verbs in Spanish. Our youngest is learning about colonial times.  I am learning that learning is a life-long process.  Why do I always forget that?
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…Connect with your child over the material they are learning.  You can discuss almost anything they are studying to help them truly acquire the info.  This week our oldest told me how much he loved studying the origins of words!  We had a great discussion about how the word "astronaut" came to be.  Do you know?
I am inspired by…the fall colors.  Oh, how I love them! Just wish that central Alaska had the bright reds.
My favorite thing this week was…actually teaching the boys.  It is great to see them make connections with what they are learning.
What’s working for us…giving my teen time to  absorb the material.  He can't race through it and get anything out of it.  Slowly down is helping avoid conflict and makes him a better student.  Homeschooling is not a sprint, rather a marathon.
Things I’m working on…made altered journals for gifts this week.
I’m reading…Ugh...I gave up on reading The Last of the Mohicans.  It just wasn't holding me.  I need to move on to something else.
I’m cooking…pumpkin snickerdoodles (which I burnt beyond recognition...who needs the calories anyways, right?) and pumpkin spice lattes.  Can you tell that I like pumpkin?!  Ok, yes, I am fully aware that making a latte isn't cooking, but after producing black snickerdoodles it was all I felt capable of doing.  Can you blame me?
I’m grateful for…fall leaves and you guessed it...pumpkins!
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S said...

I love fall too and it is my favorite time of year!! And good job starting Christmas presents already!

Stopping by from the HMJ!

Wendi said...

I love fall too...and pumpkin :) I was just thinking about getting started on Christmas and creating. I guess the fall weather does that huh :)

Steph said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who admits to burning things in the kitchen. :) It sounds like you had a great learning week. The leaves haven't turned yet here in Virginia -- I can't wait!