Homeschool Journal

When I first started homeschooling I asked everyone about the details of their homeschooling day/curriculum/life in general!  When I ran out of people to ask, I checked out, "Real Life Homeschooling" by Rhonda Barfield, from the library.  It chronicled the lives of 21 different families, a typical day, a list of the curriculum they use, and their thoughts and reflections therewith.

I was truly inspired.  Through this book and other homeschool mom blogs, I learned how homeschooling is what you make it.  There really is no wrong or right.  As a result of observing different views, I felt God had given me wings to fly.... I could do it!

That is why, when I learned about The Homeschool Chick's weekly meme, "The Homeschool Mother's Journal", I knew I had to participate.  The Homeschool Mother's Journal has changed hands since then, but the concept is still the same.


I prayed about it all week.  I felt God reminding me of how He had provided guidance and stories to encourage me in my journey to homeschooling (and He still does!).  I feel He is calling me to be just one voice, among the many other wonderful voices, participating at week's end, sharing our experiences in homeschooling so others may be inspired and encouraged.

Join me!  And check back each week as I sum up my thoughts and share my heart on what God has done in our lives during our homeschooling week!






 *** UPDATE***  (February 2017)
I can't believe FOUR years has passed since I last posted a "journal" entry!!  It looks like iHomeschoolNetwork is just restarting it too!  I hope to start posting regularly again... if nothing else but to encourage all the High School homeschooling mamas out there now.

Many Blessings....



All the Ways Not to Perform an Experiment

Saturday, February 2, 2013
I've seen this quote in various forms and suggesting various quantities of attempts... but you get the idea.  And while we were not trying to develop a light bulb this week... we took the Edison stance in our attempts at a science project this week!



Mid-Year Masony Meanderings
Friday, January 25, 2013
I do not know what we would have done this year without God's leading on reading about Charlotte Mason.  Pocketful of Pinecones alone has had SUCH a HUGE impact on our homeschool this year.....




Cold Mornings and Hot Pancakes

Saturday, January 19, 2013
It was a cold morning... one of the coldest in Phoenix for the year.  Hard to believe we wore shorts and sandals yesterday... because Tuesday, it was COLD!


Change is Good
Thursday, December 27, 2012
We entered Arizona and almost instantly there was change.  Not that, uh-oh, hold onto your boots kind of change.  No.  More of an almost back to normal change!


Surrounding Us
Thursday, December 13, 2012
It has been a roller coaster season in our family.  I can't even say "in our household" as we bounce between houses, RV, hotels and who knows what could be next!  Yup, roller coaster...



A New Advent Season

Saturday, December 1, 2012
The advent season has arrived.  Every year, living in Montana, Ernie (one of Santa's head elves) took the reindeer for a test run and dipped down into our neck of the woods.  He would stop off for some late night cocoa and leave behind a new Christmas movie or book, some ornaments for the children and (our favorite) the Christmas count-down chain...

How we Homeschool Outside the Box

Saturday, November 10, 2012
I have been asked... in many instances... since we have begun our travels; "How do you homeschool on the road?"  Especially as we have not been in any one place for very long to establish "routines" which could progress us through workbooks (or any other unit of study)!



Just a Season

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Nothing is as expected these days.  Who knew when we hit the road almost 8 weeks ago now that, in our very own country, Internet access and regular blogging would be so difficult.  Most days I have done alright without this connection... but some days I just miss tapping into the virtual world, saying "HI" and seeing what everyone else is doing.



September in Review
In our mobileness, Blog articles were VERY sporatic in September.  But here you can see an overview of our September and begining adventures:September in Review 



 Rescued
Saturday, August 25, 2012
 It was this lake, on this day with fluffy clouds drifting across the sky like sheep being herded to market... I was sure I could take it.  Me and Brooke (only 9) and a canoe.



In front of the Curriculum Closet
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Standing in front of my friend's curriculum closet, hearing her pour her heart out on hopes and dreams and heartache... I understood.  I think we all understand the triumphs and 'tragedies' of homeschooling.  O.K., not really tragedy... but it feels like it at times.


Smelling the Roses
Friday, June 29, 2012
This week we took time to smell the roses... literally.  And I am so glad we did.  This nose-to-the-grindstone mama has to schedule rose-smelling adventures and I can't say that is a good thing.....
   


Adventures off the Designated Path
Saturday, June 23, 2012
I'm big on adventures.  As far as I can tell... childhood should be an adventure and the joy of parenting (especially homeschooling) is to embark on daily adventures.  Summer is especially good for this!....
One of Those Weeks
Friday, June 15, 2012
It has been one of those weeks... recovering from events... looking at a long list of to-dos and desiring our summer routine to really take hold....
Radical Adventures
Friday, May 18, 2012
Still studying up on the Charlotte Mason method.  Soaking in each book the library shelves issue forth on the subject....
Adventures In Charlotte Mason
Friday, May 4, 2012
I have always been inspired by the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling.  Sage Parnassus is an escape of mine when I want to daydream how my homeschool could be! ...
A Working Schedule
Friday, April 27, 2012
It starts with this statement:  What is... and what isn't working.

This is a necessary question to ask if we are to stay off the path of "overwhelmed" and on the path of "progressing to a goal" in the world of learning at home...
Leaning Into the Oars
Friday, April 20, 2012
I heard it said recently that the longer you homeschool, the more comfortable and adept you become...
Confessions of a Homeschool Mom: Spring Break
Friday, April 13, 2012
This is one of those "Confessions of a Homeschool Mom" posts... (anyone think we need a meme entitled as such?!)  Last month I shouted out to the world how, regardless of my 'paycheck' (or lack there-of) I would persevere.

I'm here to tell you, my perseverance waned... but I had help!



God Brought Us To It
Friday, March 23, 2012
Four years ago she complained when reading picture books and dug her heals in at the shear mention of a chapter book...
Where's the Paycheck?
Saturday, March 17, 2012
The birds are in almost deafening sing-song unison... spring is in the air.  I wish I could say our homeschool was laxed enough to seize spring fever ...
Some Days
Friday, March 9, 2012
Last week's challenges and this week's business brought me into a Thursday evening that felt more like the whir of a subway terminal...


 Check Points
Friday, February 24, 2012
I have used it for the last 4 years to keep track of ALL of our lesson plans.  It use to just be a Unit Planner because that was how we schooled.  But now...



When Writing Seems Hard
Friday, February 17, 2012
 This week I was blessed with the opportunity to submit an article to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine's digital newsletter, The Homeschool Minute.  As I prepared an answer to the idea, "When Writing Seems Hard" God put today's blogging on my heart and felt compelled to share...


 Teaching Not By Works
Friday, February 10, 2012

If you visit "Our Homeschool" page, you will learn about our curriculum.  I must confess, however, like many things in life... even curriculum isn't flawless...

Confessions of a Homeschool Mom
Friday, February 3, 2012

I received an email earlier this week from a friend who is homeschooling her child with disabilities.  Apparently they both had a melt-down...



(Original Format)
The Mother's Homeschool Journal #1
Friday, April 29, 2011

In my life this week…
I started the week in spiritual warfare.  By the grace of God and through His guidance and strength I was able to overcome quickly.  I was right-as-rain by Tuesday!

 

 

The Mother's Homeschool Journal #2
Friday, May 6, 2011


In my life this week…
I am trying to get our monthly missions newsletter done along with some other projects...  

 

 

The Mother's Homeschool Journal #3
Friday, May 13, 2011


In my life this week…
Blur would be the best description!  I am so glad it is Friday! 
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The Mother's Homeschool Journal #4
Friday, May 20, 2011


In my life this week…
Why is it I look back lately and draw a blank?  Life this week has been....




The Mother's Homeschool Journal #5
Friday, May 27, 2011


In my life this week…
By the grace and guidance of God I launched my first e-book!....
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The Mother's Homeschool Journal #6
Friday, June 3, 2011


In my life this week…
My week has been an emotional roller coaster, but God has been with me....
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The Mother's Homeschool Journal #7
Friday, June 10, 2011


In my life this week…
Whirlwind sums it up well!  Book sale and dairy field trip on Saturday....
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The Mother's Homeschool Journal #8
Friday, June 17, 2011


In my life this week…
I started to implement our summer schedule:....




The Mother's Homeschool Journal #9
Friday, June 24, 2011


In my life this week…
...started with some heartache over a misunderstanding....
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The Mother's Homeschool Journal #10
Friday, July 1, 2011


In my life this week…
... summer fun, stained two white shirts with chocolate frosting, picnic in the....
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The Mother's Homeschool Journal #11
Saturday, July 9, 2011


In my life this week…
The week started with church in Lakeside (our home church) and 4th of July...
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The Mother's Homeschool Journal #12
Saturday, July 16, 2011


In my life this week…
We were invited to a surprise birthday party for our dear missionary friend ...




The Mother's Homeschool Journal #13
Saturday, August 5, 2011


In my life this week…
The good with the bad and many lessons from God.Our summer schedule...
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The Mother's Homeschool Journal #14
Saturday, August 12, 2011


In my life this week…
Progress :-)  I finally finished my e-SBS study on Titus and if that wasn't




The Mother's Homeschool Journal #15
Saturday, August 19, 2011


In my life this week…
They say a picture is worth a thousand words... perhaps this one gives you




The Mother's Homeschool Journal #16
Saturday, August 26, 2011


In my life this week…
I FINISHED LESSON PLANS!!!!  Yes, all capitals, cause it is that great!
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The Mother's Homeschool Journal #17
Saturday, September 3, 2011


In my life this week…
We started back to school!  I have been working at practicing our regular
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The Mother's Homeschool Journal #18
Saturday, September 9, 2011


In my life this week…
Ok, so this picture isn't from this week... actually it is from a year ago this
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The Mother's Homeschool Journal #19
Saturday, September 17, 2011


In my life this week…
I rounded the corner to soon be done with my study in Galatians :-)
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The Mother's Homeschool Journal #20
Saturday, September 23, 2011


In my life this week…
Meetings, back pain laying me up for a day and a half, and my favorite...
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The Mother's Homeschool Journal #21
Saturday, November 5, 2011


In my life this week…
... I took a lot of time off!  I was just plugging forward so fast, so hard...
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