The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…This week had some major highs and lows in it. We’re dealing with some behavioral issues – mainly with our oldest, but the younger is getting her terrible threes out as well. Sandwiched between Manic Monday and Seriously Awful Saturday, we had some really great days, and I thought we had pushed past the funk. Then Saturday hit and it was just a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Sunday morning I woke up feeling like I had a massive hangover, and ended up in bed until noon. It didn’t let up until after nap time.

We’re on the tail end of Daddy being in Afghanistan for a year, with just 20 days left. I think a lot of this is that we’re all burned out on this Unaccompanied Tour. Trying to figure out when to give slack and when to enforce towing the line.

In our homeschool this week… We are finishing up the unit on the letter C (Cow). We had another appointment following up on our oldest’s ADHD diagnosis, and visited a petting farm. We are also now reading two and three-letter words!

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share… Get one of those 12 inch paper trimmers (like scrapbookers use)! It has been a huge time saver for me. Who knew there be so much stuff I need to cut? I use it constantly. I also have a 3-hole punch and an electric pencil sharpener, that are my go-to tools.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… We have done a lot of running around this week. We had an appointment to follow-up on our oldest’s recent ADHD diagnosis. I got to get out on Friday night and went to scrapbook!

My favorite thing this week was… Two great things happened this week, that I wrote about earlier this week: My oldest prayed the sinner’s prayer,  and my youngest conquered her fears. These were such awesome moments this week!

What’s working/not working for us…  We have got to get out of the house more. We have got to more playgroups, more social interaction. My oldest needs more than she is getting, but I can’t seem to get any of the “homeschool playgroups” to work with our schedule (They seem to all be scheduled in the middle of nap time. What is up with that?) and can’t seem to get playdates to work. My girls are losing patience with me on this.

Questions/thoughts I have… I’m trying to decide if the MFW Preschool Curriculum is worth it. We’re starting to wean her off of preschool and start her homeschooling with us full-time. And since we’ll be cooped up in a hotel room for two months in early 2012, it’s going to be important that I have ways to keep her occupied while I do homeschool work with our oldest. I would supplement with worksheets I find online, since she likes to “real school” too. Would love to hear from anyone that has used this before!

Things I’m working on… the laundry. I’m also still working with a copywriter to revise my business website: www.jsmcareercoaching.com. I spent at least four hours on Tuesday reviewing the first draft. It’s looking good so far; though still quite a way to go until the completed project is live.

I’m reading… I just finished reading the Duggar’s book A Love that Multiplies, and right now I’m working my way through Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood through Adulthood by Edward M. Hallowell, MD. As dry as it sounds, it’s actually quite fascinating.

I’m cooking… nothing. I have done little to no cooking the past week.

I’m praying for… the next twenty days to pass quickly, productively, and cheerfully!

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