Friday, July 29, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal - Week 8

In my life this week....

Well just a lot of stress from Autism and the little things that go along with it.  I am also very nervous as I was invited to be on a local news channel this Saturday morning to participate in a book discussion on The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.  I really enjoyed the book and looking forward to it...but still nervous. 

In our Homeschool....

We finished up talking about volcanoes and waiting for our volcano to dry so we can paint it.  We created glue from our Ancient Science book....and it seems to be taking a while to dry.  Brayden has also discovered a liking to Magic Tree House books, as long as they are on his iPad and I read along with him.  Chapter books are very overwhelming to him, but working together he enjoys them.  Lydia and I begun reading the Wizard of Oz.  We had a brief discussion about the many gods of Ancient Egypt.  We learned a lot about Zebras for our animal study.  We watched our ladybugs...which are still in larvae stage.  We are going to start our ladybug unit tomorrow afternoon (yes Saturday school..but with the week we have coming up, it's the only time to fit it in.  So we will be doing school work Saturday and Sunday afternoon to make up for the upcoming days off we will have this next week.). 

Places we're going and people we're seeing....

The girls went to a pool party at their friend Amelia's house.  They had so much fun, they did not want to leave.  We'll be going again this next week.  The girls also had American Girl Club on Thursday.  We made really cool feather barettes for our dolls (or ourselves) and we learned about root veggies that the Nimipuu Indians ate.  We brought a morter and pedstal to show how they ground the bulbs and seeds into flour to make cakes out of.  The girls also played a pine cone throwing game.  The boys had a dr. appt for med checks.  The girls and I went to the library where they logged up to 34 hours now reading.  By Monday when they go back they will get another treasure box prize and the boys on Tuesday will also.  I'm trying to keep their hours even as possible (even not counting hours they read) so there is no fighting over how many prizes another child has gotten.  They chose new books and Lydia chose a cool inflatable puppy from the treasure box.

Next week...pool party, Agility therapy starts back for the boys, our Homeschool Resource Sale, maybe a delayed horse lesson depending on the weather, and I know I am forgetting something!

Things I'm working on....

Figuring out where and when to use the review product that is on its way to us.  Pretty excited about the two packages we are waiting on!!!  I wanted to do a happy dance when I read we were getting the one!  Just wait and see.  The first post will be by September 5th.

I'm reading....

Wizard of Oz (with Lydia), Magic Tree House (with Brayden), Mr. Popper's Penguins (with Joey...not sure if he's going to like it yet), Lots of Kai-lan and Backyardigans with Caty.

Oh and I'm reading Tears of a Giraffe (love the #1 Ladies Detective Series).  I'm pretty excited that I can load a Kindle app on my phone and have a book no matter where I am.  I am waiting to see what the new Book Club book is for the local news channel 11.  They will announce tomorrow while I am at the studio.

Tears of the Giraffe (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Book 2) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Mr. Popper's Penguins Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Random picture of the week......

You ever just had one of those weeks?!?!?!  I feel like this poor zebra just struggling to get up and moving around! 

Linking up with other Homeschool Families at The Homeschool here to join in!


  1. How exciting for you, being on the news! Our oldest (age 13) just had her first book published and was on a local talk show this past week! You always inspire me with all your different activities. Thank you for sharing.