Friday, April 27, 2012

Homeschool Mothers Journal - Week 47

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week....

Wow, we are getting closer and closer to the end of the school year for us.  We are currently in the Nashville TN area for the hubby's job.  He works while we just kind of hang out all day.  It a nice break from daily life at home.  Although, it's not all peaches and cream.  The same meltdowns and mood swings happen, just now I have to try and keep them quiet in a hotel.  So we visit the park ALOT!!!  This time we packed all 4 kids scooters, since they fold up fairly flat.  The kids have loved this new addition to their choices.  I have even taken them for a walk around the parking lot of the hotel and let them ride in the back corner of the parking lot during the day when it's not busy with cars.

We are actually here for 2 weeks and then we will be heading straight to the Outer Banks for our family vacation.  So 3 weeks away from home.  We are missing alot.  We missed American Girl Club today, and our LEGO club on Monday.  We missed a field trip to the Art Museum also.  The kids really love coming to this area though and I do too.  We are also missing our Bowl-a-thon and even all of our sports.  I relax, but it's still work for me.  

Next week, we will then head to the Outer Banks in North Carolina.  Sooooo excited for our upcoming trip there!!  We even was able to add a bunch about the Lost Colony to our History study (we were already studying some explorers of the New World)...we just added Sir Walter Raleigh and some information about the Lost Colony from the Fort Raleigh State Park Website.  Got to love the flexibility of homeschooling and also got to love the different conclusions that Joey has come to about what actually happened to the settlers in that colony.

In our homeschool this week.....

Well just because we aren't home, doesn't mean there's not  I had pre-planned about 6 weeks of lesson plans.  So we are following them.  I had all library books, movies we needed, worksheets, and printables that we needed packed and ready to go.  That was a massively heavy suitcase.  The kids have gotten their work done every day this week.  We are a bit behind in our ocean study.  But will catch up a bit tomorrow.  

There was some griping.....but they know if the work doesn't get done, no extra treat of a cool new park or other neat field trip.  This has gotten us through the  Do I call it a threat or a bribe???

Lydia is working on her reading and started a new comprehension book from Spectrum.  She was shocked today that she was able to read the story almost totally by herself.  It was cute.  In Math, she is working on coin recognition and counting sums of money.  For some reason, an area she has struggled with.  We are going to work on a rag doll next week for her Kiersten project and might even make a yarn doll.  She even has her first poem memorized from her Language Lessons grammar book.  

Joey is working on a reading comprehension book also from Spectrum.  And is working on an inference book with me.  He is also working on his multiplication facts.  An area of struggle.  I just keep quizzing him and adding a new set of factors each day.  Brayden is doing his Reading Eggs and reading.  He is practicing math facts also.

Caty is working on her Explore the Code Book A.  We are doing M this week.  She has had an off week, but is trying and picking and choosing what items she wants to do.  

I'm cooking....

Well I am cooking.  We have a kitchenette in our suite.  The kids have not eaten out since Saturday while we were traveling.  We eat all meals in the room or I pack a picnic if we are out and about during lunch time.  We have had normal meals all week, including giant meatballs with rice noodles and green beans.  We had chicken and gravy, tacos, coney pretty normal stuff.  

I'm reading....

I was terribly disappointed in the Lady Almina book I have been waiting to read.  I thought it would have more story and all it was so far is facts and info about how much was spent at parties.  So I have put it down right now.

I am starting to read..

Product Details 

My sister-in-law read this book and said it was wonderful.  I normally steer clear of reading about stories of autism, since in our situation it's more depressing than educational.  But this one has caught my eye also.

Some photos of the week....

Doing school work in the hotel.

 Working on his photography project.
 Our supply box

Linking up with other Homeschool Moms at The Homeschool Chick.


  1. Looks like a great week. That's great that you can cook meals at the hotel- what a money saver!!

  2. Hope you like the book, it gets a little too religious for my taste towards the end. I am almost finished with it. Found a neat documentary DVD at the library, "Autism is a World". Similar story, I made the kids watch just a snippet. The woman in it, is in college but outwardly acts out, WHICH SHE CAN NOT CONTROL and expresses through typing she wishes she could. I thought it was good for the kids, if they see someone acting funny, not to stare or laugh. The person can not control their actions and mentally "They are in THERE", and may even be geniuses struggling to communicate. They are people with feelings too!

  3. Good for you taking school on a trip! I've never been super successful at that - even on long road trips. Sounds like your planning is paying off. Enjoy the Outer Banks!

  4. Wow! I'm impressed with how organized you are for your trip! School and meals all packed up and keeping days as regular as possible while exploring somewhere new! You're good! LOL Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

  5. Looks like a wonderful time, especially with a kitchenette. Enjoy!