Homeschool Mother’s Journal: May 3, 2013

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Homeschool Mother’s Journal. This week we are featuring Jennifer from Jennifer A. Janes.

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In my life this week…

It has been a busy week. For some reason, I thought it was a good idea to go ahead and get the annual eye appointments and regular dental appointments done for the girls and me—in the same week. I’m glad they’re over, but I think I might space them out a bit next time.

I think we need a break (or something). We’re dealing with some attitudes that are not becoming. I’m praying about them, praying with the girls about them, and talking them through their attitudes and what God expects, in addition to removing privileges as a consequence when necessary. It has been a tough few weeks. I hope it gets much better soon.

In our homeschool this week…

BookGirl finished her fourth grade math curriculum and is very close to finishing language arts. Our school year is winding down. I can’t believe she will be a fifth grader next year!

Princess Roo has mastered adding and subtracting two-digit numbers with renaming (carrying and borrowing). I’m so proud of her! We are working on her addition facts using a new method someone told me about, and that is going well. She is also progressing in reading and, more importantly, she is confident in herself as a reader now. Priceless!

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

We got to see a lot of family and friends last weekend when we had Princess Roo’s 8th birthday party. It was the first time we’ve done an “art” party, but the kids really enjoyed painting. I liked that the party wasn’t chaotic.

My favorite thing this week was…

Hearing Princess Roo say “I love you!” without me saying it first. She won’t always say it back, just like she doesn’t always allow me to hug or kiss her. Having her initiate it was more wonderful than I can express.

My kiddo’s favorite thing this week was…

Princess Roo’s birthday party.

Things I’m working on…

Promoting iBlog, which launched this week. I wrote the chapter on planning and organization and contributed to three other chapters. I am so excited to see it published! It has a wealth of information that I look forward to reading as I work my way through the book.

Preparing my notes and PowerPoint presentations for my sessions at the Teach Them Diligently Convention in Nashville. I’m speaking in the Special Needs Track.

I’m cooking…

Spaghetti with gluten-free noodles, a meat sauce we make called “chip stuff” which is used for nachos, wrapped in tortillas, used to create taco salad, etc., and crock pot chicken.

I’m grateful for…

Answered prayers.

I’m praying for…

Several friends who are going through very difficult personal challenges.

I rewarded my kids this week by…

Getting them an Icee at Sam’s.

Something I am ogling or have my eye on…

I’m checking out bicycles. Both girls have outgrown their bikes. BookGirl will most likely get a new one. The jury is still out on whether Princess Roo will get a new one or will use BookGirl’s.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…

I got an early birthday gift from my mom this week, and I am so thankful to have it. I have already read two of the devotions since I got it, and they have really  ministered to this tired homeschooling mama’s soul.

Homeschool Mom's Bible

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  1. Oh! I HAVE to call our dentist next week for the kids. We take the three ‘big kids’ at the same time. They’ve actually never had an eye exam. (bad mother)

    • Dianna, I have been diligent about eye exams because my older daughter had to start wearing glasses at two. I’ve had my younger one checked to be sure she doesn’t develop issues, and I want my older one’s eyesight to stay stable. You’re not a bad mother; I’ve just had different circumstances.

      Good luck with the dentist appointments!

  2. I have been drooling over that bible ;) So glad it is blessing you. Maybe I can give daddy that idea for something upcoming ;) Have a great week!!!

    • You should definitely drop some hints about the Bible. Shop around. You’ll find some very reasonable prices that are lower than the listed retail price—especially online. ;)

  3. My Aspergers boy doesn’t initiate very often, so I understand your please in that moment with your daughter.

    • It’s always nice to be understood. My daughter has HFA, so that was a rare pleasure!


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