Homeschool Mother’s Journal | Summer Week 3

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…

It was Vacation Bible School at church. This is the first year in a while that I haven’t worked VBS. It was weird and satisfying all at once. Weird to be dropping the girls off and not staying, but satisfying in that the peace that I had in not participating was reassurance that I made a good decision in avoiding burn-out. The girls had a fantastic time, made lots of crafts, learned lots of Bible stories, and performed in a really fun musical on Friday. Chaos and I did lots of errands and had lots of time just the two of us. And I was able to sit and plan out the first couple of weeks of school.

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

Chaos and I went all over this week. We went to church to drop off and pick up the girls, to Michael’s, JoAnn’s, the library, McDonald’s, Corner Bakery for a breakfast date with Party Boy, the outdoor mall, the pool, and out to my parent’s house.

My favorite thing this week was…

Having uninterrupted time to sit and work on lesson plans, goals, and overall school related stuff.

Things I’m working on…

Like I said, I spent the week making lesson plans. This is new territory for me, planning out the year. We have used Sonlight for 6 years, but have decided to move away from them this year. It was great to have a boxed, open and go, style curricullum for the early years. It was nice to be able to just open the binder and find the corresponding book and get started with little to no thought. For a multitude of reasons, it just wasn’t working for us anymore.

This past spring I spent a lot of time researching new and different curicullu for us. I looked at Heart of Dakota, Winter Promise, Tapestry of Grace, and though about just doing a build your own style following the recommendations laid out in The Well-Trained Mind. They’re all good, but I was mostly drawn to Tapestry of Grace for several reasons. Mainly, I love having all the kids in the same year at the same time, which I could NOT do in Sonlight. Upon closer examination I also really, really liked that I could find most of our books from the library. That alone has saved us a ton of money! The final selling point for me is that I can see the rigorous nature of the high school level for myself since you only buy the curicullum once and can reuse it for every level of teaching.

I will say that having several years of homeschooling under my belt has made me a bit more confident that we can pull this off without relying on owning all of the books that we need for school outright. Even confident enough to make do with some books that aren’t listed as resources. I am making my own out of ToG and it feels pretty good.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

Dinosaur book! His current favorite.

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