Homeschool Mother’s Journal

In my life this week…

We had spring break part two. Last week was a fun-filled time of shuffling kids here, there & yonder. This week we concentrated on spring cleaning.

In our homeschool this week…

Along with the spring cleaning, I just let the kids get caught up on any old work and focus on math. We discovered Beast Hunter this week and all agreed that watching it counts as science : -)

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

My SIL invited the whole family over for dinner on Friday night. We had so much fun talking, laughing & playing games. I discovered that I am now too old to stay up until 2 a.m. and still function the next day!

My favorite thing this week was…

The beautiful weather, and rejoicing with my friends Spring & Chad over the healthy birth of their long-awaited baby boy!

What’s working/not working for us…

We are nearing the end of our Math Mammoth workbooks and have been very pleased with them.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

Has anyone used Diana Waring Presents for history? How did you like it? I am thinking about using Ancient Civilizations and the Bible next year.

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

We are not unschoolers, but I came across this a few days ago and it has really made me think:

“People will say “How will they learn algebra in the real world?” Is there algebra in the real world? If not, why should it be learned? If so, why should it be separated artificially from its actual uses? “Why?” should always be the question that comes before “What?” and “How?”. ” Sandra Dodd

See more journals HERE

on my nightstand


These are the books currently taking up space in my book basket.


One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family

A Life In Hand: Creating the Illuminated Journal

Laying Down the Rails: A Charlotte Mason Handbook

All New Square Foot Gardening

Read any good books lately?


Identifying Rocks

We’re studying the three types of rocks this week, so I went looking for some online resources to help identify the rocks we picked up at the pond.

~Rock Identification Tables

~What Rock Is This?

~Andy “Rocks” simple definitions

~Names for Common Rocks

~Identifying Rocks Worksheets

WFMW- 40 Bags in 40 Days


I love this idea of 40 Bags in 40 Days from Clover Lane.

During the 40 days of Lent, get rid of all the STUFF that clutters my life.

Little by little … one area a day.

I keep saying that it all needs to go. I want to simplify and concentrate on what matters.

But I just never get around to it.

So what is going to be different this time?

I am committing this project to God.

Something not to be taken lightly.

Giving it up because He gave it all for me.

Do you want to join in?

Here’s A Round Tuit to get you started  : )

This post is part of Works For Me Wednesday.

Free Resources @ docstoc

Have you heard of docstoc? It is an online site for people to find and share free documents.

There is a huge Education section to explore.

You can narrow your search by choosing a language and category from the tabs on the left.

I like to view them by the most downloaded option.

Here are a few goodies that I found:

Farm Animals Book

Shel Silverstein Math

Reading Activities

Math Magic

Sight Words Battleship

2nd Grade Math Journal (other grades available)

Name That Value

Our 50 States graphics

School House Rock Grammar worksheets

1000 Writing Ideas

Brain Blender

Article Detective

Higher Order Thinking Skills Questions

Basic English Grammar Book 1

Basic English Grammar Book 2

A Visit from the Orkin Man


I was amused to find this in my inbox today:

“To whom it may concern,

Please forward this e-mail to your webmaster. I recently discovered your web page containing entomology content and links here:

I wanted to notify you about an educational resource developed by my company Orkin Pest Control.  It is a fully interactive virtual cockroach designed to be an instructional tool about insect anatomy. It is located here:

If you think that this resource would be useful for your website users, would you mind adding a link to it on your page here:

And while I find it odd that entomology content was found in my student planner links, he is right…it is a useful resource for my website users. : )