I started a new thing last month–showing a little peek into my homeschool mama’s journal. This journal is something I started at the beginning of the school year. Basically a daily list of all the things we did that day for school (or not for school), to help me feel better feeling like we weren’t doing enough.
And I found that by taking these daily notes, that we actually do so much more that I thought we did!
These monthly wrap-up posts are a way I can see progress from month to month.
A Homeschool Mama’s Journal
Apparently, when you have a case of the Februaries in January, February actually feels a little better when it rolls around.
We had a terrible time getting back into life after the holidays. But February has brought some more energy into our days, which has felt really good.
We’ve been going to the gym twice a week, taking our days a little slower, and embracing the winter.
This semester, we started using Help for the High Schooler for writing with my 9th grader and it’s been going really well! It’s been spurring some big juicy conversations and because of the content, it doesn’t feel like a big, bad writing assignment.
Jack and Sophia finished their writing assignment for the month. The projects in our writing curriculum, Partnership Writing, has been so. much. fun. This time, they each wrote about a person from the period of history we’re studying. They did research and sorted all their info and compiled it into a neat little report.
I loved that so much.
We finished another read aloud. Homesick by Jean Fritz. It was autobiographical and historical. We all loved it.
The Fun Stuff
Celebrating the little things are what make homeschooling fun.
We had a lovely Valentine’s Day with heart-shaped everything, all day. And honestly, besides some chocolates and cards waiting for the kids when they woke up, that’s all I did.
A heart-shaped grilled cheese sandwich was really all it took to make it a special day.
For President’s Day, the night before I pulled out the Lincoln Logs and a few of our president books to keep the kids interested when they got up.
We made some quick portraits of Abe Lincoln and did a five-minute freewrite about him after we read a couple of picture books.
That was it, but felt like we made it just special enough.
We also devoured the Netflix series Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events. It was so good and now we can’t wait for the next season!
So, I guess we’ll just have to read some of the next books to see what happens next while we wait for another season!
Where we need work
Math facts! A couple of my kids still seem to hesitate when I’m doing flash cards or drilling them. It just keeps getting harder and harder if they don’t know the multiplication facts really well.
So, we’re going to focus more attention here for the next month.
I’m determined to do this in lots of different ways: flashcards, on the whiteboard, with games, etc.
Boring fact sheets make my kids feel like they’re dying. So, we will refrain from causing too much pain.
What about me?
Here’s something I haven’t shared with many people: I’m doing a Whole30.
I’m on Day 25. I have weighed myself a few times (which is not allowed) and I haven’t lost one pound.
I’m not sure how I feel about that.
But I have been working out at the gym and that has been really good for me. I started doing a class that has nearly killed me, but I keep going back.
After the second class, I could barely raise my arms to drive home.
It seems to be better now. I can drive at least.
Oh! And I made another batch of soy candles to get me through the year–or at least a few months. I seriously love making these. SO much.
It’s almost March! We’re entering birthday season! And spring is coming!
Happy Homeschooling, friends!