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. 

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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.

Who’da thought.

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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. 

Recent ‘Hoorays’

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.

Less painfully, I’m rereading Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and Essentialism and both are so fabulous for very different reasons. 

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!


  1. Don’t know if you’ve tried Xtra Math online, but it’s a great alternative to flashcards. My kids use it now after experiencing flashcard burnout….and they have really improved with their facts.

  2. I love this series! What a great peek into your homeschool days (and a nice thing for you to look back on at the end of the year).

    As we’ve gone more Brave Writer/unschooly in the last while I’ve been keeping a running list of our learning (planned or not) and I’m finding we are actually doing MORE than we were when I went into the day with a schedule and list of things I wanted to get done.

  3. The ‘Big Brainz’ computer game has been an amazing help for my kids to memorize math facts! Totally worth the screen time. I love your simple. Your simple special days sound perfect, a good reminder that it doesn’t, and shouldn’t, take much to make a day memorable and fun.

  4. I started doing this in January and it has made such a difference especially in February when I had a full case of the Februaries.
    I went off sugar in January and didn’t lose anything either, but felt so much better so that was a win.
    Love seeing these peeks into your months.

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