Thursday, April 7, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal ~ Week 9

The Homeschool Mother's Journal
In my life this week…things have been fairly calm. I think it helps that my kids have ALL been sleeping through the night! It has only been 11+ years since that happened!
In our homeschool this week…I have been finalizing our curriculum for next year (which for us starts mid-May).
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…I don't think we are going anywhere (it is kind of a nice feeling)!
My favorite thing this week was…putting binders/portfolios together for next year (so I can put them together as we go along...unlike this year which will probably take me all next year to put together)!
What’s working/not working for us…I guess everything is working because I can't think of anything to write here. :)
Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…What do you do for art? My children are 11, 5, and 3 and I would really love to find something that will work for all of them. It would be awesome if it included crafts, drawing/paining as well as some art history.
A photo, video, link, or quote to share…if you are looking for a quick, kid-friendly, inexpensive (but much needed) way to help the children of Japan here is a link for you to check out!
The SleepyTime Gal For the Children of Ishinomaki, Japan
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  1. the sleepy time galApril 7, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    thank you so much for sharing.

  2. AdventuresinHomeEducatingApril 7, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    You bet! Thanks for setting it up and making it easy to participate!

  3. We use Charlotte Mason's method of art study and artist study. It works for all ages. Maybe something you could look into.. :-)

  4. I like those weeks when there isn't too much going on. Happy organizing for your new year! We don't use an actual art curriculum (kindergarten is all about art anyhow) but I do like the Draw-Write-Now books.

  5. Nice you have no problem to report. :) I bought a ton of how to draw books over the years and make it a fun thing to do when the boys finish math. Its amazing how well they draw. My post

  6. Binders and portfolios sounds like a great way to organize. Congratulations on accomplishing this. For art we've utilized I'm not sure if they are in your area but they were inexpensive and sufficient. I also try to teach my preschooler how to draw with shapes. Just talk about shapes when you draw a picture. My sixth grader has been using the National Gallery of Art Activity Book: 25 Adventures with Art.

  7. Our homeschool group just did tie dying for an art activity! It was fantastic fun :) There are plenty of 'how to' videos on YouTube. Go for it! :) At the bottom of this post are some pics from our tie dying adventures!

  8. I love finalizing curriculum! Sounds like you are on a roll with getting things organized for your next school year; that's awesome! Thanks for sharing the link.

    Stopping by from THMJ; have a great weekend!

  9. AdventuresinHomeEducatingApril 8, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Thanks Michelle! I will research it! :)

  10. AdventuresinHomeEducatingApril 8, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    Thanks for the idea Alli, I will look into those books...I haven't heard of them before!

  11. AdventuresinHomeEducatingApril 8, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Thanks for stopping by Robin! I'm probably going to start with something like that...we do a lot of notebooking and I think it would be great if they could draw some of their own pictures instead of always using clip art!

  12. AdventuresinHomeEducatingApril 8, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Thanks Eileen! I will look into I haven't heard of it before! I will also check out the National Gallery book! :)

  13. AdventuresinHomeEducatingApril 8, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Thanks for sharing Mama Gee!

  14. AdventuresinHomeEducatingApril 8, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    Thanks for stopping by Tiffany! Organizing and finding curriculum are two of my favorite things to do! ;) You are welcome for the link!

  15. I love looking for curriculum myself. Picking and choosing sometimes I hard for me to stop looking. lol

  16. following from the homeschool mother's journal - thanks for sharing. We get in some art from our classical conversations group and I have some lessons left in our first artistic pursuits book - the kids have really enjoyed those.

  17. AdventuresinHomeEducatingApril 14, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Hi Vickie! It is definitely hard to stop looking for curriculum! I think it is an addiction! ;)

  18. AdventuresinHomeEducatingApril 14, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Thanks for stopping by Melissa. I would love to try Artistic Pursuits...they are just out of our price range! :(


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