Thursday, September 8, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal ~ September 8, 2011

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…I have been a bit melancholy. I get this way every year about this time, as I am sure many of you do. This year has been a little more difficult though, partially because it is the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 and partially because this year I am doing a unit on 9/11 with my 11 year old daughter. {Click here to read about where I was that day}
In our homeschool this week…we are taking it easy. We just finished 5 weeks and decided a little break is in order. We still did Religion, History, Art, {BFIAR} and the 9/11 Unit.
Religion was reading out of the Friend magzine.
History was week 4 of The Mystery of History (Stonehenge, Early Egyptians and The Minoans).
Art was finishing a unit on Da Vinci from Worlds Greatest Artists Vol. 1.
{BFIAR} was The ABC Bunny.
The 9/11 Unit was from Hands of a Child.
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…just because something is difficult to talk about doesn't mean we get a pass on teaching it. In fact, I think, the harder it is to talk about something, the more important it is to teach our children!
I am inspired by…the everyday heros. Sunday is a day to remember. Remember those who were killed as well as those who sacrificed to save others and those who did not have to pay the ultimate price but were still there when they were needed.
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…Saturday we will be going to Lowe's for their Build and Grow workshop.
Questions/thoughts I have…what topics do you find difficult to talk to your children about and what do you do about it? Do you avoid the topic, gloss over it, find someone else to teach it, or jump right in and hope you don't scar them for life? ;)
Things I’m working on…cleaning our house and de-cluttering for our upcoming move.
I’m grateful for…Heart of the Matter and Learn our History for holding a Facebook party a few weeks ago. I won this video about 9/11 (see preview below). It has been a great help in teaching my children about 9/11.
I’m praying for…an answer to where we will be living when our lease is up in December!
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  1. I love that you are taking the time (and emotional energy) to focus on 9-11 with your kiddos...
    Thanks for sharing...
    ~Kara @ The Chuppies/NOBH

  2. AdventuresinHomeEducatingSeptember 8, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Thank you Kara! It really does take emotional energy!

  3. Adena @ Food, Fun and FotosSeptember 9, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    We did a field trip recently to the fire station. I did talk briefly to my kids about 9/11. Most of them remember it pretty well and I didn't want to scare the 4 yr old. It is hard to talk about difficult subjects but very important. We had to deal with my father in law passing away at the beginning of summer and there were some issues surrounding it that my kids were exposed to. I hope it helps them to realize how precious family is how how quickly life can end and should not be taken for granted. It was also a great lesson on forgiveness.

  4. AdventuresinHomeEducatingSeptember 9, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing, Adena. Family and forgiveness are definitely important lessons!


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