Homeschool Mother’s Journal in 7 Quick Takes

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In my life this week ….

It’s as busy as always. The whole family is anxiously awaiting spring weather — we’re all a little tired of the cold!

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In our homeschool this week…

We’re working on nature studies, both planned and impromptu.

The kids found a momma cardinal in our yard who was injured. Together with Daddy, they created a ‘get well spot’ for her, protected from the weather and neighborhood cats.

Despite their best efforts, “Peepa” died. My sweet little ones learned how to care for a dying animal while Brett worked on his bird eulogy skills.

snakes gail gibbons

We’re also finishing up a snake unit study from In The Hands of a Child. This is our first lapbook we’ve done, so Rachel’s really loving it. We’ll wrap it up in the next few days with a snake craft, then move on to studying about horses.

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Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

I struggle with keeping my house clean, especially with so many little children underfoot.

In the past, I’ve been a martyr — “Why am I the only person who does ANYTHING to keep this house clean?” I’ve also been known as Evil Witch Mother — “If you don’t pick up these toys, I will throw in the trash!”

Neither of those approaches are helpful, and they drive my blood pressure through the roof.

So, I instituted a chore chart.

chore chart

I used the chore chart printables from Erica’s site along with a pocket chart I had in a closet. My kids were immediately curious. I’ll go more into detail next week, but the bottom line is, if they get their chores done, they get 30 minutes of screen time.

No chores, no iPad.

I’m really patting myself on the back for this one. I’ve even managed to get them to clean the bathrooms.

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I’m cooking…

Recipes from my Pinterest boards! So far I’ve tried Cowboy Casserole, Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls, Corn Dog Muffins, and Ranch Pork Chops. My husband thought I’d flipped.

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

Maeve and I traveled with my friends Angie and Colleen last weekend to Normandy, Tennessee for a blogger’s retreat. I had a great time, and my mind is filled with new ideas to explore. Word to the wise — traveling with babies is not for the weak. (There’s a blog post to come about my tips and suggestions.)

Saturday, Rachel will be in her very first riding competition! I’m vacillating between being super excited and kicking myself for getting involved in such an expensive sport. She LOVES it, so it looks like I need to clean out the attic and sell some things to fund this endeavor.

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Things I’m working on…

Hmm. It looks like my lofty Lenten goals will once again go unfinished, unless I become a speed reader in the next week. I had a list of 10 books I wanted to finish by Easter. So far, I’ve finished two books and am still plugging away at the third and fourth.

platform michael hyatt

I got a little distracted by a book that wasn’t even on my original list – Platform, by Michael Hyatt. I’ve been reading his blog and listening to his podcasts, so picking up the book was a natural progression. I picked it up in e-book form as well as the audioversion, so that I can listen to it at the gym, or read it on the fly. So far, I love it.

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I rewarded my kids this week by…

Picking up the ingredients to make resurrection rolls, inspired by my friend Kathryn. Mine are going to have a special twist — you’ll have to drop back by next week to get the update.

perler beads ocean buddies

I also grabbed these Perler Beads Ocean Buddies at Michael’s, on a glorious craft shopping trip all by myself. The boys will work on their fine motor skills while Rachel just gets to have fun!

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  1. Ah, that martyr and witch mommy, two of my familiar personalities. Lent has been an exercise in restraint and delegation. So far, we’re doing well with room for improvement. Perhaps that’s going to be the title of my next first book…

  2. Lisa Schmidt says

    Michael Hyatt has helped Joel and I so much! Did you know he’s a deacon in the Orthodox Church? I was floored when I learned that.

    Love the chore chart! Good job, girl! Here’s to a clean(er) house! 😉

    • Dianna Kennedy says

      Ha! Are you serious?? I’m a gigantic fan .. I’m going to hijack Brett’s iTunes and sign him up. 😉

  3. Oh, I can’t wait to see the twist. Woo hoo!

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