Top Ten Tuesday {10 pieces of homeschooling advice}

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This is the perfect topic for me.  I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to help newbie homeschoolers, and I even wrote a 10 day series on this very thing.  So without further ado, and since I have a week of family in town, I will leave you with my words of wisdom: 10 Days of “I Wish I Had Known”…

10 Days of I wish I had known {homeschool}

Visit Angie to link up your Top Ten for this week, and check out the iHomeschool Network bloggers to see their pieces of advice for new homeschoolers.  I guarantee it will be worth your time (and your sanity!).

Homeschool Mother’s Journal- June 22, 2012

Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week:

I’ve been serving in the nursery at VBS this week, which has both thrilled me and made me pine for the three hours each day that I could be catching up with my own to-do list since all four of my kiddos are otherwise occupied.  My left arm has been getting a workout with a chubby and adorable little 8 month old who does not like anything but my left hip (he even fell asleep one day hanging off of it, like a little monkey.)  I’m thankful to have the opportunity to help out, but it has been tiring!

In our homeschool this week:

Since I came back Monday night from the NE Homeschool Convention, my head chock-full of great tidbits I need to now put to use in planning, and have been in VBS, not much school has happened.  We are still reading a lot together and have done some math and language activities.

Helpful homeschool tips or advice to share:

We are doing more school this summer than ever before, but I will still need a good break. My advice is to make sure you plan some mental health time for Mom into your summer!

I am inspired by:

This wonderful post by Maggie Hogan of Bright Ideas Press:  Lessons I Learned from Homeschooling

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

Just our typical tae kwon do class and music lessons, besides VBS this week.  My 12-year-old (who just had a birthday last week) passed his black belt step test- one hurdle closer to his second degree black belt exam.

 My favorite thing this week was:

Playing a drawing game with my daughter.  I started a drawing with some doodles and she added to it; we continued back and forth until we had the funniest picture of a water-spitting alien holding a walkie-talkie for communicating with the mother ship.  Then she started one.  So fun!

What’s working/not working for us:

Routine is not working for us right now.  I know summer is busy and kind of random, but this mama thrives on routine.  With little trips and visits here and there, the occasional camp or special activity, and Daddy working weird hours, we’re flying by the seat of our pants these days with school, meals, and just about everything else!

Questions/thoughts I have:

I’ve really been pondering the book Quiet, by Susan Cain.  I think so much of it is right on the money in describing and encouraging understanding of introverts and how they can best use their gifts in their circles of influence.  It has caused me to be more conscious in my thoughts about homeschooling as an introvert, socializing as an introvert, and parenting as an introvert.  Since at least two of my children are also introverted (another is an off-the-chart extrovert and the jury’s still out on my youngest), I have also been thinking about how to parent them in a way that best helps them to grow and mature.

Things I’m working on:

Planning for Sunday School, a few writing projects, planning for our next homeschool year, and figuring out a weekly routine that will be successful going forward.

I’m reading:

I just downloaded Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, which has come highly recommended by friends.  I also will be rereading some homeschool books for the coming year.

I’m cooking:

I made these delicious and healthy stuffed peppers a couple of days ago.  I can’t say all of my kids loved them, by hubs and I did!  I like stretching the kids’ palates so when they leave for college or the work force they won’t be eating Big Macs and pizza every night.

I’m grateful for:

Dimpled smiles, sweaty summer hugs, piles of books on the tables, paper airplanes littering the living room floor, and nights on the porch with a glass of wine and a handsome hubby.

I’m praying for:

Friends and family who have just had babies, are waiting for babies’ arrivals, or are in the process of adopting.

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