The Homeschool Mothers Journal: A Morning in the Amazon

It is a new week and time for me to reflect on last week before we all move on. I’m linking up The Homeschool Chick for The Homeschool Mothers Journal. I encourage you do to the same too! Now on to our week with a morning in the Amazon and WAY too many tomatoes.


In my life this week…

I learned that while getting my new venture, The Odd Mom Panel, up and running, I either need an infinite amount of patience to work with brand marketers or learn to become much more aggressive and thick-skinned. It is going to be one or the other to get things done, now I just need to decide on which.


In our homeschool this week…

It was interesting week, as far as what the kids decided they wanted to learn. Both watched a training video of the hubs intently (especially Matt) fascinated with the process of how an engine works.

One morning was by all three kids, spent discussing everything that is in a rainforest habitat, why and where they are, as the “created” their own in the yard, complete with a snake sprinkler to create the rain. The kids also “played” together nicely this week when they set up a store in the house along with the register. Not only was the friendly play nice, but also seeing Matt finally grasping some money concepts that he couldn’t get early was a great bonus.

Ema spent a LOT of time this week helping in the kitchen, the garden and with the animals (pigs, goats, chickens & rabbits.) This is on top of the garden that her and Matt planted together and have taken care of every day. In the kitchen, she has been learning how to dice vegetables for dinner and has helped to process tomatoes into stewed tomatoes, marinara sauce and salsa. Honestly, at this point, I would be happy if I didn’t see a tomato for a month, but she could happily keep at it.

Ema also spent a lot time working on paper crafting and working on her new scrapbook, which included a lot writing on her part, which was lovely. Don’t tell her because she will still profess that she cannot read or write though the amount she does each day is increasing wonderfully doing stuff naturally and she doesn’t even realize it.

Matt sparked up an interesting conversation about the Civil War with me early in the week, so we dove into the subject a little more, though we haven’t formerly studied it in any way yet. Later in the week, I found him sprawled out in front of the TV with dinosaur fact books in spread out all in front of him and a PBS show on dinosaurs streaming on Netflix.


My favorite thing this week was…

Watching Ema (7) whoop her daddy’s butt in a game of marbles (Aggravation.) They were playing on the beautiful wooden board my great grandpa made long before I was born and I have fond memories of playing on it as a child myself. It is nice to see my children doing the same.


Things I’m working on…

Getting organized again! I allowed myself to get into a ridiculous slump, which had the school supplies in complete disarray and left the kids to get away with just “tossing” their toys away each day. I’m paying for it dearly now, but would say I’m halfway through the chaos of a mess. All of books are now reorganized and I’ve slowly started working on the toys.


I’m reading…

Still swapping between the same books as I was last week, I really need to carve out more time to read.

‘Every Natural Fact: Five Seasons of Open-Air Parenting’ by Amy Lou Jenkins

'Unschooling: A Lifestyle of Learning' by Sara McGrath

The Future Door (No Place Like Holmes)’ by Jason Lethcoe (Booksneeze Review that I’ve had WAY too long)

Jake West - 'The Keeper Of The Stones' by M J Webb (LibraryThing Member Giveaway)

Yseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur’ by Ruth Nestvold ((LibraryThing Member Giveaway)


I’m grateful for…

My sweet husband, Adam, who has seemed determined to make sure I enjoy my birthday in 11 days. Even though I’m not particularly thrilled about turning 30.


A quote to share…

From the April 1898 “New York Teachers Monographs.”

“That which makes honesty appear natural and valuable is vital in children’s reading.”


-  By Mary E. Burt, Author of Literary Landmarks, Odysseus & The Hero of Ithaca.