Friday, March 4, 2011

Homeschool Week in Review

The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week...

I’m making progress in my personal Bible study and SOAP time.  I get really hard on myself when I get angry easily.  I know that it’s more about making progress and not perfection.  I’m not perfect but I can work every day to get better and better!

In our homeschool this week...

Lil Dude didn’t have to do school because he wasn’t feeling well. 

Lil G decided that he wanted to start school earlier (9am) so that he could finish earlier (about 2pm) and have more playing time.  I am proud of his initiative though it means that my mommy time is either cut shorter or I’d have to wake up earlier.  That’s ok though, I am super proud of his perseverance!

We also celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading every book we own written by him. 

Places we're going and people we're seeing...

We went on our Cub Scout geocaching field trip today! I love taking the boys on field trips to experience the beautiful wonders that our Lord created just for us to enjoy!

My favorite thing this week was...

Though my little one was sick this week, my favorite part was cuddling with him! I also thanked God that I wouldn’t have to worry about “calling in sick” from work to care for my little one, or wondering if I should send my child to school.  I know many moms have to face that turmoil and it breaks my heart because I understand it is very hard. I thanked God for that privilege and choice that we have and prayed for mommies who have to go through that.

What's working/not working for us...

The Handwriting without Tears curriculum is really working wonders! Lil G’s handwriting is like night and day. We are currently working on our second book now and it is a bit more difficult but that’s ok.  Trying to break old habits is very hard and I try to remind him that you don’t form new habits over night.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have...

How does a mom manage their day with homeschooling, cleaning, cooking, grocery shopping, etc.? I feel that I am always behind!

A photo, video, link, or quote to share...

 Lil Dude working on HWT

Lil Dude working on HWT Smile

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Book Review: Same Life, New Story

I am so excited! I completed my first book to review. The most amazing thing is that I will forever remember this book as my first one blogger book review and how it personally impacted me. 

Same Life, New Story book

Same Life, New Story by Jan Silvious is a 10-week Bible Study for Women.  I loved the women in the bible stories that Jan Silvious chose to make her point.  There was Esther (my personal favorite), Naomi, Hannah, Leah, Deborah and even ones I wasn’t too familiar with like Jehosheba, Anna, and Naamon’s servant girl. Each one of these women left a legacy because of their willingness to take risks and change their life story.  While the biblical stories in the book helped me think about the way my own personal story is being written, I especially liked the modern stories that were included as well.  I am glad that the author chose to include parallel’s to the biblical women heroes with modern women heroes.

The personal reflection and group discussion questions were helpful at the end of each chapter.  It makes a great option for one to complete the book on their own (like I did) or with a group.  As you complete each personal reflection, it allows you to dig deep within your soul and to pull out the weeds that are inhibiting your own personal growth to develop a positive new story for your life. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.  I loved the way it made me think. It made me think about my own life and gave me a fresh look at how God is the author of my story.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.