Margaret First Day Homeschooling Sortof

Homeschooling Journal Week 28

In my life this week…

I am finally feeling like we have regained some control over the cleanliness of the house. The craft area that has been an abandoned overflowing pile for months has been tackled. It is always a sign of progress when you fill both a garbage bag and a recycling bin.

I have my tickets in hand for our local homeschooling convention. It draws people from all over BC and probably farther but it is walking distance from my house. Two more weeks! I can’t wait…

In our homeschool this week…

Today was my daughters trial day of homeschooling. I can already tell it is going to be a completely different experience than with Philip.

Margaret First Day Homeschooling Sortof

You can see just how much of a mess my desk is. It is on the cleaning list for this weekend. Should I promise a clean picture for next weeks post… She chose to stand the book is on the chair and the other chair is behind her.

She flew through the work I had planned out and was asking for more. I left her watching Student Writing Intensive. She did one of the paragraphs but watched about the first 4 weeks worth of video. She also did one section of IXL math and started on a second. We did just enough Bible to figure out that she doesn’t like that particular book. So now I am in search of a good Catholic based Bible curriculum. We also did an experiment showing that light travels in straight lines using two lights to make shadows and trace them out. We did an exercise out of Drawing with Children by Mona Brooks. I am giving her some time to make a decision. I think the only thing on the public school side in her mind is her friend.

Margaret Art Exercise

Ian Art Exercise

I’m cooking…

Well I made the cookies from the SAHD joke below. Its a recipe that I had back in University that some how got lost. I must of made them at least once for my wife because she remembered them. When someone from her work came in with the same cookies she grabbed the recipe. They are called Chocolate Crinkles.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Raw

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Cooked

I also made No Bakes based on a request from Ian. They are my go to recipe when I need cookies in a hurry. They take me well less that 20 minutes to make and are usually cooled by the time I get where I am going.

The last of the turkey is gone. Dinner for 13 the first night, for 5 the second, Numerous sandwiches, dinner as Turkey Tetrazzini, lunches from that, Turkey pot pie with baking powder biscuits for another dinner, plus lunches from that, and finally turkey chowder for a last dinner and more lunches. I figure I stretched out that turkey to 60 servings.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…

You know you are a SAHD when you find a recipe card on the counter left by your wife as a hint to what she wants.

This happened this week. I found a recipe card neatly placed on the counter for some cookies that I haven’t made in a while. After thinking for a minute I asked my wife if this was a hint. She told it wasn’t so much of a hint as an outright request.

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5 thoughts on “Homeschooling Journal Week 28”

  1. So, your daughter’s homeschool trial went well! Wonder if you could set up regular play dates with her friend(s) if she should begin homeschooling. Enjoy the conference! How convenient that it’s so close to home! We love Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter No Bakes! Yum! (Unfortunately my daughter is allergic to peanut butter so we don’t have them that often.) Our go to cookies are Tollhouse Chocolate Chip cookie bars. Have a great week!

  2. Our No Bakes don’t have any Peanut Butter.

    2 C sugar
    1/2 C Butter
    1/2 C Milk
    Cook and stir over medium heat until it starts to bubble. Cook for another 2.5 minutes. Less if you want them chewier, more for more like fudge. Add in:
    1 tsp Vanilla
    1/4 cup Cocoa (I tend to heap a bit)
    3 cups of Oat.

    We are trying to arrange play dates. they have had one but they both have very busy after school schedules that has made it difficult. We are hoping to have one this weekend.

    One of the things that came out of my families East coast root is Fannie Farmer cookbooks. I have my mothers that I got when her mother passed away and she grabbed her mom’s copy.

    Mix together. Spoon on to cookie sheet and let cool.

  3. I love the drawing activity your daughter did. It sounds like her test-run day went well. We did almost 2 weeks of a test-run with my oldest daughter when she asked to homeschool. I thought she’d miss her friends more than it turned out she did.

  4. My Grandma always made Chocolate Crinkles for us when I was a kid and I have such great memories of them. I need to go dust off my recipe and make some for my kids.

  5. I’m visiting from the Hip Homeschool Hop! 🙂 I’m one of the co-owners of the Hip Homeschool Moms, but I also link up my own personal blog at the hop. It’s great to have a homeschool dad link up with us!

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