Homeschooling Journal Week 12

In my life this week…

The big thing for me this week is that I cleaned out the fridge. It is always so nice to have a sparkling clean fridge where you can find stuff and there is no guess the contents of the container or the “is this still ok to eat” questions.

My wife cleaned out the freezer in preparation of our half a cow arriving. THANK YOU. I can’t wait to have a variety of cuts again. Right now we mostly buy ground beef and cheap roasts.

We have also restarted Tae Kwon Do. It is nice to be back at it but since I haven’t done it in 6 months the first day left me pretty sore. My son of course just dove straight in with no problems.

This was lighthearted fun week and that is what is expressed in most of this post. On Thursday night I learned that one of kids fighting cancer that I have been following was not going to make it. The prayer section is for him and is part of the reason I am later than normal in writing this post.

In our homeschool this week…

More of the same. I am continuing my search for Canadian Explorers material and have develop a little bit of my own. I am feeling that we need an achievement badge system for homeschooling parents. I’m a newbie so feel free to add to this list.

Committed – Sign the papers or buy your curriculum. Something that shows you have made a commitment to homeschool.

Mentor – Help someone else learn about homeschooling.

Best for my child – Replace curriculum because it just wasn’t working for your child.

Blog – Start a homeschooling blog.

Arrgg! I can’t find anything I like – Make your own curriculum material.

Now we need someone with artistic talent to make up the badges. I feel like I have passed a number of milestones on this journey and I’m only 3 months into it.

My favorite thing this week was…

We learned the importance of doing some reading aloud. My daughter was reading the special days on the calendar,

“Children’s Day, Remembrance Day, Veteran’s Day, Electrician’s Day”

“Wait what?! “

“Electrician’s Day” she repeated pointing.

“Oh Election Day”

I’m cooking…

This weeks big item was a Lasagna. Two things coincided to bring this on. First my wife bough me a new lasagna pan and it is wonderful. It fits 4 of those box noodles across and is just long enough. Best it is deep enough for someone like me that goes overboard. Second was last week while shopping I accidentally picked up cottage cheese instead of sour cream. I’m blaming the no name brand with all similar containers for the mix up. Although for this size lasagna I really need a second container of cottage cheese. Still it was 2 dinners and a number of lunches.


It also time to start Christmas cookies. I will have to post the recipes as one is gluten free and the other could be easily converted. We don’t have any gluten problems in our family but two of our friends have family members with Celiac. So we understand how hard it is to find gluten free stuff.

I’m praying for…

Tenney Little. I have been following his story since September after reading about him on An Ordinary Mom. Doctors have given him only 24 to 72 hours. As his mom said “Today we are grateful that there is no cancer in heaven”

As a lot of you know my son is a two time cancer survivor. In following other kids I have heard that last sentence in various forms too many times. It is true but it does little to easy the pain felt by family and friends here on Earth. Tenney has been in my prayers since September and remains in my prayers. Miracles do happen, very rarely but they do happen. The family has also been in my prayer and they are the ones who will need support the most. Particularly I pray for Tenney’s little brother Henry.

This section has taken longer to write than the rest of the article combined. Each time I read of another little one losing their battle it tears the scabs off the memories off all the other kids that didn’t make it. There is so much more to say and words truly are not enough.

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

You know you are a SAHD when your wife gets you a new lasagna pan and you are overjoyed with it.

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