The Homeschool Song for Wee Ones

JMJ112  *Since there is so little to report on the academic front today, I decided to write a few lyrics to go with the familiar kid’s tune, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, to have at least a little shareable content with my readers.  My kids, who are all too old for such songs now, thought I…

How to Build the Homeschool High School Dossier

JMJ110  *These days, I imagine you can send the high school dossier electronically, instead of having to print a hard copy, although you may enjoy looking at a physical copy of the culmination of four years of hard work.  Not just your child’s hard work, but also all the hours you spent putting together her…

21 Park Day ideas

JMJ107  *One super fun idea is to host a marketplace- Instead of a clothes or toy swap, switch it up a bit.  Set up a few tables or blankets with the wares, give each child a handful of nickels, and sell everything for 5-10 cents.  Kids can even make things to sell. Park days are…

Quotes for a Weary Mom Part 1

JMJ105  *Today was most definitely a weary day for a weary mom.  I really benefit from a little “quote therapy”, to pick me up, when I have a day like this.  It is soothing to read the kind words others have written, in a spirit of encouragement and also humor.  I thought I would share what…

Planning Ahead for Long Distance Visitors

JMJ103  *When I first moved out here, and my mom and sister came to visit, I was not ready for them.  It was so frustrating to try and entertain as well as do the regular routine at the same time.  And this was before I even had children.  I promised myself that this would never…

Changing your Child’s Curriculum

JMJ100  *In our evening prayers, Melissa has been praying that she can understand French better, and so I took the hint and researched some French resources.  Melissa and I sat down with a French book I found in our over-stuffed bookshelf, and shared some laughs as we exchanged some elementary dialogue. Ring the School Bell…

Starting a Kid’s Cooking Club

JMJ99  *Choose and test the recipes, I suggest one month at a time.  Select an entree, side dish, and dessert, or else one recipe for each group.  I would go through quite a few recipes in my “test kitchen” before I would find ones that were perfect for the club. Ring the School Bell 99/180…

Showing your Appreciation for the Homeschooling Dad

JMJ98  *Put up with a little football and television, or other activity that he cares about but you don’t reciprocate the passion for.  I am not much of a television person, but he loves it when I sit down with him and watch a show, and, it ends up being good for me as well…

Time for a Mom’s Day Out

JMJ95  *Sometimes I just get plain tired of the laundry to be done, kids to be fed, floors to be swept, kids to be tutored, being chauffeur… I love being with my children.  But even happy moms need a day off too, once in a while.  It is time to recharge.   Ring the School Bell 95/180…