We recently checked this book out from the library. Weatherwatch has lots of neat facts and several somewhat easy and interesting experiments. If you are doing an elementary study on weather you may find the book helpful! Be sure to see if your library can get this book for you!
I always appreciate when other moms recommend resources to me as it simplifies my time. Do you have a good weather resource to suggest?
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We survived our first week last week! These are a few books we plan to read this week:
Magic School Bus Inside the Human Body (This is much younger than my daughter’s reading level, but I hear it goes well with Classical Conversation science this cycle. I’m excited to find out!)
Who Was Walt Disney? This is a fun read for my daughter before everything becomes related to Classical Conversations starting next week.
Do not forget to use your local library for books as well!
What are you reading this week?
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Working Momma, I know you are often tired and worn out. If you are like me, the vast majority of your homeschooling mom friends are full time moms. That’s ok, there is no contest here. We each need to do what God has called us to do for our family.
But, friend, if you are anything like me you find yourself sometimes frustrated. My child does homework at 6:30 am while someone else’s child may not start until 9 am- and your child is of the age they realize the difference.
Or my biggest struggle is we cannot go on that field trip or fun group outing yet again because my schedule cannot be changed for the week due to some meeting or appointment. I let mom guilt get the best of me- especially when my child knows about the trip I cannot make work.
Let me encourage you- it’s just fine to have a schedule to meet the needs of your family. Your child will forget about that fun trip or have time for a different activity because your schedule looks different. God has called each of us to serve our families- but it’s going to look different for all of us regardless if we work full time, part time or stay home full time. So, if you see a fellow homeschooling mom doing something you wish you had the time to do, do not despair- just do your very best. It’s alright to be on a different schedule and not keep up with the rest of the homeschooling world.
I’m all about easy meals in the slow cooker. This is a summertime family favorite that happens to be cooking today!
Wrap frozen, skinless chicken breasts in foil with BBQ sauce (or other seasonings to taste). Put this in the bottom of your slower cooker.
Dice potatoes and season to taste. Wrap in foil lightly sprayed with cooking spray. (We like a small amount of seasoned salt.)
Wrap ears of buttered sweet corn in foil.
I cook this on low all day. Do you have an easy slower cooker recipe?
If you follow the Employed Homeschool Mom on Facebook you know we started school on Tuesday. I had not planned to start until next Monday, but Monday night my daughter asked to start. Since I had everything ready to go- that’s just what we did!
She has also been attending a VBS this week where they serve kid friendly meals, so I do not have to break out meal planning until next week. Of course, next week I have lots of meetings to schedule around too. I hope to share some of my meal plans and scheduling tricks for working moms over the course of the school year.
Are you ready for the new school year?
Two weeks until we start back to school in our house. (Honestly, part of me is not ready!) I have the first week of assignments done, except I’m really struggling with what to have her read. We dropped a text book reading program this year in favor of books that will challenge her, but she will enjoy more. (Any suggestions, friends?)
I’m also working on menu planning the first few weeks of school. This summer I’ve had days where I have not had to use the crockpot every day- but that first week back on a school schedule- I think I’ll be using the crockpot. One less thing to think about!
I purchased what few supplied we need a couple of weeks ago. After you homeschool a few years, it seems new pencils, notebooks and erasers are about all you need.
I’ve also been using time watching her extracurricular activities to work on her handwriting notebook for the year. Since she usually does this without me around, I have numbered all the assignments so we do not have questions every day.
What are you doing to prepare for back to school?
(Let me start this post by saying, outside of the church, my participation in 4-H had more impact on me in my youth than any other organization. I learned leadership, citizenship, organization, public speaking- well, the list could go on an on. My husband is a 4-H alum too. Both of us are in career fields that 4-H helped us learn about and in my case, sparked my interest. So, to us, this is an important program.)
As our daughter wrapped up her time as a clover bud, at our recent County show, she was taking in projects and trying to decide what she would like to show next year. She has quite the list.
As she is telling me what she would like to show, I’m writing down the projects she mentions, and I start to look in our local project guidebook for the requirements. While I have worked Cloverbud projects into our homeschool days, I have yet to do so with the projects beyond that.
I realized how easy it will be for her to combine some projects for 4-H as she is already going to be doing it in our homeschool program. Take reading for example. We have a county project where you keep a list of books you read and then do a report on one. We do lots of book reports and she can easily keep a list of books.
If you homeschool and participate in 4-H, let me encourage you to find ways to combine as much as you can. As a (part time) work outside the home mom, it’s important to me to find ways to be able to do both homeschooling and 4-H well, but still save time.
And if your family does not participate in 4-H, call your local Extension office and check it out. I’m guessing something will be beneficial to your family.