What we are reading:

Reading is something my student can get in while I’m at work with minimal help.  I assign a book report on 99% of the books she reads.  What we are reading right now:

What was Pearl Harbor?

Wonder  (I read this book before having my student read it- I couldn’t put it down.)

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What is your student reading?



Managing Extracurricular Activities

I’m often asked how I manage my child’s extracurricular activities, homeschool and work.  Right now, outside of church, we have on athletic extracurricular, piano lessons and participate in 4-H.

I worked our schedule where the athletic activity and piano lessons are on the same night in the town we live.  (The athletic activity is not a competitive sport, so while they do have some “performances” we are not gone every weekend with it.)  So, I am only gone a chunk of one evening for two activities.  On this night, our meal is usually from the slow cook (or lets be real, it’s sometimes carryout).

We attend church one night each week too.  The meal is provided there.

Our 4-H club meets on a weekend afternoon once a month.  We attend workshops and other 4-H events as our child is interested and it fits in our schedule.  I have one day off each week and we try to work on a project (or part of one) each week.  As a matter of fact, she finished one while I was off for Thanksgiving break.  I’ve written about this before, but I sometimes tie 4-H projects into schoolwork.

Do we sometimes say no to activities?  Absolutely.  You have to do what works best for your family.  We live in a rural area, so what is offered for children here is somewhat limited- which is sometimes good, sometimes bad.

How do you manage extracurricular activities?


How we handle “sick days”…

I was asked to share how I handle “sick days.”  I’m blessed that my husband is self employed.  So if it is not his busy season, he is able to stay home with our child.

If it is his busy season, I work with my employer to either rearrange hours or will sometimes just have to miss work.  This was something I discussed at length with my employer before accepting my new position.

Do any of our working homeschool parents have tips to share?

A New Schedule…

This week starts the second week of my new job.  More importantly, a new family schedule.  Due to my child being under the weather last week, we did not seem to find a schedule that fit us well.  She wasn’t well enough to do school a few days last week.

My wake up time remains the same.  I think my student will be able to sleep  about 15 minutes longer most mornings.  On the days she has evening activities, most of the time Dad is going to pick up her and take her to the earliest one.  We are also going to try to do a little less school before work and more school after work and see how that goes for a few weeks.  My student is not a morning person like me.

This new schedule is also going to mean a lot of crockpot meals for my family.  My work week is a few hours more than in the past, meaning I arrive home later in the day.  (Chili in the crockpot for tonight.)

When your family schedule is turned upside down, do you have any tips to share about finding a new one?


Two Ingredient Cookies

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Need a quick and easy sweet snack to take someplace?  My family loves these cookies.

You need 1 can of pumpkin and 1 box of cake mix.

Mix well.

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Drop onto cookie sheet.  Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Our favorite is a chocolate cake mix.  Sometimes I frost with cream cheese frosting.  You can use any cake mix you choose, or even angel food cake mix for a lighter option.

These are quick an easy for busy moms to make and take someplace.

Our Geography

As you may have read, until recently, we were part of the classical education model.  I still think it has many benefits, but due to some life changes, we have went to a more traditional model.

However, I have stuck with the classical model for geography.  We are using the book Draw the USA.  With this book, your student memorizes how to draw all the states in the USA.  We are working to learn about the states this year, so this fits perfectly with our other materials.

As a homeschooling, yet working mom, this also works great because it’s something my child can do on their own with little guidance from me.  Most of the time this is something she works on while I am at work.

There are other books in this series too.  I encourage you to check it out!

What are you doing for geography?

What we are reading…

While it’s not what we are studying in history, we are going to be reading about Pear Harbor.  This is our current read:  What Was Pearl Harbor?

Be sure to check to see if your library carries this book.  Do you have any suggested reading material on Peal Harbor?  I’d love to know!

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