Friday, March 25, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal #10

In my life this week...
My life this week was nice and slow. We had some nice weather at the beginning of the week, so we played outside a lot. We planted our herbs in recycled containers this week. We got the breaks on our car replaced this week.  The house is messier than normal, and it is driving me nuts. I need to clean it up.  I started readingThe Well Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer. So far I am enjoying the book. I like reading about how different families school their children. I don’t think that their plan as written will work for our family because I disagree with the order of her high school science education, but I am still getting some good ideas.
In our homeschool this week...
Little BBQ has really been enjoying reading. He is asking to read more books which makes me happy.  His attention span is growing by leaps and bounds. Little BBQ could barely sit through one book back in January. Tonight he sat through 5 books.  He was really into the Curious George series. George’s mischievousness reminds me a lot of Little BBQ.
Places we're going and people we're seeing...
We visited some friends this week who also homeschool. It was nice to let our sons play together. They played really well together. There was a lot of banter back and forth along with some role playing on both sides.
My favorite thing this week was...
My favorite thing this week was planting the herbs with Little BBQ this week. He diligently filled each container up with dirt and diligently put seeds into each container. It was really cute. Then he wanted the herbs to grow NOW so he got a fake flower and put it in one of the containers. I really appreciated the effort.
What's working/not working for us...
Little BBQ can not handle playing the Wii for even short periods of time. He gets too temperamental over the sword playing game. He has to win. He gets upset if he does not win. I took away the wii for the whole week. Since taking away the wii he has been behaving much better. We are still struggling to find a way to let him enjoy the wii in moderation. We have thought about letting him play the wii only on weekends. It seems even if the wii is around, then he just begs to play it all the time. When the wii is hidden, then he doesn’t ask about making my life much more pleasant with him.
Homeschool questions/thoughts I have...
Does anyone else struggle with wii playing? How do you regulate playing time? How do you help you child cope with losing?
A photo, video, link, or quote to share...
I have been doing some writing for Yahoo. I wrote several articles this week including one on noncandy inexpensive Easter egg fillers, another how to throw a graduation party on a budget, and ten weird things to do in Austin, Texas.  

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  1. My house is messier too and it is driving me crazy as well...yet here I sit reading blogs!!

    As for the Wii, maybe you can have him try playing with another child? And then if he loses, explain to him that his friend won and that made his friend feel good and let them try it again. I know that may sound like a risk. But it's hard to lose to a computer and I know if my kids lose to me they think it is because I am bigger/stronger, etc. Kind of an unfair advantage, you know? Another child may equalize the playing field...just a thought.

    I homeschool 2 girls. I found you on Homeschool Mother's Journal. I also love food and cooking :) I am following you now!

  2. We had a wii, but when the boys became obsessed with it, wanting it all the time we packed it away and that was a year ago and it is still not out. without it out, there is more creative play, more outdoor play and no more fights about wii time. following through HMJ!

  3. I love The Well Trained Mind, but I don't follow it verbatim. I do use some of her curriculum and I like the notebook organizing suggestions.

    Looks like you had a good week :)

  4. Fake flower- how cute. Planting herbs is super. Hope you blog more about it.

    I'm not a fan of the Well Trained Mind. Even more so now with the side she is taking against Ken Ham. (visit my blog for details)

    I'm new to Homeschool Mothers Journal.
    Look forward to seeing you next Friday. Thanks for the peek into your homeschool week.

  5. We struggle with the Wii. I allow it after school and weekends, but sometimes first thing in the am we use the Wii Nickelodeon fitness with the kids and the sports fitness. They all enjoy it and it gets a few wiggles out. I try to Limit the violence of the games because we have two with Autism and the sword games do not work well with our family. I wish you luck there.

    I'm hopping over from Homeschool mother's Journal. If you get a chance, visit our

    Have a great weekend

  6. I love Well Trained Mind and Susan Wise Bauer's other curriculum books. We don't have Wii, but I have had to hide the game cube and other game systems that friends have thoughtfully given us.


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