Homeschool Mother’s Journal August 24


With test booklets creeping back onto my recliner and our library cabinet bulging once again, it looks like Back to Homeschool Time is in the air!

With the start of a new season in mind, I’d like to share The Homeschool Mother’s Journal from iHomeschoolNetwork, a community of moms on a mission to educate their children at home.

Here are my ponderings from this week’s prompts:


  • In our homeschool this week … we continued joyful negotiations regarding our final year of homeschooling.  Homeschooling teens requires giving up more and more control, while maintaining a firm sense of parental responsibility.  It’s not over until the diploma is signed!


  • Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share …  Begin now – no matter the age of your child – to prepare for the high school years.  Talk to them about each step you are taking as you help them own – and reach – educational goals.


  • I am inspired by … those who think deeply.




  • My favorite thing this week was … seeing all the homeschool co-op moms at the planning meeting knowing I will be teaching their children soon!


  • What’s working for us … notebooks, communication, and (fun!) planning pages.


  • What’s not working for us … I’m out of children to homeschool after this school year.


  • Questions/thoughts I have … What will life look like in a year?  How will my daughter do in a college setting with her health challenges?  How will my son do in a university setting?  How will I do with both in college?


  • Things I’m working on … a crocheted rug for preschool church and co-op Picture Book Time.  And writing a 50,000 word novel in 31 days with Camp NaNoWriMo!


  • I’m reading … Taming the Infinite, a history of math.


  • I’m cooking … refried beans for homemade enchiladas (allergy-free!)


  • I’m grateful for … an opportunity to reflect on my week.


  • I’m praying for … my children’s future.  And my own.


  • A photo, video, link, or quote to share… Camp NaNoWriMo (and be sure to check out November’s National Novel Writing Month challenge: NaNoWriMo.)



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REALITY CHECK:   There is more to life than homeschooling, but rarely is there more to homeschooling than life.


  1. I’ve graduated two so far; two down, three to go. This year, I am teaching 10th, 7th and K-5. I guess if you don’t want to stop homeschooling, you just keep having “surprises” lol. My daughter has done the Camp NaNoWriMo before and really enjoyed it. Good luck finishing your novel.

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