Posts Tagged ‘Heart of the Matter’

Heart of the Matter hosts a weekly meme. This particular meme is from July: “Healthy Ideas for Picky Eaters.” Two of my three children are NOT picky – – they will eat almost anything you put in front of them – – and they will do so in earnest!! My youngest is Lil’ Miss Picky. It has been suggested to feed her things that she likes, in ADDITION to what I make normally for dinner; however, I just don’t think it sends the message **I** want my family to get: This is dinner, you may choose to eat or not; however, it is NOT a short order restaurant.

I choose ‘healthy’ cereal for breakfast. Lunch is usually leftovers from dinners. Dinner is comprised of a a balanced meal, using most or all of the food groups. Since I am also a picky eater, I am careful to plan meals that everyone will eat SOMETHING from the selection.

I also try to make some healthy snacking items. Banana Bread is our family’s favorite! Here is the recipe:


Banana Bread

2 C. Mashed Bananas
1t. Lemon Juice
2 C. Flour
2 t. baking powder
½ C. Butter (or shortening)
½ C. White Sugar
½ C. Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
½ C. mini-chocolate chips (optional) *
½ C. Nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a loaf pan and sprinkle lightly with sugar (you can also do a cinnamon/sugar mixture).
Cream eggs, butter/shortening, and sugars until fluffy.
FOLD in remaining ingredients.
Mix Well.
Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes or until done.
* Our family really likes the added chocolate chips to the mix!!

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 Heart of the Matter hosts a weekly Meme – – one of the previous meme’s was: “How You Schedule.” When I pulled Boo from Public School, I had been reviewing several “techniques” (CM, Classical, and Unschooling). I used information from Ambelside Online (Year 1) to base our basic ‘rest of the year’ curriculum/schedule. At that time, I knew that I wanted to homeschool year-round – – but, I needed to figure out if I should do “hard-core’ schooling during the ‘normal’ school-year and ease-up in the summer OR stretching out whatever the curriculum that I had chosen, throughout the year – – making it all about the same. In the last nine months, I have realized some pretty significant things: 1) Our family/Boo works better with a ‘hard-core’ Public School schedule and an easier summer; 2) Boo works best with structure (unschooling won’t work for her – – at least for now); 3) I need to be more persistent versus allowing her to lead; 4) Boo likes grades and she responds best with a perceived ‘threat’ to any grade lower than an ‘A.’

Taking all of that into consideration, I am going to have three 14 week terms – – and whatever is left (throughout the summer) will be more low key. I am basing most of the curriculum around the United States: US History, US Geography, US Civics/Elections, science in Colonial Times {in the US], three US artists, three US composers, etc. I will basically break down the material I am using into ‘workable’ chunks during the day – – starting slower and building up.

So here is an example of how I would organize a day:

9:30am – – First Wake-up call {for Boo}
9:45am – – Second Wake-Up Call
10:00am – – I get up
10:30am – – Spelling/Vocabulary {I will have more specific posts about HOW we do this and WHAT we use.}
11:00am – – I will read a picture book or two to her
11:15am – – She will test {www.bookadventure.com} on the previous books, if applicable
11:30am – – We will read from the SS text, History Book, and/or Famous Americans Book.
12:00pm – – While we eat, we will listen to whatever historical fiction/non-fiction CD that ‘matches’ the time period we are studying.
12:30pm – – We take a break
1:00pm – – I will read another picture book or two to her – – OR she will read to herself
1:15pm – – BookAdventure Test(s), if applicable
2:00pm – – We will read through the Science Text or the colonial science book
2:30pm – – We will watch the Math-U-See (MUS) lesson and then work through the lessons in the workbook.
3:30pm – – We will take another break
3:45pm – – Quiet reading (from historical fiction series)
4:15pm – – Language Arts (copywork, handwriting, grammar, etc.)
5:00pm – – We are usually done!! AND Daddy is probably on his way home.

9:00pm – – Bed time. She can read whatever she wants for as long as she wants – – provided that she remains IN bed. If she gets up, lights go out and its bed time.
She is usually asleep by 11:00pm.

Now, I want to make sure that you know, the above is a ROUGH sketch of what a day would be like – – and it all depends on her. Sometimes we are done by early afternoon – – sometimes it is early evening before we get done. I also only school four days a week, as we usually go to town once a week (or so). Once I can get a better handle on our schedule, I will post it.
If you are interested in how others schedule, hop on over to HOTM, and check out their blog posts.

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The last week of May, HOTM had a Meme: Most Exciting Homeschool Moment. As I have noted in previous posts, I have gotten sorely behind in HOTM Weekly Meme’s. Recently, we had a short day trip/doctor appointment and tomorrow (technically today: 9/6) is Honey-Bunny’s Birthday – – so we have been in FULL PREP mode. Oh, and we also completely rearranged the back room of our house, making it our new homeschool room!! Anyway, before I digress too far, I will move on to the topic at hand….
Before I answered this meme, I stopped by the wonderful homeschool blogs that had already answered this meme, for inspiration – – I was completely stumped and had a brain full of nothin’!

Luckily, inspiration was good to me….here is my list:
1) The day my oldest proclaimed proudly: “I know the answer to that because I learned it in HOMESCHOOL!!”

2) My oldest also just took her pre-GED tests and passed all but her math test. (She told me later that she got stuck on a problem and instead of skipping it and moving on, she kept at it and the next thing, she had 5 minutes left on the test). I was just SO proud of her for passing the tests!! 🙂

3) Watching the book count increase daily for my youngest. While in PS, she detested reading and it was like pulling teeth. From January 1st to today, September 5th, he book count is 360.

4) Listening to her talk to other people about being able to stay home and hang with her peeps!! I LOVE that!! 😉

5) I also suspect that MANY more exciting moments are in the future….just waiting to be discovered!!

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I am SO far behind on The Heart of the Matter Meme’s!! I’m not sure what happened…..but, I’m going to get back on track and crank out some Meme’s so I will be all caught up!! : ) LOL!!


April 25, 2008 Meme: “Favorite Books”

I LOVE book recommendations so much, I “tabbed” a section on our site, I hope you check ’em out!! I am WAY looking forward to what everyone else’s faves are!! : )

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I am SO far behind on The Heart of the Matter Meme’s!! I’m not sure what happened…..but, I’m going to get back on track and crank out some Meme’s so I will be all caught up!! : ) LOL!!


April 18, 2008 Meme: “Happy Habits of a Homeschooler”


Here are a couple of the habits that worked for us this past year:
* I used Homeschool Tracker and would print out a daily checklist that showed what was expected.
* We listened to SEVERAL books on CD when we went to town several times a week (because of doctor’s appointments).
* She/We would go to Brownies and Homeschool co-op each week.
* Reading in bed.

Here are a couple habits that I will start this school year:
* Using a timer. Last year (and this summer), she would dwaddle and would accomplish what would normally take two or three hours, in five or six hours. We lost A LOT of time that I am just not prepared to lose again.
* Chore chart. In addition to the daily school checklist, I want to add a chore checklist for BOTH of us – – just so we can stay on track!!

I have really enjoyed reading everyone’s lists – – I hope to add some more habits to my ever growing list!! : )

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I am SO far behind on The Heart of the Matter Meme’s!! I’m not sure what happened – – why I haven’t kept up with them…but, I’m going to get back on track and crank out some Meme’s so I will be all caught up!! : ) LOL!!

April 12, 2008 Meme: “The Things Your Child Taught You During Homeschool”

This was my “official” first year – – I’ve homeschooled my oldest – – but only a couple months here and there. WOW – – what an experience this has been!!* She taught me that even thought **I** don’t think grades are “all that” – – she does – – so, that is how we roll, now.

* She taught me that even if “it” went this way with her sister – – “it” can go that way with her.

* Hanging out with people has its advantages.

* Her interests are different from my interests – – which means I need to work harder to figure out the best way for HER to learn.

* I am still working on flexibility and trust in her own knowledge. I really, REALLY want to move towards “unschooling” – – but, fear stops me every single time.

* She has also taught me to appreciate life more – – she is amazing.


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Over at The Heart of the Matter, they are featuring their weekly Meme.  This week’s (well, actually last weeks) Meme is: Where do you homeschool?


On Tuesday’s we have started going to a homeschool group.  However, when we are home, we use the whole house – – but, we spend the majority of our time in the dining room. 
Most of the time, when we read together, we do so on the living room couch.  When we listen to online stories, we will snuggle together on my bed. 
Lifeskills, cooking and science experiments are done in the kitchen. 
Our storage consists of the buffet in the dining room, the book case my Dad made (7 foot by 7 foot) and lots of plastic containers (some on rollers). 

Here’s a peek into where we do our thing…..

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