Our Weekly WrapUp & Friday Funnies, Flops, and Fails It was a good week This was a good homeschooling week. Not one of those prize-winning performances fit for a Pinterest post, but a solid week where everyone made forward progress in spite of twisted ankles and the obligatory fall colds. My kids are really good at making the most of every situation they find themselves in, and so we progressed through our week in a happy lopsided fashion, with plenty of liquids, pain reliever, and the go-to activity of all under-the-weather homeschoolers: documentaries. We mostly focused on Geography We are reviewing Let’s Go Geography! rightRead More →

This is one of those weeks when I think back on our homeschooling efforts and cannot for the life of me come up with a single flop… or a funny… or even a minor fail… at least not any that relate to homeschooling. I have one funny, but it is about our pair of young chickens. These two girls are slowly joining the flock of the other four, year-old chickens we have. It has been a very, very slow process. We let our chickens roam free in the backyard and so recently I started letting the young ones out to roam with the older pack.Read More →

Well, I took a summer break from Friday Funnies, Flops, and Fails. I needed to have a little more time for things and our homeschooling days were not structured enough for me to have that many stories to share. But we are back now and I have a doozie of a fail this week to share with you… You know how nearly everyone has THAT dream where you are late to work even though you thought you were on time? Well, this week we very nearly lived it. My daughter interns at a Karate Studio a couple of times each week. She is the personRead More →

Sailing Through Failure versus Getting Caught in the Eddies of Disappointment This morning I ran across a wonderful short video that a homeschooled girl (Hannah) made demonstrating her rubber-band powered paddle boat. What a wonderful demonstration of how positive a homeschool fail can be! She starts the video by discussing how she made the boat and why she colored the bath water. Then she winds the paddle up on the back of her milk-carton boat, puts it in the water, and…. …. it doesn’t go. So unfazed, she takes it out an talks about how she designed the pencil-struts that hold the paddle so thatRead More →

​I think we had a fail this week… This week we sat down for a group reading and discussion session. It began with reading about the events surrounding the admission of the last of the western united states into the union. All began well, but then it devolved. Somehow my kids turned the history of the United States into a two hour long discussion and research project around the sacrifice that Abraham was prepared to make and would that be something you could do to your own child. Life with teens really is interesting! Well, it was a history lesson fail, but maybe a homeschoolRead More →

So here we are again on the cusp of the end of another week of homeschooling. Our homeschooling week was overpowered by one massive flop: our angel cat died. This cat was special. I know everyone says that their cat is special. But this cat really was different. He did not behave like cats do. He was born under a bush behind a grocery store and my brother-in-law befriended his mother and saved the whole litter as well as momma cat. And that is how our angel cat came to live with us. We knew he was different from the beginning. He had no meow,Read More →

Who Are These Kids? Maybe this happens to all homeschooling parents. This week abounded with opportunities for me to face humility as a homeschooling mom. We can’t always be right about things. We try, as homeschooling moms to work lessons ahead of time, understand the material before teaching it, and find resources to help us in areas we are weak. But… sometimes the best laid plans fail and our weaknesses are exposed. And that is where my fail for this week begins… Poetry Rears Its Ugly Head… My children have been asking for ages and ages for me to start reading Dante’s Inferno to them.Read More →

Ok, Here we are at the end of another week. Has Anyone flopped in their homeschooling efforts this week? (I sure did!) My Homeschool Flop For This Week: I was blessed with a bit a humility this week as I spent the week on jury duty at the courthouse. The Hub works nights so the kids had an adult in the house, but it was up to them to keep to a schedule. At first I thought, “How hard can this be? I read the blog posts of working homeschool moms and get their issues but really, I worked in the great big corporate worldRead More →

What Are Friday Funnies, Flops, and Fails? These are the misadventures of a homeschooling week. The bad, the ugly, and the downright funny. Why Are You Sharing Your Homeschool Fails? I am reviewing a class for homeschooling parents from Only Passionate Curiosity. One of the things mentioned in the course is that everyone uses social media to promote the good in their homeschool. Everyone’s house (on Facebook and Pinterest and Twitter) is fully manicured, their children always on best behavior, lessons completed on time with extra wonderful activities showing how extraordinarily creative they all are. But imagine the reaction if you are a mom whoRead More →