Saturday, February 11, 2012

Homeschool Mothers Journal 1/11/2012

In Our Lives This Week: Honestly this week has flown by. Taxes and school has taken up most of our time this week. I have managed to do a few extra things though.......trying to keep up with my house and not let it get ahead so much. I got my filing cabinets cleaned out and organized. The feeling of knowing where everything is makes me smile. I am hoping to do one decluttering thing every week. I am just all about destressing our lives this year. My lack of organization spills over into everything, including my kids and that is a serious focus for 2012. Have been putting everything I find that we don't use on Craiglist. Pretty sure the kids think they might be next!
Bodie, graphing how many hearts of each color he has.

Here is Brylee sorting sweethearts onto the right color of heart.
In Our Homeschool This Week: I found some free, cute printables for Valentine's Day from  and also

She liked this heart pattern matching game.     

    This game had pictures of hearts with a certain vowel on it. Bodie sorted the words onto the heart with the matching vowel sound. 

The next game we did was kind of like Cooties. We had the two hearts glued on paper. Then you roll the dice and look at your sheet to determine what bug part to draw.. They liked it so much we had to do more than love bug.

Things that are working for us: I am doing a combination of things to work on behavior issues. I have a jar for tickets. The deal is that when they get fourteen tickets they get to do something special with mama or daddy. These tickets are harder to earn. I reserve them for things we are really having issues with. I also take tickets for being disruptive in class, whining, argueing, and other things. I want those fourteen tickets to be something they really have to work for! We have a sticker chart for smaller goals. I am more generous with these and they can't be taken away. Once they get five stickers they get a choice between things in the prize box or .50 cents. I am always keeping this stocked with bargins I find in the dollar section.

Questions I have: Still looking for creative ideas to deal with sibling fights. Any ideas?


  1. Hi Rissa! Stopping by from The Homeschool Mother's Journal! I saw your question about fighting siblings. A friend of mine suggested that I put both of mine in time out and in order to come out of time out they had to tell me 5 good or nice things about their sibling. As they are doing it they have to be looking at their sibbling. It is very humbling and they start to think of the other person. Hope this helps. Blessins to you!

  2. "Candy Heart School," as my youngest calls it, is much anticipated all year long. Fun week!

    If you figure out the answer for the fighting, please share. My two can drive me nuts. I'm sure being 7 years apart doesn't help but still...


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