Back-to-School Daybook :: August 17th

by | Aug 18, 2009 | Daybook, Home Education | 11 comments

FOR TODAY: August 17th, 2009

Outside my Window… it is dark and almost time for bed.  Yay!

I am thinking… about sleep, but I really want to finish this post and share a little bit about our first day for this school year!

I am thankful… for Signing Time!  Snuggles never tires of watching and learning from these DVD’s and they were a lifesaver today while I was trying to get through the Math lessons with my other children this morning.  Thank you Rachel, Alex and Leah!!

From the kitchen… Oatmeal with milk, brown sugar and raisins for breakfast, Turkey Sandwiches for lunch, and Lasagna for dinner.  I also enjoyed a delicious Chocolate Almond Coconut Biscotti from the Saturday Market this morning!  You didn’t think I just got Back-to-School treats for my children, did you?

From the school room… I finally was able to post pictures of our school room yesterday.  If you missed them, you can see them here.   The room worked pretty well today, though we did take all of our reading to the front porch or living room.

Living the Liturgical year at Home… we celebrated the feast of the Assumption this past Saturday and I will try and post a few pictures soon.  It was such a lovely day! This coming Saturday is the feast of the Queenship of Mary and I am considering making another crown cake or some crown cupcakes .

We also caught up on our Saint magnets for the month, now that our calendar is back on the wall, and added the magnet for today this morning as we read about the Saint of the day, St. Hyacinth.  I wanted to try and find time to make some paper hyacinths, but I already had too much planned for today.   Perhaps next year.  (It also looks like Snuggles snatched a couple dates off the calendar  — one of his favorite things to do!)

I am creating (or rather created)… Colonial food with my children for Tea Time this afternoon, as part of our first stop Along the American History Path.   (Monday afternoons are dedicated to American History this year… Tomorrow we will be moving on to Science and starting their Astronomy Lap books.) 

We made Cornbread.  Yes, we took a nice little modern day shortcut and used a mix.

Then we made Maple Cream from the recipe found in American Kids in History: Colonial Days.

I am going… to be staying home as much as possible this week as we try to develop a good routine for this school year.

I am hoping… that tomorrow will go as well as today, and that I will have a little more energy since we will be having company for dinner and possibly over night.  
I am hearing… my children excitedly telling their daddy about all the fun things they did today in “school.”

Around the house… amazingly everything is in pretty good shape.  Sticking with my schedule, and staying off the phone and computer, really made a huge difference.  In addition to school, by the time hubby got home, the kitchen had been mopped, dinner was prepared, dishes done, 4 loads of laundry washed and put-away, and the house picked up for the most part.

One of my favorite things…  Homeschooling!!!   (15 years ago it was one of my least favorite things.  God really does have a sense of humor!)

A Few Plans For This Week

  • Our first week of school. 
  • Visiting friends for the afternoon and dinner on Tuesday.
  • Our new freezer will be delivered on Wednesday.  I am so excited!!
  • Mass & Benediction on Friday

A few more pictures from today:


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  1. Anonymous

    thanks for all the inspirations!! Sounds like a lovely day.

    By the way, I saw "signing time" on the side bar of your blog and decided to order it.

    My kids love it too and have picked up on it so fast. We are incorporating it in our school day.

  2. P.Jay

    Are there any special directions for attaching the saints pics to the calendar magnets? I would appreciate knowing. Thank You. Wish to use this for my grandchildren…..PJ

  3. Marisa

    Can I come to school at your house? :)What an absolutely lovely day!

  4. Jessica Gordon

    PJ ~ It has been awhile since I made them, but if I remember right I just used a roll of magnet that was sticky on one side and attached the stickers to that side. I've had no problems with the stickers peeling off at all. I hope that helps!

  5. Jessica Gordon

    Josette ~ I am glad that your children are enjoying Signing Time. It always amazes me how fast the little ones can memorize all the signs!

  6. P.Jay

    Thank you Jessica ! With appreciation! PJ

  7. The Wades

    All of that hard work–including preparing a nice dinner–and you still have energy to do a big post like this. Superwoman!

  8. Kristyn Hall

    What a great daybook, Jessica! So glad your first day of school went so well. Your "Around the House" is awesome. I love productive days! When you have a bad day you can go back and read this post and say, "If it happened once, it can happen again!"
    🙂 God bless.

  9. Anonymous

    Reading all this is getting me excited for school!!

  10. Anonymous

    The Magnetic Calendar is now available for $15.45 and free ship at Amazon at the Dependable Resource Storefront! They are NEW and not used. Fast ship also. I was thrilled. So thought I would let others know. It's a good deal for a Doug and Melissa wood product!

  11. Jessica Gordon

    Thanks! I went and updated my old post (can't believe that was from 2007!) with the new updated calendar link. I hope you enjoy the calendar!


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