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This Week’s Homeschool Highlights (Book Sale and MathScore)


We had full week. 

  • On Monday we had company, and did very little schoolwork.  We even enjoyed the first campfire of the year and roasted marshmallows.  
  • On Tuesday it snowed, and the Little Misses played outside a lot.  In fact, they made a snowman before breakfast!  By noon they had broken it up and turned it into snowballs, and by supper there was only green grass.
  • On Wednesday we had a dentist appointment. 
  • Thursday afternoon Miss 12 coaxed her six ducks onto the lawn for the first time ever.  This was so exciting that we all sat down on the grass to watch them enjoy their freedom.  Their one chicken friend immediately set to work scratching up the flower beds, which made me a bit nervous.
  • Despite all that, we finished our formal schoolwork by noon on Friday!  This doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, it’s a wonderful treat.  So, to celebrate, we went to a  small book sale on Friday afternoon. (As an aside, this is the first time in years I’ve been well enough to drive a significant distance in the afternoon!)


At the booksale we found The Book of Virtues, The Golden Encyclopedia of Music (over 700 pages), and Reader’s Digest’s Complete Guide to Needlework.  We also got a book about herbs, a beautiful nature study guide, a picture biography of Ben Franklin, a child’s biography of Woolworth, and some quality children’s fiction.  What a treasure trove of learning, and all for a few dollars.   Smile.


This week we also reactivated MathScore and put it back on the weekly school lists after our short break  For simplicity, I just assign each child a certain amount of MathScore time each week.  With the detailed parent reporting feature, I can easily see if a child has actually done what I assigned.  It’s so simple and stress-free.


Next week we’re expecting warm weather and I want to start planting the garden.  Unfortunately—or fortunately—the black flies are out, and they will make school work seem much more appealing than gardening.  Either way, good things will be happening. 


You can read more homeschool highlights, each containing some inspiration or helpful information, at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.


(Disclosure:  We’re still enjoying the MathScore account we got when we reviewed it.)



  1. proverbsmama says:

    Sorry to hear about your dd's broken bone. I hope she heals quickly.

    I have noticed that you mention reading books on famous Americans (like Ben Franklin). I found that interesting, being that you are in Canada.

    Thanks for the link to the weird, unsocialized hs'ers blog. There is some great info there!

    Edited by proverbsmama on May. 2, 2010 at 6:26 AM

  2. Cheryl@SomewhatCrunchy says:

    Mmmm roasted marshmallows 🙂 Congrats on fitting all that in plus schoolwork too!!

  3. proverbsmama says:

    I mentioned you on my blog again. 🙂

  4. jenn4him says:

    Sounds like a great week to me, except the snow. I am over snow. I like our balmy, wet weather. We have lettuce sprouting in our make-do garden!


  5. AnnieKate says:

    Hi Stacy,

    Canada, being a small country population-wise, has only a limited number of inspiring people to read about. We like to read biographies of people of any nationality. 🙂 They are interesting, inspiring, and so educational.

    Annie Kate

  6. AnnieKate says:


    I like spring snow, because it feels so special and never lasts. 🙂

    I noticed purple romaine lettuce coming up on its own in our garden! I wonder if I can transplant it so that each lettuce will have space to grow.

    Annie Kate

  7. Anonymous says:

    I don't think that its that Canada doesn't have a lot of inspiring people, I think its that there aren't enough books about the inspiring people.


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