When you feel like giving up.

Well the last few week shave been hard going and I have seriously doubted my ability to home school my children as some of you already know.

I put up a post asking for help and I had some lovely advice from some lovely friends.  It made be re-evaluate the reasons why I wanted to home school my children and could I really put them back into a public school?

The answer is NO I can’t – looking at my children and seeing their happy faces and how much stress has been lifted off them I just could not in all honesty put them back.  I have prayed a lot lately asking God to help me see my way through this the first thing I learnt is never make a decision when you are really feeling ill and low, you will most likely regret it (off course if it’s a long-term illness that’s something different) but try to wait till your head is in a semi right place and really question yourself hard, not just about what you want to do but how you will live with the decision after you have made it.

I feel so encouraged after reading so many blogs on women who have struggled through pregnancy and other illnesses and yet they still home school and do a good job of it – thank you for inspiring me.


I found some really good advice on this site about getting the basics of home schooling right : www.myhomeschoolingweb.com/planning/fundamentals/organize.htm


Simple student planners (free)

So due to the fact that we move house this week I have ended the school teaching term early after all its very hard to move and teach – however they have so many books to read they will be busy.

I have started planning lessons for the new year and felt that I needed a new student planner, I have designed this simple one as a trial and will improve as I go why not take a look.

I have made smaller boxes towards the bottom of the page for lessons that don;t require as many notes, and also the time slot is the time allowed or planned to do either works.

student planner simple red and pink

student planner simple blue

student planner orange

student planner green




The funny things kids do/Funny friday

Hang in with this story you all will be revealed…

When dog sitting for my brother I found she had done a little whoopsie on his bedroom floor, and of course when returning home relayed this to my hubby.

He replied “That’s why I would never have a dog, they are so messy”   “seriously” i said “it’s not her fault, what would you do if you had no hands and needed to go in room that you couldn’t get out of?

He said “I would find a boot or something to go in” “A BOOT ” I said “better no one goes to the toilet in my boot or I would kill them” I replied.

So the night continues, Nesh is using the bathroom and all three kids are pestering him saying they need to go so can he hurry up – as is always the way. 

Then I walk into the living room to find my five-year old straddling Nesh’s work boot peeing into it!!

“What are you doing I cry” 

“Well daddy said it’s better to go in a boot than on the floor and I was going to pee myself he said”  in all innocence –  “I found the messiest boot I could” (hubby is a builder so messy boots)

I am in stitches my husband did not find it as funny (those boots went in the bin )- it just shows that our kids heat a lot more than we realise!!


A new day!!/Other great home moms!!

I have had some lovely advice in the keep going and don’t beat yourself up arena and I am so grateful, this is the wonderful thing about social networking you meet some wonderful people who are just there to help and support because they want to. 

The kids did their morning chores and then asked if they could watch a film I was tired and normally would panic and think you can’t watch tv on a school day but today said yes ok, because by the afternoon I will be back on top of things and can do some relaxed maths lessons we are working on vertical maths, have attached some worksheets at the end for anyone who wants to have a go.

Oh and my baby sis is getting married in the morning, unfortunately because of the distance and time of year I can not go but they have a hone link in the hall so will be sitting here listening to the whole thing and then she will travel down afterwards and her and new hubby will stay with us on the 25th this month so excited.   My eight year old Mia wanted to give them a gift and she got one of my cheques and wrote ONE HUG AND KISS EACH on the cheque and put it inside the envelope, so cute, they loved it.  I love my children they are so kind and well-mannered i feel that God has truly blessed my family and I never forget that my children are a gift from him so even when i feel like I am on my own or  not good enough I just look at them and know that he remembered me and blesses me everyday of my life.


 vertical addition year six

vertical addition year two

vertical addtion year 3

vertical addition year one

How do you keep going when you feel so tired?

I have been home schooling now for over two months and I am wrecked – not because I don’t enjoy having my children here but because I am sick, the doc’s think it is two issues, Thyroid/endometriosis I  have to  get bloods done next week.  Due to the whole hormone thing I suffer with really bad migraines and any one knows three kids and a sore head don’t mix.  There must be loads of homeschooling moms who have been ill during their time as home schoolers, how do you keep going, when you feel like you can’t cope anymore.

I desperately want to be a good mom and wife but am struggling with tiredness so much and I don’t want my kids to miss out because of my weaknesses.

Life right now is tough!!!

Tips on saving fuel/great advice

PETROL TIPS – info!!  (MUST READ)    With Petrol expected to reach £2 per litre by end of 2011 these tips that I received from a friend might come in handy. 

                   TIPS ON PUMPING PETROL 

I don’t know what you guys are paying for petrol…. I am paying up to £1.35 to £1.50 per litre. My line of work  is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here  are some tricks to get more of your money’s  worth for every Litre:  Here  at the Shell Pipeline where I work ,  we deliver about 4 million litres in a 24-hour  period .. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and petrol, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 Litres. 

    Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the petrol, when it gets warmer petrol expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening….your litre is not exactly a litre. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the petrol, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role.  A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps. 

When you’re filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode if you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. You should be pumping on low mode, thereby minimizing the vapours that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapour return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapour. Those vapours are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you’re getting less worth for your money.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your Petrol tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is the more Petrol you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space.  Petrol evaporates faster than you can imagine.  Petrol storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the Petrol and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every litre is actually the exact amount. 

Another reminder, if there is a petrol truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy Petrol, DO NOT fill up; most likely the petrol is being stirred up as the Petrol is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom. 

To have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of Petrol buyers. It’s really simple to do. 

I’m sending this note to about thirty people. If each  of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 =  300)…and those 300 send it to at least ten more  (300 x 10 = 3,000) and so on, by the time the  message reaches the sixth generation of people, we  will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers  !!!!!!! If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted!   If it goes one level further, you guessed it….. THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!!

Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people. How long would it take?

All the best