Friday, August 10, 2018

Homeschool Highlights - Late Summer Edition

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Welcome to Homeschool Highlights! 
This weekly link-up is your opportunity to share some highlights of what is happening in your homeschool and in your world each week. If you write a wrap-up post at the end of each week, like I've been doing, we'd love to see what you're busy with from week to week. If you'd like to pick a favorite post from your week that spotlights a resource or activity in your homeschool that you'd like to tell others about, we're interested in those too. I'm keeping the guidelines as simple as I can, and they will appear at the bottom of each post, along with the link tool. I look forward to getting to know you, and I hope this will be a source of encouragement and good ideas for all of us.

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Homeschool news  . . . We continue to work through Algebra and History, and Kennady has started on French II. Co-op classes don't start for another couple of weeks, but obviously the French class will go better if the students are working on their French over the summer!

We also have a Latin vocabulary builder program that we're reviewing. It's more like a game than a curriculum, so Kennady and I are challenging each other to see who can pick up the new Latin words faster!

Yesterday I went to our annual Reviewers Breakfast for the homeschool umbrella group we're with. There's a little business to do - we all receive the contact information for the families we'll be looking after for the year and go over the expectations and all of that. But it's also a lovely time to catch up with each other over breakfast. There are four other moms that are reviewers who have graduating seniors this year and will be essentially finished homeschooling. I've known most of those moms for the past eleven years too! Hard to believe it's been that long, and that the end of journey is in sight!

Other news . . . I know summer isn't quite over, but there's a lot of getting ready for back to school and other end-of-summer things going on around here!

We've had an awful lot of rain too. Kennady and I did some shopping on Friday night and it was raining hard. So on Saturday morning when I headed for work, I was faced with this:

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going to work Saturday morning and . . . Nope. Not this route!

And that wasn't the first time that bridge and intersection has been flooded this summer! Anyway, I spent the day at work, and then went straight over to the fairgrounds for the Demolition Derby. My kids were already there with friends, and some of my friends were there too. This has become a bit of a tradition the last few years - a big group of us getting together for the derby. Landon's best friend entered a vehicle in the derby again this year and made a pretty good showing! It's the multi-colored van in this first photo.

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I also worked an extra day during the week to cover for people being on vacation. Between that and different things going on in the evenings, it feels like the family has all gone different directions every day this week. Kennady and I did manage to squeeze in our haircut appointments on Wednesday afternoon, and made a quick stop or two afterwards. One stop was at Kohl's and to my amazement I was able to find a new swimsuit I liked and it only took a few minutes. (And was on clearance too!) Not that I've got a lot of plans to be poolside or on the beach, but my old suit really needed replaced, and we do have a night or two of hotel stay coming up soon, so I wanted to be prepared.

Kennady had some interesting conversations at work on Wednesday morning, and it sounds like some great opportunities opening up for her there. She's considering and we're praying about those and I hope to have an exciting update on it to share soon!

Yesterday morning was our Reviewers Breakfast, and although it's a business/school meeting, it's still a social event and the best part is being able to visit with the other homeschool moms.

What I Loved This Week . . . chances to get together with friends and catch up.

I recommend . . . celebrating "Shark Week" all month long with SchoolhouseTeachers.com. From August 1 through August 31st, purchase a new Ultimate Membership for $139 (regular price is $179) and receive a second full year for free! It locks in that $139 renewal rate for the life of your membership too. Over 380 courses for all ages, lots of planning tools, resources for special needs, resources for high school, a Member Forum, and a Members Facebook Support Group, and so much more. You'll also receive the Summer Print Issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and a tote bag - both are free. This offer is for new members only, and there's no coupon code needed. Worth checking out!




On my blogs last week . . .

And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Wordless Wednesday - Civil Air Patrol
Teaser Tuesday/First Chapter First Paragraph - The Patriot Bride
What I'm Reading - August 6th, 2018
Scripture and a Snapshot - Not Ashamed

Just A Second is where I share book reviews and other book-related things, and update on what's on my bookshelf. This week (late last night!) I finished Delilah: Treacherous Beauty by Angela Hunt, and I've also been reading:

The Patriot Bride: Daughters of the Mayflower - Book 4 by Kimberley Woodhouse
Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft by Heather B. Moore


A parting shot . . . or two, of my favorite worship leader.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Planning Senior Year

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I cannot believe I'm planning the senior year for my youngest child. It doesn't seem possible, and yet here we are. Whatever will I do with myself when I don't have any lesson plans to work on during the summer? That's a serious question. I like lesson planning.

The good news is that the actual lesson planning process is relatively painless this year! Kennady will be taking Creative Writing, US History, Speech and Presentation II, and French II at the co-op. I don't really need to do anything about lesson plans for Speech or French, nor will I need to worry about plans for Senior Chorus or Guitar. The only reason I'm doing lesson plans for Creative Writing and US History is because I'm the teacher for those classes! I will need a lesson plan for Consumer Math, but I think that's the only class she'll be doing completely at home.

The US History planning has mostly been done already! That's because my boys also did the course, so I'd already done the work of entering it into the Homeschool Tracker OnlineUsing the Lesson Plan feature makes planning as simple as re-using what I've already entered! So in a way, all I need to do is assign from the Lesson Plan according to the schedule and specific assignments, without having to re-create the entire course in the program. I did make adjustments, additions, and changes this year, because I'm teaching the class at the co-op instead of just to my student. Basically I sat down with stack of textbooks (I also had an older and newer edition of Exploring America to compare), and jotted down some notes on the assignments, and then editing the information I'd already put into the planner.

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Normally I schedule assignments from the Lesson Plan about a month in advance, but since the co-op keeps us on a schedule, I'll be able to schedule the entire year ahead of time. I'm sure there will be some minor changes along the way! I decided not to print the entire assignment list at this point though.

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Lesson planning for Creative Writing is a little more involved, since I haven't taught the course before. I'm still in the pen and paper planning stage with this one. When I do get it laid out, I'll put it in the Homeschool Tracker Online as well. 

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Sometime very soon I'll need to take a look at the details of the Consumer Math program we're planning on, and will enter those assignments into the Homeschool Tracker Online.  

Homeschool Tracker Online is one of the most valuable tools I have in my homeschool! I use pen and paper for most of the preliminary planning, but the Tracker is the workhorse I use to keep track of everything else once those barebones plans are in place.
I love this program for keeping track of lesson plans, assignments, due dates, time spent, resource lists, and more. It's also my record of grades and credits, which makes it pretty easy for me to calculate quarterly or semester grades when I need to submit those to my oversight group. In fact, I could make my own transcript if I needed to! When I make a lesson plan in the Tracker, I can save it to use again with another student, so many of the lesson plans I'll be using for Kennady were created for my older kids, saving me time now. All I have to do is tell the Tracker when to schedule the assignments! (There are shared lesson plans available in the program as well, meaning that if someone else has already created a lesson plan for a particular curriculum and submitted it to the HST community, you can use it!) Once I've got lesson plans entered, I can assign to my student as needed. For us, that's usually about a month's worth of lessons at a time. I print the assignment lists for Kennady to check off as she completes them so it's easy for both of us to keep track of where we are. Then, when we inevitably move faster or slower than we'd planned, or decide to leave something out or change an assignment, it's easy to reschedule and print a new assignment list for the next month or so.

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For more info, see my related posts:

High School Assignment Tracking

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Visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog for the Planning, Planners, and Preparing for the New Homeschool Year Round-up, and see what other Crew members are sharing on this subject. (August 10, 2018)


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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Virtual Refrigerator - Skull Makeup

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Welcome to the Virtual Refrigerator art link-up! Thank you for joining us as we share what we're creating in our homeschools. We cordially invite you to add your link sharing artwork that's on your Virtual Refrigerator and then hop over to the other blogs and admire what's on their Fridges too! The Virtual Fridge link-up is open all month, with anchor posts planned for each Wednesday.

Every now and again, Kennady likes to experiment with face painting. Not for a cosplay event or anything like that - just for her own entertainment. This was what I came home to on a recent evening (photos are all hers, used with permission). The makeup job is great, and the photos are pretty artistic too!

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Skull makeup. Photo credit: Kat. Used with permission.*

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This photo though. Those eyes. 💗
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 But why so sad?
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Monday, August 6, 2018

A Civil Air Patrol PhotoJournal

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A couple of weeks ago, our son Landon attended a week-long Regional Cadet Leadership Training School as a member of the Civil Air Patrol. He is currently a Cadet Captain and the cadet commander of his squadron. The school was held at AFB Langley/Fort Eustis. The hubster and I went together for the graduation ceremony and to pick him up, and made sure to take a brief look around the base, since this was likely our only chance to do so!

The photos of activities during the week are courtesy of Virginia Wing, Civil Air Patrol, and are used with permission.

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photo credit: VAWG, CAP - Used with permission


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photo credit: VAWG, CAP - Used with permission

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photo credit: VAWG, CAP - Used with permission
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photo credit: VAWG, CAP - Used with permission
Cook detail!

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photo credit: VAWG, CAP - Used with permission

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photo credit: VAWG, CAP - Used with permission

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photo credit: VAWG, CAP - Used with permission
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photo credit: VAWG, CAP - Used with permission

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photo credit: VAWG, CAP - Used with permission

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A Civil Air Patrol PhotoJournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
photo credit: VAWG, CAP - Used with permission
When he's in uniform, he remembers to hold the door for his mother.

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Alpha Flight
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The hubby had wanted to be a fighter pilot when he was a teen
so this was a fun field trip for him!

Landon was, at this point, tired and just wanted to go home!

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