Friday, April 19, 2019

Homeschool Highlights - Holy Week

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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  . . .  Thanks to the break from co-op classes this week, the overall homework load was a little lighter, so school was pretty low-key. Kennady had two longer creative writing assignments to work on, but no extra homework for her other classes. We've also been working a little bit on a vocabulary builder from Critical Thinking Co. for an upcoming review.

Other news . . .  Friday night was Kennady's regular poker night with what I've started calling the Co-op Crew. Gave me a chance to sit and chill at a Starbucks for a little while, which is a break I often appreciate!

On Saturday morning, I took her to the final rehearsal for the Children's Chorus concert, and I ran a few errands while she was there. After I picked her up we did a little shopping, picked up some lunch and then went for a walk around the Farm Museum before meeting a couple of her friends for a short visit.

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old schoolhouse at the Farm Museum

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In the evening there was a fundraiser dinner at church, and Kennady provided some special music for that.

We switched up Kennady's work days this week, as she had her final session with the driving instructor scheduled for Tuesday lunchtime. While she was driving, I met a friend for lunch and a shopping trip. Then Kennady worked on Wednesday morning instead. And on Wednesday evening, we all helped out at our church's big Easter outreach event, the Easter Eggstravaganza. It's a big Easter Egg hunt, with a lot of activities for kids, and we typically get a huge turnout of families from all over the area. We also have a display of Peeps art, inspired by the Peep Show in Westminster (more about that in a moment). Here are a couple of the creations featured this year:

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Peepa John's pizza
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Peeps as contestants on The Price Is Right

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All the Peeps at The Price Is Right had nametags of people from church. My
husband and I are in the front row on the left!
On Thursday, Kennady and I met with friends of hers at the original Peep Show. And after enjoying the artwork there, we wandered downtown a little bit. Then I dropped them off at the mall to do some shopping and typical teenager hangout time, while I enjoyed another coffee break with a friend. It was definitely a good week for my coffee breaks!

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Peepa Pig

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sushi with Peeps
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Snoopy/Red Baron made out of Peeps



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A police line-up

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Girl With a Peep Earring


What I Loved This Week . . .
I absolutely loved Kennady's concert on Sunday.  This was her last regular performance with the Children's Chorus or Carroll County and it was tremendous.  I only wish I'd been able to get pictures of her with her directors. There is one more chance, as a group from the Chorus will be part of the Bach in Baltimore festival, so she does have that concert.

I also loved that her dad and several friends were able to make it to this concert.

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On my blogs last week . . .


Just A Second is where I share book reviews and other book-related things, and update on what's on my bookshelf. This week I've been reading:

Shadow among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens
A Dangerous Collaboration (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery) by Deanna Raybourn
A parting shot . . .


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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Homeschool Graduation - A Traditional and Personal Celebration (at Heart and Soul)

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It's hard to believe, but our homeschool year - and our entire homeschool journey! - is almost at an end. In just a few short weeks, my youngest student will be graduating, and we are especially busy getting coursework wrapped up and planning our graduation celebrations. 

We belong to a homeschool oversight group that plans a graduation ceremony for our high school graduates each year, and it's a very special event that includes many of the features of a traditional high school commencement, as well as some personal touches. The class size varies, and with it the amount of customization that we can do. We've had just two grads participate in a ceremony, and we've had a couple of large classes. And by "large", I mean about fifteen students!

Our commencement exercises include the traditional things you'd expect at a large school ceremony - Pomp and Circumstance, presentation of diplomas, and a commencement address - and with a small class size, we can include a couple of worship songs (usually led by grads!), a slideshow of photos of each of the grads accompanied by music of their choice, and a program that includes a brief bio of each of the grads. Since homeschooling parents have taken such a personal responsibility for education, it is only fitting that the parents present the diploma and turn the tassel for their student. 

Diplomas and grad gifts are available from HomeschoolDiploma.com (See our reviews of their diplomas and other products: Diplomas for Homeschool Grads and Homeschool Diploma - Celebrating Homeschool Graduations). 

Join me over at Heart and Soul for the rest of this article! And as always, you'll find lots of helpful articles there about all kinds of homeschool topics.

How do you plan to celebrate homeschool graduation? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Virtual Refrigerator - From the April Archives

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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.

Things are especially busy here these days, as we are nearing graduation. In other words, it is crunch time on all her schoolwork, so Kennady really doesn't have time to put into visual arts right now. Here's the most recent art, and a look back at this week's Virtual Fridge posts from past years.

Most recently, this Space Race collage completed for US History class:

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Space Race by Kat, March 2019


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Cross by Kat, April 2018


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Fairly Local Josh Dunn by KAT, April 2017

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Cardboard Dream Home by Kat, April 2014

This architectural model was featured in our review of Sculpture Technique: Construct from ARTistic Pursuits. (See our full review here: ARTistic Pursuits Sculpture Technique)


I even found some art in the archives from Landon! Way back when, he did a woodworking class in our spring co-op, and they did a woodburning project one week. This was his project - he transferred the logo for our church's youth ministry and building to use as his template. This piece is still displayed at The Vault. Pretty cool.

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Vault Woodburning Art by Landon, April 2013

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Homeschool Highlights - The Week We Got Stuff Done

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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.

Grab a cup of coffee and let's get started!

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I'm sticking with my Calgary Flames coffee mug - did you see they won their first playoff game yesterday?

Homeschool news  . . . This wasn't the most exciting week, in homeschooling or other news, but we did get stuff done as the title indicates! We're very close to the end of co-op, so Kennady seems pretty motivated to get each week's homework done as soon as possible. After a couple of French tests with less than perfect scores, she aced this week's test, so that felt good. We have next Thursday off from co-op, but she didn't get any extra homework in French, US History, or Business. She'll have two scenes for Writing class, but that shouldn't be a problem.

Yesterday's co-op classes were a mixed bag for her. She really wasn't feeling well, but her Business class went out for lunch, so she powered through that. Enjoyed the class and the outing with her friends, but didn't eat much. We had some fun in History class in the afternoon reviewing the unit with an impromptu game of "Who Wants to be a History Major?" (based on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?). They play the game show music on their phone, and their favorite part of this kind of review is using the lifeline to call friends for 'help' with the answers. 

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Other news . . . I don't have much to report here, because it was a low-key weekend and for the most part the week was the same. On Saturday we got some springtime yard work looked after, but Landon was still sick, so no work completed on my porch.

On Wednesday, Kennady and I met with the three other grads that are forming the worship team that will lead a couple of songs at the ceremony. We had our initial look at the church building to start thinking about how we'll set up, and they ran through four songs and were able to narrow it down to the two we'll use at the ceremony.  Every time we get a task like this checked off the list, we realize that graduation day is coming up quickly!

We're still enjoying some lovely spring weather!

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What's New . . . On my book blog, I reviewed this NIV Artisan Collection Bible and then I gave it to Kennady. I chose it because I thought it would be perfect for her, with its music themed artwork, and she seemed happy with it. Isn't it beautiful?

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On my blogs last week . . .


Just A Second is where I share book reviews and other book-related things, and update on what's on my bookshelf. This week I finished and reviewed The Golden Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower) by Kimberley Woodhouse, and I've been reading:

Shadow among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens
A Dangerous Collaboration (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery) by Deanna Raybourn


A parting shot . . . went out one morning to find this feral cat guarding our very classy woodpile setup. I don't know why we still have this truck, other than to keep some wood off the ground. Sometimes you just need to realize you're hillbilly and own it.

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