Friday, January 19, 2018

Homeschool Highlights - A Chilly Week Twenty

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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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Yeah, make it a French Press coffee.


Homeschool news  . . . well, there's not much new news here. We plugged away at schoolwork. I suppose I'll plan a grading marathon for the weekend, because I hadn't figured out a decent way to put Kennady's grades on co-op classes into the Homeschool Tracker week to week. I just kept track of her in-class time, and figured I'd add all the assignment grades at the end of the semester, as I should be getting most of them from the instructors. So that needs to happen on my end. Kennady worked on History and even Algebra this week. Since Speech & Presentation class is finished, I would have thought she'd have more time for Algebra, but I think she spent that time playing her ukulele instead. Hmm. But her Writing class homework was done on time (I suspect just barely!) and although she stressed about it, all her French homework was done as well. She was worried about the quiz that was due this week but apparently scored 100% on it after all that! They went over it in class, as all the students were having some trouble understanding the conjugations of the verbs, so the instructor decided not to count that quiz in the grades - and then it turned out that they did a lot better with the answers than they'd expected! Oh well. I think I will include Kennady's quiz score in her semester grade for French anyway. 

Other news . . . On Saturday, Kennady and I went to a paint brunch at church and painted the snowmen I featured on my Virtual Fridge this week.

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Sunday church service was a little different because the pews were gone, and had been replaced by chairs. The sanctuary felt a little empty and the acoustics were somewhat changed. On Monday the work began in earnest, and the first step involved quite a bit of demolition. Exactly what the guys enjoy most! The contractor doing the renovation is the one Landon works for, so that's the jobsite he's been at this week. And Spencer is working for them right now too.

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Remember how we used to have a platform here?
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This is what the platform looked like as of Monday evening. o.O

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We're also getting new light fixtures and ceiling tiles.
While the renovation project is very exciting, there are bumps along the way, and this week it turns out we won't be able to have service in the sanctuary as planned. So we're going to Plan B, which at the time of writing is to have service in the fellowship hall. Our family worship team was on the schedule for this week, but we're now planning to go entirely acoustic, so it will probably be me and a guitarist, and maybe one of the guys on the drumbox. Should be an adventure!

We had more chilly temperatures this week, and snow on Tuesday evening. For some reason schools were closed on Wednesday (I didn't think the roads were bad at all) so that meant all the midweek activities at church were cancelled. Although it was still cold yesterday, things were back to normal so we could still have co-op classes.


What's Coming Up . . . the Homeschool Review Crew season has officially begun, and we already know that we'll be working on two reviews over the next month or so. We're looking forward to receiving Wulf the Saxon from Heirloom Audio Productions, one of our favorite vendors! And we'll also be honing some keyboarding skills using UltraKey from Bytes of Learning.  Watch for both of those reviews in about a month! And there are others in the works as well!

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I recommend . . . Don't forget the 2018 New Year, Fresh Start promotion at SchoolhouseTeachers.com! Until the end of the month, the Ultimate Membership is only $90 a year (use the promo code NEWYEAR18), or $9.95 per month (use the promo code MONTHNEWYEAR18). For more info, take a look at my post SchoolhouseTeachers.com - All That and More!, or check all the new Crew reviews by going to the Homeschool Review Crew blog. Personally, I'm hoping to find time to look over some of the courses with Kennady and decide whether we'll pick one or two electives to tackle, or if we'll just use lessons here and there in second semester. There's a lot there to choose from, and there's part of me that wishes we had time to do it all!

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On my blogs last week . . .

And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Wordless Wednesday - Record Player
What I'm Reading - January 15, 2018
Recent Reads - Isaiah's Daughter
Scripture and a Snapshot - Snow and Frost


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 posted my review of Isaiah's Daughter: A Novel of Prophets and Kings by Mesu Andrews, and I've been reading:

French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure by Mireille Guiliano
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill) by Julie Klassen
My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna's Choice by Angie Dicken


A parting shot . . . I surprised myself with how much I liked my finished painting. I was especially proud of the broom! Haha!

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

My Student Logbook (Blogging Through the Alphabet)

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After so many years of homeschooling, I've had plenty of opportunities to try curriculum and explore all kinds of resources, so during this Blogging Through the Alphabet tour, I'm highlighting some of the many homeschooling resources that have been stand-outs. Sometimes it will be a walk down memory lane as I share something we enjoyed many years ago, and sometimes it will be something we're using currently. Sometimes I'll focus on a specific curriculum, and sometimes on a subject area. And I imagine I'll have to be a bit creative with a couple letters of the alphabet! This week I'm going back several years to reminisce about a great record-keeping resource we relied on - My Student Logbook.

We were introduced to My Student Logbook through a Homeschool Crew review at the beginning of the school year in 2014. Quite honestly, when we first looked at it, I thought my teens would consider it "too young" for them. But at the time, Kennady was a middle schooler who needed something to help her keep track of what she needed to work on, and we agreed that she would try it. It was just a few days after it arrived and we got it set up that we decided it would be good for Landon (high schooler at that time) as well, and went ahead and purchased one for him too. So you could say it was the surprise hit of the school year!

My Student Logbook review  My Student Logbook review

The website and online store has changed a little in the years since, but My Student Logbook is still available, and it looks like its simple but brilliant design hasn't changed. It hasn't needed to, because it's so adaptable and efficient the way it is.

Okay, so if you're not familiar, My Student Logbook was created by a real homeschool mom that needed a simple system to keep track of the schoolwork her four young kids were working on. It started from a simple notebook and she tweaked the design until she had a simple organizational system that could be easily used by even young children. She created logbooks for friends and local homeschoolers before setting up shop to make them available to even more homeschoolers.

The notebook has daily columns for checking off when items are completed; and a fold-over list of the items on that to-do list. This means the same list can be used over and over again! And that means that a lot of time and trouble is saved, because the list of subjects to work on or chores to complete only has to be filled out once and can be used for multiple weeks, or as long as needed. The logbooks are available dated or undated, and with several cover design options.
 
My Student Logbook review
My Student Logbook review
There are instructions in the front of the logbook about setting it up, as well as information about using it for keeping track of high school level courses for credit. It's simple and straightforward. You can also watch the tutorial video on the website to see how it works. 

Although it's not well suited for detailed assignment lists with page numbers or specific instructions for each day's work, but it's perfect for checking off that the daily assignments have been done. We also listed some daily chores that needed done so there was a visual reminder to do them, and a box to check when the task was completed. I listed the subjects I wanted the kids to work on and noted how many days a week they were expected to do that. The boxes for each day can be used as a simple checkbox that the task was done or to record how much time was spent on that subject. For the high schooler that needs to log hours for credit, keeping track of the time spent is important. Landon was logging hours for Phys.Ed. and for Civil Air Patrol, and he kept track of those in his logbook. I had him track how much time he was spending on his other subjects as well.
My Student Logbook review
My Student Logbook review   My Student Logbook review
My Student Logbook review
We loved My Student Logbook as it definitely filled a need for us at the time! I thought it was particularly useful for middle school students who are working on developing independent study habits and learning to manage their own time. But it can be used by younger students ready to start practicing independence, and by high school students who need records of attendance and time spent on subjects in order to prepare their transcripts. I loved that my students had a tool that helped them learn responsibility for keeping their own records. 

You can read our full review here: My Student Logbook (Schoolhouse Crew Review)

My Student Logbook review

How do your students keep track of their assignments and their time? Leave a comment and let me know!

Blogging Through the Alphabet again? Yes, I'm taking the challenge, along with several other Crew members, including our three co-hosts for this round - Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool, DaLynn at Biblical Womanhood, and Kirsten at DoodleMom's Homeschooling Life. The link is open from Thursday to Wednesday each week, so join in if you'd like!

This post is linked at Blogging Through the Alphabet for Week 13, Letter M.



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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Virtual Refrigerator - Painted Snowmen

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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.

I have a couple more snowmen to display on my Virtual Fridge this week! On Saturday, Kennady and I went to another paint brunch and made these.

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Snowman by Kym, January 2018

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Snowman by KAT, January 2018

The artists with their creations:

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I got her to pose by herself. I like all the cords and whatnot in the background, don't you? We didn't think the photo shoot through very clearly.

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For now, my snowman will be in the living room along with the one Kennady made earlier this winter, which was featured on my Fridge here: Virtual Refrigerator - Snowplace Like Home

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Snowplace Like Home by KAT, November 2017

You can also see what we did in the first paint brunch we attended: Virtual Refrigerator - Painted Daisies

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Captain's Log, Supplemental - Our Homeschool Days

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Welcome to "Our Method of Homeschooling" and the second week of the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair, hosted by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Each week of the Virtual Homeschool Fair has a theme, and this week's question is "How do we homeschool?" Some will share about their philosophy of education, or the methods they follow. I don't think I have the time to describe my homeschool philosophy in any detail - I feel like that might lead me into a wormhole! As for our method, the easiest thing is to call it eclectic. That means we take the ideas that work for us from several different methods and cobble it together into something that is mostly getting the job done. So I've decided I'll be one of the Homeschool Fair bloggers that invites readers to have a glimpse of what a typical homeschool day or week looks like at our place. 

It's understandable that we want to put our best out there when we blog about our homeschool experiences, so usually our blogs are full of great art projects and exciting field trips and cool science activities. And our cute kids. I'm here to tell you that this was much easier for me when my kids were much younger and we did those fun projects way more often. As the students advanced and spent more time studying independently, there have been fewer nifty hands-on projects to display. As they got older, they also got kind of weird about being in pictures so there have been fewer photo ops. So what's a homeschool mom of teens to blog about? Well, I've always tried to be careful of my kids' dignity and privacy, and to strike a balance of being real but not embarrassing them. (Their idea of what would embarrass them is not always the same as mine though.) But it's true that you'll now find fewer pictures of my kids, and fewer details about their lives and the specifics of their schoolwork. Still, because I think it's a good thing to present a realistic view of homeschool life, I try not to gloss things over and make it seem like we've got it all together. We don't. I'm not even sure where all of it is, so I can't begin to put it all together. This, folks, is an attempt at describing a fairly typical homeschool week at my house. 

It should go without saying that my day always begins with coffee. No matter what time I get up or what's on the agenda.

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travel mugs for work and co-op days


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regular mugs for at-home school days

We have two young adult sons that live at home, so the morning schedules change based on who has to be at work at what time, but most days Kennady is supposed to be starting school around 9am. Two days a week, Monday and Friday, I am at work during the day, so once I've seen everyone else off and had my first coffee of the day, I try to make sure Kennady is awake before I leave. Because if she's not, she might sleep until noon! This is something she does need to work on - getting moving at a consistent time in the morning. Anyway, she does have to work on her own those two days, although I'm pretty accessible by phone or messenger if she has questions about assignments. I like for her to message me throughout the day just to let me know what she's working on, but that doesn't always happen. What I need to work on is probably checking her work every day to stay on top of grading and any problems that might crop up!

Tuesdays and Wednesdays are at-home school days. Or they are supposed to be. I usually have to run errands on Tuesday morning, but that's flexible. Our goal is to do schoolwork that she needs my help with on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. But the truth is, she doesn't need my help for much - except maybe to check up on her to make sure she's doing it! 

Tuesday evening is chorus rehearsal night. Kennady is interning, so she needs to be there by 5:30 for that group's rehearsal, then has a half hour break before her chorus rehearses. It does make for a long evening, especially because I usually have choir rehearsal as well and Landon goes to Civil Air Patrol. The good thing is that all those things happen on one evening, so we can combine the trip to town.

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Wednesday is an at-home school day with Kennady's guitar lesson plugged into the middle of the day. It makes for a nice break, and is late enough that she can do quite a bit of schoolwork in the morning, and not have to take lunch break early or have it rushed. In the evening we have church activities, which often include worship team practice, which involves our whole family. Kennady plays uke or guitar and sings with the worship team, and that's part of her music credit.

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Thursday is our co-op class day. That means an earlier start for Kennady (and that my coffee is definitely in a travel mug!), as we have to be at class for 8am! Meaning we are out the door around 7am. In first semester she took French I, Writing, and Speech/Presentation. The semester just ended, and since Speech/Presentation was only a half credit course, we'll be done at co-op about an hour earlier. We haven't decided yet how that will affect our schedule, and this first week I have a meeting and we won't be leaving early in any case. In first semester, most weeks we either stayed at co-op to have lunch with our friends there, or stopped to visit friends right afterwards before we headed home. It's actually a good opportunity to do a little socializing, and maybe run a couple of errands since we're in town anyway. 

So as you can see, I don't have much say over how Kennady organizes her schoolwork during the day. And at this point, that's really as it should be. She is able to manage her own time and schedule her assignments in an order that works for her. Whether she does it or not is essentially up to her as well. Co-op is a nice discipline, because there's no negotiation over when assignments are due. Even in the class I teach! I'm hoping that discipline continues to spill over into the courses she works on at home, and that she takes deadlines a bit more seriously. In general, she likes to start her schoolday with History, and then move on to the other subjects. She'd like if she didn't have to do Algebra at all, so if there's a subject she avoids, that's the one. 

Do we do school in the evenings? Sometimes. It depends on how things are going. If I come home from work and find out that she got stuck in Algebra that day, there's a good chance I'll get her to break out the books after dinner so I can help her figure it out. Sometimes she needs to finish printing out assignments that she worked on for co-op on Wednesday when we get home from church. Same thing on weekends. We don't plan on doing school on weekends, most of the time, but there are times when we really need to in order to get back on track or finish something on time.

My related posts:

From Monday to Friday - Our "typical" schedule as it looked in October 2017


From Monday to Friday on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com


The Real Homeschoolers series from 2015

the Real Homeschoolers series - Middle School Monday @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com


5 Ordinary Homeschool Days series from 2014

5 Ordinary Homeschool Days

What does your typical homeschool week look like - very structured or rather loose like ours? Leave a comment and let me know! Also, please visit my fellow homeschool bloggers as we all share thoughts about "Our Method of Homeschooling" in this week's Virtual Homeschool Fair.

This post is part of the Virtual Homeschool Fair 2018. This year the Virtual Homeschool Fair is hosted by Susan at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds. Visit my fellow bloggers listed below and find out about "Our Method of Homeschooling" (all posts will be live by 8am EST on January 15, 2018)!

A Long Time Ago . . . Why We Decided to Homeschool on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - Week 1 "The Reasons We Homeschool" in the Virtual Homeschool Fair 2018

How Our Academic Co-op Completes Our Eclectic Homeschool by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
A Method to Our Madness by Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Finding Our Homeschool Method by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
How We Homeschool by Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool
Give Us.... by Annette @ A Net in Time
A day in our Home by Sarah@DeliveringGrace
Lit-Based Education: How We Homeschool by Debra @ Footprints in the Butter
Overhauling Our Homeschool - Adjusting our "How" to fit our "Why" by Sabrina Scheerer @ Kids, Crunch, and Christ
A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler: Expectation Vs. Reality by Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road
How Charlotte Mason Transformed Our Homeschool by Brittney @ Mom's Heart
Captain's Log, Supplemental - Our Homeschool Days by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
How we get it done. by Kim @ Good Sweet Love
How to Organize Daily Curriculum with the School Cart by Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine
Learning For LIfe by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens
Eclectic Homeschooling: When It All Comes Together by Jen @ A Helping Hand Homeschool
A Typical Day? by Lizzy @ Peaches@Home
This is the Way We Do Our School, So Early in the Morning by Laura @ Four Little Penguins
A Little of This and a Little of That: Eclectic Homeschooling by Laura O @ Day by Day in Our World
Still Classically Educating After All These Years by True North Homeschool Academy
So what exactly is Life Led Homeschooling? by Dana @ Life Led Homeschool
The way we learn ~ 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair by Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Our Homeschool Routine by Joelle @Homeschooling For His Glory
Homeschool Methods – 8 Tips for the Journey by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset

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