Friday, July 29, 2016

Homeschool Weekly - Short Week Edition

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In our homeschool . . . we had a very short school week - yesterday and today - because we were away visiting family at the beginning of the week. That trip was planned sort of last-minute, so I felt like we got behind, especially since last week wasn't a particularly good one for getting stuff done. Anyway, these couple of days Kennady worked on Geography and Math. Specifically CTC Math for an upcoming review, although I sure wish we'd been able to get farther with that by this time!

On Saturday, Kennady got to put together her stained glass project so we did have that to count for school!
Homeschool Weekly - Short Week Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Homeschool Weekly - Short Week Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

In other news . . . So Friday evening, the hubster and I had complimentary tickets to the Keys game (Orioles farm team) and enjoyed a date night! The tickets were for the picnic pavilion, so even our meal was included. The ball game wasn't that super to watch, because the home team lost, but there were fireworks afterwards and those are always a treat. In addition, since the tickets and food cost us nothing, I bought some tickets in the 50-50 raffle and won a couple hundred dollars! Yay!!

On Sunday afternoon, the hubster and Kennady and I headed to Ontario to visit his family for a couple days. They are in the process of moving into a new house, so we tried to help out with some of the sorting and packing. It felt like we didn't do a whole lot, but I guess a bit of moral support was as helpful as the truckloads of things hauled off to donate and the stuff that we did get sorted. We also got to go along on the walkthrough of the new house so we have had a lovely preview of the new place! Although our stay was short, we were able to connect with a couple of friends as well. I think we were also successful in our overall mission, which was to help the family get rid of stuff while not bringing back anything that we didn't really need or want. We did bring home this old gas pump that had been at the family auto business years ago. The hubster really wanted it so we will clean it up and put it back together.

Homeschool Weekly - Short Week Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Homeschool Weekly - Short Week Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

We arrived home on Wednesday evening, with enough time for Kennady and Landon to get to youth group and spend the evening throwing water balloons and playing waterslide whiffleball.

Yesterday we had worship team practice, and this evening we're planning to go to Landon's softball team party. Nice of them to invite the whole family!

Reader Favorites . . . Even though the Homeschool Mother's Journal is still on a summer break, this is a 5th Saturday, so in keeping with their themes, I'll share some of the most viewed articles from Homeschool Coffee Break this past month:


Curriculum Favorites From the High School Lesson Book on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - part of a round-up of favorite curriculum for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com


A Little Photography Fun on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
photo by KAT, July 2016


Our Favorite Maryland Field Trips on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - a Field Trip Inspiration post for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

And a blast from the past, July 2013: Virtual Refrigerator: Matisse-Inspired Cut Paper

Matisse-Inspired Cut Paper on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com


I recommend . . .  stocking your homeschool shelves with Apologia curriculum. Their homeschool conference special has been extended to the online store until August 5th, so you have a week to get that 25% savings deal on Apologia-published resources, even if you didn't make it to a conference this year. Special savings on shipping too!



We all know Apologia provides amazing Science curriculum, but did you know they also have top-rated Bible and Worldview curriculum, Language Arts resources, a wonderful Geography curriculum, a new and timely course in Constitutional Literacy, and more? You'll also find the amazing Ultimate Homeschool Planner that we reviewed awhile ago.




On my blog last week . . .

52 Lists - Sports I Like to Watch
Virtual Refrigerator - Glass TARDIS
52 Lists - Favorite Games
From the High School Lesson Book - Summer Homeschool Link-up


On the bookshelf . . .

The Boden Birthright: A Cimarron Legacy Novella by Mary Connealy
The Pharaoh's Daughter: A Treasures of the Nile Novel by Mesu Andrews
Timebound (The Chronos Files)by Rysa Walker
The Winter Crown: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Elizabeth Chadwick

You can find out more about what I'm reading, along with reviews and other book-related things on my book blog, Just A Second.

A parting shot . . .  Finally, a travel mug in the perfect size . . .

Homeschool Weekly - Short Week Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com




 Weekly Wrap-Up   Biblical Womanhood - Christian Fellowship Weekend

I will be linking up at the Weekly Wrap-Up hosted by Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolersand at Christian Fellowship Weekend hosted by Biblical Womanhood. 

The Homeschool Mother's Journal hosted by NextGenHomeschool is on hiatus until August.

  

"My Week in Review" hosted by Lisa at Home to 4 Kiddos is also on a break, because her family's home was severely damaged in a fire several weeks ago. Please keep her and her family in your prayers. Information on how you can help them if you feel so led can be found here on her blog: Blessing for the Boyle Family.

My Week in Review Link UP

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

52 Lists - Sports I Like to Watch

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This week we're making lists of sports we like to watch or play and linking up at 52 Lists at Chasing Slow. And honestly, I don't much care for playing sports, but I do like watching some.

Sports I like to watch include:
  1. Hockey! I grew up in Calgary, so I've been a Flames fan all along. My other favorite teams are the St. Louis Blues (just because? I don't know.) and the Washington Capitals (because they're the most local team for us now. My hubby's favorite team is the Montreal Canadiens, and that's actually how Kennady got her name. True story. She is Kennady Anne - try it with the French accent and you'll get it. We mostly watch NHL hockey on TV, but occasionally we get up to Hershey to see the AHL team, the Bears. My hubby still plays hockey, but I don't get to watch his games that often. Their league is mostly for fun, but they hold a couple of tournaments and events each year, and I try to get to those.  (See more at H is for Hockey)
  2. Baseball. I watched a lot of baseball in the years when my boys played in the community leagues. I enjoy going to MLB and minor league games, and in fact our summer vacation coming up will take us to three major league parks and we're pretty excited about it. I sometimes watch televised games, but mostly during the playoffs and World Series. My favorite team is the Toronto Blue Jays. Locally we have the Baltimore Orioles, and one of their farm teams, the Frederick Keys. (See more at B is for Baseball (History Lesson))
  3. Softball. Which I don't watch that much any more, but I sure loved it when my daughter was playing! (See more at S is for Softball)
  4. Olympics, especially the Winter Games. Clearly, the favorite event for me is hockey, but I also enjoy figure skating (even though I think it's mostly fixed!), skiing, bobsled and curling. In 1988, we still lived in Calgary when they hosted the Winter Games, and attended some Olympic hockey games! (I was even in the choir that sang in the Opening Ceremonies - see more at My Favorite Olympic Winter Games I spend less time watching the Summer Games, but I try to catch some of the gymnastics, swimming, diving, track events, and rowing. And just whatever happens to be on. 

52 Lists - Sports I Like to Watch on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

H is for Hockey - Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

H is for Hockey - Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

K is for Key (Francis Scott Key - a little history lesson) on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

52 Lists - Sports I Like to Watch on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

52 Lists - Sports I Like to Watch on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

52 Lists - Sports I Like to Watch on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Olympic Winter Games 1988


Olympic Winter Games

What sports do you like to play or watch? Leave a comment and let me know, and visit Chasing Slow to see other lists.

52 lists with Chasing Slow


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Virtual Refrigerator - Glass TARDIS

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The Virtual Refrigerator is an art post link-up hosted by Every Bed of Roses, Homeschool Coffee Break, Raventhreads, and This Day Has Great Potential #VirtualFridge #art

Welcome to another edition of the Virtual Refrigerator! Thank you for joining me and my co-hosts for our weekly art link-up. We all 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!

Last week I shared a teaser - a picture of the glass Kennady would be using in her latest project - with a hint as to what it would be.

Glass Tardis on the Virtual Refrigerator - an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogpspot.com

So if you guessed it would be the TARDIS from Doctor Who - you were right!

Glass Tardis on the Virtual Refrigerator - an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogpspot.com
Glass TARDIS by KAT, July 2016

Unfortunately for me, the way Saturday worked out, I had to drop Kennady off at my friend's house and couldn't stay to watch how the project came together. She was good enough to text a couple of pictures to me though.

Glass Tardis on the Virtual Refrigerator - an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogpspot.com

Glass Tardis on the Virtual Refrigerator - an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogpspot.com


Glass Tardis on the Virtual Refrigerator - an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogpspot.com
Glass TARDIS by KAT, July 2016

Next job will be to get a chain so she can hang it in her window.

Glass Tardis on the Virtual Refrigerator - an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogpspot.com
Glass TARDIS by KAT, July 2016

I am and will always be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams. ~The Doctor

Now it's your turn! Join us by sharing your art posts here on the Virtual Fridge!

The Virtual Refrigerator is an art post link-up hosted by Every Bed of Roses, Homeschool Coffee Break, Raventhreads, and This Day Has Great Potential #VirtualFridge #art


Every Bed of Roses  &#34Raventhreads

Grab a virtual magnet and add your link here to share your child's art or your arts and crafts how-to posts. Please visit the other blogs and admire what's on their Virtual Refrigerators!








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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

52 Lists - Favorite Games

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Very early this year I did come across the 52 Lists project, and thought about participating. But as so often happens (at least with me!) I pretty much forgot about it. Recently, I was reminded of it, and this time I decided to jump in and get started, despite the year being more than half over. Now, if I'm really lucky, I'll remember to link this post up to the current collection of 52 Lists at Chasing Slow. (I'm scheduling this post ahead as I don't know when I'll be able to get online this week!)

Our list this week is favorite games and apps. Our family doesn't play games together very often. Mostly that's because we have such varying tastes in games. I like Scrabble and Dominos, and my hubby likes Risk and Rook, neither of which I understand. In fact, for many years I tried my best to play Rook with the hubster and friends of ours, but I never really figured it out. We usually played called partner, and I'm pretty sure that was to even things out so no one got stuck with me as their partner through an entire evening! Anyway, here are some games that I DO like, and can understand.

My favorite games/apps:

  1. Scrabble - I'm a word nerd. 
  2. Scattergories - again, because I'm a word nerd.
  3. Dominos - Mexican Train and Chickenfoot are the two styles I know, and I enjoy both. Mexican Train was introduced to my family by my mom and dad and when they visit we usually wind up with an ongoing dominos tournament with the kids. Chickenfoot requires a little less concentration and is the game of choice at our church coffee house on Wednesday evenings.
  4. Sorry! (Disney version) - I still enjoy this simple game, especially the Disney version we have.
  5. Monopoly - we don't play often, but this is a classic.
  6. Phase 10 - probably my favorite card game
  7. Dutch Blitz - although I'm not half as good at it as I used to be.
  8. MahJongg - one of the only game apps I ever use on my Kindle.
52 Lists - Favorite Games/Apps on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

52 Lists - Favorite Games/Apps on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

52 Lists - Favorite Games/Apps on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

52 Lists - Favorite Games/Apps on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com 
(These pictures are from a 1930s themed Family Night we did a few years ago. Read about it here: History Lesson: 1930s Family Game Night)

1930s Family Game Night on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

What are your favorite games? Leave a comment and let me know, and visit Chasing Slow to see other lists.

52 lists with Chasing Slow


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