Friday, March 27, 2015

34 Weeks of Clean - Week 11

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I've been participating in a weekly challenge and link-up at Family, Faith, and Fridays and last week's assignment was the Bathrooms. I shared a little bit in my Homeschool Weekly on Saturday what we'd done, but the task hadn't been finished, and I promised an update. To keep myself accountable to get it done! Let me tell you, it's pretty humbling to make yourself share "before" pictures of the messes in your house. Unless you're one of those wonderful people with a natural inclination to keep everything spic'n'span.

First, a recap of what was already done - the main bathroom, the one guests would see, is essentially a powder room, although it's quite a bit larger. Since it's the guest bath, it is kept clean, although it did need a little extra attention to dusting. My oldest son uses this bathroom the most, so he's responsible for keeping it clean, and most of the time he does a very good job.

Some of his things on the counter, but hey - he uses it, so as long as it's neat - good enough!


Now... on to the disaster area - the vanity counter in my bathroom. In the master bedroom, we have a dressing room type area connecting the bedroom itself to the bathroom. The dressing room has a large closet on one side, and a sink with a fair amount of counter space on the other side. So here, to my shame, is what that counter looked like a week ago:
Jewelry and makeup and hair stuff and heaven-knows-what just thrown haphazardly on the counter. Needless to say, it was getting to be a challenge to find some things, and it was past time to whip it back into shape. So that is what I did this week, and I think you'll agree it's a pretty big improvement:
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I'd like to get even more cleared off the counter, but unless more cupboard magically appear, I don't think that's possible at this time. Already I've heard "what happened to the -----?" multiple times from the hubster. Apparently I put things in drawers that I had NO CLUE that he actually used! 

The master bathroom was also in good shape, although I realized there was some clutter that had gathered, like on this shelf. (Yes, that is a Pirates of the Caribbean skull alarm clock on top! Too funny!)  I just did a quick tidy of this one.

There is a very nice garden tub in the bathroom, which I love, but the wide edge is very tempting place for clutter to gather, and it had been awhile since I'd purged that.

Much better - the random items in the towel basket put where they really belonged, and it's back to its purpose of holding a few towels and bath items.

And the stuff on the other side corralled better.
And yes, I totally treated myself to a hot bubble bath after cleaning it all up so nicely.

I cannot believe I just shared pictures of my bathroom. What is wrong with me?!

At some point, I still need to tackle the linen/storage closet in the powder room. But I've decided that is a job for another day.

 This week is actually Week 12, and our assignment has been the family room and our DVD collections. I'm going to try to remember to include our progress on that job in my Homeschool Weekly post tomorrow. For the details of the assignment, go to Family, Faith, and Fridays. Join in if you haven't already, and check back next week for our progress!


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Virtual Refrigerator - Tower of Pisa

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Virtual Refrigerator - Art Link-up
Welcome to another edition of the Virtual Refrigerator! This weekly blog hop is co-hosted by A Glimpse of Our LifeHomeschool Coffee Break, and Every Bed of Roses. We all cordially invite you to add your link sharing the art that's on your Virtual Refrigerator and then hop over to the other blogs and admire what's on their Fridges! 
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March's Art Challenge:  Green (for St Patrick's Day!)
This month we've been looking for artwork that features the color green, or is related to St Patrick's Day. Continue to link those up this week.

April's Art Challenge: Easter
Throughout the month of April, we'll be especially interested in seeing artwork that focuses on the theme of Easter, as we celebrate the victory Jesus Christ won over sin and death. Please continue to share any art posts on our Virtual Fridge as well - we love seeing all of them!

I resupplied Kennady with a sketch pad, a pastel pad, and even a brand new kneaded eraser. It was a pretty exciting day for her. And she got right to work too, as she had been waiting for a sketch pad so she could draw the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
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On a more whimsical note, she noticed a picture I'd liked online that showed a "cactus garden" made from pebbles that had been painted. I wondered what mess she was busy making one day, and then she presented me with these as a start to my "cactus garden"! Finally, indoor plants that will stay green despite my own complete lack of a green thumb!
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What have you created in your homeschool this week? Leave a comment, share a link, and let us know!
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SchoolhouseTeachers.com

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From time to time, I've mentioned and recommended SchoolhouseTeachers.com, and I'm devoting an entire post to the site today because this great resource recently got a nice update making it even easier to navigate. And because there is still one week to take advantage of special pricing that gives you even more bang for your buck. Literally, one buck. One dollar gets you a full 30-days of everything SchoolhouseTeachers.com has to offer, and if you decide to continue, it's only $5.95 per month! Access to all 100+ courses, all the parent and teacher resources, for you and as many students as you have.

Let me give you a quick sample of what you can find at SchoolhouseTeachers.com.

The site is now easier to navigate and you can search for courses by subject area, or by grade level. Here are a few highlights:

Courses by Subject
I have a student that loves art, so that's one of the first places I look. It's also first alphabetically, so that makes it easy!

Here you'll find an entire course of Art Techniques by Brenda Ellis (author of ARTistic Pursuits!) with lessons for students in Elementary grades through High School. You'll also find a Drawing with Realism course, and Daily Easels lessons.

Looking for interesting Electives? How about Introduction to Architecture, suitable for middle school or high school? I'm looking at this one for next year!  Other Elective courses include Home Economics, Photography, Logic, Wildlife Adventures, and Media Socialization - quite a variety!



In the Math section, I have been picking out some of the Daily Math worksheets to reinforce concepts. That's just one of the offerings there.



Foreign Languages can present a challenge for homeschoolers. I think I would like to study Hands-on Hebrew myself! Kennady was interested in ASL Adventure (Introduction to American Sign Language), and I have a feeling she'd also be interested in French.

Other Subjects are:
  • Computer and Technology where you'll find courses like Keyboarding, Programming, and Internet Entrepreneurship; 
  • Drama and Speech; 
  • History, Geography, and Social Studies offers courses such as Everyday Explorers, Renaissance History, Imperial Russia, and Mock Trial; 
  • Language Arts, which covers Reading, Writing, Grammar and Literature;
  • Music, offering courses in Guitar, Music History, and Theory;
  • Nutrition, Health, and Fitness
  • Science, with courses like Astronomy, Animal Science, Botany, Biology, Physics, Geology... and more!


Courses by Grade Level
Browse the available courses in each of four general age groups.

Preschool and Kindergarten


Elementary


Middle School


High School

Resources for Members of Schoolhouse Teachers

Resources for Members include: Schoolhouse Planners, back issues of The Old Schoolhouse magazine and more!

As you can see, there is a TON of stuff waiting for you at SchoolhouseTeachers.com! Check it out and let me know what you think!



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Monday, March 23, 2015

Middle School Monday - Vision Check Day

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Welcome to Middle School Monday!

This may be an interesting school day - we have a bit of a field trip planned... to the eye doctor! It's time for Landon's check-up, so we can get him his new supply of contact lenses, and it's been a couple of years at least since Kennady's last check-up, and we fully expect that she'll be getting her first glasses as a result of today's appointment. In any case, I feel like a fair amount of money will leave our hands today, paying for the check-ups and Landon's contacts, plus probably a first pair of glasses.

The odds are stacked against her, as everyone else in our family needs some sort of corrective lenses!

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Landon is wearing contacts in this picture, and I don't have my glasses on - but I do wear glasses for driving and love my reading glasses.

When I last took Kennady for a vision check, everything was fine, but the eye doctor did ask her if she had any trouble seeing the board at school. Ummm... No, she didn't, because we homeschool. Oh! He said we would probably need to get her into glasses when she was a few years older. So now it's a few years down the road, and we are pretty sure it's time. Especially since she tried on my driving glasses awhile ago, just for fun, and discovered that she could see distances so much better! She sometimes borrows my glasses so she can see the powerpoint in church too. I suspect she's actually excited about getting glasses, since she loves trying on my glasses and her friends' glasses and taking selfies. I'm not excited about buying them. Oh well.

Trying on a friend's glasses...
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Rocking my reading glasses
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Goofy glasses - ummm....no.
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Is it weird that she wants glasses? How about your kids - do they wear glasses? Do they get regular eye exams? Leave a comment and let me know! (Soon I have to get my kids to the dentist too. No one is excited about that. Ugh.)

Each week I invite bloggers to share their posts about middle school here on Middle School Monday. The link is open through Friday, and I will do my best to visit, comment, and share your posts. Please grab the Middle School Monday button to add to your post or to your sidebar when you leave your link below, and please visit the other links and comment or share. I look forward to seeing what you and your middle schoolers are doing!
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Homeschool Weekly: Spring Snow Edition

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In our homeschool... This was a pretty good week, with progress in all subjects, except that Landon wasn't able to do Algebra this week. We're still trying to figure out how to get it done when internet issues get in the way of the video lessons working smoothly.

In other news... the week started out with mild weather, and although we were rushed as usual on Tuesday, we did have some fun for St Patrick's Day. Kennady's choir had a fundraising day at Chipotle on Tuesday, so it was a little odd to have burritos for dinner when usually it's corned beef on the menu, but we rolled with it! After all, we'd had our Lucky Charms for breakfast!






On Thursday evening, Kennady and I went to another Ladies Theme Night at church. This month our theme was Breakfast, so most of us attended in pajamas, and the menu was things like pancakes, breakfast casseroles, sausage, and muffins. Lots of fun for all.

Friday - yesterday - was the first day of spring, but someone didn't give that memo to the weather, apparently. This was on my desktop:


and this was outside my window:


I'm not even sure whether the area schools were on delay or if they took a snow day, but WE didn't!

Nothing from our insurance company yet, but our contractor came by to assess what reconstruction work needed done, and I've got an appointment with the gentleman who'll be doing the floors for next week. In other words, I need to nail down an amount from insurance before then, so we know what we have to work with when we choose the flooring and decide whether to do just the living room or have new flooring put in other parts of the house as well.

Things that made me smile... Kennady brought her guitar to the dining room to practice one day while I was working in the kitchen, and she and I had a fun time of singing worship songs together.

34 Weeks of Clean...
I'm participating in a weekly challenge and link-up at Family, Faith, and Fridays and this week's assignment was the Bathrooms. We had time to do some of the tidying, but haven't finished this task yet. I think I'll post an update in a few days, when I have pictures of the finished work. I took "before" pictures in my bathroom (talk about a humbling experience!) but haven't got "after" pictures yet. I didn't even inspect the kids' bathroom after I gave them instructions on cleaning it - I will need to do that today, I guess!

So this is the main bathroom that guests would see - a powder room, I suppose, but it's quite a bit bigger. My oldest son is responsible for maintaining and cleaning this one on a regular basis, and it looks like he has done his job this week. I did need to properly dust the shelves though.
   
That bathroom is home to this linen closet, which is a disaster. Guess what I'll be doing this week...

Speaking of disasters... this is the "before" picture of the counter in my master bathroom. To save my reputation, I will now have to post my "after" picture within a couple of days!


 For Week 12, our assignment will be the family room and our DVD collections. For the details of the assignment, go to Family, Faith, and Fridays. Join in if you haven't already, and check back next week for our progress!

On the bookshelf...

The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen

I finished The Disappearance of Georgianna Darcy by Regina Jeffers, and posted my review on my book blog, Just A Second.

A parting shot... 




Weekly Wrap-Up


   


This post is linked at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers, and at Home to 4 KiddosI'm also sharing on the Homeschool Mother's Journal co-hosted by the following blogs: Managing Your BlessingsThe Heart of MichelleContented at HomeNext Gen Homeschool; and Abundant Life.


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