Thursday, August 25, 2016

Virtual Refrigerator - Art Lessons at SchoolhouseTeachers.com

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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!

We are on vacation, so I've brought out some past projects to display on our Virtual Fridge, and there's a common thread to them. We found ideas and inspiration for these among the many art lesson resources available at SchoolhouseTeachers.com.




Last August, I did an artist study series for the Virtual Refrigerator, and three of the four artists we featured had related lessons on SchoolhouseTeachers.com. The lessons we found in Everyday Easels gave us background information and a starting point for our project and artist study for Piet Mondrian, Alexander Calder, and M.C. Escher.


Artist Study - Piet Mondrian on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com #virtualfridge

In our study of Piet Mondrian, we looked at the Everyday Easels unit which focused on his Composition in Red, Blue, and Yellow and Kennady created her own versions of this famous piece.

Artist Study - Piet Mondrian on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com #virtualfridge

Artist Study - Piet Mondrian on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com #virtualfridge
Composition in Foil and Marker by KAT, August 2015

See the full study here: Virtual Refrigerator - Piet Mondrian


M.C. Escher artist study on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com #art #VirtualFridge

We also turned to Everyday Easels for information and ideas when we did our artist study of M.C. Escher. Kennady tried her hand at making a tesselation and did a study of an eye (seen above) in Escher's style.

See the full study here: Virtual Refrigerator - M.C. Escher


Artist Study - Alexander Calder on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com #virtualfridge

Everyday Easels also provided some ideas for our study of Alexander Calder. Of the several different types of projects we could have worked on, we chose to try a mobile.

See our full study here: Virtual Refrigerator - Alexander Calder

There are already tons of lessons available in the Art department at SchoolhouseTeachers.com, with more coming. Word is there's an art history course coming soon, and digital art is a course being considered for the future. There are also courses like Photography and Graphic Design which may appeal to students who need an art credit but aren't fans of drawing and painting.





 

  

If you're not already familiar with this wonderful homeschool resource, now is the perfect time to check it out - until September 30th, if you buy a year's subscription (which is $139), you'll get a year free! That's over 250 online homeschool classes! Whatever it is your child needs to learn in almost any subject area, SchoolhouseTeachers.com will have something to offer. No added fees, no limit the number of classes. 

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


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Final Countdown on The Homeschool Post

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Have you started your homeschool year already? By this time of August, a lot of folks are back to school, and most years we are up and running by this time too. This year in my homeschool, we've decided to wait until September, which means we are in Final Countdown mode right now! Whether you've just started or your first official day of school is coming up soon, here's a few things that I think are important to getting a successful homeschool year started. And just like those educational films we used to watch way back when I was in school, we're going to count down to our feature presentation! 

Join me for the countdown to showtime at The Homeschool Post!

How do you set the stage for a successful homeschool year? Share your ideas!


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Monday, August 22, 2016

From the High School Lesson Book - Taking a Long View



Thinking back to when I was a new mom (a long time ago now!), I remember hearing one piece of advice quite regularly. It was some variation on the theme of "Enjoy your children while they are young, because they grow so quickly". And it's very true - children do grow quickly, and when we moms are overwhelmed with changing diapers and chasing down rambunctious toddlers, it doesn't seem possible that one day they'll be teenagers. When we're in the trenches of homeschooling, it's hard to imagine what life will be like someday when they are grown and graduated. If you're that mom, let me encourage you to follow that advice of enjoying your young children, but also to take a long view of your mission of mothering, especially homeschooling and mothering.

Join me for the rest of this post at A Net In Time Schooling, where I'm pleased to be offering a guest post in her Encouragement series.

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 3:13-14
But before you go, please take a moment to link your posts about homeschooling high school here - I'd love to see what you are working on! Also, please visit your neighbors and leave some encouraging comments!

If you're homeschooling through high school and have not yet joined the Blog Roll, please take a moment to do that as well.

From the High School Lesson Book will be here on Mondays from now on. During the summer I will keep it short depending on what else we're doing, but I'd like to continue to connect with other homeschool bloggers with high school students through this link-up and the blog roll.



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Friday, August 19, 2016

52 Lists #33 - Food, Glorious Food


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This week's list assignment is to list our favorite places or foods when we're eating out. How appropriate, since we'll be on vacation soon, and doing a lot of eating out! See details and more lists at 52 Lists at Chasing Slow.

We love to eat out and since I don't much love to cook, I wish our eating out budget was a LOT bigger! We have some favorite restaurants that we go back to again and again, or that are big highlights in our memory even if we can't keep returning.

  1. Melt Bar and Grilled - because cheese. And it came to mind immediately because it started in Cleveland and we'll be visiting there on our vacation.
  2. Tim Horton's - Coffee. Canada. 'Nuff said.
  3. Quaker Steak - a standout because our very quiet and reserved son loudly declared it "the best burger I've ever had!" after our first visit.
  4. Buca di Beppo - one of our top choices for special occasions, like our anniversary recently
  5. Macaroni Grill - another Italian chain restaurant, and more my favorite than my husband's.
  6. Frontier Barbecue - or ANY barbecue place. But this local joint in Fairfield PA is one of our favorites. If you go, have the Bullhawg.
  7. Ledo Pizza - favorite pizza chain. They win because they are generous with the bacon, and their crust-to-topping ratio is right where we like it. Lots of topping, and thin crispy crust.
  8. Dobbin House - historic eatery in Gettysburg that we especially like.
  9. Cracker Barrel - a long-time family favorite
  10. Hard Times Cafe - chili specialists!
52 Lists #33 - Food, Glorious Food on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - some favorite restaurants
Buca di Beppo on our anniversary

52 Lists #33 - Food, Glorious Food on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - some favorite restaurants
the first Tim Hortons we found on our Alberta Bound trip in 2013,
because that's worth a picture!

We especially love barbecue, so whenever we travel we look for local barbecue places to try out. Each place seems to have its own specialty and claim to fame, and although we like some things better than others, we always find something to love. We ate at a barbecue place in Massachusetts that had these amazing mashed potatoes. First - who would have guessed that Massachusetts would have a great barbecue place? But I've been trying to recreate those potatoes ever since. There are a couple of local barbecue places that have the most wonderful cornbread. We've found some places where we know the brisket is outstanding, and others where the pork is always great, and still others that do the best ribs.
I was eating in a Chinese restaurant downtown. There was a dish called Mother and Child Reunion. It's chicken and eggs. And I said, I gotta use that one. ~Paul Simon
Which restaurants are your favorites? Leave a comment and tell me where I should eat out next, and visit Chasing Slow to see other lists.

52 lists with Chasing Slow
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Virtual Refrigerator - Zebras

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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!

We managed to do a little school this week, so who knows, we might be able to wrap it up by the end of August - just in time for the start of the next school year! This was fun though - as Kennady was reviewing her geography units on Africa, she remembered that I had suggested these sketch projects found in Geography Through Art.

Zebras on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
Zebras by KAT, August 2016

She first did the stylized zebra drawing based on the types of traditional folk art in Zimbabwe.


Zebras on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
Zimbabwe Zebra by KAT, August 2016

Then remembered that the book also included instructions for a more realistic looking zebra, so she tried that too.

Zebras on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
Zebra Sketch by KAT, August 2016

My photos don't do her drawings justice, I'm afraid.

Zebras on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
Zebras by KAT, August 2016


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


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com

So my son graduated earlier this year, and I did post some of my pictures of the great occasion, but I haven't yet posted the "official" pictures from the ceremony. I didn't really take pictures at the ceremony because we had a photographer looking after that for us. She is a member of our homeschool group, and she had a lot going on this summer, so it was a little later than usual when we got access to all the photos she had taken, and consequently it's taken me longer to do this.

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair
Portraits of the grads outside - she was a good sport and let Landon leave his new tie hanging outside of his gown for one picture! He was pretty proud of that Jerry Garcia tie, let me tell you.

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair

Okay, but seriously:
Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair

Ready for the grads to walk in:
Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair
Here comes my grad:

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair

It was a challenge for anyone to get a picture of Landon at the drum kit, so this turned out pretty good.
Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair
For each student, she got this series of pictures - mom presenting the diploma and receiving a gift and a hug from the student; dad turning the tassel and congratulating the student; and then all three together.
Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair
Presenting the FAITH Class of 2016:
Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair
And a family photo afterwards:
Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Photo courtesy: Creative Pair

You can see more about the ceremony and some grad traditions in my post From the High School Lesson Book: Graduation, but here are just a few more photo highlights of the occasion.

I was outside for some of the photo session, and took these pictures:

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Making sure everyone sees the ties.

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
Setting up a group shot

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com
I zoomed in during a group pose to get this one
And these are the senior portraits done by our friend and student ministries director, who also happens to be a talented and generous photographer.

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com

This one is my favorite, and the one we used on Landon's grad announcements.

Wordless Wednesday - Grad Photo Album on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com and on JustASecondBlog.blogspot.com


This post is linked at Wordless Wednesday, hosted by Life at Rossmont, and at Sometimes Wordless Wednesday, hosted by Tots and Me . . . Growing Up Together!

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