Friday, September 30, 2016

52 Lists #39 - My Wish List

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Sometimes when I'm asked what's on my wishlist for my birthday or Christmas, I really don't have much in mind, so this week's 52 Lists assignment will get me thinking ahead a bit. We're sharing our wishlists. (See details and more lists at 52 Lists at Beauty Full Slow.)

There are big ticket items I do wish for, but I listed those a couple weeks ago when I imagined what I'd do with a million dollars. So this list is going to be more the things I'd put on my Christmas/birthday list to give my family gift ideas.

  1. the annual Tim Horton's coffee mug
  2. a St Louis Blues t-shirt
  3. bubble bath
  4. chocolate is always an appropriate gift - especially dark chocolate
  5. coffee - my favorite gift coffees come from Furnace Hills and from Dublin Roasters
  6. books - or actually, Amazon gift cards so I can pick out my own books!
  7. a French press
  8. earrings or other jewelry - seems like ages since I've had anything new in my jewelry collection. I'm talking about the fashion pieces, it's not like a need a diamond anniversary ring. (Actually I do need to have my wedding ring repaired, now that I think about it)
  9. dinner out is always a good gift 

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Tim mugs

52 Lists #39 - My Wish List on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
Furnace Hills coffee

So basically, something related to coffee is a pretty safe bet!

What's on your wishlist? Leave a comment and let me know, and visit Beauty Full Slow to see more.

52 lists with Chasing Slow

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Virtual Refrigerator - Coloring Fun

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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!

Not that long ago, Kennady got herself another coloring book. Actually, I got one recently too, but I haven't done much with it yet. Anyway, here's some of the coloring that she's been doing during some of her free time.

Coloring Fun on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Coloring Fun on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Coloring Fun on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Coloring Fun on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Coloring Fun on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Coloring Fun on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Funny how we never really outgrow coloring, isn't it?
Give crayons. Adults are disturbingly impoverished of these magical dream sticks. ~Dr. SunWolf in a 2009 tweet

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, September 28, 2016

An Extraordinary Adventure in Ancient Egypt

An Extraordinary Adventure in Ancient Egypt - The Cat of Bubastes from Heirloom Audio Productions -  A Homeschool Coffee Break review for the Homeschool Review Crew @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

When the latest audio drama from Heirloom Audio Productions came out, we were excited to be able to review it for the Homeschool Review Crew! We've loved every installment in this series so far, and with The Cat of Bubastes on our homeschool reading list anyway, we were sure to enjoy this as well.
Heirloom Audio Productions  Review

Heirloom Audio Productions has been bringing history to life through exciting audio dramas based on the well-loved stories of G.A. Henty since 2013, and each one is packed with adventure and heroes worth admiring. And the whole family can enjoy these "active listening" adventure experiences together. Each audio drama features an award-winning cast and composer, and realistic sound effects.

The latest in "The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty" series takes us back to ancient Egypt, and a story of perseverance, responsibility, and God's providence in The Cat of Bubastes. This happens to be the first Henty novel that Kennady and I remember reading, and I think my boys all remember it as well. The Cat of Bubastes is also on Kennady's required reading list this year, so we had every reason to be excited about listening to Heirloom Audio's adaptation!

Heirloom Audio Productions ~Cat of Bubastes

We received the 2-CD set, which is more than two hours of exciting listening. Included is access to a downloadable 47-page Study Guide. We also received the mp3 version of the soundtrack, a beautifully illustrated full-color E-Book of the original Henty novel, a printable copy of the inspirational verse featured in the story, a printable copy of the cast poster, access to a behind-the-scenes documentary, and access to the  Live the Adventure Letter E-Newsletter published by Heirloom Audio.

Heirloom Audio Productions ~Cat of Bubastes
Live the Adventure e-Newsletter
The audio drama is based on the G.A. Henty novel of the same name, which tells the story of a young prince, Amuba, and his faithful protector Jethro after they are captured and made slaves by the Egyptians. They have the great fortune of being chosen to be servants to an Egyptian high priest's family.  Amuba and Jethro soon grow to respect and appreciate the high priest, and form a friendship with his son Chebron, who is Amuba's age. When a stray arrow from Chebron's bow kills the family's sacred cat, they all find themselves in great danger and the loyalty, courage, and character of all three are tested. 

As we've come to expect from Heirloom Audio, the quality of the production is outstanding, with voices provided by great actors and a soundtrack and sound effect that added to the excitement and made it feel like we were in the midst of the action. As I've said in our previous reviews, it's like watching a movie except there's no screen. The story, of course, is an exciting one, and features strong characters that demonstrate loyalty, courage, and other godly values.

We chose to listen to the CDs, and did most of our listening as we were driving to and from our various activities. And even when we had one of the boys along with us, they were definitely drawn in by the story, and I know they remembered the basic plot from when they read it. It certainly came to life in a much more exciting way than when I read it aloud! The mp3 was included in our package, which Kennady will be listening to in a week or two when she needs to review the novel again for her History unit on Egypt. She often enjoys listening to the soundtrack on mp3 as well.

I love that Heirloom Audio includes the original G.A. Henty story in the bonuses, so you can read the story as he first told it. This e-book version is beautifully illustrated and in full color, so it's a pleasure to read.

Heirloom Audio Productions ~Cat of Bubastes
E-book title page
Heirloom Audio Productions ~Cat of Bubastes

As for the Study Guide, we will be using quite a bit of it during Kennady's history unit on Egypt, simply because it's a great resource for reviewing the story for comprehension and going a little deeper in studying the historical setting and some of the background. Heirloom's Study Guides offer helpful background on the historical settings and figures in each story, and in this one the historical figure is Moses. He makes only a brief appearance in the tale itself, but the Study Guide explains who he was, and also give a little information on the Hebrew people living in Egypt, and on the Pharaohs. For each chapter of the audio drama, there are questions for Listening Well (simple questions designed to check comprehension) and Thinking Further (questions to explore motives of characters, opinions about the story, and prompt research about topics mentioned) that can be used as part of a homeschool study, or just for discussion. There are also vocabulary lists of some of the words that may be unfamiliar, and a number of Expand Your Learning sections. These are brief sidebars explaining a bit more about geography, religion, and culture. Through these sections, we can learn about the Egyptian diet, hieroglyphs, mummification, and the animals mentioned in the story. And finally, there are three Bible studies that give the Scripture references for the various Biblical ideas and background mentioned in the story.

An Extraordinary Adventure in Ancient Egypt - The Cat of Bubastes from Heirloom Audio Productions -  A Homeschool Coffee Break review for the Homeschool Review Crew @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
Study Guide background on Moses
An Extraordinary Adventure in Ancient Egypt - The Cat of Bubastes from Heirloom Audio Productions -  A Homeschool Coffee Break review for the Homeschool Review Crew @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

An Extraordinary Adventure in Ancient Egypt - The Cat of Bubastes from Heirloom Audio Productions -  A Homeschool Coffee Break review for the Homeschool Review Crew @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

What we liked best:

  • I say it every time - the exciting "you are there" quality of the story-telling and production!
  • likable and relatable characters with many admirable qualities
  • the beautiful e-Book and Study Guide, which offers so many possibilities for further learning. By the way, the Study Guide once again has the corresponding Track Numbers and times from the CD to reference - which makes it so easy to review for something we've missed or know exactly which part of the story to pay attention to.

What I need to mention:

  • because this is an audio theater adaptation of the book, there are sections and details of the book that are left out (in other words, you can't exactly follow along in the e-Book), and the fight scenes have realistic sound effects to go with them. Very young or sensitive children may be bothered by scenes in which there are injuries or deaths.
  • the Study Guide is presented in full color, which makes it beautiful to look at but potentially costly to print out at home. Also keep in mind that there is not an Answer Key to the questions.

Our bottom line: We continue to love all things Heirloom Audio and this presentation of The Cat of Bubastes kept us on the edge of our seats even though we were already familiar with the story! We loved how the characters came to life for us, with the friendships, dramatic adventures, warmth and humor made so real by the excellent acting and production. I especially love the basis in Biblical history in this story, and the positive message of finding courage through trusting in the One True God.

And . . . we caught the hint of the next adventure to come in the series and are looking forward to it already! (Be sure to also check out our full review of In Freedom's CauseAn Extraordinary Adventure in Scottish History our full review of With Lee In VirginiaAn Extraordinary Adventure With Lee In Virginia our full review of The Dragon and the RavenAn Extraordinary Adventure With Alfred the Great;  and our full review of Beric the BritonBeric the Briton - Another Extraordinary Adventure from Heirloom Audio Productions.)

An Extraordinary Adventure in Ancient Egypt - The Cat of Bubastes from Heirloom Audio Productions -  A Homeschool Coffee Break review for the Homeschool Review Crew @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Would your family like to come along on this extraordinary adventure? Here's what you need to know:

Pricing: See the Heirloom Audio website for purchasing options and full pricing information.

You can follow Heirloom Audio on Facebookon Twitter, on Google+, and on Instagram @HeirloomAudioOfficial. 

Visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog for more information and to read other reviews.

Heirloom Audio Productions ~Cat of Bubastes

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Monday, September 26, 2016

From the High School Lesson Book - Schedule Adjustments

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From the High School Lesson Book - Schedule Adjustments on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - about a month into the school year we've made our first adjustment to our schedule so it (hopefully) works better for us

I mentioned in my Homeschool Weekly summary that we are tweaking our schedule just a little bit. When discussing her courses and how much time she needs to spend on each, Kennady said that she finds it easier to focus on one subject at a time, and maybe spend an entire morning or most of a day on it than to switch subjects every hour or so. I feel strongly that she needs to do math pretty much every day in order to retain it; and we agreed that Notgrass History really needs to be done every day as well. That left us with Science, Health, and Grammar/Composition that we might be able to play with a bit. After a bit of thought we decided to do Science one or two days a week, and that we'd leave the composition part of her English course until she was finished Health. I'm pretty sure she could finish Health by about the end of the first quarter, so that should work out quite well.

So our curriculum line-up right now looks more or less like this on a weekly basis:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday are full school days most weeks. On each of those days, Kennady will work on:

Life of Fred Algebra and occasionally some CTCMath as a supplement.
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Exploring World History from Notgrass which covers History, Bible, and Literature.

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

Tuesdays will be short school days because of the extra-curriculars we do. Phys.Ed. is in the afternoon, and Children's Chorus is in the evening, so that leaves about two hours in the morning to work on school. I will be recommending she start with her Notgrass course on Tuesdays, since each unit has five daily lessons.

On one or two days each week (more or less her choice which ones), she will work on:

Health (BJU Press) - until she's finished the course.

Biology 101 from Answers in Genesis with some written work from SchoolhouseTeachers.com and other resources.

  

Fix-it! Grammar and on occasion the 14-Minute Power Surge Assignments from The Power in Your Hands from Writing with Sharon Watson. We have been doing about two weeks worth of lessons from Fix-It! Grammar in a sitting, which is a quick and painless way to review (at this point) parts of speech, punctuation, and other grammar basics. So once a week works great for this. The 14-Minute Power Surges - as the name suggests! - are writing prompts designed to take 15 minutes or less and just get some creative thoughts down on paper that can be further developed and polished into essays later on. Once Kennady has completed Health, we will delve into the actual writing lessons in The Power in Your Hands, and see how well it works to do it two or three times per week.

Institute for Excellence in Writing, A Schoolhouse Crew Review on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com  Writing with Sharon Watson Review


Guitar lessons are on Wednesday afternoons, late enough that we should be able to do a full day of school before heading to the studio. It does make for a short window of time between the lesson and our evening church activities, but we're making that work!

Extras - we want to keep up our Poetry Memorization from IEW so we'll fit that in when and where we can. Although I'm not sure that it will be a credit course, Kennady will do art projects along the way. And of course, there are opportunities for us to try other curriculum and resources through the Homeschool Review Crew, so we'll fit those in as needed and adjust our schedule if necessary.

  Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization  IEW Review

What is your weekly schedule looking like so far this school year? Have you had to make any adjustments? Leave a comment and let me know! Then please 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!




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Friday, September 23, 2016

Homeschool Weekly - Welcome Fall Edition

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Homeschool news  . . . Thankfully, we were able to be home during the days (except for Tuesday, which is normal) this week, and that made it much easier to concentrate on schoolwork and get things done.  Kennady worked on History, Health, Science, and (reluctantly) Math.

After some discussion, we made one change to how we've scheduled her schoolwork. She prefers to focus on one subject and just plow through that rather than doing a little bit of everything every day. So . . . since she has already been working hard at getting through the Health text, we decided that we would hold off on starting The Power in Your Hands (her Composition curriculum) until she is finished with Health. Also, for now she'll be doing Science only one or two days a week. I'm not sure how long that will work out, but for the first couple of units we're pretty sure it will. Math is her least favorite and most troublesome subject, so in order to help her retain what she learns I am insisting that she work on that every day. And of course the Notgrass course is designed for five days a week and we are sticking to that schedule as much as we are able. We'll see how it goes for the next few weeks!

Other news . . . We had a great weekend, going as a family (and taking along one of Landon's friends) to the UpRise music festival in Shippensburg. We all enjoyed the concerts, and Kennady was very excited to be able to get her picture with members of Family Force 5 and get autographs from them and from the band Disciple. She got those autographs on one of her vintage records, and apparently the guys were a bit reluctant to write on the vinyl as they joked that it would ruin the value of the 98-year-old record!

Homeschool Weekly - Welcome Fall Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Then our week was pretty much the standard routine of work, school, CAP, and music. Regular midweek activities started at church this week, so the kids were glad to be back at youth group.

It was a great week for mail - I'd ordered a Blue Jays t-shirt and hat for myself and that package arrived; and then a couple days later, my new Fire HD8 arrived!

Homeschool Weekly - Welcome Fall Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
The kids leave the stickers on their hats for some reason, but I'm old school
and take them off. ;-)

Homeschool Weekly - Welcome Fall Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
Thank you for the warm welcome, Fire!

What's Important . . .

Setting goals and evaluating our students' progress with more than just academics in mind. (Read more HERE.)

From the High School Lesson Book - Setting Goals and Measuring Success on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

And knowing that our mission as homeschoolers is primarily to disciple our children and give them a strong foundation in Biblical truth. (Read more HERE.)

Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. ~from Psalm 111 on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

I recommend . . . stopping by The Homeschool Post, where this month's focus is on homeschooling for free (or at least keeping your cost down!). My contribution, 5 Strategies for Stretching Your Homeschool Dollar, appeared this week.

5 Strategies for Stretching Your Homeschool Dollar - keeping the cost of homeschooling under control! Here are some tips to help - on The Homeschool Post @ hsbapost.com courtesy of Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

One excellent source for curriculum and homeschool resources is SchoolhouseTeachers.com. Considering that you get access to over 250 courses for all grades and in all subject areas, that's a great way to keep your homeschool costs low! And especially through the end of this month, when they are offering a special pricing deal.



On my blogs last week . . .

Here on Homeschool Coffee Break:

52 Lists #38 - Our Family Traditions
Virtual Refrigerator - Autumn Art
Strategies for Stretching Your Homeschool Dollar on The Homeschool Post
Book Review: The Pray-ers
From the High School Lesson Book - Setting Goals and Measuring Success


And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Recent Reads - The Pray-ers
(Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Record Collection
Teaser Tuesday - Caught in the Middle
What I'm Reading - September 19, 2016
Scripture and a Snapshot - Study the Works of the Lord


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 Pray-ers, Book One: Troubles by Mark S. Mirza; and I've been reading:

The Pharaoh's Daughter: A Treasures of the Nile Novel by Mesu Andrews
Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings
A Tapestry of Secrets by Sarah Loudin Thomas


A parting shot . . . Yesterday was the first day of fall, so I thought it would be okay if I had maple leaf cookies for breakfast.
Homeschool Weekly - Welcome Fall 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 Homeschoolers, at Christian Fellowship Weekend hosted by Biblical Womanhoodand at The Homeschool Mother's Journal hosted by NextGenHomeschool.

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