Monday, January 26, 2015

Middle School Monday - Art In Every Subject

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Middle School Monday

Welcome to Middle School Monday! This is the final week of the 2015 Virtual Curriculum Fair and we are talking about how we are "Seeking Beauty" - through the arts, handicrafts, music, or whatever else adds beauty to our homeschool. Be sure to visit our co-hosts this week, Susan at Homeschooling Hearts and Minds and Lisa at Golden Grasses, and the other participating bloggers - there's a list of them at the bottom of this post.

Making art and music a part of our homeschool day has been so much easier with my daughter than it ever was with my sons! She loves art and music, and even if those were not included in our lesson plans, she would be find a way to work them in.

For the past couple of years, we've used materials from ARTistic Pursuits as our primary art instruction, and I highly recommend them. This year, Kennady is still working on lessons from the ARTistic Pursuits Middle School level books, but I am allowing her to pick her projects from among the last couple of units in each book that she hadn't completed. I also give her art assignments inspired by our cultural geography study, many of which come from the book, Geography Through Art. She comes up with her own ideas of things to draw or create as she is working on science, literature, and sometimes even math. Recently, she's also started coming up with ideas from the monthly art challenge theme on the Virtual Refrigerator. (The Virtual Refrigerator is a weekly art post link-up that I co-host with two other bloggers - we would love to have you join us!)

I've talked enough - let me show off some of Kennady's artwork from the past few months!

These are lessons from ARTistic Pursuits.
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These are some of the projects inspired by geography study.
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These are some of the things she comes up with inspired by science. She is studying meteorology this year. Her sketches of experiments always have extra detail and artistic flair, and even though the four seasons picture was an activity suggested in her science book, she wasn't satisfied with just doing a simple sketch. She took some extra time to do the drawing with chalk pastels.
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I "commissioned" Kennady to create an original piece of art to send to my aunt for her birthday.
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Kennady was asked to do a live art presentation during the Christmas Eve service, and this was the result.
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Art and doodles just for fun:
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Much of her inspiration comes from books, movies, and TV shows that she likes.
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 If you're looking for art instruction or ideas suitable for middle schoolers, check out my reviews of ARTistic Pursuits Middle School Book TwoARTistic Pursuits Sculpture Technique, and Geography Through Art.

Kennady also takes piano and guitar lessons, and I rarely have to remind her to practice. She loves to play, and has started writing some of her own music. She sings in a Children's Chorus that provides a comprehensive music and performance education. She's in her second year with the chorus, and looking forward to a trip to New York City in June, when the chorus will perform at Carnegie Hall! It's a good thing she's not a music snob, because I love having her join the worship team that I lead at church as well.

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Middle School Monday - Choral Singing   Middle School Monday - Choral Singing
How are you seeking beauty in your middle schooler's education? Leave a comment and let me know! I also invite you to drop by the Virtual Refrigerator each week and share your art posts.

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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Please visit your neighbors, leave comments, and share!

Thanks to Susan at Homeschooling Hearts and Minds for creating the Virtual Curriculum Fair 2015 banners.
The Art of Organization…or How Clutter Almost Ruined My Homeschool by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
The Shadow of Divine Perfection by Lisa @ Golden Grasses
Relaxed Homeschooling: Fine Arts in the Early Elementary Years by Brittney @ Mom's Heart
Fine Arts {Art Appreciation, Art, Composer Study Hymn Study} for 2015 by Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses
Adding Sparkle to Home Education by Sarah @ Delivering Grace
And All the Extras by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
Teaching Art Using the Bible by Tauna @ Proverbial Homemaker
Art In Every Subject by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Letting Art Just Happen in Homeschool by Amy @ One Blessed Mamma
Missing Art? by Kristen H. @ Sunrise to Sunset
Do YOU Have Time for Extracurriculars? by Michele@ Family, Faith and Fridays
Fine Arts in Our Classical / Charlotte Mason Homeschool by Sharra @ The Homeschool Marm
The Science of Beauty for a Delight-Directed Daughter by Susan @ The Every Day of Education
Seeking Beauty: How we Tackle the Arts in our Homeschool by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Learning To Appreciate Beauty With Fine Arts Resources@ As We Walk Along the Road by Leah@ As We Walk Along the Road

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Homeschool Weekly: Not Quite Finished Edition

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In our homeschool... as the title implies, we didn't quite finish what we were supposed to this week. I'd have to say it's probably mostly my fault, because I should have pushed the geography and science (for Kennady) and the grammar and composition (for Landon) more than I did. Instead, I let them both work on what they thought they needed to, which turned out okay in the end. We just didn't get to check off as many boxes as I would have liked.

Friday was the end of the quarter, so I am getting first semester grades worked out. Thankfully, I'm staying up to date with grading so it's not going to be a big job. Using the Homeschool Tracker makes it very easy, actually! I was going to print out the updated assignment lists, and then realized I was pretty much out of printer ink, so that particular job didn't get finished.

In other news... it was mostly the usual stuff to keep us busy this week. I did have a grad committee meeting on Monday night, and this year's ceremony will be the easiest ever to plan! There are only two families participating so the decisions come fairly easily.  I also rescheduled my homeschool moms' night out (that was cancelled last week) for Thursday night and that was another nice evening, even though we didn't have many in attendance.

 Wednesday evening's church activities were cancelled because of snow, but we still had worship team practice.
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And look what arrived in the mail! We will be reviewing these products from Koru Naturals for the Schoolhouse Review Crew in a few weeks.
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Things that made me smile... gas prices under two dollars made me smile.
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34 Weeks of Clean...
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I'm participating in a weekly challenge and link-up at Family, Faith, and Fridays. Our assignment this past week was to clean the rest of our cupboards. We've already done the pantry cupboards, so it was time to move on to the cupboards and drawers where we keep everything else that's not food. Well, here is where I have to admit that I took some shortcuts on this week's assignment. In other words, I didn't quite finish the assignment, in keeping with my theme for this post. I left out a couple  cupboards and most of my drawers because they were in pretty good shape and didn't need much of a cleaning.
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And I largely ignored two cupboards that I didn't feel like dealing with. This is one of them - it works, it's just... disorganized. I didn't know what to do with it, and didn't feel like doing anything, so I left it for now. Gah. I'll probably do it this coming week, now that I've had time to think on it a bit.
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Here are the ones that did get a redo this past week:
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Here was our big job, the cupboard where I keep all the teas and hot drink mixes (I know, those are food items), and our glassware. That cupboard has felt too full for some time, so I had my son take everything out and put it on the table for me to sort through. I can't believe all this stuff was even IN that cupboard!
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(These water goblets were in there too - do you recognize the symbol? They are from the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. We lived there at the time, and believe it or not, we collected a fairly large set of this glassware from the gas stations that were offering them as a promo along with a fill.)
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So here is the cupboard, all tidied up. I got rid of a few things, and packaged some of the teas and mixes more efficiently. A few things, like a set of Christmas themed glassware, were moved to new homes. This is much more workable! I actually left the cupboard doors open for quite awhile yesterday after I finished just so I could enjoy it. LOL
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I have some counter space still to work on today, but for  now I am taking a coffee break, even though I'm not quite finished.
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 During Week 4, we'll be cleaning our fridge, freezers, and floors. Ugh, floors. Mine need a good scrubbing, but that doesn't mean I'm excited about it. 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!

I recommend... once again, the Virtual Curriculum Fair! This final week the participating bloggers will be sharing about "Seeking Beauty" through the arts in our homeschools. I'm definitely looking forward to it! Starting Monday, the Virtual Curriculum Fair will be co-hosted by Susan at Homeschooling Heart and Minds and Lisa at Golden Grasses.
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On my blog this week... It was a quiet week here at the Coffee Break. I was drinking coffee and reading other blogs more than writing on mine, I guess.

Virtual Refrigerator - Just For Fun
Middle School Monday - Cultural Geography

On the bookshelf...
The Legend of the Firefish (Trophy Chase Trilogy) by George Bryan Polivka
Ticker by Lisa Mantchev
When Love Comes My Way by Lori Copeland
Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

I actually finished reading The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen but there was yet another thing I didn't finish this week - I didn't update my book blog, which means I haven't reviewed it there. I am going to try and do it this week! Promise!

A parting shot... I commissioned an original art piece by Kennady as a birthday gift for my aunt.
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Weekly Wrap-Up


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Virtual Refrigerator - Just For Fun

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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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January's Art Challenge: Doorways
The hosts of the Virtual Refrigerator are giving a themed challenge to each other and to our readers each month. For January, the theme is Doorways. Many of us know that the first month on the calendar was named for a mythical Roman god named Janus, but I didn't know that his name comes from the Latin word (ianua) meaning 'door' - since January is the door to the year. Can you find a way to feature doors or doorways in your student's art this month? Share your doorway themed art here! Please continue to share any art posts on our Virtual Fridge as well - we love seeing all of them!

Sorry, no new Doorway art from us this week! Just a few random things Kennady drew recently.

Even she doesn't know why she drew a hot dog.
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This is a Dalek, drawn as a gift for one of her friends who is also a Doctor Who fan.
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This drawing of the cat was actually an assignment from her ARTistic Pursuits book. The lesson was on showing texture using chalk pastels.
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