Friday, May 27, 2016

From the High School Lesson Book - Memorial Day


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Today - a little History lesson about Memorial Day. But first, a little background about our family. My husband and I grew up in Canada, where November 11th is called Remembrance Day instead of Veterans Day, and it is then that we honor the memories of those who died while serving in the armed forces. In May, we do have a long weekend, but it is Victoria Day, and was begun in 1845 to mark Queen Victoria's birthday. Hey, if Americans still get a holiday every year for George Washington's birthday, it's not that weird for Canadians to still get one for the Queen's birthday.

So you see, we grew up with the May long weekend really being the kick-off to summer. Here in the USA, however, the May long weekend has a different and more solemn background, so even if we are enjoying a three-day weekend with cookouts or a trip to the beach, we should never gloss over the reason for the holiday.

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Most of us know that Memorial Day is intended to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military, but unless we're from a military family, we might not know much more than that. Here's a quick history lesson.


  • The day was originally known as Decoration Day, and started following the War Between the States. By the late 1860s, Americans in many towns had begun the practice of decorating the graves of soldiers in the springtime.
  • On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan called for a nationwide day of remembrance on May 30th. He chose that date because it was not the anniversary of any particular battle.
The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land. ~ General John A. Logan
  •  On that first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5000 participated in decorating the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
  • By 1890 each of the northern states had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Many southern states continued to honor their dead on separate days until after WWI. 
  • After WWI, the day became known as Memorial Day and included commemoration of American military personnel who died in all wars.
  • In 1968, an act of Congress designated the last Monday in May as the official federal holiday, rather than May 30th. The change went into effect in 1971. A few southern states still have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead.
  • In 1922 the VFW began selling poppies as a remembrance of those who died serving the country. The idea was inspired in 1915 by the poem In Flanders Fields. (Similar poppies are sold and worn as a remembrance in Canada and Europe for Remembrance Day on November 11th.)
  • A National Moment of Remembrance resolution was passed in 2000, asking that 3pm local time be set aside for all Americans -
To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps'.

  •  The traditional observance, the US flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to half-staff, where it remains until noon, then is raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the one million men and women who gave their lives in service, and at noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to continue the fight for liberty and justice. The POW-MIA flag may be flown on all Federal and US Military Installations on Memorial Day, and is to be half-staffed until noon along with the national flag.
  • Since the 1950s, soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry place American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington, then patrol throughout the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing. More recently, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts have observed a similar practice at cemeteries in St. Louis, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania.



For the past several years, we have marked Memorial Day by attending the parade in Westminster. Since Landon has been in Civil Air Patrol, he has marched with members of his squadron in the parade every year. The parade includes other auxiliaries (like JROTC), many veterans groups, and historical societies, along with marching bands and groups with patriotic floats or displays. The parade proceeds through town and ends with a ceremony at the cemetery. Because we live so close to several battlefields of the Civil War, and the armies marched right through these towns and fields, there is a long history here.

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From the High School Lesson Book - Memorial Day on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - a brief history lesson about Memorial Day

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From the High School Lesson Book - Memorial Day on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - a brief history lesson about Memorial Day

From the High School Lesson Book - Memorial Day on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - a brief history lesson about Memorial Day

For more information about the history and observance of Memorial Day, see the website US Memorial Day

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Summer of Landon

The Summer of Landon - A Summer Inspiration round-up post on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - Our plans to make the last family vacation a memorable one for our high school grad!

Summer vacations are so much fun, but also a lot of work! There's all the planning and budgeting and packing, and then all the cleaning up and catching up on regular things again afterwards. Sometimes the hardest thing about vacation is just deciding what to do, and where to go. And when we'll go! Several years ago, the hubster and I hit upon a plan to help us narrow that decision-making process, at least for some summers. We remembered that friends of ours had kind of taken the summer off from a lot of their church responsibilities so they could be free to travel and do other things with their kids, because the oldest was graduating high school and would be going away to college in the fall. That (and the Seinfeld episode "The Summer of George") inspired us to start a sort of family tradition. We allow our graduating student to have a big say in what the family vacation will be. (We've also tried the same thing for me and for the hubster when we had milestone birthdays or wedding anniversaries.)

So in 2010, we had our first graduate, and the Summer of Harrison took us to the Cleveland area to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Football Hall of Fame, and Cedar Point. And see a Great Lakes lighthouse, if possible, which we made happen at Marblehead Lighthouse State Park and at the East Harbor State Park beach.

The Summer of Landon - A Summer Inspiration round-up post on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - Our plans to make the last family vacation a memorable one for our high school grad!

In 2013, we had the Summer of Spencer, which actually turned into the Autumn of Spencer. He's not a big fan of hotels and touristy things, but did want another chance to visit his grandparents in western Canada, and that worked out great, because my parents were celebrating their 50th anniversary that year. We flew to Spokane, then spent a couple of days at Glacier National Park before driving to Calgary. Our time in the Calgary area included a day in Banff National Park and lots of time to visit with family and some old friends.

The Summer of Landon - A Summer Inspiration round-up post on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - Our plans to make the last family vacation a memorable one for our high school grad!

This year Landon is our graduate, so we are planning for the Summer of Landon. The last time I wrote about it (see Vacation Plans), he was still pondering ideas. As of this week, we have a destination, some dates, and we are getting started with the actual planning. As with the other boys, Landon has come up with an idea that is just different enough from what we usually do to be a real memory-maker; but not crazy out of character for any of us.

The Summer of Landon - A Summer Inspiration round-up post on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - Our plans to make the last family vacation a memorable one for our high school grad!

Landon loves following sports and especially baseball. So he's requested a road trip that would take us to at least three MLB cities for games, along with a couple side trips. We had to find a stretch in the home game schedules that allowed us to visit Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Cincinnati within about a week or 10 days and catch games. We've got some dates penciled in that will work, and as a bonus, the Toronto Blue Jays are the visiting team for one of the games we're planning on! (That's the team DH and I cheer for) The side trips we're planning include a day at Cedar Point, because Landon also loves roller coasters and they've got a fairly new one there that is HUUUUGE. Or so I'm told. And another side trip will be a stop in Columbus, where our oldest son lives, so we can spend a little time with him and see what his life is like, and maybe even catch a AA ball game there.

The Summer of Landon - A Summer Inspiration round-up post on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - Our plans to make the last family vacation a memorable one for our high school grad!

How do you choose your vacation destinations? Or how do you make the summer vacation memorable for your family? Leave a comment and let me know!

Visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog to read about some great ideas other Crew members came up with in the Summer Inspiration Round-up, which will be live on Friday, May 27th.

Summer Inspiration


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Virtual Refrigerator - Designer Doodles

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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! This weekly art link-up is co-hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break, Every Bed of Roses, Raventhreadsand This Day Has Great Potential. 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!

Over the past couple of weeks, Kennady has been staying very focused on a couple of subjects that still have a lot of work that needs done before the school year can be truly over, and that means less time for art. At least any serious art. But for her, doodling and drawing is a way to relax and unwind, so I was still able to find a few pretty doodled designs she'd made recently.

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

5 Tips for Finding What Works in Your Homeschool (From Things That Didn't Work in Mine)

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5 Tips for Finding What Works in Your Homeschool (From things that didn't work in mine) on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - Just because a curriculum is great doesn't mean it's a great fit for our family. Here are some lessons I've learned the hard way about picking great curriculum that great FOR YOU!

One thing I've learned after many years of homeschooling with a mix of curricula, and a few years of reviewing educational products, is that just because a curriculum or resource is great doesn't necessarily make it a great fit for our family. This is the time of year that homeschoolers are busy pulling together at least some of their plans for the next school year, so I thought I'd pass on some of the lessons I've learned about how to choose well for your family.

We get to try out a lot of homeschool products for our Schoolhouse Crew Reviews, and there's just no way we could keep using everything. Some things are such a great fit that we stick with them for a long time, and in many cases become loyal customers of those publishers. Some things work well for that season and we finish out the book or whatever, but for various reasons we can't find a permanent place for it in our homeschool. And some things we greatly appreciate being able to try, but we decide not to continue with them. Honestly, the same thing happens with the things I have gone out and purchased as well. The new and shiny thing that caught my eye at the curriculum fair didn't pan out the way I expected.

5 Tips for Finding What Works in Your Homeschool (From things that didn't work in mine) on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - Just because a curriculum is great doesn't mean it's a great fit for our family. Here are some lessons I've learned the hard way about picking great curriculum that great FOR YOU!

That's almost always the case with curriculum that we don't continue to use. It's high quality, well-written, appealing, challenging, and many other excellent things - but it's not a good fit for our homeschool. Here are a few things we've reviewed or purchased over the past few years that didn't suit us but might suit others. Along with some tips for making sure that what you choose is a good choice for your homeschool.

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One size does not fit all.
I don't often make this mistake any more, but I sure did when my kids were younger, and I wonder if it might be the most common curriculum choice mistake. Curriculum A was a huge favorite of all the homeschool families I know, it gets glowing reviews, and maybe it even worked great for one of my kids, so it's the best and what all my kids should use, right?! That's just not how it works. I bought my oldest son the high school science that everyone raved about, but for some reason he really didn't like it. He slogged through it and finished, but it wasn't the positive experience I'd hoped for. We reviewed Analytical Grammar and found it a suitable fit for Landon so we kept using it. But I know already that it wouldn't appeal to Kennady. On the other hand, Kennady loved Lightning Lit & Comp but it was more in-depth and time-intensive than Landon wanted.

Read my review and a follow-up post about Analytical Grammar to see if it would work for your student: Analytical Grammar (Schoolhouse Crew Review) and  From the High School Lesson Book - Analytical Grammar

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Read my reviews of Lightning Lit & Comp for middle school: Lightning Lit & Comp (Schoolhouse Crew Review) and Middle School Monday - Lightning Literature and Composition

And Lightning Lit & Comp for high school: Lightning Lit for High School

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Consider the timing.
No matter how much we like a particular curriculum or how great it is, if we can't fit it into our schedule, or if a student just isn't ready for it, it's not going to work out well. So before making a big commitment to a curriculum, take a good look at what else is already on the academic plate and see whether you really have time for it. This is especially important in the middle of a school year, or nearing the end of a school year. Also think about whether your student is ready for it. It's not that challenging a student is a bad thing, because we do want to stretch them academically sometimes! But a student that already has a full schedule or is being stretched in other subject areas already may not appreciate one more challenging course on top of what they already have. In some cases, you could hold on to the new thing for next year, but I've found that I seldom actually use my stockpiled curriculum so I try not to hold onto things if I don't have a definite plan. We've often reviewed things that we actually liked very much, but the timing just wasn't right, so we didn't continue with them. One prime example is Illuminating Literature from Writing With Sharon Watson. It's an amazing literature course for teens. We liked it a lot. However, we were just starting a new school year, and both of my students had already settled on literature courses for the year, and we were committed to those. At first, I held out hope that we could do at least some of the Sharon Watson course in a book discussion group that some in our homeschool group were wanting, but that never came together. Eventually, I had to accept that as much as I love this particular lit course, the timing just wasn't right.

Read our review - maybe the timing will be right for you! Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide (A Schoolhouse Crew Review).



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We can't do everything.
This is certainly related to the issue of timing, because we simply can't fit everything on the wishlist into a workable school schedule. But it's also about priorities. In other words, the curriculum is good, but it's a subject that we're already covering with something else we like, or it's a subject that isn't a high enough priority for us. In our family, that's been things like Latin and Foreign Languages, Logic, and some electives. We've enjoyed studying Latin and I think it's valuable, but in our real world we couldn't fit it in. Foreign languages are another valuable subject area, but my students weren't motivated enough for us to make it a priority, and it's not a hard and fast requirement for graduation. Logic is pretty neat to study, but we don't follow a classical model for education, so we never studied it as a stand-alone subject. Computer coding was a fun elective we tried, but not high enough priority to stick with it as a full-time subject or high school credit.

Some great things we reviewed that just didn't fit in an already full schedule include:
Latina Christiana from Memoria Press (A Schoolhouse Crew Review)
KidCoder Web Series (Schoolhouse Crew Review)
The Art of Argument


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Things change.
This was a hard lesson to learn. A curriculum that was a great fit in one grade was no longer the best choice a year or two later. Sometimes the style of the textbook or workbook changes from one grade level to another, and sometimes the student's needs change, but either way, it might be the perfect fit at one point in your homeschool journey, and then not so much later on. That's okay. Just don't get so locked into something that you don't recognize the signs that you may need to adjust. I've already mentioned Lightning Lit & Comp as something that worked great for one of my students, but not for another. We're also finding that Lightning Lit for high school is more demanding for Kennady than she'd anticipated, or maybe it's just that she took on too big a task for her first year of high school. It was turning out to be too much, especially considering the rest of her course load, so we adjusted the expectations of how much of the course she would do. We also found that Math Mammoth, which was such a helpful curriculum for her several years ago, suited her needs less a couple years later because what she needed in math instruction changed.

Read our reviews of Math Mammoth: Math Mammoth Light Blue Series and Math Mammoth Green Series

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It's just not your style.
I thought about putting this with the "One size does not fit all" rule, but in the end decided it wasn't quite the same. You may feel like you need to try a certain curriculum because "everybody else" loves it, which is similar, but in this case the curriculum is a poor fit for your family because the overall approach or style is not right for you. For example, I like a lot of the ideas behind Charlotte Mason or Classical style educations, but we don't genuinely follow either of those, so I need to be very careful about choosing a curriculum that is very strongly geared to those styles. It might work . . . but it might not. We've often tried things that would have been better suited for a co-op class or small group rather than a single student; things that were really meant for a family; things that required more teacher prep than I could handle; things that were way more structured and rigid than we could handle; things that had too much writing; things that were more in-depth than we needed; things that just didn't capture our attention; and the list goes on. I think every one of those things that didn't work for us was a great curriculum, just not for us. So take a careful look at it - if it's got a lot of hands-on projects that you know you won't do, or lots of worksheets that your kids will complain about, or a strict lesson plan that will be a headache to modify, or any number of other things that are way different from how your homeschool usually operates, it might not be a good fit for your style.

Teen Prasso was a neat Bible study, but I thought it would have been much better for a group: Teen Prasso - Continually Practicing the Bible

Home School Adventures has great materials, but didn't suit our style: Home School Adventures

High School Biology in Your Home is wonderful curriculum, but wasn't a good fit for my student that wasn't interested in biology or doing dissections: High School Biology In Your Home

Crime Scene Investigations: Real Life Science Labs For Grades 6-12 still fascinates me, but I should have bought it earlier and used it for co-op. I couldn't figure out how to make it work for just one student at home.

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If you're already partway through the curriculum and are not sure you want to ditch it entirely, maybe you can find some ideas for adjusting in my post M is for Make It Work.

What are your tips for choosing curriculum that is a good fit for your homeschool style? Leave a comment and let me know!


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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Homeschool Weekly - Hard At Work Edition

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In our homeschool . . . Kennady worked hard this week and is really coming along in Geography, the subject in which she needed to make up for lost time. Landon worked hard, but only on schoolwork at the beginning of the week, because he had a paying job Wednesday through Friday. He and his friend could take advantage of a good opportunity to earn some money because they're homeschooled. Score! Still, since Kennady and I had the house to ourselves for a couple of days, I probably should have insisted on working on some other things besides Geography, but as I said yesterday in the High School Lesson Book, she prefers to really blitz one subject at a time.

We've still got a couple of reviews we're working on into the summer break (and I use the word "break" loosely!):

The Progeny Press literature study of The Scarlet Pimpernel
The Glass Castle, a book from Shiloh Run Press

In other news . . .  Last weekend was mostly quiet, but I went to a meeting to get some details about a job possibility I was considering, we went out for barbecue on Saturday evening. I'm not going to say anything more about the job unless or until it's a done deal, except that I'm hoping and praying it works out!

On Tuesday afternoon, Kennady and I went to get our hair cut, and we did a little shopping as well. In the evening she came along and hung out with a couple of friends while I met with my homeshool mom friends in our last official Encouragement Group meeting of the year.

As I mentioned, Landon was working very hard helping at a construction job from Wednesday through Saturday.

Homeschool Weekly - Hard at Work Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

On Friday afternoon I did something new - I visited a cardiologist. The things you do as you get older, I suppose. It was just a check-up really, and I can laugh about it because it was very reassuring. Apparently I don't even have any serious risk factors, so I can check that off my list and move on to the next doctor appointments on my list, which I'm sure won't be quite as easy.

As you may be able to tell, I didn't bother taking many pictures this week. And that was especially disappointing last night, when Landon and Kennady both attended the Junior Senior Banquet with our homeschool group. We were late leaving the house, and then got stuck behind a guy that insisted on driving right at the speed limit or under, and I could even pass! Ugh. I kept reminding myself of the speeding ticket I was being saved from, but that didn't change the reality that we didn't arrive at the restaurant until after they had finished the photo session and all the kids had gone in. Boo. So I will have to hope that the other moms and the 'official' photographers do get some pictures of my kids all dressed up fancy-like, since that does not happen often.

I recommend . . . visiting The Homeschool Post. This month the feature topic is Working while Homeschooling, and this week I contributed an article about some of the things I've learned - or wish I'd done - as I've been putting together a resume and thinking about my options in getting back into the working world. See it here: Building the Homeschool Mom Resume.

Building the Homeschool Mom Resume on The Homeschool Post


On the bookshelf . . .

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Curiosity Keeper (A Treasures of Surrey Novel) by Sarah E. Ladd
The Coffee Trader: A Novel by David Liss

I finished The Prophetess: Deborah's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land) by Jill Eileen Smith and reviewed it on my book blog, Just A Second. You can find other reviews and book-related things there too.

A parting shot . . . Memorizing poetry - this is how it's done. Thanks to IEW's new program, we're enjoying it. Make sure to read our review!


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 Weekly Wrap-Up   Biblical Womanhood - Christian Fellowship Weekend

  My Week in Review Link UP


I am linking up at the Weekly Wrap-Up hosted by Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolersat Christian Fellowship Weekend hosted by Biblical Womanhood, at the Homeschool Mother's Journal hosted by NextGenHomeschooland at "My Week in Review" hosted by Home to 4 Kiddos and Every Bed of Roses.

Lisa at Home to 4 Kiddos usually hosts "My Week in Review", but her family's home was severely damaged in a fire recently. 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.


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Friday, May 20, 2016

From the High School Lesson Book - Time Management and Motivation

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From the High School Lesson Book - Time Management and Motivation on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - The time crunch is on, so this is when we see how good we really are at time management!

Here we are, trying to wrap up the school year, and I'm going back and forth between "Hooray! We're so close to the end!" and "Ugh, we still have a lot to cover." Which is not at all unusual this time of year, at least for us. We've always continued some schoolwork through the summer - not exactly year-round school, but stretching some things out a bit. It works fine until a child is graduating high school, and then they have to be done done with school. So I've attempted to convince my students as they enter high school and work their way through high school, that we need to finish our school year by the end of the school year. Here's how that's working out this year.

Landon is actually very disciplined, and sticks persistently to the work to be done and somehow makes it happen. There are some things that he will still be finishing up even after we move the tassel but he is close enough to the end and has a good track record so I know he'll do it. He's learned how to manage his time fairly effectively, even if it's not the way I think it should be done, so I do try and leave it up to him. The only problem he runs into is a willingness to put in extra hours somewhere if he loses a regular school day. For instance, this week he had the opportunity to do some seasonal work and did that for three school days (including today). Good choice, except I do wonder whether I can expect him to knock off some schoolwork on the weekend or during evenings next week to make up for the lost time. That remains to be seen. I think he will, but I will probably need to nag remind him that it's important.

Then there's Kennady. She's a freshman, and a very different personality. It's not that she's not disciplined, it's more that she is more easily distracted and tends to lose track of time. She is still learning how to manage her time in the most effective way for her. Her situation is somewhat the same in that she is in great shape with some subjects and has a ways to go before she's finished with others. The amount of work we decided on for her at the beginning of the year proved a bit too much, so we adjusted our expectations in a few things to make it more manageable. After all, this is just her first year of high school and she had chosen a pretty heavy courseload to start with. Anyway, what we've discovered is that she can't be rushed when reading, and that she prefers to do longer blocks of time concentrating on one subject rather than a half hour of this, then an hour of that, then an hour of something else, and so on. So at the end of the school year, we are still tweaking a schoolday schedule that works well for her.

For both of them, the biggest challenge at this point is staying motivated with school! There are so many other activities and opportunities vying for their time and attention, and it can be next to impossible to say "No" to many of those things. And as they get near the end of a subject that isn't a favorite, their interest naturally wanes and they can't help but wonder if what they've done isn't "close enough".

From the High School Lesson Book - Time Management and Motivation on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

I feel strongly that during high school, kids need to learn how to manage their own time, and figure out how to set goals, meet deadlines, and balance their responsibilities. By the time they graduate, they should be capable of figuring out on their own how to organize their schedule to complete college courses. For my students this year, it looks like the graduate would be able to do that, and the freshman is adjusting and making strides towards being able to do that by the time she is finished high school.

How appropriate did our School Scripture for this year turn out to be? We planned as best we could, and with God's help, things are working out. Not always the way we had envisioned, but HE knew.

From the High School Lesson Book - Time Management and Motivation on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

How do your high school students manage their time? Do they stay motivated as the school year nears its end? 

Leave a comment and let me know, and link up your posts about homeschooling high school here. Visit your neighbors and leave some encouraging comments!

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Virtual Refrigerator - Needle Felting

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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! This weekly art link-up is co-hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break, Every Bed of Roses, Raventhreadsand This Day Has Great Potential. 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!

We're taking what I hope will be a short breather from art while we focus on getting some other schoolwork finished before the official end of the school year. So in case you missed it, here are some of the needle felting projects Kennady worked on for our review of Sculpture Technique Model from ARTistic Pursuits Inc. You can read the full review here: Needle Felting with ARTistic Pursuits.





I think these first attempts at needle felting are so cute!

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

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