Friday, June 24, 2016

Homeschool Weekly - Summer School Week One

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In our homeschool . . .  That's right, we are still homeschooling! It's a relaxed summer school schedule, but there are some things we need to be working on, so we are doing our best. And honestly, there are some days when it's either stormy or so hot that we don't want to do much outside anyway, so why not knock off a bit of math while we enjoy the air conditioning?



Kennady is doing a bit of math and geography, and we started working through lessons in The Power in Your Hands, which we'll be reviewing in a few weeks. 

Beric the Briton from Heirloom Audio Productions arrived in the mail, and that is a very enjoyable review to be working on! And we're also going to get started on some CTC Math for a review too. In fact, I just got signed in this morning and started getting familiar with the program. Kennady used CTC Math a couple of years ago, and remembered liking it, so she was okay with trying it again, even though she'd have to work on it during her summer break. I'm hoping she'll continue to be a good sport!

(Read our 2014 review of CTCMath)
CTC Math review

In other news . . . on Saturday we had Landon's grad party in the late afternoon. We had a great turnout of friends from church and homeschool circles, and enjoyed visiting with everyone. The weather was perfect - we couldn't have asked for better!

Sunday was Father's Day, so it just made sense to go get some takeout for lunch - hubster's choice. So it was calzones and steak stromboli, and I appreciated the bonus of not having to cook! Then on Sunday evening, the hubster's team won the Old Fat Bald Guys hockey championship for the season!

Think I'll have to polish the Tinley Cup if we're going to be
showcasing it in our living room for awhile.
Landon is adulting pretty hard now, since we upgraded his bank account to a student checking/savings account from the minor savings account he had. And right after the bank visit on Monday, we stopped at his employer's so he could become an official on-the-payroll employee. And from Tuesday on, he spent the week working.

On Wednesday evening I took the kids into town and we helped our youth group with an ice cream party in one of the neighborhoods. We served ice cream sundaes to the local kids, did face-painting, and played some outside games with them.

Thursday morning we had the mobile vet come and check out the kittens and give them their first set of shots. It wasn't too traumatic. For us. Probably the kittens felt differently. Landon did head to work on Thursday, but all the jobs they had were outside work, and it was raining, so after waiting it out for a bit, they had to head back home. And in Landon's case - back to bed to catch up on some sleep! In the evening we had worship team practice, but a couple of people couldn't make it so it was just me, the hubster, Kennady, and our drummer. It started raining cats and dogs while we were at the church, and showed no signs of letting up so getting back to our cars afterwards was an adventure. As was the drive home! I'm actually a little surprised there wasn't more flooding when we got up this morning, but I guess the downpour tapered off during the night.

I recommend . . .  checking out my review of My Mother's Quilts on Just A Second, and then entering the drawing for one of the quilts featured in the book. You can enter from my post on the blog, or by clicking the image below.




On my blog last week . . .

On the bookshelf . . .

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
Lady of Ashes by Christine Trent
My Mother's Quilts: Devotions from a Legacy of Needlework by Ramona Richards
Lady in the Mist: A Novel (The Midwives) by Laurie Alice Eakes

I finished Dawn at Emberwilde (A Treasures of Surrey Novel) by Sarah E. Ladd. You can read the review on my book blog, Just A Second, along with other reviews and book-related things.

A parting shot . . . this sunset, and its warm light on our house.






 Weekly Wrap-Up   Biblical Womanhood - Christian Fellowship Weekend

I will be linking up at the Weekly Wrap-Up hosted by Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers, and at Christian Fellowship Weekend hosted by Biblical Womanhood. 

The Homeschool Mother's Journal hosted by NextGenHomeschool is on hiatus until August.

  

"My Week in Review" hosted by Lisa at Home to 4 Kiddos is also on a break, because her family's home was severely damaged in a fire several weeks ago. 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.

My Week in Review Link UP

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Virtual Refrigerator - Graffiti Tags

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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!

With a little more time to spend, Kennady has started doing some of the art projects that we wanted to do during the school year. This is one she'd done a few years ago, and came up again this year - a graffiti-styled name or tag. Her current version was done with colored pencils.

Graffiti Tags on the Virtual Fridge, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
Graffiti Tag by KAT, June 2016
When she did the project a couple years ago, she worked in chalk pastel.

Graffiti Tags on the Virtual Fridge, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
Graffiti Tag by KAT, 2014
It's interesting to see the progression!

The instructions for this project came from one of our favorite books - Geography Through Art.



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


Every Bed of Roses  &#34Raventhreads

Grab a virtual magnet and add your link here to share your child's art or your arts and crafts how-to posts. Please visit the other blogs and admire what's on their Virtual Refrigerators!







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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A School Year Photojournal


A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

As my students have grown older, I've taken fewer pictures as we homeschool. Part of me wishes I had more pictures, but on the plus side, with fewer photos to choose from, doing a summary like this is a little easier to manage!

Our school year started not quite a year ago. In the summer of 2015, we organized our school books and spaces, and started working on a few things  that we were reviewing at the time. I'd like to say we kept our books and desks even half this tidy all year, but no. Not even close.

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

Drivers Ed doesn't count for credit, but it was an important part of school anyway, because he got in a lot of practice driving us to gym class, Civil Air Patrol, and choir.

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

Participating in the Back to Homeschool Blog Hop is a kick-off tradition! 

Back to Homeschool Blog Hop 2015 on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

And then we were officially under way! September went very well, but it became quite a challenge to keep up with school in October and November. My husband's mother got very sick and passed away in October, which meant we were traveling to visit and then to a memorial service. Later in the month, my parents arrived for a couple of weeks, and just when we were getting back to something like a routine, it was Thanksgiving week, which is always very busy for us.

We kept up with music - and Kennady spent a lot of time learning to play her ukulele.

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

We did our best to make progress with school before the Christmas rush would interrupt again, and even managed a field trip to the greenhouse to learn about how poinsettias are grown.

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

Most of December was busy with choir performances, parades, and the annual Christmas craft breakfast.

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

After the Christmas and New Year break, we had to work hard to try and catch up.

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

We found time for a stained glass "class" with a friend.

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

And I counted the time spent clearing snow and hauling firewood as Phys.Ed.!

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

Ice skating makes a good Phys.Ed. activity too, but the kids all agreed that just going to gym class is much easier.

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

This was the year I finally convinced Kennady to participate in our homeschool group's talent show.

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

Her choir's spring concert was a big deal, of course.

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

By the end of April and beginning of May, we were busy with grad and end-of-year activities. The youth made up the worship team at church one week, with Landon at the drum kit and Kennady singing lead and playing guitar.

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

Both kids attended the Junior Senior Banquet this year. Sadly, we arrived too late for me to get pictures of the group, but a friend provided me with this one of Kennady and a couple of friends. I still need to track down the other pictures that feature Landon in his new suit!

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

Civil Air Patrol provided two full credits for Landon this year, and kept him busy as he studied and prepared for his promotions, and participated in activities like the Memorial Day parade.

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

And just a couple of weeks ago we celebrated Landon's graduation!

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

A School Year Photojournal on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - A brief look back at the 2015-2016 school year for the SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com round-up

Now we're working on some summer semester work that finishes off the school year properly, and gives Kennady a bit of a start on the next school year. 

Visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog to read other Crew members' thoughts on their school year in the Reflections on our School Year Round-up, which will be live on Friday, June 24th.

Reflections on our School Year 2016

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