Friday, December 2, 2016

Homeschool Highlights - It's December!

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Welcome to Homeschool Highlights! 
This weekly link-up is your opportunity to share some highlights of what is happening in your homeschool and in your world each week. If you write a wrap-up post at the end of each week, like I've been doing, we'd love to see what you're busy with from week to week. If you'd like to pick a favorite post from your week that spotlights a resource or activity in your homeschool that you'd like to tell others about, we're interested in those too. I'm keeping the guidelines as simple as I can, and they will appear at the bottom of each post, along with the link tool. I look forward to getting to know you, and I hope this will be a source of encouragement and good ideas for all of us.

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Homeschool news  . . . Anything kind of like a routine was mostly out the window this week as we were in holiday busy mode. Monday was a fairly normal school day, and Tuesday was pretty much the same as always with a little school in the morning and then gym in the afternoon and chorus in the evening. But starting Wednesday it got crazy. Kennady is doing the backdrop for the Christmas play at church again this year, and on Wednesday she spent the afternoon at the church with her friend, doing the priming. On Thursday, we were home in the morning and worked on school, but were at a co-op planning meeting and had shopping to do in the afternoon. And today, we were at the Christmas Craft Breakfast all morning, and might go work on the backdrop this afternoon.

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working on a project at Christmas Craft Breakfast

Homeschool Highlights - It's December! ~A weekly homeschool link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
Wednesday evening's work session on the backdrop, when we got more helpers
than we had paint rollers! 
So the subjects covered this week were History, Health, Music, and Art. 

Other news . . .  Goodness, I can't even remember what we did on Saturday! I know I got some baking done, but no idea what else. Sunday evening we got together with friends to watch the Grey Cup (Canadian Football League's championship game, for those who aren't familiar) and to celebrate the hubster's birthday.

Monday and Tuesday evenings were my choir's Christmas concerts so those were very busy days. The rest of the week has been spent helping Kennady one way and another with the backdrop project, and running other errands. One of the meetings during the week was a planning meeting with some moms in our homeschool group. We're starting to explore the possibility of having a year-round co-op that would offer a couple of classes at high school level, so we kicked around some ideas related to that. Thursday evening Kennady had an extra rehearsal for one of the concerts her choir is singing in, so that was yet another trip to town.

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And my parents will be coming for Christmas! They just booked their flights so our holiday season plans are shifting a little bit. We're definitely fitting in a trip to Columbus to see my granddaughter!

What's New . . . Kennady's blue hair, which seems to be quite a hit!

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I recommend . . . visiting The Homeschool Post, home to the weekly Homeschool Blog & Tell link-up. And also where I'm a contributing writer with posts like Counting Holiday Homeschool Days. During the month of November, The Homeschool Post writers focused on homeschooling through the holidays, and there are several helpful articles from different perspectives that I think you'll enjoy.

Counting Holiday School Days on The Homeschool Post - Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - Read the whole article at hsbapost.com

On my blogs last week . . .


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've been reading:

A parting shot . . . As soon as we got home Kennady found a temporary home for the mason jar lamp she made at Christmas Craft Breakfast. I think I need a whole set of these!

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Virtual Refrigerator - Prep Work

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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!

This week may be the busiest of our holiday season. Maybe it's a good thing to get it out of the way early in the season! One of the things that has been taking up our time this week is the latest art project - another backdrop for a kids' Christmas play at church. Kennady did her first backdrop last year, and did such a great job that we knew she'd be tagged for the task for every year afterwards! However, this year the project is a little different - the piece needs to be much bigger, for one thing, and it's also more utilitarian, for lack of a better description. This year's play is set in a 1970s radio station, so the backdrop needs to help set that scene. With the information she had to work with, Kennady made a preliminary sketch that includes lots of ideas for elements to include.

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Study for backdrop, KAT - November 2016
We knew the dimensions for the finished piece, but once we actually saw the canvas laid out on the floor, we realized just how big it really was, and how much painting would be involved. So then Kennady could decide which elements from her sketch were essential, and how much we would simplify. Obviously the record shelves and recording equipment were optional, so they will not be part of the finished design. Time is not our friend at this point either! Especially since we also had the prep work on the canvas to do. That happened yesterday - the canvas was laid out on a tarp in a room at church that was recently gutted for a renovation. Worked out nicely because there's a space where it can be laid out and will be undisturbed until it's finished and the paint is dry; and there are no worries about getting paint on floors or walls!

We're glad for design and technique advice from a good friend, and for the help of several friends to get the primer on that canvas. In fact, last night when just the last few square feet of canvas needed to be painted, I snapped this picture of the team and it made me think of the story of Tom Sawyer convincing a bunch of neighborhood buddies to help him whitewash the fence!

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Wish Kennady luck as she transfers some outlines of her design onto the canvas and gets the colorful part of the painting done! It needs to be complete - and dry! - for Wednesday's performance of the play. And we have several other things on our calendar to work around, so it will be a challenge.

Just for fun, here's the study and a picture of the prep work from last year's backdrop. You can see the whole post here: Virtual Refrigerator - Christmas Art: Christmas in Kid City Skyline

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Study for backdrop, KAT - December 2015

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

52 Lists #47 - Favorite Movies

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I'm short on time today, so I'll have to make my list quickly! This week the assignment from 52 Lists at Beauty Full Slow is to list our favorite movies.

My all-time favorite movie is probably The Princess Bride! I never get tired of that one, and have lost track of how many times I've seen it. But there are a number of others that would make my list too, so I've divided them into a couple of categories.



Holiday Movies
  • It's A Wonderful Life
  • White Christmas
  • The Sound of Music (not sure why this is considered a holiday movie, but it's always on TV during December, so . . . )
  • A Christmas Carol (the Alistair Sim version)
  • Elf
  • The Santa Clause
    
Animated Movies
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Tangled
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • The Lion King
  • Chicken Run
  • Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything

All-time Favorites!
  • The Princess Bride
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • The Hobbit
  • Rear Window


Mostly Serious Movies
  • Chronicles of Narnia movie series
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Star Trek (the whole series)
  • Star Wars (not quite the whole series, but Episodes IV, V, and VI; and the latest one)
  • Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • My Fair Lady
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Forrest Gump
  • Babette's Feast
  • and basically all the superhero movies - I love all of them! I can't decide whether Thor or Iron Man is my favorite out of the Avengers movies.


Movies that make me laugh
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Nuns on the Run
  • Uncle Buck
  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  • Airplane!
  • Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels
  • Ghostbusters
  

Every great film should seem new every time you see it. ~Roger Ebert

I have a feeling that I'll post this and think of several more that I love and should have added to the list! What kinds of movies do you like best? Leave a comment and let me know a couple of your favorites, and visit Beauty Full Slow to see more!

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