Saturday, May 26, 2012

Homeschool Mother's Journal: In Which We Celebrate With Others

In our homeschool... We're so close to being finished all our subjects!  (Except Math, which we tend to stretch through the summer, so nobody forgets and 'gets stupid' during the break.  LOL)  Landon and Kennady did a little more study on Leonardo da Vinci to start the week, then we read a biography of Galileo.  About the middle of the week we studied Michelangelo.  On Friday we finished with a study of Raphael, and Kennady watched a DVD about Michelangelo from the Getting to Know the Great Artists series by Mike Venezia.  They are pretty funny - I recommend his books and DVDs about artists and composers!

Michelangelo (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)

In other news... my kids took me out for dinner on Monday night - this was my Mother's Day dinner! We stay far away from restaurants on the official Mother's Day, and go out sometime in the week before or after instead.  We had some trouble working out the schedule this year, so it was late on the calendar, but a lovely evening nonetheless.

Our homeschool group's commencement ceremony was on Friday.  So exciting to see another crop of great young people graduating!  This year was a first for our grad ceremonies - one of the students gave a short address!  He did a fantastic job too.  The whole ceremony went very smoothly.  Today I attended another grad ceremony and Spencer is at a grad party.  Congratulations to all the grads and their families!

We are going to be doing a homeschool moms Bible study/prayer group again this summer, and we met for the first time on Thursday.  Looking forward to this time of encouragement and fellowship through the summer months!

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share...  if you can, attend a homeschooler's grad ceremony.  Pretty inspiring to see the students and their families celebrate that achievement.

Questions/thoughts I have... wondering how much "summer school" we should do... wondering what we should do for vacation... wondering what we should do the rest of the weekend!

One of my favorite things this week... helping to plan the grad ceremony, and working with the students.  And then attending the grad ceremonies.  My favorite part is the photo biographies of each of the students that we have at our group's commencement exercises.

A photo/video/quote or link to share...  Seen on Facebook this week:  A friend mentioned over-riding the lengthy "why" explanation of her son's math lesson on dividing fractions and someone commented with this:

Ours is not to reason why.  Just invert and multiply.

On the bookshelf...

  • The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens by Debra Bell
  • Ben & Me by Cameron Gunn
  • Petra by Tracey L. Higley
  • Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider
Finished The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory.

A parting shot...

This post is linked to (the new home for The Homeschool Mother's Journal) iHomeschool Network - see what other homeschoolers are celebrating this week!


Stefanie said...

Love those books! How cool that they have dvds too. I'll have to look for them.

That grad photo is AWESOME btw.

Kym Thorpe said...

Stef - I totally got lucky in getting those grad photos! I took them over the "real" photographer's shoulder, because I was the official "grad-herder" during the ceremony. LOL

Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife said...

We had a homeschool Moms time this week, too, and it was such a special time.
I'm still wondering about "summer school" too. We are all ready for a little break.

tikvah73 said...

Love the graduation photos! Thank you for sharing. I need to remember this meme.

Katie said...

Love the book Organized Simplicity! It and The Joy of Less are my favorites. We stretch Math throughout the summer also. We actually homeschool year round with breaks built in for traveling and going on holiday. You have to love the flexibility of homeschool!

Modest Mama said...

A summer Bible study is agreat idea! Do you have a certain theme or book?

I do a bible study during the school year with a wonderful group of moms. But a shorter more defined summer one might be neat.

Kym Thorpe said...

This summer our study is Prayers of the Bible by Susan Hunt

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