Saturday, April 4, 2015

Homeschool Weekly - Easter Week Edition

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Homeschool Weekly: Easter Week Edition

In our homeschool... we did not take a break this week. Yes, the schools had spring break and some of our homeschool friends took a break from school for Holy Week, but we decided not to. Which isn't to say that the kids didn't pitch the idea... but I really couldn't buy it this time! Both kids got a decent amount of work done, and Kennady and I finally got a look at some of the activities that she'd skipped in Science. We had tried making a hair hygrometer months ago (a hygrometer measures the amount of humidity in the air) and had no luck with it at all, but I'd found instructions for seeing a similar result using pinecones and at long last we got ourselves together enough to try it. Basically you put one pinecone in a jar of warm water, and another pinecone in a dry jar and give it about fifteen minutes.
Homeschool Weekly: Easter Week Edition

Homeschool Weekly: Easter Week Edition
And sure enough, the pinecone in the water closed up! Cool, huh?

In other news... a sample of the flooring we want for the living room arrived this week, so we could see the pattern we liked in the right color. Well, I'm sold. This is the one I want, and now I guess we have to make some decisions about how to get the necessary work done with the amount of money we have to work with from the insurance settlement.
Homeschool Weekly: Easter Week Edition

I did a lot of driving around, giving kids rides hither and yon this week, and I'm getting tired of it. Unfortunately, I'll be doing it a bit longer, as Spencer did not pass his driver's test. Stupid parallel parking.

Wednesday evening we had an Easter Egg-stravaganza at church - egg hunt with lots of games, food, face-painting, and door prizes. The youth helped with games and face-painting; and I haven't heard any attendance numbers, but I thought the turnout was very good. I know there were quite a few families in attendance that have not come to our church before, so we do hope we will see them again on Sunday or at other activities and continue to share the good news with them.

This morning, Kennady helped decorate the church for Easter Sunday; and then she and Landon went with several of our youth to deliver "Easter baskets" of cleaning supplies and some Easter candy to a couple of neighborhoods in town. It was a very good experience, and the folks we talked to as we handed out the baskets were very grateful and some expressed an interest in the church, especially the children's programs, so we are praying that God is working through our gifts and that people will come to know him.
Homeschool Weekly: Easter Week Edition

Homeschool Weekly: Easter Week Edition

Things that made me smile... this pan of brown-E's that Kennady made for the family on April Fools Day.
Homeschool Weekly: Easter Week Edition
Also, practicing music for the Sunday service; and seeing the teens work hard at the Egg-stravaganza and distributing the baskets.

34 Weeks of Clean...
I'm participating in a weekly challenge and link-up at Family, Faith, and Fridays but I have to admit I took a break this week. The assignment was to get started on organizing our photos and scrapbooks, which I do need to work on, but I had so much going on this week that I never even got to it. Not even to start. Also, a lot of my photos and albums that need sorting are in the family room and not convenient to get to at this time.

 During Week 14,  we're going to be getting our Arts and Crafts supplies in order! Here's another I need to do, so I'll see if I can carve out some time to work on it this week! 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... visiting The Homeschool Post to check out the articles there. I'm one of several new contributors to The Homeschool Post, so I'd be particularly honored if you'd check out my latest post: I Love Your Style!
Embracing your Unique Homeschool Style @hsbapost

And be sure to check out the Schoolhouse Review Crew all next week, as the Crew members are doing a blog hop - Real Life Homeschool! If you stop by my blog next week, you can see my contribution to the series, "The Real Homeschoolers of Carroll County". And yes, this is my 17th season of homeschooling!
the Real Homeschoolers of Carroll County (Real Life Homeschool at

On the bookshelf...

Brigid of Ireland by Cindy Thomson
The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story by Jill Eileen Smith
A Place Beyond Courage by Elizabeth Chadwick
The Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Daylight by Heidi St. John
Pemberley to Waterloo: Georgiana Darcy's Diary, Volume 2 by Anna Elliott

I finished As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes and The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen. See my reviews on my book blog, Just A Second.

A parting shot... Landon rocking a pair of shades borrowed from one of the girls! And he allowed me to take a picture!
Homeschool Weekly: Easter Week Edition

Homeschool Weekly: Easter Week Edition
"Then go quickly and tell and disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."  ~Matthew 28:7~
Christ is risen from the dead!

Weekly Wrap-Up

      For the Display of His Splendor

This post is linked at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers, at Home to 4 Kiddos, and at For the Display of His SplendorI'm also sharing on the Homeschool Mother's Journal co-hosted by the following blogs: Managing Your BlessingsThe Heart of MichelleContented at HomeNext Gen Homeschool; and Abundant Life.

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