Friday, October 6, 2017

Homeschool Highlights - Week Five: October

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Homeschool news  . . . In a way, the workload for this week was once again fairly light, so although we were rather busy, Kennady was able to stay on track with everything. Algebra was slightly neglected, but she's still in good shape there. I'm hoping that she's getting some extra Algebra done today, in fact! She's doing very well in her co-op classes and is especially enjoying Speech & Presentation.

Other news . . . Our weekend was quiet, which was good because I wasn't feeling well, and by the beginning of the week, Kennady wasn't either. We both went to our chorus rehearsals with rather scratchy voices but feeling slightly better.

Yesterday I had a brief meeting with the other directors of our homeschool co-op, in which we started planning for the Open Houses and enrollment opening for next year! Wow! We're all very pleased with how well we are doing in our first year and how smoothly everything is going so far. 

Reader Favorites . . . some of the most read posts here on Homeschool Coffee Break over the past month or so - thanks for reading, commenting, and sharing!

High School Assignment Tracking

High School Assignment Tracking on Homeschool Coffee Break @

Virtual Refrigerator - Coloring Frozen

Coloring Frozen on the Virtual Refrigerator - an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @

Homeschool Highlights - Week One

Homeschool Highlights - Week One on Homeschool Coffee Break @

Funny, Flop, or Fail of the Week . . . One of my Writing class students did a persuasive essay this week on Why Teachers Shouldn't Give Homework. I warned him that no matter how great the essay was, I would not be persuaded! However, when we got home from co-op yesterday, I was putting together my homework reminder email for the students and realized . . . I had forgotten to tell them what homework to do in the next chapter of the text! If I hadn't assigned another essay, they might have felt like they'd gotten away with something. As it was, I simply apologized for piling on more homework and said that I'd done it because I hadn't read J's essay yet. Next week I'll be sure to go over ALL the homework before dismissing the class!

I'm sharing this Funny in the weekly link-up called Friday Funnies, Flops, & Fails hosted by Doodlemom's Homeschooling Life

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On my blogs last week . . .

Fall Coffee Breaks Coming Soon on Homeschool Coffee Break @

And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Book Blogger Hop - Halloween Edition! October 6, 2017
Recent Reads - The Elusive Miss Ellison
Teaser Tuesday/First Chapter First Paragraph - This Side of Murder
What I'm Reading - October 2, 2017
Bookshelf Review - September
Scripture and a Snapshot - Bread of Life

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 finished and reviewed The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller, and I've been reading:

Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa De La Cruz
The Captivating Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miller

A parting shot . . . probably the last look of this season while some flowers are still blooming and there's still some green. Already the leaves have changed and the view out my window is more golds and browns than greens. I'm happy for slightly cooler temperatures though - aren't you? I guess it depends where you live, doesn't it?!

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Doodle Mom said...

What a pretty view! I love that there aren't houses right across the street... It has been suddenly cooler here where we live as well and all the trees are turning colors of fall.

Rebecca C. said...

Not cool here in NC, yet. I'm hoping it comes soon. Although, it gets to high 80's during the day, but cools off to around 60 at night which means the house usually stays cool all day and we don't have to run the a/c.

Leah Courtney said...

I love your view! It actually looks like fall there. Some leaves are changing here, but it's still pretty hot. :-(

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