Friday, January 12, 2018

Homeschool Highlights - Winter Weather in Week Nineteen

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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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A polar bear mug just seemed appropriate for the temperatures we had at the beginning of the week.

Homeschool news  . . . The goal this week was to get back into a full school routine, and I guess we managed that. Kennady put in work on all subjects this week, though I feel like she did as little as she could possibly get away with in Algebra. Probably a math boot camp week will be coming up. Since co-op classes were cancelled last week, she had no new assignments in French or Speech, and for my Writing class I asked the students to read through the next chapter (Position Paper) and start developing their topic for the paper. She had a time focusing her topic into a temporary thesis statement, but finally managed it, so hopefully she can get focused on the research next. This week we did have co-op classes, except for her French class. The instructor was ill, so another easy week ahead as far as homework for that class. This was the last week for her Speech & Presentation class, which was only one semester, and she earned a 98! We'll be finished classes an hour earlier for the rest of the year because she's not taking a second semester course in that time slot. Not sure how that will affect our routine from week to week yet. 

Other news . . . We were still in rather a deep freeze on the weekend and early part of the week. Would have been nice if we could have just stayed in the house and near the woodstove, but we did still go to church and had some other things to do - appointments, shopping, and a birthday party. Actually, Landon had a birthday too, but with the busy schedule and the cold weather, he decided to wait until this weekend for us to go out for dinner to celebrate. It was just as well, because it turned out that Spencer wasn't feeling well anyway, and none of us felt like going out in the frigid temperatures. Like . . . I'm cold just looking at it now.

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On Wednesday morning, I finally got a broken tooth extracted so it wouldn't bother me any more. The procedure wasn't as awful as it could have been, and I am recovering well. The hardest part may have been going without coffee for the remainder of the day on Wednesday! I was so glad for my morning coffee on Thursday, even if I had to wait a little extra to let it cool off just a bit.

We were thankful that the weather had started to warm a bit by Wednesday, as we started clearing things out of the church sanctuary in preparation for the renovation work to start on Monday! All the pews were removed and carried out of the building, and chairs set up for this weekend's services. New chairs have been ordered and will be here soon. The chairs will need to be taken down and stacked and then set up again every weekend while the work is ongoing.

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This is how our platform looks right now. It's getting a full remodel, so worship teams will be working around that in the weeks to come as well.

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I didn't actually help with any of that work on Wednesday. Instead I spent the evening with the kids ministry. I managed to let myself be talked into being a helper for one of the classes, since the lady that had been doing it is unable to continue. Working with kids really isn't my favorite, but no one else had stepped up so when the director asked me, I felt like I could "suffer for Jesus" in that capacity for awhile. Haha. I don't have to teach, just kind of be there to keep order and hang with the kids. I won't be opposed if someone shows up that really wants to take

What I'm Highlighting . . .  I'm self-promoting a bit here, as I want to highlight the two link-ups that I host! Actually, today on the Homeschool Linky Party at the Homeschool Review Crew blog, the theme is the link-ups and blog hops hosted by Crew members, so it's the perfect opportunity! Every week I host this link-up, Homeschool Highlights, and invite homeschoolers to share their weekly summary post or other highlights from their homeschooling week. You can find the grab button below and add it to your post or sidebar when you join in. 

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I'm also co-hosting a weekly art link-up called the Virtual Refrigerator. Every Wednesday I have an anchor post displaying some art that's been created in our homeschool, and my co-hosts and I invite other bloggers to "grab a virtual magnet" and share their own posts displaying their art. It's intended to be a blog version of the displays of our kids' art that we often put up on our fridge with magnets. Get it? Join in and get some creative ideas!

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And although it's not a weekly link-up throughout the year, I also want to highlight the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair. Along with a diverse group of homeschool bloggers, I'm writing about various aspects of how we homeschool during this month-long feature. 

A Long Time Ago . . . Why We Decided to Homeschool on Homeschool Coffee Break @ - Week 1 "The Reasons We Homeschool" in the Virtual Homeschool Fair 2018

I recommend . . . During the 2018 New Year, Fresh Start promotion at, the Ultimate Membership is only $90 a year (use the promo code NEWYEAR18), or $9.95 per month (use the promo code MONTHNEWYEAR18). For more info, you can also see my post about it from this week ( - All That and More!), or check all the new Crew reviews by going to the Homeschool Review Crew blog. - All That and More! on Homeschool Coffee Break @ - All That and More! on Homeschool Coffee Break @

On my blogs last week . . .

And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Teaser Tuesday/First Chapter First Paragraph - My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna's Choice
What I'm Reading - January 8, 2018
Scripture and a Snapshot - My Eyes Have Seen

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 will soon be reviewing) Isaiah's Daughter: A Novel of Prophets and Kings by Mesu Andrews, and I've been reading:

French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure by Mireille Guiliano
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill) by Julie Klassen
My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna's Choice by Angie Dicken

A parting shot . . . I got a new French Press and we're enjoying this coffee experience!

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Annette V said...

quite the reno you have going on their at church

Doodle Mom said...

Wow you have been busy this week! I love the polar bear cup, and french presses are great (that is what we use here at home). I love reading your blog!

Mother of 3 said...

Oooh! I am going to have to go check out that list of linky parties; I'm always on the look out for those. Sounds like you had a productive week despite the weather.

mrsthurin said...
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mrsthurin said...

Great week! I remember when our church was doing some renovations. It did not take too long because so many men came out to help. I love the french press too.. so much better.

My Life as Mrs. Cooks said...

You had a pretty busy week. I would not complain if you sent some of that wintery mix to Texas.

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