Friday, October 18, 2019

Homeschool Highlights - Thanksgiving and Things

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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.

If you would be interested in taking over this link-up, please let me know! I've loved hosting you, but because my youngest has graduated and my schedule is changing, I would love to pass the baton to someone else.

Grab a cup of coffee and let's get started!




This week's news  . . . Our weekend was quiet, but included a trip to the store to shop washing machines (ours stopped working last Tuesday) and the kids added a visit to the laundromat to their Saturday activities. On Sunday I did almost all the baking for our family (Canadian) Thanksgiving dinner, and in the late afternoon we all went to the church to enjoy the Chili Cookoff Fundraiser that the teens do.



I took Monday off work so that I could prepare Thanksgiving dinner! At one point during the day I realized that there is some residual Mennonite grandma instinct in me that compelled me to spend an entire day cooking for the family when I don't like to cook! 😂 Lucky for me, Spencer had the day off as well and he was a big help in the kitchen. The rest of the family and auxiliary family started arriving home around three o'clock, and once everyone had arrived we enjoyed a big turkey dinner together. Later in the evening, there was dessert and coffee, of course!




Tuesday was another very busy day. Kennady and I had tickets to the Twenty One Pilots concert in Baltimore in the evening, so to streamline the trip down there, I drove her to college in the morning so that I could have the car to do necessary errands during the day. The washing machine was supposed to be delivered on Tuesday, but they failed to phone to arrange the time, and I was home for such a short time it probably wouldn't have worked anyway. I didn't get nearly everything done, but I didn't care too much, because in the afternoon I picked up Kennady and two friends at the college and we headed for Baltimore. The concert was fantastic and we had a blast!

After a too-short night, we had to be back to our normal routines on Wednesday. Once again, I expected the washer to be delivered, and thanks to more communication issues with the store it was not. We had worship team practice in the evening, enjoyed a long phone call with our oldest son, and I stayed up a bit too late finishing the grading for my co-op class.

Thursday was co-op and college, and I went along with Kennady to a wedding rehearsal in the evening. She is providing the music for the ceremony, including one of her original songs. The setting is gorgeous:



By the way, the washer was finally delivered and set up on Thursday morning! This weekend I'll be catching up on all the laundry!


What I Loved This Week . . . My two oldest boys had birthdays this week, but because of the busy schedules we really haven't had a proper celebration yet. Despite the crazy busy schedule, my favorite things this week were Thanksgiving dinner with the family and an amazing concert experience with these fantastic people.










On my blogs last week . . .

Here on Homeschool Coffee Break:

And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Recent Reads - Detective Trigger and the Ruby Collar
Scripture and a Snapshot - Sacrifice of Praise


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 Detective Trigger and the Ruby Collar by M.A. Owens, and I've been reading:

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd
War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells



A parting shot . . . Not sure why, but piggy back rides was an activity at Thanksgiving this year.




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Friday, October 11, 2019

Homeschool Highlights - College and Co-op Week Six

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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.

If you would be interested in taking over this link-up, please let me know! I've loved hosting you, but because my youngest has graduated and my schedule is changing, I would love to pass the baton to someone else.

Grab a cup of coffee and let's get started!

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This week's news  . . . We had a fairly quiet weekend, partly because I worked on Saturday so we didn't make any other plans. As the week got under way, it was mostly our usual with a few twists - some good and some not so much.

On Tuesday the washing machine broke down so we had to add two trips to the laundromat to our schedule to make sure we stayed in clean clothes. I'm sure at least one more trip will be in order before we get a new machine! Kennady and I couldn't share our ride to town with Landon on Tuesday night, as his Civil Air Patrol meeting was at a different location. So he did that, Kennady and I went to choir rehearsal, and the hubby went to do his regular blood donation, and Spencer was home alone. Which I suspect he enjoyed!

Also this week, the hubster got to play some extra hockey, I got a long overdue haircut, and we are busy making plans for (Canadian) Thanksgiving. That happens Monday, by the way.

College continues to go well for Kennady. She's doing well in classes, loving her voice lessons, and "killin' it" in Rock Ensemble. Thankfully she still finds enough free time to spend with friends. She even started a modified version of the Inktober challenge with one friend, so I had this to put on the Virtual Fridge this week, and will be featuring more of her little drawings through the rest of the month.


Inktober Part 1 on the Virtual Refrigerator  - share your art posts on our Virtual Refrigerator - an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
Inktober Cute by Kat, October 2019

Co-op classes are also going well. I especially enjoy the Literature class for its relaxed and conversational style. We're currently working on War of the Worlds and this week we discussed empathetic leads, which meant watching a clip from the opening of Iron Man. A favorite for demonstrating a character that's quite despicable, but still is an empathetic lead. The writing class I teach is more challenging for me because there's a lot more grading for me to do, a lot more students, and it's taught in more of a traditional classroom lecture style. Still good - just not as relaxing!

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What's Working . . . In a way, I'm surprised at how well our vehicle arrangement is working. The boys both need their vehicles to go to work, leaving one vehicle for me and the hubster and Kennady to use. So every weekday I need to drive hubby to work (which is truly just around the corner, so not that big a deal) so that Kennady and I have a car to get to work and college. Ideally, we'd each have our own vehicle, but honestly the cost of insuring five vehicles would be insane. And on a more personal note, I feel that Kennady and I would both miss the time spent together as we drive. So for now, that's working.

Something that's not working is our washing machine. On Tuesday it started making a horrendous racket in the spin cycle, and I had a bad feeling about it. So Kennady and I have had opportunity to make a couple trips to the laundromat to ensure that the family has clean clothes; and the hubby and I have been trying to decide what washer to get. We need to get a new one in here soon!

On the plus side, Kennady thought the laundromat a fun novelty and turned our first visit there into a photo shoot!

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On my blogs last week . . .

And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Wordless Wednesday - Laundromat
What I'm Reading - October 7, 2019
Scripture and a Snapshot - Great Reward


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:

Detective Trigger and the Ruby Collar by M.A. Owens
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd
War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells



A parting shot . . .

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Virtual Refrigerator - Inktober Part 1

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Inktober Part 1 on the Virtual Refrigerator  - share your art posts on our Virtual Refrigerator - an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

I just heard about this during the last few days, so maybe it's news to you as well. Inktober. It's an annual challenge to do an ink drawing every day for the thirty-one days of October. There are daily prompts to give you inspiration and ideas of what to draw. Kennady decided just yesterday that she would like to do some Inktober art herself, but since she missed the start of the challenge, she and her friend decided they would just challenge each other with the drawings. Kennady chose a set of prompts and they got started. It should be noted that Kennady's drawings appear to be in pencil at this point. 😉

Inktober Part 1 on the Virtual Refrigerator  - share your art posts on our Virtual Refrigerator - an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
Inktober Doll by Kat, October 2019

Inktober Part 1 on the Virtual Refrigerator  - share your art posts on our Virtual Refrigerator - an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
Inktober Witch by Kat, October 2019

Inktober Part 1 on the Virtual Refrigerator  - share your art posts on our Virtual Refrigerator - an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com
Inktober Cute by Kat, October 2019
Are you involved in Inktober? If you are participating, the Virtual Fridge is a great place to share your creations!



Kristin at A Mom's Quest to Teach and Jennifer at A "Peace" of Mind are planning to take over co-host duties for The Virtual RefrigeratorOur current link-up is open for the entire month of October, with anchor posts appearing on Thursdays.

Welcome to the Virtual Refrigerator art link-up! Join us and share the artwork created in your homeschool. We cordially invite you to add your link and then hop over to the other blogs and admire what's on their Fridges too! The Virtual Fridge link-up is open all month.
Virtual Refrigerator posts on Homeschool Coffee Break

Now it's your turn! Join us by sharing your art posts here on the Virtual Fridge!



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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Immanuel Labor: God's Presence in Our Profession (A Homeschool Coffee Break Book Review)

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Immanuel Labor: God's Presence in Our Profession by Russell E. Gehrlein - My original review of this book appears on The Old SchoolhouseⓇ website. This is a shorter version of that review.

In this informative guidebook, author Russell Gehrlein lays out a practical theological viewpoint of work. Gehrlein's own work experience is varied - he has degrees in mathematics and Biblical studies, has been a youth pastor and a schoolteacher, and is a retired army master sergeant with more than twenty years of active duty. Currently, he works for the army as a civilian. Over the course of his studies and his unique career path, he has developed an understanding of the theology of work and in this book he shares what God says about work in the Bible.

After some introduction and background, Part 1: Biblical and Theological Foundations establishes the groundwork for a Biblical understanding of work and its purpose and value. He explains that God is a worker, and shows that Scripture is full of references to the works of all three members of the Trinity. It follows then, that because we are created in God's image, we are created to be co-workers with God. Also discussed are God's purposes in work and the connection between God's presence and our work. It is this connection that sparked the title of the book, and the idea that God makes his presence known in and through us when we are doing the work he has given us. Many examples from the Bible are given in this section, including David, Nehemiah, and Paul. There are also discussions about how sin affects our work, and what expectations we should have about work during eternity.

In Part 2: A Practical Approach, Gehrlein gives guidelines for applying all that theological understanding to the day-to-day concerns of choosing a vocation, finding a job, and honoring God in all the work that we do. He acknowledges that finding a suitable career path is often difficult and that it is a spiritual journey, and goes on to offer advice on considering our calling and purpose in the workplace. There's more down-to-earth advice in the areas of employer and employee relationships, compensation, working mothers, and how to approach unpleasant tasks in the workplace. There's an entire chapter about Biblical perspective on several special career fields including the arts, education, blue-collar work, and the armed forces. Another chapter deals with vocational Christian ministry.

Most of the chapters in the 244-page book are relatively short, and each ends with a set of questions for small group discussion or personal reflection. This would make a good small group study, since many of the questions focus on Scripture and would encourage thoughtful conversations. I'd also recommend it as a resource for high school or college students, or any young adults making decisions about possible career paths. The book is well-researched and very well written, with an impressive list of resources and an extensive Scripture index for reference and further study.


The original version of this review first appeared on The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine website.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Coffee Break Reading List (October 7, 2019)

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My coffee break is super late today!! I had a busy weekend and didn't have time to finish this up during my morning cup of joe, so I had to wait to share this until I had my evening coffee in my hand. 

Some of the things around the web that I've been reading or exploring during recent coffee breaks: 
  • A Very Dangerous Place for a Child is College is an article on LinkedIn that I think is a must read for parents of high schoolers. It's written by an emergency doctor, from his perspective in treating patients who are students and speaking on campuses around the country. And by the way, it has little to do with faith. The dangers he talks about are centered around the lack of maturity in students who are at college. Not a direct quote, but he basically says this: Do not send your KID to college. They don't belong there unless they are an adult. It's not about their age or their aptitude, but about their maturity and purpose. 
  • Bring Back Handwriting: It's Good For Your Brain on Medium - I think the title of the article explains it! This is one of my pet topics, I know.
  • Also on Medium: Why Listening to Sad Music Makes You Feel Better. Have you ever wondered why it is that it's so satisfying to listen to sad songs or watch a sad movie? In a way it doesn't make sense! This article explains some research that does try to make sense of this paradox, and I found it very interesting.
  • And here's something special for homeschoolers and their students - The Homeschool House is a non-profit that shares homeschooling resources  and materials. They mail out materials, supplies, and curriculum to homeschool families across the USA. They've helped hundreds of families in the past five years. The website is brand new, but is full of valuable information. Here's the direct link if you'd like more info about requesting materials from them: The Homeschool House materials request page. Two of the students are starting a teen literary magazine called Chicken Scratch. Visit Xander's Farm Chicken Scratch Magazine to find out more. Homeschooled students ages 12 through 18 are invited to submit original work for publication. All the details are at the site!

Some fun things I've found during coffee breaks:



When your washing machine doesn't work so you go to the laundromat, and your daughter turns it into a photo shoot:




Some things Homechool Review Crew members are sharing:
Homeschool Collection {Monthly Round UP}


What I've been reading during longer coffee breaks:

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd

Find out more at my book blog Just A Second.


Found anything interesting on the web lately? Read any good books? Leave a comment and let me know!

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