Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Virtual Refrigerator - Search

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Welcome to the Virtual Refrigerator art link-up! Thank you for joining us as we share what we're creating in our homeschools. We cordially invite you to add your link sharing artwork that's on your Virtual Refrigerator 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, with anchor posts planned for each Wednesday.

And here it is - the last of the grad gift paintings! This one is also a line chosen from a favorite song. At our grad ceremonies, we have a slideshow presentation of 'growing up' photos of each of the grads, along with music of their choice. Kennady and I happened to be able to preview that slideshow a couple weeks before the ceremony, so she had a bit of insider information when she thought up the design for this gift.

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Search by Kat, May 2018

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Homeschool Highlights - Summer School Edition, June 15th, 2018

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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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Obviously, I needed a Washington Capitals Stanley Cup Champions mug!


Homeschool news  . . . We spent some time this week plugging away at Algebra and History, and that will continue until both are completed. I've been working on some lesson planning for next year - just a little here and there. And I completed my final year-end evaluation too.

Other news . . . On Saturday the church had a yard sale, so the guys all helped out there. Kennady and I stopped in for a bit, mostly so she could buy up some records!

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Other than the unexpected heavy rain, this week has been pretty low-key overall. I had a Homeschool Moms Night Out on Monday evening, and a couple of appointments during the week. We also had worship team practice on Wednesday, following one of the last youth activities for the summer. I'll be changing up my work schedule a bit during the summer, so it will be interesting to see how that will work out.

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Flag Day 2018

What's Coming Up . . .


I'm reviewing an art history course called The Master and His Apprentices. Look for my review at the end of this month.

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And next month I'll share my review of Math Refresher for Adults from Math Essentials.

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I recommend . . . trying SchoolhouseTeachers.com for just $5 in your first month. Use the coupon code JUNEBUG at checkout, and get a head start on the 2018-2019 school year.




On my blogs last week . . .

And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Teaser Tuesday/First Chapter First Paragraph - A Brush With Shadows
What I'm Reading - June 11, 2018
Scripture and a Snapshot - A Joyful Heart
Recent Reads - The Captured Bride


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 reviewed The Captured Bride: Daughters of the Mayflower - book 3 by Michelle Griep, which I finished last week, and I've been reading:

Delilah: Treacherous Beauty by Angela Hunt
A Brush with Shadows (A Lady Darby Mystery) by Anna Lee Huber


A parting shot . . . I got new lanterns for the deck. I like them. Kennady keeps saying they're "ominous".


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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Flag Day 2018

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Happy Flag Day!
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On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Act of 1777. This resolution established an official flag for the new nation and specified that the flag . . .
be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.
The new national flag became known as the Stars and Stripes, and was based on the "Grand Union" flag, which was a banner carried by the Continental Army in 1776 that was thirteen red and white stripes.

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Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia

The design stayed the same for until 1794, when two stars and two stripes were added to represent Kentucky and Vermont as the newest states in the union. New stars and stripes were added to represent more new additions, until 1818, when Congress enacted a law restoring the original thirteen stripes, and stating that only stars be added to represent new states.

Did you know? The version of the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key's poem known as The Star-Spangled Banner was the 15-salthtar (that's flag-speak for stars), 15-stripe flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. (For more, see From the High School Lesson Book - The Star-Spangled Banner)

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The Star-spangled Banner displayed at Fort McHenry.

Did you know? The U.S. Army issues a reference guide of acceptable shades to be used in local, state, and national flags; and it specifies the exact shades of white, "Old Glory Red", and "Old Glory Blue" to be used in an authentic American flag. However, many flag manufacturers use the more easily processed Pantone matching shades in flags intended for the mass market.

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The first Flag Day observance was held on the 100th anniversary of the flag's adoption - June 14th, 1877. The U.S. flag was to be flown from all public buildings in the country. Several states continued to observe the anniversary over the years, and in 1949 Congress officially designated June 14th as Flag Day. Since then, Flag Day has been a national holiday, but not a federal holiday. National holidays celebrate independence or another important occasion in the nation's history, but federal holidays are also public holidays and government offices are closed. That's why very few of us get a day off work or school for Flag Day! 

Did you know? Only one state observes Flag Day as an official holiday - Pennsylvania.

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Most patriotic Americans are offended when the flag is disrespected by people burning it or stomping on it. Some of the first statutes to protect the flag were not aimed at stopping destruction, but restricted the use of the flag on commercial products. This was viewed as treating the flag with contempt.

The U.S. Code provides a guide for all handling and display of the flag, but does not impose penalties for misuse of the flag. Each state has its own flag laws, which may impose penalties. The Flag Code formalizes some traditional respect shown to the flag, and specifies ways in which the flag is not to be used. The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing; it should not be used as drapery, or as part of a costume or athletic uniform; it should not be used for any advertising purpose; and should not be imprinted or impressed on anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. (Doesn't it seem like the flag is being misused a lot? Apparently when it's stylized for clothing that makes it okay. To me, even if it's stylized, I feel a little uneasy about using napkins or paper plates with a flag design!) When lowered, no part of the flag should touch the ground or any other object; and when a flag is so worn that it's no longer fit as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner. American Legion Posts and other organizations conduct dignified flag burning ceremonies, often on Flag Day, so if you have a torn or badly faded flag that should be retired, try contacting the Legion for information.

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There are clear guidelines for how the flag is to be flown as well. It should be flown with the union at the peak of the staff unless it is being flown at half-staff. When flown with other flags, it must always be in the position of honor - no other flag should be above or larger than the US flag. When the flag passes in a procession, all should face the flag and salute - those in uniform with a formal salute, and those not in uniform with right hand over the heart and head covering removed. During the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem, citizens should all remain at attention and salute.

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For more details on Standards of Respect and Flag Etiquette, visit USFlag.org.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Virtual Refrigerator - Pure As Gold

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This was the grad gift Kennady created for one of her best friends - a Scripture that was a favorite. She decided on this design early, but took a long time getting it right because lettering is not really her thing. And this is a lot of lettering!

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Pure As Gold by Kat, May 2018

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Monday, June 11, 2018

From the High School Lesson Book - A Year-End Summary

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There's a part of me that is still in denial, but the homeschool year really is officially over. My last student just finished her junior year, which means we have only one year to go in our homeschool journey. Heart-stopping though that realization may be, it's still a good feeling to get the final report card sent in for this year and close the books. Most of them.

Grammar and Composition

Kennady did a Non-fiction Writing class at our co-op, using The Power in Your Hands from Writing with Sharon Watson. I was the instructor for the class, and it was a lot of fun to teach. This textbook lent itself to a small class setting very well, and it was so helpful to have firm deadlines for every writing assignment that I had to enforce. That's one of the great benefits (for us anyway) of co-op - a schedule that we have to stick to. Kennady wrote twenty-some essays for this class and although she's not a huge fan of non-fiction writing, she did some outstanding writing and earned very high marks.

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Writing with Sharon Watson Review

We originally reviewed this curriculum quite awhile ago. Read our review here: The Power in Your Hands (A Schoolhouse Crew Review) I recently wrote an update for the Blogging Through the Alphabet series, which you can read here: The Power in Your Hands (Blogging Through the Alphabet).

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History, Bible, and Literature

Kennady worked through the second half of Exploring World History from Notgrass this year, and we added a few things along the way to make sure it earned a full History credit. The Bible portion was another full credit. We'd originally thought to do a half credit worth of the Literature portion, but decided not to do that after all. She's already got a half credit in Brit Lit and will do some American Lit next year, so it's covered. She still has a few chapters left and will be finishing this off over the next couple weeks.

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Math

Algebra is the subject that has caused the most frustration this year. In my opinion, it would have been less frustrating if she'd worked on it more consistently instead of avoiding it. We are using No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials. She is doing okay with it, and although it was slow going, she was understanding it, and that is the point. I'd rather have her get it done slowly and understand it than blow through it but not really learn. And that appears to be exactly the situation we have. Her bad habit of avoiding working on Algebra whenever she thought she could get away with it is catching up now, because she will have to work very hard to get the rest of this course finished by the end of the month. 

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This is another curriculum we reviewed some time ago: No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials (A Homeschool Coffee Break Reviewand then did a more recent update: No-Nonsense Algebra (Blogging Through the Alphabet).

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Electives

French I

 This was another course completed at the co-op and one Kennady really enjoyed. The textbook used was French I for Christian Schools from BJU Pressalong with some additional material. There were times when Kennady felt a little lost and didn't feel confident that she was really getting it, but overall she did so well that when the instructor sent her final grade, he called her the "star of the class". 


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Music

Children's Chorus - The season ended in April with another outstanding Spring Celebration concert. Kennady earned a full credit for singing in the upper level chorus, and another full credit for interning as a Director's Assistant. She's decided not to do the internship again next year though.

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Guitar Lessons - Kennady took private guitar lessons all year. She's also a regular guitarist and ukulele player (and vocalist) on my worship team at church and with the youth band, and she occasionally plays with the other worship team as well.

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Speech and Presentation

This was a half credit course completed at the co-op in first semester, and was probably her favorite course of the year. And yes, one of the powerpoint presentations she gave was on the topic of ukuleles.

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Final Report Card

She finished 8-1/2 credits this year, making 22-1/2 credits thus far. Our requirement for graduation is just 23! However, she needs one more math credit, a tech credit, and a US History credit. Those will be looked after next year, so along with the other courses she is planning for next year, she'll graduate with about 30 credits. And then what? Well, she's still thinking through those details.

 How did your school year end - or are you still finishing up? Leave a comment and let me know!

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