Friday, August 17, 2018

Homeschool Highlights - Summer Blues Edition

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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.

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


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Kennady has put in a couple of requests for donuts this week, so I guess I'll try to remember to bring some home after work today.

Homeschool news  . . . Let's see . . . Algebra, French, Latin, but I don't think she did any History this week. Doesn't feel like she had much of a break from school this summer at all, and I feel bad about that. Although the Algebra did not have to take this long - that's mostly the result of procrastinating and avoiding. The good news is that the end is in sight! With French, she is working ahead for next year; Latin is something we're reviewing and it's actually rather fun! And History is just some reading that we'd decided to spread out a bit.

BUT. With her senior year about to start, the importance of sticking to a schedule and not allowing herself to fall behind anywhere is being driven home. In fact, she's got a great opportunity to basically earn her tech credit with a sort of internship at her part time job --- but it will put a bit of extra demand on her time. We don't know how much her schedule will be affected yet, but I admit I started to think if there was any course she was planning to take that she could safely drop. Well, guess what? The ones that are purely elective and she could drop? Those are the ones she most wants to do.

For my part, I tried to get to the lesson plans this week but was too busy to finish those up. I have some planning left to complete for the Writing class at the co-op; and I've got one course that I need to plug into the Homeschool Tracker Online lesson plan. We start school in just over two weeks, but one of those weeks will be vacation so I think I'll need to make time this weekend to work on that.

Other news . . . We decided to try a family outing on Saturday, after all the rain we've had recently we all thought that it would be appropriate to go out and enjoy a mostly sunny day. So after getting a bit of work done in the morning, we set out for a state park in Pennsylvania, a bit less than an hour away.

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You can't see it but behind all those black-eyed susans is our front porch,
which Landon is working on - putting new decking on it.
So here we are at Codorus State Park, ready for an easy walk along one of the trails, while the kids catch some Pokemon (it was community day on Saturday).

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But remember all that rain I mentioned? We should have realized the ground would be muddy. Someone had thoughtfully left some scraps of cardboard to help get through this patch of muck. So far - so good. A little mud wasn't going to stop us . . .

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. . . or so we thought. 

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At this point, we reconsidered our options.

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The kids gave it a try while the hubster and I waited, but they didn't get more than a few yards beyond the bridge before discovering that it only got worse. So we gave up on that and took our muddy selves back to the car!

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We did go over the lake area of the park and look around a bit, and then on our drive we discovered an old cemetery at a nearby church and explored that a bit.

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This is the oldest gravestone we located - 1856. Some were undoubtedly older, judging from how worn and weathered they were.

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The work and school week has been very busy, with each of us having meetings or other commitments during evenings. Kennady and I spent all of Tuesday afternoon out so she could hang out with one of her best friends before he leaves for college. And we spent Thursday evening out with friends as well. Hopefully things will be a little less hectic this coming week, giving us a bit of a breather before vacation and school!

What's Coming Up . . . Next week is the  5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement Blog Hop hosted by the Homeschool Review Crew, as we all get ready for Back to School! I'll be combining my Blog Hop posts with a kickoff to a "How Do You Homeschool" series that I'm planning for the fall.

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The series will answer some of the curiosity type questions homeschoolers ask each other, and I'll start by answering these questions in the Blog Hop:

How Do You Stay Motivated When Homeschooling is Hard?

What Curriculum Are You Using in Your Homeschool?

How Do You Fit Electives Into Your Homeschool Schedule?

What Are You Thankful For this Homeschool Year?

What Are Your Favorite Homeschool Tools and Resources?


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I recommend . . . SchoolhouseTeachers.com because their current special pricing makes it a great time to get a membership! Get your Ultimate Membership by August 31, 2018, for only $139/year and receive a second year FREE!  For just a small sampling of what's available in one subject area, visit my Virtual Refrigerator post from this week where I highlight some of the Art related courses.




On my blogs last week . . .

And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Wordless Wednesday - Cemetery
Recent Reads - The Patriot Bride
What I'm Reading - August 13, 2018
Recent Reads - Delilah: Treacherous Beauty
Scripture and a Snapshot - Crossroads


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 Patriot Bride: Daughters of the Mayflower - Book 4 by Kimberley Woodhouse. I also reviewed Delilah: Treacherous Beauty, and I've been reading:

Fawkes: A Novel by Nadine Brandes
Treacherous Is the Night (A Verity Kent Mystery) by Anna Lee Huber

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A parting shot . . . how the boys are buying their candy these days.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

How Do You Homeschool Series - Coming Soon as we go Back to School

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The start of a new homeschool year is just around the corner for us and I'm alternately excited and a little sad - because this is our last homeschool year. Many homeschoolers are already back at the books, and I'd guess almost all of us have some of those mixed feelings. 

Not only mixed feelings, but we've all got questions, right? No matter how long we've been homeschooling, we are curious about how other homeschoolers do things. And homeschoolers who are newer to the game obviously have lots of questions! I thought it would be fun to start a series that answers some of the questions homeschoolers ask each other. Questions about how we handle some of the little details and about our opinions on things like book reports and labs. Questions that we all might answer differently because what works great in one family might not work at all in another. 

A few of the questions that I (and perhaps some fellow bloggers) are thinking about responding to:

Do you give letter grades? Do you give report cards?

What time do you start in the morning? Do you make your kids get up at the same time every day?

How many hours per day do you spend on school?

Do your kids help around the house during their school day?

How do you fit museums and field trips into your studies?

Do your kids have bad attitudes about school? How do you handle that?

Can homeschoolers get the discounts offered to school groups or to teachers?

We've started collecting quite the varied list of questions! Do you have any questions related to homeschooling that you're curious about? Leave a comment and let me know!

I'll be kicking off this series by answering some Back to Homeschool questions next week in the 5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement Blog Hop hosted by the Homeschool Review Crew, and then I'm planning to share answers weekly starting in September.

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Look for my answers to these questions in the Blog Hop starting on August 20, 2018.

How Do You Stay Motivated When Homeschooling is Hard?

What Curriculum Are You Using in Your Homeschool?

How Do You Fit Electives Into Your Homeschool Schedule?

What Are You Thankful For this Homeschool Year?

What Are Your Favorite Homeschool Tools and Resources?

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Watch for 5 Days of Homeschool Encouragement posts from these Homeschool Review Crew bloggers as well:

Annette @ A Net in Time
Ashley @ Gift of Chaos
Carol @ Home Sweet Life
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses
Christine @ Christine Howard
Felicia @ Homeschool 4 Life
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Jennifer @ Dear Homeschooler
Kellyann @ Walking Home ...
Kimberley @ Vintage Blue Suitcase
Yvie @ Gypsy Road

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Virtual Refrigerator - Art Courses at SchoolhouseTeachers.com

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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.

Right now we're going through one of those periods where there is just so much going on that art is getting shuffled to the bottom of the pile. Also, Kennady has not been doing art for school for a couple of years, so although she enjoys being creative, it is not something that is structured or scheduled, so these dry spells are okay. Except that I co-host a weekly art link-up and feel the need to share something. Solution: I revisit some things from my archives, or feature some art resources we've used. Today I'm sharing the wide variety of art resources available on the SchoolhouseTeachers.com Art page. And honestly, I wish we had time to do a lot of these courses!

Let me start with some that we have used - mostly the Everyday Easels series. A few years ago I wrote an artist study series for the Virtual Refrigerator, and for three of the four artists featured, there were related lessons on SchoolhouseTeachers.comThese lessons gave us background information and ideas for our projects. For Piet Mondrian, there was a unit on his Composition in Red, Blue, and Yellow. For M.C. Escher, there's a study on Hand with a Reflecting Sphere. Calder's Circus and Red Mobile by Alexander Calder are also featured.

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Composition in Foil and Marker by KAT, August 2015

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See the full studies here: Virtual Refrigerator - Piet MondrianVirtual Refrigerator - M.C. EscherVirtual Refrigerator - Alexander Calder

I turned to Everyday Easels and to Introduction to Architecture for a majority of the ideas for my Blogging Through the Alphabet series featuring art and architecture.

Introduction to Architecture on SchoolhouseTeachers.com

Studies that I'd considered having Kennady complete include Graphic Design and Image Editing. We'd looked at these possibilities because she needed a technology credit, and these courses would have provided an artsy way to achieve that.

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I just found this new course and wished I could have used it as part of our World History course. I may be able to refer to it during our American History course this coming year. Art & History: Interconnected looks fascinating to me!


Art: The Timeless Treasure is another art history course for high school age students that would be a valuable resource. 


And since the Virtual Fridge is all about actually DOING art, here are some tutorial type courses for high school students: Exploring the World of Art explores several different media such as oil pastels, watercolors, pointillism with acrylics, mosaics with paper, and 3D art. This is the kind of course I will let Kennady explore and have fun with, using whatever ideas she finds interesting when she has time and wants to create something.

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Drawing with Realism is an art tutorial by Jan Bower, and Art Tips with Jan Bower is the follow-up course. Or how about Studio Art for Teens? It teaches the basics of line, texture, balance, and more and develops art skills by studying the work of the masters.




And I'm featuring all these great art courses at SchoolhouseTeachers.com because their current special pricing makes it a great time to get a membership! Get your Ultimate Membership by August 31, 2018, for only $139/year and receive a second year FREE! Not just all these great art courses, but almost 400 pre-K-12 classes, an extensive video library, teaching resources, planning tools, and more. You will also get a free tote bag, a free print copy of the Summer 2018 issue of The Old SchoolhouseⓇ Magazine, and your renewal rate of $139 yearly will be locked in too.



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Friday, August 10, 2018

Homeschool Highlights - Late Summer Edition

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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.

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


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Homeschool news  . . . We continue to work through Algebra and History, and Kennady has started on French II. Co-op classes don't start for another couple of weeks, but obviously the French class will go better if the students are working on their French over the summer!

We also have a Latin vocabulary builder program that we're reviewing. It's more like a game than a curriculum, so Kennady and I are challenging each other to see who can pick up the new Latin words faster!

Yesterday I went to our annual Reviewers Breakfast for the homeschool umbrella group we're with. There's a little business to do - we all receive the contact information for the families we'll be looking after for the year and go over the expectations and all of that. But it's also a lovely time to catch up with each other over breakfast. There are four other moms that are reviewers who have graduating seniors this year and will be essentially finished homeschooling. I've known most of those moms for the past eleven years too! Hard to believe it's been that long, and that the end of journey is in sight!

Other news . . . I know summer isn't quite over, but there's a lot of getting ready for back to school and other end-of-summer things going on around here!

We've had an awful lot of rain too. Kennady and I did some shopping on Friday night and it was raining hard. So on Saturday morning when I headed for work, I was faced with this:

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going to work Saturday morning and . . . Nope. Not this route!

And that wasn't the first time that bridge and intersection has been flooded this summer! Anyway, I spent the day at work, and then went straight over to the fairgrounds for the Demolition Derby. My kids were already there with friends, and some of my friends were there too. This has become a bit of a tradition the last few years - a big group of us getting together for the derby. Landon's best friend entered a vehicle in the derby again this year and made a pretty good showing! It's the multi-colored van in this first photo.

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I also worked an extra day during the week to cover for people being on vacation. Between that and different things going on in the evenings, it feels like the family has all gone different directions every day this week. Kennady and I did manage to squeeze in our haircut appointments on Wednesday afternoon, and made a quick stop or two afterwards. One stop was at Kohl's and to my amazement I was able to find a new swimsuit I liked and it only took a few minutes. (And was on clearance too!) Not that I've got a lot of plans to be poolside or on the beach, but my old suit really needed replaced, and we do have a night or two of hotel stay coming up soon, so I wanted to be prepared.

Kennady had some interesting conversations at work on Wednesday morning, and it sounds like some great opportunities opening up for her there. She's considering and we're praying about those and I hope to have an exciting update on it to share soon!

Yesterday morning was our Reviewers Breakfast, and although it's a business/school meeting, it's still a social event and the best part is being able to visit with the other homeschool moms.

What I Loved This Week . . . chances to get together with friends and catch up.

I recommend . . . celebrating "Shark Week" all month long with SchoolhouseTeachers.com. From August 1 through August 31st, purchase a new Ultimate Membership for $139 (regular price is $179) and receive a second full year for free! It locks in that $139 renewal rate for the life of your membership too. Over 380 courses for all ages, lots of planning tools, resources for special needs, resources for high school, a Member Forum, and a Members Facebook Support Group, and so much more. You'll also receive the Summer Print Issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and a tote bag - both are free. This offer is for new members only, and there's no coupon code needed. Worth checking out!




On my blogs last week . . .

And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Wordless Wednesday - Civil Air Patrol
Teaser Tuesday/First Chapter First Paragraph - The Patriot Bride
What I'm Reading - August 6th, 2018
Scripture and a Snapshot - Not Ashamed

Just A Second is where I share book reviews and other book-related things, and update on what's on my bookshelf. This week (late last night!) I finished Delilah: Treacherous Beauty by Angela Hunt, and I've also been reading:

The Patriot Bride: Daughters of the Mayflower - Book 4 by Kimberley Woodhouse
Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft by Heather B. Moore


A parting shot . . . or two, of my favorite worship leader.

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