Friday, September 22, 2017

Homeschool Highlights - Week Three: UpRise and School Days

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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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Homeschool news  . . . Kennady was hard at work on all her classes this week, and this was the first week that she had a fair amount of homework in all the co-op classes, so she got some practice in spreading out the work over the week. All went well until late Wednesday afternoon, when she realized she had missed doing the homework for the writing class that I'm teaching! (When we got to class, I guessed that she would not be the only one that hadn't done it all, and I was right.)

Other news . . . We had a busy and exciting weekend at UpRise in Shippensburg. Our whole family went, along with three of the kids' friends.

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Needless to say, we all had especially long naps on Sunday afternoon! The hubster's hockey league started up on Sunday night, and after that the week progressed pretty much as usual. Which is to say, it was very busy! Kennady had chorus rehearsals and a guitar lesson, I attended a membership meeting for our homeschool fellowship group, we all had midweek activities at church, and of course there was work and co-op classes. On Thursday evening Kennady had an extra worship team rehearsal too, as she is guesting with our other worship team this Sunday.

What's Working . . . Overall, I'm excited about how well things are working out this school year, and yes, I know it is still early!  No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials has been a great find for Kennady - she is getting the work done without it taking all day, and she is getting it right. She had a little trouble with one concept about a week ago, but she asked for help with it right away, and then understood it when we worked through a couple of the problems together. That means our plan for staying right on top of grading and checking work is effective, because I could help her right away, and she didn't get behind while waiting for help, nor did she plow ahead and do pages and pages of problems incorrectly. Co-op classes are working out really well too. She is still excited about French and Speech classes and manages her homework well (until the glitch this week! Ha!). And yesterday she realized that it was important that she be able to see the words and phrases she is learning in French in order to memorize them. So we talked about the possibility of looking them up on her own if they are not in her textbook so she can make her own flashcards. That is a direct result of what she has learned about herself using the GATE College System. She learned that she is primarily a visual learner, so she needs to see things and be able to visualize them in order to learn and memorize most effectively. Another way that GATE is working is that it's helping her see the importance of prioritizing and parceling out her schoolwork, and how to minimize the distractions in her learning environment.

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Funny, Flop, or Fail of the Week . . . so on Tuesday night I had a homeschool group meeting to attend while Kennady was at choir, and I assured her I would be there at the end to pick her up. I did a great job of watching the clock all the way through the meeting and felt like I was golden - no way would I forget or lose track of time. Nope. Either I failed or the clock jumped from 8:30 to 8:55. Yeah, so at 8:56 I notice and gasp, almost swallowing my own tongue and I'm like "Kennady is finished choir in 3 minutes and I'm gonna be so late!" I texted her as I left so at least she knew I was on my way, and fortunately it's not terribly far away, so I did get there at about 10 after 9 and it was all okay. I guess I do need to set the alarm on my phone to make sure I get there on time next week.



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


I recommend . . . if you missed it, I recommend checking out last week's Looking After the Homeschool Mom Round-up at the Homeschool Review Crew blog.

Looking after the Homeschool Mom{Round UP}

My post: Encourage One Another

Encourage One Another on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

On my blogs last week . . .

And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Recent Reads - The Princess Spy
What I'm Reading - September 18, 2017
Scripture and a Snapshot - Begin the Music

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 Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson, which I finished last week, and I've been reading:

My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily's Dilemma by Andrea Boeshaar
The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller

A parting shot . . . this punk who asked me to take photos on Sunday afternoon.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Virtual Refrigerator - Coloring Frozen

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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.

Boy, am I ever glad that Our Unschooling Journey Through Life has joined as a co-host, because I'm pretty sure she'll have something really cool to share this week. As for me, this was another week that was just too busy for a big art project. But all is not lost - coloring is something that doesn't take much time to set up, to clean up, or to do; and Kennady had the nostalgic urge to get coloring pages last week. I can't remember what she was originally looking for, but we stumbled across some coloring pages based on the movie Frozen, and that was what she settled on. I guess you never really outgrow coloring, right? And we certainly don't outgrow Disney movies!

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

High School Assignment Tracking

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Every school year, we spend the first few weeks adjusting to the routine and figuring out how to organize our days and keep track of all the work. We didn't think we'd have to change much from last year to this, but since we still struggled with sticking to the schedule and staying current on grading, I knew we'd have to fine tune something to make that better. We definitely needed a couple of tweaks to make it easier for Kennady to know exactly what she had to do and when, and to keep track of it all herself. Here are some of the ideas we came up with to (hopefully) stay on top of assignments this year.

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I have been using Homeschool Tracker Online for many years to keep my lesson plans, assignments, grades, and records organized. We used to print out assignment lists by subject, and for about a month at a time. This year Kennady requested an assignment list that included all her subjects, and we decided that one week at a time would work best. I print it out with all the page numbers and instructions included, and there are checkboxes for her to mark assignments off as they are completed. The only issue we have to work around is when something is assigned with a future due date, because it will only show up on the date it's assigned. 

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My lesson plans cover the entire semester or year, and obviously Kennady knows that she'll have to complete the entire Algebra textbook over the year, but by having only one week at a time of an assignment list, it's more manageable for her to see what she needs to accomplish. And fewer papers to keep track of, since the one week assignment list is usually just two pages long.

Since I need to print a new assignment list at the beginning of each week, it also forces me to make sure her work is graded at least once a week. Adjusting due dates when necessary is also a little easier when working with smaller chunks of time. For instance, this past Friday wound up being a shortened school day because of our weekend plans so she didn't work on Algebra that day. When I updated the assignment list I could easily decide whether she could catch up that assignment this week or if I should push all the Algebra due dates out one day. For the record, she is just going to catch it up by doubling up one day this week. If she'd had to take several days off due to illness or something, then it might make more sense to push due dates out.

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Kennady has been working through a college prep program called GATE for an upcoming review, and in so doing she is learning a lot about how she learns best and how to tackle her schoolwork in ways that are efficient. Taking responsibility for developing good study habits on her own is a big help! Not just for right now, but for the future when she may be in college and shouldn't be relying on me at all for keeping up with her assignments. Good habits we're working on specifically include:

Starting on assignments right away, not procrastinating! Now, I'm a procrastinator myself, so I totally get this temptation, and the idea that we work better when we're up against a deadline. There may be a little bit of truth to that, because we have to work faster and perhaps be more focused when the paper is due tomorrow morning, but that doesn't mean better. It usually means it's rushed and not our best work. And what happens if something unexpected comes up and we can't knock out that English paper on the night before? Turns out "procrastination is detrimental to physical health. College students who procrastinate have higher levels of drinking, smoking, insomnia, stomach problems, colds and flu." according to a study by Tim Pychyl, Ph.D. Well, we certainly don't need that, so we are focusing on starting sooner and spreading out the work so we don't wind up doing it in a panic.

Breaking bigger assignments into smaller chunks. We're really hitting this hard in our co-op writing class, and it's a surprisingly difficult thing for kids to figure out. By doing our assignment list week by week, I'm hoping to reinforce this idea. Just the fact that Kennady is taking classes in a co-op setting and it's not negotiable for her to have the assignments and homework done for Thursday each week is making the point. She can't leave the reading and homework for three classes until Wednesday and hope to get it all done on time. She has to follow the instructions and work on it a bit each day.

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Learning how to learn most effectively. Do you know your student's primary learning style? Knowing whether their learning style is visual, auditory, or kinesthetic will help students figure out how to study in the way that work best for them. Kennady has figured out the kind of study setting (which room of the house, what kind of background noise, length of study sessions) that helps her be most productive, but it requires her to be disciplined enough to choose that setting!

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We have other obligations on our time besides schoolwork too, and most of those things are weekly commitments. For example, youth group is every Wednesday night, and every other week it's followed by worship team practice. Sometime on Sunday, I try to run over the week's calendar with Kennady, noting the days I plan to go into town, and anything that is unusual on the schedule. That way she has a bit of advance notice as to which days she might want to go along to hang with friends or do some shopping or errands with me. And obviously, if she wants to socialize on Monday evening or Thursday afternoon, she has to plan to have her schoolwork caught up or there's a good chance I'll say no. Social media distractions are still an almost constant temptation, but so far she's keeping the majority of her socialization until 'after class'.

Have you found the best way to keep track of assignments and allow your students to take responsibility for their own schedule? How do you manage it in your homeschool? Different methods work for different families, so share what works for you in the comments!

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Homeschool Highlights - A Busy Week Two

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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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I need a lot of caffeine today, and I should really have put it in a travel mug. This week has been very busy, and I'm under a time crunch today, so this will be a very brief, and slightly late, highlight post! Link up the news of your week at the end so I can visit you when I have a few minutes!

Homeschool news  . . . I know we're only two weeks in to the Official school year, but I'm so pleased that Kennady has stayed right on top of all her schoolwork and has needed almost no prompting from me to do that. Yay! Today may be the day she falls behind, because we have weekend plans that will likely be cutting her school day short as she gets ready.

Other news . . . Last weekend was quiet, although the hubster and I paid a visit to the In The Streets block party in Frederick on Saturday. It was crowded - which makes me very uncomfortable - but other than that, a very good time, with a lot of good music and food. We weren't there long, just walked around for a bit and made sure I got some ice cream!

The week has been full of all our usual activities, plus my once-a-month homeschool moms get-together yesterday evening. So I had only short blocks of time to work on getting ready for this weekend's plans - attending UpRise 2017 in Shippensburg starting this evening.  I'm leaving work early today to finish getting ready, so I'm cutting my Highlights post a bit short!

On my blogs last week . . .

And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Teaser Tuesday/First Chapter First Paragraph - My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily's Dilemma
What I'm Reading - September 11, 2017
Scripture and a Snapshot - Leaves
Recent Reads - Beyond All Dreams

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 The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson, which I'll be reviewing soon. I've been reading:

My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily's Dilemma by Andrea Boeshaar
Lady Susan by Jane Austen


A parting shot . . . I guess this is a preview of what will be on my Virtual Fridge next week. Never too old for Frozen coloring pages!



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Unauthorized - A Game of Influence and Deduction (A Homeschool Coffee Break Review)


What would it be like to live in a country where the Christian church had to operate underground? That's hard for most of us to wrap our brains around, but we were recently given the challenge of considering that question in a fun way - believe it or not! - by reviewing Unauthorized, a game from Chara Games.

Chara Games

Chara Games is a familiar name to Crew members, as many of them have reviewed their games in the past. The company was founded in 2014 for the purpose of designing and publishing games with Christian themes. They believe that tabletop games afford opportunities to have fun and build relationships, and their games are designed to explore Christian topics in a way that is respectful of all faith backgrounds. In other words, the games have a Christian theme, but do not tell players what to think or believe. But with the subject raised in a game setting, players might be encouraged to think more deeply or start conversations about the topics.

 UNAUTHORIZED

The newest game from Chara is called Unauthorized.  It's a social deduction and role play game built around the theme of the underground church. Each player is given a role and uses their unique power to sway the experience cards of other players in the effort to grow or to stamp out an underground church. The church wins if a majority of the players are loyal to the church, and at least one of their members is not in prison. The state wins if the church doesn't! The game's play represents the uncertainty and courage of Christians in underground churches in countries where faith really is considered 'unauthorized.'

The game is designed for six to twelve players, twelve years old and up, and should take about half an hour to play. It includes twelve double-sided role cards, 97 Experience cards, three reference cards, and a detailed rule book.



Seen below, the Role cards assign a character to each player. Depending on how many players are in the game, there will be one or two Pastors, one or two Police, and the rest of the players will be Neutrals. The game always starts with an equal number of Pastor and Police roles.

UNAUTHORIZED

The loyalty of the Neutral players is determined by the Experience cards they hold. If they have more red cards, they are loyal to the State, and if more green cards, they are loyal to the Church. There are some Wild cards, so the player can determine which way they are swayed. Play begins with each player holding their Experience cards in their hand so that the loyalty of Neutral players is not known to others. As play proceeds, Experience cards are laid on the table but loyalties can certainly still change based on the cards each player still holds in their hand, and the influence of other players.

UNAUTHORIZED

How to play: Well, that's what the rule book is for, and I don't think I can adequately recreate the complete instructions, but I will try to give an overview of how the game is played.

To start the game, the Role cards are shuffled and dealt one to each player. They are double sided, so each player chooses a side of the card (basically for which picture they prefer, since the role and power on each side are the same) to lay face up in front of them. Following is a picture of our game ready to play with six players. You can see we'd placed our two reference cards in the middle of the table. These cards are provided as handy reminders for the Order of Play so you don't have to refer to the booklet every round.


With roles assigned, it's now time to deal the Experience cards. The Police player(s) gets seven red (State) cards, and the Pastor(s) gets seven green (Church) cards. The Neutral players will have seven Experience cards dealt randomly to them. The players all hold their Experience cards in their hand so other players cannot see them until they have been laid face up with the Role card during the course of play. For the Neutral players, the Experience cards bias them toward the church or the state, or allow them to choose a loyalty in the case of the Wild cards. Once played, however, the loyalty of a wild card is fixed, while those in a player's hand can still go either way.

Here is our Police player and his starting set of Experience cards.

And our Pastor player with her set of Experience cards.

And one of our Neutral players with her set of Experience cards.
As you may be able to see with the cards displayed, this player has three green Church cards and two red State cards, so she is loyal to the Church. However she also has two Wild cards, which she may choose to play as either loyalty, so if she decides to play both of them as red cards, her loyalty will be swayed towards the State instead.

There are four rounds of play, with specific actions. In Round 1, all players play two cards face up. In Round 2, players pass a card to the player on the left and play one card face up. In Round 3, pass to the right and play one face up. And in Round 4, pass one card to any other player and play one face up. After these card actions that begin each round, each player has an individual action as play moves to the left from the dealer. Each player can choose to use the Role Power stated on their Role Card, 'spy' on another player's cards, apply for parole if they are in prison, or conduct an execution if they are the Police. By passing cards to other players or by using their Role Powers, players attempt to sway the loyalties of other players.

At the end of the final round, players that still have wild cards in their hand must choose how to play them before anyone reveals their final loyalty. So everyone plays their final cards simultaneously. If, at the end of the game, the church has a majority of the players and at least one of them is not in prison, the church wins. Executed players don't count at the end either! If the church doesn't have a majority, or if there is a tie, or if all the church-loyal players are in prison, the state wins.

The rules state that the game is for 6-12 players, so when we had only five of us available, one person volunteered to play two roles. Obviously it's better to have at least six different people playing, because of the spying and influencing aspects of the game. When I was playing two roles, for example, I chose to "speak to a neighbor" which means to view the cards in their hand. And the neighbor I chose was my other role! We found that this game was better - more entertaining, and more suspenseful with more players. The odds seem to fall in the State's favor when there are fewer players, and having more than one Pastor gives the Church a better chance as well. I would guess that that is true in some sense in the real world underground church as well. Hmmm . . . 

That leads well into our thoughts on the purpose and best setting for this game. Because it involves a lot of strategic and predictive thinking, it's not the kind of game that is easily played while carrying on unrelated conversations over the game table, or while being interrupted multiple times by needing to get food or look after little ones. So I don't think it would be the best choice for a family game night or party where there will be a lot of interruptions or where people will want to do a lot of visiting while playing games. However, I think this would be a great game for a youth group or a Bible Study group, when the purpose is to introduce the topic of the underground church and martyrs in other parts of the world. It certainly got our family talking a bit more about this subject as we were learning how to play and trying the game with various numbers of players and all of that. The day-to-day risks of Christians in countries where the church truly is "unauthorized" and the dedication of those Christians to their Savior no matter the peril is not something to take lightly, but I believe it is a subject that western Christians need to address as we do our part to pray for and support our brothers and sisters around the world who do not have the freedom to worship that we enjoy. At times it felt a little incongruous to act silly and be laughing as we were playing this game, but that's how we made it a fun family game atmosphere. We generated a lot of laughter while playing by acting in character by using exaggerated accents and other goofy things. 

After several games played, we decided that the 'fun quotient' of this game is what the players make of it. You can follow the rules and play very seriously and if your intent is to have focused play and to win the game, and to generate some conversation about persecution and hardship in Communist countries, and that, in our view, is the best purpose for the game. Or, you can do as we did, with some over-the-top bad acting and silly dramatization, and play the game with a lighter touch - and you'll still likely generate those kinds of conversations.  

What we liked best:
  • not too difficult to play, although it takes a bit of effort to learn
  • an opportunity to introduce a difficult and serious topic in a easy-going way. Play the game and the subject of the persecuted church will likely wind up being discussed naturally as players start to realize that for some Christians, this is not a game!


What I need to mention:
  • you'll need at least six players, and if you have more that's even better. We found that it just didn't work that well to have fewer players, even when doubling up roles.
  • You'll need to devote some time and attention to learning how to play, because each round is different and each player's role cards dictate different actions. The reference cards are there to help, but we found that it took a couple rounds with the same players before we had the hang of it.

Our bottom line: This is a well thought-out and complex game, best played with at least six teens or adults that can focus on the game. The fun quotient is dependent on the personalities of the people playing the game - acting in character, with an accent or whatever, and adding dramatic effects. On its own, it's a thought provoking and serious game.

UNAUTHORIZED

Would you and your family like to "join the struggle"? Here's what you need to know:
Visit the website: CharaGames.com
Learn more about the Unauthorized game: CharaGames.com/games/unauthorized/

Pricing: Unauthorized is available through Amazon for $14.99. See the Chara Games website for links and further information.

Recommended Ages: 12 years and up

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