Friday, May 26, 2017

Homeschool Highlights - Long Weekends

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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  . . . Since we were away on the weekend, this has been a significantly shortened week for school. Or at least it feels significant, even though it was really only Monday that was a missed school day. I know I had zero motivation on Tuesday, and I think Kennady felt the same. Still, we did our best to get some Science, Math and History done. Grammar and Composition have been the casualty over the last couple weeks, as we're shifting focus to Literature and a Lightning Lit study of Shakespeare for an upcoming review.

I'm changing up how we'll show the History credit on Kennady's transcript this year, so that took a little pressure off. It was becoming increasingly unrealistic to get through everything in the World History/Bible/Literature course, so I figured out a way to restructure so that we'll do the course over two years, but still earn the necessary credits.

Other news . . . Last Friday morning, Kennady was already on her way to the beach with friends, while the rest of us had to work that day. Then I had to be at our homeschool group's graduation ceremony in the evening, and Landon was at a minor league baseball game in which the color guard from CAP presented the colors.

Early Saturday morning, Landon and the hubster and I headed out to join our friends at Bethany Beach. We shared a vacation house and had a wonderful time, although the cooler weather and wind kept everyone out of the water for the most part. For some reason the girls still couldn't get enough ice creams - I would have thought they were cold enough already, but whatever. Kennady even added a new ukulele to her collection.

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windy Ocean City - not even close to as nice as Bethany Beach


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a little self-conscious?

We came home on Monday evening and tried to get back into our routine, with limited success. Regular choir practice, guitar lesson, youth group, and worship team practice helped. 

Now we're working on being prepared for the upcoming weekend, when Harrison and Angela and Veronica will be home!


What I loved this week . . .

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On my blogs last week . . .

And on my book blog, Just A Second:


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 be reviewing All in Good Time (The Gilded Legacy) by Maureen Lang, and I've been reading:

Wings of the Wind (Out From Egypt) by Connilyn Cossette
Love's Rescue by Christine Johnson

A parting shot . . . Mopey Mop is not impressed with your shenanigans.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Homeschool Records and Books - What to Keep on The Homeschool Post

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In our homeschool, it's very near the end of the school year, so we are trying to wrap things up. That means final grades and report cards, and then putting away the books. It also means that we're thinking about record-keeping logistics and decisions about what to keep and where to put it. For those of us that struggle to stay organized and control the amount of stuff we have, those are tough decisions. 

Keeping Records, Keeping Schoolwork, Keeping Curriculum

I prefer to keep homeschool records digitally, with lesson plans, assignment lists, grades, and report cards on the cloud using Homeschool Tracker Online
I bundle the schoolwork that I wanted to keep in a file folder at the end of the school year - one folder per student per year - and kept only the very best examples of their work. The only exception is artwork, which is stored in art portfolios, and we do keep a lot more of that.
When it comes to curriculum, my best advice (and I wish I'd always followed it myself) is to NOT keep curriculum after you've finished with it. Unless you have a very specific plan for using it for your next student within the next year or two, give it away, loan it out, or sell it at a deep discount to bless other homeschool families, rather than allow it to take up space and probably be forgotten anyway.

Join me over at The Homeschool Post for the rest of this post, which includes my tips for keeping homeschool records (using Homeschool Tracker Online), deciding how much of your student's work to keep, and what to do with curriculum after the school year is over. You'll also find lots of helpful articles there about record keeping and homeschooling in general.

How do you decide what to keep? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Norman Rockwell - Blogging Through the Alphabet

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Norman Rockwell is one of my favorite artists of modern times. He was best known for the covers he illustrated for the Saturday Evening Post over nearly five decades. He also produced covers for the Boy Scouts of America magazine Boys' Life.

Rockwell attended the Chase Art School from the age of 14; then went to the National Academy of Design, and to the Art Students League. At 19 years old, he became the art editor of Boys' Life, and at the age of 21, he submitted his first successful cover for the Saturday Evening Post. Altogether, he published 321 covers on the Post over a period of 47 years. For the most part, his subjects were snapshots of American life and family, and often showed patriotic themes. He painted Santa Claus many times, and also sometimes chose themes based on historic events or important political events of the time.

Norman Rockwell- Scout at Ships Wheel

Norman Rockwell Red Cross Magazine 1918

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In 1943, during World War II, Rockwell painted the Four Freedoms series, which was inspired by a speech by President Roosevelt. The paintings ran in the Post, each accompanied by a related essay, and then were part of a traveling exhibit as a fundraiser that brought in over $100 million in war bonds.

"Freedom of Speech" - NARA - 513536  "Freedom of Worship" - NARA - 513537

"Freedom From Want" - NARA - 513539  "Freedom from Fear" - NARA - 513538

Later that year, there was a fire in his studio which destroyed many original paintings, costumes, and props. In 1959, Rockwell took time off to grieve after his wife passed away suddenly, but during that time he and his son worked on his autobiography, My Adventures as an Illustrator. The Saturday Evening Post printed excerpts of the book, along with his famous Triple Self-portrait.

In 1977, President Gerald Ford awarded Rockwell the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for "vivid and affectionate portraits of our country". Rockwell produced over 4000 original works during his lifetime, most of which are in public collections or were destroyed by fire or other mishaps. He illustrated more than 40 books, and provided artwork for calendars, advertising, catalogs, posters, and much more. It's amazing to think that this influential and beloved artist wasn't taken seriously by most art critics during this lifetime. Personally, I think President Ford's description of "affectionate portraits" is accurate. Rockwell showed everyday American life in ways that highlighted goodness, innocence, patriotism, and family ideals.

1921-6-4 No Swimming - Norman Rockwell

There are two Everyday Easels lesson plans inspired by Norman Rockwell's work at SchoolhouseTeachers.com.

Everyday Easels art lessons at SchoolhouseTeachers.com

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Virtual Refrigerator - Silhouette Landscape

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Welcome to the Virtual Refrigerator art link-up! Thank you for joining me and my co-hosts as we all share what we're creating in our homeschools. We all 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, and we plan our anchor posts for each Wednesday.

With the pressure of the end of the school year upon us, and having taken a few days off for a long weekend, Kennady hasn't had much time for art. I found this experiment piece from a couple months ago that I hadn't shared yet. 

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Silhouette Landscape by KAT, March 2017

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Homeschool Highlights - The Countdown Begins

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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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The irony of a coffee cup with an ice cold Coke ad is not lost on me. Countdown is currently down to just hours until I am at the beach!

Homeschool news  . . . I have no idea what we accomplished this week, so obviously it can't have been that much. I had basically one day where I was at home for even most of the day and could have got some grading done and worked on stuff with Kennady, but I did not. Ugh. Not a stellar week, by any means. Science, history, math - those happened. I get it. It's hard to concentrate on schoolwork when the countdown to the beach weekend and summer vacation is on. It's a challenge for both of us!

Other news . . . Well, last week I mentioned the Junior Senior Banquet and our co-op open house happening on the same night. Both went well. Kennady had a wonderful time at Junior Senior, of course, and I hope she won't mind me sharing a couple of pictures. It's not like they are hers though - her friend's mom sent these to me. Check it - she is rocking a dress!

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We had way too much going on over the weekend. Way. Including a birthday party that the hubster and I went to, and a birthday party that Kennady and Landon went to. At approximately the same time, but in opposite directions, so that took a little organizing to figure out. And we stayed a relatively short time at the party we attended, because I had to be in town for my choir concert in the evening. Sunday morning we were on worship team, then Kennady and I grabbed a quick lunch at home before heading into town for the second performance of the concert. The guys stayed home but got pizza for lunch. So no Mother's Day meal for me. I think we will go out during the Memorial Day weekend when Harrison and his family are here, and celebrate Mother's Day and Father's Day all in one. So yes, I'm counting down to their arrival when I can see my sweet granddaughter and kiss her face again.

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obligatory mother-daughter picture for Mother's Day
This was supposed to be sort of old-fashioned and somber, but I smiled. My bad.
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During this week, I started doing some of the end-of-year reviews for our homeschool group, plus we had grad rehearsal and the usual long list of errands to run. Tuesday was particularly busy, as we spent pretty much all day in town. Kennady hung out with a friend all afternoon while I ran errands. To my very great surprise, my business at the MVA went super-fast, so it turned out that I had time to have a visit with a friend as well. Then Kennady and I met the boys and we all got new cellphones - which did not go super-fast. In fact, I had to send Spencer next door to the Panera to buy us some dinner while we were finishing up with the phones, and then we had quite a rush to get to grad rehearsal. Somehow we made it. And I am still figuring out my new phone.

Tonight is the grad ceremony, which really only affects me, since I am on the grad committee. And the rest of the weekend will be relax time, as we are headed to the beach with friends.

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Funny, Flop, or Fail of the Week . . .  So last weekend, we had this situation where we were attending a surprise birthday party just south of where we live, but then Kennady was invited to another surprise party for her friend and that was about a half hour east. At about the same time. What to do. Solution - Landon went to the party with Kennady, so he could drive. And I let him take my car. Now here comes the Fail - we only have one key for that car, and when Kennady and I got home from shopping a little earlier in the day, for some strange reason I left that key in my purse instead of hanging it up like usual. So the hubster and I left in the truck to go to our party, and Landon and Kennady were planning on leaving a few minutes later to go to theirs. And then the hubster and I both had our phones blowing up with text messages and calls - "where are the RAV keys?" OOOOOOOPS.  So I found them in the purse and the hubster ran them home. Kids are waiting in the driveway and off they go as soon as they have the key. But before the hubster could leave to come back to our party, they pulled back in . . . had forgotten the gift. Haha!

On Wednesday, we got second key programmed for that car so this won't happen again. We hope.


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


I recommend . . .  getting started with your SchoolhouseTeachers.com membership during the month of May while there's special pricing. Membership now includes World Book Online - a full encyclopedia program complete with videos, the ability to create custom timelines, tons of maps, and so much more! And all the other fantastic lesson plans and record-keeping helps too.




But the countdown is on for the special pricing! Use the coupon code SPRINGSAVINGS just until May 31, 2017.


On my blogs last week . . .

And on my book blog, Just A Second:


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 Chapel Car Bride by Judith Miller, and I've been reading:

Love's Rescue by Christine Johnson

A parting shot . . . The countdown is at about zero for my Canada 150 tulips. This is the last picture I got of them, a few days ago, and now they are past their prime and overblown. Beautiful while they lasted!

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