Saturday, May 5, 2012

Homeschool Mother's Journal: In Which We Are Waiting for SuperMoon

In our homeschool... Things went pretty well this week, with everyone making great progress on the work left, and Kennady finished her Language Arts this week!  Of course, her enthusiasm was curbed somewhat when she realized that she would now have additional time to devote to math...  But there's actually good news there as well, because she's been working on graphing, and finds it pretty easy.  Good confidence builder!

Spencer has only one chemistry class left, and has been tearing through the history lessons lately, so I guess he has finally found himself some motivation.

Our composer study is nearing the end as well.  We listened to some more George Gershwin, and started studying Aaron Copland.  Then yesterday, it occurred to me that it was Star Wars Day, so it would be very appropriate to skip ahead in our study and learn a bit about John Williams.  We read some biographical information about Williams and had a great time listening to lots of his Star Wars movie music.  We'll finish up all three composers next week.

In History, Landon and Kennady reviewed the events of the Crusades and the Reformation.  We're now ready to end the year by doing brief studies of some of the notable European artists.

In other news... on Sunday afternoon, we went to the Frederick Keys game.  We had great (free!) seats, courtesy of their Keys for Reading program.

My choir practice was on Monday this week, so I was able to get to both of Kennady's softball games this week.  I found out after Kennady's game on Tuesday that maybe I should have chosen to go observe at Landon's CAP meeting after all.  Turns out he was promoted that night and he didn't let us know!  Fortunately my friend that drove the boys this week did get a picture, and it's not like this is the last promotion he'll get.  He is already making plans for the next one.  And back to Kennady's softball games - they won on Tuesday night, and finally took their first loss of the season on Friday.

Last night Spencer and Landon went to a friend's place and played Capture the Flag all evening and then had a campout.

Questions/thoughts I have... I am readying my shopping list for the curriculum fair a week from today!  And still reading and re-reading the list of workshops and special speakers, trying to decide which ones I might like to visit.

One of my favorite things this week... Kennady's excitement when she realized I had purchased an art curriculum for her to do next year.

A photo, video, link or quote to share...  We're planning on having a good look at the Supermoon tonight. has an article explaining it.

(credit: AP photo)

On the bookshelf...

  • The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens by Debra Bell
  • Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran
  • Ben & Me by Cameron Gunn
  • The Library Paradox by Catherine Shaw
Finished Garden of Madness by Tracey L. Higley, and finally got a couple of entries up on the book blog - The Betrayed and The Blessed, both by Lisa T. Bergren.

A parting shot... Kennady has already found a favorite picture in the Artistic Pursuits book, and I found that she'd taken this picture of it on my camera.

This post is linked to (the new home for The Homeschool Mother's Journal) iHomeschool Network - see who else is waiting for the supermoon!


Unknown said...

I'm glad you included the link about the "Super Moon" as I've been hearing/seeing it all day and didn't know what it was! LOL Wonder if we'll be able to see it tonight? We have a great telescope too!

Sounds like you're almost done! We're focusing on Math this coming week too...and hopefully have our last day on Friday. Summer here we come! LOL

RachelT said...

What a cute cup of coffee at the top of your blog! I noticed the Madame Toussad book listed on your "bookshelf". We just visited the Madame Toussad Wax Museum in Washington D.C. in April and it was my son's favorite part of the entire trip because he is fascinated with the Presidents and he LOVED "seeing" all of them at the museum! I'm stopping by from THMJ. Have a great week!

Kym said...

Do you know I've never been to a Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum? Living near Washington DC, and as many times as I've been to Niagara Falls too. After reading the book, I do want to go though! I'm sure I can turn it into a field trip soon!

Stefanie said...

I'm thinking of getting artistic pursuits for Mack next year. Our co-op art class for her is on Fridays next year and I don't do Fridays. lol

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