Sunday, May 20, 2012

Homeschool Mother's Journal: In Which School Continues to Wind Down

In our homeschool... We finished a couple more subjects this week! Spencer finished the last couple drawing for his Art class.  Landon finished his Math, and we promptly got him started with Algebra I, because he's helping me review an online math program that we are really excited about! Okay, I'm excited.  It might be a bit of a stretch to claim that Landon is, but I think he's all about doing math on the computer.  I can tell you right now one thing I like about web-based math programs - I don't have to decipher the answers and grade it.  Score!

Landon and Kennady did a little History - we made charts of some of the notable authors and poets from Europe and  noted the works they were best known for.  We did a biographical sketch of Leonardo da Vinci.  Kennady was pretty skeptical of his being an inventor as well as an artist, but the books we read and the DVD she watched convinced her.

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On Tuesday we all went to our homeschool group's Field Day.  We had to hold it inside this year because it rained all day Monday and the ground was soggy.  So it was a little different, but we had all the events and the kids had a good time with their friends.  Kennady managed to injure her big toe doing the long jump - her third event - so she didn't do well with any of the running after that.  She placed third in her age group in long jump though, and was the top girl in the group.  

This is Kennady and some friends doing the "wave" while the teens played soccer.  LOL
In other news... Monday and Tuesday were my choir's concert nights.  Both nights went very well, and the second night a group of friends from church attended and we all went out for coffee and dessert afterwards.  It's a twice-yearly tradition now, we go out after one of the Christmas concerts and one of the spring season concerts.

Kennady received the game ball that she 'won' last week, and managed to play two softball games this week despite the injured toe.

I actually got outside and helped DH with the landscaping on Saturday.  (I do not like gardening.  Don't judge.) We tore out a bunch of ground cover that we didn't want and set up a bird bath so we can see it from the window where my computer is.  We have a hummingbird feeder there too.  There's a lot of work we want to do to fix up the front of the house as far as landscaping, but it felt good to have some results of the work that we could see right away.  Felt like we'd accomplished something.  This is what it looks like at this point - through the screen...

This evening (Sunday) we had a group of teens from church over for a bonfire.  Hot dogs roasted over the fire, and s'mores.  Fun way to finish the season for our Sunday night youth group.

Questions/thoughts I have... I had such a great time reading all the entries in the 5 Days of... Blog Hop!  I guess I shouldn't say I read them all, because I did miss some along the way, and really only skimmed some of the ones that weren't totally relevant to me, but I think I've read most of them at this point.  Learned some neat stuff about my fellow bloggers, got some great ideas and encouragement, and just had fun.  I really enjoyed writing my entries too - 5 Days of... Living History

One of my favorite things this week... playing for worship today.  I play and sing on the worship team almost every week, and it is always a joy, but we had someone new on the team for this week, and it was just a little more of a blessing.

A photo/video/quote or link to share...  My oldest son posted this on Facebook this week and it made me laugh:

"Here's a fun drinking game, every time my mom posts something about coffee, drink some coffee"

On the bookshelf...

  • The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens by Debra Bell
  • Ben & Me by Cameron Gunn
  • The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
  • Petra by Tracey L. Higley
A parting shot...

This post is linked to (the new home for The Homeschool Mother's Journal) iHomeschool Network - see how close it is to year end for other homeschoolers!


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