Saturday, August 15, 2015

Homeschool Weekly - Blog Hop Edition

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In our homeschool...  I took it pretty easy on Kennady this week - the last week before we 'officially' go back to school - and Landon wasn't even home. Kennady has continued reading the Mark Twain book Puddin'head Wilson as part of the Illuminating Literature curriculum from Writing with Sharon Watson that we'll be reviewing in a couple weeks. I was surprised that she didn't finish the book sooner, but I guess she was just taking her time and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere this week. She did work pretty hard on this week's art project for our Artist Studies August post on the Virtual Refrigerator, and I thought her paintings turned out beautifully!

artwork by KAT on Homeschool Weekly - Blog Hop Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @
Birch Grove with Blossoms by KAT, 2015

artwork by KAT on Homeschool Weekly - Blog Hop Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @
Birch Grove in Autumn by KAT, 2015

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Birch Grove in Winter by KAT, 2015

 Without Landon home, and with Kennady taking a break, we didn't do much with Stinky Kids Math this week, but we're looking forward to exploring that resource more starting Monday, so we can bring you a full review in a few weeks. Something else we'll start on Monday is a book and study about C.S.Lewis from YWAM Publishing. That's also for an upcoming review for the Schoolhouse Review Crew. 

 I did a lot more in the way of schoolwork than Kennady this week, because I am putting finishing touches on lesson plans - or at least the first month or two of plans - so we'll have assignment lists and schedules and such ready to go on Monday morning. I'm primarily using Homeschool Tracker Online - and I'll be sharing a full review of this great lesson planning tool next week!

In other news... on Sunday, the hubster and I got to enjoy an evening out together. We headed to Frederick where there was a free concert in the park - an Irish rock band! The weather was great for an outdoor concert and we had a good time, and went to one of our favorite date spots afterwards too - the Wegman's grocery store! It's funny how many of our dates include either Wegman's or Lowe's.

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beautiful evening at the park!
On Wednesday morning I attended our homeschool group's reviewers brunch, and managed to get some shopping done afterwards. Other than that, it was a quiet week at home with Spencer working most days, and Landon away at camp. Kennady and I had the place to ourselves! And she went to a birthday party overnighter on Thursday and Friday, so I really felt alone. Today Spencer is working as well, and the hubster is playing in a weekend hockey tournament, so it's another quiet day.

Things that made me smile... we all went out on Wednesday night and watched the meteor shower for a bit. I'm so glad we live in an area far enough from town that we have excellent conditions for stargazing and enjoying the beauty of the night skies.

34 Weeks of Clean...
I had been participating in a weekly challenge and link-up at Family, Faith, and Fridays and we were to be working on the garage this past week. Well, our garage needs much more than a week's worth of work, but we have been tackling that over the past few weeks and have made some progress. Our garage has a second story, unfinished, that has been a storage area for all kinds of stuff over the years that we've lived here. It started out with some semblance of order, but sure didn't stay that way! We've been working on getting that second floor sorted out and getting rid of as much of that stuff as we don't really need. Which is a lot of it. It's definitely improved.
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Well, THIS half of the upstairs in the garage is clean!
We had also set aside part of the main floor in the garage to put items that we plan to get rid of in an upcoming yard sale at church. Having it all together will make it easier to load it all up and know just how much space we'll need.

 For Week 33, the assignment is The Cars! Yay! This one will be easy for us! And there's only one week left in the Challenge, so even though I didn't keep up every week, I still feel pretty good about how much we got done! For the details of this week's assignment, go to Family, Faith, and Fridays.

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On the bookshelf...

The Fatal Tree (Bright Empires) by Stephen R Lawhead
Summer of Promise by Amanda Cabot
The Potter's Lady by Judith Miller
Murther and Walking Spirits by Robertson Davies

This week I finished Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Lady Maybe by Julie Klassen, Swept Away by Vanessa Riley and reviewed them all on my book blog, Just A Second.

A parting shot... What happens when I leave a tub of disinfecting wipes unattended and Kennady has a sharpie at hand...
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Weekly Wrap-Up

This post is linked at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers, and at Home to 4 KiddosI'm also sharing on the Homeschool Mother's Journal co-hosted by NextGen Homeschool and Vibrant Homeschooling.

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Michele said...

First of all-LOVE her paintings! Very well done! Secondly, I need a garage attic liek that! ;) WE still have a ways to go in our gagrage, a project for when hubby returns, but like you- every bit helps! Thanks as always for linkinh up! You did a great job!

Kym said...

Okay, keep in mind that the picture only shows the CLEAN part of the garage! LOL

I will pass on the compliment on the paintings. :-)

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