Saturday, April 23, 2016

Homeschool Weekly - Next Steps Editon

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In our homeschool . . . this week's focus seemed to be on Science for both kids, and that's where they got the most work completed. Landon's been good at working on a little bit of everything lately, and although getting through the entire History text by the end of the year is still a tall order, he's in pretty good shape with everything else! Kennady has been trying to get some of her reading polished off, and hopefully with another book finished, she will be able to focus more on Math and Geography, which are the two subjects that most need her attention these days. She is learning that she does better when she focuses on one subject for most of a day rather than an hour on this and an hour on that. The problem is that she can't ignore Math for days at a time while churning out all her Geography work or whatever. So we've started talking about how we can find a balance, and make her preference workable. Next steps for Kennady are simply sticking to the schedule and getting her work done.

Landon's portfolio was evaluated this week so now it's just a push to the finish line for him! It was good to get that out of the way early, and have a very clear picture of what he has left to complete before grad. In grad planning news, we have the announcements ready to start sending out, and we have a party date on the calendar. We've sent off a couple of the grad profile things for yearbooks and such, but there are one or two of those types of things to do. Next steps for grad (besides getting the schoolwork done!) are: sending out announcements/invitations; and ordering large sizes of the senior portraits for framing.

Today I spent some time at the MACHE curriculum fair, even though I really don't need to buy anything curriculum-wise. I picked up a couple little extras, and scoped a science course for Kennady for next year. I was lucky enough to run into two of my friends just as I was going in, so we were able to visit and shop together for awhile.

Next up for reviews:
Book and Unit Study - Heroes of History: Orville Wright from YWAM Publishers
ARTistic Pursuits book Sculpture Technique Model
Kwik Stix from The Pencil Grip, Inc.
Poetry Memorization resources from IEW
The Glass Castle, a book from Shiloh Run Press
The Progeny Press literature study of The Scarlet Pimpernel

In other news . . . On Sunday afternoon, I got to enjoy the beautiful spring concert by the Children's Chorus of Carroll County, featuring Kennady and several of her friends.

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Tuesday was especially busy, as we added a couple of extra stops to our already full day. When we went to gym class, we first made a stop to pick up the practice amp I purchased for Kennady for her guitar and my keyboard. Then we had "plenty of time" so we went into Walmart for a bit . . . and still arrived at gym class a few minutes late! Argh!! For some reason, attendance was low at gym this week. Anyway, then our evening run to town was earlier than usual as well, because we needed to meet with the friend that does Landon's portfolio review. With that done, I dropped Kennady off for a chorus rehearsal and I headed off to my choir rehearsal.

Thursday was my turn to visit the eye doctor. Good news is that my eyes are still in excellent health, and my prescription has changed very little! Bad news is that my prescription sunglasses are broken, so I have to buy new ones anyway. Next step there is to get that looked after this week, and Spencer reminded me that he would like to visit the eye doctor as well, so I'll make an appointment for him.

Last night we had a big group of people over for an old-time ice cream social. Well, I don't know how truly old-time it was, but "ice cream social" just sounds like it's old-timey, doesn't it? The folks that attend our adult study group on Sunday mornings and their families came and we enjoyed a big sundae bar and lots of good conversation.

And of course, during the week, we took the next steps in painting our entry hall and stairwell, and it included working partway up the steps! I'm not sure the pictures show the color very accurately, but it's a medium sage green. It's a vast improvement on the blah neutral walls we had before!

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I recommend . . . these resources and others from the Schoolhouse Storeand this is the last week I am offering these two e-book bundles to my readers for free. Visit my High School Lesson Book Link Party from this week to get the details and the coupon code!

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On the bookshelf . . .

The Coffee Trader: A Novel by David Liss
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
The Prophetess: Deborah's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land) by Jill Eileen Smith

I finished Counted With the Stars (Out From Egypt) by Connilyn Cossette and reviewed it on my book blog, Just A Second. You can find other reviews and more there as well.

A parting shot . . . 

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Joanne said...

I love the wall color! We're repainting a few rooms here too. Time for change.

Nina said...

That's good news that your sight is still good!
And the colour of the entry hall is so pretty - you have an eye for the interior design!

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