Monday, May 23, 2016

Another week

another week

And that about sums it up, right?!

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Grandson #1 (and more!)

1*
Best Event of the week. 
KB and Mr. V welcomed little Samwise to the family! 

*2*
Lots going on in the blogsphere
Check out more articles on Classical Ed at Trivium Tuesdays

*3*
The Garden. It's straw bale this year because Flower got obsessed passionate about a book. Then, Dr.Dh stepped in and crafted a watering system. We're calling it our Mission to Mars look. It's pretty amazing. Stay tuned for a step-by-step post about the straw bale thing. 

*4*
Beside the garden, Flower is obsessed passionate about sculpting. Here is part of her "heart" collection. Some are "gardens"- some are themes- like the water lilies at 12 o'clock and the dolphin at 6 o'clock. The picture does not capture just how lovely and detailed they are! 

*5*
The kids got their scripts for Shakespeare Camp, happening in July this year. Commence memorizing! This year it's Much Ado About Nothing. 

Between now and then we have 2 practicums, 2 more conventions and the beach. A different one this year, but for those of us landlocked deep in the heart of the Territories, practically any beach will do. We heard about Airbnb from friends of ours who are hosts and as a result we are renting a house for way cheaper than hotel rooms. Haven't heard of it? Use my link HERE and we BOTH get travel credits! Win/Win!

*6*
Feeche is "home" for the summer and working, taking classes, writing, spending time with a certain girlfriend and generally here to eat and sleep.Cub is busy with piano (Math is Motion -a recently released Classical Conversations music theory curriculum- really spoke to him!), karate, reading everything he can get his hands on, Geometry and spending hours and hours and hours outdoors. We super love summer!!
Oh, and have I mentioned Studio C? Good, clean fun!!

*7*
Cause, ya' know... 
KB says, "He has your lips." One of my best features! Can't wait to snuggle this little guy! 


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Friday, May 20, 2016

Putting Last Year's Homeschool to Bed

School is ovah! We had a great year, learned a ton, made great friends, have amazing memories, read the best books and wrote some amazing papers! Commence summer schedule, baby!

But before you move on to next year do a WRAP-UP from last year.

1) Evaluate how the year went.
  • How did the Curriculum work for you? Did you love it, like it, tolerate it, hate it? 
  • How did it work for the kids? Did it actually get used regularly enough to be beneficial?
  • Were the extra-curriculars you were involved in too time-consuming, too rigorous, too expensive or a waste of time? Did they add or detract from your overall plan?
  • Did social events provide healthy social interaction?
  • Co-ops, on-line classes and  other outsourced programs- how did they work? Did they deliver what you expected? Were they worth the time, money, planning and effort it took to participate?
  • What programs, events, activities, sports are you going to continue and which are you going to change or get rid of?

2) Sort and Organize
Sort through papers, notebooks, curriculums, books, DVD's, etc and purge. Books and curriculum you are done with- donate, sell or compost (yes, you read that right, CrunchyMomma here).
The stuff you are keeping? Clean it up and put it back on the bookshelves. The memories you want to keep? Make a scrapbook, a yearbook (Peekaboo) or blog about it.
Go through clothes, shoes and winter gear while you are at it. The kids grew at the speed of sound this year!

3) Teacher Training

Plan on a Homeschool Conference, Convention or Parent Practicum. Teacher Training Y'all. Determine an area you want to build your own copiousness in this year and make a plan for actually doing it.For me, it will continue to be Latina and Logic (Memoria Press and Jim Nance to the rescue!).Read some great books, start a book or Schole club. Don't forget to add in some fun and a break from your regularly scheduled programming so that you are refreshed and ready for what's next!

4) Look Ahead 
Make a list of curriculum and supplies you need to check out and purchase.
Overplan your coming year and then Go with the flow.

We've come to appreaciate the value of having beginning and end dates to our school year. Year-round schooling left us all feeling like we were on a never ending hamster wheel, never getting that that deeply satisfying feeling of accomplishment. These days we set a yearly academic schedule of 30 weeks, plan in breaks (Christmas/ stay or vacation, and summer school. We get more done, feel better about what we have done and look forward to what's ahead.

 
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Cutie Pie!

The days are long, the years are short. 

I look at my husband and ask, "Are we this old?" and he says, confidently, "Yes.' 
Thankful to God for this new season of welcoming the next generation! 

 
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Baby V!


So, this little guy showed up last night. 
Baby, Momma (and Daddy) are all doing well! 

 
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Monday, May 16, 2016

Interview with a Homeschool Mom

Interview with a Homeschool Mom
Check out my blogger buddy, Jenny Morris' series, Interview with a Homeschool Mom


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Saturday, May 14, 2016

2015-16 School Year in Review

We finished 30 weeks of Challenge a few weeks ago. Last week we sorted our Challenge books and notebooks and got on some sort of summer mode.

What did I like about the 30 week program? It was intense and unrelenting. But, with that the kids had to buckle down, push hard, get extremely focused; manage well and get the stuff done; and they did.
The Projects were phenomenal. The Community was a blast. The program was not much different than much of what we've done in the past, but the discussions and tools that the kids learned by having a Lead Learner and directed classical community were terrific.
We worked super hard for 30 weeks, were done at the end of April and have about 16 weeks before we hit it again. This fall my fellow Challenge Directors and I are starting earlier in the year and taking more intentional breaks throughout, still ending the last week of April.

What all did we get done this year?
Cub- 10th Grade
Finished Alg I, began Geometry
Finished 1/3 of Henle 1and really developed a love of Latin.
Physical Science with Lab; wrote and presented a 15 page research paper on "Mars."
Read 20 books for school and at least that many for fun- wrote 8 persuasive essays.
Participated in 2 Policy Debates: Immigration Reform and Military Draft
Performed 2 memorized IE's: Song from Tolkien (which he sang) and Patrick Henry's Speech
Government and Econ- completed texts, workbooks, tests and completed Cost of Living Project and Stock Market Analysis Project
Studied Taming of the Shrew and God's Plan for Marriage (Ravi Zacharia)
Math in Motion (music theory)
Listened to Old Western Culture The Greeks and 1/2 of The Romans
TeenPact Alumni State Class and Survival
Ballroom Dancing 1-2 times a month
Tantara Festival of One Act Plays
Shakespeare Camp
Spring Dinner Dance
Spring Protocol Event- dinner out and the symphony
Karate/ self defense
Youth Group

Flower 7th Grade
Finished Saxon 8/7
Finished 1/3 of Henle 1
Wrote and illustrated 16 papers on natural science topics and then learned to draw and label 9 body systems
Read 10 books for school and 5 more for fun -wrote 9 Persuasive Essays
Read It Couldn't Just Happen and the Fallacy Detective- wrote a 6 page Apologetics Paper on Comparative Religions
Learned to draw 600 points on the world map from memory, including countries, capitals, features.
Listened to Old Western Culture The Greeks and 1/2 of The Romans
TeenPact State Class
Ballroom Dancing twice a month
Tantara Festival of One Act Plays
Shakespeare Camp
Karate/ Self defense
Violin
What's up for summer? Cub will finish reading The History of the Renaissance World and the History of Science and finish Geometry, piano lessons and karate.
Flower has taken on the garden, has lots of reading and swimming and art projects planned, violin and karate. Have I mentioned Minecraft yet? All the kids still love it and play it
Plus vacation (got to love Airbnb! Grandson #1, due in a few short weeks (or sooner), Shakespeare Camp, a few more conferences, CCPracticum and Latin Camp, Teen Nights...the summer will fly by for sure.

Linking up with Trivium Tuesdays at Living and Learning at Home and Classically Homeschooling!


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