Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Relaxed Summer Learning on The Homeschool Post

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In our homeschool, even though we loosely follow the traditional school calendar, we do not take the full summer off. This fall I will start my twentieth year of homeschooling and somehow I still haven't got the knack of planning and following through so that we are completely finished every subject by the time I do final grades in the first week of June. There are always a couple of subjects that we're "close enough" but we still need to finish up over the following few weeks.  I've also found that it's helpful to have some structure and keep certain subjects fresh over the summer. And since we prefer having extra time off in the fall and around Christmas, we start our new school year sometime in August in an attempt to get a head start.

There are a few ways we've adapted our school year so that we can still be doing some learning during our relaxed summer break. Most years we spend some time wrapping up the year. We review and remember, especially in subjects like math, and encourage lots of reading. Doing a bit of schoolwork during summer breaks helps us keep a little structure to our days, so we're not too lazy! Summer break is a great opportunity to fit in some field trips, near home or while on vacation. If we can get a head start on the new school year in August, that makes it a bit easier to stay on track when we take time off in the fall and around Christmas.

Join me over at The Homeschool Post for the rest of this post about relaxed summer learning during summer break. And as always, you'll find lots of helpful articles there about all kinds of homeschool topics.

How are you making the most of summer learning opportunities? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Virtual Refrigerator - Never Grow Up

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Welcome to the Virtual Refrigerator art link-up! Thank you for joining me and my co-hosts as we all share what we're creating in our homeschools. We all cordially invite you to add your link sharing artwork that's on your Virtual Refrigerator and then hop over to the other blogs and admire what's on their Fridges too! The Virtual Fridge link-up is open all month, and we plan our anchor posts for each Wednesday.

One of Kennady's good friends had a birthday recently, and this is what Kennady did for a gift. She painted this little canvas, inspired by the pixie dust of Tinkerbell and the magic that keeps Peter Pan forever young.

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never grow up by KAT, June 2017 - in progress

 Here's the finished piece:

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never grow up by KAT, June 2017

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Rushing Into History (A Homeschool Coffee Break Review)

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I've been listening to radio host Rush Limbaugh for many years and find his political commentary both educational and entertaining. When I first heard about his Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series, I was intrigued even though my kids and I were all outside of the targeted age group! When the opportunity came to review the series, I jumped on it. So without further ado, let me introduce you to the Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh!

Adventures of Rush Revere
Along with his wife Kathryn Adams Limbaugh, Rush has written five book series bringing his passion for American history to young readers. In the Adventures of Rush Revere Book SeriesRush Revere starts out as a substitute history teacher, but quickly wins over his young students with his unique approach to teaching American history.  Together with his talking, time-traveling horse named Liberty, he brings American history to life for their students as he takes them back in time to meet the pilgrims, the brave American patriots of the Revolution, the early American presidents, Francis Scott Key, and many more extraordinary Americans. When Liberty says the magic words "Rush, rush, rushing to history!" and Rush Revere declares the date and place, the adventures in history begin!

We received all five books in the series, all tied up in a blue ribbon like a patriotic Christmas gift. (And the series would make a fantastic Christmas gift for a young reader, if you're thinking that far ahead!)

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Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims - Rush Revere comes to teach history as a substitute teacher at Manchester Middle School and raises some eyebrows when he brings his horse Liberty to the classroom. Liberty is special though - he is able to travel back in time!  Two of the students, Tommy and Freedom, get to come along on this time-travel adventure and spend some time on the Mayflower. They meet some of the pilgrims, including William Bradford, Myles Standish, and Squanto; and learn first-hand about the hardships faced during the first winter spent in the New World. meet They learn why these brave folks were willing to risk so much to settle in a new place, all for the sake of faith and freedom, and how their sacrifice and courage laid a foundation for the future United States of America.

Rush Revere and the First Patriots - Liberty and Rush Revere return to the classroom and this time their destination in history is just before the American Revolution, where they have the chance to meet exceptional Americans like Ben Franklin and Patrick Henry. Tommy and Freedom are joined by a new student, Cam, and are encouraged to stand up for freedom and justice in their own time. The students learn why these American patriots stood up to King George III of Great Britain and were willing to fight for freedom. 

Rush Revere and the American Revolution - It's summer break, but Rush Revere decides to invite Cam, Tommy, and Freedom on some more time travel adventures in a summer class. Cam is having a hard time coping after his military dad is deployed, and is the victim of some bullying. Rush and Liberty take him and the others to meet some more exceptional Americans like John Hancock and George Washington, and they learn first-hand about how the underdog patriots were willing to fight so hard for their freedom against such long odds. The students are right there during the brave midnight ride of Paul Revere, the First and Second Continental Congress, and the Battle of Bunker Hill. I loved the focus on helping an army kid realize why his dad serves and sacrifices for his family and his country.
Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner - This book opens with Rush Revere and Liberty helping Dolley Madison save the portrait of George Washington as the British advance on Washington D.C. during the War of 1812!  Then Rush and Liberty take their students on a field trip to Washington, D.C., and into history where they learn about the flag and other American symbols. A trip to the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence leads to time-travel trips to Philadelphia learn first-hand about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the formation of the American system of government. Then a discussion about the national anthem as the class group attends a baseball game leads to a time-travel trip back to Fort McHenry and the War of 1812, as Francis Scott Key writes The Star-Spangled Banner. This one is special to me, because I like just a couple of miles from Terra Rubra.

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I know exactly where this sign is! Very close to my house, in fact.

Rush Revere and the Presidency - Cam decides to run for student body president at Manchester Middle, so it only makes sense that Rush Revere and Liberty takes him and other students in their history club to meet Presidents Washington, Adams, and Jefferson, and their first ladies. Together they learn about the keys to success and good leadership, and they find out that the presidency is really about serving others. This book is a unique look at American elections, leadership, and the early presidents. 

Each of these hardback books is printed on glossy paper that looks like parchment, and contains photos and illustrations - there are photos of the historical sites mentioned, reproductions of paintings of the historical figures and events, reproductions of historical documents, and some whimsical drawings of the fictional characters in the books on their time travel adventures.

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And the fun doesn't stop with these entertaining books either! The Adventures of Rush Revere website is full of more ways to engage kids with history. There are educational resources geared to classrooms and to homeschools, a book club, an activity depot, Rush Revere's Library (for further information on the topics in the books), Revere Riders Gallery (with lots more resources), and more. 

Adventures of Rush Revere


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What we liked best:
  • These stories are really entertaining! Yes, they are intended for children, but this mom enjoyed every minute and turned pages eagerly. The point is to capture children's interest and engage them in history, and these books certainly do that.
  • The history is accurate. The fictional characters (Rush Revere, Liberty, and the students) get to witness the historical events, and take part in them, but the description of events as they unfold is true to history. The interactions with historical figures depict the personalities of those figures as well as possible in a children's work of fiction.
  • I loved all the reproductions of documents and artwork included in the book, and the photos of the sites where the events took place. 
What I need to mention:
  • You may have trouble putting the book down!
Our bottom line: I can't recommend these books highly enough! The Adventures of Rush Revere truly are an exciting and entertaining way to learn American history for kids - and adults too! 

Adventures of Rush Revere

Would you like to rush into history with Rush Revere and Liberty? Here's what you need to know:
Visit the website:  http://www.RushRevere.com/
Follow the links on the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series page to order from your favorite bookseller.

Age Recommendations: These books are written primarily for ages 8-12 but are suitable for all ages.

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Visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog for more information and to read other reviews.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Vincent Van Gogh - Blogging Through the Alphabet

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Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most well-known and recognizable artists of the Post-Impressionist period. His paintings are among my favorites, and I know they are favorites with others as well. For the letter V in this series, I decided to find out a little more about this famous artist.

Van Gogh was the son of a minister, and tried his hand at being a clergyman and an art dealer before deciding at age twenty-seven to pursue a career as an artist. He was largely self-taught, learning by carefully copying prints, and studying drawing manuals and lesson books. Later he received some formal instruction from his artist cousin, Anton Mauve. He concentrated on learning black and white before color, and mastering perspective in drawing figures and landscapes. His first earnings as an artist came when his art dealer uncle commissioned two sets of drawings of Hague landscapes. Van Gogh painted everyday sites like the railroad station and gardens for this commission, and concentrated on rural scenes and peasants during this period.

In 1885, he left Netherlands to study at the Antwerp Academy in Belgium; and then went to France to live with his brother Theo who was an art dealer. While in Paris, he saw the work of the Impressionists and Neo-Impressionists. As a result, he experimented with a lighter palette and the broken brush stroke style of these art movements. He painted more the twenty self-portraits in Paris, exploring bolder styles and color contrasts.

Vincent van Gogh - Self-Portrait - Google Art Project (454045)
Self-portrait, 1887

He moved to the south of France in 1888, and unfortunately suffered a breakdown there. It was in Arles that he famously cut off part of his ear with a razor. Fearing another breakdown, he voluntarily entered an asylum in 1889. While there he painted more than 150 canvases, with images ranging from the corridors to the gardens and grounds. After leaving the asylum, he averaged a painting a day for a period of about two months; but then on July 27, 1890, he shot himself in a wheatfield and died two days later.

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Vincent van Gogh - Starry Night - Google Art Project
Starry Night on the Rhone, 1888

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Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers, 1888

Vincent van Gogh - Sunflowers - VGM F458
Sunflowers, 1889

Over the course of his ten-year career, he produced almost 900 paintings and over 1100 drawings. Although he ranked himself as an artist of "very secondary" importance, his work was definitely attracting critical attention by the time of his death. His paintings were featured in Paris and Brussels in 1890 and many artists regarded them as "the most remarkable" in the show.

Probably the best known Van Gogh painting is this one, The Starry Night. I admit, it's my favorite!

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The Starry Night, 1889

It's inspired many other artworks and is a favorite for students. Guess what Kennady will be working on this week? That's right, a painting with a Starry Night background, using a lesson from Creating A Masterpiece. When we reviewed this amazing online art program a few months ago, Kennady and I both took notice of the Art In History lessons, in particular the lesson called Post-Impressionism Period: The Eagle in Van Gogh Style. It took awhile, but we are finally getting to that now, and I hope it's ready to share on my Virtual Refrigerator soon!

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By the way, our full review is here: Creating A Masterpiece - A Homeschool Coffee Break Review

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This post is linked at Blogging Through the Alphabet hosted by A Net In Time and Hopkins Homeschool. Join in to see what others are sharing related to this week's letter!

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Homeschool Highlights - Another Week on the Go

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Welcome to Homeschool Highlights! 
This weekly link-up is your opportunity to share some highlights of what is happening in your homeschool and in your world each week. If you write a wrap-up post at the end of each week, like I've been doing, we'd love to see what you're busy with from week to week. If you'd like to pick a favorite post from your week that spotlights a resource or activity in your homeschool that you'd like to tell others about, we're interested in those too. I'm keeping the guidelines as simple as I can, and they will appear at the bottom of each post, along with the link tool. I look forward to getting to know you, and I hope this will be a source of encouragement and good ideas for all of us.

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This has been my week - travel mugs and teenagers!

Homeschool news  . . . Nothing new, really. Since this was Week 2 of Drivers Ed and we were almost as busy as last week, I basically made it a week off school, although we did get to a few things here and there. We have a couple of reviews coming up - one that Kennady is supposed to be actively working on - so we tried to find a little time to keep up with those.

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Ukrainian Firebird by KAT, June 2017

Other news . . . On Saturday, the hubster and I were able to get back to our Super Saturday plan, where we try to explore or do something interesting in our area. This time we went to Washington, D.C. and spent the day at the National Building Museum for Frank Lloyd Wright Day and then went out for barbecue at an eatery a couple blocks away. You can see lots of pictures and find out more about the museum in my post A National Building Museum PhotoJournal.

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plaster mustache fun at the National Building Museum

The rest of the week has been busy, rather like last week, just at a slightly slower pace! 

On my blogs last week . . .

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And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Recent Reads - Empty Nest: What's Next?
Wordless Wednesday - National Building Museum
Recent Reads - The Trees Will Clap
Scripture and a Snapshot - Great Commission


Just A Second is where I share book reviews and other book-related things, and update on what's on my bookshelf. This week I finished these two books, but have yet to write the reviews:

Wings of the Wind (Out From Egypt) by Connilyn Cossette
Rush Revere and the First Patriots by Rush Limbaugh (the whole series)

I started reading:

The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer
A parting shot . . . Opening our hillbilly pool for the season:

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and Veronica's first time in their pool this season. Isn't she the sweetest thing?

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