Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Virtual Refrigerator - Hawaiian Frog

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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.

Here's another project Kennady created using ArtAchieve Level III - the review is coming soon!

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Hawaiian Frog by KAT, April 2017
I don't think my photo shows it off to advantage - doesn't it look a little scribbly? I mean, it is sort of a scribbly background, but the original is sitting right here beside me and the colors are more vibrant and it looks more "intentional" if that makes sense. Anyway, this was a fun, colorful piece for a dreary spring day!

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

What's New At SchoolhouseTeachers.com

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SchoolhouseTeachers.com offers so much, it's hard to believe it could get better, but it just did! The already massive content basically just doubled, because SchoolhouseTeachers.com made a deal with World Book Online which means that members now have access to a full encyclopedia program complete with videos, the ability to create custom timelines, tons of maps, and so much more.


And that is in addition to the 300+ courses for students of all ages and all the record-keeping tools and everything else that's still there. 

To celebrate, SchoolhouseTeachers.com is even offering a special price on membership. From now until May 31, 2017, grab a one-year membership for your entire family for just $99 - half the regular price - by using the coupon code SPRINGSAVINGS. 


Here's a quick sampling of some of the courses that have caught my eye, just to give an idea of what is available:

My regular readers might have noticed that I've made use of Everyday Easels and Introduction to Architecture frequently. Everyday Easels offers short daily lessons that are inspired by a work of art, and there are all kinds of ways these lessons can be incorporated. Introduction to Architecture is a high school level elective course.



Next year Kennady will be taking French at a co-op, but she could also use the full French course here. We may use it as a supplement.


She expressed an interest in learning more about Archaeology recently, and might want to do that as an elective course. If that's something she does want to pursue, here's a Classical Archaeology course she could do!


I think it's important for high school students to learn about Civics and Government, and I found this high school elective on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

She's already got lots of Music credits, but I'm wondering about a good Music Theory course. Yes, they have that too. And also History of Western Music.


Or how about some Graphic Design or Image Editing electives?



That's just scratching the surface, and I'm really only looking at high school level stuff! 

For a look at all the courses by subject, head to the Quick Links page.

And now there's all the World Book Online resources too! We'll be using that for research starting now.


Coupon code SPRINGSAVINGS is good until May 31, 2017.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Homeschool Highlights - Blog Hop Week

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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.

Grab a cup of coffee and let's get started!


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See the quote on the mug I have the pens in? "Teenagers... now WHO thought THAT was a good idea?" Parents of teens sometimes feel that way, but of course teens are a lot of fun too!

Homeschool news  . . . As usual, our week was full of interruptions, and perhaps more than usual, but I think Kennady did well despite all that. She concentrated on Algebra and Art, did some History and some Reading, and more, but I failed in making time to get anything meaningful accomplished with Science and Writing, where we really need to do some catching up. The good news is that we have the High School Essay Intensive we're reviewing to help us out with writing, and just yesterday Nature's Beautiful Order from Memoria Press arrived, also for a review, and we're going to use that as a supplement to Biology. 

Other news . . . we had some errands to run last Saturday, and during the day my stiff, sore shoulder caused me so much pain that I made the hubster take me to the urgent care. Initially it was thought to be 'frozen shoulder' but a follow-up visit to an orthopedist and an x-ray revealed the good news (??) that it's tendinitis in the rotator cuff. I guess it is good news because the healing time should be a lot shorter, and it's very unlikely to require any surgery. In fact, with the anti-inflammatory meds I'm taking, and resting it by using a sling, it's already improved quite a bit.

On Easter Sunday, we provided the music for the early worship service at church (yes, even though I was wearing a sling I still played keyboard!) then had breakfast at church, and Kennady and Landon were involved in the music and drama during the later service. The rest of the day was mainly spent relaxing, and a good thing too, because how my shoulder hurt!!

Thanks to the shoulder, I had some help running errands and getting things done around the house this week. The piano was tuned on Monday, and on Wednesday, Spencer and Kennady came along to town to do a bit of shopping and we stopped off at the Westminster Peep Show too. (Nothing racy - it's an art show featuring the marshmallow Easter treat, and a fundraiser for the local arts council!)

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Edgar Allen Peep

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The Great Wave (of Peeps)

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And of course, our own Furnace Hills Coffee Company!

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I think I might be the yellow Peep with the green apron. Not entirely sure.
What I'm Learning . . .  I have learned, and am learning, a lot from my fellow Crew blogger that participated in the annual Homeschool Review Crew 5 Days of Homeschool Blog Hop this week. There were articles on many different homeschool-related topic of their choice, so you're sure to learn something too, no matter where you are on your own homeschool adventure.

Find the home page for the Blog Hop at the Homeschool Review Crew Blog where you'll find links to all the 5 Days of Homeschool bloggers.

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I recommend . . . if you want something practical to do with the plastic eggs you may have left over from Easter, here's a cute idea for younger kids that I found this week: How To Teach Addition With Plastic Easter Eggs at Homeschool Preschool.

On my blogs last week . . .
And on my book blog, Just A Second:
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 The Trees Will Clap by Bonnie Mae Evans (review to follow later), and I've been reading:

A parting shot . . . storm rolling in last night:

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I will be linking up my own posts at the following weekly link parties that you  may also be interested in: Weekly Wrap-Up hosted by Weird, Unsocialized HomeschoolersThe Homeschool Nook Link-up Party hosted by Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling and Busy Boys Brigade; and Homeschool Blog & Tell at The Homeschool Post.

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The Rewards of Homeschooling Teens - Socializing Well

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Today is the final day of the 5 Days of Homeschool Blog Hop, and I hope you've enjoyed this event as much as we've enjoyed sharing with you! I've been talking about the rewards of homeschooling teens all the way through high school. We all know there are challenges to the task, and that parenting teens can be a challenge all on its own. We can find lots of how-to information about choosing curriculum and coursework for high schoolers. I've written some of that kind of thing myself! But this week, I put the focus on some of the rewarding aspects that make this homeschooling high school gig worth the work. The payoffs and dividends along the way, not just in the long-term.

To end this series, I want to talk about something that is still sometimes brought up as a challenge for homeschoolers, even though I think it's been proven that it's not really a cause for concern. In fact, I think it's a benefit.
The Reward of Socializing Well.

Getting what folks call "socialization" and learning how to socialize well and appropriately are not always the same thing. From my viewpoint, homeschooled teens are learning to socialize well, and that's a benefit to them, to their families, and to everyone else as well.

Even in a large homeschooling family, the class size is still relatively small, and it includes siblings. As I've already mentioned, homeschooled kids generally have lots of family time, and it's viewed as a good thing. Their relationships with their parents are strong and positive, and they also have good relationships with their siblings. They've had to learn to get along. Sort of. Most of the time. They really get to know each other, they look after each other, they cooperate, and they can even have a good time together and be good friends.

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my kids playing arcade games together.

Homeschooled kids are "doing real life" with their families, and when the kids are younger, that often means they are carted along on any number of errands that necessitate interacting with others. By the time they are in their teens, homeschooled kids have had plenty of experience having conversations with people of all ages and of many different backgrounds. They don't have to spend the majority of their days grouped with only people who happen to share their birth year, so the generation gap is less likely to be a huge big deal to them. Homeschooled teens have learned to relate to older people and to little ones.

In our co-op style gym class this year, enrollment was down, so in order to make class sizes workable, the middle school and high school age kids were grouped together. At first, the high schoolers were dismayed - after all, they're human. They worried that they wouldn't be able to compete hard or that they'd have to be soft on the "little kids". My guess is that at least some of the middle schoolers were concerned as well - would the "big kids" run right over them or be nice to them? Turned out there was no need to worry! They all got along well, and it wasn't just to be polite in class either. Many of the new friend circles that have formed are a mix of high school and middle school kids.

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I've observed a similar thing at many homeschool events in our local group. The older teens will not only be okay with allowing younger kids into their basketball game; they will often figure out a way to play that is fair and fun for all of them, even their littlest siblings. And that happens without parents needing to tell them to do it.

Homeschooled teens even seem to be okay with being friends with their friends' parents. I think it's great when I can have an intelligent conversation with my kids' friends, and when we can joke around with each other too. We want to get to know their friends, and we want those friends to be comfortable with us and our family too.

I feel like I've just scratched the surface in describing the rewards of homeschooling teens. Yes, there are hard days, and there are challenges, but the rewards are so worth it! What are your favorite rewards of homeschooling? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Rewards of Homeschooling Teens - Time

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Welcome back to the 5 Days of Homeschool Blog Hop! My fellow Crew members and I are sharing all kinds of ideas, encouragement and advice about many different aspects of homeschooling, and we hope you're enjoying this event as much as we are. I'm talking about the rewards of homeschooling teens all the way through high school. We all know there are challenges to the task, and that parenting teens can be a challenge all on its own. We can find lots of how-to information about choosing curriculum and coursework for high schoolers. I've written some of that kind of thing myself! But this week, I'm putting the focus on some of the rewarding aspects that make this homeschooling high school gig worth the work. The payoffs and dividends along the way, not just in the long-term.

Now here's something that's a payoff for both parent and teen:
The Reward of Time.

Do we really have more time to work with? Of course not, but we have more control and more flexibility with our time, and what a benefit that can be!

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Homeschooled teens have time to study their interests, and to be able to use it for high school credit. We're very flexible in tailoring education to what our students want to pursue after graduation, and in designing courses of study that make the most of their strengths. We also know where our students are struggling, and can figure out how to work through those areas in the best way possible. Teens that decide on a career path early can often get a great head start, because their time is flexible enough to allow them to start working or studying in that field. Teens that don't know for sure what they want to do as adults have time to at least try on some career possibilities and see what fits.

Parents may be out of their depth when it comes to all that goes with college applications (I know I've often wished for more guidance in the whole getting into college thing), but we do have the time - and the invested personal interest - to help our teens figure out their best choices among all the college and career paths open to them.

Homeschooled teens have a flexible schedule that sometimes gives them the advantage in part-time jobs. My boys were able to work part-time while in high school, spending one or two full weekdays each week at their job. I know a lot of homeschooled teens with part-time jobs that can work hours during the daytime.

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Theoretically, a typical school day for a homeschooled teen doesn't need to take up as many hours as a public school day would. I say theoretically, because in my homeschool, we're not very good at time management, so we haven't benefited from this as much as we could have. Still, my kids rarely have to do homework. (Well, I guess it's ALL homework, right?!) We have our lesson plans to get through and even with our time management issues, we can get through the work pretty efficiently. We don't lose time over things like attendance, moving from one end of the building to another, or waiting for everyone else in the class to settle down. We do not need to be interrupted by the clock telling us it's time to close our history book and scoot off to our algebra class. When we're finished a science assignment, we can move on to our English assignment without waiting for class time to end. Homeschooling means working at our own pace and setting our own timetable.

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Homeschooled teens have time to sleep. Teens need as much sleep as toddlers - did you know that? They do. There's a reason teens have a reputation for sleeping in, and it's because they need more sleep than they typically get, because of course they also like to stay up late. Homeschooling allows my kids to start their school day a little later because they don't have to catch a bus at the crack of dawn. That allows our whole family to have a little more flexibility in the evenings, because we don't necessarily have to make sure a kid is home in bed early so they don't miss the bus or fall asleep in class the next day. Also, falling asleep in class isn't actually that big a deal! (Unless they are in a co-op class or something!) If they are extra tired or not feeling well, they are allowed to adjust their day so they can have a nap.

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We can go on vacations or just do stuff during the day when it works for our family. No worrying about whether the students will be missing midterms or whether we'll be reprimanded by a school official for an "unexcused absence". Since Kennady has been in the Children's Chorus, we definitely plan around those rehearsals because it's important that she attends, but we still have taken some vacations during the school year. And we can do spontaneous day trips without yanking her out of classes, so we do that.

Naturally, all that freedom we can exercise with our time means we spend more time together as a family, so this particular reward leads to the other rewards too!

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