Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Language Arts - Covering the Subject on The Homeschool Post

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Effective communication skills are some of the most important things students will learn, and will help them be successful in life after high school. Reading well is essential to learning and taking in information; and writing well makes it easier to communicate with others. It's obvious that our children will have to learn to read and to write, but once we're beyond those basics, there's so much to cover that it may seem overwhelming. 

Is it really necessary to study reading, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, composition, and literature as separate subjects? In our experience, the answer has usually been "no" and being able to combine the different aspects of Language Arts has kept the entire subject more manageable.

Find out how we changed the focus and studied Language Arts disciplines in combinations to cover the subject for my students from elementary grades through to high school. It's all at The Homeschool Post, along with many other helpful articles about teaching Language Arts and homeschooling in general.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Today North America Celebrates . . .


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Today many schools are closed and some government offices are closed in order to recognize one of several holidays. In the United States it is President's Day, and in Canada it is some form of Family Day. Although we're choosing to have a regular school day today, we're still taking a brief look at the history and heritage of our two countries.

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In the United States, we usually refer to today's federal holiday as President's Day, and it's an occasion to honor all the past presidents, although the official name remains Washington's Birthday. In 1879, an Act of Congress designated the first federal holiday for government employees in honor of a President's birthday. In 1971, the holiday was adjusted so that it would celebrated on the third Monday of February. This was done to give people a predictable three-day weekend, but ironically, also means that the holiday meant to honor George Washington never actually falls on his birthdate, which is the 22nd!

This is a state holiday in most states, but with several different official names: Washington's Birthday, President's Day, Presidents' Day, and Washington's and Lincoln's Birthday.

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Following his great success leading the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War, George Washington agreed to serve as President of the Constitutional Convention in May of 1787. When it came time to choose the President of the newly formed nation, every elector cast one of his two votes for Washington, making him the first President of the United States in 1789. When he took the oath of office, which had been prescribed in the Constitution, he voluntarily added the words "so help me God". Every President since has followed suit. That was the first example of how his administration set the precedents for all to follow, in issues large and small. Another example is the title by which the President is known. Congress spent considerable time deciding how President should be addressed, but since Washington himself declared that he wanted only "Mr. President" that has been the title settled upon. Washington had hoped to retire after one term as President, but agreed to serve a second term and was chosen President in another unanimous vote in 1792. In 1796, Washington decided that two terms was enough and retired to his home in Mount Vernon.

You can read more about our first President, President's Day, and Mount Vernon in the following posts:


From the High School Lesson Book - President's Day - A little history lesson about our nation's first President, George Washington, just in time for Washington's Birthday. This is also a link-up for any posts about homeschooling through high school, hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com


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In many parts of Canada, today is a provincial statutory holiday. It's recognized as Family Day in Alberta, Ontario, and Saskatchewan; as Louis Riel Day in Manitoba; as Nova Scotia Heritage Day in Nova Scotia, and as Islander Day in Prince Edward Island. British Columbia has a Family Day as well, but it falls on the second Monday of February rather than the third; and in the Yukon Territory a Friday in February is designated as Yukon Heritage Day.

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Alberta was the first province to have a statutory holiday in February, with Family Day being established in 1990. The holiday was intended to emphasize the importance of family values.

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Saskatchewan declared its first Family Day in February 2007.

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In Ontario, Premier McGuinty promised in 2007 that if re-elected he would establish a provincial holiday in February. Family Day was first observed in Ontario in February 2008.

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British Columbia first had a proposed Family Day in 1994, but the bill failed to pass in the legislature. In 2013, newly elected Premier Christy Clark followed through on a campaign promise to establish Family Day, but it was set for the second Monday in February.

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Manitoba has designated their provincial holiday as Louis Riel Day, first celebrated in 2008. The name was suggested by Manitoba students, in honor of the Metis leader considered to be the Father of Manitoba. Louis Riel was a Canadian politician and political leader of the Metis people of the Canadian prairies. (The Metis are a group of peoples descended from First Nations people and European settlers, with a distinct culture) Riel wanted to preserve the rights of this people group and led two resistance movements against the Canadian government in 1869-1870 and in 1885. His historical reputation has been controversial, sometimes viewed as a dangerous rebel and religious fanatic and sometimes as a rebel hero of minority rights. He was tried and convicted of treason, and was executed in 1885. His legacy has been so often debated by historians that he is the most written-about person in Canadian history. Whatever his failings, he was definitely a catalyst figure in making Manitoba a province, and as an advocate for justice for the Metis, he is now viewed as a founder of Canadian minority rights and cultural cooperation. See more at the Louis Riel Day website

Louis Riel
Louis Riel (1844-1885)

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Prince Edward Island's observance, Islander Day, was introduced in 2009, and is celebrated with many outdoor activities such as skiing, skating, winter carnivals, and snowfests.


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Nova Scotia Heritage Day was first celebrated in 2015. Each year it honors a different person or group in the province's history. The honorees were chosen from suggestions by schoolchildren. This year, Nova Scotia Heritage Day focuses on the culture and accomplishments of the M'ikmaq people. You can find out more at the Nova Scotia Heritage Day website.

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I admit I feel just the tiniest bit guilty for making this a full school day, when so many have the day off! It's just a very tiny bit of guilt though, and not enough to change my mind, especially since we get to take so many other days off! And besides, we really do need to make use of the days when Kennady and I are both at home.

Are you taking a day off today in honor of history, heritage, or family? No matter what your plans are, I hope you're having a great day! Leave a comment and let me know if you're doing something special today or what you're studying!

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Homeschool Highlights - What I Loved About This 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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Homeschool news  . . . Everything seems to be coming along pretty nicely, except we always seem to have one subject we're behind on. It's not always the same subject, but there's always one. This week it's still Biology. I feel like once we get that going again, one of the other subjects will probably suffer! I guess as long as we rotate fairly, everything will even out in the end.

We're still hunting up supplies for a couple of the projects in Creating A Masterpiece that Kennady wanted to try, but she did spend some time making what she referred to as an "Okayish Fish". I think this clownfish is more than just okay, but I guess it made a cute caption for her Instagram story!


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Other news . . . last weekend the kids were at a winter retreat with their church youth group. They had a great time and we had a quiet house for a couple of days. With fewer people to feed it was a great chance to get take-out, and to go out for dinner, so we did both! On Saturday, after going out for our Valentine's dinner, the hubster and I also went to a meeting and dessert time for my work.

On Monday evening I got together with some homeschooling friends for our monthly Encouragement Group meeting. Which reminds me - I need to add a new mom that joined us to our Facebook group! I'd better go do that next!

It was sort of disappointing to find out that the new dishwasher I ordered won't be available until next week, but at least I can now schedule the delivery date to one that will hopefully suit us.


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And I'm officially taking a break from 34 Weeks of Clean for now. Just a break until some of the extra busy-ness of this month is past. Visit Michele at Family, Faith and Fridays if you want to know what the current cleaning project is! I'll catch up with you all later!

What I Loved About This Week . . .

-Creating a Masterpiece fun
-yummy food that I didn't have to cook
-a relaxed weekend at home, while knowing that Landon and Kennady were having a fantastic time on retreat
-finding a LulaRoe top with tulips on it
-getting great deals on new boots and shoes
-leading worship on Sunday
-Valentine's Day as an excuse to indulge in chocolate
-this stunning sunrise:

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-having enough vehicles for everyone to get where they needed to be (to be honest, I did NOT love the money it was costing though!)
-making plans to go to a hockey game with friends
-this beautiful view of the moon:

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On my blogs last week . . .


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 and reviewed A Christmas Valentine by Jamie Carie, reviewed one I finished last week - A Perilous Undertaking (A Veronica Speedwell Mystery) by Deanna Raybourn - and I've been reading:
A parting shot . . . heart-themed Jamberry wraps for Valentine's Day.

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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 HomeschoolersChristian Fellowship Weekend hosted by Biblical Womanhood; and Homeschool Blog & Tell at The Homeschool Post.



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Thursday, February 16, 2017

M.C. Escher - Blogging Through the Alphabet

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As I continue Blogging Through the Alphabet, I'm sharing about another artist we featured during Artist Study August a couple years ago. It just happens that M.C. Escher is also Dutch, like Piet Mondrian, but his style is quite different. Escher (1898-1972) was a graphic artist best known for his art tessellations, optical illusion drawings, and perspective artwork. His illusion drawings were often created using tessellations. His "impossible structures" like the lithograph "Relativity" (See it here: Relativity lattice on WikiArt) are quite recognizable. 

Escher's work features black-and-white interlocking figures, mirror images, and interlocking grids; and the images often portray mathematical components and relationship among the shapes and spaces. However, he really didn't have training in mathematics, just a visual and intuitive understanding.

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Escher was very interested in tesselations - images created by repeating a shape over and over again, without any gaps or overlaps. He was inspired by his visit to the Alhambra and other sites in Spain that featured tessellated mosaic tiles.

Tassellatura alhambra
tiles in Alhambra


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example of a tesselation
When we worked on our projects for Artist Study August, Kennady tried her hand at tesselation, and at sketching a close-up of an eye. You can see the entire study and her projects at: Virtual Refrigerator - M.C. Escher

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We found these step-by-step instructions for making a tesselation, and made this cat design. The shapes are exactly the same, and line up perfectly, top to bottom and left to right. The details of each cat's face and expression were added individually.

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Tessellated Cats by KAT, 2015

M.C. Escher's close-up study of an eye is also well-known (see it here: Eye on WikiArt). Kennady did a pencil study of an eye, somewhat simplified. Escher did several pieces showing reflections in a sphere, including some self-portraits (like this one: Hand with Reflecting Sphere on WikiArt), which would also make a great art project to try.

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Eye by KAT, 2015

The ideas that are basic to [my work] often bear witness to my amazement and wonder at the laws of nature which operate in the world around us. He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder. ~M.C. Escher
If you want to check out more of M.C. Escher's art, you can see it at the M.C. Escher website gallery, or at WikiArt, and see some related artwork and we collected on our M.C. Escher Pinterest board.  You'll also find two lesson sets on M.C. Escher in Everyday Easels at SchoolhouseTeachers.com, along with lots of other lesson resources.

Everyday Easels art lessons at SchoolhouseTeachers.com

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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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Virtual Refrigerator - Winter Cabin

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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.

Last week Kennady was impatient to get started with Creating A Masterpiece, the art tutorial website we're reviewing with the Homeschool Review Crew. She'd given me the list of supplies she thought she'd need for the first few projects she wanted to try, but I hadn't had a chance to acquire anything yet. She did have pastels and paper (just not exactly the right kinds) so she decided it was close enough, and took a couple of runs at Winter Cabin. The project is intended to be done with oil pastels on velour paper, but not having the right kind of paper, Kennady just rolled with it.

The pastels would blend more smoothly on the velour paper, but this turned out nicely as well. And I wouldn't be surprised if she tries it again when we've got more supplies! 

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Winter Cabin by KAT, February 2017

I went shopping yesterday and brought home all kinds of art supplies, so I'm excited to see what she'll take on today!

Now it's your turn! Join us by sharing your art posts here on the Virtual Fridge!

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