Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Virtual Refrigerator - Glass TARDIS (Regenerated)

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Welcome to the Virtual Refrigerator art link-up! Thank you for joining us as we share what we're creating in our homeschools. We 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, with anchor posts planned for each Wednesday (although during the summer, that may not always happen!).

My artist is working a summer job, so I'm planning to dig up some cool projects from our Virtual Fridge archives for the next few weeks. Once we're back to a regular school schedule, I hope I'll have new art from her to display, but to be honest she's not planning on doing Art for credit, so it will depend how much time she has to dabble in it as a hobby. If you're a fairly regular contributor to the Virtual Fridge, would you be interested in joining in as a co-host? If that sounds appealing to you, please email me for more information.

Today I'm sharing an art project Kennady did last summer.

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Glass TARDIS by KAT, July 2016

Kennady had seen some pictures of TARDIS done in stained glass, and that's the project she decided to do when our friend offered to help her with it. We started with a trip to an art glass supply store to pick out some small pieces of appropriate colored glass.

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On a Saturday, I dropped Kennady off at our friend's place, and they got to work.

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This is the finished project - well, before we got a chain to hang it up.
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Glass TARDIS by KAT, July 2016

I am and will always be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams. ~The Doctor



I thought this would be fun to share, since I recently read the news that the new Doctor will be a female, played by Jodie Whittaker. Apparently fan reaction has been mixed. I don't even know what Kennady thinks about it yet. She kind of left off Doctor Who during the Twelfth Doctor's run, and I haven't really followed Doctor Who since I was a teenager. Personally, I'm intrigued, and I might just tune in to see the latest regeneration! What do you think?

This post is adapted from my original Virtual Fridge on July 28, 2016 - Virtual Refrigerator - Glass TARDIS

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Back to Homeschool with SchoolhouseTeachers.com

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I've been noticing that Back to School sales are in full swing at many retailers right now. Many of us in the homeschool world are making our plans and preparations for going back to class soon too, so it's fitting that SchoolhouseTeachers.com is holding an Early Bird Back to Homeschool event with a great deal on full membership to their amazing website full of curriculum and resources.

Pay only $139 for a full year (a $40 savings!) of access to about 350 courses for all ages, preschool through high school, and there are more coming! There are no limits on the number of family members or the number of courses you can take, and with so many to choose from, there's sure to be something of interest for each of your students. Your membership also gives you access to World Book Online, which is a $250 value. World Book Online gives members access to a full encyclopedia program complete with videos, the ability to create custom timelines, tons of maps, and so much more.

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And bonus! You'll also get the latest issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, and a roomy zippered tote bag for your books.

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Okay, but you want to know what kind of courses are available, right?! There's a LOT. And because I only have a high school student, those are the only ones I've been paying much attention to, but trust me, if you head over and take a look at the Quick Links page, you'll find all the courses listed by subject, and it's also easy to browse each subject by grade level or just use the "Browse By Grade" tab at the top of the page. Here's a sampling of the high school level courses that we've used or are considering:

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SchoolhouseTeachers.com Art page has a wide range of art studies, from Everyday Easels (art based mini-units for all ages) to Art History, and from Elementary Art to Drawing With Realism for High School. We have found a lot of fun quick studies in Everyday Easels.

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In the Electives section, I've found a lot of interesting material in the high school level course, Introduction to Architecture. Another unique elective course is Classical Archaeology, which I noticed after Kennady mentioned a possible interest in studying it. I don't think that will happen this coming school year, but I'm keeping it in my back pocket just in case, because it does look great!

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What Kennady will actually need is a Tech credit at some point, so Graphic Design or Image Editing are electives we're considering.

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Kennady has lots of music credits already, but that's the direction she is heading for her career. She'll be interning with the Children's Chorus this coming year, getting a taste of what teaching and directing is like, and of course she'll be singing with the Chorus as well. She'll also take guitar lessons. So although she's got lots of music instruction, I still think it would be helpful to concentrate on Music Theory. So she'll probably do that course this year.  Perhaps next year we could look at the History of Western Music.

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Speaking of college, I found a College Choice Guidance course and an SAT-ACT Math Prep class, both of which might come in very handy.


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And I require my kids to take a Consumer Math course before graduating, so in her senior year, she may well do Money 101.

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So all that to say - if you're not a member of SchoolhouseTeachers.com yet, now is a great time to check it out! Use the code HOT2017 before August 31, 2017 to get the special pricing, a free tote and the big print magazine. 

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Homeschool Highlights - Camp 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.

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Homeschool news  . . . No homeschooling at all this week, as Kennady was at camp, and I had company. I had some optimistic thoughts a week ago about how I might take this time to work on lesson planning, but that did not happen. Not even a little bit.

I guess maybe our little jaunt to Gettysburg on Saturday could count as a history field trip though!

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Other news . . . Last Friday my sister-in-law and her husband arrived for a visit, so on Saturday we decided to pay a visit to Gettysburg. They had driven through before but hadn't ever stopped to see any of the battlefield itself. It was a very hot day and we didn't get off to an early start, so we weren't on a mission to see everything and get a picture at every monument. Kennady and her boyfriend went along with us as well, and we drove through the battlefield, stopping at a couple of the highlight sites, and enjoyed a hearty late lunch at one of the restaurants in town.

On Sunday we all went to Cracker Barrel for lunch and in the afternoon I took Kennady shopping for some last minute things before she went to camp. Monday morning I delivered her into the keeping of our student ministries director and the little group headed off to the camp, which is about three hours away. We weren't entirely sure what the policy would be for cell phones, but it turned out our last contact with Kennady was on Tuesday morning. Which is extremely weird, I don't mind telling you. She is my youngest and the only girl, and I'd say we're pretty close, so this whole week had the potential to leave me depressed and lonely. I was glad to have SIL and her DH here to help keep me occupied! We went on a couple of shopping trips during the day, and out for dinner a couple of evenings, but overall it was a very relaxed visit. They headed home yesterday morning, but I work Thursday and Friday this week so no time to be lonely!

Kennady arrives home tomorrow sometime, probably early afternoon.

I recommend . . . SchoolhouseTeachers.com if you're not already a member. Why? Because there's an Early Bird Special right now - Pay only $139 for a full year (that's a $40 savings!) plus you'll receive the following gifts: the latest issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, and a roomy zippered tote bag for your books. With SchoolhouseTeachers.com you have access to about 350 courses for all ages, preschool through high school, and there are more coming! There are no limits on the number of family members or the number of courses you can take, so this is a great deal for homeschool families. In addition, your membership also gives you access to World Book Online, which is a $250 value.



On my blogs last week . . .

Here on Homeschool Coffee Break:
And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Recent Reads - The Black Moth
Wordless Wednesday - Gettysburg
Teaser Tuesday - My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring
What I'm Reading - July 17, 2017
Scripture and a Snapshot - Like-Minded


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 The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer, and I've been reading:

Barbara and Susan's Guide to the Empty Nest by Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates
My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Fairy Tale Romance Collection: The Healer's Apprentice, The Merchant's Daughter, The Fairest Beauty, The Captive Maiden, The Princess Spy (Fairy Tale Romance Series) by Melanie Dickerson

A parting shot . . . Those couple of times Kennady let me take her picture last weekend. One time at Gettysburg when she was too far away from me and my phone to stop me. And a couple times at home when she actually asked me to take pictures of her. What?!


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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Flight Learning with Doctor Aviation (A Homeschool Coffee Break Review)

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This review opportunity was a first during my time with the Homeschool Review Crew, because although my husband has enjoyed some review products with me or with the kids in the past, this was the first time that HE was the primary user of something we reviewed! He's been interested in airplanes and flying for many years, and has often said he wished he'd been able to take pilot training when he was young, so getting the chance to delve into aviation video training from Doctor Aviation really appealed to him.

Doctor Aviation

Doctor Aviation is an online educational resource for anyone who wants to learn more about aviation. With 24 years of experience in the Air Force, Daryl Smith (aka Doctor Aviation) was a Command Pilot with over 2000 flying hours in a variety of aircraft. Many of those hours were accumulated as an instructor pilot and as a research pilot; and he also was an aviation instructor at the United States Air Force Academy. As a current college professor, he decided to do something to make the world of aviation available to learners of all ages through the internet. The Doctor Aviation course is a self-paced video study with downloadable study guides teaching about the science of flight, aircraft maintenance, air traffic control, airport management, and aviation history. It's a great study resource for anyone interested in some aspect of aviation as a career, for high school students looking for an unusual elective credit, or for anyone who is fascinated by flight and wants to learn more.

The course includes a total of 15 lessons, each with a 45-60 minute instructional video and an accompanying pdf file of guided notes and further reading or study suggestions. The extra suggestions include books or articles to read, videos, hands-on activities, research and writing assignments, and websites to explore. For students intending to get high school credit for the course, it's recommended that they complete all of the additional suggested reading and activities. There are exams at the ends of Sessions 5, 11, and 15 that are recommended for students earning credit. Practice quizzes appear at the ends of the other sessions, and the answers are included for study purposes. In order to take the exams, you need to use the provided "Contact" link to Doctor Aviation to obtain the exam.

Briefly, the course covers the following:
  • Session 1 - Course Overview: The Aviation System
  • Session 2 - Major Components of an Airplane
  • Session 3 - Axes and Forces
  • Session 4 - Why an Aircraft Flies: The Secret of Airfoils and Lift
  • Session 5 - Why an Aircraft Turns, Pitches and Slides: The Flight Controls
  • Session 6 - The Secrets of Radar
  • Session 7 - How Air Traffic Control Works
  • Session 8 - Aircraft Maintenance - Propeller Engines
  • Session 9 - Jet Engines
  • Session 10 - Running a Large Airport
  • Session 11 - The Small Airport and Running an FBO
  • Session 12 - Flying the the Clear and Not So Clear Air: VMC and IMC
  • Session 13 - Important Pilot Instruments - Attitude Indicator
  • Session 14 - Important Pilot Instruments - Airspeed Indicator
  • Session 15 - Other Aviation Ships: Gliders, Helicopters, Airships

How did we use it?  Honestly, I was disappointed - although perhaps not surprised - that my son wasn't interested in the course. After all, Landon is the one that's been in Civil Air Patrol for so many years! Still, although he enjoyed his both his powered and non-powered orientation flights, he has never aspired to pursue his own pilot training. He has enjoyed working on the ground with aircraft though, so maybe those later sessions on air traffic control and running airports will draw him in. But that comes later. Right now, it's his dad (I'll call him DH for the rest of this post) that has been working through the Doctor Aviation course.

Since DH is doing this in little bits of spare time when he isn't working, and isn't planning on it for high school credit or preparing for a career change, he is probably going at a slower pace than what I'd expect or recommend for students with those objectives, and he isn't spending time on all the suggested extra reading. He's also not doing extra assignments or the Exams for credit. However, DH is watching the videos, using the guided notes provided, and exploring most the websites referenced.

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Each video lesson includes four components, and DH particularly liked the way the lessons were divided into Technical Trivia, Notable Innovators, Legendary Aircraft, and Aviation Events. In each lesson there was technical and scientific information as well as aviation history that covered important events and people; but all were related to the main topic of the session.

The student dashboard makes it easy to see which lessons he's marked complete and where he left off his last session. Even though a lesson has been marked complete, he can still go back and view it again; and he can skip ahead without having completed lessons as well. Although this probably wouldn't be a good idea for students working through the course for credit, it can be very handy. Let's say you'd just started the course but had an opportunity to go on a field trip to a small airport, which is the subject of Session 7, or to go on a glider flight, which is discussed in Session 15. Then it's a great idea to skip ahead and watch the video and look at the notes in order to get the most out of your opportunity; then pick up where you left off.  

The study guides clearly state the Session Objectives at the beginning, so you know what you'll be learning and what you should be able to do or explain after completing the lesson. DH said the notes were easy to follow along with, but did find a few spots where they didn't seem to match up perfectly with what was being said in the video. That said, he was able to fill in every blank!

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Flight Learning with Doctor Aviation (A Homeschool Coffee Break Review for the Homeschool Review Crew) on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - Doctor Aviation is an online aviation and aviation history course suitable for high school study. Read our full review!

He found that in some Lessons he could "rewind" the video just a short way in order to replay something a minute or two ago that he missed, but in some the cursor or progress bar at the bottom of the video screen did not appear, so he could only pause, play, or restart all the way from the beginning. We think this is a quirk of the Vimeo platform used for the video lessons, because we've had the same issue on other sites. DH said sometimes he was so busy writing or looking for the blank to fill in on the notes that he wasn't watching the screen and worried that he was missing something on the video. The simple fix was to pause and restart the video often, but it would have been handy to be able to go back and replay from just a minute ago to see or hear something again. 

According to DH, the instructor is knowledgeable and easy to understand. He thought it would be helpful to include more graphics during the video that make it clear when the instructor talks about something that is in the notes and should be written down. Difficult words and technical terms should be shown on the screen to help students with correct spelling. DH is a well-educated adult and a good speller (also I'd correct him if he was wrong! Ha!!) but admits he second-guessed spellings of some terms, so he was trying to imagine the trouble a young person might have figuring out how to spell "aileron" or "gyroscope". 

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What we liked best:

  • knowledgeable, clear instruction with a balance of technical and historical segments in each lesson
  • easy to use dashboard, with the ability to replay completed lesson videos and to skip ahead to later lesson videos
  • lots of suggestions for further study, including books, websites, movies, and places to visit. So far DH has only been able to explore the websites, but the wealth of resources listed for learning more is impressive.

What we need to mention:

  • we couldn't always replay just short segments of the video, and had to make ample use of the pause button in order to get all the notes completed.
  • more diagrams or graphics inserted into the video, or just the technical terms shown on the screen would make spelling and note-taking easier.
Our bottom line: DH has been enjoying Doctor Aviation and being able to indulge his personal interest in aviation and aviation history. Based on what he's told me and what I've seen myself with this resource, I think it's such a creative approach to earning high school credit for homeschooled students and is just the kind of course that a lot of dads, in particular, would love to study along with their teen. If Landon had been able to do this course while he was still in high school, he would have had a very impressive set of elective credits in aeronautics and aviation, since it would have been an excellent accompaniment to his involvement in Civil Air Patrol. In summary, our family warmly recommends Doctor Aviation to homeschooled high schoolers looking for a unique elective; to members of Civil Air Patrol looking for additional resources; and to young people interested in any career related to the aviation industry.

Doctor Aviation

Would you like to learn more about aviation from Doctor Aviation himself? Here's what you need to know:
Visit the website: www.DoctorAviation.com

Pricing: $99 for the half-year course subscription

Age Recommendation: Suitable for all ages, although younger students would need parental assistance. 

You can follow Doctor Aviation on Facebook and on Twitter.

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