Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Virtual Refrigerator - Painted Snowmen

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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.

I have a couple more snowmen to display on my Virtual Fridge this week! On Saturday, Kennady and I went to another paint brunch and made these.

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Snowman by Kym, January 2018

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Snowman by KAT, January 2018

The artists with their creations:

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I got her to pose by herself. I like all the cords and whatnot in the background, don't you? We didn't think the photo shoot through very clearly.

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For now, my snowman will be in the living room along with the one Kennady made earlier this winter, which was featured on my Fridge here: Virtual Refrigerator - Snowplace Like Home

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Snowplace Like Home by KAT, November 2017

You can also see what we did in the first paint brunch we attended: Virtual Refrigerator - Painted Daisies

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Captain's Log, Supplemental - Our Homeschool Days

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Welcome to "Our Method of Homeschooling" and the second week of the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair, hosted by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Each week of the Virtual Homeschool Fair has a theme, and this week's question is "How do we homeschool?" Some will share about their philosophy of education, or the methods they follow. I don't think I have the time to describe my homeschool philosophy in any detail - I feel like that might lead me into a wormhole! As for our method, the easiest thing is to call it eclectic. That means we take the ideas that work for us from several different methods and cobble it together into something that is mostly getting the job done. So I've decided I'll be one of the Homeschool Fair bloggers that invites readers to have a glimpse of what a typical homeschool day or week looks like at our place. 

It's understandable that we want to put our best out there when we blog about our homeschool experiences, so usually our blogs are full of great art projects and exciting field trips and cool science activities. And our cute kids. I'm here to tell you that this was much easier for me when my kids were much younger and we did those fun projects way more often. As the students advanced and spent more time studying independently, there have been fewer nifty hands-on projects to display. As they got older, they also got kind of weird about being in pictures so there have been fewer photo ops. So what's a homeschool mom of teens to blog about? Well, I've always tried to be careful of my kids' dignity and privacy, and to strike a balance of being real but not embarrassing them. (Their idea of what would embarrass them is not always the same as mine though.) But it's true that you'll now find fewer pictures of my kids, and fewer details about their lives and the specifics of their schoolwork. Still, because I think it's a good thing to present a realistic view of homeschool life, I try not to gloss things over and make it seem like we've got it all together. We don't. I'm not even sure where all of it is, so I can't begin to put it all together. This, folks, is an attempt at describing a fairly typical homeschool week at my house. 

It should go without saying that my day always begins with coffee. No matter what time I get up or what's on the agenda.

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travel mugs for work and co-op days


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regular mugs for at-home school days

We have two young adult sons that live at home, so the morning schedules change based on who has to be at work at what time, but most days Kennady is supposed to be starting school around 9am. Two days a week, Monday and Friday, I am at work during the day, so once I've seen everyone else off and had my first coffee of the day, I try to make sure Kennady is awake before I leave. Because if she's not, she might sleep until noon! This is something she does need to work on - getting moving at a consistent time in the morning. Anyway, she does have to work on her own those two days, although I'm pretty accessible by phone or messenger if she has questions about assignments. I like for her to message me throughout the day just to let me know what she's working on, but that doesn't always happen. What I need to work on is probably checking her work every day to stay on top of grading and any problems that might crop up!

Tuesdays and Wednesdays are at-home school days. Or they are supposed to be. I usually have to run errands on Tuesday morning, but that's flexible. Our goal is to do schoolwork that she needs my help with on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. But the truth is, she doesn't need my help for much - except maybe to check up on her to make sure she's doing it! 

Tuesday evening is chorus rehearsal night. Kennady is interning, so she needs to be there by 5:30 for that group's rehearsal, then has a half hour break before her chorus rehearses. It does make for a long evening, especially because I usually have choir rehearsal as well and Landon goes to Civil Air Patrol. The good thing is that all those things happen on one evening, so we can combine the trip to town.

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Wednesday is an at-home school day with Kennady's guitar lesson plugged into the middle of the day. It makes for a nice break, and is late enough that she can do quite a bit of schoolwork in the morning, and not have to take lunch break early or have it rushed. In the evening we have church activities, which often include worship team practice, which involves our whole family. Kennady plays uke or guitar and sings with the worship team, and that's part of her music credit.

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Thursday is our co-op class day. That means an earlier start for Kennady (and that my coffee is definitely in a travel mug!), as we have to be at class for 8am! Meaning we are out the door around 7am. In first semester she took French I, Writing, and Speech/Presentation. The semester just ended, and since Speech/Presentation was only a half credit course, we'll be done at co-op about an hour earlier. We haven't decided yet how that will affect our schedule, and this first week I have a meeting and we won't be leaving early in any case. In first semester, most weeks we either stayed at co-op to have lunch with our friends there, or stopped to visit friends right afterwards before we headed home. It's actually a good opportunity to do a little socializing, and maybe run a couple of errands since we're in town anyway. 

So as you can see, I don't have much say over how Kennady organizes her schoolwork during the day. And at this point, that's really as it should be. She is able to manage her own time and schedule her assignments in an order that works for her. Whether she does it or not is essentially up to her as well. Co-op is a nice discipline, because there's no negotiation over when assignments are due. Even in the class I teach! I'm hoping that discipline continues to spill over into the courses she works on at home, and that she takes deadlines a bit more seriously. In general, she likes to start her schoolday with History, and then move on to the other subjects. She'd like if she didn't have to do Algebra at all, so if there's a subject she avoids, that's the one. 

Do we do school in the evenings? Sometimes. It depends on how things are going. If I come home from work and find out that she got stuck in Algebra that day, there's a good chance I'll get her to break out the books after dinner so I can help her figure it out. Sometimes she needs to finish printing out assignments that she worked on for co-op on Wednesday when we get home from church. Same thing on weekends. We don't plan on doing school on weekends, most of the time, but there are times when we really need to in order to get back on track or finish something on time.

My related posts:

From Monday to Friday - Our "typical" schedule as it looked in October 2017


From Monday to Friday on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com


The Real Homeschoolers series from 2015

the Real Homeschoolers series - Middle School Monday @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com


5 Ordinary Homeschool Days series from 2014

5 Ordinary Homeschool Days

What does your typical homeschool week look like - very structured or rather loose like ours? Leave a comment and let me know! Also, please visit my fellow homeschool bloggers as we all share thoughts about "Our Method of Homeschooling" in this week's Virtual Homeschool Fair.

This post is part of the Virtual Homeschool Fair 2018. This year the Virtual Homeschool Fair is hosted by Susan at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds. Visit my fellow bloggers listed below and find out about "Our Method of Homeschooling" (all posts will be live by 8am EST on January 15, 2018)!

A Long Time Ago . . . Why We Decided to Homeschool on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - Week 1 "The Reasons We Homeschool" in the Virtual Homeschool Fair 2018

How Our Academic Co-op Completes Our Eclectic Homeschool by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
A Method to Our Madness by Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Finding Our Homeschool Method by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
How We Homeschool by Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool
Give Us.... by Annette @ A Net in Time
A day in our Home by Sarah@DeliveringGrace
Lit-Based Education: How We Homeschool by Debra @ Footprints in the Butter
Overhauling Our Homeschool - Adjusting our "How" to fit our "Why" by Sabrina Scheerer @ Kids, Crunch, and Christ
A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler: Expectation Vs. Reality by Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road
How Charlotte Mason Transformed Our Homeschool by Brittney @ Mom's Heart
Captain's Log, Supplemental - Our Homeschool Days by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
How we get it done. by Kim @ Good Sweet Love
How to Organize Daily Curriculum with the School Cart by Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine
Learning For LIfe by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens
Eclectic Homeschooling: When It All Comes Together by Jen @ A Helping Hand Homeschool
A Typical Day? by Lizzy @ Peaches@Home
This is the Way We Do Our School, So Early in the Morning by Laura @ Four Little Penguins
A Little of This and a Little of That: Eclectic Homeschooling by Laura O @ Day by Day in Our World
Still Classically Educating After All These Years by True North Homeschool Academy
So what exactly is Life Led Homeschooling? by Dana @ Life Led Homeschool
The way we learn ~ 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair by Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Our Homeschool Routine by Joelle @Homeschooling For His Glory
Homeschool Methods – 8 Tips for the Journey by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Lots of Literature (Blogging Through the Alphabet)

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After so many years of homeschooling, I've had plenty of opportunities to try curriculum and explore all kinds of resources, so during this Blogging Through the Alphabet tour, I'm highlighting some of the many homeschooling resources that have been stand-outs. Sometimes it will be a walk down memory lane as I share something we enjoyed many years ago, and sometimes it will be something we're using currently. Sometimes I'll focus on a specific curriculum, and sometimes on a subject area. And I imagine I'll have to be a bit creative with a couple letters of the alphabet! This week it's time to have a look at our reading lists and talk about literature.

When I was still very new to homeschooling and my kids were little, I had a naive idea that my kids would all enjoy reading and would love to read books and discuss them. Okay, that didn't exactly turn out like I'd hoped. My boys were never huge fans of reading, and wanted to get away with reading only the minimum required. My daughter does like to read, but she tends to take her time with books, especially if it's not something that grabs her attention immediately. So no Lit majors in our family. But I believe that being familiar with good literature is important, and some literature is required as a component of high school English credit in our state. Here's how we have tried to strike the balance.

In the middle school grades, the boys did all-in-one Language Arts curriculum that included grammar, composition, and literature. At this point I don't even remember exactly which novels they read and at what grade, but I do know that it was only one full-length novel per year. Kennady was a lot more willing to read and we also got the chance to review a new-to-us Literature curriculum, Lightning Lit & Comp for Grade 7, which was a great fit for her. She enjoyed some great stories and was excited about diving into the accompanying composition and grammar study. The writing exercises - several to choose from! - in each unit challenge the student to try their hand at writing short stories, poetry, and other compositions using the techniques they are learning about. She basically begged me for Lightning Lit & Comp for Grade 8, so I was happy to comply!  We enjoyed the following middle school reading lists over those years:


Seventh Grade Lightning Lit
(See our review here: Lightning Lit & Comp {Schoolhouse Review Crew}!)
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane
The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot


Eighth Grade Lightning Lit

(See my description of this course in a Virtual Curriculum Fair post from three years ago: Middle School Monday - Lightning Literature and Compositon!)
A Crazy Tale by G.K. Chesterton
Treasure Island by Robert L Stevenson (also studied when we reviewed Progeny Press study guides)
A Day of Pleasure by Isaac B. Singer
Wakefield by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (also studied when we reviewed Moving Beyond the Page)
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee


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Other favorite middle school reads . . .

Thick as Thieves by Susan K. Marlow
A Cry From Egypt by Hope Auer (See our review of this book!)
A Stand at Sinai by Hope Auer
The Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins
The Mysterious Benedict Society (series) by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
Diary of a Real Payne - Book 1: True Story by Annie Tipton (See our review of this book!)
Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
Lydia Barnes series by Heather Gemmen Wilson
. . . and classics like Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden series.

However, as much as we loved Lightning Lit & Comp in middle school, we found their high school level courses too much to complete alongside of everything else we've had going. We reviewed a couple of them, and did a little pick-and-choose method of making use of the study materials for a couple of the novels. I do continue to recommend Lightning Lit for middle and high school students, with the caveat that the high school courses are in-depth and best for students with a genuine interest in detailed literary analysis and the time to get into it.

We reviewed and used some of Shakespeare Comedies & Sonnets. See our review here: Lightning Lit & Comp Shakespeare Comedies and Sonnets. Earlier we reviewed and used some of Lightning Lit and Comp: American Mid-Late 19th Century. See our review here: Lightning Lit for High School. We purchased and used some of Lightning Lit and Comp: British Early-Mid 19th Century.

As you can see in the middle school reading lists, we also used a Progeny Press study guide one year. We found the same situation - the high school level guides were more involved than what we could handle. We reviewed The Scarlet Pimpernel E-Guide for high school level from Progeny Press, and enjoyed the parts of it we used. If I remember correctly, each high school level guide from Progeny Press would be about a quarter credit worth of study time. They are great guides, and a good choice if you want to pick and choose which books you study rather than get a full curriculum that has a reading list of perhaps a dozen books. Read our review here: Progeny Press - The Scarlet Pimpernel Study Guide.

Progeny Press - The Scarlet Pimpernel Study Guide - A Homeschool Coffee Break review for the Schoolhouse Review Crew @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com


I do want to explain why I said we didn't have the time to use these literature studies. We use Notgrass for high school history, and both Exploring America and Exploring World History include a full accompanying English and Literature study. All four of my kids have used these courses, and we love the approach of choosing literature from or about the time periods we're studying in history. Still, with reluctant readers or students with an already very full schedule, we found that it was better to do only about half of the novels from each course. We chose the books that we felt were most important and relevant, and the most likely to appeal on some level. So the choices weren't exactly the same for each student. I also limited how much related writing and analysis they had to do. I thought it was better to read and enjoy the story as a whole, so I asked them to do the general comprehension questions and be able to summarize the story and describe the characters. This way we were able to focus on reading for enjoyment and understanding of the story and historical setting. Here are the high school reading lists we've chosen from, between Notgrass and other courses.

Brit or World Lit
Mere Christianity - C.S. Lewis
The Cat of Bubastes - G.A. Henty
The Art of War - Sun Tzu
Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
The Imitation of Christ - Thomas a Kempis
Here I Stand - a biography of Martin Luther - Roland Bainton
Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan
A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
The Hiding Place - Corrie ten Boom
Bridge to the Sun - Gwen Terasaki
Cry, the Beloved Country - Alan Paton
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
Eric Liddell: Pure Gold - David McCasland
Animal Farm - George Orwell
1984 - George Orwell
The Abolition of Man - C.S. Lewis
Ivanhoe - Sir Walter Scott
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
The Lord of the Rings trilogy - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
The High House - James Stoddard
Dracula - Bram Stoker
Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne

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American Lit
The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
Narrative of the Life of David Crockett - David Crockett
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - Frederick Douglass
Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
Company Aytch - Sam Watkins
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
Humorous Stories and Sketches - Mark Twain
Up From Slavery - Booker T. Washington
In His Steps - Charles Sheldon
Mama's Bank Account - Kathryn Forbes
Christy - Catherine Marshall
Miracle in the Hills - Mary T. Martin Sloop and LeGette Blythe
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Giver - Lois Lowry
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane
The Call of the Wild - Jack London
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
The Last of the Mohicans - James Fennimore Cooper
The Great Gatsby - F.Scott Fitzgerald

One other curriculum I have to mention is Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide by Sharon Watson.  We reviewed it and thought it was wonderful, and honestly I'm still bummed that we haven't been able to fit the entire study into a school year! I'd love to be able to use it for a co-op class. That way I could do it next year, even if Kennady doesn't have the time in her schedule! See our review here: Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide

Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide from Writing With Sharon Watson - a Homeschool Coffee Break review for the Schoolhouse Review Crew @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com #literature


Do you have some favorite literature studies you've used in your homeschool? Do you follow a curriculum or just read what you like? Leave a comment and let me know!

Blogging Through the Alphabet again? Yes, I'm taking the challenge, along with several other Crew members, including our co-hosts for this round - Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool and Kirsten at DoodleMom's Homeschooling Life. The link is open from Thursday to Wednesday each week, so join in if you'd like!

This post is linked at Blogging Through the Alphabet for Week 12, Letter L.



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Friday, January 12, 2018

Homeschool Highlights - Winter Weather in Week Nineteen

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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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A polar bear mug just seemed appropriate for the temperatures we had at the beginning of the week.


Homeschool news  . . . The goal this week was to get back into a full school routine, and I guess we managed that. Kennady put in work on all subjects this week, though I feel like she did as little as she could possibly get away with in Algebra. Probably a math boot camp week will be coming up. Since co-op classes were cancelled last week, she had no new assignments in French or Speech, and for my Writing class I asked the students to read through the next chapter (Position Paper) and start developing their topic for the paper. She had a time focusing her topic into a temporary thesis statement, but finally managed it, so hopefully she can get focused on the research next. This week we did have co-op classes, except for her French class. The instructor was ill, so another easy week ahead as far as homework for that class. This was the last week for her Speech & Presentation class, which was only one semester, and she earned a 98! We'll be finished classes an hour earlier for the rest of the year because she's not taking a second semester course in that time slot. Not sure how that will affect our routine from week to week yet. 

Other news . . . We were still in rather a deep freeze on the weekend and early part of the week. Would have been nice if we could have just stayed in the house and near the woodstove, but we did still go to church and had some other things to do - appointments, shopping, and a birthday party. Actually, Landon had a birthday too, but with the busy schedule and the cold weather, he decided to wait until this weekend for us to go out for dinner to celebrate. It was just as well, because it turned out that Spencer wasn't feeling well anyway, and none of us felt like going out in the frigid temperatures. Like . . . I'm cold just looking at it now.

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On Wednesday morning, I finally got a broken tooth extracted so it wouldn't bother me any more. The procedure wasn't as awful as it could have been, and I am recovering well. The hardest part may have been going without coffee for the remainder of the day on Wednesday! I was so glad for my morning coffee on Thursday, even if I had to wait a little extra to let it cool off just a bit.

We were thankful that the weather had started to warm a bit by Wednesday, as we started clearing things out of the church sanctuary in preparation for the renovation work to start on Monday! All the pews were removed and carried out of the building, and chairs set up for this weekend's services. New chairs have been ordered and will be here soon. The chairs will need to be taken down and stacked and then set up again every weekend while the work is ongoing.

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This is how our platform looks right now. It's getting a full remodel, so worship teams will be working around that in the weeks to come as well.

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I didn't actually help with any of that work on Wednesday. Instead I spent the evening with the kids ministry. I managed to let myself be talked into being a helper for one of the classes, since the lady that had been doing it is unable to continue. Working with kids really isn't my favorite, but no one else had stepped up so when the director asked me, I felt like I could "suffer for Jesus" in that capacity for awhile. Haha. I don't have to teach, just kind of be there to keep order and hang with the kids. I won't be opposed if someone shows up that really wants to take

What I'm Highlighting . . .  I'm self-promoting a bit here, as I want to highlight the two link-ups that I host! Actually, today on the Homeschool Linky Party at the Homeschool Review Crew blog, the theme is the link-ups and blog hops hosted by Crew members, so it's the perfect opportunity! Every week I host this link-up, Homeschool Highlights, and invite homeschoolers to share their weekly summary post or other highlights from their homeschooling week. You can find the grab button below and add it to your post or sidebar when you join in. 

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I'm also co-hosting a weekly art link-up called the Virtual Refrigerator. Every Wednesday I have an anchor post displaying some art that's been created in our homeschool, and my co-hosts and I invite other bloggers to "grab a virtual magnet" and share their own posts displaying their art. It's intended to be a blog version of the displays of our kids' art that we often put up on our fridge with magnets. Get it? Join in and get some creative ideas!

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And although it's not a weekly link-up throughout the year, I also want to highlight the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair. Along with a diverse group of homeschool bloggers, I'm writing about various aspects of how we homeschool during this month-long feature. 

A Long Time Ago . . . Why We Decided to Homeschool on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com - Week 1 "The Reasons We Homeschool" in the Virtual Homeschool Fair 2018


I recommend . . . During the 2018 New Year, Fresh Start promotion at SchoolhouseTeachers.com, the Ultimate Membership is only $90 a year (use the promo code NEWYEAR18), or $9.95 per month (use the promo code MONTHNEWYEAR18). For more info, you can also see my post about it from this week (SchoolhouseTeachers.com - All That and More!), or check all the new Crew reviews by going to the Homeschool Review Crew blog.

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On my blogs last week . . .

And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Teaser Tuesday/First Chapter First Paragraph - My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna's Choice
What I'm Reading - January 8, 2018
Scripture and a Snapshot - My Eyes Have Seen


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 will soon be reviewing) Isaiah's Daughter: A Novel of Prophets and Kings by Mesu Andrews, and I've been reading:

French Women Don't Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure by Mireille Guiliano
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill) by Julie Klassen
My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna's Choice by Angie Dicken


A parting shot . . . I got a new French Press and we're enjoying this coffee experience!

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