Friday, March 27, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up–Ballet and Rain

We built a solar oven last week and it’s been rainy or cloudy every day since then.  I’m hoping next week will be at least sunny so we can give it a try, and so I can finish up my blog post and get the solar oven out of my sunroom. 

Both girls performed this past weekend in the International Dance Acclaim, which is a skill level competition in classical ballet.  Dancers are competing against the standard in their skill level, not against the other dancers.   Olivia and Lindsey both did an excellent job, scoring highly and bringing home gold with honors and high commendations.

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Lindsey finished up her literature curriculum this week.  We’ll be reviewing parts of speech and sentence diagramming the remainder of the year.  Olivia has a couple more weeks left in her language arts.

We’ve finished our research and studying of World War II.  Next week we have a field trip and a personal interview scheduled and then I’ll post our unit study.

Tomorrow is our last basketball game of the season, and our big wrap up awards ceremony.  Ballet’s spring break is next week.  I’m slowing seeing white space take shape on the calendar.

Nothing overly exciting going on over here this week.  Just plugging along.  How was your week?

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up–Box Day!

We are currently studying World War II, and I was thrilled to find that there was a live performance of the play “The Diary of Anne Frank” being held in our community.   We all went to see the play on Saturday night and it was a huge hit.   We weren’t allowed to take photos.   On the way home Olivia asked “Mom, when can we go to the library, I need to read that book.”   I picked it up for her on Monday and she has devoured it.

Tuesday was St. Patrick’s Day.   I realize that  I’ve been a bit remiss in covering some of the lesser holidays.  My kids were stunned to know you would get pinched if not wearing green, and were oh-so-happy when daddy came home and they were able to pinch the dickens out of him.  

Our homeschool group had a St. Patty’s Day party, so I decided that would be our first step into all things green.  There was a lovely photo booth, games, prizes and more sugary snacks than you can shake a stick at.   It was a great party, and while we didn’t “study” St. Patrick, at least they do know to wear green every year.

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Box day was also on Tuesday!!    Can’t you just hear the angelic choir singing the hallelujah chorus as you look at this box of educational goodness?    Lindsey said “That’s a lot of school books.”  Imagine the look on her face when I told her some are on back order and will be shipped later.  (heh heh heh)

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We built a solar oven this week.  Unfortunately the day we made it we had rain all day, so we’ll be giving it a try over the weekend, but it looks lovely, no?

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The girls have a ballet performance this weekend, so our ballet schedule has been a bit different, and there was no basketball or cheer this week.   How was your week?

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up–Jumping & Gardening

We’ve had another full week.    The weather has warmed up, and dried up so we were able to get outside and enjoy some sunshine and do some early spring (or late fall, ahem) flower bed maintenance.

I’ve ordered all of our curriculum for next year.  Now I get to stalk the UPS and/or FedEx truck, grins.

Our homeschool group went on a field trip to an indoor trampoline park on Thursday.  This was by far the highlight of the week.

Jumping into the “pit” was one of the groups favorite things to do.  Getting out of the “pit” is not as easy as it looks.

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One hour of constant jumping is a lot of work.  Don’t these kids look worn out?  All those little red, sweaty faces are just too cute.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up–Hello March

Wednesday we had temperatures near 50 degrees.  Yesterday (Thursday) started out with heavy rains in the early morning.  The rain suddenly changed to sleet and everything covered in a heavy glaze of ice.   By the end of the day we were blanketed in another 10 inches of new snow, and by bedtime the temperatures had plummeted into the single digits..  The weekend temperatures are supposed to be in the 50’s, and next week the 60’s.   Welcome to March in Virginia.

The rest of the week was pretty standard.   School work is progressing nicely.   We finished reading The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom in history and read a lot of information on Hitler.   I’m floored to know that someone who dropped out of school at 16 became the most powerful man in Europe.

One of my favorite conversations this week:

Me:  “What are you doing?”

Olivia:  “I’m constructing a perpendicular bisection of a triangle.”

Me:  “Alrighty then, carry on.”

I posted my 2015-2016 curriculum picks this week.  Pop over and see what our 5th & 7th grade years are shaping up like.  The tax return has arrived, so now I get to start ordering, squee!

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How has your week been?

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Monday, March 2, 2015

2015-2016 Curriculum Picks 5th & 7th Grades

It’s that time of year again.  You know the one, when all the homeschool moms starting researching, planning and purchasing new curriculum.     This year, I’ll be planning 5th and 7th grades, so let’s see what it looks like so far.

7th Grade Picks:

Pre-Algebra:  Horizons Pre-Algebra is our pick for 7th grade math.  Olivia has really enjoyed using this packaged curriculum this year and I’m not about to mess with a good thing!

Science:  Olivia has decided to go with Alpha Omega General Science this year.  We’ll be adding a lab kit to save me the effort of having to come up with all of her lab items on time, ahem.

Language Arts:  Again, we’ve enjoyed this year’s program a great deal, so we’ll be continuing on with Learning Language Arts Through Literature (green book).

Spelling:  Building Spelling Skills 7 from Christian Liberty Press.

World Geography:    We’ll be using Geography for Christian Schools by BJU Press.   This book is above grade level for both kids, however I found it for 98cents, and I can adjust as necessary.  This book will set the pace & tone for our study of geography for the year.   I’ll be adding map work and hands on projects as well.

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Latin:  We’ve done Latin in the past, but I taught it at Olivia’s grade and expected Lindsey to keep up.  This year we’re teaching at Lindsey’s grade and expecting Olivia to do more.  We’ll be using First Form Latin from Memoria Press.

IEW:   Olivia will be taking part in a 2 hour per week IEW class outside the home in the fall. (Tentatively)

Typing:   Now that Olivia’s writing and book reports are getting longer, it’s time to learn to type.  We’ll be using Keyboarding for the Christian School.

5th Grade Picks:

Math:  Horizons has been a good fit for all of us (thank goodness).  Lindsey will be continuing with Horizons Grade 5.

Science:  I found a bargain on science, and so, we will be using the McGraw Hill Grade 5, National Geographic, Virginia Edition text book and matching workbook.   Yes, a regular public school text book.  But, for 98 cents for the text and 25 cents for the workbook, you can’t beat it.  The fact that it’s also geared specifically towards our state in terms on animals, rock formations, climate and plants makes it even better.   I’ll also be adding the American Girl Care and Keeping of You and the Magic School Bus Journey Into the Human Body science kit.

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Language Arts:  No changes here, just moving up a level.  Learning Language Arts Through Literature (purple book) is our pick.

Spelling:  Building Spelling Skills 5 from Christian Liberty Press.

World Geography:  We’ll be using Geography for Christian Schools by BJU Press. This book is above grade level for both kids, however I found it for 98cents, and I can adjust as necessary. This book will set the pace & tone for our study of geography for the year.  I’ll be adding map work and hands on projects as well.

Latin: We’ll be using First Form Latin from Memoria Press.

IEW: Lindsey will be taking part in a 2 hour per week IEW class outside the home in the fall.  (Tentatively)

That pretty much sums up what we’re doing academically in the new year.   I’ll post extra curricular picks once I get the new ballet schedules.

Have you finalized your curriculum picks yet?

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