Friday, July 14, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up - Summer Break Week 6

This past weekend, I took the girls on an epic field trip.   Well, epic is probably a stretch, but it was really cool and it involved a single engine airplane ride.   I've flown many times, in large planes so this was a first for me in a small plane, and a first for the girls in any type of aircraft.   There are lots of great photos in the field trip blog post, but here's a teaser, just to get you to pop over and take a peek.
Olivia has been plowing through some serious Algebra work this week.   She's really trying to get this program completed so she can move into Algebra II as soon as we start the new academic year.   Unfortunately technical issues with the site threw a monkey wrench in her progress today.  I now remember why I don't don online classes, too many things that can go wrong.

Tuesday was 7/11 and that meant free Slurpee's at 7-Eleven and it was also "Cow Appreciation Day" at Chick-fil-a, so we had free lunch and a nice cold treat too.  By the way, the cotton candy Slurpee is delish!
Sports are starting to gear up more heavily.  I had a volleyball coaches meeting on Wednesday night.  Olivia had a volleyball practice Thursday, and both girls have basketball practice today (Friday).  The basketball coach has persuaded Lindsey to come to the practices and see if she would like to play on their JV team this winter. 

Today we have chiropractor appointments first thing (thank goodness), then we'll be grocery shopping, skating with friends and of course heading out to basketball in the evening.  Not sure how much good the chiropractor will do for Olivia, since she tends to fall a great deal while skating.  But at least I'll get everything lined back up and in place, and hopefully get rid of some of my hip and knee pain.

How has your week been?

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Time Traveler American History - WWII (Review)

This has been an especially good review year for my history lover.  Today, I'm sharing our experience reviewing the Time Traveler America History - WWII set from Home School In the Woods.  Other titles in this series include:  New World Explorers, Colonial Life, The American Revolution, The Early 19th Century, The Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution through Great Depression.  We received the downloadable version of this, but you can also purchase it on CD as well. me

Let me warn you, you need to have a full laser jet ink cartridge (not an ink jet, you'll go broke) and a full pack of paper if you want to print everything off in one day.   You also need one full day, as it takes a great deal of time to print and arrange all the items.  Neither of those two points (ink and time) are meant negatively, just letting you know ahead of time so you don't have to stop mid stream. Besides paper and ink, you'll  need cardstock, a few transparency covers and 1/2 yard of felt (grey, brown or olive green) to complete the projects.   You will also need a 2-3 inch, 3 ring binder to keep all of the projects and papers in.

Below is an overall view of the projects included in this product.   I will tell you, we have not completed this entire thing as of yet, as each area has led to bunny trails and deeper study for my daughter, and that's exactly what I look for in a product.   I love seeing her get inspired and start doing further research outside of what is "required" learning.
Olivia really enjoys hands on learning.  Her favorite project from this product was the garrison cap.  She printed out the pattern, then  overlaid the pattern onto heavy felt, secured it with safety pins, then cut out the pieces.  She spent about 90 minutes total on her creation.  She was very pleased with the way her hat turned out.

While Olivia is adding to her timeline, newspaper and her notebook, (included in the printables) she's also adding vast amounts of knowledge to her understanding of the American soldier and the home front during World War II.  Both she and I were surprised to learn that cigarettes were included in with the daily meal rations for those on the battle field.  

For the student who loves hands on learning, this is definitely the way to go.  The Lap-Paks, Timeline and Activity Packs really help bring the subject matter to life for students.  We've also used the Project Passport, The Middle Ages this year, and my non-history lover loved it!     Also, exciting news is that A-La-Carte projects are now available!  So if you're wanting to do one or two things to go with what you're studying, you can buy individual projects and not have to buy entire units! There are currently 50 projects available, with more to come.  Additionally, use the code alacarte at checkout to get the Erie Canal project for free.  This will come in handy as the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the canal is this week.

To read other Crew members reviews of this and other Home School In the Woods products, click here.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Women Can Fly - Field Trip

I love finding free experiences for my girls!   This weekend, we took part in a program called Women Can Fly, and we had a blast.  Be sure to see if there's such a program near you. We got to check our all things aviation related (flight simulators, engines, flight  controls)...and THEN....We got to go on a free flight!!!   Prepare to be amazed by the beautiful area we live in!
 Now for the beauty of our area....

I've always loved where we lived, and thought it was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.  Seeing it from 2,000 feet is simply breath taking. 

I got to share this first flight with the girls (I've been on large airplanes many times, first time for me in a single engine).   I was really happy to see that Lindsey didn't toss her cookies, she's prone to motion sickness.  In full disclosure, as we were landing there was a "glitch" and it looked like the plane was going to roll over on its side, enough so that the pilot exclaimed "OH S%&$!" and had to work to get the left side back down.   She did apologize for the expletive later and said that it was the absolute worst landing of her career (thanks a LOT).     I told her "Your lucky we were on this flight, I'd already claimed no harm would come to us and we'd land safely without incident."

It was a great experience, although Lindsey said she's never going to fly again.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up - Summer Break Week 5

The girls were pretty wiped out after their week at camp, so we took it slow and easy early in the weekend.   On Saturday, my Momma turned 90, so we had a family get together, and then church on Sunday.  Monday we hit the gym pretty hard and then went to see Despicable Me 3.  All the 80's references were a hoot to me, but overall I didn't care for this movie at all.

Tuesday we got up early and walked down to the city park for the July 4th parade.   The girls were part of the ACTSports float, representing volleyball, and they were very excited to get to hand out goodies and see people as they walked.  We watched random neighborhood fireworks during the evening and listened to the city fireworks (couldn't see for the trees) around 10pm.
Wednesday we hit the gym, and then I managed to get a couple of things marked off my summer things to do list.  I got all the kitchen paint touched up, and the garbage disposal switch rewired.   My next big thing is to decide if I'm painting the bathroom and if so to get started on that little project.    Olivia spent a lot of time working on Algebra and Lindsey spent the day reviewing house design books planning for her future (she cracks me up).

Thursday was back to the gym, and the girls and I took our first yoga class.   I obviously misread the schedule and thought we were going to beginner yoga, no we ended up  in Vinyasa yoga.  It wouldn't have been so bad, but the instructor felt the need to comment to the whole class on EVERY.SINGLE.THING we did, right or wrong, which made us feel very uncomfortable and unwelcome.   We won't take her class again.   Then it was home to catch up on laundry, more algebra and summer reading. 

Friday we'll hit the gym, get groceries, work on algebra and read.  Then later in the afternoon we're meeting friends at the library so they can compete in cupcake wars.   Hoping to get photos of this to share next week.    Later this evening we'll go to a baseball game.

On the blog this week I shared our 2017-2018 Extra Curricular Activities list.   Like everything else, this is subject to change, but as of now this is what I've got on my radar. 

I'm working on our schedule and trying to decide when to start back to the books.   Interestingly enough, our local schools start back August 8, which is crazy early in this area.   Are you getting your year planned out?

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Extra Curricular Activities 2017-2018

The girls' interests have changed drastically over the last two years.   Truthfully, it's not necessarily that the interest has changed, but giving up the all consuming dance schedule has opened both girls up to more opportunities.   Here's what it looks like we'll be doing this coming academic year.

Olivia, while still being homeschooled full time, will be playing high school sports with a local private school.   She will spend the summer getting acclimated with both the volleyball and basketball teams, including at least one trip to Liberty University for a volleyball clinic.
Lindsey will continue to play both volleyball and basketball in the recreational league we were in this past year.   I gave her the option to move over to the private school to play on their middle school teams, but she opted to stay put for now.

Lindsey will also be participating in a new 4-H sewing club twice a month.  This will run August - January (I believe) and should give her a nice understanding of how to use her machine, and basic sewing.   She's very excited about this!

Also, at the end of the year, Lindsey will be applying to the John Lewis Society in hopes of following in her sisters footsteps.   If accepted, this will be a two year commitment for her.

Both girls will be participating in archery again in the latter part of the school year.   Truthfully, I'm hoping to be able to get a bow for them so we can join the local archery club, but other things are more pressing as far as finances, so the bow has to take a back seat for now.

That's all that I'm aware of.  Olivia will have a much more challenging academic year this year, so she's going a little lighter on the extras, and too we're not sure what the team practice schedules will look like once the volleyball and basketball seasons start.

What extra curricular activities will you kids be involved in during the upcoming academic year?
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