Friday, July 31, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up–Good Bye July

Seriously folks, where did July (and the entire summer) go?   Am I the only one who hasn’t made it to the pool yet this year?  Gah!! Ok, rant over.  Moving on.

We have had temperatures in the 100’s, with some torrential rains this week.  It’s been pretty miserable outside during the day.   Olivia worked at the museum two of those days, poor thing.

During the evenings it’s been a bit cooler and between rains, we’ve had time for s’mores.   Yes, even in this hot weather, a little fire pit in the evenings is fun.



Next week is our last “free” week left in the summer. The week of August 10-14 is ballet performance camp (and pointe shoe fittings).   August 17 regular ballet starts and we return to school as well.   Did I already lament about the fast moving summer?

If you’re looking for a new recipe to try out, check out this week’s Hummingbird Cake recipe over at my other blog, S.A.H.M. I Am!

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up– The Somber Week

Have you ever met someone whose energy and smile were just outright contagious?  Chris (below with his daughter) was one of those people.   This past year he coached three different basketball teams in our Upwards program, and he was by far one of the most loved coaches.    He was an amazing single father, a great coach and an awesome man of God.   This week, at 37 he suddenly passed away, leaving everyone he knew shocked and saddened.
The last conversation I had with him was about his role as a full-custody, single dad of a little girl.  Growing up, Chris didn’t have a father in his life, and had been hurt and angry.  However, becoming a father made him see all the things that his own father had missed out on. Chris was able to heal and feel sympathy for all the things his own father missed out on, because “Being a dad is fun, and scary and new everyday, because I get to see it all through her eyes.”

Chris’ daughter was his world, and likewise, he was her world.   Please pray for this sweet girl as she tries to learn to go on without him, adjusts to living somewhere else and struggles to understand why.

On a more happy note, Discovery Education Streaming Plus is still giving away free subscriptions to homeschoolers through August 31, 2015.   You can read more about it here.

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Discovery Education Streaming Plus - Offer Ends Soon

Just a friendly reminder that time is running out on this FREE offer!! The Homeschool Buyers Co-op is giving away a FREE subscription to Discovery Education Streaming Plus for the summer to homeschoolers. (A 1 year subscription retails for $375, so this is a REALLY GOOD DEAL.) This program has won lots of awards and has great reviews from homeschoolers. It has over 12,000 full-length educational videos, games, interactives and more. Check it out here.

Discovery Education Streaming Plus features:
  • Thousands of full-length videos from scores of producers, segmented into tens of thousands of content-specific clips tied directly to state and national standards.
  • Supplemental resources such as Assignment Builder, Quiz Center, Writing Prompt Generator, lesson plans, and more
  • Fast and accurate search functionality and dynamic navigation menus
  • The ability to customize and personalize lessons to different subjects, grades, and learning styles
  • Comprehensive K-12 curriculum coverage in six core subject areas.
  • Thousands of images
  • Membership in the Discovery Educator Network (DEN)
  • Interactive self-paced training
  • Exclusive Discovery programming such as Frozen Planet, Human Planet, LIFE, Into the Universe, Mythbusters, and Curiosity
  • Video series from trusted content providers such as BBC Worldwide, CBS News, Channel 4, Discovery Studios, Scholastic, TV Ontario, and Westin Woods
  • Hundreds of games, skill builders, and body atlas interactives
  • Thousands of self-paced math tutorials spanning concepts from basic addition to calculus
  • Thousands of audio files including podcasts, classic literature audiobooks, children's literature audiobooks from Scholastic, and numerous supplemental study aids for auditory learners
This is a Homeschool Buyer's Co-op sponsored post.
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Our Classroom (Ok, our dining room)

The theme this week at the Not Back to School Hop is classrooms.   Admittedly, ours hasn’t changed a great deal since last year, but in case you weren’t around last year, well here it is.


Our dining room/sun room also serves as our class room.   The majority of our school work is done here around the dining room table. 

To the left of the table is this cute armoire.  My husband put shelves on the inside and it gives us enough room to store the majority of our school needs.


As you can see we cram a lot of things into the armoire.  The top shelf contains art supplies, extra notebook paper/graph paper and workbooks & text books to be used later in the year.

The second shelf houses the girls history notebooks (always in progress) my planner and teacher manuals and each girl has their own plastic tote with their individual supplies and planner.

The third shelf has math manipulatives, science lab items and whatever didn’t fix on the other shelves.   The inside of the doors hold art work, and I obviously need to clear last year’s artwork out, ahem.


To the right of the dining room table is this little bookshelf.  This bookshelf contains the dictionary, thesaurus, atlas and other grammar helps.    It also contains the books for the girls reading lists and required reading.  The top shelf has the glove, balance scale, pencil sharpener and timer for drills.

If you notice on the bottom shelf there is a blue box, and then off to the right of the shelf are two tins.   These containers hold glue sticks, pencils, erasers and highlighters.


At the opposite end of the sun room is where we spend a great deal of time reading aloud and working on hand crafts.   It’s a cozy little area that has lots of natural light and allows us to enjoy the outdoors even when we are inside.


This is our current view from the classroom.   Sunflowers and hollyhocks, and the bees and hummingbirds that each one attracts.


Last, but certainly not least is one of our favorite aspects of the classroom.   This little woodstove make the long days of winter very warm and cozy as we work and learn by the fire.


That’s a little sneak peek inside our homeschool.  Be sure to hop over to the Not Back to School Hop and see what other folks do for classrooms, or dining rooms as the case may be, grins.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up–Back to Normal


This was a regular week for us.   Olivia worked at the museum two days, but other than that we were home all week.   The monsoons ended and I spent one day mowing our yard and our neighbors yard.   The hedges were trimmed on one afternoon and then another day I spent four glorious hours working in my flower beds.   It’s been a lovely week in my world.

It’s hard to believe that we start back to school one month from today.   The summer has flown by, and I need to shift my mindset to get ready for academics, projects and all things school related.  (I already hit the back to school sale this week for supplies.)

If you’re still looking for curriculum ideas for the upcoming year, you may want to check out Curriculum Week at the Not Back to School Hop.

My last article and Home & School Mosaics went live this week.   If you have a middle or high school student, you may want to check out my article Concurrent Enrollment for High School Students.

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