Friday, May 18, 2018

Weekly Wrap Up - Mother's Day Week

Saturday was crazy busy.   The girls and I worked concessions at a soccer tournament from 8:30am until 1:15pm.   We came home and had lunch, then I completed all the summer ballet camp registrations and wrapped birthday presents and a Mother's Day gift for Tom's mother.  In late afternoon Lindsey went to a birthday party and we took Olivia to watch a friend play in a baseball tournament. We stopped for ice cream on the way home, score!

Sunday was of course Mother's Day, our first without Mom here.  It was different.   I held up pretty well, other than 1/2 way through our Sunday morning service when the Pastor says "No matter how old you get, you still need your Mom."   Cue the waterworks, ahem.   In other news Tom took the girls shopping and the picked out some lovely additions for my flower garden.   Isn't the gnome just the cutest??
Monday was  regular school day.   We got lots of academics completed and also worked on a few upcoming reviews.   Olivia and I started working on learning Creole for our trip to Haiti.   End of year test results were emailed to me in the afternoon so I worked on our Notice of Intent and other documents to send in to the local school board in order to be in compliance.   Lindsey was supposed to have sewing class at 6pm.   We pulled in to a dark building, come to find out the class had been cancelled but I hadn't been notified, grrrr.   Then as we were leaving a monster storm hit.   Trees and power lines were down everywhere, there was flooding and lots of damage in our area.   It was crazy and lasted for what seemed like forever, but was probably only an hour or so.

Tuesday I headed out early to get my next round of vaccinations for my trip.   While I was out I mailed all of our required documents to the school board.   I'm glad I started lumping it all together in one mailing, it cost almost $8 to get it sent across town with a signature return receipt.   I also picked up my new glasses.   The bifocals will take a bit to get used to, just because I'm so used to taking my glasses off to read, or looking over the of them.  

Olivia worked on another dissection in the afternoon.   This one was the fetal pig, and I'll just say the pig they used on the video was SO much nicer and more developed than this little pitiful thing they sent us.
Despite how immature the fetal pig was, Olivia still enjoyed dissecting it.  We were able to determine that it was a female when we found ovaries.    I had to laugh once it was done because Olivia looks at the poor little thing and says "Rest in pieces!"

Wednesday was another typical school day (boring huh?).  Lindsey doubled up on her schoolwork so she wouldn't be in a rush on Thursday.

Thursday I dropped Lindsey off at the museum for another full work day.  It's been raining all week, and pouring today, so I'm glad she's in one of the more sound farms.    Olivia finished up her art curriculum for the year.  She has really loved this class and has grown so much as an artist this year!

Friday (today) we have co-op.   Once we're done with classes we'll head home for lunch and then  take Lindsey back to work at the museum from 1-5pm.   Olivia has a birthday party in the evening.  Truthfully, Lindsey was invited too, but since it's a skating party at the same place she broke her elbow she's opting not to go.  If the rains stop, she'll go with my husband to his softball game.

Around the net this week, I shared about Motherhood Comes Full Circle over at Homeschooling With Heart.

We've had rain every day this week, and are supposed to get another 2-5 inches today into tomorrow.   Here's to dry days and sunshine soon!
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Friday, May 11, 2018

Weekly Wrap Up - More Dissection Labs

Monday was another work day at my brother's house for me.   We knocked out a huge chunk of the "things to do list" that brought the place to ready to show status.  The girls knocked out their school work while I was gone.  Very productive day, back ache and all.

Tuesday Lindsey doubled up on her spelling and math so she'll still have Friday off (she's scheduled to work all day at the museum).   Olivia chugged along with her work and then moved into her fish dissection.   I find it a bit disturbing when I see how much she enjoys digging an eyeball out.  The bottom photo shows the eye membrane, the actual eyeball was so small it didn't show up well in a photo.

Wednesday was Lindsey's first 1/2 day in costume at the museum.  They had six different school groups come through, so her 4 hour day turned into 6.  She worked with the students stuffing straw ticks for the beds, and in her down time she did some knitting.     Olivia spent a lot of time working on her WWII unit study as well as biology and Algebra 2.

Thursday we went to our local book fair to see what we could find.  We were really disappointed with the selections this time. Lindsey finished up her spelling curriculum for the year.  She only has pre-algebra left.   Olivia spent extra time working on her WWII unit study along with her regular lessons.  I'm hoping we can get most of her classes wrapped up before June, but I'm not so sure.

Friday (today) we don't have co-op.   The group is going to a amusement park 2 hours away and we just don't have the extra funds, and I can't give up another full day when we are not where we need to be.   Olivia is knocking out more algebra and biology today.   Lindsey doubled up on math yesterday and is working her first full day in costume at the museum.
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Friday, May 4, 2018

Weekly Wrap Up - May Brings the Heat

Saturday afternoon we had Olivia's birthday party with the family.   Grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins were here and it was a really nice day.   I made homemade pulled pork bbq, and it was delish!!   Here are my brothers, my two girls and my niece Harlie.   I think Olivia has finally accepted the fact that at 5ft. 2inches, she is now officially the shortest sibling/cousin.
Monday we knocked out school by lunch time.  Olivia went to do one of my friend's house to do several hours of yard work as part of her fundraising for Haiti.  I'm always glad to hear what good workers these kids are.   While she was there, Lindsey and I knocked out her year end testing.

Tuesday was my older brother's birthday (he's the shorter of the 2 in the photo above).   The girls and I drove out to have lunch with him and to take him a hummingbird cake for his birthday.   A round trip (just travel time) is close to 3 hours, so this was a no-school day.   In the evening we went to hear Jesse Duplantis preach at our church.

Wednesday I made the trek back out to my brothers to help him sand and finish some of the hardwood floors in his house.   The girls did school work while I was gone and we all had a nice deli bought dinner when I got home.

Thursday was test day, oh the agony.   Olivia had both and Algebra 2 test and a biology test and Lindsey had her spelling test.   Once we got through regular school, we went ahead and knocked out Olivia's end of year testing so I can mail it back in.   In the afternoon  I took Lindsey to the museum to get fitted for her 1850's costume.   She was so excited!!   With the top of the apron up is typical working around the house dress, if visitors come to call the top is quickly undone to make for a more proper look.  We still need shoes, so ignore her stocking feet.

This child does not do well with heat, and with all these layers (chemise, petticoat, dress, apron, kerchief and stockings) plus her own undergarments, in an outdoor setting...I have concerns.  I'm sure she'll do fine, and she's very excited...but ya'll it was 92 here today and we're not even through the first week of May!

Friday (today) is co-op, then grocery shopping.   The girls are going to a belated birthday party from 4-6pm then we'll all come home for dinner.

In case you missed it, I posted our 8th Grade Curriculum Picks this week.

I hope you had a great week!

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Curriculum Picks - 8th Grade

This is my first time picking 8th grade curriculum.   With Olivia, we skipped over that grade since she was already doing mostly high school work.   With Lindsey, I already have her on track to graduate at 17 because of where her birthday falls, so as of now I'm not planning to skip a grade with her causing her to graduate at 16.   However, we'll see where we are in a couple years and revisit that.  She'll still be earning two high school credits this year.

Math -   Lindsey will be doing Algebra 1 this year.   I'm telling you, finding a higher math that works for us and is affordable has been my biggest struggle with high school.   This year she'll be using A Fresh Approach Algebra I

1 high school credit

Foreign Language -   Even though she has three years of Latin under her belt, we'll be adding Spanish this year using LifePac Spanish I.    Olivia will also be taking this course along side her sister.

1 high school credit

Science -  Our pick for this year is Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy & Physiology.  Although this is a geared towards elementary students, we'll be using it as our spine and beefing up the content quite a lot  in order to make it work for middle school.   We'll also be using the notebooking journal as well.   

Language Arts -  We'll be using Apologia's  Reader's In Residence and Writer's In Residence programs combined this year to cover literature and grammar.   I'll also be adding a beefier reading list as well.

Spelling -  We're going with what we've used in the past, Christian Liberty Press 8th grade spelling.   This is the last year in this series, and focuses on vocabulary and word origins as much as spelling.

Co-op Classes

- I'll be teaching World History at co-op at the middle school level.   To be honest, I'm still working on what this is going to look like as I want it to be very hands on.   I'll use the same schedule that I'll be using for the high school class I'm teaching, so that I can streamline my workload to some extent.

Critical Thinking - This class will also be taken at co-op.  The class will sharpen critical thinking skills through activities such as matrix puzzles, mysteries, deductive reasoning, process-of-elimination and various games.

Science:   This will be another hands on class using God's Design for Science as the spine.

Total high school credits:  2

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Weekly Wrap Up - Anniversary & Birthday Week

Friday night was the Citizen Way & Unspoken concert.   We met up with friends and had a total blast!  The guitar player for Unspoken was homeschooled and they were cracking on him for graduating top of his class and our little group of 8 cheered long and hard for him and they gave us a shout out!   The husband and I accidentally heckled the opening guy (how does one accidentally heckle?).   He had a photo up of his younger days, when he was with the Newsboys, and said "Have you ever looked at pictures of yourself from 15 years ago and thought...."  and that's when both my husband and I said in unison "WHAT HAPPENED??!"....the guy literally fell on the floor laughing.  Fun times ya'll!

Late the kids got to meet the guys from Citizen Way.  Super, super nice guys!!

Saturday my husband and I celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary.   When I say celebrated, I mean he went to work and I cleaned house.   Then in the late afternoon we took the girls to their end of season archery awards.   Olivia took 3rd place for the year and was thrilled, the t-shirt was quiet appropriate, no?   Thanks to that broken elbow, Lindsey didn't place this year...however she was only 11 points below her sister, so had she not been injured it would have been a different story I'm sure.
Monday we were up early to take the dog to get his shots.  He is SUCH a big baby!   Trying to get him in the van is like trying to wrangle and octopus.   Once we were finally at the house we put the dog out in the yard so he could recover from his trauma, ahem, and we hit the books.  Lindsey finished up her literature for the year after her final exam on The Trojan War.    Olivia did her first biology dissection of the year, poor clam.  Late afternoon we headed out to get our annual eye exams.

Tuesday we were up early and headed back to our old city for the girls 6 month dental appointments.  No cavities, Lindsey needs braces and we were back on the road.   We came home, had lunch and then dropped her off at day 2 working at the museum.  Olivia plowed through her school work she did her second dissection lab, the earthworm.   (eeeww)

Olivia also worked on an art project.  She was supposed to sketch a famous statue in charcoal.  She truly hates doing faces, as she just never seems to get the mouth and nose right.  However, I think it turned out really good.
Wednesday my baby turned 15!!!   The husband had a vacation day scheduled so we spent the day doing stuff as a family.   We went to the movies to see Sgt. Stubby (her pick) and then out to dinner.

Thursday Olivia had her yearly checkup and we went ahead and picked up a prescription for antibiotics to take with us to Haiti.  Other than paying and packing we are ready to go!   We came home and worked on school work, Olivia dissected a grasshopper and Lindsey went to work at the museum.   My husband had a softball game in the evening.   They are still undefeated, although this was a much closer game.

Friday (today) is co-op.   We're slowly winding down for the year, one family leaves today, the rest of us are there through the end of May.   Grocery shopping, cleaning house and making food for tomorrow's birthday party are on task for tonight.

In case you missed it, I posted our 11th Grade Curriculum Picks this week.

I hope you've all had a great week.   Enjoy your weekend!
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