Culinary Arts 2

April 17, 2018

Elective, Credit (2)

Culinary Arts 2 prepares the student for occupations and higher education
programs of study related to the entire spectrum of careers in the food industry, including (but not limited to) food production and services; food science, dietetics, and nutrition; and baking and pastry arts.

Major topics for this advanced course include basic baking theory and skills, introduction to bread, introduction to pastry arts, nutrition, nutrition accommodations and adaptations, cost control and purchasing, and current marketing and trends.

Instruction and intensive laboratory experiences include commercial applications of principles of nutrition, aesthetic, and sanitary selection; purchasing,
storage, preparation, and service of food and food products; using and maintaining related tools and equipment; baking and pastry arts skills; managing operations in food service, food science, or hospitality establishments; providing for the dietary needs of persons with special requirements (such as vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and low fat); and related research, development, and testing.  Advanced Culinary Arts builds upon skills and techniques learned in Culinary Arts 1.

Resources:

Many different resources, such as Pinterest, blogs, and cookbooks to put together a complete meal.

Recipe Rehab

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Examples:

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(Chili crusted tilapia with oyster dressing and roasted asparagus)

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(apple pie)

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(baked salmon, roasted red cabbage, and dill potatoes)

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(Scandinavian Kringle)

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Music Appreciation

April 12, 2018

Fine Art credit (1)

Music Appreciation is a semester course providing the student an approach to perceptive listening in order to heighten student appreciation of Western art music from the Middle-Ages to the present, NonWestern and American music, and the most recent from independent and commercial sources.

1. The student will gain an understanding of basic music concepts.

2. The student will develop listening skills and attend a variety of live music performances.

3. The student will study style periods of Western art music: Middle-Ages and
Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth Century.

4. The student will explore American (Folk, Religious, Pop, and Jazz) and Non-Western Music.

5. The student will become familiar with specific composers and representative works of each style period, discuss in cultural context, and conceptualize relative to history, painting, literature, philosophical ideas.

6. The student will explore the various internet and/or electronic sources of music.

By first learning about the history of instruments, starting with the accordion and working their way to the zither, the student will learn the origin of the instrument as well as how that instrument influenced music today.

Resources:

Several YouTube videos instructing how each instrument is played, then watching music videos of how that instrument is being used in music today. For example, The mandolin was used during the Middle Ages but also is still being used in Bluegrass music today.

Several online resources to research the instrument’s origin. Various compact disks of recorded musical artists from Johann Sebastian Bach to Bruno Mars.

Example of work.

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Weeks in the Life (Down Time)

April 6, 2018

Happy Spring!

I don’t know how the weather is in your parts, but we received 10 inches of snow the weekend before Easter. Then it snowed again Easter night and I’ve heard we are in for another round this weekend too. I am tired of snow!

Usually, when we take off for spring break I catch up on some spring cleaning. However, this year I just wasn’t feeling it. It doesn’t feel right cleaning when I can’t open any windows. I mean, we still are using our wood stove.

I tried to prolong taking our spring break for as long as I could, the girls, however, were ready. Honestly, I was ready for a break too. Since Little Sis was off two weeks from cheer, we decided to lay off our electronics for a bit and focus on spending time together as a family.

We went bowling with Papa, played lots of games,

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watched The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy, some childhood favorite Winnie the Pooh classics, and Mr. Rogers episodes. (Mr. Rogers, 2018 needs you!)

The girls attended homeschool gym, spent some quality time with their big sister, had friends over and caught up on some baking.

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While the girls were being entertained, I caught up on some reading.

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I can not begin to express how much I loved this book! It was exactly what I needed to get out of my thriller slump.

First, a brief little background about myself. I love Frankenstein! I have seen every film made (including, the “inspired by” films like The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Abbott, and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Young Frankenstein, and Frankenweenie ), read the book more times than I can count, and might have fangirl squealed when I saw The Frankenstein Chronicles added to Netflix. I am a monster fangirl. So, when I read about this book coming out, I knew I wanted to read it and it did not disappoint.

The novel centers around Mary Jekyll, the daughter of Dr. Henry Jekyll, discovering her father’s “partner” Edward Hyde may still be alive. Instead, with the help of Sherlock Holmes and Watson, she finds Diana Hyde. A serial killer is on the loose, murdering woman and stealing some of their body parts and Holmes and Watson have been brought in to investigate. Mary and Diana get dragged into the investigation which leads to the discovery of Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherine Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein. The ending surprises with more monster relatives (squeal). I can not wait for the sequel. The book cover is beautiful and I want to own a physical copy of this novel.

For me to give a novel 5 stars mean that I will read it more than once. Would I read this book again? Yes, this is the fan fiction I have been waiting for. Is this book a masterpiece? No, not everyone will enjoy it. It helps to be a fan of the stories mentioned. Sometimes though, I crave comfort food.  However, if you are a fan of Victorian literature, monster stories, and want to get caught up in a world of female monster protagonists solving crimes, then I don’t see what’s not to like.

After reading this novel I was inspired to reread the originals.

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I started with Sherlock Holmes himself.

Now, I am reading my favorite of favorites. I need to purchase a pretty hardback edition for my personal home library.

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It is beginning to feel like old times around here. Everyone working on their own projects like when we were unschooling. It was exactly what the doctor ordered.

 

We had lots of discussions while on our break and I’ve made a few tweaks to our upcoming lessons. I listened to a Sandra Dodd interview on YouTube while we were off. It reminded me once again that the needs of my children come before academics. This was the whole reason I chose to homeschool in the first place.

Sky needs time to discover her interests again without me labeling everything for school. She has her whole life ahead of her. She does not need to know what she is going to do with the rest of her life, today.  She is learning, “always learning”. She has no plans of going to a university, so her finished transcript does not need to look like she is.

That is one of the many amazing things about the freedom of homeschooling. Since we are considered a private school (in our state), we get to call the shots. It never fails to amaze me what the girls lean toward when given the freedom to do so. I want to get back behind the lens again, not be in the front dictating what to do.

 

 

Before our break, we did manage to get a few lessons in.

I mentioned Lord of the Rings, Sky filled out a movie page from her portfolio.

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(Our Funschooling journals will now become what they were originally designed to do. Capture their interests.)

We also watched Crash Course Film History episode 11 about Hollywood’s golden era and watched The Wizard of Oz and Citizen Cane.

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This lead to us watching Crash Course Film Criticism episode 1. We also watched the Crash Course Recess video on Film History, the Film Production episode 6 about Producers, and Crash Course Sociology episode 11.

Little Sis’s spelling book was words that started with L.

So, we learned about lions,

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(Draw So Cute-YouTube)

Liechtenstein,

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(Geography Now-YouTube)

and listened to Lute music.

We read Who Was Nelson Mandela (Little Sis really likes this book series.)

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and watched a video about the Maasai and What made the ground split open in Kenya?

Peace for the journey.

A Week in the Life (Bump in the Road)

March 9, 2018

Little Sis had a rough cheer weekend. First, she had stunt clinic for three hours, then she had her practice the next day. She was exhausted. Being on an elite team has been tough. The competition is fierce. My job is to make sure it’s still worth it to her.

In my opinion, competitive sports are way overrated for children. I waited until our girls were old enough to choose what they were interested in trying. Little Sis has had girls on her team that has been in cheer since they were four. Honestly, she is just as good as they are. So many parents have said that you need to start them young. I believe children should be old enough to decide for themselves. If they really want to do something, their determination will get them caught up.

Besides the rough start to our week, Sky has been feeling a little down. To be honest, we all are. Winter has lingered a little too long, not to mention current events finding their way into our home.

Sky is going to be 18 this year. She understands what is happening around her. She also feels helpless to do anything about it. Such a large burden to be placed upon young shoulders. Just because it might be how things have always been done, does not necessarily mean they are always right.

All this to explain why we needed to unplug for awhile. This week, we decided to take a little break. The girls had homeschool gym and they were able to connect with a few of their homeschool friends. I feel like these friendships have been lacking nourishment lately. I think the girls needed a break from the norm. No cheer, no media, just fun.

I am thankful that we are able to do so.

Last week, Little Sis’s spelling words started with the letter K.

So, we learned about Kangeroos by watching Robert Irwin videos and learned how to draw one from Art for Kids Hub on YouTube.

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This inspired us to read Who Was Steve Irwin and watch the episode of The Crocodile Hunter about Komodo dragons.

The girls added notes to their journals.

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We learned about the kazoo by listening to the songs: Keep on Trucking, San Francisco Bay Blues, and Jazz Me Blues on YouTube.

(I am counting all these instrument videos towards Sky’s Music Appreciation course.)

We also learned about Kyrgyzstan from Geography Now.

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This lead to learning about the wild Pallas cat.

I made it to a current events page in my mom journal, so the girls and I watched CNN 10.

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(Little Sis’s Thinking Tree Journals used this week.)

Sky and I watched the next episode of Two Cents and started reading: Don’t Break the Bank.

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She watched Crash Course: Movie History episode 10 and Film Production episode 5 that was about sound.

Then we watched the movie The Jazz Singer.

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She also watched Crash Course: Sociology episode 10.

Sky finished her Thinking Tree: Teach Yourself to Draw and Study and Draw Playful Pets journals. She is going to take a break from the drawing journals and start a new literary journal that I am using for her Film as Literature course.

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(Sky’s Thinking Tree journals from the week.)

Again, I saw these journals getting negative feedback in one of my Facebook secular groups. Honestly, it is the only secular homeschool group that I belong to anymore. I am tired of all the negativity and drama groups bring. I also don’t have much time for Facebook anymore. I would spend twenty minutes writing a reply that I never know if the original poster receives to only have the same exact question get asked a half hour later.

We are secular homeschoolers, science is the foundation of our lessons. I started our world history course studying the big bang. I truly believe one needs to understand the world around us before we can even begin to comprehend the history of humans. However, I also understand that not everyone thinks like me, and that is okay.

Hate is hate, no matter what beliefs one might have.

My mom’s journal has a place to write a “prayer” list and the Teach Yourself to Draw journals have a quote from the bible on the instructions page. Other than that, there has been no mention of religion anywhere in the journals that we use. Some of the journals are marketed towards Christain families, they are clearly labeled in the title.

The journals are purposely left blank for your children to fill in to make their own portfolios. We get to decide how we want to use them.

Could you create and print your own journal pages? Yes. In fact, I did just that for years. However, I don’t have the time anymore to make sure I printed out all the pages I am going to need for the week. My time and sanity are worth the price of the journals.

The girls know exactly what they are supposed to do every day. The journals are made for them to do the work on their own. Maybe, that is not what you are looking for. That is okay too. I hope you find something that does work. There is plenty of curricula available to choose from, Thank goodness. There is no need to put something down just because it did not work out for you.

Peace for the journey.

A Week in the Life (Origami)

February 26, 2018

Last week was a busy week for us socially. The girls had homeschool gym, then afterward we went to see the movie, Black Panther. Oh, My Goodness! What can I say that hasn’t already been said about this movie. Absolutely, by far, the best movie I have seen in a long time. Hollywood, please take notes.

There is so much I could write about, but one, of the many, things that I loved was the way the sibling relationship was portrayed. I mean, the family unit was very strong, but I loved watching the interaction between brother and sister. I feel like this is something that has been lacking in a lot of films lately. It is about time we start breaking stereotypes, and this movie did that in so many (awesome) ways.

This is the movie I am using to end Sky’s Film History course with. I feel like it is an appropriate conclusion being that the first full-length movie that started her course was The Birth of A Nation.

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Then, the girls had a sushi date with their Big Sis.

Next up was our annual day trip to the Maple Syrup Festival. We purchase gallons of fresh maple syrup to last us all year. I use it as our sweetener in nearly everything from pancakes to granola and muffins. Unopened, the gallons last for a long time (we never have them around long enough to find out exactly how long). Once opened, I store the rest of the unused syrup in freezer safe Mason jars. Then when I need more, I just pull out a jar from our freezer.

This year we brown bagged it with homemade vegan blueberry muffins and roasted chickpea pita bread sandwiches. Little Sis appreciated the muffins since we headed out right after her morning tumbling practice.

If that was not enough, before Little Sis’s cheer practice she had a friend over for a few hours.

I never thought I would need a separate planner just for the girls’ social conflicts.

We were able to get almost all of our lessons completed, thankfully (thanks to The Thinking Tree and Learn Math Fast).

The girls took notes from Who Was Charlie Chaplin and about Murasaki Shikibu from Lives of the Writes.

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Instead of their spelling journals this week, I read another short story from The Haunted Looking Glass. They found their own spelling/ vocabulary words from the story.

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They had the usual. Warming up with XtraMath…..

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We also made easy origami dogs

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and watched Geography Now’s episode of  Japan and Flag Friday.

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The girls pretty much already knew everything he mentioned in the episode thanks to their anime and manga interests. It is a fun country to get lost in.

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(Little Sis’s Thinking Tree journals)

Sky took notes from the next episode of Two Cents and the Crash Course Sociology episode number 9. She also watched School of Life’s episode about Max Weber. We had lots and lots of discussion from these episodes.

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We also watched Crash Course Fim History episode 9 and Film Production episode 4.

The girls have been raised watching Charlie Chaplin, but one movie we had never watched before was The Great Dictator. I am sorry that I waited so long to do so. I was able to see the origin of every comedian from Dick Van Dyke, Mel Brooks, and Monty Python all from this one movie. I can also see the birth of satire and dark comedy. He truly was a genius.

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We watched episodes of The Keystone Cops too.

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(Sky’s Thinking Tree journals)

Peace for the journey.

A Week in the Life (We Studied Japan)

February 18, 2018

We studied Japan

We have studied this before

We will not stay long

 

We also learned how to write a basic haiku and limerick. 😉

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We watched the TED-Ed video: What Makes a Poem a Poem?

We read Who Was Charlie Chaplin and The Magic Tree House Fact Guide about Ninjas this week.

The girls started volume 2 of Learn Math fast. This volume starts with a basic review of fractions. Here is where the girls will begin to split up during lessons. Sky, thankfully, remembers everything about adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions. This will be a quick review for her. Little Sis, on the other hand, has not learned how to find the common denominator yet. Volume 3 puts Sky right back up there with pre-algebra.

I am crossing my fingers Sky gets through the next 3 volumes by the end of next year. 2019 is her last year of high school. If not, she will have all the rest of her credits to graduate and can continue working on the volumes finishing her math credit as needed.

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We watched the movie Kubo and the Two Strings and PBS: Origins of Everything: The Origin of the Heart Symbol episode.

We made our usual Valentines sugar cookies.

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I have been experimenting with using cooked lentils to replace most of my ground beef recipes. I made BBQ lentil balls with roasted potatoes for dinner this week. The girls and I agreed this would make an awesome breakfast dish. So, I tried making lentil “sausage” patties.

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I think lentils are my new favorite food to cook with. I made a bunch of patties to freeze so we will have them ready for a quick side or breakfast. I can’t wait to try them in our roasted cauliflower and potato taco wraps.

This week Little Sis’s spelling words started with the letter J. So, we learned about jaguars, and we watched episodes of Andy Griffith that featured the Darlings to learn about playing the jug.

She also came to another object lesson

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and graph paper in her core journal.

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So, I had the girls come up with their own object they wanted to build on Minecraft.

These are some more of Little Sis’s projects she has made.

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(I forgot to add Little Sis’s spelling journal to the photo.)

She has also been practicing with different hairstyles.

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(Sky’s Minecraft creation.)

Sky and I watched Crash Course: Sociology episode number 8 about Harriet Martineau.

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We also watched Crash Course: Film History episode number 8 and Film Production number 3. Then we watched the movie The BattleShip Platomkia and read the excerpt from The Movie Book.

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Friday we decided to go see The Maze Runner: The Death Cure movie. I am very excited to see the Black Panther movie (He is my favorite Marvel hero along with Thor 🙂 ) but Little Sis has been wanting to see the final installment of the Maze Runner movie first. We all really enjoyed it. Lots of action, I thought it was a satisfying ending to a pretty good series.

Peace for the journey.

Film History (Credits 2)

February 15, 2018

During this two-semester study, the student will look at the history of one of our most powerful mediums. Film has the ability to communicate with images, entertain, move us, frighten us, and so much more. From A Trip to the Moon to Marvel’s Black Panther, the history of film is really a history of humanity.

If you have a love of film, then this course will help you learn more about film analysis, film reviews and discussions, period genres and movements in film style, and more.

Over the course of this study, the student will learn,

  • How you can get real enjoyment from the films you watch, and why you should care
  • Early film-history
  • The process of film-making and how it relates to understanding the films you watch
  • A look at 100 years of film-styles, genres, and movements
  • A discussion of film-psychology, and some fascinating aspects of the perception of films
  • A review of ‘films to watch’, taken in 20-year periods starting in 1900, and moving through 2018, featuring all the classics from each era
  • General ideas about film and art-theory as a consumer habit
  • Film composers to know
  • Film directors to know

Resources:

Crash Course: Film History

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(Movies, a list in progress)

A Trip to the Moon

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Passion of Joan of Arc

Battleship Potemkin

The Keystone Cops

The Great Dictator

The Jazz Singer

The Wizard of Oz

It’s A Wonderful Life

Diabolique 1954

A Hard Day’s Night

Blade Runner

Pan’s Labyrinth

Hugo

Blade Runner 2049

Marvel’s Black Panther

 

 

Biographies

(This list is ongoing)

Who Was Charlie Chaplin by Patricia Brennan Demuth

A Week in the Life (“I Am the Wilderness”*)

February 10, 2018

*from Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

Sky and I finally finished Braving the Wilderness this week. What an emotional and educational journey reading this book together was. The first thing Sky said after we finished reading it was:”Mom, I want a physical copy of this book for myself.” I purchased it for my Kindle, which means we can share, but she wants to highlight her own favorite passages. The conversations we shared is well worth the price.

As a homeschooler, I have found myself in the wilderness more than once in my life. In fact, you could say I was born there. It has taken many years for me to make peace with that.

I have never been good at conforming. “Because”, was never a good enough answer for me. That gene has been passed down to my girls. One of the worst things you could say to them is:”because that is how it has always been”. As proud as I am of them, it saddens me too. The wilderness can be a lonely place. They do, however, at least have loving and supportive parents. 😉

 

The girls took their final exam for volume 1 of Learn Math Fast this week. They did really good. They are both ready for volume 2.

Volume 1 starts out fairly easy, however, the problems do get harder. Though each lesson is short and to the point, the problems are challenging, and I like that. My goal is to be finished with volume 2 before summer starts.

I did something different for spelling this week too. Instead of their usual spelling journals, I had the girls pick out their own words from our reading this week.

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They looked up the definitions too.

Since Sky was researching pet mice this week, I thought I would pull out the Handbook of Nature Study. I read about the house mouse and we watched a video explaining the difference in having a pet hamster or a mouse.

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We also read this month’s issue of Science in the News and watched the Space X Falcon rocket launch (Awesome!).

The girls had homeschool gym this week as well as yoga and we watched the movie: The Lion in Winter.

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I know I’ve seen this movie before, but I didn’t really remember much about it. What a shame, because I loved it. I want to add it to our Christmas/holiday movie collection. The writing and acting are amazing. Katharine Hepburn is one of my most favorite actresses.

We also watched PBS Masterpiece Theatre’s The Diary of Anne Frank. It was interesting to see some familiar Game of Throne faces.

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(Little Sis’s Thinking Tree Journals used this week.)

 

Sky and I watched the next episode of PBS: Two Cents about whether college is financially worth it and episode 7 of Crash Course Sociology. We also watched a short biography of W.E.B. De Bois.

Sky has been working on a lot of drawing projects for her social media movie group.

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(Sky’s Thinking Tree Journals from the week.)

Peace for the journey.

A Week in the Life (Wild Hearts)

February 3, 2018

Welcome, February!

It is hard to believe that a month has already passed by since Christmas. It is about this time, that I am ready for winter to be over with. Especially, this warm, then freezing temperatures we keep having. Hurry up spring.

With the girls getting older, I feel like we are beginning to bust out of the seams of our small house. It feels like I can’t even turn around without bumping into someone. *Note to self, never buy a home with only one bathroom.* It feels like all I do anymore is clean, bake, have school, and sleep. How can one household accumulate so much dust!? Then, there are all those dishes. I am seriously thinking of keeping one side of the sink filled with hot soapy water at all times so everyone can wash their own dishes as they go. Don’t even get me started on groceries. I think it is time to downsize again. Now, if I could just find the time to do it.

On a more positive note, both girls are happy with their current lessons. Well, besides math. I don’t think either of the girls wants a career in science, sadly. They just do the minimum of what needs to be done.

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Both girls will be taking the final test for the Learn Math Fast: volume 1 next week. Sky did really good. Hopefully, Little Sis will be ready to move on too. She had a few problems with decimals.

Since this week’s chapter was all about measurement, we watched 6 Weird Units of Measurement from SciShow- YouTube.

 

We had lots of discussions this week, so I guess it would be best to just jump right in.

We read Who Was Anne Frank.

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Watched The State of the Union Address.

The girls had their everyday journaling work.

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(Little Sis)

This week Little Sis had spelling words beginning with the letter I. So, we learned about Iguanas by watching:

Iguana care and set up video, from Snake dude 1814,

and How to Feed Your Dragon from Rolando Christina Pacheco on YouTube.

We also watched: Why Do Stink Bugs Stink? from SciShow. We have an overabundance in our garden.

We learned about the Inci,

and Indonesia from Geography Now.

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We also watched The Little Travelers: Bali episode found on Amazon Prime.

We practiced our daily Yoga.

We watched the movie, Gigi

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and learned about Vincent VanGogh.

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We watched Ted-Ed Math and VanGogh’s Starry Night,

and Starry Night at the MoMA from Artrageous with Nate on YouTube.

We made the best vegan brownies ever. They went so fast I wasn’t even able to get a photo. They tasted just like the Little Debbie’s brownies.

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(Sky’s)

We started chapter 7 of Braving the Wilderness.

Watched episode 6 of Crash Course Sociology and learned about Karl Marx.

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We watched episode 2 of Two Cents, How to Start a Business from School of Life,

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and episodes 2 and 3 of Crash Course Film Production.

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Peace for the Journey.

Week in the Life (Community)

January 28, 2018

We had our first full day of lessons this week. We are still playing catch up from before holiday/Christmas “school”, so our days were a little long, and I am still tweaking our lessons trying to spread them out more since Little Sis has cheer practice on the weekends now. Other then that, I am happy with how our days flow. I did add a new language arts journal to both of the girls’ baskets that they started this week. So far, they are working out the way I’d hoped.

Since adding the Thinking Tree journals into our lessons, I noticed Little Sis really needed to work on her summarizing skills, and Sky still needed a poetry credit for Language Arts.

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Little Sis has a poem or story to read aloud to me, then she fills out the following page. Since I rule the curricula, instead of having Little Sis copy her favorite part of the story. I am having her summarize the story in her own words. She needs some help with run-on sentences.

I have added poetry to our lessons since I started homeschooling. First, they were a part of our daily circle time, then I added them to help both girls practice their handwriting skills. Then, I started adding the words they didn’t understand as part of their vocabulary lessons and we discussed what we thought the poem was about. The only thing I need to complete Sky’s credit is to go over patterns.

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Sky and I read and discuss the poem, then she fills in the rest of the journal throughout the week. By the time she is done with this journal, she should be able to write a few poems of her own.

I have read a few complaints about how some don’t think these journals are rigorous enough. I don’t agree, these journals are as rigorous as you decide to make them. Every journal that I have purchased through The Thinking Tree, I have used to suit our needs. I honestly think that this is why they are made so open-ended. This is why the age range is so broad. They have been a huge time-saver for me, and I love them.

Following on the tail of last week’s lessons, this week we read about Marie Curie.

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We also watched Ted-Ed: The Genius of Marie Curie and History’s Deadliest Colors on YouTube.

We discussed current events,

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and Little Sis had another object lesson in her core journal.

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One of my children, ahem, thought this was a CD player. The girls had a laugh while listening to how music sounded on one of these. I, however, still remember trying to find the right place on a record to listen to certain songs. I still own a few of my original records. I am glad record sales are making a come back.

As “old school” as this may sound and being the music fan that I am, I have always viewed an album as a work of art that needs to be listened to in its entirety. I love being able to follow an artists journey.

We learned about Elenor of Aquitaine from Lives of Extraordinary Women.

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The girls took a self-defense class.

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The last baking project we made from The Thinking Tree: Mom Files book was a no-bake cheesecake. This week, we baked one from scratch, including the strawberry syrup (made with strawberries from our garden).

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The girls added their mathematics lessons and XtraMath practice back into their day. I was hoping to be in volume two by now, darn viral infections. To be fair, the girls are working on the last chapter.

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Little Sis’s spelling journal words this week started with the letter H. So, we watched Pets 101 about hamsters and harmonica videos from Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, Shakira, and Alanis Morissette.

We learned about The Netherlands (Holland)

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and watched Rick Steves.

We also made a Chibi hamster from Draw So Cute.

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(Little Sis’s journals)

Sky and I finally finished chapter 6 of Braving the Wilderness. I love how sometimes our lessons all mesh together without even trying.

Sky and I watched Crash Course: Sociology episode 5 and learned about Emile Durkheim from The School of Life on YouTube. His study of capitalism, modernism, and suicide fit in perfectly with our chapter of Braving the Wilderness and current events.  I can not stress enough how much I love this book. How much Sky loves this book. She looks forward to reading it.

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We watched Crash Course: Film History episode 8 and Film Production episode 1.

Sky has started an Instagram account/ group where she and other members share fan stories. I don’t want to call it fan fiction because it’s not erotica or anything, she is literally writing her own screenplays for her favorite movies. Right now, she is working on one for Blade Runner 2049 and The Last Jedi.

She didn’t like the new Star Wars movie. In fact, she is pretending that it didn’t even happen (Like me with Avengers: Age of Altron. WTF!?). Her argument (Yes, she wrote an argumentative essay about it.) is that Luke Skywalker would never abandon his family and friends. So, she is writing an alternative to how she thinks the movie should have been.  She started another online group to discuss movies and is in another one for 30 Seconds to Mars Fans.

We watched a new episode from a Facebook PBS series called Two Cents.

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She added notes to the business section of her portfolio journal.

We also watched the Dogs 101 episode about Border Collies since she has been learning about them in her art journal.

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(Sky’s Journals)

Whew, I think we had a pretty productive week.

Peace for the Journey.