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Weeks in the Life (Halloween and More)

November 4, 2018

This will be my last post categorized under a 12-year-old. As of tomorrow, all of our children will be teenagers on up.

It seems like so much has happened since my last post. We lost power for a weekend, which luckily we were prepared for, during a wind apocalypse that leftover 55,000 homes without power. We wrote about it in our family newspaper.

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This will count as part of Little Sis’s (and Sky’s too) creative writing lessons.

We found it a bit ironic that we had just recently given up our screens, so entertainment was not an issue.

We had a birthday and celebrated two festivals.

Not having electricity for two days allowed time for some deep inner reflection. No matter how hard I have tried our school lessons have still felt forced and not naturally rhythmic like I want. Our home was not as peaceful as we all would like. Something was still off.

I knew the jump from our fast-paced life into a more rhythmic one would be challenging, I just didn’t think how much of a challenge it would be for all of us. Then, the power went out. Nothing slows you down like not having electricity. Pots of water were slowly heated on top of our woodstove for dishes or tea. Baked potatoes were cooked over the coals. There were no electronics to interrupt us(thanks to our cell phones being dead or with a low battery). For a weekend, time for us stood still. Who would have thought it would be so hard to sleep with complete silence?

So, we talked. The girls told me what they felt like wasn’t working. Then it hit me, I was still trying to do “school” at home, even if it was Waldorf. You would think by now, all these years later, I would have learned that!

Homeschooling, at least for us, should flow as naturally as breathing. So, thanks to Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations we focused more on finding our homeschooling rhythm.

Lessons happened, just more organically like they should.

If the girls were in a Waldorf school, Little Sis would be learning about the Age of Exploration. Sky would be discovering “Who” she is. Both girls are on a journey of self but at different levels.

I chose business math for Little Sis and personal finances for Sky with the theme of our family owning a business, or vegan bakery as Little Sis insists, to use as our story through the year. However, I kept trying to separate our lessons into blocks of this, then, this, and so on instead of just letting things happen.

So, instead of feeling rushed to get our math block done so we can do history, and then a science block. I am combining all of those subjects into our story for the whole year.

We may calculate simple interest for the loan we needed to take out from the bank to start our bakery, or balance the budget of our expenses this week and then next week join a ship on its way to India to gather special spices for our bakery. First, we might need to understand magnetism or chart the stars to make a map for navigation. Then, write an article about our expeditions in our family newspaper. This way I can work with both girls at the same time, just at different levels.

Sometimes, you need something as big as a power outage to “get” the message.

 

We are still reading and enjoying The Hobbit during dinner.

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I brought out the modeling beeswax.

Little Sis has been busy putting together puzzles. (I am thinking of buying stock in Ravensburger. 🙂 )

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Sky had been stitching

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and drawing.

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We have also been busy with our independent reads.

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(I finished book two of the Alchemist’s Daughter and loved all 700 pages of it. Bring on Book 3! Little Sis is on book five of The Princess Diaries, the library can not get them in stock fast enough. Sky has read book four of the Rick and Morty series already and is on book 4 of Saga.)

We learned about the history of banks and money from Extra Credits on YouTube.

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Our vegan “bakery” has been busy with peanut butter cookies (made twice now), snickerdoodles,

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quiche (made with tofu).

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and Halloween ghost and pumpkin sugar cookies.

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The girls have written new songs on their penny whistles,

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learned new Spanish songs, and attempted to draw one of our favorite couples, Jack and Sally.

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There was Halloween Mad Libs, logic puzzles, and games of Guess My Number between 1-1000.

We created new dolls for our dollhouse

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and remembered our loved ones who have passed on.

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Peace for the journey.

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A Week in the Life (Finance, Week 2)

October 14, 2018

Well, this will be my last post categorized under 17 years for Sky. Monday she will be 18. I can’t believe it. I don’t know where the time has gone. Our journey together has not always been an easy one. She has challenged me every step of the way. Watch out world! She demands change.

Since on the subject of change, I think we have finally found our rhythm.

Instead of trying to fit two main lessons into our day, one for each child, I work with Little Sis one day, Sky the next. While I am working with Little Sis, Sky works independently on her previous main lesson work. While working with Sky, Little Sis works independently on her main lesson work. Since they are learning about the same topic, just at different intellectual stages, we can review and discuss their material together before they go to work independently.

We also added our afternoon lessons (Spanish, handwork, penny whistle, and art) into our main lesson before each child goes their separate way. Now when we take our break, all we need to do is chores. The girls have been helping make dinner every night too (part of their financial lessons). We end the day reading while eating dinner.

We start our main lesson together with a centering and morning verse adding the eurythmy movements. We practice the current Spanish and penny whistle song from the previous week’s lesson. Then the girls do a mental math challenge, practice the form drawing for the week, and either work on A Sentence a Day or Mad Libs.

For this week’s challenge, the girls played a grocery store game I made up.

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They take turns shopping and being the cashier. The shopper must choose at least one item with a sales tax. The cashier must figure out what the sales tax is. The cashier must count the change back out to the shopper without using a calculator. The shopper must figure out what how much change they will be getting back, in their heads, to know if the cashier is right. It amazes me how many cashiers have not learned how to do this. The girls got a first-hand learning experience over the weekend while our family attended Kokomo-Com. One of the booths almost shortchanged me.

The girls work on their spelling and vocabulary words, main lesson page, and read independently while I am working with the other.

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(I am so excited to read the second book in the Society of Alchemists series! The first book is number 1 on my favorite top 5 book list of 2018.)

This week Little Sis learned how the importance of trade,

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supply and demand, time accounts, and double-entry bookkeeping are good for economic prosperity.

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We are reading Who is Richard Branson.

Sky and I continued with Crash Course Economics and Financial Literacy for Millennials.

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The girls made a list of 10 Spanish words they know and copied them in a fancy font.

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We started making bendy dolls for our dollhouse

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and Little Sis has been sewing felt food.

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Little Sis has been practicing sketching.

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Sky has been drawing more with block crayons.

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We all have really been enjoying The Hobbit. Reading it around the table during dinner is the most anticipated part of our day.

Living without individual electronics has been getting a bit easier. Totally worth it.

Peace for the journey.

A Week in the Life (Mathematics Block 1, Finance)

October 6, 2018

Well, we hit another bump in the road this week. I knew we would eventually. After all, we are completely changing up our previous rhythm for something new(old).

When one has had their own tablet for years, suddenly finding yourself without one can be a bit challenging. I won’t try to pretend everything has been peachy keen around here. We quickly found out just how much we relied on them when bored, and that for us was the problem.

Technology can be such a good thing. I was able to wish my nephew a happy birthday face to face 500 miles away. I am able to purchase most of our homeschool supplies online that I would never find in Indiana, not to mention all the amazing online resources available that help me be able to homeschool at all. I could write a whole post about the medical advancements alone.

However, we must acknowledge that technology can be a bad thing too. It is far too easy to use as an escape from the “real world” and become a clutch from facing problems. (To be an American teen right now, I understand the need to escape.) Technology became the wedge that ended up dividing our family. It was time to reclaim us.

I know technology is here to stay, there is just more to living than allowing it to control every aspect of your life.

Despite our setback, we still ended up getting quite a lot done.

We turned our air conditioning back on (after Papa had it covered and ready for winter) because temperatures reached the high 80s again. Not just 80s, but with lots of humidity too. I just can’t take the humidity anymore. So, that meant no more baking in the oven. Tortillas are back.

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One of the girls rolls them out, while the other one cooks it stovetop.

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They make a good team.

The girls started their first math block of the school year. They are both learning about finances. Little Sis is learning business math while Sky learns about personal finances.

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Since I have two different ages (12, heart and 17, head), I work with Little Sis in the morning while Sky works on language arts. While I work with Sky in the afternoon, Little Sis works on her language arts assignments. We start the rhythmic portion of the main lesson together and end our day together with the rotating lesson of the day.

Since Little Sis is still considered in elementary school (grades 1-8) she learns lessons through the “heart” or feelings, which means stories. I created a story about our family owning our own bakery. She came up with the name Vi’s Vegan Delights. Before she can begin working for us though she needs to learn the history of how our society became a money economy. I read The Apple Cake (with hopes to make our own, but no, too hot for baking this week). I used this story to explain self-sufficient, barter, and money economies.

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Since Sky is in high school (grades 9-12) she learns through the “head” or intellect. So, Sky and I are reading and discussing Financial Literacy for Millenials and watching Crash Course Economics videos.

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During their independent time, the girls work on the week’s form drawing, A Sentence a Day, read their stories (of choice), and work on spelling and vocabulary words.

Sky finished her Donte’s Inferno page

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and movie page for Given.

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Little Sis continues to sketch.

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(Her self-portrait.)

We had Spanish and Penny Whistle lessons this week, and are still enjoying reading The Hobbit.

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The girls switched between Mad Libs and the Grocery Store game during morning movement.

We spotted a Praying Mantis during one of our walks

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and played a few games.

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Besides the bumps, we are getting used to our new rhythm. I feel confident about next week and that is a good thing.

Peace for the journey.

A Week in the Life (Michaelmas)

September 30, 2018

Since this Saturday (the 29th) was Michaelmas I decided our lessons this week would revolve around the festival. Now that the girls are older we focused more on slaying our own personal dragons.

This festival kicks off Autumn and the fact that the daylight is getting shorter. As we get ready to enter into a season of darkness it is important to take the time to reflect inwardly. Maybe there is a bad habit that needs conquering.

Michaelmas has always been one of my favorite festivals. We may not have always celebrated it full out once we started unschooling, but the sentiment has always been there.

Usually, during this week we get our supply of wood for the winter delivered.

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We are able to start baking in our oven again.

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(Vegan carrot millet muffins)

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(Vegan gingerbread cake, both baked and photographed by Little Sis.)

Little Sis also baked vegan chocolate chip oatmeal that was so delicious. She wanted to make sure she had the recipe for future use. I think she is preparing for her business math block that starts this week. 😉

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It is also around this time most of our local pumpkin patches kick off their fall festivals as well.

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This means the corn mazes are now open.

What Michaelmas festival would be complete without a bowl of homemade vegan potato soup and dragon bread while watching a Lord of the Rings marathon?

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For art lessons this week we tried our hand at paper cut-out stained glass

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and wet on wet watercolor painting.

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I added in our favorite Michaelmas stories from when the girls were younger and Sky and I listened to Rudolf Steiner’s lecture: Michaelmas and the Soul Forces of Man.

We finished up our festival celebration by making a list of the dragons we would like to defeat this year, then cast them into the fire.

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Sky and I finished Donte’s Inferno. We had lots of conversation about this epic poem and we are both glad to have read it. She will finish her lesson page this week.

We are still reading and enjoying The Hobbit. Little Sis choose her spelling/vocabulary words and practiced writing them in a different font. She will look up the definitions, write their part of speech, and use them is a sentence next week.

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I rotated A Sentence a Day with Mad Libs and added a few fraction problems in for review to prepare for our first math block next week. This is where we left off in volume 2 of Learn Math Fast.

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We learned a new song for Autumn on our Pennywhistle and a new Spanish song. I have also added a new instrument basket to our living room. Several of the instruments Little Sis has learned about in her spelling Thinking Tree journal.

One of the things we decided to give up as a family during the season for Michaelmas is our tablets( most likely it will be for longer than a season). There is a lot I would like to write about why we are giving up screens right now, and our choice to move back to Waldorf education, but feel it is just not the right time yet.

For our handwork project this week, we finally made beanbags. The girls used them while learning their Michaelmas poem.

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The girls wrapped up their woodworking block by adding their project to their journals.

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They finished their form drawing from the last two weeks.

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I am focusing on freehand geometric shapes for Little Sis’s geometry block this year.

The girls also added a goldenrod page to their journals. Sky will have a biodynamic gardening block this year. I am adding a nature study lesson to our monthly rhythm to make up for not having studied Botany.

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We watched the documentary/movie: Given for Sky’s movie history course.

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All of us enjoyed it very much. You can stream it on Netflix.

As for Independent work, without tablets, our family’s creativity has been sparked. I have found myself too busy for Facebook.

Papa made a puzzle board for us.

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What the girls are currently reading.

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Sky has been playing around with block crayons.

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Little Sis has been busy sketching.

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As for myself, I have been reading a few of Steiner’s lectures on education (again) and working more inwardly by journaling my thoughts in my own Thinking Tree journal.

I don’t quite understand the journey I had to go through or the why, but everything now makes perfect sense. While going over old notes, that I took down the first time I read Steiner, I just shake my head in disbelief that I couldn’t “get it” then. Now I completely understand the “whys” behind Waldorf education. I think I left marks from all the facepalming I have done over these last few weeks.

Peace for the journey.

Week(s) in the Life (Welcome Autumn!)

September 22, 2018

These last few weeks we had a second summer, though technically I know it was still officially summer, with temperatures in the 90s. Today, however, it actually feels like Autumn. It reminds me of the first day of Spring when it snowed, Mother Nature is a little off balance. I welcome Autumn, as I sit here typing with our windows open in shorts, with temperatures in the 60s. I am just not a big fan of the heat anymore.

We actually were able to take advantage of the cooler temperatures with our first round of homemade bread and soup.

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Living in a small home, not tiny (just under 1000 square feet), I have come to the conclusion not to use our oven while the air conditioner is running. Since our home is so small, the oven and dryer warm our house up a lot causing our air to run a lot. So, during summer I cook most everything outdoors on our grill. I use my crockpot to bake most dishes I would need the oven for. During summer we bake tortillas or naan stovetop. This helps with meal boredom. Salads become soups, and so forth. I say bring on the soups! 🙂

We are adjusting to our new school rhythm. The girls actually like the block rotation and having actual “school hours” better. One of the things both girls always complained about while unschooling was that school never ended. I added beginning and ending transitional verses. I am not allowed to mention anything related to school before or after saying the verses.

This was the girls’ last week of woodworking. Making dollhouses might not have been the best first woodworking project to start of with. Especially for one child that has never used tools before. However, they managed to put one together.

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I think they did a good job. Sky made herself a treehouse. We will be making the dolls and furniture during hand work. The girls are excited to decorate it for Christmas.

The house also serves for a part of Little Sis’s school theme of owning a bakery. For her lessons this year, our family owns a bakery. We live upstairs and the bakery is downstairs. We plan on making miniature food that I think will be fun.

Something else that Little Sis asked for was a library day. She prefers to read actual books over her Kindle. How could I deny such a request? So, I made sure to add library days into our monthly rhythm.

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(She just finished Matched and is currently reading book 2.)

Since our library is located near our favorite park and apple orchard I also added nature walks too.

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One of the many things I love about Thinking Tree journals is that we can take them anywhere. Thanks to the invention of smartphones, we can school where ever we want.

This week we learned about Monarch butterflies and Goldenrod.

Okay, so the girls morning lesson block these last three weeks was woodworking. We transition to begin school by reciting a verse and a few movement exercises, then the girls work on some form of mental math problem,

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a little Spanish review of what the girls learned previously, and the current penny whistle song they are working on. After woodworking, we end the morning lesson with Little Sis’s read aloud.

We finished The House At Pooh Corner and started The Hobbit.

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Little Sis likes to put puzzles together while I read. Sky likes to color in her Thinking Tree journal or draw.

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(Games and puzzles from the week)

After the morning main lesson we take about an hour break. We go for a walk and have lunch. We transition back into lessons by doing the chore of the week. Monday is baking, Tuesday is outside work, Wednesday is cleaning, Thursday is outside work, and Friday is cleaning our personal space (our rooms).

For the afternoon main lesson we rotate Spanish, handwork, music/ penny whistle, and art.

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(Little Sis made her penny whistle case and Sky patched holes in her favorite skirt for hand work.)

Both girls have Language Arts. Little Sis works on her spelling and vocabulary while I work with Sky.

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Sky and I are watching Crash Course Mythology and reading Donte’s Inferno.

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Sky works independently on her spelling and vocabulary when I work with Little Sis.

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So, both girls have independent work to do when I am working with the other.

They both finished copying the Michaelmas poem and have a form drawing to practice.

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Sky added a page in her journal for Netflix’s The Little Prince for Film History.

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She has 3 more videos and she will have this course completed.

That about sums everything up. Happy Autumn and…

Peace for the journey.

A Week in the Life (Block 1, Woodworking)

September 8, 2018

This post could be titled: “That in which I insert foot into mouth.”

It seems only fitting that since we started out our journey of homeschooling with Waldorf education, that I finish Sky’s last year with it.

Tuesday was our first day back to school. This year I have a 7th and 12th grader. I spent the summer deep in planning and came up with this year’s plans.

I have thoroughly been enjoying Betty Staley’s book Between Form and Freedom. Honestly, I couldn’t have found it at a better time.

Instead of creating their own main lesson books, the girls will be working in their Thinking Tree journals. I gave each of the girls new binders to keep any extra papers in, along with their attendance. I decided to start out our new year gradually with a short, 2 week, woodworking block. Most Waldorf main lesson blocks last 3-4 weeks.

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Since Little Sis has never colored with block crayons or played the penny whistle or stitched anything before, these next two weeks’ extra lessons are kind of a “crash course” introduction.

The girls copied the first stanza of a Michaelmas poem (They will recite the poem from memory for Michaelmas on September 29.)and worked on their first form drawing.

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Since Little Sis is between the ages of 7-14, she falls into the “heart” stage of learning, that means she learns best through stories. One of her math blocks this year will cover business math. So, I have come up with a story that our family owns a bakery. This will be the theme running throughout her year.

It is hard to explain how Waldorf education is different from mainstream education in a paragraph, but what I will say is it meets the individual child where they are developmentally. The stories should feed their hearts. Though the subjects may be the same (like business math), the lessons will look different for each family.

Little Sis loves to cook. We have been watching all kinds of different baking shows this summer. She has been coming up with her own recipes, trying this, making that. I think using baking as the theme for her lessons this year is going to work out for her.

Sky, on the other hand, falls between the ages of 14-21. She is ready for more intellectual thinking (head). One of her history blocks this year is History through Architecture.

Being that Little Sis never had a”shelter” block, I thought a good woodworking project would be to build a dollhouse. I mean, a “bakery”. Sky is learning how to design a structure, then build it.

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These houses will be the center of the majority of our handwork projects this year.

Speaking of handwork projects, our first project this week was to make our own handwork bags to hold our current project.

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We learned the notes B, A, and G on the pennywhistle. The girls’ first assignment was to write a song using those notes. Sky picked up right where she left off like she had never stopped playing.

For our block crayon lessons, we worked using the three primary colors to make orange, purple, and green.

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Little Sis has been working on some of her own art projects.

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We still have a morning rhythmic routine like our circle time before the main lesson, just now that the girls are grown, we perform brain gym movements and Bal-A-Vis-X exercises. The girls also have a critical thinking challenge. This week’s challenge was Animal Crossing from the book Family Math.

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For Little Sis’s read aloud, we are reading The House at Pooh Corner. (We loved the new movie.)

Sky’s interest in Skyrim has sparked an interest in mythology, so mythology will be her first literature block. We are reading Dante’s Inferno, and actually really enjoying it.

Next week I will add journaling, spelling, and vocabulary back into our lessons.

Though we encountered a few bumps in the road this week. I am feeling positive about our year.

Peace for the journey.

Month(s) in the Life (Playing Catch Up)

August 27, 2018

I am going to attempt to play catch up. A lot has happened between June and the last week of August, so I know there is no way I will be able to remember all of it. I think I did manage to capture most of the important stuff though.

So,

for starters, we did continue with lessons to bring our school year to an end.

After watching clueless for Little Sis’s 90’s movie (for her Thinking Tree Fashion Dreams history journal), there were a few other videos Sky watched to try and help get a feel for what was happening historic wise. One was on the Oklahoma City bombing. The other was on the Waco Texas standoff. She also watched Crash Course: American History, Clinton, and the 90s.

For Little Sis, we read about Hillary Clinton in the book: America’s First Ladies.

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She wrote her report on America’s first female Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright.

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Continuing with Little Sis’s Thinking Tree Spelling journal, her list of words started with the letter R. She learned about raccoons,

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the recorder, and Russia.

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Sky watched the Crash Course video about Russia.

Little Sis and I read the Diary of Anastasia.

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This took us backward in her Thinking Tree Fashion Dreams History journal to the years of 1910-1920.

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She chose to watch the animated movie, Anastasia. She also wanted to add her to our Princess collection (now that she is a part of Disney) thanks to Dramatic Parrot.

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A lot of history happened between those years, Little Sis chose to write about the Titanic.

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(Which fit in perfectly at one of our vacations, but more on that later.)

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I chose Woodrow Wilson to read as a bio, even though Taft was still president during the sinking because he was president during the Russian Revolution.

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This brings us to the letter S in Little Sis’s Thinking Tree Spelling journal. We already learned about Sweden during Christmas, so Little Sis learned about skunks and the saxophone.

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She finished her drawing and research lessons about the octopus.

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We read a biography of Julia Child

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and watched the movie, Julie, and Julia. We also watched a few of her cooking shows on YouTube.

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Sky and I watched Crash Course Film History and Production videos 13 and 8. We watched the movies, Alien, and Aliens, John Oliver’s video about genetic engineering (CRISPR), and Lessons From the Screenplay’s video about using theme to create character.

We also watched a video about string theory, thanks to Sky’s Rick and Morty interest.

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We spent the summer swimming, playing lots of games,

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and hanging out at our local drive-in, including a date night for Papa and I.

They had a weekend of monster movie classics hosted live by our locally known Sammy Terry, which made Papa’s night( ahem, I mean ruined it 😉 ).

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I also took each of the girls out separately for a mother-daughter date.

Little Sis had her cheer nationals competition in Chicago.

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Then, we met my sister in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (where we went to the Titanic museum).

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I read a biography of Dolly Pardon before we left.

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Little Sis’s fall season of cheer started an I have been busy planning out our upcoming school year.

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Sky’s last year, I can’t believe it!

I have been watching a lot of lectures from Betty Staley on YouTube (All of them are very worth it!). I only have a few months before my last baby becomes a teenager. 😦

Our 7th and 12th grade will begin after Labor Day. Until then,

peace for the journey.

Personal Finance

July 17, 2018

Credit 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Understanding financial management concepts is an important life skill. From credit to insurance to taxes, it is imperative that the student understands the consequences of their choices. Wisely managing their money, the student becomes a citizen that is more responsible. A thorough understanding of financial concepts, with practical application through activities and projects, will enable the student to leave this course with applicable, useful skills for life. This course surveys the basic personal financial needs of most individuals and emphasizes the basics of budgeting, saving, checking, investments, credit, the wise use of insurance, and paying and preparing income tax returns. The Student will design personal and household budgets utilizing checking and savings accounts, gain knowledge in finance, debt and credit management.

After high school, the student faces a world filled with possibilities, and the more knowledge they can acquire, the higher the probability that their financial future will be secure. The student taking this course will learn to better prepare for their financial future.

RESOURCES:

Two Cents videos (PBS program on Facebook)

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WORK EXAMPLES:

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Week(s) in the Life (Clueless)

June 9, 2018

I am finding it hard to want to write. It is beginning to feel more and more like a chore.

When I started my blog, many years ago, it was to keep track of lessons and serve as proof if I ever needed it. With the girls filling out journals, my job has become much easier. The journals do the tracking for me. Sky lists all the videos she watches and takes notes. Little Sis fills out her pages. Both girls even take their own attendance. If I need to write a description of what the girls are working on I just need to look in their journals now.

I enjoy being able to look back over posts. I still believe I am the biggest reader of my blog. I guess I feel like it no longer serves a purpose.

When I first started writing, homeschooling was kind of a new thing. There really wasn’t much out there to help other homeschoolers. Blogging became a community. Now there is YouTube, Pinterest, and more homeschooling sites than you could ever read. You can follow homeschoolers on Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr.

I’m sure I will continue recording our journey. It just might not be as much.

Anyways,

Sky filled out her film pages for the movies Emma (Film as Literature)

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and Bonnie and Clyde (Movie History).

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Sky and I watched the movie Alien (Movie History) and we all watched the movie Clueless as a modern retelling of Emma.

The girls hated it. You would have thought I made them watch some boring documentary. In fact, I think they would rather have watched a boring documentary. They are products of a different generation I guess 😉 .

Sky and I have been watching the new BBC Sherlock series (Film as Literature) and she is really into Rick and Morty. Papa and I watched the three seasons with her. I can see why she enjoys it so much. She has been busy creating worlds and stories from both shows.

Little Sis and I have been watching America’s Next Top Model (which has been great for geography and fashion history) and Riverdale together. We still are watching Hell’s Kitchen together as a family.

Sky has been reading Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews and Little Sis and I read Who Was Julia Child. We also read about Dolley Madison from America’s First Ladies by Kathleen Krull. I am reading The Outsider by Stephen King.

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Sky watched the war of 1812 on Crash Course American History. Little Sis read about it in the DK American History encyclopedia.

Little Sis learned about area and perimeter

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and recreated her dream home on Minecraft. We compared the area and perimeter of our home to the one she created.

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This week Learn Math Fast was all about percents.

The girls have started their own workout routine using videos from Amazon Prime and I have started one of my own (I have lost 5 pounds so far).

The pools opened over the holiday weekend and we were able to attend our favorite one with friends. The girls had their last homeschool gym until after summer vacation and Little Sis’s cheer team is practicing for Nationals.

We spotted a groundhog in our backyard the other day, so this week we learned all about them. I have never seen one in person.

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We also learned about the quokka. I never even knew they existed.

Little Sis learned about sea turtles,

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the panpipes, and the quene flute.

We learned about Poland from Rick Steves

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and Qatar from Geography Now.

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Little Sis is using the movie clueless as her fashion guide for the 90s.

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Another productive week in the books.

Peace for the journey.

A Week in the Life (China)

May 26, 2018

Considering that Papa was on vacation this week we still managed to squeeze in a few lessons.

We also managed to play a few games too. We are still watching Hell’s Kitchen together as a family. This has inspired Little Sis to create her own Hell’s Kitchen in Minecraft.

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We still have Minecraft on our laptop but I thought I would purchase a version for the Playstation too. While Little Sis has been busy creating her little world, Sky picked up a new game she has been busy playing too. She loves Sky Rim. It reminds her of Game of Thrones.

We have been enjoying playing Monopoly on the Wii and Yahtzee at the table as a family. I really missed our family game time.

We finally have our garden planted.

Little Sis started her Fashion through History journal this week inspired by Jane Austen.

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Since her spelling words started with the letter p, I decided to take a short detour by learning about China

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and panda bears.

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She will continue with the rest of her spelling list next week.

Since learning about the giant panda bear this week, Little Sis and I decided to draw one from Art for Kids Hub on YouTube.

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The girls attended homeschool gym and Sky and I watched the movie Cast Away as a modern retelling of Robinson Crusoe for her Film as Literature course.

Little Sis keeps an ongoing list of vocabulary words from the books we read. When the list is complete she will look up the definitions.

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She finished her lessons about the tiger shark

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by summarizing her discoveries.

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The journals Little Sis used this week for her lessons.

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She is really happy with her selections.

I discovered that Little Sis prefers reading nonfiction over watching videos as a way to learn (I am the same way), which is the complete opposite of Sky. Sky would prefer to watch a video any day over reading. Sky gets bored while reading, Little Sis gets bored by sitting and watching movies. I am glad we are at a place in our learning where both girls can learn the way that works best for them. With summer quickly approaching I think we have settled nicely into our new groove. I know we are on the right path when we are constantly changing things up. Change is our normal. 🙂

This September will mark the last school year for one child. I can’t believe I will be graduating my first homeschool student. It feels like just yesterday when the two of us journeyed down this road together. I have learned SO much since then. I may not know what her future holds, but I feel confident knowing that I did my absolute best to prepare her for the journey ahead.

Peace for the journey.