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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up - Weeks 2 & 3

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It's been a few weeks again but here I am!  I guess better late than never!  I'm going to update on Weeks 2 & 3 with a little vacation thrown into the middle.

Week 2 

I've been making good use of my old Ultimate Homeschool Planner.  It had so many boxes left blank that I just couldn't bring myself not to add more.  The last 3 sections are from this year.  I use the little sections to add in each child's subject work.  The 3rd section is where I am planning the subjects we are doing together.  The sections are small so I use my own form of shorthand and it works out just fine.  This will be my 3rd year using this same planner!  I never used the monthly sections much anyway so this works for me.   I also color code my students for a quick reference.

Stephen started Friendly Chemistry and so far it is another curriculum that we can add to our love list!  All of my children love experiments and hands on science and our choice of this and Exploration Education have been the perfect fit.  Here he is testing out several white colored substances to see if they had any starch.  He did a great job guessing what they were too!

Sarah finished up The Little House series last year and has dived into Anne of Green Gables for this year.

Back to School Vacation Fun

For several years we would always take a back to school beach getaway break when most children were headed back to school as rates drop tremendously at that time.  Since we've taken a few bigger vacation trips the past few years, it had been a while since we had been back.  It is just as peaceful and refreshing as always.  

The water was a little chilly since it was cloudy most of the time but hey we saved on sunblock.  😅

We decided to take in the Pirates Voyage show and also did not disappoint! 

One of my all time favorite activities is to watch the sunrise over the ocean.  Since it was so cloudy, I was afraid that we might not get to see it.  However, it rose with full majesty and splendor!  Praises to my Creator - the maker of the heaven and earth, sky and sea.  Oh what beauty!  

It reminds me of a verse I read this week in James. 

James 5:13 - Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises.

We also took in a little mini golf.  This was a fun place as each hole had excerpts from Treasure Island to read.  So a little literature while golfing screams homeschool field trip, right?

Sarah celebrated her 14th birthday at the end of the week.  So hard to believe that my baby is 14! For many years, she has wanted to make her own birthday cake but this year she wanted someone else to do it.  Wal-mart received the job bid and they provided a beautiful tie dye cake!   

Week 3

Vacation over...birthday over...

So, it was back to home and school for week 3.  Currently, in Chemistry Stephen is experimenting and familiarizing himself with elements.   Here, he is burning a marshmallow so that it was a hollow shell of carbon when he was done.  

Sarah continues to do experiments with the racer she built in Week 1.  She is currently learning about speed, distance, displacement, and velocity.  

Our sweet Sarabeth also celebrated a birthday!  She turned 1!!

And that, my friends, is another few weeks to add to the record books!

Coming soon - 2018 Budget Calendars!

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Back to Homeschool | Week 1

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Okay, so last year I fell off the weekly updates at about week 12 - maybe I can make it to week 13 at least this year!  ☺

I had big plans to share curriculum choices with you before we started school but we all know how my plans work out sometimes!  So, instead of not forging ahead because I am already behind, I will just ignore the fact that I haven't done that yet.  

How about an all high school homeschool - say what?!  Yep, all my babies are in high school now.  This year we have a 9th and 11th grader homeschooling.  We still started with our normal first day traditions of coffee, doughnuts, pajamas, and a few simple goodies.  

We're trying out a lot of new (to us) curriculum and going back to doing Bible, History, and Geography as a family.  I asked both children if they would prefer to do that or on their own and they both wanted to do it together so we're using a mix of Simply Charlotte Mason and Mystery of History for this years Ancient World History study.  

Sarah is also a very crafty hands on learner so I knew she would want more projects to go along with her curriculum and we all were growing quite weary with Apologia's high school science courses.  They served a purpose in our family for many years but we were ready for something new.  Sarah is completing physical science this year using Exploration Education and they have such cool projects to complete. 

 She loves it so far!

This was her first project to complete - an electric racer as she studied about forces. 

Stephen is really enjoying Don't Check Your Brains at the Door which was on his reading list for last year but the school year ended before we could complete all the books I had for him to read. Here he is reading It Couldn't Just Happen.

 Another reason for no posts or random ones is this little precious one who we have had the pleasure of keeping since she was 4 months old!  She will soon be turning 1!!  We had to let her in on all the school fun too.  I can't explain how much joy she brings to our family!

Stephen, 11th grade 

Sarah, 9th grade 

I added these slaying the giants bookmarks to our school board.  There are 12 of them and they include 6 Bible verses to help you overcome each topic!  Turning point is offering them for free right now.

Overall, week 1 was a success.  I was a little frazzled on day 1 but found my footing by day 2.  I had to step out of my own comfort zone a little too as usually I purchase curriculum that is pretty much laid out for us.  Some of my choices for this year have their own schedules but I needed to do more tweaking than normal so that they would fit into ours.  So far so good!

We also can't forget our about our first homeschool graduate - see more on his happenings here.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Life Update

Well, I knew I was going to take a little break but never thought it would be this long!  I guess it was well needed.  I left off at week 12 and now we're heading into our third week of summer break!!

The school year went really well and smooth and the milestones just keep flying by.  

A few updates since we last chatted....

We are now keeping a fun, smart, and absolutely wonderful baby girl each day.  She just turned 9 months old and we've been keeping her since she was 4 months old.  She is such a sweet and darling baby and we all fight for her attention instead of her fighting for ours!  She has been such a blessing to our family and I look forward to seeing her beautiful smile greet me each morning.  

Stephen turned 16 and has been working at our local Subway for almost 3 months now.  We had to adjust to his new schedule as their busiest time is lunch time so he has worked often during those times.  It took some adjusting but he did a great job of balancing work and school hours.   Since school has now left out, he schedule seems to be changing to closing lol.  

Sarah will be turning 14 in a few months and we are spending a lot of our time enjoying each other often as the boys are off to work.  She loves crafting, anything d-i-y and keeps me motivated to keep walking!

Jonathan has now been out of our home for a year and it's still hard to get used to.  He's our neighbor but often spends many nights away from home so we see him about once every week or so.  He turned 19 in April - still can't wrap my head around that!

As far as school for next year, this is the first year that I have no clue what or where we going!  I am currently praying for direction and will spend some time at the end of June hopefully closing out the past school year and ordering for the new one.  

I am still trying hard to keep up with my personal habits of steps, water, and weight loss.  I joined weight watcher and have been tracking since March 13th of this year and I am so close to hitting my 20 pound mark. 

Well, I think that's a quick update for now!  Hoping to get back into a posting routine!

Happy Summer!!!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Homeschool Highlights | Week 10,11,&12 | Let's Catch Up

I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is next week and that I am 3 weeks behind in catching up here with our life journal!

So here goes...

First up a little at home Halloween fun.

First time voter and a little election fun!

We had the Geography Fair presentations - Stephen chose Chile.  

Sarah chose Canada. 

Life is full of basketball until February and Sarah hasn't even started yet!

Okay, so there are no school pictures here but believe me we did have school! Same old same old. :)

We're taking a break next week for Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Review of Biology 101 from The 101 Series | #101series #homeschoolscience

Physics, Chemistry & Biology 101 {The 101 Series}

I am a huge advocate of homeschooling through the high school years but I am also willing to admit that some courses are out of my league. The beauty is there are so many options available for homeschooling families today that tackling these courses head on is not a problem. Science, for instance, has never been a favorite course of study for me so teaching Homeschool science doesn't exactly excite me. Thankfully, I don't have to do it alone so I was thrilled to review Biology 101 from The 101 Series
Physics, Chemistry & Biology 101 {The 101 Series}

One of the characteristics I look for in a Biology course especially is that is creation based and Biology 101 is exactly that! We were also looking for simple labs and again we have found success with this course. I really cannot praise this course enough and have finally found a high school Biology fit for our homeschool.

So what is Biology 101?

It is DVD course that teaches students Biology through the days of creation as found in the book of Genesis. Now, you can simply watch the DVDs which include over 4 1/2 hours of instruction but if you would like to dive in more, resources are available for that too. The course includes a thorough 118 page Guidebook and a 12 page Accreditation Booklet. If you do this course as suggested, it is broken down into 11 segments which create 27 weeks of course work, at approximately 5 hours per week.

The segments are broken down like this:

  • Introduction: Defining Life and Life Classification
  • The 3rd Day - Plants
  • The 5th Day - Aquatic (water) Creatures and Avian (flying) Creatures
  • The 6th Day - Land Animals Part 1 and 2
  • The 6th Day - Mankind Part 1 and Part 2
  • Conclusion: Cells, Genetics, and a Brief History of Biology
A typical week includes watching the DVD segment, reading assigned pages in the guidebook, and sometimes a field trip or simple lab option is given.  The reading material reiterates what was taught in the video and adds in additional information and fun facts too.  The course includes 20 hours of lab work none of which are dissections.  You may add those in additionally if you wish.  Labs are also easy to complete and don't require complicated materials.  Sample lab work includes identifying plants in your yard, identifying parts of fish by catching one or using a goldfish, making a simple drawing of anatomy using a household pet, and many more.   Additional activities include other video recommendations, reading juvenile science books, and writing simple reports with a 200 word minimum.  

Quizzes are available at the end of each segment in the guidebook. They are multiple choice quizzes and the answers are included as well.

Here is a sample of how the credit hours can be given per segment and a glimpse as some of the weeks' activities.

Our original plan was to use this course to supplement our current Biology course but after seeing what was included we have decided to use it as our main course of study. My son has been able to comprehend this so much better! The course really takes complicated terms and breaks them down simply. For instance, he was taught a very simple way to remember the female and male parts of a plant that we had never seen before but made so much sense! Stamen can be remembered as the male part because it has the word men in it. Stigma can be remembered as the female part because it has the word ma in it. We both love learning by connecting simple truths like that!

The visual, auditory, and kinesthetic processes of the video, guidebook, and activities have helped him learn more about Biology than any other course he has taken so far.

The 101 Series offers two additional high school science courses as well, Physics 101 and Chemistry 101. You can purchase the entire set of 3 for $168.95 or each one individually for $69.95. Click the banner below to see reviews on those too.

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Physics, Chemistry & Biology 101 {The 101 Series}

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