Thursday, August 17, 2017

Back to Homeschool Coffee Break - Not-At-Home School

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There have been days - weeks, even - when "homeschool" doesn't describe our world very well, because we haven't spent a lot of time at home. I think this is true of many homeschoolers, and there are a lot of opportunities outside the home that enrich our education and experience in a significant way. Home is our home base, of course, but as homeschoolers, we've got the flexibility and freedom to include field trips, co-ops, and plenty of other extras.

Our family relied on our short term spring co-op when the kids were younger. This co-op ran once a week for about 12 weeks during the spring, and was a true co-operative effort among parents. The classes were parent-taught and were a great supplement for elementary grades. For most of those early years, we also attended a homeschool gym class that was a co-op style effort. And then, as students reached high school level, and the academic demands were raised a bit, I had to question whether we could afford the time away from home to participate in co-op, in gym class, in field trips, and just in general. We aged out of that K-8 spring co-op, and there were a couple of years that we opted out of spring semester gym class because the kids were playing community baseball or softball and we couldn't fit both into our schedule.

Here is what we have found worthwhile during high school years.

Homeschool Gym Class - And I am not going to lie, this was about socialization just as much as it was about getting a Phys.Ed. credit and staying active. Often it was more about socialization! The gym class was always well organized and gave the kids a chance to play all kinds of team sports, and earn time towards that Phys.Ed. credit. It was awesome for me too, because while Kennady was playing basketball or whatever with her friends in class, I had the time to pick up groceries or run other errands - and maybe even go out for coffee with some of my friends. Because their kids were also in the class. And afterwards, it was sometimes a job to collect our kids and head back home, because they were still busy socializing! That said, we are not going to be doing gym class any more. We thought the class wouldn't be offered for 2017-2018, and we've already committed to an academic co-op one day a week, so when gym class was reinstated, our calendar had already filled up.

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Chorus and Music Lessons - Kennady has been singing in the Children's Chorus and taking guitar lessons, and both are definitely worth the time away from home! Chorus rehearsals are in the evening, so they don't really take away from school time, but it is a big time commitment for getting to those rehearsals and being well prepared. This coming year it will be an even larger commitment, and a bigger pay-off too, as Kennady will also be interning with the Chorus as an assistant to one of the directors of a younger group. I'm so glad Kennady has been able to study guitar with an excellent teacher that challenges her and is helping her hone her skills. Thanks to the flexibility of our homeschool schedule, we can fit in the lessons and she can play or practice whenever it suits her. Which is most of the time, and sometimes to the detriment of subjects she doesn't enjoy as much, to be honest!

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chorus rehearsal in New Orleans

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Academic Co-op - This will be a brand new experience for us this year, as this is the first time we've felt like we could make a year-round co-op day work for us. After many years of half-heartedly wishing that there was a way we could expand that little spring co-op to make it worthwhile for older students, one of the moms took the initiative to start pulling together a year-round co-op, so we're in on the ground level! I'm on the Board of Directors (for lack of a better term!) and will be the instructor for the Composition class. Kennady will be doing that class, and will also be taking French I and Speech & Presentation. Other classes offered include Spanish, Algebra, Biology, World History, and Economics. We're still figuring this out, but we're off to a good start for a first year co-op and we're all looking forward to it.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Virtual Refrigerator - Share Your Art Posts!

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Welcome to the Virtual Refrigerator art link-up! Thank you for joining us as we share what we're creating in our homeschools. We cordially invite you to add your link sharing artwork that's on your Virtual Refrigerator and then hop over to the other blogs and admire what's on their Fridges too! The Virtual Fridge link-up is open all month, with anchor posts planned for each Wednesday (although during the summer, that may not always happen!).

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Back to Homeschool Coffee Break - Planning Our Year

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Another confession - I actually enjoy lesson planning. The thing is, there's less planning to be done this year, so I've put off doing it until right about now. I should probably clarify the reasons there's less planning needed - I only have one student, so only one set of lesson plans; and I've already created most of the lesson plans I need, so they now just need to be updated.

Record-keeping is mostly a fun job too, and the only trouble I have there is that I tend to let it pile up before I enter all the grades. If there's one thing I'm super talented at, it's procrastinating. Even so, it's pretty easy to get caught up and I've been doing better at staying on top of grading, so this aspect of homeschooling should go well this year.

All my lesson plans, assignment lists, and grades are in one place - my Homeschool Tracker Online. This is an essential program in my homeschool, and it's easy to use. Here's how I do lesson plans and keep records without losing my mind.

I start with the school calendar, with vacations and breaks and semester deadlines marked out. At this point, I know the co-op class schedule and when those classes start and end. And I know when all the chorus rehearsals and performances are. We haven't planned any big vacations during the school year, and it's likely that any vacation break we take will mean only a few school days missed. Those will be pretty easy to adjust for so I'll just figure it out when we get there. What I don't know for sure yet is when guitar lessons will be, but that's the only wild card I have so no worries.

At its simplest, school year planning is fitting the chapters or whatever material you want to cover into the available school days so that the work is spread out into manageable chunks. Thirty-six chapters in the History text? Perfect, if there's thirty-six weeks in the school year. One hundred lessons in the Algebra book? Plan on three lessons a week, and we'll be finished early.

That kind of planning is easily done with pencil and paper and doesn't take long. Then I can start putting it into the Lesson Plan in the Homeschool Tracker program. I've saved Lesson Plans from past years, so I don't have to recreate them for courses that my older students have done, just assign them as needed. I've already got complete Lesson Plans saved for the Notgrass history courses, for example, so those are ready to go. I did need to do a new Lesson Plan for Algebra this year, and I'll need to do one for Composition. Lesson plans for Chorus and Guitar are simply having a repeating rehearsal time in the assignment grid. As for the classes she'll take at the co-op, I'll have to wait and see how the instructors will do grades and if they'll give a syllabus at the beginning of the year. So I'll probably figure that out as I go.

Assigning lessons using Homeschool Tracker Online is very easy. All I have to do is tell the Tracker when to schedule the assignments from the Lesson Plan! I usually assign about a month's worth of lessons at a time, and then print assignment lists by subject, so that Kennady has a list to check off as she goes. Rescheduling is easy too, so if something comes up to throw off our original timeline, it's no problem to adjust the due dates.

Homeschool Tracker also keeps records of time spent, the resource lists, and all grades that I enter, so it's relatively easy to calculate quarterly or semester grades, produce report cards, and even produce a transcript.

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A big picture planning thing I recommend if you're homeschooling through high school is a Four-Year Plan. This is something I do using pencil. Because stuff changes. Ideally, start planning during the eighth grade year, especially if your eighth grader is already doing some high school credit work. A Four-Year Plan lets you easily see the required credits and how they'll be spread out over the student's high school years. 

For four-year planning pages and all kinds of other record-keeping and planning helps, visit SchoolhouseTeachers.com. They have tons of resources for planning and record-keeping, whether you prefer to keep grades online or print out a planner.

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Another option I can recommend for those that like to do all their planning on paper is The Ultimate Homeschool Planner from Apologia. This 52-week homeschool planner was designed by best-selling homeschool author Debra Bell, and has calendars, planning and record-keeping pages, and guidance on how to plan and pray and use the planner.  

(Read my full review of this planner here: The Ultimate Homeschool Planner - A Schoolhouse Crew Review)

Apologia Ultimate Homeschool Planner

I mention this last, but it actually comes first in the process. Pray about your homeschool year. For many years now, I've chosen a School Scripture for the year. Something that reminds us of our higher purpose, and challenges us to put things in perspective and trust God with the plans we make.

This particular verse was our School Scripture a few years ago, but I like to remind myself of it every time I work on laying out my plans for what to accomplish in our homeschool. It might not go the way I envisioned, or the way my kids had hoped, but it will work out as God leads us through it. As long as we trust him and the guidance he gives us along the way.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Back to Homeschool Coffee Break - Coffee and Other Essentials

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I have a confession - I don't shop the Back to School sales for notebooks and paper and pencils. I haven't for a number of years. If I happen to see something we'll need, of course I pick it up at that lower price, but for the most part, I go find school supplies when we need them, rather than when the retail people tell me I need them.

Also, we're kind of past the stage of needing glue sticks and crayons, and a new spiral notebook every September. Of course we go through our share of paper, 3-ring binders, pens, and pencils, but our list of supplies that we must have on hand looks more like this:

Coffee - I mean. Clearly, this is a must-have item. This is just such a big part of who we are and what we stand for, so the coffee is brewing each and every morning, and we're glad to stop while running errands for a coffee break too.

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Computer and Internet Access - Even though we don't do a lot of online curriculum, we do rely heavily on our devices and the internet to get through a normal schoolday. Kennady has chosen to continue with No-Nonsense Algebra, which means every lesson has a short video component. That's the only course where we must have the internet every day for the lesson, but there's so many times we need to research something, or check out a book from the library, or order something from Amazon (like maybe SAT prep), we'd be a bit stuck without our internet. I do my grading and record-keeping on the cloud, using Homeschool Tracker Online (which I'll talk about more tomorrow!). And in the writing class I'll be teaching at the co-op, I'm planning to allow the students to submit their essays for feedback and grading using Google Documents. When we are not schooling in the same place (for instance, I'm at work and the student is at home), messaging online is the best way to make sure school is getting done!

Y'know what is truly sad about this? Just a couple of days ago, I spilled coffee on my Chromebook, and I'm not sure yet whether it will survive. I was trying to think how long I could go without it, before buying a new one, and I've realized it is a genuine essential and if it doesn't revive I will have to buy another. Not the way I wanted to find out just how much we rely on it, but yeah. We do.

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And a printer - I use the printer a lot, now that I think about it, and it's never good news when I run low on ink. For me, it's been worth it to have a teacher's account with Staples. Makes it easy to have ink - or other supplies - delivered the next day (no charge!), or ready for me to pick up in the store.

A vehicle - We have places we need to go in order to do our learning! Co-op classes, chorus rehearsals, and guitar lessons all require us to do a bit of driving in order to get there.

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Travel mugs = also a necessity, because I need
to take coffee along on the road.

A comfortable place to work - Over the years I've learned that kids don't all work best at a desk or table; or at least not for every subject on every day. My oldest did most of his high school work sitting or lying on the sofa in the family room. My middle two generally used a desk to do their work, but not always. If they had a lot of reading, they would usually lie down to do that. And now my youngest does some work sitting in bed, some sitting on the floor in her room, and tries to do her reading lying in bed. I'm not exactly sure why she has a desk. She keeps stuff in it and on it, I guess. And she does use it when she works on an art project. But she's most productive when sitting on the floor. Go figure. Bottom line? As long as the work is getting done, it's fine.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Back to Homeschool Coffee Break - Curriculum

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After so many years of researching and hunting and figuring in order to put together a curriculum and course line-up for the coming school year, it was odd to have so little that I needed to sort out for this year. Some of our courses for Kennady's junior year were decided before we were halfway through her sophomore year! And a couple of others fell into place without a lot of effort on my part. Now, I will still be doing a fair amount of lesson planning, but I'll get into that later in this series. For now, here are the courses and curriculum we've settled on for 2017-2018.

Grammar and Composition

We had intended to use The Power in Your Hands from Writing with Sharon Watson last school year, to tell the truth, but not very far into the year I realized that it would be the text used in the High School Writing class at co-op this year, so we sure didn't need to do it twice! We switched things around and in a couple weeks we'll be ready to start on this. I'm actually the instructor for the co-op writing class, so it will be a somewhat new experience for both me and Kennady. I've taught co-op classes before, but not at high school level; and it's been a few years since we were in a co-op of any kind.

(By the way, we were introduced to this curriculum when we reviewed it just over a year ago. Read our review here: The Power in Your Hands (A Schoolhouse Crew Review))

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Math

It's finally time to make a switch for algebra. We have loved Life of Fred math over the years, as it is a low stress way for Kennady to learn a subject that just plain causes her stress. Several months ago she discussed with me whether using a video instruction course of some kind would work for her, and while we mulled that over, we had the opportunity to review No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials. Kennady's older brother used it quite a few years ago, and did great with it, so we jumped at the chance, and it has been quite successful so far. So we have made the choice to keep it as our primary algebra curriculum.



History, Bible, and Literature

Once again, we started off with something last year and then adjusted expectations and will finish it this year. Instead of completing all of Exploring World History from Notgrass last year, Kennady did about half of it and I adjusted the course descriptions, titles, and number of credits. This year she will do the second half of the course, and we'll adjust as well. Last year we added a few things along the way and this year we'll do the same, so I'm planning on this coming out to a full credit in History, but still looking at whether the Bible portion will be a full or half credit. And we'll have to look at the Literature portion and decide what we want to do there as well.

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Electives - Co-ops and Classes

French I - This is being offered by our high school co-op and Kennady had wanted to learn French, so that made for an easy choice! I even signed up to sit in on the class so maybe I'll learn something too. Here's hoping I'm not too much of an 'old dog' for that! 😉

Speech and Presentation - This is also through the co-op, and is a half credit class. I thought it would be an excellent addition to her coursework that will help prepare her for college, for leading worship, and for teaching.

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Children's Chorus - Kennady will be in the upper level chorus again this year, in an excellent program that provides outstanding music education in choral singing. It's a full Fine Arts credit. In addition, she has been accepted as an intern with the Chorus for this year, so she'll be assisting the Director of the upper elementary age chorus, and will earn credit for that. As well as very valuable experience if she continues to pursue music education!

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Members of the Chorus on the trip to New Orleans in June.

Guitar Lessons - another full music credit will be earned with her guitar lessons again this year. She also gets plenty of opportunity to play and sing in worship teams at church.

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Okay, this is her ukulele and not a guitar, but she
probably plays the uke more!

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Apparently she didn't want her face to show in this picture.

We don't have specific plans for Phys.Ed. or Art this year, but Kennady already has her required credit for Phys.Ed. so that's not an issue. She already has way more than her requirement for Fine Arts as well, but it's possible that she'll do enough artwork, especially if she's asked to do more backdrops or live art at church, to warrant another partial credit. I always figure if they are doing worthwhile work, they should earn some credit for it!

What's in your curriculum line-up for this school year? Leave a comment and let me know! And visit the Homeschool Review Crew Blog to find all the Back to School Blog Hop posts about curriculum.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Homeschool Highlights - Prepping for Back to School

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Welcome to Homeschool Highlights! 
This weekly link-up is your opportunity to share some highlights of what is happening in your homeschool and in your world each week. If you write a wrap-up post at the end of each week, like I've been doing, we'd love to see what you're busy with from week to week. If you'd like to pick a favorite post from your week that spotlights a resource or activity in your homeschool that you'd like to tell others about, we're interested in those too. I'm keeping the guidelines as simple as I can, and they will appear at the bottom of each post, along with the link tool. I look forward to getting to know you, and I hope this will be a source of encouragement and good ideas for all of us.

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Homeschool news  . . . With work still taking up Kennady's days, obviously we're not doing much school. I'd say we're in preparation mode for the upcoming school year. In particular, I attended the final planning meeting for our co-op this week, so things are getting ready to roll there! Exciting, and just a bit nerve-wracking too, because the countdown is on for me to finalize my lesson schedule for the year and be all ready for the first day in about four weeks!

Other news . . . We found some interesting things to keep us busy this week. We started out by going to the Demolition Derby at the 4H Fair on Saturday night. Landon's best friend had an entry in the derby so all of the friends were there to cheer him on. Unfortunately, in his pool he got hung up on the wall and his drive shaft broke, so his run ended earlier than we would have liked. He did get some good hits in though, and the rest of the derby was a lot of fun to watch.

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still not sure how this car kept moving

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This is what we came to see!

On Sunday afternoon the hubster and I decided to go to Harpers Ferry and walk one of the trails and then go out to dinner. By the time we were ready to look for a restaurant, many of the ones that looked interesting to us were ready to close, so we went to the buffet at the casino and racetrack instead of trying something rustic! But we've got some good ideas of places to look for next time we're in the area.

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Kennady worked all week, and Landon was away at camp with friends this week, so the house was quiet during the day. We did get out a couple of times in the evenings though - on Monday Kennady went to an informal juggling club that her friend was hosting, and worked on her skills; and on Wednesday we were able to have our worship team practice earlier in the evening, which meant we had a little more time to goof off during practice.

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What's New . . . I've got some new curriculum ready to go for the school year. I've got this game we're going to learn how to play.

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Unauthorized - brand new from Chara Games.


And I've got this fun gift that arrived yesterday:

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Liberty the Time-traveling horse! And other Rush Revere swag.

I recommend . . . stopping by for a Back to Homeschool Coffee Break every day next week, as I'll be participating in the annual 5 Days of Back to School Blog Hop hosted by the Homeschool Review Crew. Each day will have its own back to school theme, like curriculum or lesson planning, and you can find the links to all the participating blogs at the Homeschool Review Crew blog.

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On my blogs last week . . .

And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Book Blogger Hop - August 11, 2017
Recent Reads - The Fairest Beauty
Wordless Wednesday - Harper's Ferry
Recent Reads - The Merchant's Daughter
What I'm Reading - August 7, 2017
Scripture and a Snapshot - Rest
Recent Reads - Rush Revere and the First Patriots


Just A Second is where I share book reviews and other book-related things, and update on what's on my bookshelf. This week I finished and reviewed The Merchant's Daughter and The Fairest Beauty, both by Melanie Dickerson, and I've been reading:

Barbara and Susan's Guide to the Empty Nest by Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates


A parting shot . . . I had so many choices of what to share for my parting shot this week and finally settled on this one of my granddaughter. Because can we talk about how adorable she is?! And I get to see her next weekend. I can hardly wait.

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I will be linking up my own posts at the following weekly link parties that you may also be interested in: Weekly Wrap-Up hosted by Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers; The Homeschool Nook Link-up Party hosted by This Chaotic Bliss and Rock Your Homeschool; and Homeschool Blog & Tell at The Homeschool Post.

  Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

  The Homeschool Post



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