Friday, May 25, 2018

Homeschool Highlights - Grad Week

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I'm so excited that the Washington Capitals will be going to the Stanley Cup Finals! But I don't have a Capitals mug, so this will have to be close enough for now.

Homeschool news  . . . I need to quickly clarify that my student was not a graduate this week. She's graduating next year. But graduation celebrations are the bookends to our week, and were a big part of the reason we didn't get a huge amount of schoolwork done this week! As a junior, Kennady is invited to serve at our homeschool group's commencement exercises, and with three of her best friends in the Class of 2018 it's pretty exciting and meaningful for her. And a little motivation as the juniors think ahead to their own chance to walk the stage next year. The ceremony is tonight, by the way.

I have been on the committee that plans and organizes the commencement for several years (seven, I think?) and it's probably my favorite "job" within the homeschool community. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't require a huge investment of my time to be a part of the planning meetings, and it's always a lot of fun to work with the grads and their parents to put together the ceremony. The biggest responsibility I have is to get the music together. We try to have two or three worship songs at the beginning of the ceremony, led by the graduating class. So there's the challenge of choosing songs that suit the occasion, and are well-liked and relatively well-known by the grads. And then figuring out some logistics of whether there are students in the grad class that can accompany, and practicing enough so that they are all comfortable with what we've decided. Some years we've had a large class with several musicians and have had a band of some sort to put together. This year we have only four students in the ceremony, and only one is a musician. He chose to play guitar, so I have the honour of playing piano for the worship music part of the ceremony.

Okay, so that's grad stuff. Now back to my student, the junior. She got her results from her French final and did quite well on it. She is still finishing up History and Algebra for this school year, and I imagine will be working on Algebra for most of the summer. Because she needs to finish it, and because I'd honestly rather she work on it some over the summer than to cram all the rest of it in by the end of the month and then not do any math at all until September. Turns out she also did quite a bit of art this week, as she worked on grad gifts for her friends.

Other news . . . Last Friday I dropped Kennady off at her best friend's place on my way to work. The two girls planned to spend the day together and then go to the Junior Senior Banquet in the evening. The friend's mom kindly supplied me with some pictures of the girls all ready to go. They had a fun evening, although the banquet was very sparsely attended compared to the last several years.

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Saturday morning, bright and early - okay, it wasn't bright, but it was early - the hubster and I headed over to a friend's place to load up some firewood. They'd taken down some big trees on their property, so they told a few of us that if we wanted firewood, we could have it if we came over and loaded it up. Oh, and it was a lovely day for it too. Cold and rainy and miserable. I was soaked to my knees before we'd been there five minutes. Plus there were worms under many of the chunks of wood, so I cried a lot. But we've got a good stack of firewood to stack and use come fall.

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Landon was away all weekend, so Sunday was rather quiet. Kennady and I did attend a grad/going away party for one of guys from our homeschool group who just graduated college. Things started getting back to normal on Monday, except that I cam home from work SICK. Like whooping cough sick or something. It was not good. Have spent the week trying to recover, with mixed results, and that explains why I've been scarce on the blogs this week! Too busy and just not healthy enough to care that much.

Tuesday evening was the grad rehearsal. Kennady came with me to rehearsal so she could spend a little time with her friends, and it was probably good that I didn't have to drive all by myself! Because I was functional but really not feeling well. Cold meds, coffee, and adrenaline got me through the evening! I was feeling much better on Wednesday and Thursday, but was still worn out by what little I did on both days. Wednesday was a year-end review and Kennady's guitar lesson. Thursday was Kennady's driving instruction and errands in town and then worship team practice in the evening.


What I Loved This Week . . . despite it being a hectic week and not feeling well for most of it, I did love all the preparation for grad. And just music in general. Being able to get together with talented family and friends to play music - especially music that glorifies God! - is always a highlight for me.

I recommend . . . visiting the Homeschool Review Crew blog for the Crafts and Experiments and Projects, Oh My! Round-up today. You should be able to find a wide range of ideas for hands-on fun for kids of all ages as the Crew members share some of their favorites.


On my blogs last week . . .


Just A Second is where I share book reviews and other book-related things, and update on what's on my bookshelf. Last week I finished As Death Draws Near (A Lady Darby Mystery) by Anna Lee Huber, and reviewed it this week. And this week I finished and reviewed No Less Days by Amanda G. Stevens, and I've been reading:

The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy
 The Captured Bride: Daughters of the Mayflower - book 3 by Michelle Griep


A parting shot . . . This was what I featured on the Virtual Fridge this week. And boy, do I wish I had time right now to just put my head down and sleep like this!

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Sweet Dreams by Kat


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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Art Project Round-Up

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This week you'll find a round-up of Arts, Crafts, and Projects Ideas over at the Homeschool Review Crew blog, and I've pulled together a few of our favorite art project ideas from the Virtual Refrigerator Art Link-up to contribute. These projects are all fun and relatively easy. 

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One of our all-time favorite art projects was a series of Birch Grove paintings inspired by the art of Gustav Klimt. All you need to do your own is paper, paint and brushes, and some masking tape.

To start, use masking tape in a couple different sizes. Press the sticky side against a t-shirt to pick up some of the fibers. (This makes it easier to take off without tearing the paper later.) Stick strips of masking tape to watercolor paper, and then paint the background with a wash of watercolors. Oranges, browns, and yellows for an autumn scene; greens for a spring or summer scene; and blues for a winter scene.

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Once the wash is dry, dab on smudges and dots of watercolors - more oranges and yellows for autumn leaves; bright floral colors for blossoms or petals; or white and blue or lavender for falling snow. After all the paint is dry, gently peel off the tape.

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Shade one side of the tree trunks grey, either with watercolors or water color pencils. Finally, using a fine brush, paint some black or grey markings on the trunks to make them look more like birch bark.


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Birch Grove with Blossoms by KAT, 2015

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Birch Grove in Autumn by KAT, 2015

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Birch Grove in Winter by KAT, 2015
See my original Virtual Fridge post Virtual Refrigerator - Gustav Klimt or Virtual Refrigerator - Birch Groves for more detail and information on Klimt.

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One of Kennady's favorite artists is Piet Mondrian, and this is a simple Mondrian inspired project that she created a few years ago. It could be done by artists of all ages and abilities. (Very young artists should have an adult help them, though!)

Open up a cardboard cereal box and trim the edges, then use a straight edge to draw vertical and horizontal lines on the back of the box. Cut strips of corrugated cardboard and glue them onto the patterns.

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Cover the cardboard with heavy duty aluminum foil. Use a glue stick or brush white glue all over the dull side of the foil and then smooth it down over the cardboard. Use a felt square or a washcloth to rub and smooth the foil down so the grid pattern is in relief. Be especially careful not to slice the foil as you press against the cardboard strips. Then use a black permanent marker to color the grid.

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Use red, blue, and yellow permanent marker to color in a few of the squares. Use permanent marker, like Sharpie, so that the color doesn't rub off the foil. Even so, be careful where you place your hand, and we recommend giving each color a few minutes to 'set' before doing the next, or touching it.

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Artist Study - Piet Mondrian on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com #virtualfridge

Artist Study - Piet Mondrian on the Virtual Refrigerator, an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com #virtualfridge
Composition in Foil and Marker by KAT, August 2015

See my original Virtual Fridge posts Virtual Refrigerator - Piet Mondrian and Virtual Refrigerator - A Mondrian Memory, or my Blogging Through the Alphabet post De Stijl for more details and information about Piet Mondrian.

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This next simple project was done by both Kennady and Landon, when they probably about 8 and 12 years old. For a project imitating Australian Aboriginal dot painting, Landon drew an abstract pattern and Kennady drew a sea turtle. The outlines were sketched lightly in pencil, then they used cotton swabs to dot the acrylic paints into their pattern outlines. We chose mostly earth toned colors, and learned that it was best to use outline pictures of a flower or an animal such as a turtle, lizard, fish, or butterfly.

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Abstract, Aboriginal Dot Painting by Landon

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Sea Turtle, Aboriginal Dot Painting by KAT

The original instructions for this project came from Geography Through Art by Sharon Jeffus and Jamie Aramini.


Find out more in the original post Virtual Refrigerator - Australian Aboriginal Dot Painting.

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When studying ancient South and Central American cultures, we wanted to do an Aztec serpent mosaic. My boys did this project when they were little, and a number of years ago Kennady did it as well. It's a pretty easy project for little kids. We searched for an outline drawing to use as our template, but probably should have just drawn our own! First she cut out the serpent outline, leaving a small border. Then she used a black marker to color the border, the spaces between the serpent's coils, and the eyes; and used a red marker for the lips. Then she cut out small squares of tissue paper in two shades of blue, and glued the pieces along the serpent's body. We mounted it on blue construction paper, but black would have been more striking.

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Art Project Round-up (featuring Projects from the Virtual Refrigerator Art Link-up) on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Find more details in the original post Virtual Refrigerator - Aztec Serpent Mosaic

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And finally, another art project inspired by central American art that we enjoyed was Amate (pronounced "ah-MAH-tay"). It is a type of paper produced from bark, but can also refer to the style of art painted on that paper. In ancient times, the Aztecs used amate paper to record data or as gifts. Today, Mexican artisans paint birds, plants, and animals in whimsical designs on amate paper.

Here's our simplified version of amate. First, we cut a large rectangle from a brown paper shopping bag, and then crumpled it up and smoothed it back out several times to "soften" its appearance. Then Kennady drew her design with a black sharpie. Then she painted the design using bright colored tempera paints. Traditional amate uses bright tropical colors, or almost neon colors, with white accent. Usually there is no background color.
Mexican Folk Art - Amate Painting

Mexican Folk Art - Amate Painting

Mexican Folk Art - Amate Painting


Mexican Folk Art - Amate Painting

Find out more in the original post Virtual Refrigerator: Mexican Folk Art - Amate Painting

Mexican Folk Art - Amate Painting

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I hope you've found some interesting ideas here to try with your kids. Let me know if you create any of these projects, and if you do, please feel free to share them with us on the Virtual Fridge art link-up each Wednesday! 

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You'll find lots more crafty hands-on ideas when you visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog for the Crafts and Experiements and Projects, Oh My! Round-up, and see what other Crew members are sharing. This will be live on Friday, May 25th.

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