Sunday, May 29, 2016

Here, There and Everywhere

*1*
What a busy, crazy fun week.
Of course, there was work, music lessons, math - the usual. 
And a trip to the Capital to hear Franklin Graham speak. Loved joining hands and faith with 3000 other Territorians to pray for our state, country and leaders. 

 *2*
Project Homeschool Golden Grasses:
Cub has made armor on his own in the past. Because, you know, Gear. This year, I brought him a "Warfare by Duct Tape" book and this was the result:

Pretty awesome! He has big plans to invest in the rest of the series. 

*3*
CC Parent Practicum- this year, History. Great stuff! And Challenge B training. 
Challenge B, baby. Classical Conversations Challenge program is the.best. Coming right up:
Mock Trial, Science Fair, Short Story Anthologies, Science Time-line, Latin and LOGIC. 
Woohoo!
If you love education or kids, get to a CC Parent Practicum. Fun times. 

*4*
After a week of everyone going to work and friends and different cities and generally in many different directions, we all met back at home to play games, eat and do laundry. 
Ticket to Ride is always fun. 
This is Feeche's, "I am strategizing to win" face,
And yes, he did win, but I gave him a serious run for his money. 

*5*
And then we watched, "Heart of the Sea" because the Practicum Speaker mentioned it. 
A great story, well depicted with amazing graphics about the tragedy of the whaleship Essex and the inspiration of Moby Dick. Thought provoking on many levels to the point that we all looked up more info on the Essex and the story today.

Last week we watched Ken Davis' "Fully Alive" - excellent and ohsofunny! Part sermon, part comedy routine, totally inspiring! 

*6*
You do expect Baby-spam, right? Just over a week old. My kids have collectively decided that the shape of Mr. Samwise's head takes after his Italian side and that he needs a Fedora and suit.

*7*
There is clover everywhere; a carpet of fragrant loveliness. Which is a vast improvement over the wormwood and thistles that were choking our property when we first moved here.
Of course, we have bouquets of it inside, too, because, you know, Flower. 

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Franklin Graham at the Capital

Dr.Dh, Cub and I trekked to the Capital this week to hear Franklin Graham on his 
Decision America Tour. Just under 3000 came out, in the middle of the week. It was gorgeous weather and an enthusiastic crowd.

It was great to be part of a huge crowd praying for our state and country, but I wish Franklin's message had been more relevant to what our current issues and challenges are. 

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Another week

another week

And that about sums it up, right?!

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Grandson #1 (and more!)

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Best Event of the week. 
KB and Mr. V welcomed little Samwise to the family! 

*2*
Lots going on in the blogsphere
Check out more articles on Classical Ed at Trivium Tuesdays

*3*
The Garden. It's straw bale this year because Flower got obsessed passionate about a book. Then, Dr.Dh stepped in and crafted a watering system. We're calling it our Mission to Mars look. It's pretty amazing. Stay tuned for a step-by-step post about the straw bale thing. 

*4*
Beside the garden, Flower is obsessed passionate about sculpting. Here is part of her "heart" collection. Some are "gardens"- some are themes- like the water lilies at 12 o'clock and the dolphin at 6 o'clock. The picture does not capture just how lovely and detailed they are! 

*5*
The kids got their scripts for Shakespeare Camp, happening in July this year. Commence memorizing! This year it's Much Ado About Nothing. 

Between now and then we have 2 practicums, 2 more conventions and the beach. A different one this year, but for those of us landlocked deep in the heart of the Territories, practically any beach will do. We heard about Airbnb from friends of ours who are hosts and as a result we are renting a house for way cheaper than hotel rooms. Haven't heard of it? Use my link HERE and we BOTH get travel credits! Win/Win!

*6*
Feeche is "home" for the summer and working, taking classes, writing, spending time with a certain girlfriend and generally here to eat and sleep.Cub is busy with piano (Math is Motion -a recently released Classical Conversations music theory curriculum- really spoke to him!), karate, reading everything he can get his hands on, Geometry and spending hours and hours and hours outdoors. We super love summer!!
Oh, and have I mentioned Studio C? Good, clean fun!!

*7*
Cause, ya' know... 
KB says, "He has your lips." One of my best features! Can't wait to snuggle this little guy! 


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Friday, May 20, 2016

Putting Last Year's Homeschool to Bed

School is ovah! We had a great year, learned a ton, made great friends, have amazing memories, read the best books and wrote some amazing papers! Commence summer schedule, baby!

But before you move on to next year do a WRAP-UP from last year.

1) Evaluate how the year went.
  • How did the Curriculum work for you? Did you love it, like it, tolerate it, hate it? 
  • How did it work for the kids? Did it actually get used regularly enough to be beneficial?
  • Were the extra-curriculars you were involved in too time-consuming, too rigorous, too expensive or a waste of time? Did they add or detract from your overall plan?
  • Did social events provide healthy social interaction?
  • Co-ops, on-line classes and  other outsourced programs- how did they work? Did they deliver what you expected? Were they worth the time, money, planning and effort it took to participate?
  • What programs, events, activities, sports are you going to continue and which are you going to change or get rid of?

2) Sort and Organize
Sort through papers, notebooks, curriculums, books, DVD's, etc and purge. Books and curriculum you are done with- donate, sell or compost (yes, you read that right, CrunchyMomma here).
The stuff you are keeping? Clean it up and put it back on the bookshelves. The memories you want to keep? Make a scrapbook, a yearbook (Peekaboo) or blog about it.
Go through clothes, shoes and winter gear while you are at it. The kids grew at the speed of sound this year!

3) Teacher Training

Plan on a Homeschool Conference, Convention or Parent Practicum. Teacher Training Y'all. Determine an area you want to build your own copiousness in this year and make a plan for actually doing it.For me, it will continue to be Latina and Logic (Memoria Press and Jim Nance to the rescue!).Read some great books, start a book or Schole club. Don't forget to add in some fun and a break from your regularly scheduled programming so that you are refreshed and ready for what's next!

4) Look Ahead 
Make a list of curriculum and supplies you need to check out and purchase.
Overplan your coming year and then Go with the flow.

We've come to appreaciate the value of having beginning and end dates to our school year. Year-round schooling left us all feeling like we were on a never ending hamster wheel, never getting that that deeply satisfying feeling of accomplishment. These days we set a yearly academic schedule of 30 weeks, plan in breaks (Christmas/ stay or vacation, and summer school. We get more done, feel better about what we have done and look forward to what's ahead.

 
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Cutie Pie!

The days are long, the years are short. 

I look at my husband and ask, "Are we this old?" and he says, confidently, "Yes.' 
Thankful to God for this new season of welcoming the next generation! 

 
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Baby V!


So, this little guy showed up last night. 
Baby, Momma (and Daddy) are all doing well! 

 
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