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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Homeschool Wrap Up Week 13

Cold weather makes me want to cook warm foods so this afternoon I made cinnamon roll cake, vegetable beef soup, and homemade bread. Hopefully it all tastes as good as it smells.

Week 13 in our Homeschool

P.E.: We did one day of yoga (Liam did not know what to think of that!) We also did one day of Family Time Fitness.  Tuesday was so pretty outside that we skipped our usual P.E. and delayed our morning school work so we could spend the morning outside.

Bible: We did 3 lessons in Bible Study Guide for All Ages.

Read Aloud: We read 4 chapters of Ronald Reagan in the morning.  We have read through 3 chapters of The Long Lost Home before bed (it takes two days to read one chapter) and we finished Lady Margaret's Ghost (AG Mystery) and are about half finished with The Secret Garden.

History: We finished lesson 18 in America's Story on The Civil Rights Movement.

Science: We finished reading chapter 8 on the Cardiovascular System, diagrammed a model of the heart and made a homemade stethoscope.  We have some notebook activities to finish up next week.

Music Appreciation: We completed chapter 18 in Music Appreciation I on Meditation from Thais by Jules Massenet.

Spelling/Reading: Christian and Anthony finished Level 5 of AAS.  Emmie is working on lesson 19 in AAS Level 2.  She is struggling with words with long vowel sounds that start with a blend so we will be working a bit more on that before moving on.

Language Arts: The boys wrote key word outlines and paragraphs on Camp Life and started reading the book Carry On Mr. Bowditch.  Lily and Emmie completed 4 lessons in their grammar books.  I would like to start a literature study on Little House in the Big Woods for Lily using The Prairie Primer but it seems I  loaned it to someone awhile back and need to see if I can get a hold of it.

Math: Anthony finished MLFLE 6 and I have ordered Rod and Staff 7.  Hoping that will be a good fit for him.  The other children completed 4 lessons in MLFLE.

Other Activities this Week:

Monday was a stay at home day.

Tuesday the girls had gymnastics.

Wednesday Liam tripped over his diaper bag while running from his aunt and went face first into the rocking chair.  He hurt his mouth and his nose but luckily not seriously.  That baby is tough!

At Kid's Club our lesson was on Jonah.  Alex played Jonah and almost didn't fit into the whale!

Thursday we had piano and dance, and Art and I escaped for an hour after dance and had dinner here in town just the two of us.

Friday we had a STEM 4 H meeting.  We made and raced balloon powered cars.

My big boys went to the high school football game dressed in many layers.

Saturday morning was opening day of modern gun for deer season.  Alex got a little buck.  Christian did not get anything.
We packed our OCC boxes.  Did not get a picture of Emmie.

Sunday morning early Art got a big buck.  Meet for the freezer!

One more week of school and then a week off for Thanksgiving.

I hope you had a great week!

Happy Homeschooling!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Homeschool Crew Review: Master Kitz The Starry Night

The Starry Night is one of my girls favorite paintings. We were very excited to have an opportunity to use and review Master Kitz The Starry Night from Kidzaw.com.  We were so impressed with the masterpieces they created with this wonderful kit!

Our kit included:

box to hold the supplies
2 large pieces of white paper
6 temporary star masks
1 textured roller
1 foam roller
3 bottles of paint: white, blue, black
box of  4 oil pastels: yellow white, orange, blue
instruction booklet with step by step instructions and information on Vincent van Gogh

You need to provide:

newspaper or something to cover your work surface if you are worried about mess
tape to tape the paper down
paper plate or paint pallet to squeeze your paint onto

There is enough paper provided to do two projects and if you purchase additional large sheets of paper, there is plenty of paint and oil pastels to do multiple projects and the rollers, stickers, and stencil can be used over and over again.  My girls (9 and 7) both wanted to work on the kit together.  The only disadvantage to doing it that way was that they only could use three "stars" each, but they were fine with that.   They could have easily followed the instructions on their own as they are illustrated, but I sat with them to make sure they didn't have any problems.  The age recommendation for this kit is 3-105 so a wide range of ages can definitely enjoy this project!

The first thing we did was tape the paper down to the table.  We use our school room table for a lot of art projects so I did not worry about covering it with anything.  The paper does need to be taped securely as the paper is rolled in the box and you need it to lay flat.

Next they decided where to place the temporary stars and squeezed 4 quarter sized amounts of blue paint onto a paper plate.

Then we rolled the textured roller over the paint and rolled it all across the white paper.  It puts swirly strokes onto the paper just like van Gogh's painting!

After that step is completed you add white paint over the blue on your palette and paint over it with the textured roller.

Then you remove the "star" stickers (which are really just circles.) You need to be very careful at this step.  Emmie was in a hurry and pulled too fast on one of hers and it tore the paper. I used a glue stick and stuck it back down and it was just fine.

Next you line up the stencil over top of the paper and tape it down.  Black paint gets squeezed onto the palette and you use the smooth roller to paint over the open areas of the stencil.  Once this is completed you carefully remove the stencil and allow the painting to dry for 5-10 minutes.

Once your painting is dry you use the oil pastels to shade in the stars, buildings, and trees. Children can mix and blend and add their own special touches to the painting.

Then you are finished!

My girls absolutely loved creating their The Starry Night master pieces!  This kit was so fun to use. The rollers, stickers, and stencil made it so easy to create the classic piece and at the same time, they could make it their own.  The instructions were very easy to follow.  There is also some brief information about van Gogh included in the instruction booklet.  We loved the box that everything came with and that the supplies can be used multiple times.

We would definitely be interested in using some of the other kits from Kidzaw.com. To see what my Crew Mates had to say, stop by the Crew Blog!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Homeschool Wrap Up Week 12

 I think my laptop is trying to die on me.  I really need it to last at least another year!

We did not inform the dog that there was going to be a time change and that we would get an "extra" hour of sleep this morning.  So she woke me up at 5:30 instead of 6:30.  I remember when I had little babies and small children it was always the same way.  It messed up the entire day.  Emmie just told me she is starving (it should be almost supper time but with the time change it is not), so it does affect the everyone else as well, just not as bad as young children.

Week 12 in our Homeschool

P.E.: I excused myself from P.E. this week because I had horrible back pain for about 4 days and I have no idea why, so I watched the children do Family Time Fitness.

Read Aloud: We finished the biography on Milton Hershey (now everyone wants to take a field trip to Hershey Pennsylvania) and read chapter one of  Ronald Reagan Destiny on His Side.  For our before bed stories we are reading the American Girl story Lady Margaret's Ghost and just finished The UnMapped Sea.  One more Incorrigible book to go and maybe we will finally know all of the answers!

History: We completed lessons 16 and 17 in America's Story on Tumultuous Times and Changing Times.  One of the things they discussed was the space race so we watched the movie Hidden Figures.

Science:  We started lesson 8 on the Cardiovascular System in Apologia Exploring Human Anatomy and made a model of the heart using cardboard, paint, toothpicks, and marshmallows.  We made a similar model a few years ago but it used graham crackers and frosting and was edible.

Music Appreciation:  We finished chapter 17 in Music Appreciation I on Tempo and Camille Saint-Saens The Carnival of Animals.

Spelling/Reading: The boys completed step 27 in AAS 5 and Emmie completed lessons 15,16,17 in AAR Level 2.

Language Arts: Christian and Anthony wrote key word outlines and paragraphs on Genghis Khan.  Next week I am going to add a literature study for them to do as well.  For Lily too.  And I would like to add poetry back in to our day. Lily and Emmie completed 4 lessons in their language arts books.

Math: They completed 4 lessons in MLFLE.  Anthony only has 4 lessons left in his book so I need to get something ordered for him this week.

Other Activities this Week:

Chelsea has started substitute teaching at some of the areas schools so we are babysitting Liam a few days a week.  This week we had him Monday and Thursday.

Nick and Alex have to wear sunglasses when they are outside, so Liam wanted to wear some too.
Trying to keep Liam busy when I was reading aloud.

Monday was a stay home day!

Tuesday the girls had gymnastics and we went Trick or Treating on  the Trick or Treat Trail (our town does changes Halloween if it falls on a Sunday or Wednesday because of church activities.)

Wednesday was Kid's Club and Children's Choir.  Our pastor does the Bible lesson with the children and he goes all out to make it a memorable lesson.  He built a lion's den and brought a lion costume to teach the lesson of Daniel in the Lion's Den.

When we got home Wednesday it was storming really bad and our power was out.  We usually watch It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on Halloween so I put it into the computer and we watched on it.  We got power back right a bedtime.

Thursday was piano and dance.

Friday was another stay at home day.  Two in one week!!

Saturday was the BEST Robotics competition in Little Rock so we were gone from 6 in the morning til 8 that night.  It was a long day!! Nick's team did really well winning  2nd for robot performance, 3rd for spirit and sportsmanship, and they also won an award for best programming.  Instead of supper we went through the Drive Thru for ice cream :)

I hope you had a great week!

Happy Homeschooling!