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Our Homeschooling Week Ending 11/16

Our weather has turned much cooler this week but that has not kept us indoors.  Our beautiful maple tree is loosing it’s yellow leaves and has created an opportunity for work, nature observation, and play.

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Our garden science project from this past spring is still amazing.  Even though we have had a few frosts, and nearly everything we had planted is finished, the peppers and onions are still producing!  And weeds are coming up like crazy.  We are hoping to get the remnants of the tomato vines chopped up into mulch this coming up week.


Our lessons this week focused on the establishment of the Plymouth Colony, this day in history and science, and adding Montana, Washington, and Oklahoma more states to our board.  (We add a state every time it’s statehood anniversary comes up on the special days calendar.)

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After a week of word games and random drawing, we started on a new mural for our chalkboard wall.  It should be finished next week.

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Our homeschooling support group held a Pre-Thanksgiving cooking class.  E and I taught  cornbread cranberry stuffing and acorn treats.  The kids also learned to make rolls (regular and gluten free), butter, green bean casserole, deviled eggs, and turkey carving.  Kitchen skills and safety with a little science and history thrown in made for a great school day!  The class was followed by our monthly family night with more friends and more food!

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For more about our garden science project click here https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/14/homeschool-gardening/

For photos of past chalkboard wall murals click here https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/one-of-our-favorite-things-the-wall/

For more about our local homeschooling support group click here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/02/23/what-do-you-get-when-you-cross/

The printable resources for our year long state study come from here  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/connections__usa.php

For more about our Plymouth Colony study and the links we are using click here https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/11/08/thanksgiving-unit-study-ideas-and-resources/

For the special days listing for November click here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/10/29/special-days-in-november/

It was a busy, but good week for our family.  I hope yours was good, too!

betty jo

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Our Homeschooling Week Ending 8/9

This was our first week back to full time homeschooling!  It’s our 16th year of educating at home.   We kicked off the new school year with waffles, (according to the special days calendar, it was International Waffle Day)!

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We erased the ocean mural from our chalkboard wall.  What a dusty blue mess!  At least it cleans up fairly easy.

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1146637_498910486857475_681946074_nOur first library check outs of the school year.

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7142_498910560190801_1046641411_nThese are the prettiest pickings from our science project garden this week.  That’s not an apple, it’s a sweet red pepper.  We harvested only a few tomatoes, but have dozens almost ripe on the vines.


I hope you had a good week and that the upcoming week will be even better!

Related posts:

August Special Days calendar  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/07/29/special-days-in-august/

Our Chalkboard Wall  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/one-of-our-favorite-things-the-wall/

Our Garden Science Project  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/14/homeschool-gardening/  and  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/23/watching-our-garden-grow/


betty jo

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Our Homeschooling Week Ending August 2

This homeschooling week ends finding this mama tired but happy.  What a week!  I’ve been getting our house and schooling in order so that all will be ready on Monday, our official start back to full time homeschooling.

A week or so ago, I saw an idea for refurbishing a crib into a desk.  I wanted one.  We were able to get an old crib from our church’s supply closet and B15  assembled it just how I had envisioned it.  The desk top is our dry erase board (a leftover piece of white Formica).  Z thinks it’s cool to be allowed to draw on the desk top.  I like the size.  It’s large enough for two with plenty of room for a puzzle or math games.  Placing it in front of the window will be nice as we journal seasonal observations (and spy on the neighbors).

999560_495814647167059_661678687_nI enjoyed the “Back To School” sales this week.  I still have a bit left to get while the prices are low, however our haul is looking rather large and it’s more than what we need to get started including coffee and chocolate for the teacher!

968878_495814623833728_2090607164_nThe bulletin boards have been emptied and are ready for new word walls and timelines.

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Our materials from Nutrients for Life arrived this week.  I told the kids we would be waiting until school started to open it.  I’m hoping it will have useful information and resources to add to our science studies.

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We have one major project left to do this weekend.  It’s time to erase our ocean mural.  I feel a little sad about erasing this one.  I think it has been my favorite.  It certainly was the most fun to work on (yet).


I hope you had a good week, too and that the coming week will be even better!

betty jo

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Our Homeschooling Week Ending June 7

The highlight from our week was Graduation/Achievement Night.  My daughter and I were on the decorating committee for our homeschooling support group’s year end celebration.

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We had an expected head count of 120 guests for the reception.  We planned for more, which was a good thing because we had close to 200 guests attend!

SALT (homeschool creative ministries) and Silver Lining (homeschool color guard) performed for the night’s entertainment.

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As part of this celebration, families set up display tables featuring awards, photos and projects from the year.  This was our homeschool’s display.

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He gave our homeschool a history award for our unit studies of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

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B15 was awarded for “Scriptural Character Studies and Application”.   J10 earned the “All Around Improvement” award.

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Z7 was given the “Independent Study” award.  I wasn’t left out of the awards.  My family gave me one too, “Computer Achievement”.

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Saturday morning we awoke to a flash flood!  Our front yard looked like this.

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Our back yard was worse.

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The water poured into our cellar and flooded our garage.  Thank goodness we had access to a pump.  It took nearly 6 hours to get the water out from under our house.

944286_468262039922320_1872947432_nWe were quite concerned about our garden when we saw it. Our pepper plants were partially uprooted and leaning over. The box floating away in this photo was our homeschool’s weather station.  I’m still not sure where it ended up.  We found some of our yard things in the empty lot on the next street over, but not the weather station.

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Monday and Tuesday we put summer school on hold to dry out some of our things we had stored in the garage.  Our Christmas books got the worst damage, but most will be alright.  We feel blessed not to have had more ruined.


June 5 was the anniversary of the first hot air balloon flight (1783).  Last year as part of our summer school calendar studies Z,  J, and I decided to learn everything we could about hot air balloons.  Last year’s lapbook made a good review for us this year.

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We are hoping for the upcoming weekend and next week to be uneventful and peaceful.  And maybe we’ll start a new art project for our chalkboard wall.  We erased the last mural and now our kitchen/school room looks very plain.  I’m thinking we need something summery and fun, maybe a summer camp scene?


Here’s the links to related posts:

Year End Celebration  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/04/year-end-celebration/

Homeschool creative ministries  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/20/salt/

Homeschool color guard  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/16/silver-lining/

Homeschool Gardening  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/14/homeschool-gardening/

Our one day study on Hot Air Balloons  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/05/hot-air-balloons/

Our chalkboard wall murals  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/one-of-our-favorite-things-the-wall/

betty jo

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Poetry In Chalk

We have a chalkboard wall in our kitchen/school room.  Currently, we are in the process of working on a project called “April Showers Bring May Flowers”.  We are only working on it on rainy days and hopefully the whole wall will be covered in flowers and butterflies by May.

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poetry wallAll the poetry devise mini posters filled up the blank spots rather well.

For another blog post about our “Poetry In Your Pocket” Day click here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/18/poetry-in-your-pocket/

For more about our chalkboard wall click here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/one-of-our-favorite-things-the…

betty jo

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Blogs In Heaven?

It’s been a little over a week since I started Still Learning Something New.  I am humbled that I’ve had views, a few e-mail followers, and received wonderful, encouraging comments. I’m proud that I’m in the process of overcoming my computer-phobia and learning how to blog instead of only reading others. Really, friends, this is a huge step for me.

In my past life (not a in a Shirley McClain kind of way, but in the before marriage and children kind of way) I studied journalism in college.  In fact, my folks spent thousands of dollars to see I got educated to write and be published.  However, college was a “FAIL”.  Those dollars were wasted. I lost brain cells instead of filling up the ones I had. I hurt me and I hurt my parents.  I’ve been ashamed and I have always thought they were too. They were very educated. My older siblings have degrees.  Success was expected.

After all those years I am finally committed to writing daily, I’ve finally been published.  People from around the world have read what I said.  It’s mind blowing.  I wish my parents could know.

 I don’t imagine that they have WiFi in Heaven. There is so much sin and sadness over the internet and NO sin and sadness in Heaven that I don’t think those there would even want it.  However, since “all things are possible with God” , my prayer is that my Mom and Dad know that it all wasn’t a waste. I’d love for Jesus to let them read what I’ve written. And for Him to show them that “view map” on the stats board.  I’d like them to see the pics of the chalk board wall, too.  Mom would love that idea.

 Also, I pray for those of you reading now that whatever your needs are that they will be met. And that we all will be able to do something that glorifies and pleases He who made us and saved us.

.        many blessings, betty jo

OOPS!- I Forgot…

Last night I added a page to this blog site, but I forgot a couple of pictures.  Of course I did not realize this until my daughter, E17 left a comment on the page. (At least the kids are keeping track of what their mom is posting about.)  So tonight, here’s what should have been included in “One of Our Favorite Things – The Wall.  Original page link here; .https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/one-of-our-favorite-things-the-wall/

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E17’s Hunger Games B-Day Party

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B14’s Giant Panda

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And this one is A22 and me working on the Fall Wall. Z7 had posed for the scarecrow.

At the risk of losing readers by showing this pic of me in shorts, I thought this was a good picture to show how big our chalkboard wall really is and included it anyway.    betty jo