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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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970344_498910536857470_1491688851_nA movie day with Veggie Tales, The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, and a remake of Treasure Island.

10pira600972115_498201706928353_1573811201_n J’s fourth day of the fourth grade!   (Sorry about the blurred photo, but this kid was not able to stand still, nor the photographer, apparently)

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/


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Our Homeschooling Week Ending June 14

This week E went to Tennessee with a friend’s family.  She had a wonderful time camping.  Here’s the cabin and it’s view.

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While on the trip, E and her friend had the opportunity to spend the day in Nashville.  They had lunch at an aquarium themed restaurant…

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and then a visit to the zoo!

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E wasn’t the only one to get an up-close look at animals this week.  J and Z went to the library for Animal Tales, a live animal, “edZOOcational” program.  Z was picked to assist the handler with the African Spurred Tortoise.1002093_10151501455028697_113897920_nAfter the program, Z was invited to pet a Woma Python!

983985_10151502063868697_1498871505_nAt home this week, we have enjoyed these last days of spring observing the daily changes out in our yard.  Our keyhole garden science project is growing like crazy!  This week we picked the first Hungarian Pepper.  The Jalopinos are ready to pick, too!  It’s time to be thinking about adding fried green tomatoes to our menu.

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1014340_473852806029910_1247598794_nOur Zinnias have blooms and we have our first Pansie.

988644_473852779363246_1520927192_n  10576_473852712696586_1386058004_nOur Magnolia Tree is blooming too!  It smells so good.  I brought a couple of petals in to use as air freshener.  (Our bathroom smells good, too.)

1013415_473852689363255_1390654141_nFor more about Animal Tales  click here https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/13/diggin-the-library/

For another post about our homeschooling garden science project click here  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/23/watching-our-garden-grow/

I hope you had a good week and wishing you another good week next week!

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.

971711_461016027313698_1140299628_nAlso, as part of the celebration, parents present their kids with awards for something well done during the year.  These are the ones my husband presented to our kids.

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.

972020_532695726788562_1251817401_nBy Sunday afternoon, all looked fine.  The yard barely even had a puddle left in it.

970153_468262373255620_998148550_n The garden recovered from the down pour.  We even have some baby tomatoes and peppers growing now.

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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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Yuck! Worms!

GLOVER“Mom, why do worms go to the sidewalk when it rains?”  I answer that I don’t know, then tell him to pick them up and throw them in our garden.  Of course that leads to his next question, “Why?”  Before another worm question can be asked,  the idea for a new mini unit study is already forming in my head.  And since the weather forecast is calling for more showers, I am thinking now will be a good time to begin.

I found this at our library for the younger boys, but we will all read it because we all love picture books.

yucky worms bookFor the answers to the worm questions, we’ll take a look here  http://www.biologyjunction.com/earthworm%20facts.htm#How%20long

Because very few science studies are complete without a lapbook project,  we’ll download from here  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/worms.php

Worm jokes for fun from a wonderful kids and garden site  http://www.kidsgarden.northwestwigglers.com/worms-and-bugs/worm-jokes/

And for the grand finale,  gummy worms and the movie, How To Eat Fried Worms.

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

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In case you are wondering why the worm crossed the road, I know that answer.  To get away from the chicken!

betty jo

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A Science Lesson From A Friend

“…Cursed is the ground because of you;
    through painful toil you will eat food from it
    all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
    and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
    you will eat your food…” (Gensis 3)

I was chatting about homeschooling and getting some gardening advice from my friend Bobbi, from Provident Living Homestead.   She thought the movie, Back to Eden, could help us with our gardening unit study.  So,  she sent it to me.

How awesome is that?  Another homeschooling mom sending me a science lesson.  She probably has no idea how much easier this will make my homeschooling day.  I won’t have to research, print out anything, or design a lesson plan .   The kids are going to appreciate this too.  They have a BUSY week ahead.  Watching a movie for our unit study one day this week  is going to please them as well.

You should visit Bobbi’s blog and see the adorable baby goats  and much more  http://providentlivinghomestead.com/

goatsAnd  “like” Provident Homesteading on Facebook.  You’ll pick up a lot of good ideas.  https://www.facebook.com/ProvidentLivingHomestead?fref=ts

Here’s the movie link to Back to Eden so you can have the day off from teaching science, too.  http://www.backtoedenfilm.com/

And here’s the link to another gardening post  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/14/homeschool-gardening/

betty jo