Thursday, May 21, 2015

The One With End-of-Year Field Trips ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

Happy Friday! J



Are you busy, friend? It’s that time of year to wrap up so many activities, the biggest one being school, and head into a bunch of other activities, for some of us that being more school. J

We like to end our year with travel and field trips which make it a little difficult to keep up with the blog. {My apologies for my absence!}

Tuesday was National Museum Day! In honor of that event, our local art museum was free. {A savings of $86 for our family of eight for those of you who are curious.} My husband and I had been years and years ago, before children, but it has changed quite a bit since then. Now, we must get back to see the rest of it, including the surrounding grounds and historic buildings.



The special exhibit was filled with classic cars. This little bus has seats that swivel to face a small table in the middle. Perhaps this should be our next vehicle? One problem -- all the cars are worth a minimum of $1.2 million!



I adore the peaceful serenity of an art gallery. Don't those light blue walls just calm frazzled nerves?



This incredible stained glass window was given in memory of President Benjamin Harrison by his wife. It reads, "Awake thou that sleepest. Christ shall arise from the dead and give thee light."



I told my husband he needs to wear his hair like this unidentified French gentleman painted by Rigaud. J



Even the museum grounds were fun and artsy!


Thursday, we returned to a favorite ~ The Creation Museum. It never disappoints, and we even heard Ken Ham speak!






Friday, we’re heading a couple of hours out of state to my hometown. The county bar association is holding a memorial service for all their lawyers who have passed away in the last several years. That includes my father.

It will be bitter sweet…sadness for my dad but an opportunity to show my hometown to my children and talk again with the lawyers who knew my father. And I can't help it...this law school graduate is looking forward to being inside a courtroom. {It’s also going to be a bit of a research trip. I think the town would be an excellent setting for another novel. J}


Have a terrific weekend!







How was your week?


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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mom, Incorporated

{Mother's Day flowers may still be blooming, but we're back to the daily routine. I'm reviving this post from May 1, 2013, as an encouragement to keep up the good work.}

Sometimes I look at my little household and imagine it to be a small business. My product is a fully-grown and functioning Christ-follower, ready to go forth in God's will, although the production takes several years. J

What if we moms were incorporated?



How would our business structure look? With our husbands as CEO, we moms would be the vice-presidents in charge of several different departments.

Accounts Payable – Depending on the involvement of our CEOs, this could include everything from the mortgage payment to a half-gallon of ice cream. In our corporation, I am responsible for all accounts payable because the CEO has delegated that to me. J

Accounts Receivable – We might check on the CEO’s direct deposit or dig the paystub out of the hamper. Sometimes funds are transferred between accounts. Perhaps we deposit whatever money we make with home or online business like Lilla Rose.

Information Technology – We moms monitor and maintain our family’s presence on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, perhaps even a blog.

Continuing Education/Training – If our products conduct their training outside the home, we make sure they have homework done, oversee special projects, and chauffeur to activities. If we conduct the education in-house, we oversee curriculum choices and the day-to-day implementation. We also conduct training exercises of all sorts, including cooking, cleaning, manners, basic courtesy, and emergency preparedness, just to name a few.

Efficiency Expert – This includes the physical organization of the corporation as well as the daily, weekly, and monthly schedules.

Manufacturing – Our involvement in this department varies. To date, I have rotated through this department for six nine-month intervals. If you have acquired your initial product elsewhere, your time in this department could be considerably longer, perhaps even involving an extensive overseas business trip.

Marketing/Public Relations – Are our products presentable when exiting the facility? Do smiles and behavior encourage others to think well of our corporation? This department can be fraught with trials, and perseverance is key to the Vice President’s success.

Materials Acquisition – Our corporations have various and ongoing needs, from cotton swabs to pancake syrup to dress socks. Of course, cost effectiveness is crucial in our acquisition, and comparison bids may be necessary to secure the best deal.

Research & Development – Is new furniture needed? Is a different training plan necessary for a more productive output or more efficiency? Which foods and activities at the holiday get-together will be best received by the attendees?

Transportation – The CEO is heavily involved in this department including purchases and repairs of the fleet, but the vice-president often spends considerable amounts of time ferrying the products between the different departments.

Take heart and be of good cheer, moms! The corporation couldn’t function without you.









In which of these departments do you spend the most time? Can you add any?


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Friday, May 8, 2015

What Are We Learning by Year’s End? ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

Happy Friday! J


Let’s try something a little different this week. We’re in the midst of wrapping up the school year with just a couple of weeks left, and so life has that nose-to-the-grindstone quality. Not much to report.

But would you like to know what my pupils are learning at the end of the year? I know I’m always curious as to where other children are in their studies, not because I’m competitive and want mine to be better, but because it’s good to be reminded that we’re on the right track. It’s encouraging to know that we’re all coming along nicely.


So, here we go by grade, and please know that these are just the academics and don't include music or Bible or any other extracurricular activities.

9yo/third grade ~
Language -- articles and commas and prepositions
Math -- review of four- and five-digit addition and subtraction, rounding up to hundreds, beginning multiplication
Reading -- American Girl books
Spelling -- finishing the third grade book and getting through weekly tests without distress now -- Victory!
J
Cursive -- two pages each day
{She did do science and history this year but has already completed both.}

11yo/sixth grade {He's a grade ahead.} ~
Science/Health -- nervous system
History -- countries and geography of South America
Math -- done for the year!
Language -- adverb phrases including diagramming
Reading -- I needed him to check but forgot to ask before he went to bed and now it's too late. In his free time, he's working through the Imagination Station books.
Spelling was done a couple of weeks ago.



13yo/seventh grade ~
Science -- types of trees, their diseases, and forestization
History -- test this week over WWII including important world figures and dates
Math -- sine, cosine, and tangent
Language -- independent and dependent clauses with diagramming
Spelling was completed a couple of weeks ago.
Reading is finished as well, but free reading continues all summer. Right now, she's reading Sherlock Holmes.



15yo/ninth grade ~
History -- countries and geography of Central America
Math -- positive and negative square roots with systems of equations {Her father oversees this. God bless that man. J }
Science -- currents, voltage, resistance
Spelling was done a week ago.
Language -- identifying and diagramming compound and complex sentences
Reading -- finished this week with reading If I Live Till Sundown (short story)

I pray that this is comforting and encouraging to you. You're doing a wonderful job, mom!


On the blog this week…




Prayers for a blessed weekend!








How was your week?


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