Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer Science - AIG Properties of Matter Unit 1

Last summer we did all of our botany studies in order to take advantage of our best growing season. It went really well! We got to the second half of our school year and really enjoyed not having science in addition to all of our other work. We still did some review with books, videos, and a lapbook but it was a relief to have slightly less-full days towards the end of our year.
Having that in the back of my mind, I decided that we should do all our science for the 2015-2016 school year over this summer. :)

We're planning to continue with My Father's World family cycle... doing the last year, 1850-Modern Times. The science topics for this year are chemistry and physics related but they are for younger elementary students than my 6th and 8th graders. I decided to continue using Answers in Genesis "God's Design" series curriculum because it's leveled from kindergarten to 8th grade.
I did some fancy scheduling to hit all the topics that MFW would be covering which meant eliminating some of the lessons from these four books:
Properties of Matter
Properties of Atoms and Molecules
Heat and Energy
and Machines and Motion.
In order to keep all the papers together, I set up a 3" 3-ring binder for the youngling and the padawan (Tenor is now a teenager... no longer a youngling. lol). The binder has a reference sheet in the front
 
and sections for
daily questions: the section where they answer the "What Did We Learn?" and "Taking It Further" questions;
notebooking: worksheets from the Teacher Guide CD-Rom that aren't specifically experiments as well as any other written assignments that don't have worksheets;
experiment sheets: the sheets included on the TG as well as my blank experiment sheet template page;
vocabulary: I made sheets listing all of the "words to know" in the lessons that they write the definitions on;
scientists: They will notebook about each of the scientists in the "Special Feature" sections. I even printed pics of the scientists that they'll add to the sheets;
quizzes and tests: This section has all of the quizzes and tests from the TG. I use them more to review, to make sure they grasped what we learned.


Our first book is AIG's Properties of Matter.
For unit 1, we conducted heat experiments

used the scientific method

and became familiar with the terminology of the metric system.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Cleaning Up the Cleaning Up Stuff

In our laundry room, I have an extra closet. Yay for storage! We keep our crates of bottled water, the vacuum, the steam vacuum, and out-of-season coats in there. I had all of my larger cleaning tools in there too but it was kind of a mess. I needed the shelf of the closet to hold our pool bag which was okay because the cleaning tools were just hanging up out there and they'd get pushed to the back where I couldn't reach them. The swiffer and broom were standing in the corner which meant they'd fall over all the time.
Ikea to the rescue. We added a Bygel rail to this piece of wood that was on the back of the closet door.
I added a few Bygel hooks and a few other, plastic Ikea hooks that don't seem to be available anymore.
With a cheap and fast fix, I have a place for cleaning tools, my clothespins, and some room to grow! Now if I could just get Bass to downsize all of his coats!

Linking up to some or all of these great blog parties:
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Wednesday: Wicked Awesome Wednesday at Handy Man, Crafty Woman; Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts; 
Friday: Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest; Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring;

Monday, June 1, 2015

Make a Card Monday - Camping Adventure

I was inspired by this card to make my masculine birthday cards for this year. I liked the wood grain and the paper flags. My version ended up like this:
And the inside:

Details:
cardstock: green card base and mats (Stampin Up!), brown (unknown), white (Georgia Pacific)
patterned paper: Lakeside (Pebbles) brown woodgrain (unknown)
embellishments: brads (Making Memories), copper Liquid Pearls
color: Jardin Moss ink (Palette), colored pencils (Prismacolor)
tools: foam dots (Studio G)
stamps: Camp Out (images and top sentiment) and Great Greetings (The Angel Company)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

School Summary - We are finished!

A Summary of May 11-15
We DID finish a week earlier than I planned. Yay for the younglings! I'm sure I say this every year but I can hardly believe we've been doing this homeschool thing as long as we have. I said I would never, ever, ever, ever homeschool, and here we are finishing our 4th year. Wow!
Here's what we did in our last week of the year:

Things that were scheduled:
Math
Tenor is up to lesson 53 in Saxon Algebra I. He'll pick up there next year. Soprano finished Saxon 6/5 and through Life of Fred Cats chapter 9. She'll pick up with LOF at the beginning of next year.
Language Arts (Grammar and Writing; Reading and Spelling for Soprano)
Soprano finished her last reading book, Caddie Woodlawn as well as her Rod and Staff English 5. Tenor completed Rod and Staff English 7. We also finished the last of the lessons in IEW's U.S. History Based Writing Lessons, Volume 1. I've got different plans for next year's writing... the younglings are excited!

Electives:
Typing, Greek (Tenor), Spanish (Tenor)
Their typing has actually improved this year. I was pleasantly surprised when I printed the end-of-year results from the typing program. I think we'll do one more year of it (bumping up the words-per-minute goal) and then be done. Or maybe I'll have them work on it this summer... hmmm. That's an idea. :)

My Father's World Exploration to 1850
Just a little bit of finishing up.

Bible: The memory work is done so we just reviewed. I also completed a project I've been wanting to do for-EV-ah. I printed all of our previous memory verses (from ECC, CTG, RTR, and this year) on cardstock. I cut them into 3x5 cards and added them to the notecard box each youngling has on their desk. I'm hoping to relearn and review those verses next year when we do 1850-Modern Times.
 
State Reports: 
Finished!
 
Other MFW: 
Music: We're listening to composers from this year at lunch for review. We listened to Chopin this week. For our hymn study, we learned our last one for the year, "O Worship the King".
Extras:
Web:
You can see them all in my Youtube playlist for weeks 15-34.
Although there aren't any science or history videos, there are videos of the hymns.
 
And that's it for the year! 
We didn't really have a celebration because I went away for the week following but they each got a little gift. Portfolios are completed; our evaluation is scheduled; finished curriculum has already been sold; books were cleaned out; and next year's paperwork (for the state) is ready to go. I've been planning and preparing for next year already so I'm hoping that I'll actually have a bit of a summer break this year!
We are doing next year's science over the summer but so far that's gone very well and not been overwhelming. Year 4 done and year 5 coming up!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Crafty Patriotic Mantel with a Rag Garland, Pennant, and U.S.A. Picks

My mantel's year is usually winter, St. Patrick's Day, Easter/Spring, Summer, Fall, Christmas.
I skip Valentine's Day because I'm usually worn out after Christmas and don't feel like doing two quick changes. It felt like there was a hole though between my spring mantel and my beach-themed summer mantel. I decided that a patriotic display would be a great fit for Memorial Day through July 4th.
From left to right...
I left my white lantern and added two candle holders (Hobby Lobby 50% off) and a picture frame stand (Michael's 'Make It Market' 50% off). I resized this cute printable for the frame.
I made a little pennant banner for the window using DCWV's Nantucket stack and red & white baker's twine from Queen and Co. I cut the pennants from Cricut's Pretty Pennants cartridge. The wood star is from Christmas Tree Shops, and the painted Mason jars are from Michael's (50% off). I made three little picks for the jars using the Nantucket stack, Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Scalloped Circle and Large Circle, and Cricut Extreme Fonts for the letters. To hold the picks in place, I wadded balls of tin foil and stuffed them in the jars.
On the far side, I put a bunch of mini flags (Hobby Lobby) into a white ceramic vase (Michael's 50% off) and set it on a couple books to add height.

Altogether, it looks like this.
Hanging on the mantel is a rag garland i made using this tutorial. I cut the fabric (JoAnn's all on sale plus an extra 15% off everything coupon!) into 1" x 10" pieces and knotted it onto shoelace rope that I doubled up.
Of course with all the red, white, and blue on the mantel, I needed to make new pillow covers for the couch too. :)  I used the same envelope pillow cover method that I use for all of them. (Fabric from JoAnn's 50% off plus that coupon).
Now my living room is all decked out for the good ol' U.S. of A!
 

Behind the Scenes: what the photos don't show you is that I didn't buy enough of the floral pillow fabric so the loveseat still has plaid St. Paddy's Day pillows. Ugh! 

Linking up to some or all of these great blog parties:
Sunday: It's Overflowing; Sunday Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming;
Monday: Inspire Me Monday at Sand and Sisal; Tutorials and Tips at Home Stories A to Z; Monthly Before and After at Thrifty Decor Chick
Wednesday: Wicked Awesome Wednesday at Handy Man, Crafty Woman; Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts; 
Friday: Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest; Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring;

This post was featured at Handy Man, Crafty Woman. Thanks, Laurie!

School Summary - State reports and getting done

All those books are completed - wow!
A Summary of April 27 - May 8
The younglings are working hard (I think!?) to try to finish a week earlier than planned. I'm going away for a week so Bass will be taking over. The younglings thought that finishing up early would allow for a more fun week with Dad. I'd love to get it all done and wrapped up before I go away too. What they don't know is that if they finish early, they'll be starting our summer science with Dad while I'm away. But they're both looking forward to the science subjects we'll be studying (chemistry and physics) and school is just more fun with a substitute teacher anyway. :)
Here's what we did:

Things that were scheduled:
Math
Language Arts (Grammar and Writing; Reading and Spelling for Soprano)
Soprano finished her spelling! Tenor had already finished his reading while Soprano has about 8 more lessons to go.

Electives:
Typing, Greek (Tenor), Spanish (Tenor)

My Father's World Exploration to 1850
These last four weeks of MFW will focus on Bible, our hymn study, and doing state reports. The curriculum has nature study scheduled but the younglings just haven't gotten into that. We'll be skipping it and focusing on the state reports as we finish up the rest.

Bible: This year we're doing an in-depth study of the book of James and attempting to memorize the entire book. We've now learned all of chapters 1-5. We're still working on those last 8 verses of chapter 5 but I had them learn it early so we could spend the next few weeks reviewing.
 
State Reports: 
I debated whether or not to do the report or just do lapbooks. Lapbooks would be much easier... just read, fill out, cut and paste, but I wanted them to have a little practice on doing research from multiple sources and then compiling the info. Soprano decided to use the sheets from "Writing a State Report." Tenor wanted to use those sheets to take notes and is writing his own paragraphs from those notes I think after another week they'll have them finished up.
 
Other MFW: 
Music: We're listening to composers from this year at lunch for review. We had a week of Mendelssohn and then a week of Schubert. For our hymn study, we learned "In the Cross of Christ I Glory".
Art: is done!
Extras:
Web:
You can see them all in my Youtube playlist for weeks 15-34.
Although there aren't any science or history videos, there are videos of the hymns.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Make a Card Monday - Hexagon Blessings

During Stampin Up's last Sale-a-bration I got the hexagon punch and matching stamp set. I decided it was time to put them to use and found this card for inspiration. I'll use these to send out for anniversaries this year.


Details:
cardstock: teal (Recollections), white (Georgia Pacific)
patterned paper: So Sophie (My Mind's Eye)
embellishments: heart brads (unknown)
color: Violete ink (Palette)
tools: hole piercer (Making Memories), hexagon punch (Stampin Up!)
stamps: Tag Tidbits (The Angel Company)
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