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2013 “Not” Back-to-School Blog Hop: School Room Week

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Do we have a schoolroom? Where do we “do school”? On any given day in our home, you will find my children reading or doing their work:

in the window seats…

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on the floor…

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on the couch…

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at the computer,  on the counter of the breakfast nook, on their beds, and sometimes even at a table!

We have also been known to work on homeschooling outside, in the park, in the car (on our long trips back and forth to the mainland), at the local Tim Horton’s, the dance studio, or even the Wentworth Perk cafe!

I like the freedom of homeschooling wherever we want, whenever we want. Many homeschoolers who are just starting out think you *have* to have a separate school room.  They spend a lot of money on desks with chairs attached and on items to cover the walls.  This works for some homeschoolers, but a lot of them end up getting rid of the school room desks and even the school room in favour of the couch or the dining room table.  Many homeschoolers don’t have an “extra” room that we can make over into a schoolroom anyway.

If I was to say that we were completely organized, that would be a fib! Most of our books are on our many bookshelves.  I keep my homeschool magazines in magazine holders that we make out of cut-out cereal boxes.  Some of it does get contained quite nicely in binders (by subject), and we keep most of it in a rolling organizer for each child.  We have baskets for our library books and books we’re currently reading.  We still end up with it spread all over the house, but we have a “lived-in” home and I’m comfortable with that!

Check out what kind of “school room” other homeschoolers have, and feel free to share your own at:

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Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

Second week in August: It’s a school room hop. Tell us about your “school room”. This can be a dedicated space, or what you’ve made work. Post photos, storage ideas, comfy chairs. Your garage? Or dining room table? An actual school house? Show us where you school! Linky will go up on 8/12 Join the schoolroom hop here. – See more at: http://www.ihomeschoolnetwork.com/5th-annual-not-back-to-school-blog-hop/#sthash.7L7f6sIq.dpuf
Second week in August: It’s a school room hop. Tell us about your “school room”. This can be a dedicated space, or what you’ve made work. Post photos, storage ideas, comfy chairs. Your garage? Or dining room table? An actual school house? Show us where you school! Linky will go up on 8/12 Join the schoolroom hop here. – See more at: http://www.ihomeschoolnetwork.com/5th-annual-not-back-to-school-blog-hop/#sthash.7L7f6sIq.dpuf
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2013 “Not” Back-to-School Blog Hop: Curriculum Week

Not Back to School Blog Hop - Curriculum

It’s planning time…Here we are about a month away from the beginning of our homeschool. I am not anywhere near ready to start thinking about it! We just finished performing in a children’s play last week and are back in rehearsals for Les Miserables for the second round of performances. Furthermore, I am up to my neck in music to learn for an upcoming theatre workshop and musical revue. Phew! I do have a lot of curriculum mapped out in advance, since we are continuing along the same path again this year, and much of what I need for my 9 year old is already on the shelves, having been used by my eldest. We basically follow what The Well-Trained Mind suggests, with some tweaks and additions. So, here is our rough curriculum plan this year.

For both children:
Tapestry of Grace, Year 2 (covers History, Geography, Language Arts/Literature, Bible) combined with reading & curricula suggestions from The Well-Trained Mind
The Periodic Table of Elements Coloring Book – we will be continuing to go over the table of elements together, one element at a time
Rosetta Stone French – we finally bought this last year because it has been on sale, and will be continuing on with it this year – my youngest going at a slower pace

For my 14 year old:
Teaching Textbooks: Algebra 2 (already purchased at Conference)
Astronomy: A Self Teaching Guide
Henle Latin – we are continuing with this (I need to pick up book 2)
The Well-Educated Mind – we are using this as a supplement for our studies of Literature
A Rulebook for Arguments & Classic Rhetoric for the Modern Student (I have to pick this one up, hopefully used) – for our Rhetoric studies

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For my 9 year old:
Teaching Textbooks: Math 6
Various Astronomy books (already on our shelves)
Prima Latina/Latina Christiana
Mind Benders – my daughter has zoomed gleefully through this whole series of Critical Thinking Co. books and I believe she only has 2 left!

And I will be keeping track of everything using The Ultimate Planning System and My Home School Grades!

What are you using this year? Are you excited about something new you found for this year’s studies? Feel free to join in the 5th Annual “Not” Back-to-School Blog Hop and check out what curricula other families are using:

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Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Drawing With See The Light – Review AND Giveaway!

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For the last two years, See The Light has been teaching drawing skills with a Biblical perspective and teaching Bible stories through art. I was thrilled to receive a DVD from their Art Class series in exchange for an honest review 🙂

Vol 4

I chose Volume 4 since my 9 year old daughter is very artistic, always drawing, and I wanted her to have some lessons to “sink her teeth into”. She loved the DVD!

Volume 4: Color Blending Techniques consists of the following lessons:

Lesson 13: Blending With Colored Pencils

Lesson 14: Practice Makes Perfect

Lesson 15: Blending With Chalk Pastels

Lesson 16: Putting it All Together

In the first lesson, Blending With Colored Pencils, just when my daughter was getting frustrated and impatient, Pat took out the Bible and started chatting about Patience! The timing was perfect.

My daughter was inspired after drawing some fish, a flower, and more along with the lessons on the video. Afterward we finished watching the lessons on the second day, she drew this lovely bird using the techniques she learned with pencil crayons:

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Each DVD only requires basic art supplies such as pencils or pastels that homeschoolers probably already have on hand. Click here to watch a free lesson under “Videos” to see what Art Class is all about. You’ll find that artist Pat Knepley is both a skilled artist and a delightful, personable teacher. Be sure to watch the “Trailer” video as well, in which Pat chats with a homeschooling mother of 6 about how she uses the Art Class DVD’s. You can also Like and Follow See the Light on Facebook and Twitter, to access all sorts of great art ideas for your kids, daily.

Each Art Class DVD is $14.99 US plus shipping, except the shipping for the Volume 1 DVD is currently free to both the US and Canada! You can also buy the full year, 9 DVD set for $99.99 US. After your child is done this first year set, they can move onto the Year 2 set: Art Projects.Vol 1

One of my lucky readers is going to win a copy of Volume 1: The Basics! You have until February 18th at midnight Atlantic time to enter. Open to US and Canada only. Just sign in with your email or Facebook and follow the directions. Good luck!