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Monday, June 18, 2018

Weekly Recap: With the busy summer

I feel like I've been sprinting since school ended! Sometimes we have two or three places to be in a day. I just want a few days that we can stay home, do chores, and play. I hope things calm down soon!

But we've been having a lot of fun still, playing with friends at parks and pools. Celebrating a birthday. Working on family history. Taking apart our broken printer. Cutting down the bushes in our front yard. (HOORAY) Visiting extended family. Repairing broken A/C parts. Making bread. Doing crafts. I started at a new job, working at home and associated with homeschool, but it is a job none the less.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Weekly Recap: With the end of school!

We are so busy here! I had hoped that we would have some time off to enjoy just playing, but that has not happened yet. Which is why this post is going to cover two weeks again!

School highlights:

During the last week of school we had some fun mini celebrations.
History: LDS convert immigration stories. We also finished up our ancestor reports and presented them to the family. It was neat to learn more about the ancestors my kids chose, and even better to see them "get to know" their great-great (great?) grandparents.
Literature: A celebration for finishing Hans Brinker. I added a paragraph and picture about this celebration here.
Science: Since we studied Anatomy and Physiology, we ended with a talent show for our celebration. Each child picked a talent and showed the family. We got to see N's improving basketball skills, M and E's artwork, and try J's cookies.
Music: We played a few games to review the composers and songs we learned about this year. The music celebration is always fun, but this year they knew them so well that we finished quickly!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Memoria Press Traditional Logic I and II Review

I like the idea of teens learning logic and we have done simple logic workbooks in the past. We were offered the opportunity to review the Traditional Logic I Complete Set and Traditional Logic II Complete Set from Memoria Press. I have read and heard that this is a good, solid curriculum to use so I wanted to try it out with my teens!

These courses teach traditional logic, the study of classical syllogism from the methods of Aristotle, and is very language centered. There are some helpful descriptions and videos on the website, which I would suggest you look at if you are interested in these programs. I'm going to focus more on what the books and videos are like and how they worked for my children.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Understanding Pre-Algebra Review

We have used books from The Critical Thinking Co.™ in the past. We like their products and the way they teach. When we were offered the opportunity to review Understanding Pre-Algebra, I decided it would be a great way for my son to hone his math skills.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Year 5 Celebrations

We've finished up Family School Year 5! Here are some highlights from our end of year/unit celebrations.


The last book we studied was Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates. We played some Dutch games and tried some Dutch recipes. We ate pannekoeken (like crepes) one day and apple pannekoeken (we call this a German Pancake, but this one has apples) another day. We played koekhappen with doughnuts. Some of us put together crafts of Sinterklaas, Black Piet, and Horse Winky.


Weekly Recap: With the finished fence!

I've started picking up curricula here and there for the next school year. Is that really going to begin in three more months?!


We've been staying busy. We slowly finished portions of the back fence, then one day it was completely done! HOORAY!!


Monday, May 21, 2018

"T is for Tree: A Bible ABC" Review

I love having good books around our house for everyone to read. We were asked to review a new book, "T is for Tree: A Bible ABC" by Reformed Free Publishing Association. It is recommended for children ages 3-6, and my youngest is close enough to that range that we wanted to check this book out.