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7/20/19 7:51 P

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Packing Day Today!
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7/17/19 5:10 P

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Our street sale emoticon emoticon emoticon is this Saturday but there is an excessive heat watch emoticon ...hopefully it doesn't turn into a warning.



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Let the Family Reunion's Begin ~ Happy Summer!!
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Chatting is Slow in the Summer!
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Happy Summer!!
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6/26/19 10:43 A

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Hello! Have a happy summer!

Summer activities since our last day of school last Friday...

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played tennis with husband and my four daughters emoticon
visit to science center... emoticon experiment outside was amazing
enjoyed a juicy watermelon emoticon
made homemade lemonade emoticon
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6/18/19 9:33 A

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No one is Chatting
But I'm so excited to get started with plans for a New Year of Homeschool
2019-2020 Oh the Possibilities!!

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6/13/19 8:40 A

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No chatting today ~ Everyone has busy schedules! emoticon

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Looks like people are too busy to Chat!
I'm Excited for a Busy Summer
I'm also Excited for Plans for 2019~2020 Homeschooling!!

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2/11/19 7:29 P

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What do you do to incorporate exercise into your day when you haven't any slots of time to work with? Today I did step touches while washing dishes and breading chicken for dinner.

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10/27/18 12:13 A

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What do you do to introduce or reintroduce activities into the lives of your children? This year I added piano to the girls' daily schedule on days they don't have anything artsy going on. I didn't really think about it all that much but wanted to give it a try. They both saw it on the schedule and treated it like any other subject. Fridays are progress check days and have morphed into mini piano/voice recitals at our house. It’s great to see them helping each other during the week and listening respectfully on performance days. Tonight my youngest is composing pieces to play using her new musical knowledge.

After watching a movie tonight as a family D11 asked if she could play a computer game. That’s what she often asks to when she has exhausted the library book pile. I suggested she paint first. That’s all it took to motivate her. Soon she was mixing colors and finding ways to make textures with the paintbrushes. D14 joined in for a bit to draw and paint a dragon. Then she departed to her room to read a book. D11 has been painting for hours. The computer question has been put on the back burner for the night it seems.



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10/3/18 12:11 A

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The girls decided not to add Elf practice into our busy schedule. We found out over the weekend that cousins from Kansas will be visiting over Thanksgiving break and this was a deciding factor as well. The Friday after Thanksgiving was the start of tech week for the Elf production. Also strike after the last show of ELF would have been at the same time as the start of our church play. D11 will participate in our church's Christmas play. She has the script and score but hasn't been casted yet.

Anyone in a choir? D14 and I are in a community chorus. For our fall concert we will be singing two Icelandic pieces and Drunken Sailor.

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9/25/18 11:46 P

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AAAACK—Glad someone is crazy for planning!

BEWELLMOM3—We browse Guest Hollow's History Shelf for enrichment ideas.

Trying to decide if I should let my girls audition for Elf. They are already committed to Saturday and occasional Tuesday rehearsals for Hot Mikado. D14 and I have choir on Monday nights. D11 may want to be in the church youth Christmas production as it would be her last chance since she is in sixth grade. That would be every Sunday from October onward. I think it sounds like a bit much but perhaps I should leave it up to them. How busy do you all get with outside endeavors?

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9/17/18 3:30 P

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How I plan sure has changed over the years! Life changes!

I originally bought a full package by subject and just followed that. Then I made my own Language Arts piece by piece. Then I cobbled together a yearly curriculum by purchasing some subjects online and some I created piece by piece. Then I purchased a variety of things to create each subject. One year we went pretty free-form and were mostly unschoolish, except for math. Maybe not so unschoolish as child-led. That was last year when we bought and sold a house and started renovating our new one and had workers in almost every day. (I do NOT recommend living in a house while renovating, ESPECIALLY while trying to homeschool!)

This year we started high school. I live in PA, a state with strict homeschool regulations. I purchased Oak Meadow American History, Guest Hollow Chemistry (LOVE!!), MathHelp.com for PreAlgebra, and created my own English 9 with an American Literature Package from Rainbow Resources, Vocabulary from Wordly Wise, a writing package, and DS has to read 20 additional books/novels over the course of the year.

Art he will take an outside class, Music he plays guitar, mandolin, ukulele and keyboard, Fitness and Health he is a competitive fencer and has practice, training, or lessons almost every day.

We homeschool year round, well about 11 months out of the year. We take time off for traveling to tournaments and some holidays. I take each book, subject, online course, etc. and divide the number of chapters or lessons by the number of weeks we will do school. Then I know how much he needs to accomplish each month, because I factor in how many days we have for school work, house renovations, competitions, and travel.

I then break it down by the week. I give him the list of what needs to be completed, by subject, on Sunday and he divides the work up around fencing/reffing practice, training, workouts, lessons, social life, chores, etc. I have to sometimes help with time management and scheduling. Some History and Chemistry he likes to do with his dad in the evenings. It isn't unusual for him to spend a few hours on the weekend writing papers or reading.

I have to track days and all books, by state law, and keep a portfolio of work for an evaluator. It's very much a full time job, even in high school age, much to my surprise. Especially with the traveling we do for his sport. We have to drive at least 45 minutes - each way- several times a week, and often out of state overnight for tournaments.



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9/13/18 11:36 P

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I am crazy for planning. I do a scope and sequence every year before the school year starts. This always morphs a bit as we go. That used to freak me out, but I'm used to it now.

Then I do a weekly planner, and then a daily diary-style as well. I think planning is how I get excited about the things I'm teaching.

I've used an excel spreadsheet for 8 or 9 years. I can't imagine doing planning without it.

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Wondering how you all do your planning for the year. I've tried to plan out an entire year many times and always failed miserably. Now I just aim for having a weekly gist. I definitely prepare a daily goal sheet for each of my girls the night before. I find if I try to wing it they aren't motivated to stay at it when I don't even have a clue to what they should be doing. When they have the goal sheet they do stay motivated and as they check off the subjects excitement stirs when they can see the end in sight. Simple and easy check off list this year made in Mac Numbers using the checklist template.

Here are our dailies for tomorrow (it's after midnight so actually today) morning. It's a homeschool lite day as it's tech week. We'll still hit all the subjects except fitness. Lots of dancing with musical theatre though. As you can see we do as much together as possible. I love small groups so I make it happen regularly.







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It's my hope that you all will chat away about whatever you like: homeschooling, relationships, books, music, recipes, fitness… and that we will all build each other up in the process!



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