Alabama Snow

It finally snowed here.  Really snowed!!  We got between 9-10″ and as of today, Saturday, it is still here.  It started Wednesday around noon and snowed until 11:00 PM.

It was magical and beautiful and something that happens so rarely here.

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We went out several times Wednesday and Wednesday night took a midnight walk.  I know it is so common place to so many people but to us it was just unbelievable.

Nomad had a blast too.

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The first day I had to do a photo shoot with Keilee.  She put on her tutu and my old black leather jacket from the 80’s.  This jacket is a replica of the jacket George Michael wore in “Gotta Have Faith” and I thought I was too cool when I wore it.

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Thursday was “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” day.  Keilee built it all by herself with me giving her a quick “Snowman 101″ class.  She didn’t know you had to start with a ball and roll it.

Snowman Selfie :)

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By Friday we were both ready for it to go away but it is still here today.  I love snow, and love the beauty of it but I don’t think I could stand a winter where the ground was mostly white all the time!

Homeschooling Rocks!
Karen

“Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood. “~Andy Goldsworthy

“I love snow for the same reason I love Christmas: It brings people together while time stands still. Cozy couples lazily meandered the streets and children trudged sleds and chased snowballs. No one seemed to be in a rush to experience anything other than the glory of the day, with each other, whenever and however it happened.” ~Rachel Cohn, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

Things I Sometimes Forget…

This is year #8 of our homeschool journey.  I can hardly believe at times that we started this when Keilee was barely 7.  And now she is 15.

Time and time and time again the more we try to ‘check things off a list’ the unhappier she becomes.  She has said to me so often lately, “Mom I have so much I want to do but I don’t have time to do it all because of school work.”

I have NEVER wanted our school to look like the school down the street or for her days to consists of checklists.  But it’s a tricky thing.  You see these ‘High School Requirements’ and think ‘We have to do all of these things!’

In Alabama high schoolers take 2 years of US History.  2 YEARS!!  Keilee knows so much about US History.  We have studied it about 3 different times.  And she also retains almost everything she hears or reads (unless it’s Math).  So really, what is the point of doing that just because the High School does it?  She took Ancient History this year that turned into using “The History of the World in 100 Objects”.  Neither of these are offered at the High School.

She did Southern Literature which also is not an option here.  And has loved it so much.  We  have read so many amazing short stories by Southern Writers and watched plays and films.  We did an entire study on Truman Capote.

Next year she wants to study the French Revolution and the Renaissance.  She is obsessed with the French Revolution.

She wants to study Shakespeare, an entire year of Shakespeare.

Should I have told her no about all of these because they are not “High School Requirements”?

She is running her own business via Instagram, her Art Journal is filled with beautiful pages, and she is hard at work on a YouTube channel that combines her love of knowledge with her love of performing.  She is on Chapter 29 of a novel she is writing and has written several short stories.  She rehabilitated a squirrel who had his own Instagram.  She has a massive notebook of serial killers because she is fascinated with Psychology and what makes people do the things they do.  She has a notebook full of the events that are mentioned in Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire”. Her Bible journal is lovely.  And so much more.

Keilee is NOT the kind of kid who would ever just sit around on social media (although she does love Pinterest, she is the only person I know that actually does almost everything she pins!)  or watch TV.  She is always doing something.

So why shouldn’t she just do what she loves?  Learning is as much a part of her as breathing.  It is just what she does.  Her ‘transcripts’ will never look like the kids who graduate from the High School she would have attended.  But when it is all said and done her 4 years will consist of the things she loves, learning that she always remembers  and experiences that could never be gotten by sitting in a classroom 7 hours a day.

And THAT, is what learning SHOULD be all about.

Our Week:

Mardi Gras Dog Parade, her first entry in her Learning Journal, painting a T shirt that she dyed and cut up, Mardi Gras breakfast and parade.

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Learning Rocks!
Karen

“It is… nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom; without this it goes to wreak and ruin. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.” -Albert Einstein

And one of my all time favorite quotes:

“Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.” ~ Beatrix Potter

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Frank Lloyd Wright and Cypress Moon….

One of the things I love most about homeschooling is field trips. To my knowledge high school kids or even middle school kids don’t take field trips. I know we didn’t many moons ago.

Wednesday we had a wonderful day. We started out by touring the Rosenbaum House which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Rosenbaums, Stanley and Mildred and their 4 boys, are a very interesting family. Stanley’s father immigrated from Poland to Florence, Alabama. He owned and operated 12 movie houses which was the entertainment of the day. Stanley went to Harvard at 16 and received his Masters at the University of Denver. He met his wife Mildred in NYC where she studied music. She was also a Vogue model. Stanley returned to Florence to teach English at University of North Alabama. He also spoke 5 languages fluently. They received $7500 as a wedding gift to build their first home and through acquaintances contacted Frank Lloyd Wright to design their house.

The Usonian designed house was an idea of Wright for middle income families.  He wanted it to fulfill the American dream of home ownership. The house originally contained 1,540 square feet, but when the household grew to include four sons, the family called upon Wright to design an addition. In 1948, 1,084 square feet were added. Wright was very excited by the addition because it was exactly what he built the Usonian houses for, so they could grow with the family as it grew.  He also designed ALL the furniture in the house.  Everything there is original except for 2 chairs that were reproductions.

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I have heard of Frank Lloyd Wright my entire life but until about 4 years ago never knew there was a FLW home in Alabama.

He was also very picky.  He had certain rules about his houses and gave the owners almost no room for changes.  We were told a story about Mildred wanting a door in her boy’s room during the addition and he refused and said it would ruin the lines.  She kept on until he added the door and she said it became one of her biggest regrets about the house.  It opened up a huge circle area around the house and the 4 boys would drive her crazy running round and round the house.

The first thing we noticed from the outside is the roof lines.  There are 5 different levels.  FLW believed in using the surrounding environment and natural materials found in the area to build his houses.  It isn’t built on a slab so it follows the line of the property which is higher at points.  There are so many levels inside the 1 story house.  These are mostly only a couple of steps down or up to each level.

The living room is one of my favorite rooms.  It is floor to ceiling windows and built in bookcases that run the length of the room.  The Rosenbaums requested screens and FLW refused but they insisted.  (Obviously FLW hasn’t spent a summer in Alabama with mosquitoes!)  But he made the screens on the INSIDE of the doors and windows.  And they are bronze so it can reflect the light.  It is beautiful from outside.  He also built the house on a grid.  In the living room he positioned the windows so that in the winter the sunlight comes all the way into the room for warmth but in the summer it doesn’t because of the heat.  (This was before AC)  Stanley would have ‘salons’ at his home for his students.  They would come and he would read the final chapter of whatever novel he had assigned and they would all discuss it.  That sounds like my DREAM evening.  Especially if it was in this beautiful room!

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The light is the main thing I noticed.  It is beautiful.  It gives everything a gold sheen almost.

There was a very small kitchen, a study, the living room, 3 bedrooms and a bath in the original structure.  But the kitchen was TINY.  When FLW designed the addition they added a larger kitchen in the new addition, a guest room, a bathroom and the boy’s room.  The boys room is a GREAT space.  There are 4 bunkbeds butted up against each other.  Each has their own reading light.  There is a fireplace (4 total I believe) and a huge window seat in front of more floor to ceiling windows.  Each bedroom always opens up to the outside.

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Keilee and I both loved it and both would love to live in a house like this.  It is perfect for us.  Since the house is smaller, he used space so well.  There are tons of storage places that are as beautiful as the actual rooms.

Mildred was a weaver and used one of the bedrooms for her weaving supplies and loom.  The picture in the top left and under are the new kitchen and the bottom left is the old kitchen.

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A bedroom, the master bedroom that Keilee is in, the Japanese garden outside the window, the bench in the boys room, one of the beautiful closets and the window in the guest room.  See how the glass is cut to form the corner?

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The bunk beds.

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After the tour we all went to eat lunch in the park.  It was a great day with Moms talking and kids playing with swords under the trees!

Then we stopped by the new Welcome Center.  I LOVE Welcome centers and we always stop at everyone we see.  This one was new and very cool.

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Muscle Shoals, which is right beside Florence, is a huge recording town.  After the park we went to Cypress Moon Productions.  It has an amazing history and we got a tour of the facilities from the owner.  They record music and do film.  Of course Keilee had to stay after the tour and talk to the owner about the possibility of her being an extra.  She is sending Holly her resume.  I am always proud of the way she will talk to people about things she wants to know.

There were WALLS and WALLS of people who had recorded here.  If you click on the link above it has more detail.  See the young Bob Dylan?

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It was such a beautiful day with friends and learning so much.  We have gotten into a bad habit of saying “no” a lot.  We blame it on the cold or this or that.  We used to do things almost every week.  Now the only constant is running to the grocery or Dollar General 3 times a week!  That is about to change.

We have plans this weekend even though its going to be BITTER cold.  And there is a possibility of SNOW the first of the week but we aren’t getting excited quite yet.  (well I’m a BIT excited)

Happy Valentine’s weekend all.  By the way, Keilee hates Valentines Day.  She said you should tell the people you love that you love them every day and there shouldn’t be a special day for it! :)

Homeschooling Rocks!
Karen

“No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.” ~Frank Lloyd Wright

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” ~Frank Lloyd Wright

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Warmth, Driving and Living Life…

After reading Jessica’s post about how hard it was to blog High School I started thinking about some of the things she said. She was inspired to write her post from at Diane at Cabin in the Woods

This is so true for me too hence the ‘one maybe two posts a month”.  There is only so many pictures of Keilee on her laptop or Art Journaling I can post.  It’s not that our days aren’t lovely and full of learning their just not very picture worthy. 

Keilee has had a great 2 weeks.  She started Geometry right before Christmas and while she will never love Math it is going smoother than Algebra.   She is taking an online course through Coursera called  “DNA and Genetics” that she loves.  We are still loving Southern Lit and she is still LOVING Psychology.  Enough that she is exploring some career options.  We are still watching huge amounts of Korean dramas.  She has a Korean language app and has learned so many Korean words.

There has been a lot of driving.  Which I can’t imagine ever getting used to.  But I suppose I will.  We all have an amazing ability to adapt. 

In this picture we ventured a bit further. 

Across the “scary” road which is the main road in our town. She didn’t drive ON it |Mom, I can’t imagine driving that fast| she just crossed it. Her first traffic light. And ended up at the townhouse we lived in from the time she she was 22 months old until she was 10. 
And I lost it. Totally lost it. Cried so hard that I could barely see. Because it wasn’t the first time she had driven these roads. But the last time she was sitting in my lap and her feet didn’t touch the ground. And I remember her saying, “One day I will be driving by myself” and me thinking “Yes but that is forever from now”. 
But it wasn’t “forever”.  It is now.

 

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It was VERY warm this past week.  I think several places in the US had unseasonably warm weather.  We walked Nomad a couple of days.  He really isn’t a lot calmer when walking.  He gets SO excited still!

 

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1. Working on Psychology.  2. Her new Owl boots cuffs she made.  Aren’t they cute?  3.  Creative Writing class with Jessica.  This 6 weeks is “Fairy Tales” so she wore her tiara.  4.  Nomad love 5.  Stuffed Animal fun at Walgreens.

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It is a rainy Friday here.  We are planning to stay in where it is warm and dry.  There is a very small chance of snow tonight.  But I’m not getting excited.  I want snow so badly, just ONE SNOW but I don’t think tonight will be it.  So we will spend our weekend doing, hopefully, absolutely nothing.

What we really want is SPRING but I know that’s a long way off.

Happy weekend all,

Homeschooling Rocks!
Karen

“What I like doing best is Nothing.”

“How do you do Nothing,” asked Pooh after he had wondered for a long time.

“Well, it’s when people call out at you just as you’re going off to do it, ‘What are you going to do, Christopher Robin?’ and you say, ‘Oh, Nothing,’ and then you go and do it.

It means just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”

“Oh!” said Pooh.”  ~A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

 

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~*~*~*15*~*~*~

My girl. Turned 15 Saturday

And here is my Birthday Love Song to Her:

How in the world is it even possible that she is 15? She is supposed to still have 2 little pigtails and run around the house giggling and skipping wearing nothing but her panties and pink plastic high heels. She is supposed to be rocking her baby doll and singing songs to her and feeding her. She is supposed to be falling asleep with her thumb in her mouth and her hand twisted in my ponytail.

But she is 15.

She is this beautiful mix of little girl and young woman.

She has taught me to love unconditionally. She has made me |finally|, after all these years, understand “I would die for you”.

She fills up our house. She is in every nook and cranny. She sings, she talks, she knits, she creates. It is almost like yarn and paint and paper and buttons and music follow her around like Pigpen’s dust. She is messy. She forgets things I tell her 5 minutes after I tell her. Her mind never stops.

She loves anything Science. She loves Hank Green because he is a “smart, geek” but she also loves her bands and Korean dramas. She has finally gotten to the point that she thinks an occasional boy is cute but it’s usually a band boy (but NOT One Direction :) or a Korean boy from her TV shows.

She talks to Nomad in the sweetest voice and gives him 100 kisses and hugs a day.

She prays beautiful prayers and I always smile with my eyes closed when she prays for all of you.

She is the adult in our relationship at times. I have a tendency to overreact a bit and she is always the calm voice of reason. She can be so much wiser than me at times. And then she can turn to me and say, “Fix it Mommy”.

She tells me she doesn’t feel 15 but like a kid at times. I tell her that I still do at times too. She has said to me often lately, “I can’t believe I will be 20 in 5 years” and my heart clutches a bit in my chest.

She is such an introvert. She finds calm and lovely by being alone and creating. She has little patience for people at times. She sees the world in black and white no matter how many times I tell her it’s really so much grey.

She questions everything. She wants to know why and when and where.

She is an amazing writer and blows me away with her stories. She seriously loves to learn. She remembers every science fact or History date she ever hears but forgets her multiplication tables at times. She could never do anything “Math” again and be perfectly happy but she goes a bit crazy if she can’t create often. She can art journal and listen to music and watch tv at the same time.

She loves serial killer documentaries and Cold Case and 20/20. She loves anything to do with the brain and what makes people do the things they do.

She loves theater. She auditioned for her first play 10 years ago. It is now 19 plays and 3 movies later. She doesn’t just ‘act’ she becomes her character. Whether it’s Scout from “To Kill A Mockingbird”, Amy from “Little Women”, The Wicked witch from “The Wizard of Oz” or Duchess from “Aristocats”” she steps onto the stage and she is the character. She has taken a break from acting since March but I pray she gets back to it because it is such a part of her.

I can not imagine my my life without her and it has been a beautiful adventure from the moment she entered it.

So Happy Birthday my beautiful girl. You shine bright like a diamond and I wish for you the most amazing year. I hope 15 is one magical adventure after another.

And she had such a great day

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Some of the highlights of the day:

Breakfast at iHop for the 13th year in a row. With the same birthday hat she has worn since she was 3!! (this year she added a birthday sash!!) Ice cream sundae and Happy Birthday sung by the waitresses. Manicure done. A CAR key made. (how can she need a car key??!) Family visits and perfect gifts. Just Dance competition with Seth. Lovely birthday wishes from IG and Facebook. Texts from sweet friends.
And her heart. Keilee always likes to give back on her birthday. When she was 13 she did 13 Random Acts of Kindness.  Last year she took candy to Hospice, baked brownies and cookies for the police and bought and gave a Starbucks gift card.
This year she took her birthday and Christmas money to buy the supplies to make “homeless bags”. These are things that she will always remember long after she has forgotten the gifts received.

And today. She got her permit. How can that be possible?  The last time she had a  “Drivers license” she was 3. And I printed out a fake one. For her pink Barbie car.

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 So my beautiful girl, I hope “15” is all you ever dreamed it could be.

Homeschooling Rocks!
Karen

A daughter is one of the most beautiful gifts this world has to give.
– Laurel Atherton

 

 

Sick and Klutzy…

Another week gone.  Seconds turn into minutes turns into days turns into months.  It just goes by so fast.

We are taking a break in December.  We haven’t done much that some would consider ‘school work’.

Last week I got off the treadmill and walked into the kitchen still watching my iPad. I know it was stupid but I know where things are in my kitchen.  What I didn’t count on was Nomad sprawled on the kitchen floor.  I fell over him and since I had my iPad I didn’t put my hands down.  I fell so HARD on my chest.  I am almost positive I fractured a rib.  From all my ‘googling’ it sounds just like it.  I didn’t go to the doctor because they don’t do anything but give you pain meds and while that would have helped I am sure, I didn’t want to pay $75 for them.  It has hurt so badly.  It is a little better than the first couple of days when I could barely breath but it still hurts so much.  So I have tried to basically lay on the couch with the heating pad.  Which is so foreign to me! I hate doing that.  I can always think of 1,432 things I need to do.

Then Keilee got sick.  She had a fever and a sore throat and cough.  She said her throat felt like someone had poured gasoline down it and lit a match.  So I took her to the doctor on Friday.  She has probaly been to the doctor 5 times in her life because she was sick.  He did a strep test and it came back negative.  He told me to get some Mucinex and give her. Which I did.  It was $23 and if he had just given her a prescription it would have been $5!!!  Then she was so sick all weekend.  She felt horrible and slept the entire time and wouldn’t eat.  I called first thing Monday and they called in an antibiotic.  Which they should have done from the beginning!!  She has probably had antibiotic’s twice in her life.  She started taking them and felt so much better the next day.

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So basically we have spent the week on the couch.  We have listened to audio books and I have read aloud to her, Christmas picture books and “The Testing”.  We have listened to podcasts and watched documentaries and she has watched her YouTube Science channels she loved.

She did pop into her Knitting Club on Wednesday to tell them she was sick and wish them a Merry Christmas.  This group of ladies are such a blessing to her.  They love her and I love being in the other room and hearing them all laugh and talk.  They also love the things she makes.  As a homeschool kid she needs validation from someone besides her Mom!! Here is a picture of her and some of the ladies.  There is about 10 in all and they come and go.  Also one of them is opening a yarn shop and she asked Keilee to teach a Crochet class!!  Kei was so excited.  She is going to give her all the money that comes in for the class.  Keilee said to her, “I am getting paid?? I would have done it for free!”

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She also spent some time at Art For Kids Hub.  He has beautiful art tutorials.  Keilee loves art and art journaling but she has never thought she was good at drawing.  She is such a perfectionist that she is never happy with anything.  After drawing Elsa she decided to “Elsa” herself for the picture.  People always tell her she looks like Elsa.

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I decided I was not going to stress over Christmas this year.  I don’t have money and that’s ok.  I got family and friends very small things and most of them Keilee has made.  And I didn’t get Keilee that much which kills me but it will be fine.  We are reading our Advent every day and focusing on what is really important. 

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Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas from both  all 3 of us at Homeschool Girls!

Homeschooling Rocks!
Karen

“The magic of Christmas is not in the presents but in His presence” Unknown

December…..

It’s been awhile.

I almost just stopped blogging but Keilee ( and Ami ;)) really didn’t want me to do that. So Keilee and Ami this is for you.

December is always a crazy month around here. To be honest mostly for Keilee because she always has things going on.  She creates, I buy.  [Very little this year] I wish I could create like she does but I just can’t.  Our Christmas is going to be VERY small this year.  Most of our family gifts Keilee is making.  I try to help where I can, cutting Tshirts and rolling yarn but there is so little I can do.  I feel so guilty that she is making all these things and I can’t help more.  December marks 1 year since I have been laid off from my job with Stan.  I am so thankful for my little part time job even though I make such a little bit of money it is a blessing to us at this time in our lives.  Keilee and I were talking about how amazing it is that God always provides for us.  ALWAYS.  I have to work from home so there was a job that I could do that with.  I need a certain amount of money each month and it has always been provided.  Every single month for 12 months.  I don’t know why I should be so amazed because God promises to trust and he will provide.  But it still DOES amaze me.

Keilee was very stressed out about a couple of weeks ago and she rarely gets stressed.  She had 9 orders from her IG shop and 7 gifts she was making including 2 really large projects so I told her we could take December off from school.  We are still doing Southern Lit and The History of the World in 100 Objects because I can read or we can listen to those.  Keilee is very good about multitasking.  Me, not so much.

She has made Elsa hats, Elf hats, a hat for Nomad, Anna hats, a rug for my brother, boot cuffs, gifts for me, Abominable Snowman hats, a hanging light for her room and more.  Here are a few of her goodies.

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I love that we can do this; take a few weeks off and not get ‘behind’.  I think running your own business is a pretty cool thing to do for a 14 year old.

January and February will be cold and gray and there will be plenty of time to catch up on everything.  That’s one of the reasons I so adore homeschooling.

Here are a few pictures of the last couple of weeks.

Skate Day, Keilee reading one of our Christmas picture books, Keilee taking practice tests for her PERMIT!!!, playing “Don’t Break the Ice”, Keilee and the Grinch and fun with a magnifying glass,14 DEC

So that’s basically a bit of what we have been up to.  Well a small snippet since I haven’t posted in so long. Maybe I will post again before NEXT year!

Happy December all,
Homeschooling Rocks!
Karen

“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” ~Dr. Seuss

The Week Winter Came to Alabama

We live in the South.  We do have bitter cold weather but it is usually in January or February.  This week it got COLD!  I mean you know it’s cold when I send Jessica our current temp and she text back,  “It’s colder there than here!”

I don’t have Keilee’s weekly list this week because I didn’t do it.  We spent a lot of the week doing other things.  But still, she learned.

She watched CNN Student News every day.  Keilee retains information unbelievably.  So when she hears something, she remembers it.  She is forever telling me things that are going on in the world that I didn’t know.  (We don’t watch news at night).  My favorite thing is when we talk about events; our opinions, our ideas, our feelings.  And we do that a lot.

Keilee did over 3 hours on Khan Math.  She is going through all 904 Math lessons.  She doesn’t love it but she does it by herself so I don’t have to listen to how much she doesn’t like it.

We read 2 stories in Southern Literature.  Both by Truman Capote.  We read “The Jug of Silver” and “Diamond Guitar”.  Truman Capote has written some things I would never let her read but his short stories have been so wonderful.  He was such an amazing writer.
She watched TONS of Hank Green videos because she absolutely LOVES him.  We did 2 objects in History; The “Clovis Spear Point”and “The Bird Sha;ed Pestle”  We listened to the pod cast and she did notebook pages on them both.  She also put the dates in her Timeline and put them on her world map.

Wednesday was her knitting club.  You wouldn’t believe how much she adores these women.  They are sweet and protective and so  encouraging to her.  I hear her back there talking and laughing.  The youngest one besides her is probably about 60.  Then for 2 hours afterwards she tells me ‘stories of her morning’.  I am just so thankful she found this group.,

Wednesday afternoon we went over to Laura and Liv’s house.  Liv was Keilee’s best friend for years and years.  She went back to public school and they have just grown apart the last 2 years.  Liv is doing homebound at the moment.  We were both a bit worried.  Me for Keilee.  I wanted everything to go well and it did!!  It went wonderfully.  We all sat around and talked and laughed.  The girls did a lot of reminiscing.  We made plans to eat lunch at their house on Monday.  It would be wondeful if Kei and Liv could reconnect.

Wednesday night Emma spent the night with Keilee.  They always have a blast together!  They stayed up way too late and then they Art Journaled all of Thursday.  Emma is so very similar to Keilee.

Keilee and Emma Art Journaling
Keilee working on the Tshirt rug she is making me
Keilee at Skate Day.  She won the Poster contest for “Things I am Thankful For”
An Art Journal page.  She took a perfume ad and made the model “Dia da los Muertos”

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Today Keilee had Jessica’s class which is always amazing.  They are doing ‘memoirs’ and had to write either a ‘worse’ memory or a ‘best’ memory.  Keilee told me I could share what she wrote.  It was about when my Mom died.

“We sat in a circle on the floor, Heather, Seth, Katherine and I. We held hands and Heather prayed. She prayed for strength, understanding, and peace.

We let our hands go and in that moment the phone rang. We knew what that call meant and we watched her face as she learned the news. Seth and Katherine knew more than me. I was 8 and didn’t fully understand. 

The next few days blurred. The time with Heather while Bull, Mom and Uncle Eddie picked out flowers and a tombstone, to the nights Mom cried, the ceremony and the grave.

I didn’t know why but I didn’t cry. It wasn’t until I was older that I truly missed her. It wasn’t until now that I wished for her back. It might be because I live here; here in her house.   But I can feel her and feel the pain of missing her.”

I was in the kitchen putting dishes away and heard her read it.  I just sat down and cried.
It is such a great class for Keilee.  She loves, LOVES creative writing and Jess is an amazing teacher.

Here are a few “Fall Pictures”.
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And this is my favorite picture.  Keilee saw something similar to this and wanted to try it.  She collected all the flowers and pinecones and leaves and used my iPhone to instruct me where to put everything.  It is one of my favorite pictures ever!

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Another great week learning at home!

Homeschooling Rocks!
Karen

  • “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” ~Confucius
  • “I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”~ Pablo Picasso

November is Here…

November….. Wasn’t it just October?  It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time goes by.

 Here are Keilee’s accomplishments for the week of Nov 3-7, 2014.  We recreated this Friday morning so we may have left out some things.

SUBJECT ACCOMPLISHMENT
Current EventsCNN/Channel One Midterm elections, How certain names stay in the political pool, update on girls kidnapped in April, Private rocket company that blew up and killed a pilot, House of Representatives are now Republican after the election, There are more people with mobile phones than access to toilets (this BLEW our minds!), Info from smart phones are stored on the Cloud.   SpaceX scheduled to take supplies to ISS.
Psychology
Altered States of Consciousness

Section 1 discussed sleep, an essential state of consciousness, and describes theories of sleep, the stages of sleep, sleep disorders, and the role of dreams.
Section 2 described altered states of consciousness that can occur while we are awake, such as hypnosis, biofeedback, and meditation. Therapists use hypnosis to change behaviors, to lessen patients’ pain, and to help patients gain insight into problems. Section 3 examines psychoactive drugs and how they interact with the central nervous system to alter consciousness. Psychoactive drugs discussed include marijuana, LSD, opiates, and alcohol. The chapter concludes with the definition of drug abuse and its treatment.

 

World History The History of 100 Objects. #3 Olduvai Hand Ax, read about object, listened to podcast. Did a Notebook page and watched 2 videos. #4 Swimming Reindeer, read about object, listened to podcast, did a Notebook page, watched video about Ice Age Art. Put both objects on TimeLine Book. Put both objects on world map where found.Did “Red China” in her Billy Joel “We Didn’t Start the Fire” project. Did Notebook page and watched 2 documentaries on Red China.
Keilee’s Kreations Worked on rug for den and secret Christmas present for me. Worked on Elsa hat for her orders.
Geometry Rays, Angles, Lines. Learned 6 Postulates.
Southern Literature Read bio on Truman Capote and read “Children on Their Birthday” story. Watched Documentary on Truman Capote’s life and watched “Breakfast at Tiffanys”.
Quote Journal Worked on quotes journal and illustrated and told what they meant to her. Also looked up each ‘author’ to see why they are important.
Bible Jesus Calling and daily verse
Language Arts Jessica’s Creative Writing class. Worked on novel, “September’s Academy”
Read Read “The Testing” aloud. She is reading “The Selection” and we are listening to “Under the Never Sky”
Videos Good Mythical Morning: Talking Animals. Always Hank Green
Art Finished October journal pages. Started November. Did Calendar page. Did Dia de la Muertos page, Did 2 more pages.
Life Had Knitting Club meeting with her ladies, Went to “The Way We Worked” Smithsonian Exhibit and learned about all the ways people have ‘worked’ over the years. Made “Thankful” poster for Poster Contest at Skate Day

We had a great Halloween.  Keilee was The Cat in The Hat.  She made the Tutu.  We went to a friend’s house for a Halloween party.  We had a GREAT time.  The weather went from Summer to Winter in about 3 hours so a lot of the outside festivities had to be brought inside.  We had great food, conversation, laughter and fun. And the kids watched “Jurassic Park”. I so love that movie.  Thank you Dy for hosting!
Oh and one picture is Nomad as Shrek. ;)

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Painting pumpkins, being silly and Jessica’s class.

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We met Esther and her kids in Athens for the “The Way We Worked”  This is a traveling museum exhibit from the Smithsonian.  They have the core pictures and each town adds their memorabilia to it.  It was very interesting and we LOVED hanging out with Esther and her kids.  It had been way too long. And these pictures are really weird for some reason.

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My favorite picture this week:  Fall has finally arrived in Alabama!

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Homeschooling Rocks!
Karen

Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn. “~Elizabeth Lawrence

History Galore…

We did very little ‘book learning’ this week, but we learned so much.  I used to get so stressed out when we didn’t do ‘lessons’ and truth be told I still do at times.  But learning takes place always and we did so much ‘not HOMEschool learning” this week.

Our city celebrated the 150th Anniversary of a huge Civil War battle and they had so many events lined up.  We tried to go to most of them.

First of all they dedicated our archives.  The archives have been redone with Civil War memorabilia.   There was a ribbon cutting ceremony and our State Representative and our Mayor was there.  Keilee was the youngest person there by about 25 years!

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Then we went on a wonderful Civil War tour.  We learned so many things that we didn’t know about the history of our town.  It is always so amazing to think back 150 years and how different things were.  We also got to tour one of the oldest houses in our town.  After the Civil War there were only 5 buildings standing.  One was the Old State Bank and another was the Dancy Polk House.  It is NEVER opened for tours and it was on this tour.  It was lovely and the woman who owns it gave the tour.  It is also for sale.  <Hint Jess Hint> :)

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Sunday we went WAY back into History to the Renaissance.  We never miss the Ren Faire.  Most years it is cold but this year it was HOT.  We about burned up but we always have a great time.

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Then we went to India!  Our museum has a Hindustan Exhibit and we met friends and spent some time learning about India.  Afterwards we went back to the Archives, to the park and they all came over here.  It was such a lovely day. 

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When it is freezing cold and there is no where to go we will have plenty of time for lots of ‘book learning’ but now, while the weather is lovely, you can find us outside, learning all the time.

Homeschooling Rocks!
Karen

“History is for human self-knowledge … the only clue to what man can do is what man has done. The value of history, then, is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is.”  ~R. G. Collingwood

"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ― A.A. Milne