Hello November….

The speed at which time passes just amazes me.  It was just Summer.  And now it is November.  As a child and teenager time seemed to go so slowly.  The older I get the quicker it seems to speed by.  Keilee has always been aware of time going quickly.  I’m not sure why but she has always said, “Time goes so fast”.

There is a tree on the outskirts of our town that I have taken pictures of Keilee since she was 6 or 7.  It is a beautiful tree that has branches almost down to the ground.  It is spectacular in the Fall.

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One thing that I do most weeks is talk to Jessica at Teachable Moments.  I consider her one of my dearest friends even though we have never met ‘in real life’.  It is hard to be a single Mom at times and she always listens to my concerns and gives great advice!!  We have so much in common and at least once during each conversation one of us says, “I was just saying that same thing!”.  I love how the internet has made it possible to have friends that don’t live within a certain amount of miles.  Thank you Jess for always being so supportive.

Algebra is going well.  It has made a huge difference to sit down with Keilee and do each lesson with her.  [Another idea from Jess :)]  I am amazed by how much I am enjoying Algebra.  I hated it in school.  I am the same way about History and Science.  I never cared for either one but I LOVE them now.  It is amazing to me how much it matters what teacher you have and how the information is presented.  

Kei is doing Biology from CK-12. They are FREE courses on the iPad.  They even have workbooks for some classes.  She LOVES Science of any kind.  Go check them out if you have an iPad.  You can get them in the iTunes Store and they open in iBooks.

Play practice is going great too.  Keilee knows her lines and even though this is not an ‘over the top’ character she is enjoying it.  “Miracle on 34th Street” is such a sweet story.

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1.  Learning back handsprings.  These things scare me to death!
2.  Voice lessons.  Her voice teacher is so lovely.
3.  Yes she wears her tiara around the house.
4.  I have been waiting to see an Ender’s Game movie for 25 years since I read the book.  Keilee has read it too and we were very happy to how they did it.
5.  Working on herb pages.  I got her a “Medicinal Plants” coloring book that she is really liking.  I so want to learn more about plants and herbs as medicines and things.

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At a bridal shower for my great niece and at a Halloween party that was postponed because of weather.  Keilee DID NOT like the ride and she loves rides.  She didn’t like being upside down!

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This was a slower paced week for us and I loved it.  Next week is crazy busy again.  The weather is getting colder and we like days that we can snuggle in and read or play games.  We are trying to find a TV series to watch on Netflix since they took off our beloved “Monk”.  Any suggestions?  I can’t believe it has been 1 1/2 years since we have had cable.  We rarely miss it.  Usually only when Alabama is playing football and it isn’t on CBS.  We do watch “Castle”, “Once Upon a Time”, and a couple others but with Hulu Plus we can watch them the next day. And for $7.99 compared to almost $100 for the cable!

Happy November!!
Homeschool Rocks!
Karen

“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children:
One is roots. The other is wings….” Hodding Carter, Jr

 “Kids spell love T-I-M-E.” – John Crudele

Linking with
Mary at “Collage Friday”
Sylvia at “Friendship Friday”

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13 Responses to Hello November….

  1. Oh, my goodness! Keilee is almost the same height as you! There’s just something about when they get taller than us! I still have 2 inches on my 11-year-old daughter, but my 14-year-old son is already 6’1″! Anyway, great photo!

  2. Sylvia says:

    Time flies when you’re having fun and you guys are all about fun! I might suggest Call the Midwife on Netflix. It’s a bout Midwives in 1950′s slums of England. Every episode may not be suitable for Keilee, though!

  3. Heather says:

    You’re pictures are all so gorgeous. I am living in south Alabama now, but am from north Alabama and do so miss being there in the fall. Also wanted to say thank you for the CK-12 tip!

  4. I love the fall foliage photos. Where we are it is mostly evergreens, nice but they don’t change colors. My parents are from New England and one of my childhood memories is visiting there in the fall and seeing all the colors. Did you know that you are nominated in the Homeschool Blog Awards, Best Photos Category?

    My wife and I are going to see Ender’s Game this weekend with some friends. Can’t wait.

  5. Christy says:

    Your annual pictures are so lovely and Keilee is looking so grown up and beautiful!
    I’m glad you were able to have a slower week. You two always accomplish so much each week. We greatly enjoy reading about all your adventures. I hope you are able to enjoy your busy week coming up.

  6. Diane says:

    Algebra is really starting to click with Grace this week and is becoming less and less frustrating. We love our Netflix. Our cable has be gone about three years now and we have never looked back. I love watching Netflix marathons of television shows I find that are interesting. As always your pictures are wonderful. Have a great weekend.
    Blessings
    Diane

  7. Yes, time does fly by, doesn’t it? I love all the traditions you have, like the photos under the tree. It is wonderful. I appreciate all my bloggy friends, too. Like you. What a beautiful week, so varied and happy.

  8. Lucinda says:

    You both look gorgeous at the bridal shower! And I adore the autumn collage. I love doing maths alongside C(9) … once again I am inspired to see you still do that with Keilee. :-)

  9. Sandra says:

    You’re very lucky to have converted an online acquaintance into a real friendship- even if you and Jess haven’t actually met. Once Upon a Time is a big favourite of Miss 12. Actually I think everybody in the family watches it except me – no idea why I’ve never joined them. Probably taken advantage of them all being occupied grab some “me” time.

  10. Jess says:

    Aww…Karen thank you! I enjoy our weekly chats to. You are such an inspiration to me as a mother, as a woman, as a person of faith. I have learned so much from you. My Handbook of Nature Study arrived yesterday!

  11. Dawn says:

    The tree pictures will make such great memories. I love all of the wonderful things you do each week.
    Blessings Dawn

  12. Happy November to you also. I love “trees” like that and what a find in your neighborhood! I saw the trailer for Enders Game..looks good!

    enjoy your weekend!

  13. Rebecca says:

    Oh! I love the beautiful tree pictures! It’s amazed me too that I’ve suddenly turned around and it’s November. Time truly flies by.

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