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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Weekly Recap: with the getting ready for school

This past week I decided to make sure I am ready for school to start. I took our affidavit to be notarized, then I turned it in. I got the first few days of lessons ready. I also finished setting up my planner and chose what we'll work on the first few days.

Here is the curriculum we'll be using this year - Curriculum Choices 2017-2018

Friday, August 11, 2017

Curriculum Choices 2017-2018

The countdown is on... and I feel a bit stressed! Usually I figure out what we'll need before May, when we're finishing up with school. Then I purchase books and collect items before summer, or in early summer. This year I told myself that I was crazy to start so early and I needed to chill a little. So I did some figuring and a little purchasing in June, then decided I'd enjoy my summer and finish getting ready in August. Well August is here and I have forgotten my groove. Moral of the story... a) don't leave things half finished! b) you're really not crazy!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Photography Class - Skill Practice and Editing

Last week my children worked on using their knowledge to practice, in the BSA booklet this was requirements 4 and 5.

We photographed a subject from two different angles, from two different light sources, with two different compositional techniques, and played with depth of field more. Here are their choices of angles.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Weekly Recap: With the cameras!

After last weekend of cleaning up dirt in multiple places and forms (from scout camp), we tried to enjoy a relaxing Sabbath day together. We attended church then watched a movie as a family. It was nice!

Some other events last week:
M & J worked on a big project for CompuScholar.
I created our daily schedule for the upcoming school year.

Orthodontist visit for M.
Received my new camera finally! That also means J took full possession of my 50D.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Photography Class - The Curricula

This week we didn't do much work because we were so busy, and my son was away at scout camp. We did practice a little, and that's something I'm emphasizing. If you want to improve your photography you must practice, daily if you can! There's a reason that 365 posts are so popular, daily practice really does help you improve.

This week I'm going to show you what we are using to help us learn.

Your camera's manual: This is so essential! You need to know what your camera can do and how to change the settings. Take time to read it, and refer back to it often. We carry our manuals in our camera bags. You can often get the digital version from the manufacturer's website, and keep it on your mobile device .

Monday, July 31, 2017

English on a Roll Review

Do you know about learning styles? Some people are auditory learners, some are visual, and some are kinesthetic (touch). I have kids who fit in each category, and I've noticed all young children have a solid kinesthetic beginning before they really begin to show their strengths in other styles. As teachers and parents, it helps to teach to all learning styles so our children can learn in the way they do best, and strengthen their weaker styles. But, when it comes to language arts, it's hard to find kinesthetic manipulatives!

English on a Roll sent us their English Grammar Teaching Method to try and review. This is a unique set of plastic cubes that have words engraved and color coded on them. The manual that comes with will help you teach the basics of English grammar to your student - homeschool, special education, adult education, ESL, beginning reading, and more. What is unique about these cubes is that they are multi-sensory. Students HEAR the words and sentences, they SEE the words and sentences, and they TOUCH the cubes to choose the correct word. It is definitely educational, but what you don't see is that this method is really fun!

English on a Roll

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Weekly Recap: With the birthday and the scout camp

I had an interesting experience this past week. My husband and son were gone all week to scout camp, and I was home alone with our three girls. The first couple of nights I was feeling sorry for myself, thinking how long it would be until they came home, wondering how I could make our youngest's birthday special with 1/3 of our family away, seeing pictures a friend posted of my son the previous week, and dealing with a leaking washer. Because of safety issues, I do not post things publicly until after they are over, so I only had one safe (private) forum where I could express my sadness and ask for support. As I was about to post to that place, the Spirit whispered to me that I would not receive comfort there. Yes, I would receive a virtual pat on the back or hug, but I would not be comforted. I quickly realized how true that is, and got down on my knees, one more time, with tears in my eyes, and gratitude in my heart that I had learned one more way to make full use of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. And I truly felt comforted and supported.

There is nothing wrong with seeking comfort or asking for prayers from others in a time of need, I have often felt comfort and blessings knowing others had prayed for me in some way. Line upon line, I am grateful for the comfort and gentle hugs that were given to me spiritually this past week.