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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sonlight Core H Week 10A March 12-18, 2017

Sonlight Core H 
Week 10A 
March 12-18, 2017
Sick Week- Rough Week


Well, Dd was feeling better this week but Dh and I were certainly worse!  Dh took off Monday and Friday and has another doctor appointment scheduled for Monday (3-20).  We managed to keep things going and caring for our critters, but it was a tough week!!!!!  

I opened the garage to let the one year old chickens visit our month old chickens (the AmberLink and Tetra Browns)!  The older chickens were only interested in stealing some of that straw!  They grabbed a few bites and ran out!

Our two Bantams are growing!

Monday Dh was so sick he stayed home and we tried to take care of him.  He was so sick on Saturday and Sunday and still wasn't any better on Monday.  We had our weekly violin lesson in the afternoon with Christie went really well again!  I'm SO glad we found her.  Dd isn't trying to become a fantastic violin player, her goal is to get accepted into the Intermediate Orchestra class in the fall next year.  That goal is looking possible!  Listening to the violin practices at home are getting so much more bearable! There were a few weeks that were sketchy as I really think her playing took a nose-dive when the other teacher conflicted with her.  

Tuesday was my worst day and I actually spent most of the day in bed.  Thankfully I had just bought a new Agatha Christie book (Dead Man's Folly).  I was able to do a few things with Dd, but really didn't have anything to give.
This brown and yellow chick is a Tetra Brown, the pale chicks behind her are AmberLinks.

Wednesday was "band day", and I didn't have much more energy---probably less!  I brought Dd in for her Beginning Band (Tenor Sax) class, but then went back out to my car as I couldn't keep my eyes open!  I slept out in the car! I was THAT tired!  Dd's piano lesson with Mrs. March went well, and they are planning on some new piano books.  I woke up in time to volunteer my services during Intermediate Band (Alto Sax), and enjoyed hearing the band play!  They are doing a Lord of the Rings song that they are just doing a terrific job!  I have to share that we heard a Red-Winged Blackbird in a tree outside the HomeSchool Building! 

Growing up I had a sweet Guinea pig that I named "Love."  I gave Dd a stuffed animal that we found that looked just like Love, but Agnes thinks it is *her* baby!  Agnes, time and again, brings Love to the cat bed to snuggle.  I've never had a cat that keeps a stuffed animal as hers.
I put in one of the bigger chicks(TetraBrown) to mingle with the smaller chicks and they all got along well.  There are the two ducks laying down, the two Isa Browns standing in front of the ducks, and the two Bantams standing on the left side.  It is amazing to see how much of a size difference in chicks just two weeks older.

Thursday was another rough day that Dd was left to do most of her work alone, but I did get my "sick book" completed!  I enjoyed Dead Man's Folly, and it made being sick tolerable.  In the evening Dd and I went to the Strings Group at church. Sarah had loaned Dd her ukelele, and Dd really grasped the details quickly.  When Sarah came in this week she asked to trade the ukelele for a larger one, I think a "Tenor" ukelele.  Another woman at church asked Sarah to borrow that small one, so now Dd is playing a different ukelele.  I had a great time singing hymns while the musicians played their instruments.  I had been fighting a headache all day, and by the end of the practice, I felt so much better!!!
Merry and Pippin, our two ducks have been named by my Dd.

Thursday night/Friday morning Dh got really sick.  We took care of him and took him to the doctor.  He is still sick.  We didn't get much homework done on Friday, as the doctor and all that goes with it took up so much time.  She worked independently a bit and got a little bit accomplished.
Merry, Pippin, and the two Isa Browns (still not named).  

I had scheduled for us to do all of our Apologia Experiments for Module 4 this week, and did not get any done! Not one!  I had quite a few things scheduled that didn't get done, and that is always a bummer.  

Academics this week:
Hoping this might be one of our last snows, but I know that is impossible because we do live in Michigan and winter is ever so long.  Relatives in Indiana have already enjoyed banquets of yellow daffadills, but we are weeks away from that!


Walking With Frodo by Sarah Arthur
We really like this book.  I am surprised each day at the correlations between LOTR and the bible! I would never think of the connections, but once they are brought up, it makes perfect sense.
Our reading this week: Choosing Betrayal or Loyalty: 

The Word on Betrayal:
1 Samuel 12:20-22; Psalm 25:1-3; Isaiah 59:12-15; Jeremiah 3: 19-20; Matthew 26: 14-16; 27:1-5

The Word on Loyalty:
1 Chronicles 29: 17-19; Proverbs 18:24; Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12; John 15:13

Choosing Disunity or Forgiveness:

The Word on Disunity:
Proverbs 6:12-14; 16-19; 16:28; Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:19-21

Choosing Forgiveness:
Psalm 133:1; Matthew 6:12-15; Luke 6:37-38; Romans 15:5; 2 Corinthians 2:5-8; Philippians 2:1-2; Colossians 3: 13-15
An AmberLink is stalking up to me...

GoodReads Review: 
Tolkien's Lord of the Rings epic tale has long captivated readers with its parallels to biblical truth. And now, Walking with Frodo looks at the biblical themes found in the classic Lord of the Rings trilogy. The 18 devotions pair vices and virtues (deception vs. honesty, light vs. darkness, good vs. evil) displayed by characters in The Lord of the Rings and bring to light what the Bible has to say. A must-have for longtime and new series fans.

I'm showing how big they are getting--the Bantam is now named,"Hummer" or Hummingbird (the black Bantam is "Hades") and the ducks are Merry and Pippin.  

Bible Verse in Cursive
I think she has been focusing on the book of Romans.

The Barred Owl was back again this week.

 Church and Sunday School:
God Is In Control

Olympians (church volunteer 1:45 hours)
It is funny to think how similar these two breeds were two weeks ago!  The Tetra Browns only had that little patch of brown on their backs, like a chipmunk.

Math U See: Geometry
12 A-E

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Completed Biography on HWL
Hiawatha's Departure
In The Churchyard at Cambridge

Since MOH, SOTW, and BP all include different aspects of history, we try to include all three sources.  In some ways, it is good that I never seem to balance them at the same point in history b/c then we keep getting a refresher on things we read or heard a few weeks back.  We have the opportunity for reinforcement with random historical events, which make it a little more likely that those things will be remembered.  If I had to do over---I wish I would have listened to the SOTW audio's earlier in our homeschooling.  We did listen to them, but we never made it through the whole series.   It would be easier if we were only listening to MOH and reading BP.  We listen to SOTW and MOH while driving, and don't necessarily schedule it in pen.

This is what Week 8's map looked like:

BioblioPlan Advanced Maps (Early Modern History)
Week 8, 8b, 9, 10

Stowaway by Karen Hesse: Completed

Sharing a few of Dd's drawings this week

George Washington's World by Foster: 
pg's 195-214

Mystery of History Vol 3: Renaissance, Reformation, and Growth of Nations
Ch. 17: Raphael
Ch.18: Martin Luther Posts His 95 Theses
Ch. 19: Cortez and Pizarro-Conquistadors of Spain 1519
Ch. 20: Ferdinand and Magellan Sails West 1519-1522
Ch. 21: Martin Luther and the Spread of the Protestant Reformations 1521

5 plus hours of drawing this week

We started our new (and extremely expensive) writing program:
IEW SWI-B Continuation Course

Lesson One: Completed

Book Reports:
 (I'm having Dd write short reports on all the Core H books read)
The Ravenmaster's Secret by Elvira Woodruff
Arrow Over The Door by Joseph Bruchac
Stowaway by Karen Hesse

Physical Exercise:
Dd has been working out the past few weeks, on her own, as she tries to get in shape for upcoming marching band.  She has been doing her workouts at night, but she did use the treadmill twice this week to get in some miles.

Fun Reading:
Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery: COMPLETED
Dd said this book was very, very depressing.

The Elite (The Selection) by Kiera Cass: In Process

Music Classes:
Beginning Band: Tenor Sax 1:30 hours
Intermediate Band: Alto Sax 1:30 hours
Piano lesson:30 min.
Violin Lesson (Christie): 30 min.
Strings Group: 1:15 hours

I moved the Tetra and AmberLinks out to the garage, so they can have more space.  They know run from one end of the tractor to the other end in lightning speed.  They are colder out in the garage, but seem to really be enjoying the space.

Music Practices:
ukelele: 2:00 hours
violin: 3:00 hours
alto sax: 5:05 hours
tenor sax: 2:30

piano: 2:00 hours

Chores/ Home Economics:

Dd's weekly special; she loves baguettes.

Chickens, Dishes, Laundry, and since Dh and I weren't well she did most of her cooking and food prep.


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sonlight Core H Week 9A (1700's) March 5-11th, 2017

Sonlight Core H 
Week 9A (1700's) 
March 5-11th, 2017

2 new ducks and 2 Isa Brown's

Hello, Friends!
What a week! No power! There were such huge winds in Michigan that thousands lost their power for days.  We lost our power early on Wednesday and it didn't come back on until Saturday around 4pm.  Luckily we have a generator that keeps the lights and heat on, but with limits.  One sure does get thankful for electricity after not having it!  

Wednesday after music lessons, Dd and I went toTractor Supply to look for ducks.  We would have gone to Tractor Supply on  Monday but Dd had been sick...and was sick all week.  Dh reached the miserable point by Thursday but continued to go to work even though he was miserable.  It seems we all have been fighting this bug, though I've managed to do most of our 'have to's,' though I did spend a LOT of time in bed this week.  

Dd finally has her two new ducklings!  Boy, are they cute!!

Tractor Supply received their shipment of ducks this week!  Dd was over the moon!  Dh encouraged me to try 2 new breeds to go along with our growing (yet small) flock.  
Besides the two ducks, we bought two Isa Brown's (abundant brown egg layers and docile)  and two Bantams. 

This is one, of the two, new Bantam chicks we bought.  This one had a poop plug that I had to soak off.  Her first hour with us was a wet one!  Don't worry, she dried and was soon happy.  This Bantam is very loud and complains quite a bit!

Bantams are small chickens--the two we have are very different in coloring, and I have no idea exactly what kind they are!  I was very hesitant to get the Bantams, but Dd really wanted them herself.  They are extremely cute and remind me of hummingbirds at this stage.  We haven't decided on our names yet.

This precious Bantam chick is just a dear.  She is so sweet and kind.  Her personality is the opposite of the other Bantam.

  For now, all the young poultry are in our house, inside the cardboard brooder house Dd built.  It is very chilly here--low of 14 degrees today, and snow on the way.  I'm glad we had the generator to keep the heat lamp on the babies.  
If you are curious, our current count: 
2 ducks, 
2 Bantams, 
2 Isa Browns, 
6 Tetra Browns, 
6 AmberLink, 
9 Black Sex Link, 
4 Buff Orpington hens, 
1 Rooster-Buff Orpington.

We still have our Barred Owl hanging around.  This one is much smaller than the one we usually see.  You can tell my the size of the small branch it is sitting on that it isn't very heavy or big.

Sick Week:
This week was not a great academic or musical week.  With the bug we all just managed to get the basic's done.  I gave Dd the whole week off math as she was just too muddled to even try.  She did sitting things---drawing, crocheting, audio books...

Day Two--she was looking much better!

New Violin Teacher:(Monday)
Our second week with our new violin teacher was very good.  I'm SO glad!  Dd said she could even hear the difference.  She said she was beginning to think she was not going to get better, and happily she is improving.

Band/Piano Classes: (Wednesday)
Classes went really well this week.

Strings Group: (Thursday)
Thursday and Friday I was very tired.  I made the executive decision to stay in and miss our wonderful Strings Group---even though Dd has been doing so well learning to play the eukelele.

Tetra Brown

Girl's Night: (Friday)
Girl's Night was a 'games night' this month.  Dd had a great time, and so did I!  I spent the time chatting with the mom that hosts the event.  This is the family that we first meet, way back in March two years ago, and she invited us to a bible study event.

Our Academic for the Week:

Walking With Frodo by Sarah Arthur
I made a post before this post about this book.  I shared some example pages for you to see if you are curious about this bible devotional.  I really have enjoyed the message and the specific bible verses the author has assigned.  Dd and I have had some really good discussion thanks to this book.

Bible Verse in Cursive:
each week I give the assignment for Dd to pick out a good bible verse and to copy it in cursive in a cute little book we bought just for her bible verses.  I think it will good for her to look back and be able to read the which verses were her favorites as a young woman when she is older.

Praying For My Future Husband by Robin Jones Gunn
Dd has been reading this book and enjoying it very much.  She has decided to start a teen girl's bible study and this will be the first book they study.  I bought a copy for her, so she can write in it, and prepare, and I'll read the library version she has.  I'm glad she is wanting to lead a bible study, and am trying to help her get it started and planned out.

The Insanity of God: A Story of Faith Resurrected by Nik Ripken
A friend at church offered for me to borrow his book and read it.  It was one of those wonderful missionary stories of great extreme miracles that inspire growth.  If anyone enjoys reading non-fiction missionary stories that show the power and wonder of the Lord, and how He works in people's lives around the world, this is a great find!

Dd's Sunday School book:
God Is In Control


Stowaway by Karen Hesse (in process)
(set 1768)

George Washington's World by Foster (in process)
(set 1732-1799)

Read Aloud 1:
The Ravenmaster's Secret: Escape From the Tower of London (set 1735) by Elvira Woodruff :COMPLETED
This was such a good, fun, easy read.  Not heavy, but gently shares the time period with the reader.

Read Aloud 2:
Arrow Over the Door (set 1777) by Joseph Bruchac: COMPLETED
I think this is at least our third book of Bruchac's we've read, and each one has been very good.
An AmberLink and a Bantam sharing a meal!

Read Aloud 3:
BiblioPlanCompanion: Early Modern
Ch. 10: More English Colonies; the Restoration of the Monarchy: In Process

Audio 1:
Mystery of History: Early Modern
Ch's 8-16
(Russia Looks West, East and West Collide, Fighting Over North America, Revolution, The New Country, Sailing South, Revolution Gone Sour, Catherine the Great)

Agnes and Sophie...soaking up the sun beside me.

Audio 2:
Story of the World: Early Modern 
Ch's 17, 18, 21 - 26
(The Return of Cristobal Colon, Ghana, Mali, Songhai-Empires of West Africa, The Death of Savonarola, The Safavid Empire of Persia, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Artists of the Northern Renaissance, Erasmus Writes In Praise of Folly, Niccolo Machiavelli and the Prince)
It was fun hearing the audio's discuss the places and art works we had just seen while in Italy!

Apologia: Physical Science
Text: 93-101
Student Notebook: 53-56

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Day is Done
The Arrow and the Song

AmberLinks have brown stripes and spots.  It amazes me how the length of the feathers coming in varies so much from bird to bird.

a Hobbit Tea Cozy: In Process

Both of my orchids are either blooming or preparing to bloom again!  I've finally figured out how to care for these plants and keep them alive and thriving.

9 hours in sketchbook

To keep the new little ones (Bantams and Isa Brown's) safe and secure I put them inside this box.  They were getting stepped on and pushed around (accidentally) by the bigger chicks.  I noticed immediately that they would need their own secure spot.  Here they are, a box inside a box!  But these AmberLinks are perched on the top, so it isn't perfect.

Fun Reading:
Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School) by Gail Carriger: COMPLETED

Fun Audio 1:
The Selection by Kiera Cass: COMPLETED (8 hours 7 min.)

Fun Audio 2:
The Elite by Kiera Cass : just begun


Music Classes:
Beginning Band: Tenor Sax 1:30 hours
Intermediate Band: Alto Sax 1:30 hours
Piano lesson:30 min.
Violin Lesson (Christie): 30 min.
Strings Group: -

Music Practices:
ukelele: 2:00 hours
violin: 2:00 hours
alto sax: 2:30 hours
tenor sax:2:30
piano: 2:00 hours