Hello everybody! Today I'm back with a little Abeka Academy homeschool inspiration. Today we are on lesson 104. Mr. Bucy keeps us on our toes in English class. He was teaching the class how to recognize predicate adjectives and how to diagram them. He reviewed the steps of the writing process and introduced the upcoming research paper. Sydney isn't real thrilled to have to write a research paper on top of all of the other assignments she has due, but it's one step at a time, one day at a time. The project will be broken down into bite size chunks that she will be able to manage. We will get through this. Welcome to 9th grade English! :o)
In health class we reviewed previously taught material on good hygiene practices. We looked over the personal checklist to see where improvements could be made.
Miss Burns was teaching about good oral hygiene. Take good care of those teeth and gums. As it turns out Sydney has an orthodontist appointment tomorrow.
In science class we were learning about transverse and longitudinal waves, compression and rarefaction pulses, wavelength, amplitude and frequency. We were also able to watch another student's science project presentation.
The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, 70 degree sunny weather. I'll take it! We opened up some windows to let the fresh air in. Spring is in the air!
For a special treat I made some homemade strawberry shortcake. It was the perfect complement to go with the fresh strawberries and whipped cream I had in the refrigerator.
Happy Wednesday y'all! "Life is what you make it." Make it delightfully sweet. :o)
February Update: A New Year, New Car, New Bedroom Renovation, New Semester, Birthday Celebration, Valentine's Day Party
Hello everybody! We have been really busy around here. I am thrilled to announce that we were able to purchase another car, praise be to God. We were looking for good quality, reliability and longevity, and we found it. A 2015 Toyota Camry with only 33,000 miles on it. Slap a bow on that baby, we'll take it!
It has been a bit of a challenge having only one car among the four of us the last three years, let me tell you. Adding another vehicle has made all the difference in the world for the kids and I. Now we can use the Honda, which is still in GREAT shape, to get to dental appointments with ease. I don't have to take Clint to work anymore in order to use the car. Aaron can get to work without needing rides from sister Linn all the time, bless her heart. I can get to the Post Office or the grocery store at the drop of a hat. What a huge blessing it has been!
Now Syd and I can drive to a variety of different walking parks to get our walking / jogging PE time in.
Beyond blessed, yes we are! Now that I have transportation, I can be out shopping for lots of new home decor. ;o) Hardy har har! This can't become my new habit, but I did get the green light to do it this time.
Since we are in the process of painting our master bedroom and bathroom, I was out purchasing all new bedding and decorative pieces for the dresser to match the new paint job.
It's not finished yet but here's the progress we've made so far. Clint is doing such a good job with the painting. I look forward to sharing the before and after photos here soon.
We started a whole new semester and it is keeping Syd very busy. The unit in physics is going to be interesting and challenging.
So many equations... so little time to commit them to memory.
Mr. Bucy is going to be the death of Syd. He assigns a lot of homework practice in grammar, a lot of reading in literature and a lot of spelling & vocabulary practice and memorization. Algebra with Miss Smith has it's own set of challenges too, but Syd is doing a great job with handling the course work. She just doesn't have a whole lot of free time right now. :o)
However, she is really enjoying Health class with Miss Burns. She's interested in learning more about how the human body functions. She's especially interested in learning about the heart. Her dad works in the cardiology department at Wellstar so she must get her medical smarts from him. :o)
We celebrated Linny Lou's 28th birthday on February 7th! That girl is getting old! :o) We had a "nurse" birthday party theme since she's going to be starting nursing school this month. She requested an angel food cake with whipped cream topping and fresh fruit.
She's my ray of sunshine! Happy birthday Linny Lou!
Clint made a special Valentine's Day dinner for us, a copycat Chick-fil-A crispy chicken sandwich.
For dessert he made a homemade chocolate silk pie. It was out of this world delicious!
I hosted a delightful Valentine's Day party for my sweeties.
My sweeties got some treaties! :o)
I got some sweet treats from them as well!
Linn made me a beautifully decorated teacher's pencil name plate for Syd to give me as a "teacher" gift.
I am her mom, but I'm also her teacher onsite and at heart.
Grateful heart = happy heart! Thanks for stopping by! Talk to ya soon!
Good evening everybody! Well today is the big day, Election Day for the U.S. Senate and Public Service Commission runoffs. We middle class, hardworking, country folk down here in Georgia voted today, in person. We don't need politicians spending outrageous amounts of money advertising hogwash at every turn to try to badger, belittle and bully us for our vote. Disgraceful! That's all I'm going to say about that.
Now, back to school.
Today in Bible class we are studying the Divided Kingdom - the division between Israel and Judah. King Solomon certainly experienced a rise to unprecedented heights of personal prosperity and security, only to fall victim to moral weakness and political conflict. So too his kingdom, in the hands of is son Rehoboam, is headed toward disaster. Rehoboam causes rebellion among the people of Israel. Only the tribes of Judah and Benjamin will remain with him while the rest of Israel, all of the northern tribes, will appoint a man by the name of Jeroboam as their king. The division is permanent, and the fall is great. Civil conflict will last for years, as will wars with foreign enemies, who are quick to notice the vulnerability of this once-unified but now-broken people. This reads like the current state of America!
In Algebra class we are learning how to divide monomials. Syd had to take a quiz today.
In English class Mr. Bucy taught a new spelling and vocabulary list, discussed some different Christmas poems and taught 4 steps to writing good descriptions.
In World Geography class Miss Burns was teaching the countries of the Northern Andes - Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia.
We started a new chapter in science class today, Science vs. Evolution.
Key Concepts we'll be studying:
We've been taking walks after school this week. The temperature warms up after lunch into the mid 50's.
Taste test: York Peppermint Pattie vs. my homemade peppermint pattie. The York pattie definitely had that classic, refreshing peppermint taste. Mine didn't have as strong a peppermint taste but mine had more chocolate and the center was creamier. The kids both preferred mine over the York because they like a more mild peppermint tasting pattie with a thicker chocolate coating.
Taco Tuesday Night: Aaron helped me prepare a taco bar for dinner this evening, complete with Mexican Mariachi music. :o) Soft tacos or taco salad... whatever floats your boat.
Both kids helped with the cleanup.
I made a quick trip to Publix for a legal pad and a nice pen for Aaron to take with him on his first day of orientation at McDonald's.
Well, it's been another busy day. I have some laundry to put away and of course I need to get my jammies on!
Happy Tuesday y'all! Talk to ya soon!
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