Monday, June 27, 2016

Menu Monday for 2016-06-27

Menu Plan Monday for the week of June 27/16 - recipe links and menu planning inspiration to help you get dinner on the table stress free!

Our cadet is at Civil Air Patrol TriWing Encampment this week, so I'm cooking for two. The plans may change, but here's the original plan:

Chicken Caesar Salad, Texas Toast

Dinner out (Date Night!)

(leftover) lentil soup, salad, rolls

Reuben sandwiches

Ravioli, salad, Texas toast

Cheeseburgers, potato salad, fresh veggies

dinner out

Lemon chicken, broccoli, quinnoa

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Year in Pictures

A blog friend, Kym, blogged her year in pictures. I thought that was such a good idea and wanted to do it too, so here goes!

School started the day after Labor Day, 2015.

My plans were written in my Apologia planner.

 My mantle was weighted down with most of our books... 
We started the year strong with our various subjects. 
  • daily (or fairly regular) Bible reading; 
  • Apologia Chemistry;

  • BJU Algebra 2
  •  When Worlds Collide for English Literature and Composition;
  •  Tapestry of Grace for History;
  •  BJU Spanish I;
  • and an eclectic approach to music, art, physical education and health.
It didn't take us long to crash and burn on this Spanish. It is not a program a non-Spanish speaker can teach to a non-Spanish speaker.
We worked on Chemistry times...
 My cadet stayed active in the Civil Air Patrol.
He supported CAP at Joint Base Andrews open house (in an eagle costume);
 and Wreaths Across America (no photo) in December, St. Patrick's Day Parade,
rocket launches,
local fitness days, banquet, field trips, and lots of weekly meetings.
As a Boy Scout, my teen has earned all necessary merit badges and is working to figure out an Eagle project (required to attain Eagle rank).
We saw the beach in September,
leaves in October,
a big birthday in November, Christmas in December,
big snows in January,
new dual enrollment college days in February,
  braces off in March,
as well as a dead Honda and a new Toyota,
lots of rain in April, end of ENGL 101 with a B in May, rocket launches in April, May and June,
and now preparing for Tri-Wing Encampment on Sunday.
It's been a long year, and I didn't take enough photos, but I tried!


Thursday, June 23, 2016 - A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Review Crew
This spring I learned there was a product available for review being offered by

I just love trying out planners, so I was delighted when I was selected to review My School Year (Homeschool Record Keeping). I received a 12-month subscription in exchange for my review.

When I received access to My School Year, I had to think about how I wanted to use it during the review period. It was May, so one might initially think I'd start planning my next school year. I decided that was not my best way to use it at that time. There were too many unknowns about next school year at that time, so I decided to plug in information from the current (soon to end) school year.

When you first begin with My School Year, you start by setting up a school year. I set up a school year for 2015-2016 and a school year for 2016-2017, but then I focused on 2015-2016. (I looked at next year but couldn't decide on anything, not even start and end dates, so last year it is.)

So to begin, as inferred above, I entered the start and end dates of the 2015-2016 school year. Next I entered holidays and breaks. We take a week at Thanksgiving, one in the spring, and two weeks at Christmas. We started the day after Labor Day, and take Memorial Day. The end date is rather squishy, as we are still working on subject that suffered some neglect during the school year, but I marked it to end 6/17/16.

Next I clicked on "Enroll Students" as you see in the photo above. My student doesn't like his name to show in my blog entries, so I cut that off. When you set up the student, you enter an email address. After scheduling assignments your student(s) receive emails with their assignments in them. How cool is that?

From this point I set up subjects studied during the year and curriculum or other resources used. Set up asks for class time. We don't adhere to that type of schedule, so I entered arbitrary times.

As you can see, I entered his English 101 dual enrollment class grade from the local community college. You are able to enter grades either by the assignment or by an override you can enter the grade for the complete course.

Then I had the decision to either enter information for every class, every day, every subject, every assignment... Or come up with some other plan. I decided to enter summary grade information - tests, quizzes, homework, attendance, etc. To pick an easy subject, I decided to start with Art, and discovered I had Art listed twice. ::sigh:: Fixed it. Not changing photo.

Set up asks for class time. We don't adhere to that type of schedule, so I entered arbitrary times.

My School Year has so much potential for use in ways I'm not using it yet. For instance, next year two of his dual enrollment classes meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday at specific times. Scheduling that is easy to do with My School Year.
Clicking on "actions" on ENGL 102, I get the following:
I selected "Edit Class Details" and got this screen:
Choosing "view other settings" gave me this screen:
On this page, selecting "Dual Credit" sets it up so it will show that way on the transcript, which My School Year will also generate when you ask it to. I was looking for a way to enter beginning and ending dates for the semesters, but the program picks this information up based on dates entered to indicate assignments due. Where there are no assignments, there is no notation of the class on the student's reminder emails. I don't entirely understand it yet, but I'm sure using it will give me understanding. Most of my review period has been between these semesters.
So... I really like My School Year. It has proven to be very intuitive and easy to use. When I needed help and called them, I got a real person and immediate assistance with my questions!

With My School Year there are quick ways to schedule assignments, and quick ways to bump them forward. You can schedule assignments in advance, or you can record them as you do them. You can use the program to keep track of time spent by the student on each subject. You can record grades by the assignment, or you can just enter the entire grade for the year, useful for creating a transcript after the fact. I can go back and enter 9th and 10th grade year-end grades and know my transcript is humming!

So My School Year is an absolute winner in my house. I hope you will consider it. I'm loving it.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Recent Life in Review

It's been a while since I did a "weekly" update, so I thought it was time.

As May came to a close, my student heaved a relieved sigh to be done with his English 101 course at the local community college. His grade was a good one. Not bad for a 10th grader enrolled in dual enrollment!

His time spent keeping up with his college class did cause his other studies to have less time spent than I would have preferred. So, while most home schools are gearing up for different activities for the duration of the summer, my student and I see school work stretching out before us. The subjects not yet complete are 19th Century History, Algebra 2 and Chemistry.

The Boy Scout Troop celebrated an Eagle Court of Honor, welcoming four scouts to the rank of Eagle.

The troop end of year Court of Honor occurred a couple of weeks later, and my Scout received the last merit badge he needed to get to Eagle. Now he needs to find and do an Eagle Project in the community.

As a Civil Air Patrol Cadet, my SRA was signed up for and rained out of yet another flight. Six and 0 so far. He'll get off the ground some day. My husband signed up to participate with CAP as a senior member and got all his uniforms in order. He has already ranked up his first level as a CAP Officer. 

The squadron split up on Memorial Day. The Color Guard served at a local Flags for Heroes event.

Others recruited sponsorships for Wreaths Across America in December.

Our squadron had its end of year banquet.

Dad got an award. We had a cake.
 The cadet is getting ready for TriWing Encampment and got a military haircut.
He also just got a phone call setting up a summer job internship interview at a local food store. After encampment he plans to take driver's education. Busy, busy!

Well, there is probably more I am forgetting, but I guess that will do it for now. How is your summer shaping up so far?