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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Grandma Moses Art Project, and San Felasco Field Trip

So, this is two posts in one, because I forgot to blog last week. First picture is our History art project. The artist we studied was Grandma Moses, and you can read about her in my previous post. We finally finished our project which is painted rocks, in a folk art style, for a Fall theme fairy garden, which will be the centerpiece for our dining room table. Painting on rocks is incredibly difficult. Our next era will be the Civil War era, and I am researching artists now.

Last Monday, I took Caitlin, and one of her friends, to San Felasco State Park. There is actually another part to the park, but it was still very hot and we could only spare an hour. The trail is just over a mile long, and the girls took bunches of pictures. Great little short field trip.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Art Project #1 Grandma Moses

As I stated in my previous post, Caitlin and I will be doing Art together this year. Probably once a week, we will study an artist, and do a remake of one of their paintings, or paint in their style. I chose Grandma Moses, quite by accident. I came across it while searching for something else. I didn't even know Grandma Moses was an artist. I often wondered where the term came from. The painting below, by Grandma Moses, is Catching the Thanksgiving Turkey. She was a folk artist, painting the images of her time when she was growing up in NY. We will do a Fall, or Halloween setting, using her method of folk art. If you would like to learn about Grandma Moses,  The piece below, and more of her art work can be found at,

Catching the Thanksgiving Turkey, 1943 - Grandma Moses You can find more of her art pieces by doing a simple search on Wikiart, where the piece below is located.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

New School Year: Grade 9 for Caitlin

I can't believe my baby is in high school.  I graduated one in April, and this is my last child to homeschool.  I am in the lesson planning process, and I think I have the first week straight, and ready to go.

Science:  Physical Science on VHSG.  I am hoping to get in at least one experiment a week.  I have not laid out the calendar yet, but I will be planning for an Art project, Science experiment, and hopefully enough time for some music.

Language Arts/Reading:  This is basically English 1 if she were in public school.  I am again using VHSG and she will start with Animal Farm.  I will include writing topics, a few times a week, as supplement because she needs a lot of practice.  Most of the writing assignments will center around our History lessons.  

History:  American History this year.  We are skipping over the colonies, and American Revolution.  We will start with the Constitution, which is still American Revolution, but a topic I feel didn't get covered enough in Middle School.  She really likes documentaries, so I have found a ton of them on Youtube.  We also use Netflix, and our regular DTV if I can find good ones.  The writing assignments will be mostly short, and center around or History topics for grade 9.

Math:  Continuing with Intro to Algebra on Edx. and then go from there.

French:  Basic first year of French.  

I will post the more interesting things we do.  I am trying to get back into a regular blogging schedule this year.  I use the blog for our evaluation, so the more I post the better.  

Have a happy school year!

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