Junior High Math

Welcome to week three of the Virtual Curriculum Fair. This week is all about pattern: math and the mathematical sciences.

Math in our house hasn't changed a lot in the past year. Once we got in the habit of using Saxon math it was a good fit. My son started last January with Saxon 76 and worked through it with help from me as needed. Last fall, the next book in the series was naturally a part of his seventh grade plan. He is now a little over halfway through Saxon 87. He follows the instructions included and needs even less instruction from me now. It is a bit repetitive, but that gives me hope that he will be able to apply the concepts to future problems.

Come follow me on Instagram too. I shared this simple tip there at the beginning of the school year. Sticky notes can help students focus on one problem at a time.

Please visit my fellow homeschool bloggers who are talking about Discovering Patterns: Math and the Mathematical Sciences this week:

Finding Our Math Equilibrium: Our Plan for 11th, 7th, 5th, and 2nd Grades + Free Printables!by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Math Resources and Programs for All Ages by Amanda H @ Hopkins Homeschool
Math (doesn't) Stink! by Jennifer King @A Peace of Mind
When Math is NOT Your Thing by Michele@Family, Faith and Fridays
Math U See and All the Supplements by Laura H @ Four Little Penguins
Discovering Patterns in Our World: STEM Studies by Laura @ Day by Day in Our World
Junior High Math by Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life
Science & Math for Struggling Learners by Yvie @ Gypsy Road
Maths: a subject in progress by Sarah @ Delivering Grace
Taking Mathematics out of the Textbook by Dana Hanley @ Roscommon Acre
Maths for a Very Maths-y Boy by Lizzy @ Peaches At Home
Practical Math by Annette @ A Net in Time
One of the greatest benefits of homeschooling by Kim @ Good Sweet Love
Math, How I Loathe Thee by Shecki @ Greatly Blessed
Math and Logic in Early Elementary and Preschool {virtual curriculum fair 2017} by Meghan W @ Quiet In The Chaos
Low Stress High School Science and Math by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
Are these toys or manipulatives? This is math? by HillaryM @ Walking Fruitfully
When You Don't Have a Math Plan by Brittney @ Mom's Heart
Clear Horizons by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens
A Few Thoughts on Teacher Math by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset


Scripture and a Snapshot

For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Malachi 3:6

     The kids and I took a walk to my parent's house just ten days ago, and I snapped this picture. So much can change in ten days. Just with our weather as one example, change is constant. That lovely weather was followed by freezing rain and icy roads. And now, the lovely blooms that covered the camellias and azaleas around the farm are brown, but our weather is once again perfect. We've had our windows open for three days! I am so thankful that my God is unchanging! 

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The following is a review of SchoolhouseTeachers.com with the TOS Homeschool Review Crew. 

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Since it started several years ago, SchoolhouseTeachers.com has consistently been a part of our homeschool. My family is excited to again be reviewing the Yearly Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com. My oldest two children (my daughters) have both logged in without me for lessons as well as for teaching tools. (They both teach younger students.) My son has used different components with me and with his Grandmommie. It is used by our whole family! 

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Foreign language lessons, music, history, math, science, grammar...those are just the tip of the iceberg of what's offered through SchoolhouseTeachers.com. Lessons are simple to access. We login to the SchoolhouseTeachers.com website with our email and password, and then everything offered is automatically accessible. 

There are a few ways to search the website. Clicking on the QUICK LINKS heading opens a page where every single course offered is listed from A-Z. You can also browse courses offered by subject or by grade. Lessons are offered for students of all ages. 

Membership at SchoolhouseTeachers.com comes with additional perks, too. Currently they are offering subscribers the chance to sign up for a free copy of the 2017 Annual Print Issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Over 300 online classes are offered. Some are in video format with additional worksheets, and some are entirely text. Some components are downloadable and printable. A certificate of completion can be printed after completing most of the courses offered through SchoolhouseTeachers.com. 

This school year, my mom offered to teach my son science. She oftentimes refers to SchoolhouseTeachers.com as she plans each lesson. They have roamed the farm for hands on science and are planning a trip to a nearby wildlife center before the year ends. She teaches new material to him and has him research additional facts before they complete a topic. Her next lesson plan is all about minerals, and I sat with her exploring each lesson for its suitability for her plans using both the quick links and the search feature on the SchoolhouseTeachers.com website. My mom especially likes the printable worksheets. She has pulled resources from the high school and middle school science classes including animal science, biology, botany, and life science. 

Both of my daughters teach music lessons. My homeschool grad teaches violin. My junior teaches piano. They have both looked through the weekly lessons and printables to enhance their lesson plans. Selections even include music history. 

My own search of the SchoolhouseTeacher.com website is usually for something specific. With math lessons, for instance, if one of my children is having trouble mastering a specific concept, I like to present it in a different and hopefully easier way. 

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The Process of Perfecting Macarons

     Welcome back to the second week of the 2017 Virtual Curriculum Fair

     It started with a French lesson. When my youngest daughter began studying the French language, she also began her study of other things French, especially French food. She made baguettes and chicken cordon bleu, and our family enthusiastically welcomed each of her cooking projects. And then she decided, right before her 16th birthday, that she wanted an authentic French macaron. Take my word for it, they aren't easy to find, at least near where we live. I even searched online. We tried the colorful ones from Sam's, and then were disappointed when we finally found a French bakery that theirs looked just like the ones from the warehouse club. We've now visited three French bakeries, yet none of them carry French macarons.   

     So what's a girl to do? She decided to make them herself. And she just keeps getting better at it. Since she started, each very special occasion has included her homemade macarons. She matches the halves, researches buttercream, and keeps trying new recipes. This macaron baking has just gotten better and better over the past two years. Her sister even got lavender macarons for the reception at her senior recital. 

     The picture below is a screenshot of one that she shared after a batch turned out just right. You can feel the excitement in her success as you read her words. 

     One morning, as my daughter prepared the kitchen for another batch of macarons (for serving with tea with friends,) she began telling me about aging egg whites and just the right peaks in her meringue. I realized that her lessons were exactly what I'd been wanting--self directed and ongoing. I had very little to do with her making macarons, though when I noticed how much a clean kitchen inspired her to cook, I was even more motivated to keep our kitchen clean. She has researched at length just how to get feet on macarons, and she has tried ingredients I've never cooked with. As we browsed Craftsy's clearance sale, she found food coloring powder and we discussed plans to use the laser for stencils to make them even more unique. 

     So are you wondering just what this has to do with language arts which is our Virtual Curriculum Fair topic this week? Just this...there aren't classes to rotate though in our homeschool with books changed out in lockers differentiating between chemistry and creative writing. It is so vastly different from what my education was and what her friends in public and private schools are now experiencing. We don't have to focus on just one class at a time. When my daughter shows an interest, I encourage her to pursue it. She wants to go to Paris, but she let me know just Paris wasn't her plan, that all of Europe would be exciting to explore. I agree! We'd all love a trip like that. I laughed with my mom as we dropped the girls off for orchestra practice as we turned onto Paris Avenue that I was making my daughter's dream come true. 

     Visit our host Susan and all of the other homeschool moms sharing about language arts this week. Get ideas and inspiration, then determine what is best for each of your children. And if you came here looking for curriculum recommendations, Bridgeway and IEW were the best grammar lessons for this daughter's learning style. (All three of my children learn differently, and I've chosen different tools through the years for the other two.) Both of those selections were reviews, so use my search bar on the right if you want more details about those resources. Or ask me. 

Please visit my fellow homeschool bloggers who are writing about Playing with Words this week:

Delight Directed High School English by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Act Your Part Well- 2017 VCF by Lisa @ Golden Grasses

The Search For Language by Michele@Family, Faith and Fridays

Our Top Picks for Language Arts by Amanda H @ Hopkins Homeschool

Multiple Approaches to Language Arts in 2017 by Laura @ Day by Day in Our World

How We Cover the Language Arts in Our Homeschool by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory

Use Your Words by Laura @ Four Little Penguins

The Art of Perfecting Macarons by Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life

Loving Languages Every Day by Jen K @ A Peace of Mind

Speech Therapy & Elementary Latin by Yvie @ Gypsy Road

The Readin' and Writin' Part of Homeschool by Shecki @ Greatly Blessed

Children Who Love Books by Lizzy @ Peaches At Home

Customizing High School Language Credits by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool

A Poetry Feast by Sarah @ Delivering Grace

Teaching Language Arts without Curriculum by Brittney @ Mom's Heart

I know your pain and it is worth it! by Kim @ Good Sweet Love

Language Arts: Our Style by Annette @ A Net in Time

Words! Words! Words! by Lisa M @McClanahan 7

10 Wonderful Word Games (+1) by Lori @ At Home: where life happens

Finding the Right Words by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break

What About Reading Comprehension? by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset

Teaching Grammar and Writing Through Discussion by Chelli @ The Planted Trees

     Today we made tiramisu with lady finger cookies imported from France. The recipe called for six egg yolks, so it seemed perfect to set aside just enough egg whites for my daughter to make macarons. She's planning to make them Tuesday, so a tea party will be planned later this week. Let me know if you can drop by. I will even show you our favorite language arts resources. 


Scripture and a Snapshot

The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. Nahum 1:7
     Tragedy is most often unexpected. Friends are grieving today the heartbreaking loss of a child. My heart is broken for them. Please pray with me to our God of all comfort that He will envelop their family in peace. 

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Returning to the 2017 TOS Review Crew

In 2009, I was blessed to find and join an amazing group of homeschool bloggers called the TOS Homeschool Review Crew. Through about seven crew changes and almost as many years, my family tried out a huge mix of homeschool products that changed the way we homeschool. Friendships were formed, blog posts were shared, and support was found that I hadn't even expected. Last year my oldest daughter graduated, and while planning for that I decided not to reapply for the 2016 crew. But we all missed it! I'm excited to be returning for the 2017 Crew, and I hope you'll enjoy meeting the rest of the review team. Click on their blog buttons, visit them and leave a friendly comment, and then come back through the year as we continue to share resources with you. 

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