Homeschooled In High School

Life from a homeschooled student's perspective

Little Updates

I can not believe my summer break is almost over!! I start back on the 5th of August! I will be posting very soon about what all I am doing for my Sophmore year of High School, but right now I am having a hard time keeping up with my Mom, telling me about all the books she has ordered off of Amazon, and what books I am using for what,  I will try to get it all figured out before I start school, but right now I am just letting my Mom keep track of all of that 🙂

On top of all the school work I have to do this coming school year, I have decided to start teaching beginner piano lessons to a few kids in the area. I have three students so far and am super excited about it! I have had a lot of fun printing out worksheets and games for the kids; and planning lessons. I will definitely let you guys know how it is going in a few weeks, cause lessons start on the 9th of August.

I have also decided to take Ballet lessons this year. I am doing it through a huge dance program at a church near us. Two of my friends also take dance lessons through the same program, and they really enjoy, so I hope I will too!

I am still continuing to take piano lessons this year too, and so I am anxious to get back to that, since I haven’t really practiced much over the summer.

Over all I think I am going to have a pretty busy year! That is how I like it though, I always love to be doing something, and get bored very quickly if I just have to sit around at home. I will also still have my babysitting jobs, Youth Group, playing in the church worship band, and posting on this blog!

Medieval Times

Sorry I didn’t post on Thursday, but it was the 4th of July, so that is my only excuse. Happy late 4th of July everyone! It was rainy down here in GA, so we didn’t get to go see the fireworks. It has been raining for weeks here, so I am getting really tired of it!

Guess where we went yesterday!!?? Medieval Times! For those of you who don’t know what that is, it is a really cool place in the mall, where you sit around this arena, and they serve you a 4 course dinner while you watch medieval stuff  like jousting,  hand to hand combat, horse dressage, and some other stuff. Everyone on staff there is dressed in Medieval attire, and you don’t get any silverware to eat with! You just have to eat with your hands 🙂 It was our first time going there, and we had a lot of fun. I didn’t do a very good job  describing it though, so you will just have to go see it yourself! Then of course when it was done and we were getting ready to walk out to the car it was pouring down rain, and we hadn’t thought to bring umbrellas, so we just ran through the rain and got very wet. Not fun. It is rather pricey, especially for a family of 6, but we got a summer deal, so it  wasn’t to bad. I am going to post some pictures, but they are really bad quality, cause I just took them with my ipod touch. And I don’t feel like trying to get pictures off my sister’s fancy camera, so just bear with me!

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A Day In The Life Of…?

So I said in my last post that I was going to try to post more often, so here I am, only one week later! So maybe I will actually be able to post once a week!

Funny fact, I just typed out like two paragraphs about my third term books and realized that I already blogged about them in an earlier post. Real skilled, right? I am going to blame my stupidity on the fact that I  have a cold. I could write reviews on the books I read during third term I guess, but I don’t feel like it right now. 🙂

So now that I have no idea what to write about, I have decided to give you a rundown of my day today. Let me know if I completely bore you, and I will try to make my life more exciting 😛

Got up at 8:15 this morning, which is considered sleeping in to me. Some people think that all home schoolers sleep half the day and then do school in their pajamas. I am not one of those people. I can’t stand to sleep in past 9:00; and I don’t like staying in my pajamas all day.

So anyway, I had a chiropractor appointment at 11:00 this morning, so since I am on summer break and I have a cold, I sat around on my computer and then read a book that I have already read at least twice before (Red Rock Mysteries, #13) until it was time for my appointment. I go to the chiropractor because my wrist and neck are messed up and I am trying to get them fixed, I have not felt much progress yet, but I still have hope! Then I got home, ate lunch (mac and cheese) and then went to the library. I am super excited because Samantha found me a book that I have been wanting to read! Its called Nightmare Academy by Frank Peretti. I have gotten through the first couple chapters already and its starting out great! Then I came home, read my book, messed around on my computer, and then sat down to write this! Exciting, right? Oh, and I read my driver’s manual for about half an hour, I am almost done with it!

This post turned out shorter than I expected, but oh well! By the way I was out on You Tube today, and I was looking for cool music videos for the Avengers movie, you know, like they have super cool ones for Hunger Games? And I was very disappointed by the videos. Some of them are decent,  but then they have guys screaming out the lyrics to songs that sound horrible! So I really need someone to make awesome Avengers music videos. it would make my day!

Bye for now! (I will return next week, I am determined)

Eliza

2013 Piano Recital

I am so behind on my posts! I keep thinking of things that I need to blog about, so I am trying to post more often. I am pretty much done with school, but I will talk about that in a different post. Today I am talking about something that happened on May 29, 2013, my piano recital! I have been taking piano lessons for three years now, and so this was my third recital. I performed twice, once in a trio, and one solo. A trio is a piece of music that is played by three people on one piano. It was quite a challenge, but we were able to pull it together and perform it. The solo piece I performed is Wedding Day At Troldhaugen by Edvard Grieg. I have not uploaded the video of the trio piece onto YouTube yet, but I did get my solo performance uploaded, so here is the link to that! Oh, and sorry the sound is kinda weird in spots, I think it just uploaded wrong or something… if anyone knows how to fix it, please let me know!     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK9pAR1IiO0   And if anyone is interested, here is my 2012 performance too!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rVJApaWu2Q   Oh and by the way, I know I mess up in both performances, but I get really nervous performing in front of people, so I can play those pieces perfectly at home, but not when I am performing. Its a little frustrating!

So yah, not much else to say about that, but here are some pictures!

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These are pics of some of my friends performing

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This is the entire class (except for a couple who couldn’t  make it to the performance)

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After the performance we had a little party 🙂

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1 Down, 3 To Go

Guess what? My older sister (Samantha) graduated from High School on May 18, 2013!

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The graduation ceremony was held through a homeschool conference at the Gwinnett Center. There were about 40 students graduating with Samantha. It was a very nice ceremony, and we had a fun reception afterwards with cake and punch. Since it will probably be very boring if I just sit here and type out everything that happened, I will tell you through pictures 🙂

oh and we didn’t get very good seats, so that is why the pic above is not very good :/ Plus I was using Samantha’s camera, so I couldn’t take as good of pictures as she could have. She said she would be to busy to take pics of her own graduation? Don’t know what she was talking about 😛

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Samantha with our friends Risa and Lilia after the ceremony

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Samantha with our friends Katherine and Emily

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Risa photo bombing a pic where nobody was even looking at the camera when they were supposed too…

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Smantha with our Grandma and Grandpa

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These two actually like each other, they just also like to pretend 🙂

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Risa likes to think Isaac is her little brother, but Samantha is there to make sure no one steals him 🙂

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Group picture!

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Even bigger group picture!

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Can you guess who those people are?? They are my parents 😉

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Why do family pictures never turn out perfect?? I HAVE MY EYES CLOSED :0

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Epic

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Having to much fun!

Okay, now we move to the open house/party on the following Sunday. It was soooo much fun!!

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This punch was AMAZING

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Food!

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Crazy friends!

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I am so getting in trouble with Risa for putting this picture on the internet… but I can’t resist 🙂

There were lots more people at the party than are in the pictures, but I got so caught up in the party that I didn’t get pics of everyone.

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Samantha got this cute dog from our parents that everyone at the party signed.

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Isaac and Grandpa

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The party wore poor Casey out so much that she just crashed on the tissue paper 😛

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My kitty and I ❤

So who figured out what the title of this post means? it means that my Mom has successfully homeschooled one child clear through school, and she has three more kids to go! I’m next!

I am not sure if I covered everything, but if I didn’t, feel free to ask questions in the comments!

Spring Formal Dance

Sorry for not posting in a month and a half!! Actually I just sorta forgot about posting… totally guilty.

Anyway, what I wanted to talk about is the spring formal dance that my older sister (Samantha) and I went too. Some people who either my Mom or I have talked to about homeschooling are like, “So what about prom? Your kids never get to go to prom??” Like it is some sin if you don’t go to prom or something. So if any of you are worried about my not going to prom, don’t worry, I get to go to a dance that is even better than prom!

Samantha and I are part of a dance program called Dancin GRITS. It is a Christian program, and run by a family. GRITS stands for Girls Raised In The South, even though it’s for guys too. They have classes once a month, in two different locations. They also have a middle school class that meets, but it is smaller than the high school groups. They teach us line dances, barn dances, waltz, swing, and fox trot. it is SUPER FUN!!!!! It also helps that one of my best friend goes there too 🙂

Dancin GRITS has three big dances each year. One around Halloween, one for Christmas, and then their biggest dance it the Spring Formal, which is a little like prom. Only Juniors and Seniors are allowed to bring dates, and almost everyone dances each partner dance with a different partner. You get one professional picture with your ticket, and they give us a nice, formal, dinner. Then you dance the night away! Right before everyone leaves, the parents can come back, and they do a parent, student waltz. So Samantha and I taught our dad how to waltz before we went.

Now for the fun part, pictures!!

Samantha and I

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This is the lobby area outside the ballroom

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This is me and one of my best friends

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This is the ballroom

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And here we are with our parents

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If you want to see even more pictures, here is the link to Dancin GRITS picture albums. The ones titled junior assembly are the middle school semi-formal pics, but there are hundreds of pics from the Under The Sea Spring Formal.  https://picasaweb.google.com/DancinGrits

All in all, it was AWESOME!!!

Eliza

History And Money

Yup, that is what I am going to talk about today, history, and money. Actually Quarters, to be more specific.

I was reading history today and they were talking about the U.S. mint, and all the state quarters. I started collecting the state quarters a couple of years ago, and then when I had almost collected all of them, I kinda just got tired of it and put them aside. So when I read the history chapter today, I was like, “I am going to get out my quarters and look at them all.” I know that sounds kinda boring to some people, but the history chapter gave them new meaning, cause it went through all fifty states and explained, briefly, what was on all of them. So I decided to share them with you.

Here they are before I sorted out all the ‘boring ‘ ones. And yes, I tried to arrange them to look something like the United States.

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In the book it said that the U.S. mint made five states quarters each year from 1999 to 2008. They started out with the 13 colonies, then made them in the order that the states were added to our country. Here are how the pages were arranged:

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And here is how I arranged them all:

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And a close up of the book:

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And a close up of how I arranged them:

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Then I tried to get artistic with my photography, but it didn’t work very well

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Here is my list for keeping track of which ones I have. I currently have all of them except West Virginia and Arkansas.

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Then after the U.S. mint had made all the state quarters they made them for The District Of Columbia and the U.S. Territories. Then they decided to keep going and make them for some of the national parks. I only have a few of those. But here is some of them in the book:

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So yah, I really enjoyed learning about the state quarters, and had fun messing around with them:

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And I was even able to stack all of them up in one stack! Yup, I am skilled that way 🙂

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Oh, and Happy late Easter everyone!! I decided to show you my Easter basket to prove that you are never to old to get candy in plastic eggs. But we didn’t actually do an Easter egg hunt, my Mom just put the eggs and candy in our baskets and handed them to us. What did y’all do for Easter? And I was thinking, if anyone has a certain subject that they would like me to talk about or share, just let me know in the comments!

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3rd Term Books

Sorry it has been so long since I posted! I don’t even have a plausible excuse, I haven’t been that busy!

So anyway, instead of splitting our school year into two semesters, we split it up into three terms. Each term is twelve weeks long. Third term just started last week, so I wanted to share what literature I am reading right now. I have continued a couple of the books from second term, but most of them I just started last week.

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This one is called The Autobiography Of George Muller. And of course it is written by George Muller.  I am really enjoying this book so far, because George Muller has a very interesting life!

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Next I have Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare. The version that I am reading is called Shakespeare Made Easy, and it is in play form. The nice thing about this version is that it has the original version on one side of the page, and the simplified version on the other side. So for people like me, who don’t get as much out of the play when I read it in the old language, you can still skim the old language, and read the simpler language, or however you want to do it.

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This book I have been reading all year. It is called 101 Famous Poems and is by Roy J. Cook. It  has some really good poems in it!

 

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A Girl Of The Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter is my favorite book that I am reading this term so far. It is a very good story!

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And last but not least we have David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. This one is starting out really good too!

So those are the books I am reading! Hopefully I will be able to motivate myself to write reviews on all of them once I finish them!

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Lets Talk About Science (And My Kitty)

So today I am going to talk about… Science! Science is one of my favorite subjects, as long as it doesn’t have to much math involved 🙂 So anyway here is the science book that I use:

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It is called Exploring Creation with Physical Science by Dr. Jay L. Wile and is a part of the Apologia science program. I wasn’t sure at first what all they considered “Physical Science” so here are a few of the topics it covers: Air, The Atmosphere, Water, Weather, Physics of Motion, Newton’s laws, Light, Sound, and  The Forces In Creation. Okay, so that was more than a few, but those are most of the topics that he covers in this book.

I really like how the lessons are laid out, they have experiments, diagrams, and example problems for what he is talking about. Here are pictures of some of the pages from the textbook:

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Each module takes me one to two weeks to read through. I usually read about one section a day, three to four days a week. I usually do not do the experiments, cause they can take quite a few supplies, so I just read through the experiment, then the author explains what you just did in it, so I can understand it even if I do not perform the experiment. Then when I finish a module I do the “Study Guide” which is like a test. They also have an actual “test” in the Solutions and Tests book, but I don’t do the tests, cause they are a lot like the study guides.

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I would definitely recommend this for eighth grade and up, even though I think it is supposed to be for middle schoolers, I think that its a lot of information and is better suited for high school. It is definitely not easy for me, and I am in ninth grade.

Of course, my siblings all do different science than I do, so maybe I will talk about what they do another day!

When I was taking pictures, my cat decided to follow me around, so here are a couple pics that she photo bombed 🙂

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And then she decided to sit on my desk while I typed this up! Crazy Casey 😛

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How We Do History

Today I am going to talk about the history curriculum that I use. Now I have a couple of people that I have talked to that are confused as to what curriculum is. It is simply the books that you use for a certain subject. So when I say history curriculum, I mean the books that I use for history. Simple enough, right?

So, the history curriculum that I am currently using is called America The Beautiful. If you didn’t guess by the title, it is the history of America. We are doing book two this year, which covers from the late 1800’s to the present. We did book one last year, which covered everything up to the late 1800’s. The extra books (We The People, the Maps book, and the Timeline book, which I talk about later), last for both book one and book two. My two younger siblings use it too, even though they are 1 and 3 years younger than me, the curriculum is not very hard, so it works for all three of us.

These are the two main books that we read pretty much every day:

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The big red one is the textbook by Charlene Notgrass, and the We The People book, which is edited by Bethany Poore,  has excerpts from important documents, famous people’s journal entries, poems, and so forth,  we usually read one thing from it to go along with the lesson that we read in the textbook. here is a picture of the inside of We The People:

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And a picture of the inside of the textbook:

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Then we have the Maps book, by Bethany Poore, and the Timeline book, by Ray and Charlene Notgrass.

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My siblings and I read the textbook and We The People on our own through the week, then on Friday we all work together on the Map and Timeline. They are both very easy, in the map book, we circle certain cities, or color certain places that they talked about in the textbook. The timeline already has a lot of stuff printed in it for you, then you fill in the blanks with important things that you read about.

here are some pictures of the maps, and a picture of the timeline:

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The books that we use are all sold separately, but are meant to be used together. Also, my little brother does a workbook that goes along with the textbook too. It has word searches, crossword puzzles, and things like that.

over all it is a really good history curriculum and works really well for us.

Here is a weird picture of me pretending to read the textbook, it is a kinda weird angle because I took it of myself, so I had to prop the camera up and use the timer 🙂

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Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or if I didn’t explain it very clearly!

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