Saturday, February 25, 2017

Year 1, Term 2 Exam: Homeschool Exams and Tests for First Grade

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Here are copies of our exams: Example Exams and Daily Schedule
How we create our exam questions: Creating Exam Questions


Year 1, Term 2 Exam

Bible & Service: readings, hymn: Mood with creative expression
(handicraft, recycled material project, diorama, cooking, land art, or art media: collage, paint, mold, chalk, pencil)

Jesus’ life was full of miracles and exciting events. Create a project that shows something Jesus did and what happened with the people that were there. Choose from any of the creative ideas.



Music: composer, folk song, hymn, instrument & Art: artist, technique: Action (Drama, Movement, Change) with movement (play, puppet show, music, dance, video (still, animated, silent, movie)

Create your own play, puppet show, music, or dance to show the relationship between the music or the art that we’ve studied and how it makes you feel. We’ve studied medieval music, Giotto, and Windy Old Weather.

Science: experiments, nature study: View point with oral expression

(presentation: Defend, Persuade, judge, compare/contrast, inform, narration)

Nature study allows us to look at things in nature closely that we may otherwise miss. We’ve been studying the pond, your tree, insects, and birds this term. Choose one of those things and describe for me what you have noticed about it.

Literature, poetry, and additional reading: The Greater Meaning with written expression
(narration, proposal, biography, persuade, problem/solution, instructions, list, poetry, composition)

Pick one of the stories we have read this term and write about what conclusions we can draw from it or what we can learn from it. Choose from Shakespeare: As you Like it and The Winter’s Tale, Prince Hyacinth, Aesop’s Fables, Just So Stories, about the naughty wind and how he tricked the flowers in Training and Restraining, or the crickets in Waiting.




SS: Government, Citizenship, History, Geography: Background with visual expression
(diagrams, blow-outs, maps, graphic organizers, chart, poster, pamphlet)

Paddle has had many adventures on his way to the sea. Think about the places where Paddle has traveled. What was a day for him? Create a map that shows some of what Paddle has done and where he has gone. 


SS: Government, Citizenship, History, Geography: Characterization with analytical expression (game, puzzle, crossword, word search, code) 

Create a game or puzzle to tell about what is unique about someone you’ve learned about this term. Consider George Washington, Athenius, Ambrose, Augustine, Bruce of Scots, Black Douglas, Whittington, King Arthur, and Alfred.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Year 1, Term 1 Exam: Homeschool Exams and Tests for First Grade

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Here are copies of our exams: Example Exams and Daily Schedule
How we create our exam questions: Creating Exam Questions

Year 1, Term 1 Exam

Bible & Service: readings, hymn & SS: Government, Citizenship, History, Geography: Characterization with oral expression (presentation: Defend, Persuade, judge, compare/contrast, inform, narration)

Choose someone that you have studied this term and tell me about some of their fine human qualities. Choose from Paul, Benjamin Franklin, Cornelia, King Alfred, or William Tell. Consider telling me about what they think and feel, how they act, how they influence the people around them, and what is unique about the individual.

Music: composer, folk song, hymn: View point with movement (play, puppet show, music, dance, video (still, animated, silent, movie)

Choose one of the music pieces you listened to this term and create a dance to show how it makes you feel: Let us Sing Together, Nothing but the Blood, Jesus, Lover of my Soul, Grace Tis a Changing Sound, or music by Dvorak.

Science: experiments, nature study & Art: artist, technique: Background with creative expression (handicraft, recycled material project, diorama, cooking, land art, or art media: collage, paint, mold, chalk, pencil)

We studied moss and things at the pond this term. Picking one of those things, create a project that shows what is necessary for that thing to survive, the things that would be in their home or habitat. You can make a recycled material project, a diorama, a cooking project, land art, or another art project.

Literature, poetry, and additional reading & Science: experiments, nature study: Mood with analytical expression (game, puzzle, crossword, word search, code)

Make a game or a puzzle that you can play to teach about what you know about birds from our Burgess Bird Book readings.

Literature, poetry, and additional reading & SS: Government, Citizenship, History, geography: Action (Drama, Movement, Change) with visual expression (diagrams, blow-outs, maps, graphic organizers, chart, poster, pamphlet)

Create a map to go along with one of the stories you’ve read or one of your poems: Paddle to the Sea, Midsummer’s Night Dream, The Tempest, Moses the Kitten, Gyp and Sweep, Only One Woof, Beauty and the Beast, Felicia and the Pots of Pink, Aesop’s Fables, How the whale got his throat, How the camel got his hump, How the rhinoceros got his skin, and How the Leopard got his spots.



Science: experiments, nature study: The Greater Meaning with written expression (narration, proposal, biography, persuade, problem/solution, instructions, list, poetry, composition)


Choose one of the experiments we did from your science box and list the directions for completing it and the conclusion.


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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Year 7, Term 2 Exam: Homeschool Exams and Tests for Seventh Grade

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How we create our exam questions: Creating Exam Questions

Year  7, Term 2 Exam

SS: Government, Citizenship, History, geography: Background with creative expression (handicraft, recycled material project, diorama, cooking, land art, or art media: collage, paint, mold, chalk, pencil)

When the crew of the Brendan set off, they would learn lots and lots of things that the Irish monks on their original voyages would have known, seen, and felt to some extent. Not only did the crew prove that this type of travel to America from Ireland could be done, but that many of the stories related about Saint Brendan could very well have been true when stripped of their embellishments from the wrtiers.

Consider some of the things they discovered from places (like Greenland and Newfoundland) to things (like floes and the lava flows) to animals (like the whales and birds).

Answer the question…What have you learned from reading the book that you would like someone else to know? Reflect on why that is important. Then create something to show your learning.


Music: composer, folk song, hymn, instrument and Bible & Service: readings, hymn: The Greater Meaning with oral expression (presentation: Defend, Persuade, judge, compare/contrast, inform, narration)

Look at the three quotes listed below that have come from some of your studies this term…

"the blessedness of possessing nothing." ~A.W. Tozer

“Why does God endow us with compassion?” ~Franz Schubert

"And who is my neighbor?" ~Luke 10:29

Create a presentation based on one of these quotes. In your presentation include:
  • Your interpretation of the quote
  • How this relates to your own experience
  • How does this impact your life
  • What does it mean for your relationships




Literature, poetry, and additional reading and SS: Government, Citizenship, History, geography: Viewpoint with written expression (narration, proposal, biography, persuade, problem/solution, instructions, list, poetry, creative writing, composition)

Considering some of the stories that you’ve read this term, I want you to reflect on another side’s perspective. Choose from any of these stories, but any character you want except the one telling the story. The Once and Future King (ant, badger, Merlin, Pellinore, etc.), In Freedom’s Cause (King Edward, Archie’s mother, a Scottish maid), Joan of Arc (Joan, Catherine, Paladin), The Age of Chivalry (Guinevere, Owain, the Countess of the Fountain, the lady married to the knight Geriant beat).

Your job will be too write your own creative story (made up) from the person’s point of view that you choose. Try to answer these questions as you write your story.

~Is the character reliable, can they be trusted?
~What motives might they have?
~How do they feel about what is happening?
~Why should we or shouldn’t we see and feel things the same way?
~How have events influenced the character’s actions?




SS: Government, Citizenship, History, geography and Bible & Service: readings, hymn: Mood with visual expression (diagrams, blow-outs, maps, graphic organizers, chart, poster, pamphlet)

This term you’ve read Ourselves, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, and The Pursuit of God. Contemplate how these readings have influenced you. Which one stands out to you the most?

Choose a visual to organize your thoughts about what you’ve learned about God through these readings.

Science: experiments, nature study: Action (Drama, Movement, Change) with movement
(play, puppet show, music, dance, video (still, animated, silent, movie)

This term you’ve studied chemistry. It is very much about change. But chemists aren’t the only ones that study change. Spiders, cardinals, rocks, weeds, and even the herb fairy garden have changes. Create a play, puppet show, music, dance, or video that shows how one of these things is involved in change.

What happens to change the thing?
What changes take place?
Do the changes take place over time or is it sudden?
What are/were the consequences of the change?


Art: artist, technique and SS: Government, Citizenship, History, geography: Characterization with analytical expression (game, puzzle, crossword, word search, code) 

We have studied a lot of interesting people this term. Interesting people that have been involved in some very interesting times and events. Interesting times and events that caused the people to make choices and act certain ways. This is called cause and effect.  

Choose someone from this list that you could teach someone about with a game, puzzle, crossword, word search, or code. Your artist (Jacque Louis David), King Stephen, Henry II, Thomas A Becket, Richard Coeur de Lion, Edward I, Joan of Arc, William Wallace, and Robert Bruce.

Use these questions to help you come up with some ideas for your project:  What do they think? How do they feel? How do they react or act in certain situations or with other characters? How do they influence the people around them? Can you explain their relationships? What were the consequences of their actions? What is unique about the individual?

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Year 7, Term 3 Exam: Homeschool Exams and Test for Seventh Grade

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How we create our exam questions: Creating Exam Questions


Year 7, Term 3 Exam

Bible & Service: Characterization with visual expression
(diagrams, blow-outs, maps, graphic organizers, chart, poster, pamphlet)

Provide some practical ways we can strive for holiness. Consider our thoughts, imaginations, actions, decisions, reason, and relationships.




SS: Government, Citizenship, History, geography: Action (Drama, Movement, Change) with written expression
(narration, proposal, biography, persuade, problem/solution, instructions, list, poetry, composition)

There was much upheaval and change in the life of Richard III. Write about what was happening around him. Be sure and include details about how his brother Edward IV came to the throne (taking it by force from Henry VI). Include how he after his death was succeeded by Henry VII. What was the impact the War of the Roses (York/white roses: Edward IV and Richard III verses Lancaster/red roses: Henry VI) had on his life and reign? You can also include how he was accused of murdering his nephews after his death.

Literature, Poetry & Additional Reading: View point with creative expression
(handicraft, recycled material project, diorama, cooking, land art, or art media: collage, paint, mold, chalk, pencil)

Choose any of the following subjects and elaborate on it: The Thistle and the Rose, a story from Chaucer's Canturbury Tales, or "Athelstane, arrayed in the garments of the grave, stood before them, pale, haggard . . ." Provide background, the events, and the consequences.

SS: Government, Citizenship, History, geography: Mood with oral expression
(presentation: Defend, Persuade, judge, compare/contrast, inform, narration)

Joan of Arc wasn’t allowed a fair trial. Create a presentation where you could defend her. Consider what was happening and who the key people were in the trials. Think about Joan’s disposition and her year long confinement. Be sure to include ideas of her military conduct and respect for the French king.

SS: Government, Citizenship, History, geography, Music: composer, folk song, hymn, instrument and Art: artist, technique: Background with movement
(play, puppet show, music, dance, video (still, animated, silent, movie)

Describe the place you would most like to visit from How the Heather Looks. Consider what it was like for the people that lived there when the author did and what it was like for the Bodger family. How may it be different now? You may wish to see pictures or satellite maps of the place you choose for research.

Science: experiments, nature study: The Greater Meaning with analytical expression
(game, puzzle, crossword, word search, code) 

Spider webs are constructed in different ways. How do the webs enable different types of spiders to live differently from one another? What are some things you can glean from the insect world? What is the relationship between spiders and other creatures? What conclusions can you draw about the spider’s significance? What influence do spiders have on our lives?




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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Year 8, Term 1 Exam: Homeschool Exams and Tests for Eighth Grade

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How we create our exam questions: Creating Exam Questions

Year 8, Term 1 Exam

Science: Natural History, Experiments, Nature Study: Action (Drama, Movement, Change) with creative expression (handicraft, recycled material project, diorama, cooking, land art, or art media: collage, paint, mold, chalk, pencil)

Considering what you’ve studied for nature study and science, create a series of pieces that demonstrate your understanding of the changes that occur throughout your subject using one of the above creative ideas. Something to consider is the type of change that occurs (physical, geographic) and some questions to guide you are: What part does the subject have in the changes? Is the subject doing the changing or is the change or event happening to the subject? How does your subject influence things around it? Can you explain the relationship between your subject and other things?

Some of the subjects that you have studied include: constellations, moon phases, autumn, candles, microscopic elements, leeches, mussels, water striders, moss, naiads, willow trees, and blue gill.



Bible & Service: readings, hymn: The Greater Meaning with oral expression (presentation: Defend, Persuade, judge, compare/contrast, inform, narration)

It is important that your beliefs are your own. You need to understand your relationship with God and the impact of Christ on your life. Write a presentation, giving three logical arguments to defend your faith.

Think about how your faith impacts your life, what the real meaning of the story is, how your faith effects your human condition, what the relationship between you and God means, and what influence your faith has on your life.

Music: composer, folk song, hymn, instrument & SS: Government, Citizenship, History, geography: Mood with movement (play, puppet show, music, dance, video (still, animated, silent, movie)

There are times in history that I really wouldn’t have wanted to see and others that I would have been glad to witness.

Chose from any of the following: Martin Luther's career and the Diet at Worms, the disagreement between King Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More, the reign of Queen Mary, the Spanish Armada, and the compositions of Dvorak.

Create something from the list above that describes the events or people and the mood, how people felt during the time, how it would have made you feel to be there.

Art: artist, technique & Literature, poetry, and additional reading & SS: Government, Citizenship, History, geography: View point with written expression (narration, proposal, biography, persuade, problem/solution, instructions, list, poetry, composition)

Create a composition that addresses a piece that you have studied this term. Choose to answer one or more of the following: How does someone else in the story feel about the events? Why should we or shouldn’t we see and feel things the same way they are being portrayed? How did one’s actions influence the story? What are/were the consequences? Can you explain what must have happened when certain events occurred? What were some of the motives behind a character’s choice?

You can choose from the "Moralities" in Everyman, a scene from Westward Ho!, Una and the Red Cross Knight, Utopia, or Van Gogh and how one of his pieces reflects his life.

SS: Government, Citizenship, History, geography: Background with visual expression (diagrams, blow-outs, maps, graphic organizers, chart, poster, pamphlet)

New horizons were opened up for Europe with exploration. Columbus’ discovery not only opened up a whole new world literally, but in terms of an age of discovery as well. Create an advertising campaign for any of these: being recruited for Drake’s crew or to fight the Spanish Armada, navigation by sea, map making, Great Britain, or the new world using one of the visuals above.



SS: Government, Citizenship, History, geography: Characterization with analytical expression (game, puzzle, crossword, word search, code)

Queen Elizabeth lived in a time where there were remarkable people. They thought, wrote, and did amazing things. Coming up with seven famous men or women of the days of "Great Elizabeth" develop something from the list above that provides us with information about their lives.

You can include facts about what they wrote, what they did, what influence they had on those around them, what relationships they built, what were the consequences of their choices, and what is unique about them.


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Monday, February 6, 2017

Year 8, Term 2 Exam: Homeschool Exams and Tests for Eighth Grade

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Here are copies of our exams: Example Exams and Daily Schedule
How we create our exam questions: Creating Exam Questions


Year 8, Term 2 Exam

Literature, poetry, and additional reading: Mood with creative expression
(handicraft, recycled material project, diorama, cooking, land art, or art media: collage, paint, mold, chalk, pencil)

Choose a scene from Shakespeare, your poet, or The Betrothed to illustrate. Consider how the scene makes you feel, how the characters are affected, how the characters influence what is happening, and what you would like someone looking at your work to understand.



Music: composer, folk song, hymn, instrument & Art: artist, technique: Action (Drama, Movement, Change) with movement (play, puppet show, music, dance, video (still, animated, silent, movie)

Pick a piece of music or art from your studies this term. Decide how the piece changes or shows change, how one part of the piece influences the other, the relationship between parts, and where is the most important part. Create something to demonstrate your knowledge.

Bible & Service: readings, hymn: Background with oral expression
(presentation: Defend, Persuade, judge, compare/contrast, inform, narration)

Present three logical reasons showing the validity of Christianity. Think about influences, relationships, and consequences.


SS: government, citizenship, history, geography: Characterization with written expression (narration, proposal, biography, persuade, problem/solution, instructions, list, poetry, composition)

Write a biography on the life of Sir Walter Raleigh, King Charles, Cromwell, or Kepler or write about the people that went on the Mayflower that settled at Plymouth plantation. Be sure to include information about them: What do they think? How do they feel? How do they react or act in certain situations or with others? How do they influence the people around them? How did they influence others? What is unique about the individual?



Science: experiments, nature study: The Greater Meaning with visual expression (diagrams, blow-outs, maps, graphic organizers, chart, poster, pamphlet)
Using some type of visual from the above list use your all of your science studies from this term (Microscopic studies, astronomy, plants, pond, insects) to answer the following questions: what is necessary to support the subject, what influence does the subject have on things around it, what does the subject support, what do observations of it teach you, how do we rely on it, and what would the consequences be if it suddenly became extinct?



SS: government, citizenship, history, geography: Viewpoint with analytical expression
(game, puzzle, crossword, word search, code) 


We have been reading Whatever Happened to Justice and Utopia. Both authors (Richard Maybury and Sir Thomas More) have very strong opinions on democracy, liberty, and government. Not everyone would necessarily agree with their thoughts, although some of them seem to be rather common sense, others may seem more farfetched. It is good to consider who is telling a story when you are reading it. Find a way to demonstrate if they are reliable, can they be trusted, what may they be holding back, and why should we or shouldn’t we see and feel things the same way.



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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Winter Stitch Fix January 2017 {Review}

Yay! It's Stitch Fix time again! (All Stitch Fix links use my referral code!) If you don't know what Stitch Fix, is you can read all about it at the bottom of this post! For this fix, I asked Addie to provide me with solid color tops that would look great with leggings or skinny jeans and I wouldn't mind a great flannel. Time for the fashion show!!!

1. Papermoon Burkett Lace Detail Knit Top ~ Black $48
Winter Stitch Fix January 2017
I love that this shirt has lace sleeves and lace all along the top of the front. The top is a bit cold for our frigid 16 degrees right now, but I have a black 3/4 length sleeve shirt underneath. I really like the effect. the fit is wonderful. I love how the material flows down the front. I wore it to church this morning. I think the next time I wear the shirt, I will wear my black, lace boot cuffs.

Winter Stitch Fix January 2017

Decision: Kept

2. Market & Spruce Jermaine Flannel Cotton Top ~ Red $64
Winter Stitch Fix January 2017
When I opened my box, I was really unsure about this flannel. The picture above shows it more of a true red shade, but in real life it is more of an orange red. It has tabbed sleeves. In the end, Poppa said that it looked nice, so I decided to keep it.

Winter Stitch Fix January 2017


Decision: Kept

3. Staccato Marabell Open Cardigan ~ Teal Green $48
Winter Stitch Fix January 2017
I have been wanting a teal cardigan for like forever. I generally am not as fond of boyfriend style sweaters, but the color makes it work. It is a soft material and has two side pockets. I have already worn it twice.

Winter Stitch Fix January 2017

Decision: Kept

4. Market & Spruce Tristin Side Pleat Dolman Knit Top ~ Burgundy $48
Winter Stitch Fix January 2017
I love the color of this top and the material is very comfortable. There is one side pleat on the left. At first, I could not decided what I thought about it. Or exactly how to wear it with that one pleat, but when I added my gold heart necklace and tried on my Just Black skinny jeans, I decided that it was just too cute not to own. This was my New Year's Eve outfit.

Winter Stitch Fix January 2017

Winter Stitch Fix January 2017

Decision: Kept

5. 41Hawthorn Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse ~ Navy $48

Winter Stitch Fix January 2017
So I have a confession, when I saw my fix was on the way, I peaked at my checkout cart. This was the one piece I wasn't sure if I would like. Although after I put it on, I knew just how I would wear it with my white skinnies, navy heels, and my string of pearls (Li calls it my shark tooth necklace). The shirt is a little wrinkly out of the box and in the picture below, but it is soft and super comfortable.

Winter Stitch Fix January 2017

Winter Stitch Fix January 2017


Decision: Kept

This is a first for me. I kept it all!

Are you ready to schedule your first fix? Go to Stitch Fix and fill out your profile!

Here are more details about how it works...

In case you have never heard about Stitch Fix, it is a company that provides you with a personal stylist for a fee of $20 for every shipment called a fix. In each fix, you will be provided with 5 items. You try the items on in the privacy of your own home, with your entire closet right there. After 3 days, you drop the items that you want to return into the provided envelope (no shipping charges applied) and give the bag to your postal carrier or drop it off at your post office. Then you go online and checkout, listing what you are keeping and what you aren't. If you choose anything from the fix, your $20 styling fee is applied to the clothing. If you choose to keep all 5 items, you get 25% off your entire fix.

To start a Stitch Fix profile, You go to their website and make an account. This is free and you should totally do it even if you aren't ready to schedule a fix. It goes through your sizes, preferences, samples of clothing styles, color interests, price points, and lots more. There's even a box to add additional information. Another great thing to do is build a fashion board on pinterest. Pin things that you really love to your pinterest board. That gives your stylist a wonderful idea of what you are looking for and what you really like. If you see anything in a Stitch Fix review that you really like, pin those. Pin mine away, if there is something you like here too! You can click on the box below to see my board.



When you are ready, you schedule a fix. You can receive a fix every 2-3 weeks, every month, every other month, every three months, or as you want to schedule them. Once you schedule a fix, you make a note to your stylist. In your note, you let your stylist know what you are looking for...like pieces for a special event or a hole in your wardrobe.

Want to catch up with my other Fixes?
Winter 2016
Spring 2016
Autumn 2016

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