West Olympia CC November 5

Foundations & Essentials 8, Challenge Week 11

Education isn't something that happens to you, it's something you choose.

Talk about this quote with your kids. Or your husband. Or the random person at the grocery store. Do you agree? What does it mean in practical terms? What does it look like for a kid to choose education? What would it look like for education to happen TO you vs choosing it? Food for thought...
Monocots vs Dicots Explained

Foundations: Digging Deeper At Home

More Tin Whistle Inspiration :)


Are you working on Exodus 20 at home? It is totally optional, but if you are looking for a quick way to practice - here is the song I am using - you can download it in the format of your choice. And here is a printout of Exodus if you'd like it.


What is the Council of Nicea?


So you are singing the Latin Noun Declensions and thinking to yourself - Um, WHY? But (hopefully) you are doing it anyway. Let me give you some inspiration from this...


  • Fungus, Fungi (Second Declension, Nominative, Singular and Plural!)
  • Antenna, Antennae (First Declension, Nominative, Singular and Plural!)


The Age of Imperialism


Skip Counting & Mulitiplication resource for 14s


(Do you have a resource to share? Send it to me!)

A beautiful glimpse into the heart of IEW's Andrew Pudewa

Learn to Write and THINK with IEW
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Challenge Overview for Week 11

  • Challenge II is reading "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens and studying the parts of a cell in Biology.

  • Challenge I is working on a project to go with reading Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew" and Learning about the layers of the earth. They did an experiment using cornstarch and water - like this one.

  • Challenge B is finishing their essay on "The Hiding Place", brainstorming and documenting their procedure for their science project, and preparing a speech to contress regarding whether the govenment shoudl finacially support contries that persecute Christians.

  • Challenge A is practicing drawing the entire Western Hemisphere, researching spiders and insects, and reading in "It Couldn't Just Happen" about the complexity in some animal systems and how they are too complex to have come about by chance.

Director Spotlight: Jennifer Slemmer, Foundations & Essentials

Jennifer has been the Director of Foundations & Essentials for 5 years. She has been homeschooling for 8 years and recently discovered that this makes her 'experienced', something that makes her laugh cause she is still figuring out how to make it through each day!!


Jennifer has been married to Leroy for 20 years and they have Erica (Challenge I), Ryan (Challenge A), Nathan & Amanda (both Foundations). They love to travel and see the country; they are planning a month-long road trip this summer to Utah and all things in between. They have a travel trailer that they love and they collect stamps in their passport books whenever they can. They have visited over 15 National Parks and monuments. When Jennifer has a spare moment, she likes to read, crochet, and create on the computer.

Do you have a picture you want featured here? Send it to jenniferslemmer@comcast.net. *Due to volume, not all pictures can be posted *

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