All Around the Home and Homestead Blog Party #32

Happy 4th of July! I hope all is going well in your part of the world.

All Around the Home and Homestead

We went from being very dry to being wet in the matter of just a few days. We received right at 9.5″ of rain in just over 3 days. This resulted in a lot of localized flooding. Some areas in North Missouri actually received substantially more rain than we did. I am certainly thankful for the rain we received!

I hope you will join me this week for the blog party. I always look forward to reading the blog posts you link up.



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Bees, Bees, Beautiful Bees

A few weeks ago a friend split one of his hives and gave us 5 frames of bees. He made sure to give us some comb that included some queen cells. Aren’t they beeeeutiful? Here I am installing them into the hive box. We have had trouble getting bees established previously with the top bar and horizontal hives so this time we are trying a traditional Langstroth Hive.

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The pictures below are from from this week. We went through the hive checking them and then added a honey super on top. So far we don’t have any brood. The girls are working hard at storing up a bunch of honey though. Hopefully the queen will start laying soon. Continue reading

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UnLock Geometry ~ Review

One of the challenging things about homeschooling a wide variety of ages is providing each of them with a high quality math curriculum. I have been asked many times about teaching math and science at the high school level. I have always enjoyed both math and science so teaching them has never seemed like a daunting task. The hardest part for me is being able to devote the time necessary to teach 5 different levels of math to my kids. That is one reason that I am so excited about  UnLock Math.

We have had the opportunity for Brock to start UnLock Geometry  as part of our review for  UnLock Math. Two years ago Brock was also  able to review UnLock Pre-Algebra. You can read our review of UnLock Pre-Algebra here. While the day to day teaching is covered with this online course, I can still be available to help when needed. This has been a good fit for us.

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Cherry Picking

Cherries ~ Faithful Homestead

Last week, we were able to go pick cherries. I just love how beautiful and red they are! Oh and did I mention that I love cherry pie too?! Here is a link to a post from a few years ago with the recipe I use for canning cherry pie filling.

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Internship for High School Credit ~ Review

“Education is learning what you didn’t even know you didn’t know.” Daniel J. Boorstin

Doctor, lawyer, computer programmer, conservation agent, sports trainer, caterer, photographer…there are so many varied career fields. It can be hard for high school students to chose the field that they are most interested in. What if there was a way they could learn more about the day-to-day tasks that are associated with the job field they are interested in? What if they could get hands-on experience that would also qualify as high school credit? How do they go about finding this hands-on experience? Apologia Educational Ministries has a resource geared specifically toward this type of experience, the new book Internship for High School Credit.

Internship for High School Credit
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