Rock On!

Have you heard of Kindness Rocks? They are hand painted rocks, usually in bright colors, often with affirming words or phrases put on them, that people decorate and hide as random acts of kindness! I had seen them here and there on the internet this summer but didn’t look into it at all.

Then in mid August we found our first rock! We had gone to the library for story time, and found it sitting on the bench outside the front door of the library. Someone was really excited to find it!

It turns out that the city we live in launched their own little branch-off of Kindness Rocks on July 4th. The back of the rock directed you to the Facebook group (that has nearly 2,500 people in it) where people were sharing pictures of rocks they found and giving hints to where rocks were hidden. That afternoon we went out and got ourselves some rocks and some cheap acrylic paints and started making our very own rocks to share.

Serenity picked the colors on the very first rock that we painted and hid. She painted all the pink all by herself. We hid the rock when we made a run to our local Post Office.

The wonderful thing about being in the local rock group is that we get to see every day the joy that our rocks bring to people in our community. Whether it’s through them finding rocks that we decorated or us finding rocks that they have decorated, it’s a treasure hunt that brings joy to all that participate. The local police and fire departments have decorated their own rocks. A fire department rock will get you a tour of one of the fire stations if you bring it back to them. A police department rock will get you a cool swag bag if it’s brought to the police station.

Our local lumber yard has gotten in on the rock fun too. They are selling rocks for $1 per plastic grocery sack full.

I highly recommend doing Kindness Rocks as a homeschool art project. It’s a great way to connect with your community, to teach sharing, and to appreciate the art of others. We have discovered new places in our city that we didn’t know about (even though we’ve lived here for 10 years), discovered incredibly talented artists, and met new people.

Serenity decorated this rock all by herself. She painted it with pink metallic craft paint, and then drew an octopus on it with purple sharpie. (Sense a color theme?)

This is her favorite rock that we have decorated. It was painted by dripping different colors of old nail polish over it. It was finished off with a googly eye in the middle. 🙂

This is one of the pretty rocks we found on our first outing to a new park we learned about through the rocks Facebook page.

Homeschool Student Interviews – Part 11

Today we get a three-for-one interview. I got to interview three siblings who are all homeschooled! Per the family’s request, their names have been changed to protect their privacy.

The eldest child was homeschooled for K-3, and then went to a large Adventist school for three years (grades 4-6) where he really enjoyed having lots of friends, as well as being involved with many activities such as the robotics club and organized sports. After the family moved back to a rural area for his seventh-grade year, and he found outlets such as Pathfinders and a youth orchestra to be great places to develop friendships outside of home and church. He says he prefers to do homeschool for ninth and tenth grade because he can take classes at his own pace and concentrate on special skills like the violin and individual sports. 

Max completing a baking assignment for Pathfinders & Home Economics class

The second boy is always building something — a pulley system to his top bunk, a motorized dinosaur, Lego buildings and vehicles, etc. Besides building things, he loves experimenting with music (piano and violin) and playing outside. He can usually be found on a bike, scooter or in a “fort” in the woods. He enjoys Pathfinders, as well.

Jack showing off an insect for his insect collection, a Pathfinder project & science project

This young lady spends many hours drawing and coloring, and enjoys the art projects suggested in the Five and a Row series for developing new skills and knowledge in art. She participates in Adventurers and plays the piano and violin. She has taken to snow skiing and swimming lessons for PE class.

Ella trying out a brass instrument–the euphonium–for a Five in a Row project


1) What is your name and what country/state/province do you live in?

Max, Jack, and Ella: We’re from North Carolina, USA.

2) How long have you been home schooled?

Max: I have bee homeschooled for a total of seven years. (K-3, 7-9)

Jack: This is my sixth year homeschooling. 

Ella: I have homeschooled my whole life [K-2nd grade].

3) What do you like most about being home schooled?

Max: The best part about being homeschooled is that I can read a lot of books.

Jack: The thing I like the most about being homeschooled is recess; I get to play outside every day.

Ella: I’m glad I don’t have to walk all the way to school. My favorite thing about being homeschooled is being read to.

4) Is there anything you dislike about being home schooled?

Max: I do miss seeing my friends every day at school.

Jack: There isn’t anything I dislike about being homeschooled.

Ella: Nothing.

5) What is your favorite thing to learn about?

Max: My favorite thing to learn about is the Bible, and I also enjoy books on history.

Jack: My favorite subjects are reading, math, and history.

Ella: Right now we’re reading about Columbus [Columbus and Sons, by Genevieve Foster]. I like to read and I like math.

6) What are your favorite hobbies or activities?

Max: Some of my hobbies are Pathfinders, snow skiing, swimming, playing the violin, and biking.

Jack: Snow skiing, backpacking with Pathfinders, and swimming.

Ella: Watching birds from the kitchen window is fun. I like to ride my bike, swim, and play the violin.

7) What would you like to do when you grow up?

Max: I’d like to be a pastor when I get older.

Jack: I want to go into engineering when I grow up.

Ella: I want to be an airline flight attendant someday.

8) What is your favorite project that you have worked on for school?

Max: My favorite project for homeschool was a science report on thermodynamics.

Jack: My favorite project this year has been bird watching.

Ella: My favorite project was a charcoal drawing we did after reading the book Lentil, and getting to try all sorts of instruments for music.

Homeschool Student Interviews – Part 10

My name is Russell, and I am 13 years old and in grade 8. We live on five acres in northwestern Alberta. My favourite things to do here are dirt bike and work on my grandparents farm. I have a younger sister, one dog, and a mom and dad. My favourite place to travel is northern California to see my cousins. I’ve also been to Florida, other provinces in Canada, and Belize. My favourite time of year is fall.

1 ) What is your name and what country/state/province do you live in?

My name is Russell Whitmore. I live near Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada.

2 ) How long have you been home schooled?

Nine years, since kindergarten

3 ) What do you like most about being home schooled?

Freedom to travel and do other things

4 ) Is there anything you dislike about being home schooled?

Would like to see more kids my age

5 ) What is your favorite thing to learn about?

Science

6 ) What are your favorite hobbies or activities?

I like to dirt bike and work on the farm.

7 ) What would you like to do when you grow up?

I don’t know what I’m going to do yet.

8 ) What is your favorite project that you have worked on for school?

The A-Z animals in Africa project I did in grade 6, and a solar system presentation on Mars

Homeschool Student Interviews – Part 9

Student interview number nine is with an 11-year-old young lady who recently chose to return to homeschooling. There is quite an age gap between herself and her older sister and brother, who are now in university and working at a bakery. When they returned to school back in 2013, she wanted to join in and attended school for the first time, going into second grade. She soon discovered that it is not always like on TV, and asked to return back to homeschooling. After waiting to make sure it was what she really wanted to do, her parents started homeschooling her again in August 2016. This was half-way through fifth grade in Australia, as the school years there run from January to December. 

1 ) What is your name and what country/state/province do you live in?

My name is Eliana and I live in New South Wales, Australia.

2. How long have you been homeschooled?

My mum started homeschooling us when I was three. My older brother and sister returned to school 2013, and I wanted to see what school was like, so I went to school that year as well. I was in grade 2 and turning 8. I then started asking if I could come back to homeschooling, and finally mum said yes. I started homeschooling with her again in August 2016. So, it’s been eight months that I have been back at homeschooling. 

3. What do you like most?

I like being home with family. It’s also a lot quieter.

4. Is there anything you dislike?

No.

5. What is your favorite things to learn about?

Gymnastics. 

6. What are your favorite hobbies or activities?

Gymnastics and drawing. 

7. What would you like to do when you grow up?

Gymnastics and become a vet.

8. What is your favorite project you have worked on for school?

I really enjoyed making a whale lapbook before I went to school. In the last eight months, though, being able to do gymnastics has been the best thing. 

Homeschool Student Interviews – Part 8

In this month’s bonus student interview, we get to learn about the son of one of our other bloggers, Sheila Elwin.

1 ) What is your name and what country/state/province do you live in?

My name is Micah and I live in Montana.

I decided I wanted to grow beans so I can have bean soup.

 

2) How long have you been homeschooled?

I’ve been homeschooled all my life.

3 ) What do you like most about being homeschooled?

I like having a flexible schedule.

4 ) Is there anything you dislike about being homeschooled?

There’s nothing I dislike about being homeschooled.

5 ) What is your favorite thing to learn about?

I like to learn about medieval times.

6 ) What are your favorite hobbies or activities?

I like skateboarding, gaming, and BMXing.

7 ) What would you like to do when you grow up?

I’ve got no idea!

8 ) What is your favorite project that you have worked on for school?

I liked the field trip when we went to the capitol of Montana.