Have a great Christmas Season!

We are taking a break from our school newspaper/newsletter and will not be publishing again until January.  January’s edition will be quite big as we will be playing catch up from November and December so please stay tuned!  We hope you all enjoy this Christmas season and enjoy the extra time off! 

Thanks for Reading,

Autum, Shaun, Chris, and Candice

What Have We Been Doing?

By: Shaun Peevyhouse

Math: I have been learning a lot about money and greater and less than symbols.

English: I have learned about nouns, pronouns, and proper nouns. 

Science: I have been reading about the Earth’s atmosphere and how it works.

Social Studies: I have been reading about Jonathan Edwards and Richard Pearson.

Reading: I have been reading the Middle School series by James Patterson. 

Handwriting: My handwriting has been all about insects. 

Bible: I have learned about Jesus and how he saves lives.  

Special Class: We have been reading the book Best Forgotten by Paula Vince.  It is about a boy, named Courtney, who was involved in an accident and suffered total amnesia.   

We have done a ton this month.  We invited a few friends over and hosted a Fall Party, we went camping in Makanda IL and attended the Vulture Festival, and we went to Marvin’s Marvelous Maze. 

These next two months are going to be a blast.  My family loves the holidays!! 

Shaun is an artistic 14 year old boy who loves art, playing multiple instruments,, and learning as much as possible about birds and plants.

 

Autum’s Mailbox

By: Autum Peevyhouse

Dear Autum,

I love bird-watching.  Can you give me any tips on how to spot a bluebird? 

Thanks,

Birds on the Brain

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Dear Birds on the Brain,

To figure out if you are looking at a Bluebird you must know what they look and sound like.  The male Eastern Bluebird is a brilliant royal blue on the back and head.  On the breast they are a warm reddish brown. Females appear more muted in color. Blue toned wings and tail give the female an elegant look. 

There are several different types of Bluebirds.  The one described above is the one most commonly found in our area.  Please visit the websites below to see pictures, different types of birds, and to hear the call or song of each bird. 

www.allaboutbirds.org

www.audubon.org

Or download this app for your smart phone or Tablet:

Chirp! Birdsong USA

Do you have a question? Please submit questions to pchnews@yahoo.com with the subject line as Autum’s Mailbox. 

Autum Peevyhouse is 15 year old naturalist who loves dogs, children, and God!

 

The Serious Clown

By: Chris Peevyhouse

A Day in the Life of a Crime Scene Investigator- A short story

To start the day, Officer Jackson gets into uniform and straps on his weapon.  He then gets into his black and white squad car.  Running a little late he turns on his lights. A pink flashing glow lit up the darkness.  Side note…to show his support for breast cancer he had changed his lights from blue and red to pink.  He receives a call and responds “Unit L993 in route.” He picks up his speed and turns the sirens on.  Side note…now the lights and siren came together in a package deal…so no longer does h is squad car blare out the nonstop wheeeeoooooweeeeeooooo but plays ice cream truck melodies instead. Finally he arrives at the scene.  Officers are everywhere.  Everyone is rushing about the building.  “This must be bad” he kept thinking.  The investigator in charge approached him saying “We’ve got a bad one, a very serious crime; I need you to come with me.” Inside, officers were standing around in disbelief some actually crying.  He looked down and saw seven white sheets covering seven “somethings” on the ground.  The officer gravely reached down and pulled back one of the sheets.  He had to turn away in grief.  Standing there Officer Jackson couldn’t believe what he was seeing….”What? How? Why would someone do something like this?” he kept thinking.  He was listening to the chatter around him.  Other officers were interviewing witnesses and trying to hold themselves together.  Officer Jackson knelt down beside the head investigator and put his hand on his shoulder.  He took the sheet from him and delicately replaced the sheet over the most beautifully made jelly donut he had ever seen! He looked at the head investigator while fighting back his own tears he said “We are going to get whoever did this…Don’t you worry! “  

Chris Peevyhouse is a satirical 13 year old boy who loves reading, adventure, and all things boy!

 

Home-School Fun

By: Shaun Peevyhouse

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What you see in this scene are mountains, a black raven, trees, our camper, and colorful leaves flowing through the air.  The reason I chose to draw a fall camping scene is because we have been doing a lot of camping.  I like camping because you can have fun playing in the colorful leaves, taking pictures, and meeting new friends.  Do you like to go camping?  What is your favorite thing about camping in the fall?  

Shaun is an artistic 14 year old boy who loves art, playing multiple instruments,, and learning as much as possible about birds and plants.

 

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Crossword can be found here:  http://puzzles.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=puzzles&cdn=hobbies&tm=3&f=10&su=p284.13.342.ip_&tt=2&bt=5&bts=5&zu=http%3A//www.dltk-holidays.com/thanksgiving/m-crossword.htm

 

October’s Edition of PCH NEWS

What Have We Been Doing?

By: Autum Peevyhouse

I can’t believe we are beginning our third month of school.  It seems surreal to think that in just 1 week reports will be going “home” and we will begin a new semester! This year is already flying by…not to say that I am complaining about that!  The 2013/2014 school year marks the halfway point for me…I am a sophomore halfway through my high school years!  

This month in Math I have learned to solve different types of Algebraic equations….Math is tough for me…However, I push through and try my best to retain as much as possible…even if I will NEVER solve a problem involving ‘x’ or ‘n’ or any other letter J  Literature II was all about reading different forms of literature such as poems, biographies, and short stories.  Most of the pieces I have read follow the same theme and are continually driving home the message that I should invest my time into something that will outlast me….Something that God can make bigger than I ever dreamed! Social Studies has been a journey back in time…like way back in time ha ha… learning about the ancient civilizations…Roman Empire stuff.    Science has explained the molecular basis of life. How all things are made up of different atoms.  “Copy-work” or handwriting is a new subject this year. We do one booklet a month and each month will be about a different group of people.  September was all about African Americans.  AHHH, my favorite subject, Bible! I have learned all about the 4 gospels.  Who wrote them, why they are still important today, and how I can apply them to my life.   I gave an oral speech on the concepts I learned from this unit. 

Special class has been a blast.  We are happy to announce that we have finished our study on all 50 states! Our favorite part of the state study was learning all the weird and crazy laws that each state has….It is really fun! You should look up your states crazy law! I have had a great time giving short speeches on several of them…We taped the speeches so we can see where improvements are needed! 

Another full month of “socialization”! Our home-school creative ministry team, SALT, has begun practicing again! It has been awesome getting back in the groove of every Friday practice! We also had our monthly skating trip!

I am looking forward to next month and I cannot wait to see what events and things are planned for us to do!  I must say that our second month of school was AWESOME!

Autum Peevyhouse is 15 year old naturalist who loves dogs, children, and God!

 

Autum’s Mailbox

By: Autum Peevyhouse

Dear Autum,

 

We are a city family that just moved out to the country on a few acres. We have 5 egg laying hens and 2 milking goats so far. We are interested in joining 4H and learning more about raising farm animals but don’t know how. Can you please tell us how to go about locating and joining a good 4H group?

Thanks,

Farmer Wantabes

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Dear Farmer Wantabe,

 Fitting in with a new landscape can be challenging.   I would suggest getting in contact with your county’s local extension office.  You can locate your county’s office by visiting http://www.4-h.org.  Once you do this call the office and see what clubs, classes, and events they will be having for the current month.  Most extension offices offer the 4-H club, classes on various topics (gardening, canning, meat preserving, etc.)  I think that connecting with other kids and adults interested in the same things would be a great start to not looking like city folk anymore!

 Do you have a question? Please submit questions to pchnews@yahoo.com with the subject line as Autum’s Mailbox. 

Autum Peevyhouse is 15 year old naturalist who loves dogs, children, and God!

 

The Serious Clown

By: Chris Peevyhouse

Home- School Circus

A fun and exciting circus is coming to a living room near you!  See the Amazing pencil-twirling James…Watch as May plays 3 instruments at once (only 1 instrument is played with her hands)…Fearless Jack will tame the wild Science Gerbils!  Roly-Poly-Polly will impress you with her mad tight rope walking skills…Will she fall when crossing from the couch to the loveseat? 

Bring you aunts, uncles, parents, and siblings!  Hey!  Even invite that kid, Billy, from across the street!  Admission is free…Come one Come all!   

*Disclaimer*

This is not a typical day for us…Not to say my siblings and I have never done the feats mentioned above and that we aren’t awesome at them….Just that things at our school are usually not that low key

Chris Peevyhouse is a satirical 13 year old boy who loves reading, adventure, and all things boy!

 

Home-School Fun

By: Shaun Peevyhouse

W P I L G R I M A T A P X I C

R O R E E R K Y S X D I Q N Z

E B R I M L Q E Y O L M J D W

W P P C H V V O O I N N B I H

O D U T E R N R O C Y D N A C

L R V M A R J T I I L E P N F

F U Q H P T A U R E D B Y I K

N O H L T K V C A F I E I O V

U G G V E U I V S Y J Y W Y H

S C U J A G E N Q Z E T O R O

H H K T S S H Y Q Y K K K D B

F O D P B Y O A I X O O R A C

N L K E Q A D X F N K B Y U S

P E T E Y C K L Q W X S Y D T

E G N A R O T N W L O A X A A

Word Bank:

CANDYCORN

GOURD

HARVEST

INDIAN

LEAVES

ORANGE

PIE

PILGRIM

PUMPKIN

RED

SCARECROW

SUNFLOWER

TURKEY

Shaun is an artistic 14 year old boy who loves art, playing multiple instruments,, and learning as much as possible about birds and plants.

September’s Edition of PCH NEWS

What Have We Been Doing?

By: Chris Peevyhouse

Over the past month I have started many subjects.  Some traditional courses  and some that are new.  I am excited about the new courses and understand the traditional have their place!

This past month in Math I have reviewed many concepts from last year.  In English I am continuing on with the parts of speech and diagramming sentences.  In my favorite subject, Reading, I am learning the value of working hard and doing my best even when tempted not to.  Social Studies have been an adventure as we explore the New World with the early explorers.  Science has mainly been about technology and modern science. “Copy-work” or handwriting is a new subject this year. We do one booklet a month and each month will be about a different group of people.  August was all about famous athletes.  CLE Bible is also new to me. Please don’t think the Bible is new to me, but using the CLE Bible Light Units are! J This month’s unit was all about prayer.  The different types of prayer, how we should pray, and learning that God is available to listen whenever I pray.  I gave an oral speech on the concepts I learned from this unit.

Special class time is also new this year.  Our teacher, my sister, prepares special studies on a variety of topics.  So far we have been studying different states. We (my siblings and I) all take turns preparing a “lesson” on a state of our choice.  I have learned that each state we have studied so far has crazy, weird laws.  That has been our favorite part so far.

We definitely have not been short on “socialization” in the month of August!   We have been skating, bowling, attending 4H meetings, and having Teen Time, all with our home-school group.

I am looking forward to next month, and all the events and things we get to do.  To say the least, we have had an excellent first month!

Chris Peevyhouse is a satirical 13 year old boy who loves reading, adventure, and all things boy!

Autum’s Mailbox

By: Autum Peevyhouse

Dear Autum,

With the cooler weather on the horizon I will be spending more time outside.  We live in a thick wooded area and it seems that ticks are always crawling on me.  Do you have any natural remedies to help reduce this problem?

Thanks,

Tick Magnet

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Dear Tick Magnet,

When you are going into an area where it is possible to get ticks you need to always wear light colored clothing, long sleeves, and pants.  Be sure to tuck your pants into your socks and wear a hat to protect your head.  This will help keep the ticks off of your skin and head. If they do get on the clothing they will be easier to see because of the light colored clothing.  Another great option is to make your own bug spray!  To make the bug spray, which can be found at http://www.wellnessmama.com, you will need the following items:

  • Essential Oils (Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Lavender, or Mint)
  • Natural Witch Hazel
  • Distilled or boiled water
  • Vegetable Glycerin (Optional)
  • 8 ounce spray bottle
  • A teaspoon measure

Fill the spray bottle half full with the distilled/boiled water.  Next add the witch hazel to the water (leave room for inserting the spraying and adding the oils…I would estimate about 3 ounces of Witch Hazel).  Then add 1 tsp. of vegetable glycerin (optional). Lastly add thirty to fifty drops of the essential oils.

*The more oil you use the stronger your spray will be.

Sincerely,

Autum’s Mailbox

Do you have a question? Please submit questions to pchnews@yahoo.com with the subject line as Autum’s Mailbox.

Autum Peevyhouse is 15 year old naturalist who loves dogs, children, and God!

The Serious Clown

By: Chris Peevyhouse

The Home-School Sillybus

Welcome to your new Home-School year! In the kitchen, your new classroom, you will find everything you need to get started! Below are your expectations for the 2013-2014 school year.

Math: By the end of the year you will be expected to count all of Uncle Jimmy’s marbles in less than 6 hours. (Now you may be thinking “this is an expectation?” you obviously haven’t seen Uncle Jimmy’s marble collection…)

English: Throughout the year you will be expected to proofread your brother’s scholarship and college applications to Harvard.  Also, become pen pals with the librarian (Cousin Max) to learn the proper way to write a letter.

Science: Study the plants and animals in your brother’s greenhouse (the prepping project) and complete all experiments which will be led by his pet monkey.

History: You will listen to Grandpa’s stories about the good ole days and prepare a compare and contrast essay for each story.

Reading: You will read one book a week and write a twenty page report on it.  The local newspaper must be read daily. Please correct mistakes found with red ink.

This should be a fun and exciting school year! Our rules are: not to wake grandpa…I mean the History Professor…when he falls asleep teaching our lesson, don’t bother Dad…I mean the principal…when he is reading the paper, and once a month you may venture outside for a maximum of 30 seconds to play.  At 31 seconds you will brought back in and decontaminated!  Have a great school year!

*Disclaimer*

This is not how our home-school is…rather this is how outsiders generally perceive home-school families.  This is purely comedy and it not intended to be used a real syllabus!

Chris Peevyhouse is a satirical 13 year old boy who loves reading, adventure, and all things boy!

Home-School Fun

By: Shaun Peevyhouse

Shaun's Artwork

I chose to draw this scene because we are on the brink of the autumn season.  Fall is a beautiful season isn’t it?  What you see in this scene is colorful trees, warblers, sunflowers, changing leaves and a bird house.  As of today there, are only 20 days left until the first day of fall!

Shaun is an artistic 14 year old boy who loves art, playing multiple instruments,, and learning as much as possible about birds and plants.

First Day Pictures and Event Pictures


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This Month’s Events

  • 9/2  Labor Day – NO SCHOOL
  • 9/3 Library Day
  • 9/12 Skating 10 AM and Marvin’s Marvelous Maize 6:30 PM
  • 9/19 Teen Time 1PM
  • 9/23-9/27 Home-School Spirit Week
  • 9/30 Library Day

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