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Harmon Academy ~ 2018-2019

$130 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 2 people in 11 months
It’s a new school year! 

Everyone is embarking on new adventures, and we are excited!

Vegas will be attending Mt. Hood Community College, as well as continuing in orchestra and jazz band at the local high school. He is also entering his second year in PYP, which he is looking forward to very much. 
Elvis will be playing in advanced band at our local middle school, as well as playing in a youth band or orchestra, {TBA, we are still waiting on audition results!}
Axel just completed his first audition ever, and regardless of the results, we are so proud of him for working hard, and actually going through with it! He will also be participating in a youth orchestra, depending on the audition results. 
America has just started cello lessons with a new teacher, who she loves. 

As a group, the three younger kids studying at home will be focusing on ancient history, archeology, science, foundational math, literature, language arts, art, and music. 

I am thrilled about the language arts curriculum that I am using this year, after years of searching for something that has high academic standards, as well as being aimed at younger ages. So many elementary language arts programs are either too out of context due to age, or extremely dumbed down. A good friend suggested these new books, and I was instantly sold. She told me they were well written, and beautiful to look at. After I ordered a few books, I had to agree- they are fantastic. 

Each kid will be taking music lessons, and we will be planning many field trips to support our history and science lessons. I am looking forward to {and also terrified of} Vegas driving more, so that we have a little more flexibility in our scheduling.

Since we have been able to build up a good collection of curriculum each year, and we are able to use the books for each subsequent child, we are down to just a few new books to buy for this school year. The majority of our costs are music lessons and raw materials. 

Each donation to our school efforts is supremely appreciated, and I cannot thank each of you enough  for all your support. 

With everyone so busy and focused on their studies, {including my husband!} It is a great relief to know that we are able to work from home and learn in freedom. Thank you!!

Waiting expectantly for a fantastic school year, 
Shelley
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We have officially begun digging into our books! There are only a few more books to order, and a few manipulatives for our mathematics curriculum, and we will be set! Last week I spent time picking up notebooks, pencils, rulers, grid composition books, stickers, and re-ordering lost books. This week I will be playing catch up, writing syllabuses, and organizing our supplies.

Thank you all so very much for your help, encouragement, and support! The rest of our goal will help us specifically with getting America and Axel the right size instruments {rented, most likely}, arranging lessons for Axel, and facilitating educational trips and classes. I will be blogging about our books and supplies later this week.

We hold you all in our hearts, and know that our efforts have been aided by your support!

XO, Shelley
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I can ALMOST check language arts off my list of books to buy, because I only have two left. Two language arts books. Whew! After that, there are some supplies, math manipulatives, and history odds and ends- but we are really close!

The big cost this year is music ensemble fees- with three boys playing excellent music, with fantastic youth orchestras, we have tripled the cost of music. I still think it’s worth it.

If you want to watch the trailer for PYP (which features Vegas) go to https://theharmonacademy.wordpress.com/2018/08/01/professionally-good-looking/ and check it out! Both Vegas and Elvis will be in various PYP ensembles this year!

Axel will be playing with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony! It will be a new and exciting year for all of us!

Thank you for your support, and most of all, for encouraging us in our endeavors!

Love to all, Shelley
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Thank you all for your kind words, and wonderful support in the first few days of our fundraiser! We are off to a great start, and I have ordered some new grammar books accordingly!;) Today I am filling in my calendar with field trips, classes, rehearsals, and lessons. It will be a full year! I’m looking forward to posting more updates soon! Thank you so much again, Shelley
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