Homeschool Adventure–Studying Philosophy!

 

My oldest and I just started a new philosophy course this week, and we’re really enjoying it!

We are using the Philosophy Adventure by Stacy Farrell, published by Home School Adventure Co.  It includes biography, worldview, writing, and geography, along with philosophy.  The course can be used as a high school credit!


We also have the Bible Study called Philippians in 28 Weeks and the literary guide The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Journal Questions.

If you’d like to read more about these curricula, check out their website and be sure to check back here since I’ll be reviewing them.

And enter the giveaways that are going on right now!

Monday: Philosophy Adventure
Tuesday: Philippians in 28 Weeks (ESV)
Wednesday: The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Questions
Thursday: Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal
Friday: a bundle of all 4 products

 

 

 

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Homeschool Essentials for Teaching Reading

Resources for Teaching Reading

 

Our final Day of “5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials” has arrived and today I’m sharing a comparison of the resources I use (and have used) to teach reading.

This is probably one of the areas that scares new homeschoolers the most.  How do I teach my kids to read?  It’s basic to learning anything else, so it must be done right!  Well, I’m here to tell you not to fear.  So many companies have written some awesome reading curricula.  See below for what I’ve used and what I recommend.

TATRAS: Teach America to Read and Spell

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What’s interesting about TATRAS (Teach America to Read and Spell) is that you teach all sounds of each letter/phonogram at once; it’s called “vertical phonics”.  For example, you teach the child that “a” has 3 sounds–like you’d hear in “cat”, “ate”, and “all”.  This helped me immensely when I first started teaching reading because I didn’t know that there were so many different sounds for the same letter or phonogram (like “er”).  Then, when a child is sounding out a word and gets the sound wrong, you can say “try the second sound of ‘a’ .”  What I don’t recommend about TATRAS is that it’s confusing for the teacher and not well laid out.  It is inexpensive, though!

McGuffey’s First Eclectic Reader (Illustrated) (McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers)

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The McGuffey readers are very old–from the 1800s.  I love the sweet old-fashioned stories in them.  My kids have enjoyed reading these 2 books.

Rod and Staff Bible readers

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What I most love about the Rod and Staff readers is that the kids are reading the Bible stories to themselves, before they are able to actually read the Bible.  I have had my kids read the 3 books of level 1, the 2 books of level 2, and the first book of level 3.  By that point, they can switch to reading the Bible pretty well.

The above 3 materials were all I used to teach my first 3 children to read. It worked great! We read through the phonograms from the TATRAS chart daily and memorized them. Then we worked on practicing reading from the readers. After a couple of years, they could read well.

I tried the same method with child #4, and it wasn’t working. So, I pulled out my copy of

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

I had bought a used copy years ago because I heard it recommended so often.  But my daughter only got halfway through when it became too difficult to continue.

I did start and finish it with child #5 though. He learned to read with it, so I do recommend this resource, too.  What’s nice about it is that it’s all in one book (don’t even need extra readers until you finish it).  It’s inexpensive and gives you an exact “script” to follow so you know what to say during each lesson with your child.  I’m not sure why, but I didn’t like this book very much and probably won’t use it again.

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Next, I received an offer to try

Alpha-Phonics

I had also heard of this resource for years but had never seen it.  I decided to start from the beginning with child #4  to try to help build up her confidence again. I also started at the beginning of Alpha-Phonics with child #6 and about two-thirds of the way through with child #5, so he could continue where Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons left off. Alpha-Phonics is definitely easier than TATRAS, but I still had the children memorize the phonogram chart.

A lesson page from Alpha-Phonics:

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I think Alpha-Phonics is pretty good.  It groups together many words from a particular phonogram sound.  Sometimes, though, there are so many words on a page that it’s pretty overwhelming.  For the most part my 6th child has really enjoyed it and has taken off with reading.

I didn’t get too far with Alpha-Phonics when I decided my struggling reader #4 had a reading disability, probably dyslexia.  I thought about getting her tested but decided instead just to use a curriculum written specifically  for kids with learning disabilities:

All About Reading

We have been using All About Reading since September.  I am very pleased with her progress.  No, she still hasn’t “taken off” like her 3 older siblings and 2 younger siblings.  But there is definitely progress and hope! The downsides of All About Reading is that it’s incredibly more time-consuming and more labor intensive for mom, has more “items” to keep track of, and is more expensive than all the other resources I mentioned above. But there are 2 types of people I would heartily recommend it for: if you have a student with a reading disability such as dyslexia, or you’re a mom who wants a very organized reading plan to follow. Plus, it’s a lot more FUN and colorful than any of the other resources I mentioned above! I am happy with her progress and will probably continue with level 3 when we finish level 2!

There is a box of phonogram and word cards, magnetic tiles to spell words and learn about syllable types, and a teacher book, as well as an activity book and readers.

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The readers from All About Reading have beautiful illustrations!  I really love these books.

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There is lots of hands-on practice.  It’s easy to cut these out right before you use them.

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If you’d like to try it out, here are some FREE downloads!  And I LOVE their new free phonogram sounds app (available on many different devices)!  This app might make my ubiquitous TATRAS phonogram chart obsolete!

Finally, here few “extras” that we love–and I really believe that these (along with all my reading aloud) have helped with pre-reading skills and readiness:

My 3-year-old uses the Starfall Website, watches LeapFrog: Letter Factory

(Letter Factory and Talking Words Factory DVDs)  (there is no better way to learn the basic letter sounds than watching “Letter Factory”!), and uses Dianne Craft’s Right Brain Phonics Cards.

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The Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers are great because very early readers can read a “real” book!

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We also have the Bob Books app on my iPad.

My Summary:

I used TATRAS: Teach America to Read and Spell to teach three children to readTeach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons to teach one child to read, and Alpha-Phonics to teach one child to read.  They all worked for my non special-needs kids!  All About Reading is working for my child with a reading disability.  The best thing to do in choosing the best curriculum for teaching reading is to identify both your and your child’s learning styles and preference.  If you have further questions about what’s in one of these specific curricula or how it works, please leave a comment.  I’d be glad to help!

Do you have some different favorite “teaching reading” resources?  Please share in the comments what you use!

 

5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials

Be sure to read about more Homeschooling Essentials at the following blogs:

61. Lisa @ Our Simple Kinda Life

62. Tabitha @ The Homeschool Four

63. LaRee @ Broad Horizons

64. Gwen @ Tolivers to Texas

65. Amy @ Counting Change. . .  Again

66. Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning

68. Adena @ AdenaF

69. Stacie @ Super Mommy to the Rescue

70. Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker
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Family Update

It’s time for a family update!  I had a crazy month last month with way more reviews and giveaways than I’ve ever done before.  It was fun, but meant that I didn’t have as much time just to write about what’s going on with us.  So, I hope you’ll enjoy this update today!

 

My First Teenager:

Yes, it’s official I finally have a teenager in the house–the first of many!  :)

 

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Football:

We had an interesting brand-new experience with tackle football this year.  My oldest son LOVES football and has been begging us for years to get involved.  We finally relented, and it was all he dreamed of.  But it wasn’t so great for the rest of us.  When you play football here where we live, it rules your life!  He did get a mild concussion in one of the games, which didn’t make me very happy.  He was out for two weeks because of that.  But the season ended well for them, and I’m glad he had the opportunity to do what he loves.

Spotlight:

We had 4 kids audition for the next musical for Spotlight Youth Theater.  Three kids made the show, and the other was auditioning just for experience.  Their audition songs were “Put on a Happy Face” from Bye Bye Birdie, “Save the People,” from Godspell, “When Will My Life Begin” from Tangled, and “You Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story.  The show is Shrek the Musical and it’s the first time it’s ever been done by a children’s theater!  Our director and her team has spent numerous hours working on the script to make it family-friendly.  (We still haven’t seen Shrek the animated movies or the musical that just came out on DVD because they aren’t family-friendly.)  The kids are SOOOO talented–100 of them!  But because it’s a new show, we have to start from scratch with the costumes.  And, of course, I’m on the costume committee!  So, you may see me sewing up some fairy tale creature costumes in the next month or two!

And it’s not too soon to get tickets.  One show is already sold out!  Get your tickets here–and please choose Mayo for the referral student.  (We need all the help we can get for this expensive enrichment activity!)

I’m also teaching a Spotlight class now.  (Each student who auditions for a show must also be taking a theater/dance/or singing class.)  I have 8 adorable 5-7 year-olds.  It’s fun!

Lego Robot Competition:

My two oldest boys are joining 3 other boys for a Lego Robot Competition this next Saturday. They have been getting together for a couple of months to work on their “missions.”  They’ve never done anything like this before, so we’ll see how it turns out!  They have a “uniform” including duct tape hats.  :)

Band Concert:

This Thursday is our local Christian school’s band/choir concert.  They allow homeschoolers to be in the band, and we have really enjoyed participating there.  My oldest plays alto saxophone in the concert band (highest band), and my 2nd son plays percussion in intermediate band.  He’ll be able to join the concert band next semester.  We also just bought him a drum set (Craig’s list!) and he’ll start lessons on that in January.

Basketball and Gymnastics:

Upward basketball starts tonight.  It will be the sixth year for my 2nd son.  It’s a little odd for us because he’s the only one playing this time.  My oldest wanted to play for Onward (the junior high version), but it didn’t fit into the Shrek schedule.  The next 5 kids are doing gymnastics.  It’s been years since we done that.  Gymnastics ends in January and then we’ll start swim lessons again in March.

The Cousins at Thanksgiving:

Yes–all at my house!

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Queen E:

My kids sure do enjoy having a real live “doll” to play with!  Here they have dressed her up like a  queen!

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Homeschool:

Oh, yeah.  We homeschool, too!  :)  I’ve made a few changes to our homeschool curriculum list, so I need to get that updated soon.  We are in a co-op at our church each Friday.  The older kids learn writing, It All Begins With Genesis, and science.  The middle kids take geography, geography crafts, and science.  And I teach the preschool class!  In the afternoons they have archery.  It’s nice that we’ve taken off for December, though, because there are so many other things going on.

Here are a couple of the homeschool books we’re using that I love right now–
Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics (Young Explorer Series)

Pages of History Volume 1: Secrets of the Ancients

Gladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)

Jotham’s Journey: A Storybook for Advent

Grapevine Studies: Birth of Jesus Bible Study

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All About Reading, Level 1, Teacher’s Manual (All About Reading)

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Review: Little Passports

 

We received our first Little Passports package in the mail last week!  We got a little suitcase, passport, map, boarding pass, postcard, 2 stickers, a letter, and an activity sheet.  Each month the kids receive items associated with a specific country or state, depending on which subscription you buy.  What a fun way to learn about geography! The kids are now ready for their adventures.  I know the kids (as well as I) will be eagerly anticipating the next shipment!

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Early Bird Sale at Little Passports from Oct 28th-31st!

Little Passports is the perfect way to keep your kids learning and having fun at home, on the road, over the weekend or even on a plane! From October 28th – 31st, Little Passports has a sale that will save you $20 on a new 1 year subscription when you use the code OCT20 at checkout. And for about $10 a month, that is definitely worth it! The packages take your children on new adventures around the US or the world, depending on what option you choose… but take a look at the subscriptions yourself and decide what you want here: Early Bird Sale at Little Passports from Oct 28th-31st!

Little Passports Sale

Dates: October 28th – October 31st

Details:
All discounts are taken off of the full retail subscription price, excluding the shipping and tax. This offer is valid on new subscriptions only and can not be combined with other offers.
3 month= $5 off the $41.85 payment
6 month= $5 off the $83.70 payment
12 month= $20 off the $131.40 payment

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OCT20 for 1 Year Subscriptions

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From House to Home {Link Party}: Review/Giveaway of Grapevine Bible Study

Today I’m happy to share with you a review and GIVEAWAY of a new Bible Study my older boys started a few weeks ago called Grapevine Studies.

Specifically it’s the Level 4 New Testament Survey.  I wanted my boys to get an overview of the whole New Testament as they studied the Bible this year.  Each week they read a portion of Scripture, take notes on it by drawing Stick Figures and other graphics to help them illustrate what happened, answer review questions, and study deeper by using specific resources such as a Bible Dictionary (Vine’s), a Concordance, and a Topical Bible (Nave’s).  It’s been different from other Bible studies they have done in that they are doing a lot of the study on their own.  It’s more open-ended rather than being completely laid out for them.  I really like this aspect since it is stretching them more.

Here are a copy of pages the boys did:  (Sorry they’re side-ways!)

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The part that I don’t like as much is that there is supposed to be teacher instruction, especially in the area of application.  I don’t have time to do that with them (wanted a self-study for their Bible study this year), so what I have done is have them look up the answers themselves in my teacher book.  I also have them write ways to apply the Scripture at the end of each section.

I do recommend this Bible study and look forward to doing it myself when I finish the other one I’m doing right now.  I’m sure my boys will really learn a lot this year!

Be sure go to the Grapevine Studies website to look at their free samples.  They have Bible studies for all ages for use in all different settings!  You’ll find what you’re looking for!

Grapevine Studies has offered to giveaway the New Testament Level 3-4 Teacher and Student e-books.  Please enter through the Rafflecopter app below!  Winner will be chosen on September 26.

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Brand New Curriculum With Great Sale Prices!

This week 3 wonderful new curricula have come out:

  • All About Reading, Level 3
  • SQUILT Volume 2 (music curriculum featuring the Classical Period)
  • Fine Art Pages, Collection 2

I definitely recommend all of these.  If they catch your eye, be sure to get them before the weekend since they have great introductory sale prices.

 All About Reading Level 3 is now available! To celebrate, the full set is $20 off the regular price this week only (through September 15).

 

 

Or pick up a free Activity Book:

 

For a great and easy way to teach Music Appreciation, try SQUILT!

 

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Here are the Table of Contents for Volume 2:

And, finally, for Art Appreciation, you’ll like Fine Art Pages from Classical Composers Monthly:

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20% off the collection by using code FineArt2.  The 20% off coupon ends on Sept. 15, so hurry!

Be sure to go to the website because she has 3 Freebies so you can check it all out: –Handel composer resource –Monet artist resource –free sample of Fine Art Pages

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Review/Giveaway of Flash Kids Educational workbooks & flash cards

Today I’m reviewing (and there’s a giveaway!) Flash Kids, an educational product company.  They make work books, charts, flash cards, and activity kits in a wide variety of subject areas:  reading comprehension, math, sight words, study skills, writing skills, science, and geography.

We received 4 items to review.  These Spanish flash cards will be used quite often by my 9-year-old daughter who is studying Spanish this year.  It contains 86 great vocabulary words to learn.

 

She will also be working on her multiplication tables by playing this fun card game:  Multiplication War.  It’s the same rules as regular War, but they have to work out the multiplication problem on each card.

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My younger kids LOVED–and I mean LOVED–the workbooks they received.  After filling in all the pages, they got to put in two pages of stickers that were included!

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And now for the giveaway:  The winner (U.S. only) will get to choose any product from the Barnes and Noble Flash Kids page!  When I contact the winner, they will have 48 hours to reply back with mailing address and product they’d like!
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Home School P.E. with Family Time Fitness

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Are you looking for an organized P.E. program for you kids? I was recently introduced to Family Time Fitness.
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Head over to their website and see if it’s something you’d like to try! They even have a free trial!

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Review of Fine Art Pages from Classical Composers Monthly

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Today I’d love to share with you another resource we’ll be using in our homeschool this year: Fine Art Pages from Classical Composers Monthly.

So, what art will I specifically be sharing with my kids? See how long this list is–25 works of art!

Mona Lisa (da Vinci)
Starry Night (van Gogh)
A Sunday on La Grande Jatte (Seurat)
The Scream (Munch)
Portrait of Dora Maar (Picasso)
Supper at Emmaus (Caravaggio)
Apple and Oranges (Cezanne)
The Great Wave (Hokusai)
The Son of Man (Magritte)
Surprised! (Rousseau)
Yellow-Red-Blue (Kandinsky)
The Maids of Honor (Velazquez)
Girl with a Pearl Earring (Vermeer)
The Kiss (Klimt)
Hunter in the Snow (Brueghel)
The Fighting Temeraire (Turner)
Dance at the Moulin de la Galette (Renoir)
The Water Lily Pond (Monet)
Self Portrait (Rembrandt)
The Arnolfini Portrait (Van Eyck)
Number 6 (Pollock)
A Bar at the Floies-Bergere (Manet)
Dancers in Blue (Degas)
Nafea Faaipoipo (Gauguin)
Ophelia (Millais)

 

Review:   At first I was a little disappointed at how simple this curriculum is. It’s one page per piece of art. But then as I thought about it, I realized that this is really all we need right now. If it were more I wouldn’t have time (or motivation) to do it. And that is exactly what Erica’s purpose is: “What if I could introduce fine art to my children simply, painlessly, inexpensively, without taking up hardly any time, and in a way that would prevent the children from resistance because they wouldn’t even realize anything was going on?”

So, I have printed out the pages and put them in a notebook. We will be using these during our morning group time (for ages 3-9). I’ll show them the art, we’ll talk about what we see, and the other info on the page: who painted it, where, when, materials and technique, where it’s located, and an interesting fact.

And I really love her idea of printing out more copies (I’ll laminate them, too) and putting them up around the house. Then I can ask the kids questions like, “Who knows what art is on the backdoor? On the bathroom wall? In the pantry? This will be fun!

So, this is very do-able. We’ll just focus on three pieces of art for a month or so. Yeah!

Be sure to go to the website because she has 3 Freebies so you can check it all out:

–Handel composer resource

–Monet artist resource

–free sample of Fine Art Pages

Fine Art Pages and the 3 Composer Collections are a great price at only $14.95 each!

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I also reviewed one of the Composer collections from Classical Composers Monthly if you’d like to read about that. I’m really excited about using this with the kids this year!

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Let me know what you think of Fine Art Pages!

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From House to Home: SQUILT-Super Quiet Listening Music Curriculum

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Volume 1: Baroque Composers of SQUILT is now available!  SQUILT stands for Super Quiet Uninterrupted Listening Time.  It’s a great (and inexpensive) way to add some composer and classical music study into your homeschool!
Ten pieces of great Baroque music are included in volume 1, as well as general notebooking pages, definitions of musical terms, and more for your kids to make their own music notebooks.  There are 51 Pages of material!
What will your children learn with SQUILT, volume 1?  Check out the table of contents:

Click here to visit Homegrown Learners to learn more or to purchase SQUILT–and if you get it Thursday or Friday, it’s on sale for only $4.99!

 

What are some ways to use SQUILT in your homeschool?
1.  Do one lesson per week.  Listen to the music daily (the YouTube links are included) and do a worksheet on 2 of the days.  It will take you 10 weeks to study the Baroque period.   OR
2.  Do one lesson every 2-3 weeks.   This will allow you to study the Baroque period for the whole school year.  OR
3.  Do one lesson per month.  This is more of the Charlotte Mason way of doing composer study–to really focus on just one composer for a longer period of time.
We’re excited to begin using SQUILT this year.  I’ll be posting more about it after we start!
Click here to visit Homegrown Learners to order SQUILT, Volume 1!

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CurrClick Pay-What-You-Want Sale!

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On Friday morning, around 10:00 a.m. CST, CurrClick will be having a

“Pay What You Want” SALE!

Through the weekend and ending on July 29th, homeschoolers (and anyone!) can shop over 4,000 titles from top homeschool publshers and you guessed it: Paywhatever they want for the items they select. No other homeschool curriculum site has done anything like this before. Simply go to the homepage on Friday morning around 10:00.

*This event does not include live classes.

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From House to Home: Giveaway from Classical Composers Monthly

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I’d love to introduce you today to a wonderful new way to teach music to your kids at home:  Classical Composers Monthly.  What you do is purchase a subscription to one of the Composer or Fine Art Pages collections.  Each of the 4 subscription choices are only $11.96 each with coupon code ChooseJoy in July!  There is so much jam-packed into each collection that it can easily take you a year to get through it all!  Also, you get to “keep” your links indefinitely, so you can revisit at any time.

Erica Johns is the creator of Classical Composers Monthly.  Here is what she says about it:  “I needed a straightforward, no-planning-required way to share more about classical music and the fascinating composers behind the music, without adding more hours to my teaching schedule, or costing a lot of money.”

And she has succeeded!

I got to review Composer Collection #2, which includes the following composers:   Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Edvard Grieg, Franz Liszt, Gustav Holst, Camille Saint-Saens, Dmitri Shostakovich, Johann Strauss II, Erik Satie, Claude Debussy, Antonin Dvorak, Gabriel Faure, and Sergei Prokofiev.

My kids and I looked at the Dvorak page first, but will be using all the rest as we go through this next year of homeschooling.  (It’s on my schedule during Morning Group Time.)  On the Dvorak page, there is such a variety of activities to choose from: podcasts, activity sheets, websites to visit, a musical timeline to put together, YouTube videos, downloadable music, and a stream of Dvorak music to listen to.  I was very impressed.  :)  My little guys especially liked watching the YouTube videos where you could watch the conductor and instrumentalists/vocalists.  I liked that I didn’t have to search for everything to find the best examples!

Be sure to check out Classical Composers Monthly to see if it would be a good fit for your family.  You can see what collections are available, read the FAQs, and if you’re a homeschool blogger, find out how to partner with them.  Also, just for signing up on the home page, you get 3 FREEBIES:  

–Free Handel composer resource

–Free Monet artist resource

–Free sample of Fine Art Pages

 Remember the 20% off coupon code ChooseJoy, good for your entire purchase during July!

And now the GIVEAWAY:  one free membership of Fine Art Pages!

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Today I’m sharing one of the most important posts I write each year:

 Our 2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum Plans!

There’s also a place at the end for you to link up your own homeschool curriculum plans. I love reading these, so link up at any time!

Below you’ll see each of my children and the curriculum I’ve chosen for them this year.  I try to combine as many grades together as possible (easiest with science, history/geography, and read-alouds).  My next challenge is to come up with a schedule where we can get all this done!  I’ll work on that and share it next week.  :)

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2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum

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B (7th grade):

Following “The Grammar Level:  Ten Things to Do From Ages 10-12″

Writing: Institute for Excellence in Writing, Group B Student Writing Intensive

Math:  Teaching Textbooks 7th Grade

Literature:  still deciding on this (Shakespeare plays and classic novels)

Bible Study:  New Testament Survey with Grapevine Studies

Logic:  Building Thinking Skills, Level 3 Figural

Grammar:  Finish 6th grade Daily Grams and start 7th grade

Latin:  First Form Latin

History/Geography:  Around the World in 180 Days

Science:  Christian Kids Explore Physics*

Institute for Cultural Communications (ICC) Speech class

Band at Christian school- saxophone

Violin

Football and Onward Basketball

Spotlight drama class and productions

 

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J (6th grade):

Following “The Grammar Level:  Ten Things to Do From Ages 10-12″

Writing: Institute for Excellence in Writing, Group A Student Writing Intensive

Math:  Finish Math-U-See Zeta and start Teaching Textbooks 7th Grade

Bible Study:  New Testament Survey with Grapevine Studies 

Logic:  Building Thinking Skills, Level 2 and start Level 3 Figural

Grammar: 6th grade Daily Grams

Spelling:  Spelling Power

Latin:  Finish First Form Latin

History/Geography:  Around the World in 180 Days

Science:  Christian Kids Explore Physics*

ICC (Institiute for Cultural Communications) Speech class

Band at Christian School- percussion

Violin

Piano

Upward Basketball

Spotlight drama class and productions

 

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M (4th grade):

Following “The Grammar Level:  Ten Things to Do From Ages 10-12″

Writing: Institute for Excellence in Writing, Group A Student Writing Intensive

Math:  Finish Math-U-See Gamma  and start Delta

Bible Study:  Explorers Bible Study (Jesus, My Shepherd), Grapevine Studies Old Testament Traceable study 

LogicBuilding Thinking Skills, Level 2

Grammar: Find e-book or online materials

Spelling:  Spelling Power

Spanish: El Espanol Facil– The Easy Spanish  *  *

History/Geography:  Around the World in 180 Days

ScienceApologia Zoology 3 Land Animals

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ICC (Institiute for Cultural Communications) Speech class

Violin

Piano

Upward Basketball

Spotlight drama class and productions

 

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R (3rd grade):

Following “The Ten Things to do Before Age 10″

Handwriting:  Cursive Handwriting Without Tears

Phonics:  Explode the Code workbooks

Reading:  All About Reading, Level 2  *

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Math:  Math-U-See Alpha in the spring

Bible Study:  Grapevine Studies Old Testament Traceable study 

Jesus storybook Bible *

History/Geography:  Around the World in 180 Days

Science:  Apologia Zoology 3 Land Animals

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ICC (Institiute for Cultural Communications) Speech class

Piano

Upward Basketball

Spotlight drama class and productions

 

 

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T (1st grade):

Following “The Ten Things to do Before Age 10″

Handwriting:  Handwriting Without Tears

Phonics:  Explode the Code workbooks

Reading:  Alpha-Phonics, read Rod and Staff books:  Bible Nurture and Reader Series

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Bible Study:  Answers in Genesis Bible Study:*  Answers for Kids

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Jesus storybook Bible *

History/Geography:  Around the World in 180 Days

Science:  Apologia Zoology 3 Land Animals

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ICC (Institiute for Cultural Communications) Speech class

Violin

Upward Basketball

Spotlight drama class

 

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L (Kindergarten):

Following “The Ten Things to do Before Age 10″

Handwriting:  Handwriting Without Tears

Phonics:  Explode the Code workbooks

Reading:  Alpha-Phonics, read Rod and Staff books:  Bible Nurture and Reader Series

Bible Study:  Answers in Genesis Bible Study:*  Answers for Kids

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Jesus storybook Bible *

History/Geography:  Around the World in 180 Days

Science:  Apologia Zoology 3 Land Animals

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Early Childhood music and movement (I’ll teach this at a co-op)

Spotlight drama class

 

 

 

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Z (3 years old): preschool

Following “The Ten Things to do Before Age 10″

Jesus storybook Bible  *

History/Geography:  Around the World in 180 Days

Science:  Apologia Zoology 3 Land Animals

Early Childhood music and movement (I’ll teach this at a co-op)

 

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E (1 year old)

Following “The Ten Things to do Before Age 10″

read board books

Early Childhood music and movement (I’ll teach this at a co-op)

 

Other Enrichment activities for the kids:

Art:  See the Light * Bible Story DVDs (Christmas and Easter), drawing/crafts for science animals, Global Art book for geography art projects
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Historical fiction:  A Benge biography from each continent—David Livingstone (Africa), Gladys Aylward (Asia),  D.L. Moody (North America), Nate Saint (South America), George Muller (Europe).  Any recommendations for Australia and Antarctica?
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Notebooking/Journaling/Lapbooking for history/geography and science:  maps, animals, people, cultural elements

 

Read-Aloud novels:  Dr. Doolittle, Old Yeller, Gentle Ben (Walt Morey),The Wind in the Willows, Black Beauty, Rascal (Sterling North), Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White), James and the Giant Peach (Roald Dahl)
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Music:

Singing, worship team at church

SQUILT (Listening activites)*–Super Quiet Uninterrupted Listening Time, volume 1 Baroque Composers

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and  Classical Composers Monthly *

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Art:
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With Fine Art Pages from Classical Composers Monthly*
Swim lessons

 

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Review of Rock N Learn Reading DVDs: 50% off at Educents!

 

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I received a set of four Rock N Learn reading DVDs to review for the sale which is now going on at Educents.  These 4 DVDs are usually $80, but you can get them for $40 for this flash sale.

Or, just get two of them for $20–now that’s a great deal!

The 4 DVDs my kids and I previewed were Letter Sounds (for ages 4-7), Sight Words Level 1 (for ages preschool and up), Sight Words Level 2 (K and up), and Sight Words Level 3 (Grades 1 and up).  The videos are animated with exciting characters (people and talking animals) who tell stories and go through different games and activities as they teach the concepts.  There is A LOT of fun and catchy music and singing.  Often the words are flashed on the screen so the kids are hearing it said or sung and seeing the word at the same time.  This will help them to really learn each word.  Each DVD is 50-60 minutes long.  There is a lot to them, including bonus features!

My kids, ages 8 and under enjoyed watching these DVDs.  I’m pretty sure they learned something, too!  If you need something to help enrich your child’s phonics reading curriculum, I think you’ll like these DVDs!

Go to Educents to get the special pricing, and to see what other great deals they have today.

(Disclosure:  I received 4 complimentary Rock N Learn DVDs in order to write this honest review.  I am also an affiliate of Educents, and this post contains affiliate links.)

 

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Review of “Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers & Teachers” by Susan Kilbride

Today I’ll be sharing with you a review of Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers & Teachers by Susan Kilbride.  It’s a great resource for teaching science to ages 4-13, whether you are a homeschool mom teaching your own kids at home, teaching a class at a co-op, or teaching at a school.

There are 20 different chapters to do 20 different science units.  Ten are specifically for ages 4-7 (our senses, the human body, dinosaurs and prehistoric life, animals, insects and their kin, fun with magnets, stars and planets, health, beginning plants, and animal ecology), and ten for ages 8-13 (microcopes and invisible creatures, atoms and molecules, matter, chemistry fun, weather, force and motion, simple machines, light and color, and plants II).

A little about the author Susan Kilbride (taken from her website):  Susan Kilbride is a homeschooling mother with a degree in biology.  A few years ago she noticed that many homeschooling parents are either uncomfortable teaching their children science, or just don’t have the time to do the necessary research to teach their children science.  Susan wrote Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers with these parents in mind, using the same methods that she used when teaching her own son.

We tried out part of two lessons: Health and Weather.

In Health, we talked about eating healthy food and getting exercise.  They played a new game: shadow tag!

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For Weather we talked about evaporation and condensation.

Here we put water in a jar and will check it to see how much evaporates.

 

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Next we watched the steam escape from a pot of boiling water.

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And then I held a pot of ice water over the boiling water.  It caused condensation, which fell like rain drops!

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One thing I really liked about the book is that the lessons are very approachable for a teacher who has very little science knowledge.  The lessons are broken up into bite-sized segments, so you can do a little each day and finish a whole chapter in a week or two.  Or you can add to the lessons with books from the library, internet research, videos, lapbooks, etc. and stretch a chapter to last a whole month or longer!  There are many “activities” for each chapter as well.  Some are science experiments, but there are other fun types of activities as well (such as keeping a weather journal, playing shadow tag, and making healthy snacks).  Each chapter begins with a list of materials needed, but you can pick and choose which ones you’d like to do.  Many of the materials are easy to find (and you probably have them around your house already), but others require a little advanced planning (like buying a microscope, slides, or iron filings).

There are two things that I didn’t like about the book.  One, it isn’t written from a Christian perspective.  I love teaching science so that kids understand that God made everything and so that they are able to recognize his handiwork in all they see and experience.  He is such a creative and an amazing designer!   Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers & Teachers teaches evolution as fact, not theory.  The other thing is really just a preference.  I would love for the illustrations to be professionally drawn, and possibly even add colored photographs in future editions.  It would really add to the the quality of the book and make doing the activities/experiments easier.

Check out Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers & Teachers at Amazon,Barnes and Noble, and Rainbow Resource.

If you’d like to try a couple of free units first, you can download Beginning Plants and Atoms and Molecules for free!

 

Be sure to visit the author’s website.  She also has a series of historical fiction books called Our America, which I’ll be reviewing in July!

 

(Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of the above book in order to write this honest review.  This post contains affiliate links.)

 

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From House to Home {Link Party}: 2013 Summer Homeschooling Plans

Summer Homeschooling Plans

 

The From House to Home Link Party is open below.  Please link up a post or two!

One of the greatest blessings about homeschooling is that we have freedom!  We school year-round and just take breaks when needed.  And I’ve decided:  I need a break now!  Friday is going to be our last official school day of this year.  Then we’ll take a couple of weeks off to regroup.

Here are our plans for the summer:

Bible Bee Sword Study and Memory Verses–  This is an in-depth Bible Study which takes about 30 minutes a day.  It incorporates reading, writing, history, using reference materials, etc.

Lots of music lessons– B (12) will take violin and saxophone lessons.  J (11) will take percussion, piano, and violin lessons.  M (9) piano and violin.  R ( 8) piano.  T (6) violin.   And  they will all take singing lessons with me (mostly group, but the oldest ones will have some private lessons as well).  We’ll also do some focus on music theory, written as well as computer or iPad apps.  (If you know of any good ones, let me know!)

Summer camps– One week of sports camp called LifeSports and one week of theater camp with Spotlight.

Math– My oldest needs to finish his 6th grade math book.

History– We’ll continue reading history to finish volume 2 of Mystery of History.  I also have a couple of historical fiction books to do a review on.

Science– I have a unit study science book to do a review on, so we’ll do a couple of those.

Phonics/Reading Lessons– Do Alpha-Phonics with R (8), T (6), and L (4)

Typing– I like to use the summertime to have the kids do typing practice.  We like these free websites:  typingweb.com and bbc.co.uk/schools/typing

Art– We might add in some drawing lessons.

Reading– Summer reading programs where they’ll do lots of silent reading, I’ll continue to read aloud


Jonathan Park– We love to listen to these great CD dramas and learn about creation science and apologetics.  I’m going to see if I can add in some enrichment activities to go along with the reading.

A.C.T.S. Summer of Service  Service Projects

So, things that will to on hold until next fall are: Latin, Logic, Writing, Math, Worldview, Handwriting, Spelling, and Grammar!

Also, my oldest has been begging to do football for years.  This might be the year we relent (we have one more month to think about it).  If we do, that will consume months August – November.  Do you sense that I’m not into it?  The weirdest thing is that he actually “looks” like a football player.  Trying to make the right decision here.

Vacations–  The first that I’m so glad we get to do is our state’s annual homeschooling convention called ICHE (Illinois Christian Home Educators).  I first went when my oldest was 17 months old and my 2nd child was 6 weeks.  We went every year since until last year because Baby E was born.  She’s almost one and started walking yesterday!  Anyway, my husband and I be going to the convention with the baby and two oldest boys in June.  We have a couple of young ladies (sisters) who will come and stay with the other kids.  We might do a road trip, but haven’t made any plans yet!  And we’ll do our summertime trip up to the lake where my husband’s parents live.

 

What are your summer plans?

 

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Review of Alpha-Phonics: A Primer for Beginning Readers

I am happy to share a review today of a great reading curriculum:  Alpha-Phonics: A Primer for Beginning Readers by Samuel Blumenfeld.  (And read to the end of the post to see how you can win a copy yourself!)  The first thing I noticed about Alpha-Phonics was how simple it is–not a lot of pieces to lose or complicated instructions.  The main book comes comb-bound (I took it out and put it in a 3-ring binder to help it last longer).  There are 128 lessons, each about a page long.  In the back of the book, it gives the teacher/mom a simple instruction on how to teach each lesson.  So, each day when we got to a new lesson, I would turn to the back and quickly read my instructions before I had the child do his/her reading lesson.

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Also, in the back you’ll be able to read the philosophy behind the type of phonics instruction that Alpha-Phonics uses.  They start out by teaching the short vowels, then the consonant blends (final blends first, then the initial blends).  Last they teach the long vowels in their great variety of spelling forms.  There is also some pre-reading instruction (teaching the letters and their sounds), so this curriculum will work for anyone starting out to teach their child to read!

I used it for the past few weeks with three of my kids.  My 4-year-old already knows the letter names and sounds and was ready to start with lesson 1.  We got through Lesson 10.  She did well and I think we’ll keep using Alpha-Phonics all the way to the last lesson to see how she does.  I expect she will be reading quite well by the time we get to the end of the book.  She also used the “Little Companion Reader” Short Vowel A book and had fun reading a real “book!”

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The second child I tried Alpha-Phonics with is my 4th child, my 8-year-old.  She is my struggling reader.  I am debating whether to continue through this curriculum with her or to try a multi-sensory approach (one that is hands-on and uses colors, etc.)  The other 2 curricula I have used with her (TATRAS and Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons) are similar to Alpha-Phonics in their approach.  Those worked great for teaching my first 3 kids to read, as well as the 2 kids after her!  She isn’t catching very quickly with this approach, so I might try something different with her.

The third child I used Alpha-Phonics with was my 6-year-old son, who has just “taken off” with reading and will pick up his own books to read now.  :)  I started on Lesson 20 with him because he can still use some focus on recognizing phonograms (ch, dge, ough).  I’ll continue with him through the rest of the Alpha-Phonics book.   He had fun reading the Little Companion Reader “The Chums” which uses short vowels with digraphs.

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Another thing he really enjoyed (and it kind of surprised me) was the Companion Workbook.  It contains about 40 worksheets, the answers, and ways to work on syllabication (how to divide words into syllables).

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Do you want to know one of the best things about the Alpha-Phonics curriculum–well, besides the fact that it’s so simple to teach and it will teach your kids how to read!?  It’s so affordable!  The cost is only $34.95, and that includes a CD-Rom of all the lessons–if you’d prefer to use the computer monitor to show the kids the words to read each day.  (The CD-Rom also includes the parent/teacher instructions and pronounces things).  The Little Companion Readers (set of 10) are $24.95 and the Companion Workbook is $19.95.

Check out the Alpha-Phonics website to see samples and videos.

 

And now a giveaway of the Alpha-Phonics Primer for Beginning Readers with the CD-Rom!  Enter through the Rafflecopter app (click through to my website if you don’t see it.)

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Review/Giveaway of “Heaven is for Real for Kids” 4 DVD-Based Sunday School Lessons (for ages 9-12)

 

Today’s review is of
Heaven Is for Real for Kids: 4 DVD-Based Sunday School Lessons for Ages 9-12

Last year I read Heaven is for Real, the bestselling book by Todd Burpo, the father of a little boy who tells about an experience he had going to heaven. Colton almost died from a burst appendix, and as he was in surgery he says he spent time in heaven with Jesus. He met people, family members and those from the Bible and describes much of what he saw and did there. One thing that makes the story compelling is that Colton was so young (almost 4) and described things that he shouldn’t have known or understood yet. After I read the book I came away with a greater love for my Lord Jesus and absolutely no fear of death! I’m excited to go to heaven!

The materials I’m reviewing today are a set of four lessons on DVD with an accompanying booklet to be used in a Sunday School class (or homeschool co-op, backyard Bible club, etc.). The format works like this:

The booklet tells the leader what to say and do and what materials to prepare beforehand. The DVD is played in small segments throughout the class. There is discussion, Bible reading, or an activity in between each viewing of the DVD.

My kids and I watched the DVD and did some of the activities listed in the booklet. The DVD is well-done. It shows Colton sitting in his room and his parents sitting in their family room. They describe the experiences, both of Colton almost dying and what he says he saw and did in heaven.

The four lessons are meant to be taught on four different days. They are What is in Heaven?, Who is in Heaven?, Who is the God of Heaven?, and How Do I Get to Heaven?

Most of what Colton describes simply brings what we know from the Bible to life. But there are some strange things that he describes as well: Jesus has a rainbow horse and kids go to school.

Before you use this curriculum, I want you to think through a few things. If this experience of Colton’s is completely real (and not just a fever-induced hallucination or hoax–which I doubt), then there are a few whys. Why did God decide to reveal this information to him and not put it in the Bible? Do we accept this as new revelation and teach it to our children as such? What about the verse at the end of the book of Revelation in the Bible that says, “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.”

Everything Colton says, in my opinion, seems plausible. It certainly doesn’t contradict God’s Word. But it does add to it.

My recommendation would be that if you choose to use this curriculum, you talk through these things with your kids. Go through all the verses in the Bible that talk about heaven and study them. See what is the same as Colton’s experience and what isn’t.

I really do love that the entire purpose of the Burpo’s ministry through these Heaven is for Real books, DVDs, and curriculum is to encourage people to learn about and love Jesus and to know for sure that there is an afterlife and we all must deal with it. Accept Jesus as your Savior so that your sins won’t send you to hell for eternity. He loves you so much!!!

You can find product information here.

 

See an excerpt from the DVD here:

Tommy Nelson Publishers are providing a copy for a giveaway! Join through the Rafflecopter app below (click through to my website if needed). The contest ends next Friday, February 1, 2013. The winner has 48 hours to respond.

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Using CurrClick to Help in Homeschooling

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I’ve been using CurrClick for years to help in my homeschooling.  We’ve loved doing lapbooks and adding notebooking pages to our lessons.  Did you know they also have online classes?  I’ve thought about doing the Lego class for my Lego-maniacs, but we haven’t had time to add anything else to our lives yet.  :)  Other ideas I’m considering–foreign language, writing, art, and science experiments.

Here are a few things to check out there:

They have a Freebie every week.  This week’s is “Make Your Own ABC Book About . . .  The Animal Kingdom”

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If you’d like to learn more about the classes, today and tomorrow you can check out the Winter-Spring Meet and Greet Open House.  It’s free!

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Homeschool Curriculum 2012-2013

Here is our 2012-2013 Curriculum

 

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B (age 11, 6th grade):

Following “The Grammar Level:  Ten Things to Do From Ages 10-12″

Bible:  Discover 4 Yourself Inductive Bible Studies for Kids — Revelation (Bible Prophecy for Kids and A Sneak Peek into the Future)

Grammar:  Daily Grams 6 (Easy Grammar)

Latin:  First Form Latin

Music:  violin lessons, band (saxophone) at Christian school

History:  Mystery of History and Story of the World, vol. 2 (After Resurrection thru Middle Ages) with notebooking materials from Homeschool in the Woods (New Testament) and Lilliput Station; read-alouds of historical fiction

Pre-Logic:  Logic: Building Thinking skills, book 3 figurative

Math:  Epsilon math, then Zeta math from Math-U-See

Science:  Apologia science Zoology 2 (Swimming Creatures) with notebooking journals and experiment kit

Composition:  How to Write a Story by Evan-Moor, then Writing for 100 Days

Public Speaking:  Institute for Cultural Communicators Basic Public Speaking book
Worldview: Who am I? book and notebooking journal by Apologia
Geography Bee
Spotlight drama class (and possibly perform in a musical)
J (age 10, 5th grade):

Following “The Grammar Level:  Ten Things to Do From Ages 10-12″

Bible:   Discover 4 Yourself Inductive Bible Studies for Kids — Revelation (Bible Prophecy for Kids and A Sneak Peek into the Future)

Spelling & Grammar:   Better Spelling in 5 Minutes a Day and then Spelling Power;  Daily Grams 5 (Easy Grammar)

Latin:  First Form Latin

Music:  violin and piano lessons

Art:  ocean boxes

History:  Mystery of History volume 2 and Story of the World volume 2 (After Resurrection thru Middle Ages) with lapbooking materials from Homeschool in the Woods (New Testament) and Lilliput Station; read-alouds of historical fiction

Pre-Logic:  Logic: Building Thinking skills, book 2

Math:  Epsilon math from Math-U-See

Science:  Apologia science Zoology 2 (Swimming Creatures) with notebooking journals and experiment kit

Public Speaking:  Institute for Cultural Communicators Basic Public Speaking book for public speaking class

Worldview:  Who am I? book and notebooking journal by Apologia
Geography Bee
Spotlight drama class (and possibly perform in a musical)
M (age 8, 3rd grade):

 Reading and Handwriting, Narration:  read to self 30 minutes a day; finish reading Rod and Staff readers–Bible Nurture and Reader Series  (finish brown books and first gray book); copy work of Revelation

Arts and Crafts:  ocean boxes, sewing projects, Picture study of paintings

Music:  violin and piano lessons

Bible:   Discover 4 Yourself Inductive Bible Studies for Kids — Revelation (Bible Prophecy for Kids and A Sneak Peek into the Future)

Math:  Alpha and Beta, Math-U-See

Science:  Apologia science Zoology 2 (Swimming Creatures) with notebooking journals and experiment kit

History:  Mystery of History volume 2 and Story of the World volume 2 (After Resurrection thru Middle Ages) with lapbooking materials from Homeschool in the Woods (New Testament) and Lilliput Station; read-alouds of historical fiction

Public Speaking:  Institute for Cultural Communicators Basic Public Speaking book

Worldview:  Who am I? book and notebooking journal by Apologia
Pre-Logic:  Think a Minutes from Critical Thinking
Spotlight drama class (and possibly perform in a musical)

 

R (age 7, 2nd grade):

Reading and Handwriting, Narration:  phonics (TATRAS) and read aloud to Mom (McGuffey readers then Rod and Staff Bible Nurture and Reader Series, green books); Explode the Code (book 3 – ?);  finish printing Handwriting Without Tears books and then do various copywork.

Bible:  Mom reads aloud The Jesus Storybook Bible ( Lloyd-Jones)Roma Downey’s Little Angels Bible Storybook, and Leading Little Ones to God (Schooland)

Science:  Apologia science Zoology 2 (Swimming Creatures) with notebooking journals and experiment kit

Arts and Crafts:  ocean boxes, sewing projects, Picture study of paintings

Public Speaking:  Institute for Cultural Communicators Basic Public Speaking book

Worldview:  Who am I? book and notebooking journal by Apologia
History:  Mystery of History volume 2 and Story of the World volume 2 (After Resurrection thru Middle Ages) with lapbooking materials from Homeschool in the Woods (New Testament) and Lilliput Station; read-alouds of historical fiction
T (age 5, Kindergarten):

Reading and Handwriting, Narration:  phonics (TATRAS) and read aloud to Mom (McGuffey readers then Rod and Staff Bible Nurture and Reader Seriesgreen books); Explode the Code (book 2 – ?); Handwriting Without Tears books and then do various copywork if time

Bible:  Mom reads aloud The Jesus Storybook Bible ( Lloyd-Jones)Roma Downey’s Little Angels Bible Storybook, and Leading Little Ones to God (Schooland)

Science:  Apologia science Zoology 2 (Swimming Creatures) with notebooking journals and experiment kit

Arts and Crafts:  ocean boxes, painting, play-doh

Public Speaking:  Institute for Cultural Communicators Basic Public Speaking book

Worldview:  Who am I? book and notebooking journal by Apologia
History:  Mystery of History volume 2 and Story of the World volume 2 (After Resurrection thru Middle Ages) with lapbooking materials from Homeschool in the Woods (New Testament) and Lilliput Station; read-alouds of historical fiction
Music:  violin lessons
L (age 3, Preschool):

Reading and Handwriting, Narration:  phonics (TATRAS); Handwriting Without Tears books and do various copywork

Bible:  Mom reads aloud The Jesus Storybook Bible ( Lloyd-Jones)Roma Downey’s Little Angels Bible Storybook, and Leading Little Ones to God (Schooland)

Science:  Apologia science Zoology 2 (Swimming Creatures) with notebooking journals and experiment kit

Arts and Crafts:  ocean boxes, painting, play-doh

History:  Mystery of History volume 2 and Story of the World volume 2 (After Resurrection thru Middle Ages) with lapbooking materials from Homeschool in the Woods (New Testament) and Lilliput Station; read-alouds of historical fiction

Worldview:  Who am I? book and notebooking journal by Apologia
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