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Homeschooling Plans 2009-2010

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Homeschooling Plans:  2009-2010


Leading Little Ones to God (Schoolland) with accompanying Scripture readings, memory work and copywork of verses and questions from Category 1 of Bible Bee (and 2 older boys do the Bee on Sept. 12), sing hymns and praise songs and learn some choral music in parts, personal devotional time each morning (minimum 10 minutes Bible reading, 5 minutes praying and memorizing Scripture), BSF for 2 older boys (studying the book of John), Mom and Dad read aloud from Bible in evenings.


Play games, use manipulatives (buy from Math-U-See); focus on money, clock, calendar, measuring; make and read graphs, math lapbooks, read living books, watch Math-U-See DVDs and maybe use book.

Book ideas:  Mathematicians are People Too, volumes 1 and 2 (Reimer),  Sir Cumference books,  lists books which relate to the history time period (Renaissance on) and the science (astronomy) that we are studying this year.


Exploring Creation with Astronomy with notebooking materials and experiments;  nature study and journaling.


Overall history text:  Story of the World, volume 3 (listen on CD)

Each unit will take 1-2 months

1.        Cowboys

2.       Explorers

3.       Reformation/ John Calvin

4.       Renaissance (especially artists)

5.       Christmas Carols

6.       Colonial Times

7.       American Revolution

8.       Pirates

9.       Lewis and Clark

10.   Pioneers—use Prairie Primer with Little House books (for summer 2010)

Read-Alouds (most correlate to History):

Poetry:  Christina Rossetti Complete Poems and others

*I have not read most of the following books yet and am not endorsing them until I do!

1.  Cowboys:

Armadillo Rodeo (Brett), C is for Cowboy: A Wyoming Alphabet (Gagliano), Cowboys (Penner),  Cowboys and Cowgirls: Yippee Yay! (Gibbons), I Want to be a Cowboy (Liebman), Why Cowboys Sleep With Their Boots On (Knowlton), Riding the Range: Western Activities for Kids (Drinkard), Annie Get Your Gun (movie), Little Sure-Shot: The story of Annie Oakley (Spinner), Justin Morgan Had a Horse (Henry, on CD), B is for Buckaroo:  A Cowboy Alphabet (Gleaves), Hats off to John Stetson (Christian), Bronco Busters (Herzig), Rodeo (Bellville), All About Astronauts & All About Cowboys (movie), All About the Circus & All About Rodeos (movie), All About Dinosaurs & All About Horses (movie), All about cowboys for kids  (CD), Kickin’ up some cowboy fun : 130 activities for cowboys and cowgirls (Cook)

2.  Explorers

The Light and the Glory for Children (Marshall),  Christopher Columbus: Adventures of Faith and Courage (Rhodes), The World of  Christopher Columbus and Sons (Foster), Amos de los Mares (Allison Lassieur),

Atlas of Discovery (Gail Roberts), Captain Cook Explores the Pacific in World History by Ann Graham Gaines, Captain James Cook by Richard Bowen, Captain James Cook: Three Times Around the World by Milton Meltzer, The Children’s Atlas of Exploration: Follow in the Footsteps of the Great, Explorers by Antony Mason and Keith Lye, Christopher Columbus by Mary Dodson Wade, Exploring the New World: An Interactive History Adventure by Melody Herr, James Cook by Enid Brodenek, John Cabot by Laurence Anthony, John Cabot by Neil Champion, The Lewis and Clark Expedition by Jessica Gunderson, Life of Ferdinand Magellan and the first Circumnavigation of the Globe by Francis H. Guillemard, Magellan and the Exploration of South America by Colin Hynson, Magellan: Voyager with a Dream by William Jay Jacobs, The National Geographic Society: 100 Years of Adventure and Discovery by

C.D.B. Bryan, Sacagawea by Jessica Gunderson, Stowaway by Karen Hesse, To America and Around the World: The Logs of Christopher Columbus and of Ferdinand Magellan by Christopher Columbus and Antonio Pigafetta, The Travels of John and Sebastian Cabot by Joanne Mattern, Doak, Robin S. John Cabot and the Journey to North America. Minnesota: Compass Point Books, 2003.

Fisher, Leonard Everett. Prince Henry the Navigator. New York: Macmillan

Publishing Company, 1990.

Fritz, Jean. Around the World in a Hundred Years: From Henry the Navigator to

Magellan. New York: Putnam & Grosset Group, 1994.

Gallagher, Jim. Ferdinand Magellan and the First Voyage Around the World.

Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2000.

Langley, Andrew. You Wouldn’t Want to be a Viking Explorer! Voyages You’d

Rather Not Make. New York: Franklin Watts.

Margeson, Susan M. Viking. New York: Dorling Kindersley, 1994.

St. George, Judith. So You Want to Be an Explorer? New York: Philomel Books,


Williams, Jean Kinney. Captain James Cook Charts the Pacific Ocean.

Minnesota: Compass Point Books, 2003.

3.  Reformation/ John Calvin (Have Reformation Party on Oct. 31)

John Calvin (Vollmer)

4.  Renaissance

Galileo and the Stargazers (Weiss, 1564-1642), Shakespeare for Children (Weiss), Leonardo da Vinci (3 different books Stanley, Hahn, Clark), Leonardo’s Horse (Fritz), Lives of the Artists (Krull), The Second Mrs. Giaconda (Konigsburg), Michelangelo: Renaissance Artist (Cook), The Queen’s Smuggler (about Tyndale, by Jackson, 1535), The Prince and the Pauper (Twain, 1530)

5.  Christmas Carols

Christmas Carols for a Kid’s Heart (Wolgemuth and Tada)

6.  Colonial Days

Witch of Blackbird Pond (Speare, 1687), Traitor in the Tower (about John Bunyan, by Jackson, 1660), The Sign of the Beaver (Speare, 1768), Madeleine Takes Command (Brill, 1690s), If You Lived in Colonial Times (McGovern), Pocahontas (d’Aulaire, 1607), Stories of the Pilgrims (Pumphrey, 1608-1620), The World of Capt. John Smith (Foster, 1580-1631), Calico Captive (Speare, 1754), The Courage of Sarah Noble (Dalgliesh, 1707), The Matchlock Gun (Edmonds, 1756), Hostage on the Nighthawk (about William Penn, by Jackson, 1699-1700)

7.  American Revolution/ Birth of America

Johnny Tremain (Forbes), George Washington’s World (Foster), Thomas Jefferson: A Picture Book Biography (Giblin), George Washington (d’Aulaire), A Picture Book of Patrick Henry (Adler), Ben and Me (Lawson), And Then What Happened, Paul Revere (Fritz, 1735-1776), Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George? (Fritz), Susanna Wesley: Mother of John and Charles (Ludwig), The Chimney Sweep’s Ransom (about John Wesley, by Jackson, 1742), Liberty or Death: The American Revolution (Maestro, 1763-1783)

8.  Pirates

8.  Pirates

Treasure Island (Stevenson), The Book of Pirates (Pyle), The Dark Frigate (Hawes),

Homeschoolshare lapbook

Library List
Little Badger, Terror of the Seven Seas by Eve Bunting
Pirates Robbers of the High Seas
by Gail Gibbons
Do Pirates Take Baths?
by Kathy Tucker
Classic Starts: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Pirate Pete’s Giant Adventure by Kim Kennedy
The Everything Kids’ Pirates Puzzle And Activity Book: Set Sail into a Treasure-trove of Fun! by Beth L. Blair
Pirate Things to Make And Do (Usborne) by Rebecca Gilpin
How I Became A Pirate by Melinda Long
The World of the Pirate by Val Garwood

Swallows and Amazons

Mice of the Herring Bone by Time Davis

Tough Boris by Mem Fox
Pirate Pete by Kim Kennedy
Roger, the Jolly Pirate by Brett Helquist

Pirates in the Park by Thom Roberts
The Magic School Bus, Ups and Downs by Joanna Cole

Also nonfiction books about parrots, eyes (eyesight), and dental hygiene

Muppet Treasure Island, The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything (Veggie Tales),
Sunken Treasure
-Reading Rainbow Video

9.  Lewis and Clark

The Lewis & Clark Expedition by Richard L. Neuberger, Lewis & Clark for Kids by Janis Herbert
How We Crossed the West – The Adventures of Lewis & Clark by Rosalyn Schanzer , Across America – The Story of Lewis and Clark by Jacqueline Morley, Lewis and Clark – Explorers of the American West by Steven Kroll, The Lewis and Clark Trail – Then and Now by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Plants on the Trail with Lewis and Clark by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Animals on the Trail with Lewis and Clark by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent


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