My old Google account reached its' limit, so I lost a lot of images for my blog that were saved there when I deleted it. I'm actively working to replace all my images to each post starting from most recent and working my way back. I also hope to update bad links if time permits. Currently I've restored years 2014-present, I still have yet to do 2013 and back but hope to have them restored sometime in 2021.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Z's 3rd Grade Fun Book List

These are books that Z reads for fun in the evening that are below his reading level.  I will be adding to this list throughout the year.  We are using the 1000 Good Books List and others we come across and like.

  1. The Courage of Sarah Noble
  2. Mr. Popper's Penguins
  3. A Lion to Guard Us

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Z's 3rd Grade Assigned Reading List

These are the books that Z is reading during his morning reading time, he'll be reading Classic Starts, Stepping Stones or Step Into Classics versions of some of the following:

  • Robinson Crusoe
  • Gulliver's Travels
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Little Pilgrim's Progress
  • Les Misérables
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Pied Piper of Hamelin
  • Grimm's Fairy Tales
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Great Expectations
  • Oliver Twist
  • Alice in Wonderland (maybe)
  • Through the Looking Glass (maybe)
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • Around the World in 80 Days
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Last of the Mohicans
  • Moby Dick

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Z's 3rd Grade Chemistry

We're utilizing Christian Kid's Explore Chemistry as our spine and fleshing it out with various books, videos and resources.  I also have Adventures with Atoms and Molecules books for experiments and many library experiment books we will be trying out (not pictured).

Chemistry Outline of Categories

  • Chemistry Basics (Tools, Matter, Elements, Mixtures/Compounds)
  • Atoms
  • Periodic Table
  • Chemical Bonds, Formulas, Compounds and Reactions
  • Acids/Bases
  • States of Matter
  • Organic Chemistry


I will update the following as we find and read books from the library related to our chemistry studies:

More coming soon...

Thursday, July 29, 2021

K's 12th Grade Curriculum Plans

We are at the finish line!  K is starting her last year of school and I can't believe we made it through all the challenges that came at us but with God, we made it!  K has some things to finish up leftover from 11th, along with the following:

English IV - Writing exercises with Jump-In Writing; Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind; Book list 

Honors Geometry/Trigonometry - Saxon Advanced Math first 90 lessons; Saxon Teacher CDs; Art Reed DVDs  

Personal Finance - Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal finance high school course

Science - Chemistry/Physics 101 DVDs with required supplements for credits

Constitutional Law - Michael Farris' Constitutional Literacy DVD and workbook

Latin - Henle Latin

Monday, June 7, 2021

Continent & Countries - Africa and Europe

We decided to study countries by continent and Z chose Africa to learn about first.  We made an African lapbook, then he read books about Africa, watched videos from Travel with Kids series using Amazon Prime and did a Geo-Puzzle of Africa and then we did Europe the same way.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

New Books I Recommend

We have found some awesome new books lately!  It seems that more publishers are realizing that homeschooling is growing substantially and they're accommodating by coming out with some great materials.

Smithsonian has these Super Simple books and I got all 3.  They are laid out very well and of course super simple.  I find that these can work in any grade, though they are advertised as for grades 6-12.  Adults will even find these valuable!

Z really loves these Ultimate pop-up books, he has looked through them countless times since getting them a few months ago:

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Z's 3rd Grade Curriculum Plans

Here are the plans for Z's 3rd grade year.  We are adding in a lot this year - Latin, cursive, piano lessons, archery, architecture, woodworking and chess.

Bible - Bible Study Guide for All Ages

Reading - Assigned Book List; Fun Book List & Family Read-alouds
Math - Saxon Math 6/5
Grammar - First Language Lessons 3& 4
Writing - Writing With Ease 3 & Jump In Writing
Spelling - Spelling Workout E & F
Vocabulary - Worldly Wise B & C; Book 1
Latin & Cursive - MP Prima Latina & MP New American Cursive w/ Prima Latina copybook
Science - Christian Kids Explore Chemistry
History - A Child's History of the World
Art - Home Art Studio
Music - Piano lessons 

Extras - Archery; Architecture; Woodworking; Chess

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Z's 2nd Grade Astronomy

After finishing up Earth Science, we are moving on to Astronomy.  I'm using 2 encyclopedias as my main spine and then fleshing them out with numerous books, videos, games and other fun extras!  The spines are Usborne's First Encyclopedia of Space and DK's First Space Encyclopedia (my favorite one).  I also have Christian Kid's Explore Earth & Space but it didn't have enough for Z.

I created an outline using the 2 spines (USB and DK) and divided the subject material into categories.  Some of these are short and some are packed full of material, like space exploration and the solar system.

Astronomy Outline of Categories

  1. Intro to Space - USB 4-7; DK 4-7
  2. Telescopes -USB 8-11; DK 8-13
  3. Galaxies, Stars & Universe - USB 46-53; DK 14-23, 96-97, 102-105
  4. Space Exploration - USB 12-25; DK 24-49
  5. The Solar System - USB 28-43: DK 50-75
  6. Comets and Meteors - USB 44-45; DK 76-87
  7. Mysteries of Space - USB 26-27, 54-55; DK 88-95, 98-101
  8. Constellations & Stargazing - USB 56-59; DK 106-117

Saturday, March 13, 2021

New Curriculum - Writing & Rhetoric Fable & Worldy Wise A

I decided to add in a new writing program because Z needs something more, so I chose Writing & Rhetoric, Book 1: Fable: *Update - Writing & Rhetoric turned out to be difficult for Z to grasp what they were asking.  It really seems to be too much in my opinion and there are easier ways to do the instruction than what is in this book.  We decided to go back to Writing With Ease 2 and just have freewriting days for Z to indulge his creative writing talent.

He also is very interested in what words mean, so I decided to order a simple vocabulary program to see how it likes it.  I chose the older version of Wordly Wise, starting with book A:

*I also updated my 2nd Grade Earth Science with the rest of the books we used.  You can see that here:

Sunday, February 28, 2021

David Adler Books

My son is a big fan of David Adler's books!  My daughter is also, as she had read almost all the Cam Jansen series when she was younger.  Z loves reading Adler's books and I checked out as many as I could find at the library and then we own some as well.  I highly recommend them!

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Z's 2nd Grade Assigned Reading List

This list consists of Z's independent assigned reading time during school-time. These are higher grade reading-level books intended to be a challenge and introduce new words.  He reads out aloud to me during this time and usually for 20 minutes.

For the stories by Osborne (Mary Pope Osborne), we own her book, "Favorite Medieval Tales" and it is excellent!  Medieval tales are gory and some of the pictures represent that but I believe the tales of heroism and bravery are much needed, especially for boys that want to be noble men.

  1. Beowulf - Osborne
  2. Song of Roland - Osborne
  3. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Osborne
  4. Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow - Souci
  5. Saint George and the Dragon - Hodges
  6. The Werewolf - Osborne
  7. Knights of the Round Table - Gross
  8. The Kitchen Knight: A Tale of King Arthur - Hodges

Monday, February 1, 2021

K's Standardized Testing Scores

K seems to always get 99 percentile in math every year and this year was no different!  (Thank you Art Reed and Saxon!)  She improved her scores in spelling and other reading/English sections too by a big amount, making her overall composite score 97 percentile and 9 stanine!  

The following table lists the meaning of each score:

9) Highest Level
8) High Level
7) Well Above Average

6) Slightly Above Average
5) Average
4) Slightly Below Average
3) Well Below Average
2) Low Level
1) Lowest Level

I'm living proof that you mother, can do it!  Don't let anyone make you feel you are inferior or don't have what it takes.  Put GOD FIRST and He will do the rest.  We made knowing God and the Bible the most important and everything else fell into place.  Seek Him first and don't chase success without Him!

Z's 2nd Grade History Read-Aloud Reading List

We took a break from history read-alouds because we stopped doing SOTW and have instead been doing Abeka's American history and states and civics studies. However, I decided to go ahead and add back in the ancient history read-alouds now because they're such good books and I don't want to miss out on them just because they don't match our current history study.  We're also reading American history books mixed in as we go.

  1. Look What Came from Egypt - Harvey
  2. The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor - Yeoman
  3. The Legend of the Persian Carpet - dePaola
  4. King Nimrod's Tower - Garfield
  5. The King in the Garden - Garfield
  6. The Five Chinese Brothers - Bishop
  7. The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence - St. George
  8. Let it Begin Here! : Lexington & Concord - Fradin
  9. The Price of Freedom : How One Town Stood up to Slavery - Fradin
  10. A Picture Book of Louis Braille - Adler
  11. William Still and His Freedom Stories : The Father of the Underground Railroad - Tate
  12. The Bobbin Girl - McCully
  13. The Persian Cinderella - Climo
  14. King Midas and the Golden Touch - Craft
  15. The Best Book of Ancient Greece - Weber
  16. You Wouldn't Want to Be a Slave in Ancient Greece - MacDonald

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

2nd Grade Earth Science

Z has been loving Earth Science!  I made my own blend of various topics and utilized books we own, library books, DVDs, lots of YouTube videos and games.  Here are the topics I picked to divide up our studies:

Earth Science Topics

Earth - inside the earth, rotation/revolution/orbit, seasons, atmosphere
Weather - water cycle, rain, snow, rainbows, clouds, wind, storms, lightning/thunder, tornadoes, hurricanes

Rocks & Fossils

Earthquakes, volcanoes, mountains, avalanche

Rivers, waterfalls, floods, monsoon, lakes, ponds, etc.

Oceans - seashore, seas, under the sea in relation to earth science

Under the ground, caves, caverns

Desert, grasslands, rainforests, polar

Cities/towns, resources, pollution

I'm amazed at how well it is going and all the materials I have found to supplement each topic!  Here are some pictures of things I've utilized to teach and include in our studies:

Here are some more books we read already that I forgot to get photos of from the library:

We did a very in-depth study of the ocean in August and then actually went to the ocean in September!

I had some ocean things already but we bought several more at the ocean to keep with our collection for future ocean study:

Books about our caves/caverns and underground study:

We had a lot of books about the different biomes:

There wasn't much I could find on natural resources:

That completes our earth science study!  We will be following it up with a study on astronomy.