Notice

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.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

11th Grade Curriculum

Can you believe my daughter is going to be doing 11th grade!?  I remember starting this blog back when she was starting Kindergarten and here we are - close to the finish line!  It has gone too fast and it was much easier than I thought it would be.  We changed things up with my daughter's transcript because she wanted to do different things in 10th and the rest of high school and I catered to her desires.

Core Subjects

English III - Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind; Writing With Skill; Elements of Style Book and Workbook; Vocabulary from Classical Roots; Book List

Advanced Math - Saxon Advanced Math; Saxon Teacher CD's; Art Reed DVD's

Science - Apologia General Science

Government & Economics - Notgrass' Exploring Government and Exploring Economics


Electives

Church History - The Church in History

Psychology - Homeschool Psyche


You may be wondering why we are doing "general science" in high school.  Well, my daughter has had Biology, Botany, Aviation and Aeronautics, Astronomy and Equine Science already!  She is well over her science credits but I wanted her to have an easy, general overview of science that hits on some chemistry and physics.  She refuses to take chemistry or physics, so this was something we both agreed on as a compromise.

With English, it looks like a lot but it all flows together.  We are working our way through Grammar for the Well Trained Mind workbooks, as well as Writing With Skill.  I added in the Elements of Style because I remember having it school and I believe it's a great resource and the workbook helps you navigate through the teachings.  My daughter had issues with vocabulary, so I made her do the first book over again and she is really going through the books quicker now and expanding her understanding of word roots and meanings derived from Greek and Latin.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Z's 2nd Grade Curriculum

Here is our plan for 2nd grade:


Bible - Bible Study Guide for All Ages Primary Set

Reading - Assigned Book List; Fun Book List & Family Read-alouds

Math - Saxon Math 2

Grammar - First Language Lessons

Writing - Writing With Ease

Spelling - Spelling Workout C, D and E

Science - Earth Science & Astronomy

History - Story of the World 

Art - Home Art Studio

Music - Story of the Orchestra


Z speeds through Spelling and doesn't have any problems at all!  He is a natural speller and has a photographic memory, unlike my daughter.  I don't think he will even need All About Spelling, so I haven't even added it in.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Z's 1st Grade "Fun" Book List

The reason these are called "fun" books is because they are below Z's reading level.  He's currently on a 4th grade reading level, so his "fun" books are 1st-3rd grade reading level.  Z reads in the evening for 15 minutes right now but it will be going up to 30 minutes in 2 weeks.  Here's a list of the books he's read.  I will be adding to this as we go.

  1. Little Bear
  2. Little Bear's Visit
  3. The Berenstain Bears' Big Machines
  4. Paddington's Day Off
  5. Paddington Cleans Up
  6. Nate the Great and the Sticky Case
  7. Nate the Great and the Lost List
  8. Nate the Great Goes Undercover
  9. Nate the Great and the Snowy Trail
  10. Owl at Home
  11. Mouse Soup
  12. Uncle Elephant
  13. Frog and Toad
  14. Frog and Toad Are Friends
  15. Frog and Toad Together
  16. Frog and Toad All Year
  17. Days with Frog and Toad
  18. Nate the Great
  19. Nate the Great and the Phony Clue
  20. Nate the Great and Missing Key
  21. Nate the Great and the Fishy Prize
  22. Nate the Great and the Stolen Base
  23. Nate the Great and the Pillowcase
  24. Nate the Great and the Tardy Tortoise
  25. Nate the Great Stalks Stupidweed
  26. Nate the Great and the Musical Note

Z's 1st Grade Assigned Reading List

This list consists of Z's independent assigned reading time during school-time.  These are 4th grade reading level books so they take him longer than his evening fun books.  Currently he's reading 15 minutes and we will increase that to 30 minutes in 2 weeks when we finish the phonics program.

  1. The Golden Children's Bible - this is more of devotional time, not a book to check off the list and never read again
  2. Christian Liberty's Nature Reader Book 1
  3. Pompeii... Buried Alive - Kunhardt
  4. King Midas and The Golden Touch - Craft
  5. The Trojan Horse - Little
  6. The Five Chinese Brothers - Bishop
  7. Aesop's Fables
  8. D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths

Saturday, May 2, 2020

1st Grade Plants

We are finishing up 1st grade science with our plant study.  I'm using the DK Smithsonian Trees, Leaves, Flowers & Seeds: A Visual Encyclopedia of the Plant Kingdom as our spine.  We're reading through every page but I'm skipping over some of the middle-school level verbiage.  The pictures are absolutely amazing!  Everyone should own this book, whether or not you use it to teach plants, it's a great reference book and just enjoyable to look at.

I'm also using the books we own since the libraries here are still closed.  I'm so glad that I purchased so much from Scholastic's book club over the years and then some from used bookstores or garage sales.  We utilize the Magic School Bus DVD set we own and watched the 2 Botany-related episodes: Gets Planted and Goes to Seed.  We also did a worksheet from Considering God's Creation by Eagle's Wings.



I also plan on adding in a farm study, since it seemed like a great place to use these books we own:


We plan on using these kits below and a flower press kit we already own:



Tuesday, April 7, 2020

1st Grade Insects and Bugs

I shared what we we used for studying animals in this post, but I also wanted to share what we are using for our study of insects and bugs.  We are still using Considering God's Creation by Eagle's Wings and utilizing lessons 13-15 and my son is loving the worksheets!  We have a plethora of books thanks to Scholastic, which was a good thing because the library has been closed for a month due to the pandemic and they'll be closed for the next month too and maybe even longer.  I'm so glad I invested over the past 12 years in Scholastic books and others.  I'm also utilizing the life cycle cards I got from Scholastic a few years ago that pertain to insects and a set of insect flashcards I think I bought from the Dollar store many years ago.  Finally, we got live insect kits from Insect Lore - ladybugs and butterflies - to watch them go through metamorphosis.

We utilized the Magic School Bus DVDs we own and Z watched the insect-related episodes: In a Beehive, Spins a Web, Gets Ants in Its Pants and Butterfly & the Bog Beast.










Sunday, April 5, 2020

Homeschool Room Re-Do

We had purchased the last 2 years of homeschool curriculum for our daughter, grades 11 and 12.  I now have materials to school Preschool-12th grade in this house.  I had no idea how I was going to fit these new books on our already full shelves, there just wasn't any room.  I also have several bookshelves downstairs of non-homeschool books.  Here was the dilemma:

The new books needing a home:


The lack of space to store them:



Those toy food items with prices on them are our math "store" right now.  You can see I have no space to put anything else.  But, I knew with organization and God, anything is possible!  Prayers go a long way as you will soon see.

I also had our craft cabinet in the garage since we moved here, 3 1/2 years ago almost.  I really wanted it in the house and specifically in the homeschool room.  Just didn't think it was possible..  Well, I moved the small bookshelf beside the desk work area and them moved the easel where the bookshelf was AND my husband brought up the white craft cabinet.



Now, tell me how is it possible that I actually brought MORE stuff into the homeschool room, yet I condensed it, even have leftover empty containers AND space opened up on my bookshelves to fit the new books?  If that wasn't enough - it literally feels like we have more space in here!





There is still a lot more organizing I want to do of the things on the black bookshelves and I may even be able to bring in our science supplies that are in the garage!  I also plan to put a big bulletin board or posters on the wall by the bathroom, where I currently have the human body sticker poster.

I can take any child, any age, any grade and school them in this room!  I thank God for that ability.  I have less than 12 years of schooling for my son, 2 1/2 years left with my daughter and then hopefully more with children God will give us through adoption.  It has been a long journey since we started but the Lord has been with us all the way!  We're almost to the finish line with our daughter!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

1st Grade Animal Study

I decided that instead of just using the animal encyclopedia, we would read books on each topic like classification, fish, mammals, etc. and play games!  It has been going really well and Z loves it when it is time for science.

My favorite book for elementary and middle school science is Considering God's Creation by Eagle's Wings.  I've had it since my daughter was little and I'm using it more now.  It covers, Creation, Stars/Sun/Planets, The Earth, Rocks/Minerals, Weather, Plant Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Animal Anatomy & Physiology and Human Anatomy.  We're doing the Animal part right now and then moving on to plants.  It also comes with an audio CD of songs that both my kids have loved!




We cut cut out the Animal Classmates and Features of Creatures game pages and laminated them (my daughter colored them for us).  Z loved playing both of these games!



I got this classification pack from Scholastic several years ago and I love it for teaching animal classification.  We will be doing another Scholastic pack on insects after we finish up these.


Here are some great games we used to teach habitats, animal tracks, food chain and life cycles:





We had this very large animal encyclopedia and my son has taken a lot of interest in it and has decided he's going to read his way through the whole book!  He keeps the globe next to him so he can locate just where these animals are normally found.



We also utilized the Magic School Bus DVDs we own and Z watched the zoology-related episodes:  Cold Feet, Cracks a Yolk, Goes Upstream, Going Batty, Hops Home, and In the City.

After we finish up learning about these classes of animals for a few weeks, we will do a few weeks on insects.  *Update - you can see the insect study post here.

Friday, October 18, 2019

3rd Week of 1st Grade Pics

Z learned about Cuneiform and Hieroglyphics this week and practiced writing his name and doing stamps in these early forms of writing:





Last week he did a cave "painting" drawing - my daughter and I also contributed to show him what to do, his are the middle bottom people:



He really likes using the Counting Bears in Saxon Math to help with addition:

Thursday, October 3, 2019

1st Grade Human Body Projects

Z is following my free 1st Grade Human Body Study.  The links aren't all working anymore because it has been so many years but we are finding enough to do to supplement.  We did a cut out skeleton project, it was in various bones and he had to put them together in the right order and glue them down.  Then, we bought the Magic School Bus Human Body kit and we have done 3 projects so far and he likes it but he LOVES the poster and stickers that we put on as we learn!



Z's 1st Grade History Read-Aloud Reading List

We are following almost the exact same path in history that we did with our daughter many years ago when she was in 1st grade.  You can see her list here.  This list below is going to be updated as we go on the books relating to history that we read-aloud to Z.  Z has a very hard time paying attention, so I try and get books that I think work for him and his attention span and comprehension level, which is both less than K's was at this age.  These books go along with the recommendations in the Story of the World Ancient Times Activity Book.

  1. Archaeologists Dig for Clues - Duke
  2. The First Dog - Brett
  3. Little Grunt and the Big Egg - DePaola
  4. Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile - DePaola
  5. We're Sailing Down the Nile - Krebs
  6. The Nile River - Fowler
  7. Abu Ali: Three Tales of the Middle East - Van Woerkom
  8. Mummy Riddles - Hall
  9. The Story About Ping - Flack
  10. Look What Came From Egypt - Harvey
  11. Anansi the Spider - McDermott
  12. Zomo the Rabbit - McDermott
  13. Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper - Mollel
  14. Anansi and the Magic Stick - Kimmel
  15. The Pot of Wisdom: Ananse Stories - Badoe

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

High School Transcript Plan

We planned out high school together and made K's transcript.  I filled in grades for this year, although English I and Biology grades are almost a B and could change once she completes the courses but for now she's a straight A student!

She took so much in her 9th grade year, that she will have it pretty easy the last 2 years of high school.  This will give her time for volunteering and other activities and hobbies as she chooses.

*It should say 28.5 credits


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Z's 1st Grade Curriculum

I can hardly believe that I'm writing up my son's 1st grade year on this blog!  When I started it 10 years ago, I was writing up my daughter's!  It is very surreal.  I'm more prepared and relaxed this time around.  I will be using pretty much the same things as I did for my daughter, with some exceptions and/or add-ons to personalize it.  I'm so glad that I saved all of my daughter's curriculum all of these years - even lugging them cross-country from Washington state to Ohio in a Penske!  I can now just spend my money on buying supplemental materials for my son, since the basics are already covered!

We are working our way through The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading already right now in K, and we will continue on with the lessons through 1st grade and hopefully finish it up before 2nd grade.


Bible - Bible Study Guide for All Ages

Reading - Continue OPGTR & Book Lists

Writing - Writing With Ease 1

Grammar - First Language Lessons 1

Math - Saxon Math 1

Spelling - Spelling Workout A & B

History - Story of the World 1

Science - Animals, Human Body and Plants

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Z's Completed Independent Reading List (Kindergarten)

This list only contains readers that Z read by himself, not ones we read to him.


Bob Books:
Set 1 (12 readers)
Set 2 (12 readers)
Set 3 (8 readers)
Set 4 (8 readers)
Set 5 (8 readers)

Abeka Books:
Little Owl Books 1-8
Tim Can
Bib
My Pet Tim
Luke
Gail and Sue
Frisk
My Pet Fred
At the Beach
The Black Hen
My Pet Tex
Let's Play Ball
I Am a Rock
I Am a Truck
My Pet Dick
My Pet Zack 
Let's Play Dolls
I Am a Bee
My Pet Tom
I Am a Hen
My Pet Rab

Sounds Like Reading books:
The Bug in the Jug Wants a Hug
Stop, Drop, and Flop in the Slop
The Thing on the Wing Can Sing
The Nice Mice in the Rice

MCP Readers
Stan and Scott Are Twins
Don Dole

Saturday, February 23, 2019

10th Grade Curriculum Choices

I posted our 10th grade courses here and now will go into depth with what we are using for each.


Image Credits: RainbowResource; WinterPromise; CompuScholar; Notgrass


Core Subjects

English II - Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind RED book; Writing With Skill; Vocabulary from Classical Roots; Book List

Algebra II - Saxon Algebra 2; Saxon Teacher CD's; Art Reed DVD's

Astronomy - Survey of Astronomy pack

World History - Notgrass' Exploring World History (Book List)

Latin II - Henle Latin



Electives

Bible II - Memoria Press' Christian Studies IV; New Testament and Old Testament flashcards

Graphic Design - Schoolhouse Teacher's Graphic Design course

Game Design - CompuScholar Unity Game Programming course

Equine Studies - Equine Science

Home Economics - Christian Light's Home Economics I

Monday, February 18, 2019

10th Grade High School Courses

We've already planned out 10th grade, though we won't start till the fall.  My daughter got a lot of credits her 9th grade year, so by the time 12th grade rolls out, she barely needs any and can pursue her passions more in depth.

Core Subjects
English II
Algebra II
Astronomy
World History
Latin II

Electives
Graphic Design
Game Design
Equine Studies
Home Economics

Total Credits - 8
Total High School Credits - 18

Extracurricular Activities
Violin lessons
Church Youth Group
Church Devotional Reading (Public Speaking)
Horse Riding Lessons


* Graphic Design and Equine Studies are 1/2 credit, the rest are full credits.  She took 2 years of violin lessons years ago and has missed it ever since, so we are hoping to incorporate them back in if time (and money) permits with also doing horse riding lessons.


Go here to see a detailed post about what we are using for each subject: https://www.cambridgeshireacademy.com/2019/02/10th-grade-curriculum-choices.html

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

10 Years of Cambridgeshire Academy

I started this blog in 2009 when I started homeschooling my daughter.  I tried to catalog a lot of the journey with her from Kindergarten through, currently, 9th grade!  It is proving to be a great tool for us as I look back on what we did now that I'm starting to homeschool my son as well.  It is hard to believe it has been 10 years since I started our homeschool website!

My son is gifted, so we are doing things differently, though we are still using the same curriculum as we did with my daughter - I'm adding in more to fill out his craving for learning.  We will probably finish the phonics program (4th grade level) by the end of this year, and he is only Kindergarten level.  He is immersing himself in everything he can at the moment, he is like a sponge and doesn't seem to ever get full.

I hope to continue to catalog my daughter's journey through high school and then my son's entire school journey.  One of these days, I would like to update old links from posts over the past 10 years but that isn't a big priority right now, though I have done some.

Thanks to my readers, both new and old!  Here's to a great 2019!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Grade Levels & OPGTR

These are approximations of when you have finished each grade level phonics at what lesson in "The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading".  I found these online several years ago and don't remember exactly where but sharing them on here as a reference:

  • Around Lesson 60, you have taught all of the requirements of Kindergarten
  • Start 1st grade lesson material around Lesson 61
  • Start 2nd grade lesson material around Lesson 120
  • End of the book ends with 4th grade level words

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Guide to Readers & OPGTR

Here is a PDF download on my Scribd page of the guide of when your child can read what readers while using The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading, enjoy!

*The Sizzy Books or Fun Phonics, are free online, see my post on that here.

https://www.scribd.com/document/395558580/Guide-to-Readers-OPGTR

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

When to Start Penmanship, Spelling & Grammar

Typically, you would start reading lessons first with The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading.  However, with my son, he was already writing letters and numbers before I could even teach him penmanship, much less reading!  Having a gifted son has taught me a lot - the rules don't always apply to him!

I did lay off teaching spelling and grammar until his reading is at a certain level, but he's already started asking how to spell certain words, as he likes to write everything now.  I will see how long I can hold him off from these next steps but here is the general "normal" starting times for these subjects along with the OPGTR.

  • By Lesson 115 of the OPGTR, you can start penmanship and spelling
  • After Lesson 181, the child is ready for copywork (and lesson 42 in FLL1)
  • You can start First Language Lessons 1 after Lesson 140 of the OPGTR, but make sure you don't start lesson 42 in FLL1 until you've reached Lesson 181 in OPGTR.

These are the guidelines that were listed in an FAQ that is on longer available online but I will be putting the PDF in a post coming soon or you can email me if you would like it now.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Free Sizzy Fun Phonics Readers!

There used to be a list of what phonics readers go along with each section in The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading.  However, I couldn't find it online but you can download my PDF of it here.  On the list, they had Sizzy Fun Phonics readers and when I first went through the OPGTR with my daughter in 2009, we couldn't find those at our library, so we used the Modern Curriculum Press readers.  Now, with my son, we can't find the MCP readers, so I went looking for the others and that is when I found that you can download ALL of the Sizzy Fun Phonics readers for free!



You can download each book here or click this link to download ALL of the books in a zip file, enjoy!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

High School Biology - The Cell

My daughter loved this video about the cell, it really lays it out in an easy format and well worth watching a few times!


Thursday, August 16, 2018

9th Grade Curriculum Choices

I already posted our 9th grade plan here, but I didn't detail what we were using for each subject. Here are the choices in curriculum that we are using for each:

Core Subjects

English I - Grammar for the Well Trained Mind; Vocabulary from Classical Roots; Writing With Skill; Book list

Algebra I - Saxon Algebra I; Saxon Teacher CDs; Art Reed DVDs

Latin I - Latina Christiana I & II with DVD Teacher

Biology I - Biology; Supercharged Science, Biology 101 DVDs, Encyclopedias, books, videos, kits, etc.

American History - Notgrass American History; Encyclopedias and other books; Videos

Traditional Logic I - Memoria Press' Traditional Logic with DVD Teacher


Electives

Intro to Aviation - Flight school online & Flight hours

Information Technology - Digital Savvy (CompuScholar)

Sewing - 12-week class w/ Master Seamstress

Computer Keyboarding - Typing Instructor

Bible - MP Christian Studies III

PE/Health - Online websites about health like girls.gov, exercise videos/treadmill


Total Credits - 10.5

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Standardized Test Results

We haven't done a standardized yearly test since 4th grade.  When I tested my daughter then she was several grades ahead and I just never saw the use of testing every year and it wasn't required.  I decided to go ahead and test and see how she was doing. Well, she did awesome and I don't know why I ever worried it would turn out any other way - God + Education + Love = Success!

Math was her best subject and always has been so I knew she would do well, however, I didn't know she would do THAT well LOL!  She scored 99th percentile in math and college level!  That is the highest possible score.  Saxon math is proving to be what I knew it was, an excellent math program.  I did the teaching for Saxon math 1-4 and then let the Saxon Teacher CD do the teaching for grades 5 on.  We added in Art Reed's DVDs this past year and will continue with both of these through high school.

English has always been her worst subject and I was just hoping she would actually pass.  Again, I was surprised to see she scored well above average and 11th-12th grade level!  To think she scored that well and we didn't even do past the 5th grade R&S English book.  I credit it to Susan Wise Bauer's excellent elementary programs - First Language Lessons and Writing With Ease - and her recommendations for reading.  My daughter scored at college level in reading and we followed almost all of the book lists in The Well Trained Mind.  It works!!

God makes the difference!  He WILL bless your homeschool!!