Thursday, September 19, 2019

11-Day Road Trip - 10 States!

We had the time of our lives on our 11-day road trip across 10 states!  We all learned a lot and experienced a lot and we plan on returning to New Mexico again in the future, probably our favorite place by far.  We started our trek in Ohio and traveled to these states in our loop:

New Mexico

Our main stop was New Mexico, we did the most there and then we did a couple of days in Colorado Springs.  We purchased an American the Beautiful National Parks pass for $80 and didn't have to pay admission or park entrance vehicle fees for any of the parks and it lasts for a year, so definitely worth getting!  We traveled 4,300 miles on this trip and gas only cost $370 for our Dodge Van rental, I'd say that's pretty awesome.

Here are some slideshows of things we did, I don't know why Photobucket shows the blue headline about media press - just ignore!

New Mexico - Carlsbad (Caverns), Sante Fe, Alamogordo, Placitas, Bernalillo, etc.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

High School Transcript Plan

We planned out high school together and made Katie'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

Zach'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 - All About Spelling 1 & Spelling Workout A

History - Story of the World 1

Science - Animals, Human Body and Plants

Art - Home Art Studio

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Zach's Completed Independent Reading List (Kindergarten)

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

Bob Books:
Set 1 (12 readers)
Set 2 (12 readers)
Set 3 (12 readers)

Abeka Little Owl Books:
Books 1-5
Tim Can

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

I will be adding to this as we go...

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


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
World History
Latin II

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:

Thursday, January 31, 2019

FREE Homeschool Graphic Design Course

My daughter has been pursuing graphic design and we recently got her a graphic artist pad.  I was looking for a course on Graphic Design for homeschoolers and found one that is essentially free if you follow these steps:

Go here to sign up for a free trial of PureFlix and you will get a 3-month, free trial to  Then, once you sign up there, you can download the Graphic Design course for free!  It retails online elsewhere for $35, so this a great deal!

Schoolhouse Teachers also has tons of courses from Preschool-12th grade!  I used to have it years ago and actually forgot about it.  Now, it has a lot more courses that look great.  Well worth the 3-month free trial!

You also get free access to World Book through Schoolhouse Teachers and a lot more.  I was glad to have come across this and we enjoy Pure Flix too, so its a great deal all around for homeschoolers!

*After the 3-month trial, if you want to sign up for Schoolhouse Teachers, you get a discount if you are an HSLDA member!

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!