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, October 25, 2020

2nd Grade History, Geography, Social Studies & Civics

We were supposed to do Story of the World for history but Z just can't pay attention long enough to remember or learn anything because he said it's boring - and believe me, I've tried a lot of different ways since 1st grade!  So I decided to try something else and create my own blend of social studies/civics/geography and so far, so good!
 
Here are the topics we have learned about so far with books we own, library books and videos from YouTube:
 
Social Studies/Civics:
 
American symbols, landmarks, holidays, White House, 3 branches of government, Washington D.C., the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, laws, rights, local government departments, citizenship, voting, mailman, police, paramedics, firefighters, emergency vehicles, military branches, construction workers, doctors, libraries, producers/consumers, resources, society, community, urban/suburban/rural, towns and cities


 
*Some great YouTube channels we used were Homeschool Pop, Kids Academy, A Kid Explains History
 

Geography/Culture:

50 states & capitals, continents, countries, maps, physical geography, more to come...





*We are blending in our geography study with Earth Science that we are currently doing in science.  We also have several geography games that we play frequently and they are the easiest way to learn states and countries!
 

History:

Biographies - Christopher Columbus, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Inventors, history and patriotic songs, more to come...


Saturday, October 24, 2020

Magic School Bus Rides Again by Science Subject

I have a printout someone made for the original Magic School Bus video series that divided the episodes into subjects to make it easier to know which one to watch for what science topic.  I couldn't find one for the new series, Magic School Bus Rides Again, so I created my own:

Season 1

Episodes
  1. Ecosystems
  2. Wind
  3. Fish
  4. Rocks
  5. Magnetism
  6. Sickness
  7. Camouflage in Nature
  8. Solid, Liquid, Gas
  9. Space
  10. Glaciers
  11. Robot
  12. Alternative Power
  13. Ocean - Submarine
Season 2
 
Episodes
  1. Fossils
  2. Birds
  3. Farm
  4. Computers
  5. Animals
  6. Space
  7. Simple Machines
  8. Clouds
  9. Physics
  10. Insects
  11. Compost
  12. DNA
  13. Sun

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Z's 2nd Grade Fun Book List

Z just finished up his 1st Grade Fun Book List and now we are starting his 2nd Grade list of fun books.  These are books that he reads for fun in the evening that are below his reading level.  I will be adding to this list throughout the year.


  1. Olivia Sharp (Nate the Great's Cousin) - The Pizza Monster
  2. Oliva Sharp 4-book audiobook set
  3. Amelia Bedelia
  4. Thank you, Amelia Bedelia
  5. Come Back, Amelia Bedelia
  6. Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia
  7. Good Work, Amelia Bedelia
  8. Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia
  9. Amelia Bedelia Helps Out
  10. Amelia Bedelia and the Baby
  11. Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping
  12. Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia
  13. Amelia Bedelia's Family Album
  14. Balto
  15. George the Drummer Boy
  16. George and Martha
  17. The Long Way to a New Land
  18. The Horse in Harry's Room
  19. Daniel's Duck
  20. A Bargain for Frances
  21. Bread and Jam for Frances
  22. A Baby Sister for Frances
  23. The Carrot Seed
  24. Bedtime for Frances
  25. A Birthday for Frances

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 & 3

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
  27. Nate the Great Goes Down in the Dumps
  28. Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine
  29. Nate the Great and the Crunchy Christmas
  30. Nate the Great Saves the King of Sweden
  31. Nate the Great and the Case of the Fleeing Fang
  32. Nate the Great and the Monster Mess
  33. Nate the Great San Francisco Detective
  34. Nate the Great and the Big Sniff
  35. Nate the Great and the Owl Express
  36. Nate the Great Talks Turkey
  37. Nate the Great and the Hungry Book Club

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.