Home School Life Journal From Preschool to High School

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Curriculum Plans for 2011-2012

Quentin, 2nd Grade and James, 4th Grade
Home Education Curriculum

For our history, we will be using History Portfolios to record their narrations and copywork.
I use Modern History w/American History, History Odyssey, Level One, Sample here. as a loose outline to our studies.

Every once in a while we will include History Pockets: Native Americans (Evan-Moor, 2003) and Scholastic's 3-D maps in their portfolio notebooks.

We look at The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History to give them a brief overview of the subject we are studying. Having the visuals are very important to them. They sometimes include sketches of the pictures in this book in their notebooks.

I also read to them selections from A Child’s History of the World by V.M. Hillyer and get narrations from them to include in their notebooks. We read the following books as well and sometimes get narrations from them:
The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas, adapted by Paul Mantell (Random House)
George the Drummer Boy by Nathaniel Benchley (Harper Trophy)
Sam the Minuteman by Nathaniel Benchley (Harper Trophy)
The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh (Aladdin Paperbacks)
Johnny Tremain
Toliver's Secret
Child's Introduction to Poetry
What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?
And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?
If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution
Winter at Valley Forge
Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?
Pedro's Journal
The Erie Canal
North American Indians
The Lewis and Clark Expedition
The Story of Eli Whitney
Pocahontas and the Strangers
Meet Thomas Jefferson
Phoebe the Spy
Meet George Washington
Robert Fulton, Boy Craftsman
Sarah, Plain and Tall
The Cabin Faced West
Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain
Sarah Whitcher's Story
A Lion to Guard Us
The Thanksgiving Story
Vostaas: White Buffalo's Story of Plains Indian Life
Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia
Mr. Revere and I
Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by Judith Conaway (Random House)The Last Safe House by Barbara Greenwood (Kids Can Press
The Story of Thomas Alva Edison by Margaret Cousins (Random House Books for Young Readers)
The Winged Watchman
The Great Turkey Walk
The Great Wheel
A Letter to Mrs. Roosevet
Lincoln: A Photobiography
The Monitor and Merrimac
Hero Over Here
The Story of Thomas Alva Edison
Simon Bolivar
Freedom Train
Helen Keller
All-of-a-Kind Family
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
Plain Girl
Gone Away Lake
The Seventeenth Swap
The Wright Brothers
George Washington Carver
The Terrible Wave
Shoes For Everyone
The Little Riders
The Incredible Journey
Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis

Biology, Real Science 4 Kids, Level 1 (10 weeks)

Exploring Creation with Swimming Creatures

Handbook of Nature Study

Math on the Level

Mathematics, A Way of Thinking

Sam and Alex (modified, special education), 9th Grade
We will be loosely following the schedule in Modern World History-American History, History Odyssey, Level Two.

We will be using The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia (1999 edition or 2004 edition)

and Big Book of World History (Middle School & High School) for their notebook work.
They will also be reading the following books:
Amos Fortune: Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (abridged by Puffin Classics)
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
The American Revolution by Bruce Bliven, Jr.
The Captain’s Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe by Roland Smith
The Shakespeare Stealer
Only the Names Remain: The Cherokees and the Trail of Tears
Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
After the Dancing Days
Blue Willow
Bound for Oregon
A Gathering of Days
Indian Captive
Abraham Lincoln's World

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Red Baron by Manfred Van Richtofen
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith or The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Animal Farm by George Orwell
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah
No Promises in the Wind by Irene Hunt
The Endless Steppe
Anna and the King
Number the Stars
George Washington's World
Snow Treasure
Escape from Warsaw
In Search of Honor
I Am David
The Broken Blade
Angel on the Square
Nory Ryan's Song
Moonshiner's Son
The Panama Canal

Literary Lessons From Lord of the Rings

Exploring Creation with Physical Science, Apologia

Videotext Algebra

Sam will be doing work in:
Visual Latin


  1. We're loving the swimming creatures book!

    I'm seeing a lot of Jean Fritz read alouds, love her books. But some of those are not American history.

  2. Ticia...I know that some are not American history. We are doing World history, which for us, includes American history. We like to look at American history in a world context.

  3. Phyllis, this is an amazing resources post! Thanks so much for linking it! When I was going through my Google reader quickly earlier today, I was thinking this post would be perfect, then I just saw that you linked it :)

  4. We are using Apologia's Exploring Creation with Winged Creatures this year. Kira is so excited to start she can barely stand it. We are doing Core B+C of Sonlight (which is a World History Unit). We are going to continue in Singapore math with the aid of many story math books (my K is a global learner so the concrete needs of math are frustrating for her - I am hoping that being able to plug her math into a story framework will help her). Charis is using Spelling Power and K is using sequential spelling by Avko. We are also going to learn typing and a few other fun extra-curriculars. I am going to definitely incorporate Charlotte's art appreciation but haven't decided which artist I will go with first. I've been wondering about Logic in the coming years and will be interested to hear of your lessons. We will be working through some fun books on problem solving and colloquilisms as well. I am so excited for this year...


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