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Home School Life Journal
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales
painting by Katie Bergenholtz

Our Curriculum Plans


PreK-K

American  Icons, Holidays and Heroes & Basic Geography
Zoology: Exploring Creation with Land Animals, Apologia
Winnie the Pooh series by AA Milne and Ernest H. Shepard
Peter Rabbit and the rest of the Beatrix Potter series
The Little House by Virginia Burton
The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey
Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Ox-Cart Man by Barbara Cooney
Stone Soup and other folk tale retellings by Marcia Brown
Poems and Prayers for the Very Young by Martha Alexander
A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Little Red Hen
The Gingerbread Man
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
Abraham Lincoln by Ingri D'Aulaire

Math
Math Their WayPosts about it.
Math on the Level

1st Grade

Around the World (World Geography and History)
Living Long Ago
Usborne Time Traveler
Peoples of the World
Maps and Globes
Heidi by Joanna Spyri.
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales
Pied Piper of Hamlin by Robert Browning
Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater

Chemistry
Chemisty, Real Science 4 Kids, Pre-level (10 weeks)
Exploring Creation with Flying Creatures

Math
Math Their Way
Math on the Level

2nd Grade

Ancient History
History Portfolio
History Odessey, Level 1
The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History
A Child’s History of the World by V.M. Hillyer
History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations (Evan-Moor)
Archaeologists Dig For Clues
Ancient Egyptians and Their Neighbors by M. Broida (Chicago Review Press)
Ancient Israelites and Their Neighbors by M. Broida (Chicago Review Press)
Modern Rhymes about Ancient Times: Ancient Egypt (Children’s Press) Great for copywork.
Tut's Mummy, Lost and Found (reader)
The Aesop for Children (for beginning narrations)
Theras and His Town
D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths

Biology
Biology, Real Science 4 Kids, Pre-level (10 weeks)  Posts about it here.
RSO Life, Level 1, Pandia Press

Math
Math Their Way
Math on the Level


3rd Grade

Medieval History
History Portfolio
History Odessey, Level One, Sample here.
The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History
A Child’s History of the World by V.M. Hillyer
History Pockets: Native Americans (Evan-Moor, 2003)
Knights of the Round Table by Gwen Gross (Random House, 1985)
Meet Christopher Columbus by James T. de Kay (Random House, 2001)
The Door in the Wall
The Apprentice
Castle Diary
The Minstrel in the Tower
Peter the Great
Eric the Red and Leif the Lucky
Marco Polo
Chanticleer and the Fox
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Shakespeare

PhysicsPhysics, Real Science 4 Kids, Pre-level (10 weeks)
RSO Earth and Space, Level 1, Pandia Press

Math
Math Their Way
Math on the Level

Art and Music
Harmony Fine Arts Grade 2 Medieval and Renaissance Art (I realize this is for Grade 2, not 3, but I like to do in with the history and is meaty enough for 3rd graders. Sample here.

4th Grade

History Portfolio
Renissance-Early American History, History Odessey, Level One, Sample here.
The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History
A Child’s History of the World by V.M. Hillyer
History Pockets: Colonial America (Evan-Moor)
History Pockets: Moving West (Evan-Moor)
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)
Th e Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh (Aladdin Paperbacks)Secret of the Andes
Johnny Tremain
Toliver's Secret
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
Paddle-to-the-Sea
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 & 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 Skippack School
The Thanksgiving Story
Om-kas-toe
George Washington
Naya Nuki
Vostaas: White Buffalo's Story of Plains Indian Life
Tikta'Liktak
Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia
Mr. Revere and I
Shakespeare

Chemistry
Chemistry, Real Science 4 Kids, Level 1 (10 weeks)
RSO Chemistry, Level 1, Pandia Press

Math
Math on the Level
Mathematics, A Way of Thinking

5th Grade

History Portfolio
Modern History w/American History, History Odessey, Level One, Sample here.
The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History
A Child’s History of the World by V.M. Hillyer
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)
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (Yearling)
The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis (Groundwood Books)The Winged Watchman
The Great Turkey Walk
Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems
Miracles on Maple Hill
Cheaper by the Dozen
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
By the Great Horn Spoon
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
Rascal
The Incredible Journey
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Minn of the Mississippi
Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
Shakespeare

Biology
Biology, Real Science 4 Kids, Level 1 (10 weeks)
Human Anatomy and Physiolgy, Apologia
My Name is Gene, Eskeline

Math
Math on the Level
Mathematics, A Way of Thinking

Foreign Language
Begin Greek, Level 1 Recognize and write the twenty-four Greek letters, both in and out of order.

6th Grade

World Geography
Seabird
The Master Puppeteer
The House of Sixty Fathers
Journey to Jo'burg
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
Seven Daughters and Seven Sons
The Land I Lost
Daughter of the Mountains
Shadow Spinner
David Livingstone: Africa's Trailblazer
Eric Liddell
Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun
Gandhi
A Glorious Age in Africa
The Mongols
India: The Culture
India: The People
The Kite Fighters
The Big Wave
The Cat Who Went to Heaven
Just So Stories
Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum
Homesick
King of the Wind
Aladdin and Other Favorite Arabian Nights Stories
Around the World in Eighty Days
Ali and the Golden Eagle
Li Lun, Lad of Courage
Louis Braille
The Rat Catcher's Son
A Single Shard
Homeless Bird
The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn
The Breadwinner
It's a Jungle Out There!
Shakepeare

Physics/Astronomy
Physics, Real Science 4 Kids, Level 1 (10 weeks) as an introduction
and then I weave together topically:
Astronomy, Real Science 4 Kids, Level 1 (10 weeks)
Exploring Creation with Astronomy, Apologia

Math
Math on the Level
Mathematics, A Way of Thinking

Foreign Language
Greek, Level 2 Read and write Greek words

7th Grade

Ancient History, History Odyssey, Level Two, Sample here.
The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia (1999 edition or 2004 edition)
The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon (updated 1999 edition)
Learning Through History Magazine, “Ancient Rome”
Tales of Ancient Egypt by Roger Lancelyn Green
The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
The Children’s Homer by Padraic Colum
Greek Myths by Olivia Coolidge
Caesar’s Gallic War by Olivia Coolidge
History Pockets - Ancient Egypt from Evan-Moor
History Pockets - Ancient Greece from Evan-MoorThe Great Wall of China
Favorite Poems Old and New
Beyond the Desert Gate
God King
Augustus Caesar's World
The Bronze Bow
Adam of the Road
Mara, Daughter of the Nile
The Beduins' Gazelle
The Mystery of the Roman Ransom
Leonardo Da Vinci - Landmark Book
Hittite Warrior
The Ides of April
Black Horses for the King
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Shakespeare

Chemistry
Friendly Chemistry
Chemistry, Real Science 4 Kids, Level 2
Archimedes and the Door of Science
Exploring Creation with Swimming Creatures
Marine Biology Coloring Book

Math
Videotext Algebra, Modules A & B

Foreign Language
Greek, Level 3 Alphabet and vocabulary review, Masculine and neuter second declension nouns, Present active indicative verbs, Movable nu, Read and write simple Greek sentences

Art and Music
Harmony Art's Ancient Art and the Orchestra, sample here.

8th Grade

Medieval History, History Odessey, Level Two, sample  here.
The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia (1999 edition or 2004 edition)
The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon (updated 1999 edition)
One Thousand and One Arabian Nights retold by Geraldine McCaughrean

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb
Beowulf , A New Telling by Robert Nye
The Story of King Arthur and his Knights by Howard Pyle
The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green
Castle by David Macaulay
Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, retold by Geraldine McCaughrean
Tales from Japan retold by Helen & William McAlpine
Th e Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. KellyMichelangelo
Genghis Khan & the Mongol Horde
A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver
The Once and Future King by T. H. White
Watership Down by Richard Adams.
A Taste of Chaucer by Anne Malcolmson
Shakespeare

Biology
Exploring Creation with General Science, Apologia
Exploring Creation with Botany
Botany Coloring Book

Math
Videotext Algebra, Modules C & D

Foreign Language
Greek, Level 4 Alphabet, vocabulary, and grammar review and introducing The Greek article, Vowels, diphthongs, iota subscripts, Breathings, accents, syllables, Rules of Greek accents, Word order, Punctuation, Feminine first declension nouns, Feminine second declension nouns, Read and write Greek sentences
Begin Visual Latin

Art and MusicHarmony Art's Medieval and Renaissance Art for Middle School, sample here.

9th Grade

Renaissance-Early American History, History Odessey, Level Two, Sample here.
The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia (1999 edition or 2004 edition)
The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon (updated 1999 edition)
I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevi├▒o

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.
Carry on, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
The Captain’s Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe by Roland Smith
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
Incans, Aztecs & Mayans
Catherine Called Birdy
The World of Columbus and Sons
The Second Mrs. Giaconda
I, Juan de Pareja
The Shakespeare Stealer
Only the Names Remain: The Cherokees and the Trail of Tears
A Murder for Her Majesty
The Iron Peacock
The King's Fifth
Madeleine Takes Command
The Landing of the Pilgrims
Traitor: The Case of Benedict Arnold
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
After the Dancing Days
Amos Fortune, Free Man
Blue Willow
Bound for Oregon
A Gathering of Days
Indian Captive
Shakespeare

Physical Science
Exploring Creation with Physical Science, Apologia

Math
Videotext Algebra, Modules E & F

Foreign Language
Greek Level 5 Alphabet, vocabulary, and grammar review. Introduces Adjectives of the first and second declensions, Use of adjectives, Masculine first declension nouns, Prepositions, Proclitics, Read and write Greek sentences
Visual Latin
Begin Modern Language: Spanish

10th Grade

Modern World History-American History, History Odessey, Level Two.
The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia (1999 edition or 2004 edition)
The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon (updated 1999 edition)
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
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
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 Sherwood Ring
Betsy and the Emperor
The Broken Blade
Angel on the Square
Madeleine Takes Command
Nory Ryan's Song
Moonshiner's Son
The Panama Canal
Shakespeare

Biology/Zoology
Exploing Creation with Biology, Apologia
Biology Coloring Book
Zoology Coloring Book

Math
Videotext Geometry, Modules A & B

Foreign Language
Greek, Level 6 Alphabet, vocabulary, and grammar review, Enclitics, Personal pronouns, Special pronoun uses, Voice of the Greek verb, Present middle/passive indicative verbs, Deponent verbs, Imperfect and future indicative verbs (all voices), Deponent future verbs, Translate and write Greek sentences
Visual Latin
Modern Language

11th Grade

Ancient History, History Odessey, Level Three, Sample here.
Th e New History of the World by J.M. Roberts

Th e World’s Great Speeches edited by Copeland, Lamm & McKenna
A Rulebook for Arguments by Anthony Weston
How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren
The Epic of Gilgamesh translated by N.K. Sandars
The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems translated by R.B. Parkinson
The Iliad by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles
The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Robert Fagels
The Boys’ and Girls’ Herodotus by John S. While, LL.D.
The Life of Alexander the Great by Plutarch, translated by John Dryden
The Fall of Athens, A Story of the Peloponnesian War by Alfred J. Church
The Last Days of Socrates by Plato, translated by Tredennick & Tarrant
Lives of Famous Romans by Olivia Coolidge
Classical Ingenuity by Charles F. Baker & Rosalie F. Baker
Th e Classical Companion by Charles F. Baker III & Rosalie F. Baker
Shakespeare
Chemistry
Exploing Creation with Chemistry, Apologia  Posts about it.

Math
Videotext Geometry, Modules C & D

Foreign Language
Greek Level 7 Grammar review, Additional pronouns (interrogative, indefinite, relative, indefinite relative, demonstrative, reflexive, reciprocal), Substantives, Principal parts, Parsing, First and second aorist indicative verbs (all voices), Future passive indicative verbs, Perfect indicative verbs (all voices), Contraction, contract verbs, Third declension nouns, Participles, Genitive absolute, Infinitives, Translate and write Greek sentences, Parse and translate the first two chapters of I John
Visual Latin
Modern Language: Spanish

12 Grade

Medieval History, History Odessey, Level Three, Sample here.
Th e New History of the World by J.M. Roberts

Th e World’s Great Speeches edited by Copeland, Lamm, & McKenna
Beowulf translated by Howell D. Chickering, Jr.
The Song of Roland translated by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Travels by Marco Polo, translated by Ronald Latham
1066: Th e Year of the Conquest by David Howarth
Life in a Medieval City by Joseph and Frances Gies
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Patience, and Pearl verse translations by Marie Borroff
The Inferno by Dante Alighieri, translated by John Ciardi
The Canterbury Tales by Geoff rey Chaucer, prose translation by R.M. Lumiansky
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, translated by George Bull
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Essays by Michel de Montaigne, translated by J. M. Cohen
Economics, Civics and American Government

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?

Science
Choice by student: Physics, Human Biology or Marine Biology, Advanced Chemistry

Math
Videotext Geometry: Modules E & F

Foreign Language
Greek Level 8 Grammar review, Subjunctive mood, Imperative mood, Irregular adjectives, Comparison of adjectives, Comparison of adverbs, Special case uses (genitive, dative, accusative), Liquid verbs, Numerals, Indirect discourse, Indirect questions, Athematic conjugation, Optative mood, Translate and write Greek sentences, Parse and translate II John and III John
Visual Latin
Modern Language: Spanish


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