Home School Life Journal

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

Our 21st Year of Homeschooling, February 2017

Quentin, 7th grade

Science: Biology (Exploring Creation with Biology)

Quentin became too frustrated with the simplicity of Exploring Creation with General Science, and since he was getting all A's on the tests, we decided to begin Biology instead. We began with a lesson on using the microscope. He then learned how to use Biological Keys.
We then moved on to Kingdom Monera and Kingdom Protista (those are links to posts from 3 years ago).

Math (Teaching Textbooks)

He completed lessons in Regrouping with Decimals, Money Word Problems, Thousandths and Decimals and the Meaning of Division.


Quentin finished up his unit on grammar and will begin a writing unit next month.

History: Renaissance and Early American History

Quentin completed an outline on Louis XIV, the Sun King. He also read about Spain and the Spanish Succession and completed a map of Spain. We began reading I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino. 

Intermediate Fencing

Quentin is happily continuing fencing lessons, although he missed a few lessons this month due to illness.

James, 9th grade


Physical Science and Chemistry (Integrated Physics and Chemistry)

James completed lessons on:
Metals and Nonmetals
Classification of Chemicals
Conservation of Matter
Continuous and Discrete
Chemical Formulas of Compounds


my hair
 Although James' book work centered on physical science and chemistry, he joined us with our microscope work...
bread mold
 and he spent some time learning how to take photographs of the things he viewed using a cell phone camera.
bread mold

Math: Algebra I (Teaching Textbooks)

James worked on Commutative Property.


James completed his study of The Tempest and we will take a break from Shakespeare next month and focus on a classic novel instead.

History: Early American History, focus on Maryland History

James completed lessons on:
Starting a New Colony
The Indians of Early Maryland


  1. 21 years - Wow!! I love the look of all that science.

  2. Twenty-One years of homeschooling!! You go mom! We are on year 18. We are both old timers ~ LOL!
    Blessings, Dawn

  3. How do you like Teaching Textbooks? I'm thinking of switching to it next year.

    1. I love Teaching Textbooks. That said, they do a lot of repetition so if your child excels at math, they may find it tedious.

    2. I love Teaching Textbooks. That said, they do a lot of repetition so if your child excels at math, they may find it tedious.


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