2015-2016 Homeschool Curriculum

 

***11th Grade:***

Bible:

Her Hand In Marriage

Consider the Lilies

Bible embedded in American History

Easy Peasy Bible Level 3

EFCA Bible  Quizzing – Memorizing Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon

Math:

Pre-Calculus with Ask Dr. Callahan, text College Algebra, 7th edition

Music:

Continue with piano, handbells and beginning ukulele

Easy Peasy Music Appreciation

Art:

“Art Class” by See the Light

CM style Art appreciation with home made Art cards

Science:

Apologia Anatomy and Physiology/Human Body, Anatomy coloring book (Kaplan)

Biology CLEP

American History and Literature:

Exploring American Government by Notgrass with the addition of the following books:

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Lakota Woman, 1984, Fahrenheit 451,Animal Farm, The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath, One Flew Over the Cockoos Nest, The Last of the Mohicans, I Will Fight No More Forever, Miracle in the Hills, Kisses for Katie, The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne), Narrative of the Life of David Crockett (David Crockett), Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Frederick Douglass), Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe), Co. Aytch (Sam Watkins), Little Women (Louisa May Alcott), Humorous Stories and Sketches (Mark Twain),  In His Steps (Charles Sheldon), Up From Slavery (Booker T. Washington), Mama’s Bank Account (Kathryn Forbes), Christy (Catherine Marshall), To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee), The Giver (Lois Lowry)

College Courses at the University of Northwestern:

History of Western Civilization

Old Testament Archaeology

English Composition and Grammar I

Human Growth and Development

Lifetime Fitness and Wellness

Spanish

Spanish 3 with Instant Immersion

Extra-Curricular

4H, Bible Quizzing, Awana Leader in Training (One night per week), Karate assistant instructor (one night per week), Special Olympics Bowling Coach (fall only), Sunday school

 

***8th Grade (Autism):***

Bible:

Easy Peasy Bible 3

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Growing in Wisdom (Marylyn Boyer)

EFCA Bible  Quizzing – Memorizing Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon

Music

Easy Peasy Music Appreciation, piano 

Art

Art Class  (See the Light)

American History Through Art (Visual Manna)

Art Appreciation (CM style with home made Art cards 

Physical Education:

DAPE (Developmentally Adapted Physical Education) one hour per week at public middle school

Physical Therapy (in clinic twice per week, in home twice per week)

Wii Fit

Language Arts:

Literature in American History Menus, Beyond Five in a Row, New American Cursive – book 2, G.U.M. Drops 3, All About Spelling 2, Story Cubes, Story Starters, copywork from American History Menus, Write From Early Modern History

Math:

Finish Saxon Math 3, tons of math games and file folder activities, start Easy Peasy Math 4, Times Tales, Math Mammoth Division, Saxon 4 Intermediate with Adaptations workbook, Life of Fred elementary books Farming – Jellybeans

Life Skills

Cooking, Model Me Kids, Individual Therapy, In Home Skills Worker, Occupational therapy, Speech therapy, Saying One Thing, Meaning Another (Super Duper Publications)

 Science

Easy Peasy Physical Science, Bridges, Electricity, Snap Circuits, Magnetism, topics from American History Menus, The Quark Chronicles – Botany

History

American History Menus 

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Extra-Curricular:

 4H, Bible Quizzing, Special Olympics Bowling, Autism Camp

  

***5th Grade (Autism):*** 

Bible:

Easy Peasy Bible 3

Growing in Wisdom (Marylin Boyer)

Heroines of the Past

Music:

Easy Peasy Music Appreciation, piano, ukulele 

Art

Art Class  (See the Light)

American History Through Art (Visual Manna)

Art Appreciation (CM style with home made Art cards) 

Art and Architecture (Hillyer)

Physical Education

DAPE (Developmentally Adapted Physical Education) two hours per week at public intermediate school

Physical Therapy (in clinic twice per week, in home twice per week)

Wii Fit

Language Arts:

Literature in American History Menus, Beyond Five in a Row, New American Cursive – book 3, G.U.M. Drops 4, All About Spelling 2, Story Cubes, Story Starters, copywork from American History Menus, Write from Early Modern History, Callie’s Contest of Courage and Literature Study Guide (New Millennium Girls), Creative Writing Made Easy and Isabel books (New Millennium Girls)

Math:

 Horizon Math 4 (J just informed me that she wants a “real” math book, which apparently means hardcover, copy your own problems type.  After completing the placement test, discovered she will need Saxon 6/5, which I can get used for quite a savings), tons of math games and file folder activities,  Easy Peasy Math 5, Times Tales, Math Mammoth Division, Life of Fred elementary books Farming – Jellybeans

Life Skills

Sewing, repairing and restoring sewing machines, 

 

Model Me Kids, Individual Therapy, In Home Skills Worker, Occupational therapy, Speech therapy, Saying One Thing, Meaning Another (Super Duper Publications) 

Science:

Easy Peasy Physical Science, Bridges, Electricity, Snap Circuits, Magnetism, topics from American History Menus

History:

American History Menus

Extra-Curricular

4H, Special Olympics Bowling, Autism Camp, Art Camp, Awana, Sunday School

 

 

 

2014-2015 Homeschool Curriculum

 

 

TENTH GRADE
homeschool curricula

World Geography: (Trail Guide to World Geography, Bold Believers, Abeka Geography, create geography notebook, geography activities with the littles)

Introduction to Psychology: (Carnegie Melon University open course, REA CLEP prep, CLEP exam in December)

Human Growth and Development: (Tufts University open course, The Developing Person through the Lifespan – Berger, Lifespan and Human Development REA CLEP prep, CLEP exam in June)

World History part 2: (Notgrass World History part 2, History of Western Civilization REA CLEP prep, CLEP exam for Western Civ. 1 in October)

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Geometry: (Jacob’s Geometry) and geometry games

Chemistry: (Apologia Chemistry, Elements photo cards, molecule kit, Knowledge Box lapbook)

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English 10 (honors):
Excellence in Literature II, Teaching the Classics discussions and story charts, Ultimate Grammar 11, weekly essays for World History, writing MLA style research paper, Summer reading: Canterbury Tales (Chaucer), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Tolkien), The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (Doyle). We will read the following books during the year (the unit corresponds to Exploring World History curriculum):

Unit 16: Robinson Crusoe (Daniel DeFoe); Unit 16a: Here I Stand (Roland Bainton); Unit 17: The Swiss Family Robinson (Johann Wyss); watch Luther movie; Unit 18: Walden (Henry David Thoreau); Unit 19: Pilgrim’s Progress (John Bunyan); Unit 20: The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas); Unit 21: A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens); Unit 22: Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) and watch movie; Unit 23: Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad); Unit 24: Till We Have Faces (C.S. Lewis); Unit 25: The Hiding Place (Corrie Ten Boom); Unit 26: Hamlet; Unit 27: Country of the Pointed Firs (Sarah Orne Jewett); Unit 28: Animal Farm (George Orwell); Unit 28a: 1984 (Orwell); Unit 29: Ivanhoe (Sir Walter Scott); Unit 29a: Jane Eyre (C. Bronte); Unit 30: The Importance of Being Earnest (Oscar Wilde) and watch movie; Unit 30a: The Abolition of Man (C. S. Lewis)

Spanish 2: Living Language Spanish; Complete Edition (includes text, workbooks, audio CDs and online learning). This is a switch from Rosetta Stone last year. I was not that impressed with Rosetta Stone for the price. There was some kind of glitch that required me to reinstall the software 1-3 times per month and losing all of the saved progress. The price point for Living Language is within our budget and had good reviews.

Bible 10: I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist Curriculum,
I Kissed Dating Goodbye, Read Her Hand in Marriage, bible included in Notgrass World History, EFCA Bible Quizzing (memorize the book of Acts)

Music: (piano, handbells, composer studies to coordinate with history and geography)

Extra: Bible Quizzing, 4H, Karate (will earn black belt in November), Bright Lights, Sunday School, AWANA leader, VBS leader, get a part time job

 

FOURTH and SEVENTH grade

homeschool curricula (Autism)

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L and J do many subjects together including history, literature, art and geography.

History and Literature: We will be using the free literature based curriculum American History Menus.

Spelling: All About Spelling Level 1 and most likely will start level 2

Grammar: GUM Drops grade 3, games, copywork for American History Menus and Geography.

Handwriting: New American Cursive level 1, copywork

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Geography:  I am really excited about WorldWorld Geography.  Each weekend I will load a vintage, well-travelled suitcase with books, recipes, maps, notebooking pages and more for the country we will “visit” the upcoming week. On Monday morning the children will get to open the suitcase to see where we are “going” (they are already begging to start).  After learning about each country they will get a flag sticker for their passport.  In addition to library books we will be using Bold Believers, Expedition Earth, Trail Guide to World Geography, Uncle Josh’s maps, Christmas Around the World cards, Sea Bird, Montessori style geography cards, The Librarian Who Measured the Earth, and How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World.  We will do crafts, study animals from the country, cook native(ish) recipes and play games including Quick Pix and Map Tangle.

Music and Art: Artist and composer studies to correspond with history and geography, piano lessons, music therapy, free play with instruments and art projects with different mediums.

Science: We will be doing mostly hands on physical science with some animal studies to correspond with geography and nature studies to go along with history.  I plan on doing units on electricity, earth science and engineering including Knex bridges and A Child’s History of Architecture by Hillyer.

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Math: We all play a math game together at least four days a week (Quick Pix, Dino Math Tracks, Dino Dice, Math Wars, etc.).  I have created many file folder games to use for independent work and we use a lot of manipulatives and Montessori style activities like the the stamp game and geometry cards.  L is working at the beginning of Saxon Math 3, the repetition and slow pace are just what he needs.  J is just finishing Horizons 3 and will soon be in Horizons 4.

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Life Skills: I choose activities to work on from Contenders for the Faith (L) and Keepers at Home (J) whenever possible, the little badges are a great incentive.  How to Teach Life Skills to Kids with Autism has been a great resource for me.  L is currently working on tying his shoes, sweeping and using a microwave/kitchen safety.  J is learning to follow a schedule independently including doing her chores (folding laundry, watering plants and feeding the fish).

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During the week we work on increasing food tolerances through games and play food, and do activities for OT, PT and speech.  We also use and practice the Zones of Regulation and Superflex Social Thinking curricula every day.

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Bible: Memorizing verses to coordinate with copywork, history and science; BibleIs and watching Nest videos.  J will be memorizing some Psalms from a lighthouse themed Psalm book and Logan will be memorizing Acts and plans to join the junior Bible Quiz team.

Extra: Activities outside the home include 4H, Special Olympics, OT, Speech, therapeutic horse riding, PT, music therapy and play therapy.  L and J both have skills workers that come into our home each week for two hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013-2014 Curriculum Plans (High School)

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**For my 14 year old daughter “C” (ninth grade):

Math: Kinetic Algebra and Quartermile Math

Character: Before I Meet Prince Charming, Bright Lights

Foreign Language: Rosetta Stone Spanish with My Father’s World Lesson plans

Science: Apologia Biology with ipad app and notebooking/lapbook from Knowledge Box

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Health and Fitness: SOS High School Health, CPR/First Aid, Self-Defense/karate (black belt), swimming, bowling, wii fit, etc.

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Music: Piano, Composer/hymn studies

History, Bible, English:

As always, I combine history, bible, language arts and art.  This year the spine of C’s curriculum will be Exploring World History (part 1) by Notgrass.  The program is designed to be a one year course, however, I am stretching it out for two years to allow for more in depth study.  In addition to the writing and reading assignments suggested, we are adding:

*Within the Palace Gates

*Fountain of Life

*Galen and the Gateway to Medicine

*Archimedes

*Cyrus the Persian

*Lord of the Rings Trilogy

*Mere Christianity

*Beowulf

*Alexander the Great – Landmark

*The Adventures of Odysseus

*Tale of Troy

*Favorite Greek Myths

*Eagle of the Ninth

*Raiders from the Sea

*Shadow Spinner

*Adara (Kings II, Naaman and Elisha)

*God King (the Story of Hezekiah)

*Victory on the Walls (the Story of Nehemiah)

*Vinegar Boy

*Wulf the Saxon

*Son of Charlemagne

*Hittite Warrior

*Famous Men of Rome

*Red Falcons of Tremoine

*For the Temple

*Beric the Briton

*Usborne: Roman World, Greece, Middle Ages

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We use the Socratic method outlined in Teaching the Classics to discuss the books and  will also finish the last half of Literary Lessons with the Lord of the Rings, Spelling Wisdom 3 lessons 81-160, writing instruction with Jensen’s Format Writing and IEW.

Current Events: God’s World News

Extra Curricular: Awana Leader in Training, 4H, Bible Quizzing, Bright Lights