SEP
21
2016

Expedition Earth Brazil Unit Study

Oi! And welcome to our Expedition Earth World Geography Brazil unit study! I think out of all of the countries this is one of our favorites because we get to learn all about the rainforest and the cool animals that are found there. We also get to do a fun craft which you’ll see below!   Here are some more of the things we covered this week: Located Brazil & the Atlantic Ocean on the map and completed our worksheet How to say “Hello” in Portuguese – Oi’! Prayed for the Brazilian people Read Children Just Like Me Book Made Brigadeiros (Yummy chocolate balls) Completed a lapbook activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Brazil Geography Vocab: Jungle, River, Meander Learned about Brazil, people, and climate from the Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography Created an awesome Rain Forest diorama! (See pics below) Played a little soccer with the neighbors! Learned about the 2nd Wonder of the World: Christ the Redeemer Statue … [Read more...]

SEP
19
2016

Tip Tuesday: World’s Greatest Composers Review

Hi everyone! Today I'm going to show you what my World’s Greatest Composers Study Volume 1 curriculum looks like up close in a fun video review! For more information on World’s Greatest Composers curriculum, click below! World’s Greatest Composers Vol. 1 World’s Greatest Composers Vol. 2 How to create a lapbook Watch the video review of World’s Greatest Composers curriculum here!   What is the World’s Greatest Composers Curriculum? In this series of studies, we will be taking a look at 8 of the world’s greatest composers through a study designed for elementary aged students. The goal behind the World’s Greatest Composers curriculum is to immerse students in the work of each composer so that they are well familiar with their style, methods and music. Much of your time studying will be through open discussion with students and listening to compositions. Upon completion of this curriculum, your student should be able to easily recognize the pieces … [Read more...]

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12
2016

Fix It! Grammar Review

Hi everyone! As most of you know we are trying out a new English/Grammar curriculum this year and I’ve had several requests to do a review of that for you. We’ve been using Fix It! Grammar now for about 6 weeks and so far I really like it. I also have a giveaway for you so make sure to read all the way to the end! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, however please know that I would not recommend a product that we don’t use ourselves!     We are starting with the Fix It! Grammar Level 1 book, The Nose Tree with my 5th, 7th, and 8th graders this year. Now I do want to say that this level is a little too easy for them right now, but I’ve looked ahead and it does pick up in difficulty as the year progresses. But the main reason I wanted to start off with the first book is because it’s a new curriculum for us. I did look at other levels and some of the terms used were not familiar to me, and so I just thought it would be more effective to start fresh … [Read more...]

SEP
07
2016

Expedition Earth: Mexico World Geography Unit

Did you know that Mexico has the second largest land border in the world? Do you know which border that is? If you guessed the Mexico/United States border then you are correct! The Mexico/U.S. border is 3,141 km (1,951 mi) long! Give yourself an extra point! There are over 100,000,000 people living in Mexico and about 1/4 of the population lives in the capital city, Mexico City. Mexico introduced chocolate, corn, and chilies to the world! Yum! But there are a lot more interesting facts to learn about this beautiful country than just their food contribution!   Want to learn more about Mexico? Here’s what we learned about during our Expedition Earth week on Mexico!   Here’s what we did this week: Located Mexico & the Gulf of Mexico on the map and completed our worksheet How to say “Hello” in Spanish– Hola! Learned to count to 10 in Spanish Prayed for the Spanish people Learned a Spanish Song Made homemade tortillas Completed a … [Read more...]

SEP
05
2016

2106-2017 2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Good morning! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 2nd Grade homeschool curriculum with you. I think this year is going to be really fun and  I’ll tell you all about it in the video! So to see what my 2nd grader will be doing this year watch our 2016-2017 2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum video here!   2nd Grade Curriculum: Art:  World’s Greatest Artists 2 & Draw Write Now books Bible: Word of Life Quiet Time devotion Phonics/Grammar: Abeka 2 (Language 2 and Letters & Sounds 2) History: Abeka Reading/Literature: Classical Literature Units & All About Reading 2 Math: Math U See Beta Music: Choir (At our options program) P.E.: Swim Team, Ice Hockey, PE at Options Science: Abeka maybe a scientist unit if we can fit it in! Spelling: Spelling You See C Typing: Typing Web Vocab: Vocabulary Workshop Options: We participate in a once a week options program through our local school district. They offer a variety of classes that … [Read more...]

AUG
29
2016

2016-2017 5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Good morning! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 5th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. We’re making some changes around here this year, and I’ll tell you all about it in the video!   So to see what my 5th grader will be doing this year watch our 2016-2017 5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum video here!   5th Grade Curriculum: Art:  World’s Greatest Artists 2 and Draw Write Now books Bible: Word of Life Quiet Time devotion English/Grammar: IEW Fix It Grammar History: Abeka 5th Grade Literature: Classical Literature Units Math: Math U See Epsilon Music: Choir (At our options program) P.E.: Swim Team, Inline Hockey, PE at Options Science: Abeka 5th Grade maybe a scientist unit if we can fit it in! Spelling: Spelling You See D Typing: Typing Web Writing: Institute for Excellence in Writing Group A Continuation   Options: We participate in a once a week options program through our local school district. They offer a … [Read more...]

AUG
28
2016

Percy Jackson Literature Unit

I’m so excited to launch my first of hopefully many middle-school level literature units for you! Today’s release is the new literature unit for Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief. It comes with chapter by chapter lesson plans as well as comprehension questions for each chapter too.     Teacher's Manual: Each unit comes with chapter by chapter teacher’s lessons that include the questions that your students will be answering. Your manual also includes the answers to the comprehension questions so that you do not need to read ahead of your students for them to be able to complete these units. Supplies: There is a supply list as well. This book was written to accompany the original Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Since this unit is for older kids, it’s written using notebooking pages instead of lapbooking pages like my elementary level literature units. So the only thing you really need is either a small 3-ring binder to hold the … [Read more...]

AUG
22
2016

2016-2017 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 7th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. We’re making some changes around here this year, and I’ll tell you all about it in the video!   This year we’re focusing on a little more independent work for my son. As they get into 6th, 7th, and 8th grades I think it’s important for them to learn more independent study skills and scheduling his workload into manageable sections. We started introducing study skills last year and will continue on with that again this year. So to see what my 7th grader will be doing this year watch our 2016-2017 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum video here! 7th Grade Curriculum: Art:  World’s Greatest Artists 2 Bible: Word of Life Challenger Quiet Time devotion English/Grammar: IEW Fix It Grammar History: Abeka History of the World Literature: Book Shark Literature (From our options program) Math: Math U See Algebra 1 (yikes!) Music: Choir (At our options program) P.E.: … [Read more...]

AUG
15
2016

2016-2017 8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 8th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. I know I’m a little late in sharing this, but it took longer for me to decide what we’re doing this year and to get some of the curriculum ordered.  I’ll also be sharing our other curriculum picks for grades 2, 5, and 7 soon as well.   This year continuing to focus on more independent work skills. As students get into 6th, 7th, and 8th grades I think it’s important for them to learn more independent study skills and scheduling their own workloads into manageable sections. We started introducing more independent work over the last couple of years, she will continue on with that again this year. So to see what my 8th grader will be doing this year watch our 2016-2017 8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum video here! 8th Grade Curriculum: Art:  World’s Greatest Artists 2 Bible: Word of Life Challenger Quiet Time devotion Cooking: At options English/Grammar: IEW … [Read more...]

AUG
14
2016

2016-2017 First Day of Homeschool!

Hi friends! Wow, I can’t believe we’re starting out 10th year of homeschooling today. It’s been quite a ride thus far, and I’m looking forward to a brand new year full of possibilities! We’ve got our new curriculum all sorted in our work drawers, and the school room has been cleaned out, de-cluttered, and sanitized. Even the birds got a fresh new cage cleaning! The kids are all sad to see summer go, but they’re also excited for a new year and they’ve even said they’re excited to start school, so I take that as a bonus! As a side note, I let the kids make their first day of school grade cards (see above) this year, and I thought it was funny how well they reflected their personalities! Some are straight forward and to the point, and others have a little more...shall we say flare? Love them all! For our first day we usually… Eat a good breakfast! Take first day of school photos Take a quick tour of the classroom, and their workboxes so they can get a feel of what … [Read more...]