Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Base A: World Geography & Cultures (K5-2nd Grade)

A Trip Around the World, Grades K-5
Another Trip Around the World
Children Just Like Me

Art & Activities
Around the World Coloring Book
Flags of the World Sticker Book
Around the World Art & Activities
Usborne Internet-Linked Children's World Cookbook
Kids Around the World Celebrate!
Christmas Around the World
Draw Write Now Book 6: Animals and Habitats
A Child's Book of Art

Maps and Globes
Geography Songs
Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography
Beginning Geography, Grades K-3
World Wall Map, Laminated

Window on the World: When We Pray God Works
Hero Tales

Easy Make-and-Learn Projects: Animal Habitats
Zoo Guide: A Bible-Based Handbook to the Zoo
What is a Biome? (Science of Living Things)

Stories from Around the World
Arnold Lobel Book of Mother Goose
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
Chinese Fables
Babushka's Doll
Indian Children's Favorite Stories
Off We Go to Mexico
The Story of Ferdinand
Australia ABC's
One Small Square: Arctic Tundra
The Rainforest Grew All Around
Deserts (Gail Gibbons)
The Magic Bean Tree: A Legend from Argentina
The Story of Dr. Doolittle
In Grandma's Attic
The Family Under the Bridge
The Hundred Dresses
Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale
For You Are a Kenyan Child
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
Katje the Windmill Cat
Houses and Homes (Around the World Series)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Base C-2: Ancient Times (4th-7th Grade)

The Story of the World, Vol. 1: Ancient Times
Cultural Atlas of Ancient Egypt
Cultural Atlas for Young People: Ancient Rome
Cultural Atlas for Young People: Ancient Greece
Ancient China (History in Art)

Memoria Press Timeline Program (Handbook, Composition & Sketchbook, Flashcards & Wall Cards)
Ancient Egyptians & Their Neighbors: An Activity Guide
Ancient Greece! 40 Hands-On Activities to Experience this Wondrous Age

Uncle Josh's Outline Map Collection on CD-Rom

The Westminster Shorter Catechism (for Study Classes)
Greenleaf Guide to Old Testament History
David C. Cook Journey Through the Bible
100 Most Important Events in Christian History
The Answers Book for Kids, Vol. 1: 22 Questions on Creation & the Fall
Peril & Peace: Chronicles of the Ancient Church

Imitation in Writing: Greek Myths
Imitation in Writing: Aesop's Fables
Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons (Teacher/ Student Combo Set)

God & the History of Art Volume 1 & 2 Set w/ Paint Cards

Archimedes & the Door of Science
Mummies: A Strange Science Book

Tales of Ancient Egypt (Green)
D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths
The Fables of Aesop
Roman Myths & Legends (Masters)
The Golden Goblet
The Cat of Bubastes
Mara, Daughter of the Nile
Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad
The Ides of April
The Bronze Bow
In Search of a Homeland: The Story of the Aeneid
Great Wonders of the World (DK Publishing)
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth
The Young Carthaginian
World Religions (Bowker)
Mystery of the Roman Ransom
Ten Kings: And the World They Ruled (Metzger)

Base C-1: Ancient Times (1st-4th Grade)

The Story of the World, Vol. 1: Ancient Times
Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History

The Story of the World Activity Guide 1
History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations, Grades 1-3
Let's Color Ancient Rome
A Coloring Book of Ancient Greece
History Through the Ages Record of Time
History Through the Ages Timeline Figures CD
Old Testament Days: An Activity Guide
Archaeology Pyramid Dig Kit

Art & Music
Art: Over 2500 Works from Cave to Contemporary
Discovering Great Artists
Draw & Write Through History: Creation to Jonah
My First Orchestra Book

Beginning Geography, Grades K-3

ESV Grow! Bible
What the Bible is All About: Handbook for Kids
Tales from the Old Testament (Jim Weiss)- audio book
Peril & Peace: Chronicles of the Ancient Church

Ancient Science

Literature Collection 
Me on the Map
Mapping Penny's World
What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?
The Aesop for Children (Winter)
Seeker of Knowledge
Mummies Made in Egypt
Tut's Mummy... Lost and Found...
Egyptian Gods & Goddesses
Celebrate! Stories of the Jewish Holidays
The Adventures of Spider: West African Folktales
Roman Myths & Legends
Atlantis... The Lost City (DK Eyewitness Readers)
The Trojan Horse (Little)
Time Traveler: Children Through Time (DK Eyewitness)
The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus (Aliki)
The Illustrated Book of Myths: Tales and Legends of the World (Philip)
Alexander the Great (Pancella)
The Empty Pot (Demi)
Pompeii... Buried Alive!
Detectives in Togas

Thursday, June 25, 2015

2015-16 Curriculum Choices

2nd Grade

Grammar: First Language Lessons 2
Spelling: All About Spelling 2
Writing: Daily Writing Journal, copywork from history & science
Handwriting: Writing With Prayer 2 (Cursive)
Math: Horizons Math 1B --> 2A
Home Ec: Lessons in Responsibility for Girls, Level 1
Ballet/ Tap Dance & Piano Lessons


Reading: Abeka Letters & Sounds K5 w/ my own adaptation of Ordinary Parent's Guide to Reading
Handwriting: Letters and Numbers for Me (Handwriting Without Tears)
Math: Abeka Math K5
Soccer & Piano Lessons


Memory Work: Classical Conversations Foundations Community (Tues.)
Bible: memorize Westminster Shorter Catechism, AWANA
History: Story of the World 1: Ancient Times w/
             Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History
Science: various weather, Earth Science & Astronomy topics, Young Scientist Club Set 2 (Weather; 
             Volcanoes; Solids, Liquids & Gases)
Literature: Fables & Myths Lapbook


Velveteen Rabbit
Charlotte's Web
Mara, Daughter of the Nile
Tut's Mummy... Lost and Found
Tales from Beatrix Potter
Trojan Horse
D'Aulaires Greek Myths
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Stuart Little
Detectives in Togas
The Bronze Bow

Saturday, February 8, 2014

K5 Week 24


Math: Saxon 1, Lesson 72-75

I feel like we’re getting a little behind in Saxon, although we’re still probably halfway through the book. I just don’t want to bombard her with too many addition & subtraction facts at one time, especially when I don’t feel as if she’s really grasped all the ones we’ve covered. And that’s where we are in the book now is addition facts. So we’re practicing, doing games, and every now & then adding in a new concept.

We practiced a lot with money, doing a coin sort worksheet.


And then we played the Grocery Store Game. I picked out several items from my pantry and gave them monetary values between 1 & 85 cents. Then I gave L coins and a paper “receipt.” I listed two items that she had to “buy.” She had to bring me those items and then pay for them with real money. Then we learned how to add double digits by simply recounting all the money together once we’d paid for each item separately. She did really well on this and felt so good about herself! Of course then they just wanted to play with the money and the food for awhile, which I figured!


I found a neat Penguin Board game that we used two different ways. Basically its just a “move your character around the board” game. So the first time we used addition flashcards and each time she rolled a dice she moved that many spaces then answered an addition problem.


We played a little with pattern blocks. Little Brother totally gets covering the shapes, like a puzzle. He seems to be quite mathematically inclined already, even if he doesn’t even know all his letters yet! L got a little frustrated trying to cover her shape (the lines for the individual pieces were not filled in for her) and did it wrong, but I didn’t push it, because the lesson really focused more on graphing what pieces you used.

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Reading: OPGTR, Lesson 78-83

I can’t believe how well we’re doing in reading. I read a blog recently where someone researched what grade level the student has reached at certain points in Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading. And according to this, L is probably between a 1st & 2nd grade reading level! Now, I know there is no way she could go pick up a 2nd grade reading book and be able to read the whole thing, but she might at least be able to read all the words in it. She picks things up so quickly I don’t even have to teach her.

So our new routine is basically each day I’ll write the words from the OPGTR Lesson onto a white board, explain the rule then just read through them. Then later we’ll do a review game or read a story out of the book or off the IPad.


I found these great long vowel picture sorting cards and we’ve been doing one of these little pages once a day.


And we used the Penguin Dash game again, this time for our reading words.



Around the World: Korea

We did many of the same activities this week as we did last week, continuing our tour of Asia with North & South Korea. Our geography incorporated a little math this week, too, learning about scales & measuring distance.




Hibernating Animals

I had plans to do a bigger unit on hibernating animals but never really got to that, either, except reading a few books. We did work on this Venn Diagram together, talking about how humans are like animals that hibernate and how we’re different. As long as I do the writing, L really seems to like these.


Snow Day

This is the main thing that got in the way of school this week. We’ve had unusual amounts of snow for our area & of course it’s a little too distracting to be doing schoolwork, especially when Daddy gets to stay home for the day. So we spent some time outside, learning about cold precipitation, making snowballs and snow cream. Of course, we didn’t miss nearly as much school as the public schools, and I’m so grateful we can take our days off when the weather is sunny and nice outside!

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Teeny Tot

My teeny tot is no longer teeny anymore, and started walking this past week! She loves climbing now and is in to everything! She also doesn’t nap in the morning anymore, so school has become much more challenging! Most of the time is spent roping the baby, changing out a movie for the 3-year-old and once in awhile checking up on the progress of the kindergartner doing a worksheet on her own. It’s definitely an adventure every day & a miracle we get anything done, but we’re making it work and most of the time loving every second!


Saturday, February 1, 2014

K5 Week 22-23



I’m not sure if it’s me or L that’s burned out on the Saxon worksheets, but regardless, I’ve stopped doing them for the most part. We’re still doing the lessons, but those worksheets get so monotonous. We’ll probably do one every now and then, or I’m considering getting an extra Math workbook with more colorful sheets for variety, but right now I’m just sticking to the lessons.

We practiced addition facts with a game I made up off the cuff. I wrote out numbers 0-10 on big pieces of paper. I picked an addition or subtraction flashcard and she had to jump to the answer. As a bonus, we played again with Little Brother and he just had to jump to the number I called out, since he is working on number recognition!


We worked on basic fractions, learning about different ways to make 1/2 and what shape you make when you divide a square in half. And we practiced with this Fraction Frenzy worksheet.

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Reading: Long Vowels

We’re still working on introducing long vowels, with a few games I found.

We sorted the long and short O vowel words.


I made up a “Feed the Monster” game, which can be used multiple times. I just decorated a Pringles can like a monster. Then I gave her some of our words written on half-sized index cards. If she could read it, she got to feed it to the monster. If not, she kept it. She didn’t really want to “feed” all of them to the monster, so I let her take a little liberty as long as she read the word correctly!


The baby wanted to play too. And also practice her fine motor skills by “dot painting” with her milk.


We played the Long Vowel Star Board Game, which reviewed long A, O & I. (I took the EE words out for our purposes.)


I made up a Long Vowel Challenge (I can’t remember where I got the idea from but I made this up myself) and she had to highlight the words with the long vowel sound, then find the total number of words with each vowel.


We learned about the Hard & Soft Sounds of C. After introducing the lesson on our white board, we did this worksheet (look under “Paper & Pencil Activities”, although the “Information” section has a really cool little video to introduce the concept!), and then played a BINGO review game.


L loves to make up stories, write cards & draw pictures. She decided she was going to make up her own story about Sofia the 1st, one of her favorite Princesses. She dictated the whole thing to me, then illustrated it. So many great skills, all while she had fun!




We’ve read quite a few books about snow, polar animals, and winter. Here are some of our favorites:

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Of course, if you search online there are tons of resources and activities to go along with the books, but more often than not, I like to just sit down with the kids and read them. I don’t want to suck all the fun out by making them do a worksheet or activity to go along with everything! L is a very good listener and can usually recall everything that happens in the book after just one reading. I used to love the little Preschool Packs that go along with classic stories (and I still do, to a point) but now most of the time I don’t find anything useful to us in them.

That being said, we did make up a little mini Polar Animal coloring book. (No link, I had to make it myself.) I made her write the name of the animal on each page by looking in the Animals in Winter book.



We also did a mini book about Bear Snores On, to talk about the concepts of “characters,” “setting”, and “main event.”

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In anticipation of Groundhog’s Day, we read a few Groundhog’s Day books and colored a paper groundhog. We glued him on a stick and then went to a dark closet with our flashlight to see if he would see his shadow. We incorporated a little science—learning about shadows & light. Both kids loved this. L loves any holiday and any excuse to celebrate!



Classical Conversations

We are up to Weeks 15 & 16 in Classical Conversations, and L is loving it! She has made some great friends and learned a lot. She is really improving in her attitude as far as having to always be first or always have a turn at something and learning how to let others be first sometimes. They have done some cool art projects the past few weeks, in the style of some famous artists. They’ve all loved painting. Their science projects have had to do with physics, which is something I am so terrible at, so I’m glad she’s getting the exposure to that!

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Around the World Unit: China & Japan

We’ve moved to Asia in our trip around the world. I think L is finally starting to gain some understanding of other cultures and how not everyone thinks like we do. She is appalled when I tell her how people don’t believe in Jesus and says we should “never go there!” So I’ve had chances to tell her about missions and how God loves all people and some people are called to tell others about Jesus.

I love the Around the World worksheets at They also have great paper dolls. We always look at Time for Kids to learn how to say a couple phrases in the native language. Then we read from our Children Just Like Me book, which is really very informative. If it is a new continent, we also look at animals of the area in our Animal Atlas. I always have good intentions to do a craft or make a recipe from the country but just never get around to it!

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We’re also doing some work here and there in our Beginning Geography book, learning about map scales & map symbols & keys.


Sunday, January 19, 2014

K5 Week 20-21: Winter Wonderland



It’s taking awhile to get back into the swing of things after Christmas vacation, but we’re slowly easing our way back into our work. We’re having a hard time maintaining a routine/ schedule but we get things done!


We did Saxon Lessons 60-65 (in some form or another, at least). This included:

Covering a design with pattern blocks in several different ways (which proved to be a little challenging for L but she liked it once she got the hang of it):


Practicing addition & subtraction facts… We played this cool game we got for Christmas. It has ALL the facts in there, but I took out what we haven’t learned yet and will add them back in as we get to them. After awhile she got bored so we stopped putting ALL our cards back when we got the POP cards.


We learned the subtracting zero facts using math blocks.


We learned number words, which I didn’t push too much because we’re still working on handwriting & reading, which I consider this.


Even Little Brother did some math, practicing patterns with our teddy bear counters.



Reading: Long Vowels

I feel like we’ve really progressed in reading since we’ve hit Long Vowels. To me, that’s more like 1st grade stuff. She seems to be getting it, as far as sounding it out and understanding the basic rule. So we’ll press on as I’m going to be adding in some new reading and spelling stuff very soon (more to come!)

We’ve done lots of different games, rather than just reading the words from the book.

We played some of the Long & Short Vowel Sorting Games here.


I wrote some words on our dry erase board and had her add the “Magic E” magnet to make the vowels long.


We did the “Under the Sea” E Word Sort.


And the Long/ Short I Sorting Game from the same site (although I made my own word cards because I hate using so much color & ink for only 4 words to a page when I can do it myself for cheaper).




Since our focus was on cold weather and ice, we did a few Snow & Ice Science Experiments. Here we “raced” our ice cubes to see whose would melt the fastest. We put salt on one. Supposedly, it was supposed to melt faster with ice but it didn’t really work right. We also put a bunch of ice into a bowl just to see how long it would take to melt. L and Little Brother ended up eating half of it. Smile But they learned about the states of matter a little.


We talked about our Five Senses to learn about Winter.





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This book was full of great learning extensions. This packet had a great measuring activity to go along with our math and it had a great social studies idea, drawing a map of our neighborhood, including important buildings and places we need. Little Brother loved driving his cars on our maps. We also did a “What I Learned About Katy” report for reading comprehension.

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Around the World Geography: Antarctica & India

I don’t have a lot of pictures but we studied two different places these past weeks. First we learned about Antarctica, which of course isn’t really a country, but seemed fitting to include in a unit about snow & ice.

I found the unofficial flag on the internet for her passport:


We colored a picture of the continent and explored pictures of it at We also looked at this book from the library and learned about what scientists are doing there and the various animals that live around there.

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The second week we visited India. We read about “Meena” in Children Just Like Me. We learned how to say “Hello” in Hindi and explored the TimeFor Kids website. We colored a picture of the Taj Majal and then one of a Peacock, the national bird of India. Two other things I planned to do but didn’t get to: Make Naan Bread and color or use colored rice to cover a Rangoli design.



Snowy Crafts

We made snowflakes from coffee filters.


We painted a snowman picture with fluffy white paint (1/2 school glue & 1/2 shaving cream). You have to apply a lot of paint in order to get the desired texture!




Teeny Tot School

My littlest one is now really starting to enjoy doing things right along with us. I’m pulling out a few of my old tricks for her to play around with when I need to occupy her. She’s really BUSY right now and doesn’t stay entertained long by one thing, but she is starting to be interested in more of the educational toys. We got these pattern block puzzles for Christmas.


We played with teddy bear counters. (By that I mean threw them all over the floor.)

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And she’s getting the hang of the fine motor skills. She did so well with her little musical piggy bank that I made her the Pringles can/ popsicle stick toy I made when Little Brother was her size. She loves to put things in other things!

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