2020-21 Curriculum

I’m trying something new this year…I’m sharing my curriculum list before the school year begins! Of course, there’s a chance that I have forgotten to include some things and may come across them as the school year progresses…if that happens, I’ll try to remember to update it. This year, Turkey and Bunny will be in 12th grade (!!!), Ladybug in 8th, and Chickadee in 3rd. Moose will begin the school year at home with us in 9th grade, but he will be doing distance-learning through his high school, so I don’t have curriculum specific to him, although he is welcome to follow along with whatever we’re doing in addition to his work.

Religion

  • Lutheran Service Book: Companion to the Hymns
  • One and All Rejoice
  • The Illuminated Hymnal

Math

For Turkey and Bunny:

  • Math-U-See Calculus

For Ladybug:

  • Horizons Algebra

For Chickadee:

  • Horizons Math 3

Language Arts

For Turkey and Bunny:

  • The Elements of Style
  • On Writing Well
  • The Lively Art of Writing
  • Wordly Wise 3000, Book 12
  • The British Tradition Book Three: Poetry from the Romantic to the Victorian Age

For Ladybug

  • Spelling Workout H
  • Wordly Wise 3000, Book Eight
  • Writing with Skill, Level Three

For Chickadee

  • First Language Lessons, Level Two
  • Writing with Ease, Level Two
  • Explode the Code, books seven and eight
  • Spelling Workout C
  • A Reason for Handwriting Cursive C
  • Wordly Wise 3000, Book Three

Literature

For Turkey and Bunny

  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • Macbeth
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Screwtape Letters
  • Murder on the Orient Express

For Ladybug

  • Treasure Island
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • As You Like It
  • The Trojan War

For Chickadee

  • Farmer Boy
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins
  • A Bear Called Paddington

Social Studies

For Turkey and Bunny (A study of US geography and cultures)

  • 1491
  • A People’s History of the United States
  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
  • The Warmth of Other Suns
  • March–Books 1-3
  • There are No Children Here
  • Between the World and Me
  • Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African-American Cooking

For Ladybug and Chickadee

  • The Story of the World: The Modern Age
  • US Elections Lapbook
  • The US Constitution (Ladybug only)

Science

For Turkey and Bunny

  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Advanced Biology
  • The Anatomy Coloring Book
  • Blood Typing Kit

For Ladybug

  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science

For Chickadee

  • Apologia Exploring Creation with Zoology One

Electives

  • Psychology (Turkey and Bunny only)
  • Duolingo
  • Tennis

Eighth Grade Graduation

Tonight is Moose’s junior high graduation. Since I couldn’t get a cap and gown picture (the school never even made it to the point where they would order them before things shut down), this one outside of his school will have to do!

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K to 8

Today is Moose’s last day of junior high (his virtual graduation is yet to come, on Thursday). Let’s take a look back at every first day of school from kindergarten through 8th grade!

And his last days of school in kindergarten and 8th, kind of. The kindergarten graduation picture was easy, but his “last day” of 8th grade took a little more thought. I didn’t get a picture of his actual last day of classes at the physical school, because at the time, who could have known that would be the last day? So I decided on the day about two weeks ago when we dropped off a few things, and picked up his 8th grade stuff, including a nice sign they had made for our yard.

Up next…high school!

K to 8

I had to work to make this photo gallery happen. Back when we started homeschooling in 2008, I didn’t even really know how to put pictures on my blog! Because the pictures weren’t archived here, I really had to dig to find them, but here they are…Turkey and Bunny, together on every first day of school from kindergarten in 2008 through eighth grade in 2016!

And a final two pictures…Turkey and Bunny on the last day of kindergarten in 2009, and today, the last day of eighth grade!

This has been an amazing journey, that we’ve always taken on a year-by-year basis. But we’re not done yet…this fall, we begin a new homeschooling journey, as we begin high school here at home!

2016-17 Curriculum

I had such good intentions to share this at the beginning of the school year this time, but you know how it goes. As always, I’m hoping this list is fairly complete, but it’s easy to forget resources we used way back in August and September! Anyway, this is at least a pretty decent overview of the materials we’ve used this school year.

Religion

Math

Language Arts

For Turkey and Bunny

For Ladybug

History

Science

For Turkey and Bunny

For Ladybug

Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library (for Chickadee)

Electives

Read-Alouds

Literature (with accompanying Memoria Press study guides where available)

For Fun