Homeschool Curriculum, Schedule and Checklist 2013 – 2014

Homeschool Schedules, Curriculum and Daily Checklists 8th, 8th and 4th Grades

Disclosure

We are very hands-on (Montessori-ish) homeschoolers and have been homeschooling for four years, headed into our fifth! This article is all about our homeschool curriculum, schedule and checklist for 2013 -2014. Chase and Gage both are taking high school level classes so we are now using transcripts. Thankfully our umbrella school, HomeLife Academy makes it easy with their new AppleCore Reporting System!

So many people think Montessori homeschooling is akin to chaos or unschooling without structure… But that is just not accurate, as you will see with the boys’ curriculum and schedule! It is FAR from unschooling and nothing remotely close to chaos! I have included with each of my sons’ curriculum section, their schedules and their daily checklists (which includes their home chores). Montessori focuses on independence in education and the realization that we are life long learners. The tools we are using (schedules and daily checklists) are very effective at keeping them on track, holding them accountable and giving them freedom within their daily schedule. You will notice lots of study halls on their schedules. With the exception of those virtual or co-op classes that have specific times that the boys must attend at a specific time, we allow them to do their work at any time each day, as long as it is done that day. Thus the study halls sprinkled throughout the day allow for that flexibility.  

Another aspect of a Montesori education is a particular focus on life skills. You will see on the boys’ daily checklist a variety of daily chores they do from vacuuming to washing clothes. And we regularly swap out chore lists to allow for the boys to learn all aspects of running a home. We have also taken practical life skills to the next level with a focus on entrepreneurship. We realize our children will be part of the next generations’ leaders. We believe they will be the generation that gets America back on the right track, from a spiritual, economic, moral, government and academic perspective. So we are teaching them the skills they will need to achieve that goal! Each of our sons has their own business.  Their businesses focus on agriculture simply because we live on a farm (and it is a great, wholesome and healthy place to raise boys). So, it is natural for all of their businesses to be farm-based… thus we call it “farmschooling”. However, if we urban, they might not have these same businesses, but they would have some sort of business to teach them about capitalism!  

We have gotten a bit creative in how we encourage the boys to grow their writing skills… we allow them to blog about their businesses and our homeschool on our homeschool blog. All comments on our blog are moderated by me and all of their emails forward to me, so it is very controlled and protected (as much as they can be in this fallen world). The boys are really loving this new avenue of communication with the outside world called social media! It will be a part of their world when they are grown, so we might as well teach them how to use it responsibly now!  

All of our boys have a focus and desire to go to college, so you will notice they are pretty aggressive in their workload. This is primarily based on what they are capable of. Do not use our classes or our schedule as a model of a typical child in these grades. Children all learn at different levels and at different paces. Don’t ever prevent your children from running ahead if they want to. My yougest son wanted to do algebra in 3rd grade because he was chasing his older brothers.  So we let him. He has since just completed the Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra curriculum (in third grade) and has started the Teaching Textbooks Algebra before entering 4th grade. Let them run and only slow them down if they are setting themselves up for a huge failure that you know they would not recover from. Don’t forget what our founding fathers were by the time they were sixteen years old. Be sure your children research them and know their character!  We have got to realize, as a society, we have failed miserably in preparing the next generation. It’s up to us to turn this around!  

I can assure you, we don’t have homeschooling or child-rearing figured out, but we are in a pretty good place right now.  We are so very blessed and realize where this peace and prosperity originates!

If you have any questions, leave a comment below or email me!  I’ll do my best to answer any questions you have!  

Chase 8th Grade Curriculum

8th Grade

Algebra 2 (VideoText)

Exercises in English H (Loyola Press)

Vocabulary in Action H (Loyola Press)

All About Spelling

Classics Club via Virtual Homeschool Group

Teaching Writing Structure and Style (Institute for Excellence in Writing) 

Biology (Apologia) via Virtual Homeschool Group

Spanish II Descubre via Spanish Clicks

Finish Paths of Exploration / Start TRISMS History Makers / Masterminds

Logic (Fallacy Detective and Books from Critical Thinking Company)

Biblical Worldview  (Philosophy Adventure and Young Historians Introduction to Worldview and our Bible)

Art II via Local Co-op

Photography II via Virtual Homeschool Group

Economics (Capitalism for Kids, Commonsense Business for Kids and Starting a Micro Business Carol Topp IEW)

Photoshop via Virtual Homeschool Group

Creative Writing: Blogs at www.LiveAndLearnFarm.com and Teen Book Reviews (Psalm onenineTEEN Reviews)

8th Grade Schedule

Daily Checklist 4th, 7th and 8th Grades

Gage 7th Grade Curriculum

7th Grade

Algebra 2 (VideoText)

Exercises in English G (Loyola Press)

Vocabulary in Action G (Loyola Press)

All About Spelling

Classics Club via Virtual Homeschool Group

Teaching Writing Structure and Style (Institute for Excellence in Writing) 

Physial Science (Apologia) via Virtual Homeschool Group

Spanish II Descubre via Spanish Clicks

Finish Paths of Exploration / Start TRISMS History Makers / Masterminds

Logic (Fallacy Detective and Books from Critical Thinking Company)

Biblical Worldview  (Philosophy Adventure and Young Historians Introduction to Worldview and our Bible)

Art II via Local Co-op

Photography II via Virtual Homeschool Group

Economics (Capitalism for Kids, Commonsense Business for Kids and Starting a Micro Business Carol Topp IEW)

Illustrator via Virtual Homeschool Group

Creative Writing Blogs at www.LiveAndLearnFarm.com and chronicals his business and homeschool at Deluxe Clucks

7th Grade Schedule

Daily Checklist 4th, 7th and 8th Grade

 

Blake 4th Grade Curriculum

4th Grade 

Algebra 1 (Teaching Textbooks)

Exercises in English D/E (Loyola Press)

Vocabulary in Action D/E (Loyola Press)

Handwriting without Tears Cursive

All About Spelling

Study of Classics 

Teaching Writing Structure and Style (Institute for Excellence in Writing) 

Exploring Creation Physics and Chemistry (Apologia) 

Spanish (K-6) via Spanish Clicks

Finish Paths of Exploration / Start TRISMS History Makers / Masterminds

Logic (Fallacy Detective and Books from Critical Thinking Company)

Biblical Worldview  (Philosophy Adventure and Young Historians Introduction to Worldview and our Bible)

Economics (Capitalism for Kids, Commonsense Business for Kids and Starting a Micro Business Carol Topp IEW) NOT REQUIRED

Art II via Local Co-op

Photography II via Virtual Homeschool Group

Creative Writing Blogs at www.LiveAndLearnFarm.com 

4th Grade Schedule

Daily Checklist 4th, 7th and 8th Grade

Curriculum spreadsheet for all three boys that we use as a GUIDE to keep us on track.  

Homeschool Daily Checklists

Philosophy Adventure Giveaway and Launch Party

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I am excited to tell you about a new Homeschool Curriculum called Philosophy Adventure by Stacy Farrell at Homeschool Adventure Co. I was asked to be a part of their launch team and I am thrilled to have found this curriculum. So, welcome to our Philosophy Adventure Giveaway and Launch Party! I was given a digital copy of this curriculum, in exchange for my honest opinion and assistance in finding those pesky little typos that sneak through the editing process (as all of us bloggers know oh too well).  I do not and will not receive any compensation for my review other than the curriculum mentioned above!  Be sure to read to the bottom of the post where you can register to win a free digital copy of the complete curriculum!  

So, Let me introduce you to Philosophy Adventure. It was written by Stacy Farrell and is designed for students in the 6th – 12th grades.  We will be using this curriculum next year with our 8th, 7th and 4th graders.  It will be a little stretch for my youngest, but we will be able to modify it to fit his skill set.  Philosophy Adventure™ helps our children cultivate and defend a biblical worldview by teaching them how to write skillfully, think critically, and speak articulately as they explore the history of philosophy and the impact of ideas.

I know “Philosophy Adventure” sounds like it is all about philosophy, which is overwhelmingly not Biblical at all, but I can assure you it’s much more than just a curriculum about philosophers!  The study examines the pre-Socratic philosophers, what they taught, thought, what and who influenced their thinking and who they interacted with.  But most importantly, it introduces their teachings from the perspective of how does it fit with a biblical worldview.  So, it asks the question and our students answer…  how does each of these philosophers’ view match or conflict with a Biblical worldview.  Although this material can be used for our children to work independently, I think it is far more valuable as a tool to provoke thoughtful and deep discussion for the entire family!  

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As most of your know, we have a Montessori slant to our homeschool environment.  One of the foundational principles of a Montessori education is that of being life long learners.  Ironically, Stacy mentions in the introduction:

We consider ourselves students rather than scholars.  Life-long learners.

AND, not only is Stacy’s educational philosophy in-line with our Montessori leanings, but there are also Memory Cards that we fully intend to use to create a board game; a timeline that shows not only the philosophers, but also is color coded to show the Rulers, Prophets, Biblical Heroes, Scientists, Literary Works and Major Events of their time; Map and geography work; a Write, Think and Speak Journal; and more!  It meshes so well with the way we homeschool!  I know this is so much information to absorb!  Download a sample lesson and see what you think for yourself!  I will give a full review in the next couple of weeks, but I really wanted to introduce you to the curriculum and tell you I already love it!  Here is their promotional video that does a great job at giving you a quick preview of this wonderful curriculum!

 

Here is what is included in each lesson of Philosophy Adventure:

  • Meet the Philosopher where we learn the philosopher’s story
  • Sections for in-depth study where the students Write, Think, and Speak about what they are studying
  • Geography and Map studies
  • The School of Thought associated with the philosopher
  • And finally a Contrast section which provides primary source materials (or secondary if primary is unavailable) from the philosopher, and the “Biblical Worldview” where the text discusses if the philosopher’s ideas align with a biblical worldview.

Along with the primary text, a Student Workbook and Teacher Resources are included. The Write, Think and Speak journal is in the Student Workbook, along with Map work, writing and speaking checklists and Vocabulary.   In the teacher resources’ section are the memory cards, timelines to print, and the quizzes and answer keys.

Philosophy Adventure is available in several different formats:

  • Complete Set of Printed Text and Student Workbook with Resources CD – $89.95

  • Reader with Resources CD (includes digital rather than print edition of Student Workbook) – $69.95

  • Digital Edition of Reader & All Resources on CD $49.95

  • Digital Download Edition – $39.95

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Be sure to subscribe to their newsletter so you can be notified of updates and new volumes of the curriculum! 

Now for the fun part… we have been given a digital download, including reader, student workbook, and teacher resources to give away to one of our readers!  Good luck!!

 

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BrimWood Press Worldview Curriculum

 

Brimwood Press

 

Disclosure

We are so excited to be one of the homeschooling families that will be reviewing BrimWood Press’ Worldview curriculum, designed for students in 5th through 8th grade. The curriculum is only four lessons and the lessons are presented through stories (similar to Henty books), with hands-on activities and discussion questions.

Being Messianic, it has been a challenge to find a worldview curriculum that matches our beliefs, so we can’t wait to start this curriculum since it is written without any particular denomination slant! This could be the answer to our challenge!  So many worldview products dismiss the “Old Testament” and that is completely unacceptable for our faith!  

The products we will be reviewing are:

BrimWood Press Young Historians Intro to Worldview A Young Historian’s Introduction to Worldview

This is the book we will start with.  It is only four lessons long but this is where we learn the meaning of what a worldview is, how it impacts our culture and history, and how important it is to our daily lives.  A person’s worldview effects how they view every challenge, every hurdle, every thing both positive and negative that happens in their life and actually, life itself … so its importance cannot be overstated.  This book will introduce my children to the basic core beliefs of four worldview families:  Naturalism, Pantheism, Monotheism and Polytheism and within those categories we learn about the various religions (i.e., Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Atheism, etc).  It uses hands-on activities to teach the abstract concept of worldview, which of course is so like a Montessori friendly curriculum!  The guide includes an eighty six-page workbook, nine pages of cardstock, pre-cut wrapping papers and three 6″ x 6″ boxes.  Oh and 3d glasses!  I can’t wait to see how this comes together!  

BrimWood Press Secret of the Scribe SetBrimWood Press has a new series of historical novels entitled “Engaging Thinkers” that further develops the worldview investigation. This series reminds me of the Henty books.  Each novel introduces the worldview of various religions that are completely without our Messiah.  The main characters all deal with life struggles and we learn how they evaluate and explain these struggles through their particular worldview and religion.  We will only be reviewing the novel for Ancient history, but there are four novels, covering major chronological periods of history: ancient, medieval, early modern and modern. Each novel focuses on a different worldview family: polytheism, monotheism, naturalism and pantheism. We already read the Henty books, so this seems like a logical extension and the natural flow for my boys! Again, this curriculum really seems to fit our homeschool environment!   

Companion Guide to Secret of the Scribe:  
Christian Theology and Ancient Polytheism: 

Where the Ancients meet their Maker. 

This book is the companion study guide for the Secret of the Scribe entitled: Christian Theology and Ancient Polytheism (CTAP).  It is designed to be a nine month curriculum that compares and contrasts ancient Near Eastern myths with the Torah and Tanakh (“Old Testament”) accounts of biblical events. We will explore via an in-depth study, the ancient struggle with idolatry. CTAP takes a literary approach and combines it with the method of comparison and contrast to cultivate higher level thinking skills.  
If you are interested in learning more about this set prior to my review, visit BrimWood Press and download these samples:

Brimwood Press’ CTAP – Course Overview Sample – Sample Download – .5 MB

Other companion products recommended for use with this Study Guide: Secret of the Scribe

So stay tuned as we work through this worldview curriculum over the next few months!  I will be blogging more about it as we start reading the books and materials … giving you my unbiased opinion of the hands-on aspects, the text and the worldview perspective.  We are planning to finish this study over the summer.  

If you intend to purchase this curriculum based on my introduction and review of the curriculum, I would so appreciate you using our affiliate link to do so.  The curriculum will not cost you more, but it will provide a small commission to us.  I actually intend to use any proceeds to purchase the rest of the worldview curriculum! http://brimwoodpress.com/idevaffiliate/idevaffiliate.php?id=1026.  Thank you!

Until next time… take care of your family and hug your children! We never know what tomorrow holds.  

5 Scriptural Facts All Children Should Know About Passover

5 scriptural facts all children should know about passover

 

Our family is Messianic and therefore we observe the Lord’s Feasts described in the Bible. Understanding the Jewishness of our Messiah Jesus (His Hebrew name is: Yeshua ) helps us understand our faith and the depth and richness of Scripture more fully. Remember the First Century Believers did not have the New Testament to read, they used the “Old Testament” to test what Yeshua was teaching and to determine if He was their prophesied Messiah.

Passover / Pesach is so much more than just a celebration, it is a remembrance of redemption that is taught and retaught every year during the Passover Seder. A Seder is a meal that marks the beginning of Passover. This Seder teaching is calling people to their identity as the People of God. By using all of our senses, the Passover Seder not only tells the story of God’s grace that is demonstrated throughout history, but also calls us to experience and share in the story, our story, our history. Passover is so much more than a sermon, it is commanded for us to remember. So, let’s teach our children about our Messiah, Jesus, and Passover and fulfill this command. The five scriptural facts all children should know about Passover:

1.  Jesus kept the Passover, from the time of His youth. Luke records:

His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast (Luke 2:41-42)

 

2.  Jesus continued to keep Passover His entire life., once a year as commanded in Exodus 13:10. It was observed on the fourteenth day of the month of the first month (called Abib in Deuteronomy 16:1 or Nisan in Esther 3:7):

On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the LORD’s Passover (Leviticus 23:5).

And Jesus had his disciples also keep it:

7 Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed. 8 And He sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.” 9 So they said to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare?” 10 And He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters. 11 Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”‘ 12 Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready.” 13 So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover. (Luke 22:7-13).

 

3.  Passover commemorates God’s redemption of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt (and spiritually redemption of the Believers from the world) and the creation of the Israelite people. Passover is actually three feasts Passover (Pesach), The Feast of Unleavened Bread and the Feast of Firstfruits. Every single event in Jesus’ end days matches up with these three feasts of Passover. He was crucified as our Passover lamb, He was buried on Unleavened Bread and He rose on the Feast of Firstfruits.

 

4.  At a Passover Seder there are four cups of wine. The First cup is the “Cup of Sanctification” (I will bring you out of Egypt). The second cup is the “Cup of Deliverance” (I will deliver you from Egyptian Slavery). The third cup is the “cup of Redemption” (I will redeem you with My power). The fourth cup is the “Cup of Restoration” (I will take you as My People). Since Yeshua was keeping a Passover Seder (Luke 22:15-16) with His Apostles, he drank of these cups. But the last cup, the Cup of Restoration, He did not drink. He promised to do so with them in the coming Kingdom! Matthew 26:29. The fact that He took the bread and the cup after supper identifies the bread as the afikoman and the cup to be the cup of redemption (based on the order of the Seder.)

5.  The bread pictured at the last supper is usually of this beautiful full loaf of bread, but that is not what really would have been on the table. The bread of the Last Supper is unleavened bread (Matzah).  Here is another beautiful aspect of the Seder that we completely miss when we separate our Messiah from His Jewishness… there are three pieces of Matzah placed in a bag. The middle matzah is pulled out and broken in two with half of it wrapped in white linen and hidden. The children search for the middle matzah (known as the Afikomen) and the one that finds it brings it back to the father of the house to be redeemed for a price. The other half of the bread is passed around and eaten.

So you see, there is so richness that can be learned by studying our Messiah, Jesus, from a Jewish perspective. I hope you will continue to study and learn about Passover. Remember, we are called to be Bereans, to test everything we hear and read against His Word, the Bible!

To learn more about Passover, read: Exodus 12; Numbers 9: 1-14; Numbers 28:16-25; Deuteronomy 16: 1-6; Joshua 5:10; 2 Kings 23:21-23; 2 Chronicles 30:1-5, 35:1-19; Ezra 6:19-22; Ezekiel 45:21-24.

Passover in the New Testament: Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 2 and 22, John 2, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18 and 19. Acts 12:4; 1 Corinthians 5:7.

Credits: Artwork is by Walter Rane. A print of his painting can be purchased from here.

2012-2013 Homeschool Curriculum

 

We have homeschooled now for four years.  This is our 2012-2013 Homeschool Curriculum.  Prior to homeschooling, our boys attended a small local private Montessori school, where I was on the board for the school. Our boys have reached the point of thinking and working abstractly, so most of the Montessori materials are no longer used in our curriculum. So what do we now?  Come & see!!

I am very thankful that we stumbled blindly into a Montessori school! It has been a complete blessing to our family and continues to be … it is how we approach learning, education and life in general. So, although we have very traditional homeschool material now, our approach is still firmly grounded in the Montessori pedagogy.

 

#1 (oldest son) 7th Grade:

Exercises in English G
Grammar / English: Loyola Press Exercises in English G
Writing:IEW / Beautiful Feet Geography Study
IEW Beutiful Feet Geography Literature
Literature: GA Henty Books (Cat of Bubastes) and Jim Hodges Study GuideCat of Bubastes
Spelling: All About Spelling 3-5All About Spelling 3
Vocabulary: Loyola Press Vocabulary in Action GVocabulary in Action G
 
Algebra: Video Text Algebra II (CLEP when complete!)VideoText Algebra
World History / Geography: Mystery of History IIMOH 2
American History / Geography: Paths of Exploration /Trail Guide to LearningPOE TGTL
Civics: God and Government Volume 1God and Government 1
Science: Apologia Physical ScienceApologia Physical Science
Logic: Fallacy DetectiveFallacy Detective
Foreign Language: Croghan Language Academy SpanishCroghan Language Academy
Economics: Starting a Micro Business for Teensmicrobus-workbk
Physical Education: Soccer, Karate
Scripture Studies: Torah, Writings, Prophets, NT
Electives: Art, PhotographyVirtual homeschool group name

 

 

 

(Middle Son) 6th Grade:

Grammar / English: Loyola Press Exercises in English FExercises in English F
Writing:IEW / Beautiful Feet Geography Study
IEW Beutiful Feet Geography Literature
Literature: GA Henty Books (Cat of Bubastes) and Jim Hodges Study Guide Cat of Bubastes
Spelling: All About Spelling 3-5All About Spelling 3
Vocabulary: Loyola Press Vocabulary in Action EVocabulary in Action E
Creative Writing: IEW / Beautiful Feet Geography Study
Algebra: Video Text Algebra I (CLEP when completes II!)VideoText Algebra
World History / Geography: Mystery of History IIMOH 2
American History / Geography: Paths of Exploration /Trail Guide to LearningPOE TGTL
Civics: God and Government Volume 1God and Government 1
Science: Apologia General ScienceGeneral Science
Logic: Fallacy DetectiveFallacy Detective
Foreign Language: Croghan Language Academy SpanishCroghan Language Academy
Economics: Starting a Micro Business for Teensmicrobus-workbk
Physical Education: Soccer, Karate
Scripture Studies: Torah, Writings, Prophets, NT
Electives: Art, PhotographyVirtual homeschool group name

 

 

#3 (Youngest Son) 3rd Grade

Grammar / English: Loyola Press Exercises in English DExercises in English D
Writing:IEW / Beautiful Feet Geography Study
IEW Beutiful Feet Geography Literature
Literature: GA Henty Books (Cat of Bubastes) and Jim Hodges Study GuideCat of Bubastes
Spelling: All About Spelling 3-5All About Spelling 3
Vocabulary: Loyola Press Vocabulary in Action DVocabulary in Action D
Creative Writing: IEW / Beautiful Feet Geography Study
Teaching Textbooks Pre-AlgebraTeaching Textbooks Pre Algebra Montessori Measurement (EDUTC)Edutc Measurement    Montessori Area and Volume from Houston Montessori Center
World History / Geography: Mystery of History IIMOH 2
American History / Geography: Paths of Exploration /Trail Guide to LearningPOE TGTL
Science: Apologia Exploring Creation Zoology 3Exploring Creation Zoology 3
Logic: Fallacy DetectiveFallacy Detective
Foreign Language: Croghan Language Academy SpanishCroghan Language Academy
Economics: Starting a Micro Business for Teensmicrobus-workbk
Physical Education: Soccer, Karate
Scripture Studies: Torah, Writings, Prophets, NT
Electives: Art, PhotographyVirtual homeschool group name

 

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