Apologia Fever Baby!

So over Christmas break we made a semi-BIG curriculum change.

We completely swapped out our science curriculum
(previously: Truth in Science) for Apologia Science.

Now, don’t get me wrong here,
I still love Truth in Science.
I am so very fond of the Christ centered worldview presented throughout the program.
There was really nothing wrong with the program.
We had lots of fun learning about animal classification,
plants and trees. But…

We just have been so taken with notebooking lately.
We found ourselves straying a bit from our Science lessons and
creating our own notebook adventures.

So, I finally made the call to switch over to Apologia Science
which has pre-bound notebooking elements available.

Oh Happy Day.

This is our very first Apologia product.
(can you believe that?)

And while I always find that I am in LOVE with every curriculum that I purchase
(at least for the first half of the year *snicker*)
I’m really thinking that Apologia is going to make it the Long Term at our house.

There is just no substitute for pre-planned daily lessons,

pre-bound spiral notebooks,

LAPBOOKING elements,

and multi-level accommodations.

And no, this is not a review for Apologia,
just sharing the excitement over a new addition to our classroom.

(Though if you’re looking for a great price on Apologia products,
do check out our sponsors, Hearts at Home Curriculum!
They offer 30% Apologia EVERYDAY!

Anyway, I love that more and more curriculum publishers
are incorporating multi-level teaching options and notebooking supplements,
it makes it so much easier for us homeschool moms!

Isn’t it fun making mid-year changes?

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Our 2012 Homeschool Curriculum

I am late to the party.

Hopefully fashionably late and not
Why did she even bother late.

Not Back to School Blog Hop

Nevertheless, here are our 2012 Curriculum Choices.

This is a bit long because I have them attached to our goals for the year.
I have found that writing GOALS and ACTION plans help me to see how we will
be putting the resources to work on a daily basis.

If you’re just interested in WHAT we are using, look for the RESOURCES
under each topic.

Bible Study

• BUILD CHARACTER (honestly my biggest goal every year…..for me too)
• Memorize entire Awana book

Sunday School
Awana Program
Heroines of the Past (Sissy)
LifePac Bible (Bub)
Lessons in Righteousness, We Choose Virtues

In Action:
Each week children will attend Sunday School and Awana programs. On Monday children will review their Sunday School lesson and complete any take home sheets. Bub will work on his LifePac through out the week, Sissy will complete her bible study by Friday.

Day 1: Review Sunday School Lesson, Awana Verse
Day 2: Study and Recite Awana Verse with help
Day 3: Study and Recite Awana Verse with no help.
Day 4: New Story for Awana Verse
Day 5: Bible Study Due, Awana Verse

Reading/Language Arts

Expand Vocabulary
Expand Comprehension

Learning Language Arts Through Literature Gr.4 & Gr.2
Christian Light Reader & Workbook Gr.4 & Gr.2

In Action:
Both children will complete daily lessons with LLATL.
Children will have 1 week to complete each CL lesson. They can work at their own pace and will be responsible for making sure their work is completed by Friday.

Day 1: LLATL, CL
Day 2: LLATL, CL
Day 3: LLATL, CL
Day 4: LLATL, CL
Day 5: LLATL, CL


• Write at Grade Level
• Expand Vocabulary, Spelling
• Refine Handwriting Skills.
• Produce an end of the year report (biography on president)
• Keep a basic daily writing journal

Composition Notebooks for Daily Journal
Writing Strands 3 (Sissy)
Writing Guides (Bubba)
Building Spelling Skills 3 (Sissy) Building Spelling Skills 2 (Bubba)
Happy Scribe Copybook for Handwriting

In Action:
Children will have daily writing in their journals based on a story starter topic. Bubba will write 3 sentences, Sissy will write 5.
Sissy will follow sequential lessons in writing strands. Bub will work on thematic writing guides. Both children will follow daily lessons in spelling.

Day 1: Journal, Writing Lesson, Spelling
Day 2: Journal, Writing Lesson, Spelling
Day 3: Journal, Writing Lesson, Spelling
Day 4: Journal, Writing Lesson, Spelling
Day 5: Journal, Writing Lesson, Spelling


SPEED. Must Master those Math Facts.
Proficiency with Multiplication, Division & Skip Counting Facts 1-12.
Grade Level Math completion.

Math-U-See Gamma Bubba
EnVision Math Grade 4 Sissy
Minute Math Drills

In Action:
Children will complete one math lesson each day. Sissy will begin to use a graph paper notebook to record answers.
Both children will take a minute math drill every day, with an incentive for beating the clock.

Day 1: Sequential Lesson, Math Drill
Day 2: Sequential Lesson, Math Drill
Day 3: Sequential Lesson, Math Drill
Day 4: Sequential Lesson, Math Drill
Day 5: Weekly Test, Math Drill Incentive


Continue our studies on Biblical History
Continue our Visual Timeline book
Expand American History (Lewis & Clark)

Mystery of History
Notebooking Printables
Blank Timeline Printables
Heritage History
Notebooking Living Books Printables

In Action:
We will review last years timeline, and then pick up at Joseph.
Every so often we’ll throw in a living book from HH as they fit with our topics.

Day 1: Lesson & Activity
Day 2: Lesson & Activity
Day 3: Lesson & Activity
Day 4: Review & Timeline
Day 5: Review & Quiz


Connect Geography with History
Learn map reading, mapmaking, and more terms through studying the Holy lands.
Map and understand the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Review and retain our 50 States and Capitols. Work on locations and spelling.

Trail Guide to Bible Geography & Student Notebook
Student Bible Atlas
Lewis & Clark Unit Study from Homeschool Legacy

Always IceCream & Clever Dragons US State Review

In Action:
Day 1: Sequential Lesson and Notebook activity
Day 2: Sequential Lesson and Notebook activity
Day 3: Sequential Lesson and Notebook activity
Day 4: Sequential Lesson and Notebook activity
Day 5: Sequential Lesson and Notebook activity

Physical Education/Health
Play one team sport per season.
Show and understand sportsmanship

Community Sports
Family Time Fitness
Abeka Health

In Action:
Depending on scheduling, children will either take a Family Time Fitness lesson or participate in their sport. One additional health/nutrition lesson to be completed by the end of the week.

Day 1: FTF or Sport
Day 2: FTF or Sport
Day 3: FTF or Sport
Day 4: FTF or Sport
Day 5: FTF, Nutrition Lesson


Learn about scientific inquiry
Keep a nature journal of flowers, insects, animals near our home

Truth in Science
The Backyard!

In Action:
Children will have two science lessons a week.
They will be responsible for one journal entry in their nature journal each week. Entries can be a drawing, photgraph, description, poem, story, list, rubbing…ect.

Day 1: TIS
Day 2:
Day 3: TIS
Day 4:
Day 5: Journaling due.

Social Studies

It’s an election year!
We’ll learn about branches of government, process of election, voting, the constitution and more.
Know some key Presidents and contributions, Sissy can begin to learn them all.
Choose one President for end of the year report (tie in with writing)

Democracy in Action
President Flash Cards
Always IceCream & Clever Dragons to review US Presidents

In Action:
We will be group notebooking all about our government.
Children will read a biography on a president of their choice, and prepare a small report as an end of the year project.


Learn a couple more Famous Artists
Begin to learn techniques to drawing


In Action:
Each week, children will complete one art lesson from their Artpac at their own leisure. Through out the year, I will bring in a few short Art History lessons with a corresponding project.

Foreign Language: Rosetta Stone Spanish?

Music: Hmmmm….

I’m super glad there are over 400 other entries in the Not-Back-to-School Blog Hop!
Going to go find some resources to fill in the rest of my curiculum blanks!

Come back next week for a peek into our Homeschool Classroom!

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WIN a $75 Homeschool Giftcard!

UPDATE: This contest is now closed and our winner has been drawn:

Comment #397 was Heidi who said, “I would like to try adventures in science.”

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Don’t forget, even if you didn’t win you can still score some great deals
with the Hearts at Home Summer Sale through then end of this month!

Original post follows:


You read that correctly;

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This is on our “maybe” list……it looks very promising.

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This looks really useful for notebooking, and I love Common Sense Press
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Coming in August…..

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Thanks to our July Sponsors: Hearts at Home Curriculum Store and Speekee

Hearts at Home Curriculum is a fantastic place to do your curriculum shopping, did you know they have Apologia titles at 30% off?

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Thanks Friends!!!

Okay….so it’s August.

And besides continuing to homeschool this Summer,
we are also in some serious TRAINING over her:

Potty Training.

Monkey(2) has decided that he no longer wants to be held down by a humongous soggy elmo diaper….instead opting to steal his brothers Spiddy-pants to enjoy the freedom of running through the house, yard, and street at a much faster pace. And then later of course making grand unintelligible attempts at telling me (AFTER THE FACT) of all the strange things that happened on his Spiddy Adventure.

So……It’s time to get proactive here.

(perhaps before his brother catches on that the Spiddy pants are in-fact his and not a new pair I bought for Monkey to to be just like big brother.)

So most of the rest of my Summer (and Winter and Spring) will be spent running around asking, “Need to go pee pee?” “Lets go try potty!” “Time to flush,” “Bye Bye!” and of course

No no NO TOUCH Poo Poo!

I’ll be pretty busy.

But I am hoping to add a few things here and there:

Not Back to School Blog Hop

First, in all the potty chaos I’m hoping that I’ll stay organized enough to participate in the Not-Back-to-School Blog Hop, there are three more weeks covering SchoolRoom, Student Photo & Day in the Life. I simply must get my act together if I’m going to accomplish this.

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And I’m also (hoping to finish in August) a Ten Commandments Lapbook…..nothing to serious, somthing for the little ones to study and hopefully memorize them all. I’ve seen lots of amazing commandment folders and I’m excited to finally cut a file folder into the shape of tablets!
(I’m easily amused, no?)

Also, I’ll be posting more Bible Verse Printables on Totally Tots!
We’re currently on the third CD of Seeds family worship music.

Other then that I’ll be hanging out on Pinterest, and Facebook.…come stop by and say hi!

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Not-Back-to-School: Curriculum Week

Not Back to School Blog Hop

Today I’m joining up with the Not-Back-to-School Blog Hop
in order to share what we’ll be using in our classroom for the upcoming
2011-2012 school year.

I will be homeschooling a 3rd Grader, and a First Grader next year,
and I’m going to do my best to OVERLAP learning where ever possible.

In order to prepare for our school year I’ve come up with a basic
outline of the different tasks I want my children to complete.

This here outline will pretty much serve as our
entire schedule for the WHOLE year.

Once it’s finished I’m just going to make myself
a weekly calendar and then I plan to
simply fly by the seat of my pants.
(I think that’s a type of homeschooling…right?)

Also….as a disclaimer:
This isn’t complete
So if there are blanks or spaces in my outline it’s not a mistake
I just haven’t gotten there yet,
but I really, really wanted to join up in the blog hop,
so I’m posting now even though
there is still work to be done.

And really is a homeschool Mom’s work ever finished…?

Okay, disclaimer over
On to the fun stuff:

Bible Study

• Identify biblical character qualities
• Memorize Scripture: 36 verses
• Memorize Entire Awana book

• Seeds Family Worship Music w/Bible Printables
• We Choose Virtues (Review Coming Soon!)
• Awana Program
• Homeschool Creations Printables
• Printable Memory Chart
• Lessons in Righteousness

In Action: (Listen to Song each day, Virtue Stickers each day)
Day 1: Seeds Full Verse, Awana Verse, New Virtue
Day 2: Seeds Minibooks, Discuss trait/promise, Awana Verse, Virtue Game
Day 3: Seeds Copywork, Children say Awana Verse to Leader, Virtue
Day 4: New Awana Verse, Look up in Bible, Virtue
Day 5: Memory Chart Day, Sticker, bonus for last week

Reading/Language Arts

• Expand Vocabulary
• Expand Comprehension
• Expand Spelling List
• Christian Light Reader Grade 1 & Workbook
• Christian Light Reader Grade 3 & Workbook
• Dynamic Literacy

In Action: Children will have 1 week to complete each CL lesson. They can work at their own pace and will be responsible for making sure their work is completed by Friday.
Day 1: DL
Day 2: DL
Day 3: DL
Day 4: DL
Day 5: DL


• Write at Third Grade Level
• Expand Vocabulary
• Learn Self-Check Methods
• Produce variety of papers
• Keep a basic daily writing journal

• Write Source
• Writing Guides (I’ll be posting these as I make and use them)
• Hmmmm….Should I purchase an actual Writing Program?

In Action:
Each week Sissy will complete one paper, Each week Bubba will complete a writing project.
Day 1: Topic Choice, Brainstorming
Day 2: Details, Outline
Day 3: Rough Draft
Day 4: Revision
Day 5: Final Draft, Written or Typed.


• Proficiency with Multiplication & Skip Counting Facts 1-12.
• Prepare for 3rd Grade State Math Test, Meet all marks.

• Math-U-See (Beta & Delta)
• Various Math Workbooks (Singapore Mental Math, Coordinate Graphing,
• Multiplication Pocket Folder (I might make a Division one too!)

In Action: Hmmm….better get to planning!
Day 1:
Day 2:
Day 3:
Day 4:
Day 5:

Foreign Language

• Successfully complete 1 year in Spanish

• Speekee Spanish w/Homeschool Curriculum
• Spanish Co-op 1x/week
• Spanish Workbook Level 1 & Level 2
• Library w/Spanish reading material

In Action:
Day 1: Speekee, Workbook
Day 2: Workbook
Day 3: Speekee, Workbook
Day 4: Workbook
Day 5: Co-op


• 50 States w/Capitals and Locations
• Oregon State History, Industry, General Statistics

• States Song (Both my children have almost got this song down!!)
• Sequence States & Capitols
• Scrambled States Game (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this game!)
• Road Trip USA from Confessions of a Homeschooler
• USA File Folder Game
• USA Atlas
• USA Map
• Stack the States iPhone Ap
• Oregon State Mini-Lapbook

In Action: (New State every week)
Day 1: Song, Map State, Nickname
Day 2: Song, State Flashcard, State Facts
Day 3: Song, Coloring Page, State Abbreviation
Day 4: Song, Map State on own, w/Capitol
Day 5: Song, State Flag added to “Passport”


• Increase WPM typing skills
• Learn basics of MS Word, Type up Writing Project
• Learn basics of Power Point, Create Presentation
• Learn basics of Photoshop, Create Custom Graphic
• Demonstrate Online Skills in Researching Topics
• Navigate Online Library
• Use CPU for Reference tools (dictionary, calculator)
• Understand Online safety rules.

• Typing Instructor for Kids
• Photoshop
• Power Point/MS Word & Online Tutorials for Kids
• Library

In Action:
Day 1: Typing
Day 2: Software (PP, Word, PS, or….)
Day 3: Typing
Day 4: Software (PP, Word, PS, or….)
Day 5: Typing


• Begin to Learn Biblical History
• Create Visual Timeline book
• Expand American History (Unit Study Native Americans)
• Learn State History
• Mystery of History (36 weeks)
• Blank Timeline Printables
• Library System

In Action:
Day 1: Lesson & Activity
Day 2: Lesson & Activity
Day 3: Lesson & Activity
Day 4: Review & Timeline
Day 5: Review & Quiz


• Learn the scientific method
• Complete Science Projects (Hands on)
• End Year with Science Presentation w/Oral Report

• Hmmmm….You’re thoughts? I’m trying to decide between Truth in Science & Apologia!

In Action:
Day 1:
Day 2:
Day 3:
Day 4:
Day 5:

Physical Education / Health

• Play one team sport per season.
• Show and understand sportsmanship

• P.E. Co-Op
• Community Sports
• P.E. Co-Op

In Action:
Day 1: Nutrition Lesson, Team Sport Activity
Day 2: P.E. Co-op
Day 3: Nutrition Lesson, Team Sport Activity
Day 4: P.E Co-op
Day 5: Free Play

Homemaking for Sissy

• Learn to cook 3 different meals
• Learn 5 different embroidery stitches
• Expand knitting, sewing, skills (Sissy)
• Earn 5 badges in Club

• Club
• Sewing for Kids
• Recipes for Kids

In Action:
Day 1:
Day 2:
Day 3:
Day 4:
Day 5: Project Free Time

Leadership for Bubba

• Learn to cook 3 different meals
• Identify 10 different tools and their use
• Learn to hammer, screw, sand, and bond wood.
• Complete Little Contenders of the Faith Workbook

• Little Contenders of Faith

In Action:
Day 1:
Day 2:
Day 3: Contender Project
Day 4:
Day 5: Skills Project followed by Free Time

Okay, so there it all is!
Now I’m off to explore all the other great Week One entries at the blog hop,
I’m sure I’ll have my blanks filled in in no time!

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$100 Hearts At Home Curriculum Giveaway

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“Homeschool Recon”

Recon: (short for RECONNAISSANCE)
Military . a search made for useful military information in the field, especially by examining the ground.
Surveying, Civil Engineering . a general examination or survey of a region, usually followed by a detailed survey.
Geology . an examination or survey of the general geological characteristics of a region

Homeschool . an examination or survey of classroom, students, teacher, and materials. Useful for adjusting details of eduction goals.

So I’ve alluded to the fact that I recently decided to seriously change up our homechool curriculum.

I wanted to explain more about that decision, but first you need to know a little background:

Most of you know I just had a baby.

Some of you know that before that baby,
I had just had a baby.

A Few of you know that this year we also moved.
(not too far, we’re still Oregonians!)

And there might even be a few of you that know
how crazy my day to day life can really get.

Well, standing there amidst all those life changes…..
I worried.

Isn’t there a bible verse about that?

Yikes…there are quite a few.

I was worried that with all the other life changes that were going on, that I simply wouldn’t have my wits about me to teach my children.

I could list the many thoughts and fears that were going through my mind
but overall the main question was HOW?

HOW can I teach a 2nd Grader, a Kindergartner,
and a Tot, with a baby?

HOW am I going to get 4-6 hours sleep a night
(not in a row mind you)
and still get up and ready with a
fun filled homeschool adventure for the kids?

HOW am I not going to pull my hair out in frustration when
Dinner is burning on the stove,
Freckles is screaming,
Monkey has an accident on the carpet,
Bub is covered in finger paint, and
Sissy needs help with fractions.


Well, I hope you haven’t read this far and expected me to answer that question.

Cause it’s not going to happen.

I have no idea HOW.

I think that’s one of the finer points in life though isn’t it?

So I’ve decided to put all that worry aside.

And instead of wondering about the HOW,

I’m going to focus more on the NOW.

(Okay, imagine I said that without soundy corny)

Cause I’m serious.

NOW, I’ve got some work to do:

MISSION 1: Restocking Rations
The search for a new Curriculum!

Stay Tuned….

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