Sunday, July 26, 2015

Printable Homeschool Planner

As a fellow homeschool mom, I know what mom's are looking for in the perfect planner...

All the forms you need to stay organized - check!
Fun and colorful graphics - check!
Perpetual Calendar you can use again and again - check!
A daily docket page to keep track of daily tasks, meals and chores - check!

>>> Best of all - a cover page customizable with your family name, to make it a personalized planner all your own. <<<



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This printable planner includes the following PDF files in standard letter size (8.5x11 inches):

1. Cover Page (standard non-customized version included, you will receive the customized version sent to your email using the family name listed in your order within 48 hours).
2. Daily Page "The Plan for Today" - room to keep track of meal planning and chores.
3. Student Time Table
4. Lined Notes
5. Homeschool Budget Worksheet
6. Categorized To-Do Lists (4 on one page)
7. "Right Now...", and "Looking Forward" - a place to record current projects and future goals.
8. Art Project Organizer
9. Art Project Ideas
10. Student Reading List
11. Summer Themed Reading List
12. Library Books List
13. Curriculum Planner
14. Report Card Template
15. School Supplies Shopping List (pre-filled, with room to add on)
16. Attendance Record (Version 1: August to July)
17. Attendance Record (Version 2: January to December)
18. Lined Handwriting Practice Paper
19. "Our Family Schedule" planning sheet
20. Schedule Planner (for Curriculum)
21. Book List (to borrow or purchase)
22. Unit Study Planning Sheet 1
23. Unit Study Planning Sheet 2
24. Field Trip Journal
25. Field Trip Report
26. High School Course Planner

And...

12 sheets of monthly lesson plan templates, room for 5 subjects on each page.
12 sheets of monthly lesson plan templates, room for 6 subjects on each page.
12 sheets of monthly calendars in landscape format (undated, can be used year after year!)



Saturday, May 23, 2015

Grade 1 Homeschool Videos


Videos based on some of the topics in the book "What Your First Grader Needs to Know" by Hirsch.


I have not previewed all these videos, parental discretion advised.

Literature:
1. The Boy Who Cried Wolf (10:38)
2. 30 Days Hath September (1:34)
3. Owl and the Pussycat (1:58)
5. The Owl and the Pussy Cat - 1952 Animated (2:34)
6. Vintage Disney - Wynken, Blynken and Nod (2:24)
7. The Fox and the Grapes - 1941 Animated (7:10)
8. Fable: The Dog in the Manger (1:41)
9. The Milkmaid (4:51)
10. The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg (23:43)
11. Winnie the Pooh Movie (1:50:42)
12. Jim Henson's The Frog Prince - 1971 (50:29)
13. Hansel and Gretel - 1987 live action (1:25:49)
14. Tom Thumb - Animated (22:16)
15. Jack and the Beanstalk - 1974 Animated (1:28:30)
16. Vintage Disney - The Pied Piper (7:25)
17. Super Why: The Princess and the Pea (25:24)
18. Vintage Animated Version of Puss in Boots (22:24)
19. Vintage Animated Rapunzel (10:30 - 3 parts)
20. Animated Rumpelstiltskin (25:00)
21. Animated Sleeping Beauty (25:22)
22. The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends: Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny (25:35)
23. The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends: The Tale of Mr. Tod (25:25)
24. Peter Rabbit: Two bad Mice and Johnny Town-Mouse (25:39)
25. Peter Rabbit: The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy Winkle and Mr. Jeremy Fisher (25:17)
26. Peter Rabbit: The Tailor of Gloucester (25:25)
27. Peter Rabbit: The Tale of Samuel Whiskers (25:45)
28. Peter Rabbit: Tom Kitten and Jemima Puddle Duck (25:39)
29. Peter Rabbit: The Flopsy Bunnies and Mrs. Tittlemouse (25:43)
30. Peter Rabbit: The Tale of the Pigling Bland (26:27)

Fine Arts:
1. Drawing a Self Portrait in Grade 1 (11:03)
2. Children's Opera: Little Red Riding Hood (9:59)
3. Jackie Evancho - Youngest Female Opera Singer (6:56)
4. Jackie Evancho - A Journey to Stardom (5:54)
5. How to Paint a Mural - Time Lapse (2:48)
6. Happy and You Know It - Melody Street (5:26)
7. Mozart - Alla Turca - Melody Street (2:42)
8. Frère Jacques (1:32)
9. Kids Sing A Long: Dry Bones (2:03)
10. Song: Michael Row the Boat Ashore (1:55)
11. Dance Along: Skip to My Lou (2:18)
12. Song: There's a Hole in My Bucket Dear Liza (3:11)

History:
1. The Story of Thanksgiving - Pilgrims (3:10)
2. Liberty's Kids: Boston Tea Party (21:36)
3. Liberty's Kids: Deborah Samson Soldier of the Revolution (21:36)
4. Yankee Doodle Went to Town (1:59)
5. Great Innovators: Gutenberg and the Printing Press by Storybots (1:34)
6. The Wright Brothers and the Airplane by Storybots (1:29)
7. Great Innovators: Marconi and the Radio by Storybots (1:31)

Math:
1. 3D Shapes I know (3:02)
2. Time: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1:12)
3. Time: The Days of the Week (1:16)
4. Months of The Year Song (2:03)
5. Telling Time for Kids (5:32)
6. Months of the Year Song by the Learning Station (3:18)
7. Math Monsters - Units of Measurement (15:33)
8. Math Monsters - Geometry (15:23)
9. Math Monsters - Patterns (14:50)
10. Math Monsters - Counting and Symbolizing (14:53)
11. The Number Crew Series
12. Rhombus - songs about shapes by Storybots (1:28)
13. Time: Seconds, Minutes and Hours by StoryBots (1:25)

Science:
1. Forest Habitat (2:30)
2. Magic School Bus: All Dried Up - Desert Habitats (29:01)
3. Animals Under the Sea: What's That? (22:28)
4. Wild Kratts - the Food Chain (24:25)
5. NASA - Tidal Forces on Earth (0:20)
6. The Skeletal System (1:29)
7. The Muscular System (7:06)
8. Circulatory System (6:11)
9. Digestive System (3:34)
10. How Your Heart Works (6:14)
11. How Your Immune System Works (7:25
12. The Nervous System (4:30)
13. Bill Nye Electricity Clip (6:49)
14. Popular Mechanics for Kids - Electricity (23:10)
15. Electrical Safety Video (3:30)
16. Cookie Monster Explains Day and Night (1:47)
17. Constellations: Connect the Dots in the Sky! (3:44)
18. Exploring Rocks and Minerals (7:16)
19. Great Innovators: Thomas Edison and the Light Bulb by the StoryBots (1:29)
20. Outer Space: A Beautiful, Beautiful World - the Earth Song by Storybots (1:56)
21. Outer Space: We are the Planets, The Solar System Song by Storybots (1:58)
22. Layers of the Earth (6:26)

Health
1. My Body Belongs to Me (4:16)
2. What is a Medicine? (1:26)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Grade 4 Homeschool Videos

Videos to support the topics in the book "What Your Fourth Grader Needs to Know" by Hirsch.




I have not previewed all the videos, parental discretion advised.

Literature:
1. Paul Revere's Ride (6:29)
2. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table - with a twist (10:00)
3. Saint George and the Dragon (2:41)
4. Robin Hood - Disney - 1973 (1:08:10)
5. Robinson Crusoe - Animated Version 1988 (46:37)
6. Gulliver's Travels - Animated Version 1939 (1:16:26)
7. Treasure Island - Animated Version 1972 (1:26:24)
8. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow ~ the headless horseman (32:21)

Language Arts:
1. Schoolhouse Rock Verbs (3:00)
2. Schoolhouse Rock Nouns (3:01)
3. Schoolhouse Rock Adjectives (3:23)
4. Schoolhouse Rock Pronouns (3:01)
5. Schoolhouse Rock Adverbs (3:23)
6. Schoolhouse Rock Conjunctions (3:00)
7. Schoolhouse Rock Interjections (3:00)
8. Schoolhouse Rock Subjects and Predicates (3:00)
9. Punctuation Explained, by punctuation! (1:39)
10. Run-On Sentences by Shmoop (4:35
11. A Contraction Has An Apostrophe (0:44)
12. How to Use Apostrophes (2:34)
13. Quotation Marks (0:36)
14. Commas & Quotes (0:44)
15. Antonyms and Synonyms (4:04)
16. Homophone Monkey: A fun song about Homophones (1:06)
17. Homophones Song with Cleo the Lion (1:39)
18. Prefixes and Suffixes by the Bazillions (3:12)
19. Idiom: As the crow flies (0:30)
20. Everyday Idioms (14:07)
21. Idiom: to break the ice (0:57)
22. Idiom: to get the ball rolling (0:57)
23. Idiom: to see the light at the end of the tunnel (1:07)
24. Idiom: Under the weather (1:07)
25. Idiom: To be on top of the world (0:57)

History and Geography
1. 25 Biggest, Tallest, Deepest and Smallest Places in the World (6:52)
2. Nat Geo: Himalayan Mountains Documentary (47:18)
3. National Geographic Live - Ed Viesturs the first American to summit all 14 of the world's highest mountains without supplemental oxygen (30:15)
4. French Alps from Eagles Cam (1:06)
5. The Alps to music (6:24)
6. Castle - PBS - David Macaulay (56:21)
7. Cathedral - PBS - David Macaulay (57:11)
8. The Story of the Magna Carta (13:37)
9. The past, present and future of the bubonic plague - Animated (4:12)
10. Animated Classics: Marco Polo (27:53
11. Animated - Ancient China's Contributions to the World (15:59)
12. Animated - Ancient China from Dynasty to Destiny (15:36)
13. American History - Liberty's Kids Series
14. Schoolhouse Rock - Preamble to the Constitution (3:03)
15. Biography of George Washington for Kids (4:54)
16. Disney the Presidents: John Adams (3:16)
17. Histeria's Lewis & Clark with Commentary - Animated (6:56)
18. Animated Short Film about the Slave Trade (34:29)
19. Schoolhouse Rock - Right to Vote (2:58)
20. Women's Suffrage in the 20th Century (2:26)
21. The Alhambra - A World's Marvel (5:14)
22. Explore the Taj Mahal with Google Maps (1:07)
23. 7 Wonders of India: Taj Mahal (3:43)

Fine Arts:
1. Time Signatures Explained (13:05)
2. Treble Clef (6:15)
3. Naturals, Sharps, Flats, Double Sharps and Double Flats (10:51)
4. Vocal Warm Ups for Kids (4:02)
5. Vocal Exploration (3:27)
6. Handel's Messiah - Short Documentary (9:48)
7. Hayden for Kids! (8:47)
8. Sing: Auld Lang Syne (the happy New Year song) for kids (2:23)
9. Sing: My Grandfather's Clock (5:00)
10. Sing: Waltzing Matilda - Australian Song (2:55)

Math:
1. Khan Academy Grade 4 Addition and Subtraction
2. Khan Academy Grade 4 Multiplication and Division
3. Khan Academy Grade 4 Fractions
4. Khan Academy Grade 4 Decimals
5. Khan Academy Grade 4 Measurement and Data
6. Khan Academy Grade 4 Place Value and Rounding

Science:
1. Once Upon A Time...  Animated Circulation & Respiration Playlist
2. Bill Nye Circulation and Respiration Playlist
3. NASA Real World: Heart Rate and Blood Pressure (5:47)
4. What are Blood Types? (3:04)
5. Sid the Science Kid: Amazing Lungs (26:19)
6. How do my lungs work? (1:59)
7. Harmful effects of smoking, for kids (8:10)
8. Quarks: Inside the Atom (2:55)
9. Solution, Solvent, Solute (6:33)
10. Bill Nye Electricity (6:49)
11. Electricity 101 - Animated Series
12. Why does the earth have layers? (4:51)
13. Nat Geo: Earthquakes 101 (2:38)
14. Nat Geo: Tsunami 101 (3:28)
15. Nat Geo: Hurricanes 101 (2:51)
16. Geography Lesson: Volcanoes (3:13)
17. How does a Geyser work? (4:39)
18. Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics Theory for kids (5:29)
19. Soil Erosion for Kids (6:31)
20. Exploring Rocks and Minerals (7:16)
21. Understanding a Weather Map (3:49)
22. How Clouds Form, Types of Clouds (2:07)
23. How does thunder and lightning happen? (2:00)
23. How do tornados form? Animated (4:11)

Biographies
1. Elizabeth Blackwell - the first woman to receive a medical degree (1:44)
2. Dr. Charles Drew - founder of modern blood banking (2:46)
3. Michael Faraday - World's First Electric Generator (3:48)



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Grade 3 Homeschool Videos

Video's based on the topics in the book"What Your Third Grader Needs to Know" by Hirsch.



I did not preview all of the videos, parental discretion advised.

Fine Arts:
1. BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Strings (3:04)
2. BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Woodwind (2:51)
3. BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Brass (1:57)
4. BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Percussion (1:18)
5. BBC Orchestra Performs Main Star Wars Theme (6:06)
6. Elements of Art: Shape (0:44)
7. Elements of Art: Line (3:25)
8. Elements of Art: Color (4:42)
9. Elements of Art: Texture (4:08)
10. Elements of Art: Space (4:53)
11. Elements of Art: Value (3:26)
12. Elements of Art: Form (2:57)
13. Elements of Dance (4:14)
14. Traditional Indian Quilt Making (8:14)
15. Animated Beethoven Movie (27:45)
16. Vincent Van Gogh for Children (4:12)
17. Leonardo Da Vinci for Children (5:01)
18. Documentary: The Genius of Mozart - A Miracle of Nature

Math:
1. Different ways of reading and writing dates. (ex. October 31, 2004 and 10/31/04)
2. Khan Academy 3rd Grade Measurement and Geometry
3. Khan Academy 3rd Grade Addition and Subtraction
4. Khan Academy 3rd Grade Multiplication and Division
5. Khan Academy 3rd Grade Fractions 
6. Khan Academy 3rd Grade Place Value and Rounding
7. Khan Academy 3rd Grade Expressions and Patterns

Science:
1. Classification of Living Things
2. Human Skeletal System
3. Human Body Systems: The 11 Champions (7:45)
4. Bacteria: The Good, the Bad, the Kinda Gross (4:40)
5. Viruses: Virus Replication and the Mysterious Common Cold (7:38)
6. Plant Reproduction in Angiosperms (8:04)
7. The Science of Light and Vision (2:59)
8. Structure and Working of Human Eye (5:19)
9. Refraction: Why glass prisms bend and separate light (2:34)
10. Colour Vision: Cone Cells, Retinal and Light (2:17)
11. How do touchscreens work (3:12)
12. Bill Nye Light Optics (22:37)
13. Bill Nye Light and Color
14. Bill Nye Eyeball
15. Bill Nye Sound
16. How the Ear Works (2:04)
17. Phases of the Moon (6:33)
18. Defining Gravity: Crash Course Kids 4.1 (3:11)
19. Classifying Organisms - Crash Course Kids (3:13)
20. Nicolaus Copernicus (2:58)
21. Biography of John Muir Part 1 (10:05)
22. Biography of John Muir Part 2 (12:15)
23. Animated Hero Classics Alexander Graham Bell (26:33)
24. Helen Keller Animated Film (27:54)
25. Once Upon a time Man - Life, Digestion - Animated (19:21)
26. Introduction to Biomes - HD dramatic musical video to show Ecology (3:09)
27. Biomes Our Earth's Major Life Zones (25:47)
28. Peppa Pig: Recycling (5:10)

Social Studies:
1. Bill Nye Rivers & Streams
2. Important rivers of the world
3. 3 minutes in the Roman Empire (3:06)
4. Hannibal's Elephants BBC (3:51)
5. The Last Day of Pompeii (3:19)
6. The Vikings - In a Nutshell (2:07)
7. American History - Liberty's Kids series
8. Henry Hudson (5:23)
9. Once Upon a time... The Explorers - The First Navigators (23:13)

Language Arts:
1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Part 1 (9:57)
2. Disney version of Alice in Wonderland (1:00 hr)
3. Fairy Tale Classics: Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves (9:13)
4. The Little Match Girl (6:00)
5. Adventures from the Book of Virtues: Courage (William Tell) (23:48) (Series, can watch more)
6. Mythic Warriors: Prometheus and Pandora's Box (22:34) (Series, can watch more)
7. Fiction vs. Non-Fiction for Kids (1:52)



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Grade 1 Curriculum Plans: 2015-2016

We are homeschoolers in B.C. Canada. We follow an Eclectic Classical model of education. How that looks different for Grade 1 is that we focus a lot on history, which we do on a four year rotation (Ancients, Middle Ages, Up to 1850, then Current Modern Times). We also read a lot of classic literature, books that have stood the test of time. We also choose to do Singapore Math instead of the Canadian math curriculum.


I'm almost finished planning for next year. Just have to add a list of read aloud books, a couple homemade unit studies, and then create our loop schedule. Our loop schedule is mainly for language arts.

I would like to keep our schedule as close as possible next year to what it was this year:

Day 1: History Day, Biblical Studies & Gymnastics

Day 2: Math,  L.A. Loop schedule and one block of art, science or unit study

Day 3: Math, L.A. Loop schedule and one block of art, science or unit study

Day 4: Math, L.A. Loop schedule and one block of art, science or unit study

Day 5: Math,  L.A. Loop schedule and one block of field trip and/or other extracurricular activity

Things like health & careers or Canadian socials are done within the unit study blocks.

Read alouds daily in the evening before bed. Piano is practiced every day in the evening except for Fridays.

We are doing a bunch of our science curriculum in advance over the summer because we are studying animals and insects next year and those will be harder to observe in the dead of winter.

We do school year round.

Language Arts - Phonics




Language Arts - Reading

  • Penguin Young Readers Guided Reading Books
  • A variety of read alouds chosen from various book lists: "The Well Trained Mind" by Susan Wise Bauer, The Story of the World activity guide, AmblesideOnline, Veritas Press, Memoria Press, Sonlight, Cornerstone Learning Resources, etc.

Language Arts - Handwriting

  • A Reason for Handwriting Workbook
  • Draw. Right. Now. Book Six: Animals and Habitats (Handwriting & Drawing)
  • Supplement: Christian Light Education Language Arts Workbooks


Language Arts - Creative Writing



Language Arts - Spelling



Language Arts - Grammar

Language Arts - Writing
  • Writing With Ease by Bauer
  • Charlotte Mason Copywork


Language Arts - Poetry

  • "Back to the Garden" CD by Ted Jacobs. Robert Louis Stevenson's Poetry put to song.
  • "Talking like the Rain" by Kennedy
  • "The Llama Who Had No Pajama" by Mary Ann Hoberman
  • Memorize some easy classic poems (from First Language Lessons).



Language Arts - Other Supplements



Math

  • RightStart Math Level B - 2nd Edition, or Singapore U.S. Edition. Looking into Miquon currently to see if I like it better then RightStart.
  • Supplement: Christian Light Education Math Workbooks


Social Studies

  • CLE Social Studies
  • Learn to sing "Oh Canada"
  • Dover Coloring Book: Community Helpers
  • Read alouds about Canada, Canadian culture, communities, Canadian symbols, etc.


History

  • Story of the World series with activity guide, projects, mapping work and read alouds - we are finishing up Ancient Civilzations (since that's what her brother is studying this year and we do history together) and starting Middle Ages in 2015-2016.
  • "A Child's History of the World" by Hillyer


Geography

  • Apple Press Mapping K-2 book or Evan-Moor Beginning Geography


Science & Nature Study



Art

  • "Drawing with Children" Monart Method
  • Printmaking, Clay, Painting, Drawing, Collage, Construction.
  • Art is Fundamental curriculum book (goes through 3 years of fundamentals - not sure about this one yet, still have to check it out)
  • Lyra Super Ferby pencil crayons
  • Draw. Right. Now - Book Six: Animals & Habitats
  • HomeArtStudio DVD's
  • Projects from Deepspacesparkle.com


Music

  • Little Mozarts - learning piano series 
  • A Beka "Sing Unto the Lord" CD


Health & Careers

  • BOOST Safety First Coloring Book
  • Community Helpers Coloring book
  • Safety Videos and Books (Stranger Danger, First-Aid, Nutrition, Dental health, etc.)
  • A BEKA Health Workbook


Phys Ed.

  • Swimming Lessons
  • Gymnastics
  • Ballet


Biblical Studies

  • "Telling God's Story" Year 1, by Peter Ens.
  • Looking for some New Testament stuff to add in, perhaps Bible Road Trip Year 3
  • A Beka Flash-A-Card Series and "Sing Unto the Lord" CD
  • 198218 Salvation Series Flash-a-Card Bible Stories—New
    198226 Creation, Adam, and Cain Flash-a-Card Bible Stories
    198234 Enoch, Noah, and Babel Flash-a-Card Bible Stories
    198242 Abraham and Isaac Flash-a-Card Bible Stories
    197513 Jacob Flash-A-Card Bible Stories
    198269 Joseph Flash-a-Card Bible Stories
    198285 First Christmas Flash-a-Card Bible Stories and Thanksgiving Story
    198293 Boyhood and Early Ministry of Jesus Flash-a-Card Bible Stories
    198307 Jesus Heals and Helps Flash-a-Card Bible Stories
    198315 Later Ministry of Jesus Flash-a-Card Bible Stories
    198323 Crucifixion and Resurrection Flash-a-Card Bible Stories
    241962 Life of Paul Series 1 Flash-a-Card Bible Stories
    89583 Grade 1 Sing unto the Lord CD
  • "The Jesus Storybook Bible"
  • The Gospel Story Bible
  • "The Beginner's Bible" DVD's
  • "What's in the Bible?" DVD's


Unit Study Ideas: weather, dogs, horses, Canadian animals, ocean life.


Monday, February 2, 2015

101 Unit Study Ideas and How to Plan One

First, the basics on how to plan a unit study:

1.) Check what you already have.

2.) Choose a spine. An in depth resource book that goes over the basics you want to cover.

3.) Look for supplemental books, videos, activities.

4.) Make a timeline of what you want to do when. It doesn't have to be planned down to the exact date and page numbers, but something general like "Read _____ books during _____ week."


Unit studies can be short or long. They can be as short as one or two days and as long as three months or even a year.

As you plan your unit study:

1.) Start by asking the child what questions they want answers to within the topic at hand. Write them down and when you find the answers during your study, record them in a notebook.

2.) Decide how much time you want to dedicate to the unit study and choose resources accordingly. It can be easy to go overboard. Remember you can always come back to the topic in the future and add on to what has already been learned.

3.) Make a list of library books for your unit study topic.

4.) Make a list of videos with links.

5.) Make a list of books.

6.) Make a list of projects and supplies.

7.) Make a shopping list of resources you'll need to purchase before starting.

Ways to show your work in a unit study:

1.) Photo's and scan's of art and projects.

2.) Keep a journal of questions asked and answers found.

3.) Make a relevant map or graph.

4.) Do some creative writing. A poem, a story, to do with the topic.

5.) Create a blog portfolio and blog about the topic (include photo's, website links, book and video links, original writing, etc.)

6.) Go on a field trip and scrapbook it.

7.) Interview an expert in the field of chosen topic.

8.) Clip news reports in a scrapbook.

9.) Make a skit and record it.

10.) Create a diorama.




Ideas for unit studies:

1.) All About Me
2.) My Community
3.) Weather
4.) Seasons - Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.
5.) Christmas Around the World
6.) A composer
7.) An artist
8.) Historical Heroes
9.) Dance
10.) Character Development
11.) Kids in the Kitchen - learning to cook, menu planning, grocery shopping, etc
12.) Specific Animals
13.) Deserts
14.) Oceans
15.) Freshwater Biomes
16.) Rainforest
17.) Temperate Forest
18.) Arctic / Tundra
19.) Botany
20.) Food Chains
21.) The Human Body / Anatomy
22.) Insects
23.) Mammals
24.) Microorganisms
25.) Technological Advances Over Time
26.) Ancient Civilizations
27.) Middle Ages
28.) Native Americans
29.) Prehistory
30.) Church History
31.) World Religions
32.) Nutrition
33.) Physical Fitness
34.) Sports
35.) Health & Safety
36.) Disaster Preparedness
37.) Study Geography and Culture of specific countries
38.) "Little House on the Prairie"
39.) U.S. Presidents
40.) Canadian Prime Ministers
41.) Government & Elections
42.) Economics
43.) Finances for Kids
44.) Personal Development (basically Character Development, but for teens)
45.) College & Careers
46.) Volcanoes
47.) Caves
48.) Birds & Eggs
49.) Castles
50.) Endangered Species
51.) Fairy Tales
52.) Families
53.) Farms
54.) Feelings
55.) Fire Safety
56.) Gardening
57.) Names of God
58.) Homes: around the world, long ago and today.
59.) Animal Homes
60.) Inventors
61.) The Mail / Post Office
62.) The Orchestra
63.) Olympics
64.) Photography
65.) Introduction to Art History
66.) Poetry
67.) Transportation
68.) World Poverty
69.) Anne of Green Gables
70.) Archaeology
71.) Aviation
72.) Black History Month
73.) Aesop's Fables
74.) Electricity
75.) The Five Senses
76.) History of the Monarchy
77.) Forces and Motion
78.) George Washington Carver
79.) Leonardo Da Vinci
80.) Galileo
81.) Marie Curie
82.) Pasteur
83.) Terry Fox
84.) The Holocaust
85.) Folk Tales from Around the World
86.) Life Cycles
87.) Light and Optics
88.) Mapping
89.) Properties of Matter
90.) The Periodic Table
91.) The Pilgrims
92.) Simple Machines
93.) The Stock Market
94.) The Tabernacle
95.) Vertebrates
96.) Water
97.) The Wetlands
98.) Famous Wars
99.) The Solar System
100.) Stars, Constellations.
101.) Literature Units based on a specific story book or novel.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Social Studies Timeline for Homeschool from Elementary through High School

After reading about the "Story of the World" curriculum and about the benefits of going through history chronologically from the beginning, I decided we would start prehistory and Ancient Civilization studies earlier then what is usually recommended in the learning outcomes. The Story of the World Curriculum is adaptable over approx. 3 grade levels, so both my kids will be doing it together. The second time we cycle through it I will have to use the adult history books by Susan Wise Bauer or find other material to fit the same time period, as my daughter will be going through it twice.

Homeschool in The Woods: http://www.homeschoolinthewoods.com/recordoftime.html


"Story of the World" includes Biblical history as well, wherever it fits in chronologically. Once we get into the Middle Ages and Modern Times I think it would be interesting to keep learning about Church History up until the current time, as we go through the timeline to the beginning of time until the present time.

Our schedule will look something like this:

2014 - 2015  Kindergarten and Grade 3
Ancient Civilizations 
(Story of the World Volume 1: From the Earliest Nomads to the Last Roman Emperor)
Including Old Testament History.

2015 - 2016 Grade 1 and Grade 4
World Civilizations 500 - 1600
(Story of the World Volume 2: The Middle Ages: From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance)
Including Early Church History and the development of other religions over the world at this time.

2016 - 2017 Grade 2 and Grade 5
Early Modern Times, Exploration, Aboriginal Cultures, Canada: Colony to Country
(Story of the World 3: Early Modern Times)

2017 - 2018 Grade 3 and Grade 6
Canada and The World
(Story of the World 4: From Victoria's Empire to the end of the USSR)
Potential Supplements for the Canada portion:
"Outlooks 5: Connections Canada" (Oxford Press)
'Outlooks 6: Global Citizens" (Oxford Press)

2018 - 2019 Grade 4 and Grade 7
Ancient Civilizations
She will cycle through Story of the World Volume 1 a second time.
He will use "Outlooks 7: Ancient Worlds" (Oxford Press) and "The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome" by Susan Wise Bauer as his spines.

2019 - 2020 Grade 5 and Grade 8
World Civilizations
She will cycle through Story of the World Volume 2 a second time.
He will use "History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade" and "The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the conquest of Constantinople" by Susan Wise Bauer as his spine.

2020 - 2021 Grade 6 and Grade 9
Europe and North America 1500 - 1815
She will cycle through Story of the World Volume 3 a second time.
He will use "Crossroads: A Meeting of Nations" (Pearson) with supplements.

2021 - 2022 Grade 7 and Grade 10
She will cycle through Story of the World Volume 4 a second time.
He will use "Challenge of the West: A Canadian Retrospective from 1815 - 1914" (Oxford University Press) with supplements.

2022 - 2023 Grade 8 and Grade 11
She will use "History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade" and "The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the conquest of Constantinople" by Susan Wise Bauer as his spine.
He will choose from electives.

2023 - 2024 Grade 9 and Grade 12
She will use  "Crossroads: A Meeting of Nations" (Pearson) with supplements.
He will choose from electives.

2024 - 2025 Grade 10
She will use "Challenge of the West: A Canadian Retrospective from 1815 - 1914" (Oxford University Press) with supplements.

2025 - 2026 Grade 11
She will choose from electives.

2026 - 2027 Grade 12
She will choose from electives.