Curriculum – 9th Grade

27 Jun

High School Curriculum Books

Well, here is our 9th grade curriculum. It’s taken awhile for everything to fall into place, but other than an elective, I finally have it all figured out. I have all our books on hand now, and just have to determine what we need for the science lab kit. Yay!

English: English I through the HSLDA Online Academy

Books for this class include:
Elements of Language, 3rd Course

Barron’s 1100 Words You Need to Know

Romeo and Juliet: Folger Library Edition

The Chosen by Chaim Potok

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Silas Marner by George Eliot

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Our Town by Thornton Wilder

Because we start school in July, and the class doesn’t begin until the end of August, my son will also use Vocabulary Lists obtained from Abeka’s Vocabulary, Spelling, Poetry III and read a couple of other books, including Adoniram Judson: Bound for Birma by Janet and Geoff Benge, for those first couple of months, and final month, of the year.


High School Curriculum Books

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We’ve Finished 8th Grade!

14 Jun



Well, it’s official. We’re finished with our eighth grade year! Can you believe it? I can’t. Next year we’re crossing into what I feel to be the scariest homeschooling territory: High School.

We ended this year with my son taking a CLEP Test for College Algebra after completing Saxon Algebra 2, and using the CLEP prep on the DIVE CD that came as part of his math package. Navigating the road to signing up for the CLEP, while getting appropriate ID for a minor under 13 was a bit of a hassle, but we managed to do what we had to do. Along with LOTS of hours of studying, my son went in and passed with flying colors. Yay! We were just both glad it was over, and relieved that we didn’t have to worry about math for awhile.



With the CLEP test behind us, it was time for me to figure out my son’s curriculum for next year. Normally I would have figured it out months ago, but I’ve been a bit behind with planning high school. Maybe it was a bit of being overwhelmed with the thought of planning high school. I was a bit unsure how I wanted to handle it, and not quite sure what I wanted to use for certain subjects. I had only one or two things decided on. Read the rest of this entry »

A Great Bag for Hauling Books and Supplies

11 Mar

H2T Executive Rolling Briefcase - Business 15.5" Laptop Holder TSA Compliant-Black


If you’re looking for a bag to take books and supplies with you, to homeschool on-the-go or at alternative locations, then this Executive Rolling Briefcase is a good option. I used to use a rolling crate, but this is a bit more stylish, and more efficient. I’ve only been using this this year, but really enjoy it.

There are three things that make this bag great: Read the rest of this entry »

Macy’s Museum Month – February 2016

07 Feb

San Diego Museum Sign


Yay! It’s field trip time!

If you happen to be in SoCal, then this might be a good chance to get out and take a field trip. February is Macy’s Museum Month and at various stores they offer 50% off admission passes throughout the month. Over 4o museums participate within the San Diego area, and there’s a wide variety of options that will appeal to most everybody! Why not find one that speaks to you and your homeschoolers and get out for some interactive learning?



Delorean at San Diego Automotive Museum


For the complete list of participating museums and more details, check out this link:

Learning for half the cost!


Fun American History Songs

31 Jan

“Constitution, constitution, the law that’s supreme, all across The Union…”

Okay, so maybe rap and hip-hop aren’t your thing, but maybe, just maybe, this music from Smart Songs can make some aspects of United States History a little bit more interesting to learn and remember for your homeschooler.

I stumbled upon these while looking for various videos for what we were studying for American History a couple of weeks ago. Most of the videos presented by this channel pertain to history, but there are a few others on there that could be useful as well. They’re a bit catchy, and are a great way to help your child learn or review some of this information. At the very least, it can break up a bit of the monotony that can come from learning history names and dates.


Online Course Sale – Ends Tomorrow 1/11/16

10 Jan

Well, I just found out about this, otherwise I would have posted it sooner for everyone. There is a great deal on online courses on this site, where most of them cost just $10 a course, and if you have older kids you might find one, or two, or many courses of value.

You can read reviews, and even do a preview and check out various videos throughout the course within a given time frame (I think you have 4 minutes or so to go through whatever sections you want.)

They have courses on languages, writing, computer stuff, and more. I haven’t had a whole lot of time to check it out yet, but I definitely will later today.

Anyway, I thought it might help some of you out there. Happy searching. Let us know if you find something you like!


*Edited: Sorry, I got the date wrong!

A Beka 8th Grade History Worksheets

07 Jan

America, Land I Love


If you’re using A Beka’s 8th grade history book, America, Land I Love, and are looking for worksheets, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve created a page and uploaded the files I’ve created for the book. These are like the sections at the end of each chapter, but done as worksheets for easy reference. There are the Review sheets for each chapter, which list the important places, people, and dates. I’ve also included a Terms section for each chapter, so the definition and information for each set of chapter terms can be filled in. You can find these files on the A Beka – America, Land I Love page.

Free Office Program – Open Office

05 Nov



Have you heard of Open Office?

I thought I’d post access to this awesome resource because someone was asking for PDFs since they don’t have MS Office, and I thought maybe a lot of you aren’t aware it exists. If you use Windows, Linux, or OS X (Apple?), then this free program is available to use. An alternative to using MS Office,  it has all the goodies MS Office has – word processing, presentation (slideshow) creation, database creation, spreadsheets, drawing, and a formula option, which I suspect is for creating math sheets, but I haven’t actually used at all myself.

The great thing about this program is that in the Word Processing option you can use to save things in MS Word format, so that they can easily be opened, and, in turn, you can open documents created in MS Word. Though I haven’t tried with other types of items, I’m assuming this is probably true for those files as well. It’s a great way for you and your children to have access to using these much-needed computer tools in our high-tech society, without the hefty price tag.

Check it out!

Pay It Forward Young Readers Edition – Quizzes Uploaded

22 Oct

Pay It Forward Young Readers Edition

I always liked the movie, Pay it Forward, despite some of its rough parts, and though I was never truly was fond of the ending. I liked the general idea behind the whole “Pay It Forward” concept, though, and when I saw they had a Young Readers Edition of the book, written by Catherine Ryan Hyde, I thought I’d have my son read it to at least get a feel for the idea.

Surprise, surprise, I read it along with my son (I haven’t read the regular version) and so much is different from the movie. Wow! I mean, yeah, that’s typically how it is with most books and their movies, but it was SO different we were both a bit shocked when we saw the alternate version.

I, having seen the movie first, prefer the movie version. My son, having read the book first, prefers the book.

This was a book I had my son read on his own, and then I’d give him a quiz to make sure he’d really read it, and then we’d discuss it. Since I couldn’t find any quizzes online for it, I made my own. I’ve uploaded those here on the Pay It Forward Page here on my site.


Pay It Forward Movie

It’s probably best if you read the story yourself, before deciding if it’s right for your child. Due to some of the concepts, it’s recommended for Read the rest of this entry »

Beyond the Mask – On DVD and Amazon Streaming

12 Oct

If you were interested in Beyond the Mask, and never went to see it in the theater, then you can see it now. Netflix offers it in their DVD options, and Amazon has the DVD for sale, as well as offering it for rent on Amazon Instant Video. The DVD from Netflix for us is on its way, and I can’t wait to see it!

In case you missed the original post here is the trailer:

Let us know what you think!

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