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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Back To School–Curriculum Week

nbts-blog-hop-calendar-20151[1]   Curriculum Week


Planning for our 2015/16 school year is complete -

Each year as I am planning a new school year I review, update and remind myself of why we are homeschooling through our Touchstones.

This helps me to get focused and has become a great tool in curriculum selecting for me.

We have been homeschooling for almost 20 years and graduated 4 children, and have 3 more to go. We have 8 children in all ages 11 – 26 but our 5th child – our special guy attends a special needs program.

I have used the Unit Study approach for most of our homeschool years with the elementary & middle school aged children. As they reach High School we transition them into independent learning, were I would set up their courses and they would either learn on their own with these resources, attend outside classes taught by myself and/or other homeschool parents or take Jr. College classes. This would be different each year for each child – tailored made to fit their bents, talents and the direction we felt God was leading them for their futures. When people would ask or comment “you homeschool them all through High School,” I would joke – “well they kind of homeschool themselves.” I was slightly embarrassed to admit this,  but I realized, that for us, this was one of  the goals we have for them – to become independent learners.

I will be teaching a 10th grader, 9th grader and 6th grader this year. In an effort to move my girlie girls into more of an independent mode we will be using Time 4 Learning for our core subjects of Math, Language Arts/English, Social Studies & Science. We started Time 4 Learning  in May to get a feel for it and to see if it would be a good fit for us. And it was.

I have placed them each in the grade level best suited for them and we are all working on US History this year – and Nature of  Science and Earth & Space Science. This makes adding supplements for those subjects much easier.

Time 4 Learning Goals:


Audriona – Golden Girl

Angelina- Angel Girl

Shekinah – Little One 


English 8

English I

Language Arts  6th


English 8


6th Grade


US History

US History I

US History - 6th


Nature of Science

Earth-Space Science

Nature of Science

Earth-Space Science

Nature of Science

Earth-Space Science


Art Program

Art Program

Art Program

We will be adding 4 Units of History Readers – One for each quarter of the school year.  Our quarters are broken down into seasons:

Thematic Units -  Historical Novels  - US History I

Summer - Colonial America

Serpent Never Sleeps

Autumn - Revolutionary War

Johnny Tremain

The Fighting Ground


Winter - Civil War

Behind Enemy Lines

Charley Skedaddle

Spring - Industrial Revolution





We will be using the Teacher Created Thematic Units to go with these Readers. I love these because I can tailor use these for each girl and it gives us a good way to not only reinforce some of the History facts but to do it through living books.

imageFor Bible we will be continuing our 3 year journey through the Bible –

We will be using our own Family Motto & Habits Curriculum and the What’s In The Bible Video series – my girls may seem too old for these videos, but I think that Phil Vischer is the best at teaching Bible Theology for children.  Even my older children love these videos and honestly we all learn new things from them. We will also be using a Youth Walk Devotion series that brings you through an overview of  each book of the Bible along with Picture It – the new version is called Picture Smart Bible.  I have created our own devotion sheets and worksheet to go with these resources.

We will be adding Fine Arts and Enrichment Classes along with some Personal Development Elective courses. I will be touching on all of these more in a future post.

I am excited for the direction we are moving in and for the new year ahead.

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