Leann is a homeschooling mama of an over-active 6 year old, proud wife of a cop, and pet lover of their two dogs, frogs, turtles – and cricket. Her blog, The Hands-On Homeschooler, chronicles their homeschooling journey, while throwing in tidbits about life, reviews, and recipes. Prior to being a stay-at-home mom, Leann taught math at a public high school for high achieving students. She and her family currently reside in the middle Tennessee area.
Saxon Math Homeschool teaches math with a spiral approach, which emphasizes incremental development of new material and continuous review of previously taught concepts.
Lessons contain a warm-up (with facts practice, mental math, & problem-solving exercises); introduction to the new concept, lesson practice exercises where the new skill is practiced, and mixed practice exercises, which includes 25-30 old and new problems. In-depth “Investigations” are provided every 10 lessons, and have their own set of questions.
From Adam to Us by Ray and Charlene Notgrass is a one-year world history and literature course designed for students in grades 5-8. The daily lessons are written in a narrative style and richly illustrated with color photographs and maps. Primary sources, literature, and hands-on activities help the student connect with the history in a personal way.
The curriculum has thirty chronological units of five lessons each. Each weekly unit has one lesson from each of five categories: major events in world history, how natural wonders of God’s creation influence history and culture, historic landmarks, biographies of influential people, and daily life and how it impacted technology and social change.
Currently (Fall 2015), only the pdf version of this curriculum is available. The print version will be available Spring 2016.
Teaching Textbooks Geometry Version 2.0 includes 16 chapters and 110 lessons that teach students the fundamental basics of geometry up through more difficult topics such as coordinate geometry, theorems, properties, and postulates. Chapters cover lines and angles, parallel lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, area, solid geometry, non-Euclidean geometries, and more. Problems modeled on questions found in the SAT/ACT are also included to help prepare students for standardized testing.
This applauded geometry curriculum was written specifically for homeschoolers; because Teaching Textbooks doesn’t presuppose a teacher constantly at the student’s side, the student chapters feature clear instructions and employ an easy conversational style of writing before transitioning to more proper terminology. Illustrations, examples and graphs have a hand drawn look to them, and problems often use engaging real life illustrations. Not only is the textbook easy to implement, but there are audiovisual lecture, practice, and solution CDs for every chapter, homework and test problem. Definitions, theories and more have their own reference portion in the back of the text.
Designed for the second grade through the adult years, this 30 week curriculum explains all the basics necessary for a first year Greek study. Covering writing and memorizing the Greek alphabet, simple grammar including conjugation of verbs, translations of simple words and Bible verses, this teaches the Koine basics through regular review exercises. Includes text with teacher’s key, individual workbook, flash cards, and pronunciation CD. Volumes 1-3 available.
World Geography is a study of the six basic geographic regions of the world: chapter one, North America; chapter two, South America; chapter three, Europe; chapter four, Africa; chapter five, Asia; and chapter six, Oceania. Each chapter covers 15 topics: borders, terrain, water, climate, vegetation and wildlife, famous sites and events, ethnicities, languages, religions, transportation, government, diplomacy, economics, natural resources, and industry, including exports. Maps, charts, and graphics enhance understanding and appreciation of the distinctives of each region. Students learn about such wildlife as polar bears, kangaroos, moose, eagles, seals, and tigers. Famous places are explored: pyramids, castles, canyons, tourist attractions, mountain ranges, and islands. Students learn about Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Eastern religions. Lessons describe such things as rivers, ports, exports, free enterprise, national traditions, and transportation ranging from donkeys to jumbo jets. This course is designed for one transcript credit.
TruthQuest History puts God back at the center of the past.
Centered on “living books,” this creative approach to history integrates elements of both Charlotte Mason and Classical methods.
Short, very informal introductions are written directly to the student and open up each topic with a distinctly Christian perspective. Suggestions for activities or writing exercises are often included as well. The booklists follow, with selected annotations on what pages or sections to read and appropriate grade levels for each entry. Incredibly flexible in nature, families can proceed at the pace that’s best for their students as they select “spines,” biographies, in-print books, and out-of-print classics from the extensive lists.
Proceeding chronologically, entries include lists for the Roman Monarchy, Roman Marvels, Punic Wars, Julius Caesar, Constantine, Barbarian Victory, Martin of Tours, Battle of Adrianpole, and other relevant unit-study topics.
Grades 5-12; may be adapted for younger siblings. 80 pages, softcover, spiral-bound.
Full resource list is included at the back of the book.