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.
Young students learn the major characters and events through hearing the Bible, stick figuring the passage, and answering questions about lessons. The method for young children is Hear-Draw-Review.
Once students reach first grade we introduce them to the timeline of biblical characters and events. The first lesson in these studies are the timeline, then each subsequent lesson relates to a character or event on the timeline. The method for older students is Read-Draw-Review. With each progressive age, we attempt to introduce students to more Scripture, basic Bible geography, and how to use Bible study skills such as a Bible dictionary.
Levels are: Traceable (PreK), Beginner (ages 5-7), Level 1 (ages 6-8), Level 2 (ages 8-10), Level 3 (ages 10-12); Level 4 (ages 12-14)
Books include: Old Testament Overview, Old Testament Catechism, New Testament Overview, New Testament Catechism, Biblical Feasts and Holy Days, Birth of Jesus, Esther, Joseph, Ruth, The Resurrection, Moses and the Exodus, and various timelines.
This course, designed for high school students, studies the 15 basic components of cultures from 5000 BC through 2011 AD: Agriculture, Architecture, Communication, Discoveries, Dominant Personalities, Education, Families, Food, Government, Industry, Energy, Military, Religion, Sports, and Transportation. Chapter one begins with evidence of civilization in the Fertile Crescent, and expands to the major continents of the world. A conversational narrative style is designed to engages students. Selected vocabulary words are highlighted and defined to help enrich the students’ understanding of the English language. Illustrations and maps are sprinkled through each chapter to create mental images that solidify comprehension of the People, Places, & Events of World History. Character principles are added to each lesson to prompt students to consider how their world view of life is being shaped. This course consists of six chapters. This course is designed for one transcript credit.
ALEKS is a complete math program. It allows your child to master individual skills and quizzes them to confirm mastery. If it is a new skill, the child can ask for an explanation. The explanations are easy to understand. It also tests them periodically. There is also a quick tables section where they drill and practice math facts with games. The parents receive emails weekly to show the child’s progress. No grading or worrying your child is missing skills! Customer support is great.
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 Charles Darwin, Native American Indians, Middle America, Transcendentalists, Picasso, Grant Wood, World War II, Korean War, The Cold War, The Civil Rights Movement, and other relevant unit-study topics.
Grades 5-12; may be adapted for younger siblings. 269 pages, softcover, spiral-bound.
Full resource list is included at the back of the book.
Classical Phonics is a deceptively simple little book our teachers and families use constantly in both kindergarten and first grade. It consists of phonetically arranged word lists for students to practice their growing phonics skills. In a word list there are no context clues, so the learner must rely on his mastery of letter sounds. For instance, if your child can pronounce each word in this list correctly – pot, pat, pit, put, pet – he knows his short vowel sounds, and you can move on to long vowels! If not, he needs more practice, and Classical Phonics is the most effective tool we know of to address the repetition that young ones need when learning to read. Classical Phonics can be used as a supplement to any phonics program, and covers nearly all English phonograms and sounds taught through second grade. Classical Phonics is your handy tool for phonics practice and for building confident readers.