Friday, September 26, 2014

3 Things We Did Last Week

I am squeaking in just under the wire sharing these activities with you and being able to say last week. My husband had to go to a multi day meeting in Destin, Florida for work last week so we took a break from school work and the kiddos and I went along.

1. For one of our meals while we were there we went to McGuire's Irish Pub. They are known for their Irish fare, of course, but they also feature some great seafood dishes. Also one their menu is 'The Garbage Burger'. A burger featuring the traditional toppings and just about everything else you can
imagine, including chocolate fudge and peanut butter. It was probably about 9 inches tall! A friend tried it and he reported it was pretty good. Son had the 'Big Daddy Burger'. This was a more normal size burger featuring cheese, bacon, and jalapeno peppers. He was originally drawn to it because of the bacon and peppers, but really liked it. Now he's asking me to recreate it at home.

In addition to the food, they have become know for the dollar bills hanging from their ceiling. I do not know the full story behind it, but it's rumored there are thousands of dollars hanging throughout the building.

2. This was a must while we were near the beach. We played at the beach and in the waters of the Gulf Of Mexico. Beautiful green water and white sandy beach. However, the salty taste is quite strong. I had never been to an ocean before so this was a lot of fun.

3. Explore the Harbor Walk. This is mainly stores and restaurants, but it was fun to see. The harbor walk had several photo op standing cutouts which were fun for the kiddos and an interesting tree of carvings. These carvings all have significance in the history of  Destin.

It was also fun to look at the various boats anchored along the harbor. They are all commercial boats for ventures like dolphin cruises, fishing excursions, jet ski rentals and a pirate tour. We didn't go on any of these, but it was fun to look at them and look out at the Gulf.

This is a just for fun, bonus picture. I thought the sunscreen station was fun.

I'm linking this post up with my friend Heidi, over at Heidi's Head for her Three Things Thursday.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Curriculum for 13 year old

This will be daughters 8th grade year. My plan is to use this year as a practice year for high school. I want to get an idea of how long she spends on different subjects, etc so I can plan an appropriate and realistic high school program for her.

Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1

Art of Argument

We actually started this last year, but set it aside after the first few chapters as there were other more pressing subjects to work on then.

I am not positive what we will do here, but I am considering slowly going through The Book Of Concord. This is a compilation of what we as Lutheran believe.

Latin Alive 1

Lyrical Life Science 2 and 3

Artistic Pursuits

Language Arts
Writing with Skill 2
Spelling Power
Big Bad Grammar Slammer
Vocabulary Word lists from the Word Book Dictionary
Literature will be a variety of novels and non fiction books
More Abracadabra


Story of the World 2
Homeschool in the Woods History Through the Ages Project Passport Renaissance and Reformation
Fearon's World History
Kingfisher History Encyclopedia

We will be looking at the Crusades, Vikings, Reformation, Renaissance and forward


Continent lapbooks
Wonder maps
Online and library resources

The above are her main curricula, but the following will also be used.
Economics - Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?

(I apologize for the lack of pictures, but I am waiting for a number of these items to arrive yet. Others are digital products which are harder to photograph. I guess I will blog about them throughout the year.)

Curriculum for a 10 Year Old

Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra and Math in Everyday Life

We are going to use both of these resources this year for math because my ten year old is ready for the level of PreAlgebra, but I really don't want to set him up to be doing Algebra next year in what would be sixth grade according to his public school age. He really wants to do math on the computer so since several chapters of the PreAlgebra course are review of basic math he is going to do those this year and save the beginning Algebra chapters for next year. To round out math for the year he is going to work through Math  in Everyday Life which teaches how math is used in real life or family living.

Language Arts 
Core  Skills Writing level 5  (Not Common Core as far as I can tell despite the name)
Spelling Power 
An online Grammar course
     Chronicles of Narnia
      Roald Dahl stories
      others we choose
More Abravocabra

I need to search to find the grammar program again. I found it before, showed it to my son, and then when I went to start printing couldn't find it. Our World Book Dictionaries have vocabulary lists by grade level so I will see which words he knows and then he'll work on learning those with which he is not familiar. We'll also throw in unfamiliar words from literature and other subjects. I have found several menus of activities for practicing vocabulary words so we'll put that together with his lists.


Last year he worked through a course about the Periodic Table and Elements. He continues to be interested in the field of Chemistry so he is going to use a program which I found online from the Chemical Education Foundation. It's a mixture of text and lab work with lab reports so I think it will be good for him and he will have fun at the same time. It probably won't take the whole year so we'll have to see what he does next.

Story of the World 2
Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
Homeschool in the Woods History Through The Ages Project Passport Renaissance and Reformation 

We will begin with the Crusades and Vikings and move forward. The above are the main resources, but there will be a few other resources along the way.

Internet and Library resources

Geography will focus on individual continents. Learning about the physical features, surrounding oceans, countries, cultures, etc.

I am not sure what this will include yet, but I have several resources on hand.

Foreign Language
Latin For Children A 

We have worked through some of this before and have not made much progress. We'll try it again, but slow the pace down a bit. I really would like him to learn the vocabulary and grammar presented there.

The above will be the main subjects, but he will also use these resources.
Economics - What ever happened to Penny Candy 
Logic - Red Herring Mysteries
Art- Not sure yet

(I apologize for the lack of pictures. I am waiting to receive many of the listed items.)