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It’s been so long since I’ve written here, that I don’t remember what my blog was even about. *head scratch*

I’ve had this blog for so long that it’s a mash-up of so many different versions of me. So many emotions, thoughts, and random ideas, so it probably doesn’t matter much.

I guess an update is in order?

  • NK is 4. RS is 13. SA is 15. SM is 17. Wow.
  • Their grade levels for the upcoming year are kindergarten (although she is currently working her way through this and should be done by November), 8th, 10th and 12th.
  • Colleges are on the radar. One in particular.
  • Thinking of ways to celebrate graduation. 🙂
  • I won’t be keeping much homeschool information here since I also have a homeschool site.
  • In the process of publishing first children’s book.
  • In the process of creating toys to go with the book.
  • Spending more time writing.
  • Still working for a homeschool company part-time.

I think that’s about it. Haven’t figured out what we’ll be doing for next year’s curricula, but I can share what we’re doing for kindergarten. Now, we only spend about an hour or two working on kindergarten lessons. The rest of the time is really following interests and hands-on play. If she ever gets tired of a lesson, we move on to something else. She turned 4 in March and picks things up very easily and quickly. We didn’t push for early kindergarten at all. She just loves learning and was bored with the pre-school work. We “school” 4 days per week.


Phonics & Reading
Reading Eggs
All About Reading 1
Get Ready for the Code, Get Set for the Code, & Go For the Code *
Bob Books**
Keeping a journal***

Selections from Ambleside Online (e.g. Winnie the Pooh, The Tale of Peter Rabbit)

Rod & Staff Math 1
Khan Academy

Social Studies/Geography
A Beka Social Studies K5****
DK Workbook

DK Workbook (used as a spine)


Keyboarding Without Tears
Dance, Karate, Hiking
Arts & craft projects (practice cutting, pasting, painting, etc.)


*Get Ready for the Code, Get Set for the Code, & Go For the Code: She started this series (a, b & c) in preschool. They are a little easy for her, but she wants to finish them. We will go on to Explode the Code as soon as she finishes up.

**Bob Books: We started these, but them on the back-burner for a bit. They are great readers and work well, but for some reason, a few of the characters make her upset. I wanted to pick it up and try again later, but we may not get a chance.

***Keeping a journal: This is very casual. She likes to write words that she knows. Sometimes I will have her draw freely or make up a story with pictures. She can write, draw, scribble, paste pictures, etc. You could use this or just a regular journal/notebook.

****A Beka Social Studies K5: We skip anything dealing with church or school. Mainly use it as a spine. For instance, we used the pages on police and safety to go further into what policemen do. We also used it to talk about calling emergency numbers. How to use the phone. Learning address and phone number.

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World History: The Human Odyssey & The History of the Ancient World – Ancient History Daily Lesson Plans (Schedule)

We are using Spielvogel’s World History: The Human Odyssey – ISBN: 0314205624 (HO) and Susan Wise Bauer’s The History of the Ancient World – ISBN: 0393059748 (HOAW) for ancient history this year.

I am going to make an attempt to keep track of what we do each day. I say attempt, because I already keep track in our homeschool planner/grade keeper, so this will be double the work. I do know that many people look for plans, so thought sharing mine might be helpful, even if I only get partially through. I searched high and low for plans to go with this book and found nothing useful.

We are using this for 5-9th grades. Really for middle school and high school. My 5th grader is actually a little advanced, and does a lot of 7th grade work. My 9th grader will be supplementing with more difficult material, and readings and this will give her one credit for history.

Modifications or assignments for all will be in bold black text. Work for my 7th and 9th grader will be in blue. Work exclusively for my 9th grader will be in red. Unless otherwise stated, assignments are due the following day.

This will be an ongoing project, so if you think you’ll find it useful, bookmark to check on updates. (Or to push me along). If I link to an outside source and you find that it’s no longer available, please let me know.

These plans are posted after they are already done by us. If you have suggestions on how to make a lesson better, please share with me and I’ll add to the daily plan. 

Please feel free to use this whole plan or skip and choose as you please. Don’t repost or make any of the information, including downloads, available elsewhere. Instead, direct others back to this blog. 

Note: I have not listed any detailed plans for HOAW because we are basically just reading a few chapters per week. We aren’t adding any vocabulary, review questions or tests based off of HOAW. Many of the readings will NOT go with what we are doing in HO. If that’s an issue for you, you may want to skip HOAW or try to match the readings with HO yourself.I may rearrange the HOAW readings in the future, but for now we are just reading in order. 

HO UNIT 1, CHAPTER 1 (The vocabulary for this chapter is available here)

Day 1

Read Unit One introduction (The First Humans – Prehistory to 3500 B.C.). Discuss statue, timeline and unit outline.

HO: Unit 1 – Chapter 1 – Lesson 1
Prehistory: How Do We Know Its Story?

Read the entire lesson and discuss (we discuss while reading).

Section review: Use a section of notebook to define words in the section review. Answer the remaining questions as a group.

Assignment: Select one “artifact” from modern life (book, shoes, credit card, video game) and write an essay describing what that artifact says about present American civilization.

Day 2

HO: Unit 1 – Chapter 1 – Lesson 2
The First Humans: The Old Stone Age (The Earliest Humans)

Read page 7 & 8. View Prehistoric Stone Tools. Discuss. Answer questions in the Tools section.

Read pages 9 & 10 (up to The Hunter-Gatherers of the Old Stone Age). Watch. Discuss.

Assignment: Examine illustration on page 10. Write a one-page, imaginary first-hand account of this hunt from the point of view of one of the three hunters.

(Day notes: We had some great discussions from this lesson. The kids talked a lot about what life would have been like during this time, and how life would have been if the Neanderthals had become the dominant species. SM came across this book and thought it might be an interesting read.)

Day 3

HO: Unit 1 – Chapter 1 – Lesson 2
The First Humans: The Old Stone Age (The Hunter-Gatherers of the Old Stone Age)

Read pages10-12. Watch. Discuss. Answer questions in the Fire section.

Read page 13. Visit. Discuss. Answer Cave Paintings questions.

Section Review: Use globe to find Africa. Print map. Label Africa. Define words in notebook. Answer the remaining questions as a group.

Day 4

Watch. Story of Human Evolution (History Channel). This video is an hour and a half, and will make up the entire class time. (There is mild nudity. I believe some of the homo erectus or homo sapiens may have bare bottoms — may or may not be a costume. Should preview if you are cautious about this sort of thing.)

Day 5

Discuss the video from Day 4. (if time allows)

HO: Unit 1 – Chapter 1 – Lesson 3
The Agricultural Revolution: 10,000 to 4.000 BC

Read pages 14-17. Discuss.

Return to page 15. Study the map in 1.2. Ask students: Did agriculture develop in the US before or after A.D. 1? (after) Where did agriculture first develop? (Middle East) What are the principal foodstuffs of North America, Asia, and Africa. What factors account for the differences? (NA: beans, corn squash; Asia: rice; Africa: barley, wheat, tubers such as yams, and bananas. Climate, native vegetation, & geography account for the major differences.)

Section Review: Define vocabulary in notebook. Answer the remaining questions as a group.

Assignment: Ask students to make a list of the foods they eat each week and the source for the foodstuffs. Make another list of foods they would eat if they had to forage or depend on the local supply of animals for their diets.

Day 6

HO: Unit 1 – Chapter 1 – Lesson 4
The Emergence of Civilization

Read pages 17-19. Watch (The Dawn of History — sex is mentioned briefly). Read conclusion on page 19. Discuss reading and video.

Section Review: Define words in notebook. Complete review as a group.

Day 7

HO: Unit 1 – Chapter 1 – Chapter Review

Go through the chapter review alone or together.
(I provide answers for Using Key Terms and Reviewing the Facts. The other sections have answers that may vary. Contact me for help if needed. — We don’t do all of the questions on page 21)

Assignment: Study for test

Day 8

Test time! My husband made this test. We just used the chapter review to make it. Worked well enough for us. You can test anyway you’d like. Some people like narrations (which we do a lot of the time — oral or written), some like written tests, projects. Whatever you want to use to gauge how well they’ve learned the material is okay. The test hubs made is available to download below.

For my 5th grader, I removed some of the questions. It’s up to you to determine if the test would be too much for your student.

You can refer to the review answers for grading. If you need help, just contact me.


Day 9

Read & discuss introduction.

HO: Unit 1 – Chapter 2 – Lesson 1
Civilization Begins in Mesopotamia (The Impact of Geography, The City-States of Ancient Mesopotamia)

Read pages 23 – 26 and discuss (make sure to discuss the map on pg. 24). Also read and discuss The Use of Metals.

Day 10

HOAW: Chapter One. Discuss.

Day 11

Watch, Legacy: The Origins of Civilization – Iraq: Cradle of Civilization. You can rent this from Amazon for 2.99, or purchase the entire season for around $12. If you have Amazon Prime (which I highly recommend), you can view it for free.

Discuss or answer questions about viewing (as time permits).

Day 12

HOAW: Chapter Two. The Earliest Story. Discuss.

Further reading about the great flood: Was There Really a Great Flood, Flood Myth

Day 13

Watch, Mesopotamia. Discuss.

Assignment: Create a salt map of the fertile crescent area at that time. Use flags to mark cities, rivers & oceans. Due in 7 days.

Day 14

HOAW: Chapter Three. The Rise of Aristocracy. Discuss.

Day 15 

HO: Unit 1 – Chapter 2 – Lesson 1
(Empires in Ancient Mesopotamia, The Code of Hammurabi, The Importance of Religion)

Read pages 27 – 30 and discuss. Ask students to speculate about reasons why empires are easier to create than maintain (groups may not want to be maintained by outside parties and will continue to rebel, difficult to communicate throughout the empire in ancient times, empire builders often continue to stretch the boundaries of their empires which weakens abilities to control existing territories). Discuss American laws that may have originated in Hammurabi’s law code. Were Hammurabi’s laws fair, or were the prescribed punishments unusually cruel? Also read Justice in Mesopotamia on page 29. Answer questions.

Activity: Have students work in groups. Ask them to rewrite, in modern English, the four laws printed in the text. Then have students write the comparable modern-day, American laws.

Day 16

HO: Unit 1 – Chapter 2 – Lesson 1
(The “Cradle of Civilization”: The Creativity of the Sumerians)

Read pages 30-33, including Sumerian Schools for Scribes (answer questions) and The Story of the Great Flood (answer questions). Discuss.

Section Review: We will use our Map Trek blank map of Mesopotamia to label/locate the areas in number 1. If you don’t have Map Trek, you can use this. Define words in notebook. Identify people in a small section of your notebook. Answer the rest of the questions aloud as a group.

Notes: We start to read The Epic of Gilgamesh around this time. For the lower levels, we use Gilgamesh the Hero. For the high school level, we have decided to use Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse. The Epic of Gilgamesh contains mature content, so should be previewed to make sure it’s right for your family. We are currently using the Beautiful Feet Study Guide, found here

Day 17

Watch, The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. If you have Amazon Prime, this is currently free. Study the 7 wonders here. (As of today 12/12/12, this is not available on Amazon Prime. I don’t know if it will become available in the future. You can find it on YouTube. Part 1 & Part 2. We generally watch YouTube from the computer, but also beam videos to our Roku through Twonky).

Day 18

HO: Unit 1 – Chapter 2 – Lesson 2
(Egyptian Civilization: “The Gift of the Nile”, The Importance of Geography, The Importance of Religion, The Course of Egyptian History: The Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms)

Read pages 33-35. Discuss.

Assignment: Have each student create illustrated symbols for each of the Egyptian gods in this section. They should also explain the illustrations made for these gods.

Day 19

HOAW: Chapter Four. The Creation of Empire. Discuss.

Day 20

HO: Unit 1 – Chapter 2 – Lesson 2
(The Old Kingdom, The Middle Kingdom, Chaos and a New Order: The New Kingdom)

Read pages 36-39, including Hatshepsut-The First Female Ruler in History (answer question). Discuss.

More on Hatshepsut:
The Story of Hatshepsut

Assignment: Refer to page 34. Where do you think a canal between the Nile and the Red Sea would have been built? Discuss the advantages of this waterway and its importance to Egyptian trade.

Day 21

HO: Unit 1 – Chapter 2 – Lesson 2
(Society and Daily Life in Ancient Egypt, Writing and Education)

Read pages 40-42, Including YOU ARE HERE: An Egyptian Father’s Advice to His Son. Discuss and answer questions.

Complete Section Review alone or as a group. Locate areas on map. Define words in notebook.

Day 22

HO: Unit 1 – Chapter 3 – Lesson 1
(The Minoan Civilization)

Read pages 43-44, The Minoan Civilization. Print map of ancient Greece (you could also use this version). Locate Crete on map (we color it and write the word Minoan under the Crete label). It would be helpful to have an atlas or globe to show Greece in relation to other areas of study. We find this online version helpful. (direct link to atlas showing Greece/Crete)

Watch, Ancient Apocalypse Mystery of the Minoans. Discuss.

Assignment: Examine the fresco of the acrobats and bull and list 5 assumptions that could be made about Minoan civilization based on this art.


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7th Grade Curriculum Plan 2012-2013

Current plans for my 7th grade daughter. Just like with my 9th grader, this plan may change. Hopefully not, because I spent a long time mulling over this.

7th grade 2012-2013

Language Arts




World History




  • Chess
  • Hip-Hop Dance Class
  • Bowling


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9th Grade Curriculum Plan 2012-2013

I think I’ve finally figured out my 9th grader’s homeschool curriculum for 2012-2013. Once I start the actual schedule planning, some of this may change. Hopefully I’ll have everything finalized by August. If you’re a homeschooler, you’ll understand what I mean about having a curriculum plan and then tossing it all out of the window, only to start over.

I’ll post the younger kids once I get that all figured out.

9th Grade 2012-2013

English I – 1 credit: 

Algebra 1 – 1 credit:

Physical Science – 1 credit:

World History – 1 credit:

Japanese I – 1 credit:

Latin – 1 credit:

Art History & Appreciation – .5 credit:

  • Bowling
  • Piano

If you are homeschooling a high schooler this upcoming school year, what are you using?


Summer Work

This is just a list for my own needs. I thought I’d post it in case someone else would like to get ideas. I’m always on the hunt for ideas.

This is a list of books we will consume this summer. Not all of each book will be read. I have a list of chapters necessary. They are to prepare us for our upcoming school year. Summer school? Kind of. But the kids enjoy it.

I will be editing this list from time to time. We may leave some things totally off, or add something else we find interesting. If you’re a homeschooler, you know how that goes. Check back if interested.

In Progress 

Christian Church History (Religious Studies)
Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church History (book)
God’s Story (book)

World History (History)
Augustus Caesar’s World (book)
Our Island Story (book)
The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 3: Early Modern Times (book)
The Story of the Romans (Yesterday’s Classics) (kindle)
The Story of the Greeks (kindle)

Kon-Tiki (kindle)

Natural History/Science
The Story of Inventions (book)
Wild Animals I Have Known (book) — still need this book | advising book & not ebook; ebook removes images
Secrets of the Woods (kindle)
School of the Woods (Yesterday’s Classics) (kindle)

Biographies (History/Natural History/Science – depending on biography)
Always Inventing: A Photobiography of Alexander Graham Bell (Photobiographies) (book)
Ordinary Genius: The Story of Albert Einstein (Trailblazer Biographies) (book) — still need this book
Archimedes and the Door of Science (Living History Library) (book) — still need this book
Galileo and the Magic Numbers (kindle) — still need this book

Math workbooks to fill in gaps and keep minds fresh. Spectrum Math Books are my favorite.

Poetry (Language Arts/Literature)
Various poems by: Robert Frost,  Langston Hughes, Carl Sandburg, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Maya Angelou, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Tennyson, & Emily Dickinson. (www)
How to read poetry (www)

Shakespeare (Language Arts/Literature)
Tales from Shakespeare (book) – free kindle version
No Fear Shakespeare (www)

King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table (Puffin Classics) (book)
The Hobbit (kindle) — still need this book
The Princess and the Goblin (Puffin Classics) (book)
The Magician’s Nephew (book)
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (kindle)
The Story of the Treasure Seekers (The Bastable Children) (kindle)

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