Webcast – Math Curriculum

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We discussed different Math curriculum today.  I presented two curriculum that we use: ACE and Saxon.  The ACE curriculum is the same as we use for English.  It is the School of Tomorrow curriculum and the website is: www.aceministries.com. The cost for one year of PACES is $36 and an additional #12 if you purchase the answer keys.  There are not Teacher Guides for this program because it is a self-teaching curriculum.  The reason we like this curriculum is that it is broken up into small booklets called PACES.  It is a workbook that takes about 2 to 3 weeks to complete.  The child completes 12 of these booklets per subject each year.  They are also very compact and travel well.  This is one of the features we have enjoyed since we travel a great deal.

The other curriculum I have used is Saxon.  Saxon is about $80 to 90 a year, but in my opinion it is one of the best math programs out there.  I own some of the older texts and will be using those.  The new tests are very well done.  Saxon works on a sequential, spiral basis.  This means every concept builds on the next and that concepts are revisited many times to insure mastery.

The other curriculum we discussed I will list below with name, price and website. The first website is a site I found while doing my research.  It has curriculum reviews for many different math programs. Some of the last ones are curriculum and websites that were mention during the discussion.

Math reviews – http://www.homeschoolmath.net/curriculum_reviews/

ACE ($36 & $12/answer keys) – http://www.aceministries.com/

Saxon ($80 – 90/yr) – http://saxonhomeschool.hmhco.com/en/saxonhomeschool.htm;jsessionid=6092A750EE44805CAEE8762B5EB8BCDB.ecom-app-wk2

Math U See ($20/student, $35 TE) – http://www.mathusee.com/

Singapore Math ($62 – 75) – http://www.singaporemath.com/

Modern Curriculum Press ($18/workbook, $34/TE) – http://www.learningthings.com/modern-curriculum-press-math-books?Cc=MCPMATHEMATICS

Teaching Textbooks ($184) – http://www.teachingtextbooks.com/

RightStart Geometry ($120) – http://store.rightstartmath.com/rightstartstarterkitgeometricapproach.aspx

1+1+1=1 –http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.net/

Homeschool Creations – http://homeschoolcreations.com/EarlyLearningPrintables.html

Ray’s Arithmetic – http://books.google.com/   You can find this curriculum for free at this website.

critical thinking press products – http://www.criticalthinking.com/index.jsp

Hands On, Inc – http://www.hofl.org/   I did not find math here, but there were many science projects.


I hope this is of some value as you prepare to go to your respective Homeschool Convention.  Remember I have plan before walking into that exhibit hall.

See you next week!!




Language Arts Curriculum


Today we are talking about Language Arts Curriculum.  But before we do that I’d like to tell you about two Science related things I found since last week.  The first one is on the website, www.homeschoolfreestuff.wordpress.com .  If go click on “free curriculum” and then scroll down just a little and look at her Earth Science.  It is really good.  She wrote the curriculum herself.  The other is found on the “Answers in Genesis” site.  It is 11 booklets that I think are great.  The site is Answers in Genesis.

So I would first like to show you the curriculum I am currently using.  For English/Grammar we are using ACE.  The reason I like this curriculum is because it is comprehensive and compact.  We also like the diagramming feature.  Abby really seems to do well with that.  Most children connect abstract ideas better, if they can use more senses than just hearing and seeing.  The diagramming does that.  For writing we use Writing Strands level 3.  She doesn’t like it, but she is doing well in it.  Spelling we are doing are doing our own thing, but we will begin using Sequential Spelling.  I really think it is a good program. We started it but then let it go by the wayside, but I think we are going to stick with it this time.  Abby doesn’t spell well, so I really need to work harder on that subject.

This week I got my friends involved so I have a couple of other curriculum to share.  One of the best programs that I know of is Easy Grammar and Daily Grams.  Together they are truly the best program around.  I think the only downfall is that they don’t do any diagramming.  Another curriculum is using the Spalding Method.  It is The Writing Road to Reading.

I also found three different online, free curriculum that I would like to share.

http://www.dailygrammar.com/archive.html  –  Daily Grammar.  This is an online curriculum that can be printed out.

http://www.oldfashionededucation.com/fullcurriculum.htm  –  Old Fashioned Education.  This site has an entire curriculum.

http://home.pct.edu/~evavra/KISS.htm  –  KISS Grammar.  This is a revolutionary program to teach grammar.  It is different, but what I saw it looked good.  It is very intensive!

During the webcast there were many other suggestions.  So I will list those here:

http://www.sfreading.com/resources/ghb.html – Scott Foresman online grammar

http://gardenofpraise.com/mugram.htm – Garden of Praise Grammar Songs

http://www.squidoo.com/grammar-for-homeschool – Grammar for Homeschool

http://highland.hitcho.com.au/langartforms.htm – Language Art Forms

http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/curriculum/languagearts/elementary/greatgrammaradv.pdf – Great Grammar Adventure

http://www.excellenceinwriting.com/seminar – Excellence in Writing website

http://www.english-grammar-revolution.com/index.html – The Grammar Revolution- Grammar the easy way

http://www.theteachersguide.com/grammarworksheets.htm – The Teacher’s Guide – Grammar Printables

http://donnayoung.org/english/grammar.htm – Donna Young – Grammar


I hope this helps everyone in looking into your Language Arts programs before going to the Homeschool Conventions.  I’ll see you next week.  Don’t forget to bring your math suggestions.  And then on April 3rd we will be discussing Literature.

Have a wonderful week!



Webcast – Science Curriculum Review

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Today we discussed different Science curriculum.  I presented two: Classic Science and Apologia Elementary Science.

Classic Science is a free online science curriculum.  It can be found at Classic Science. So far we are enjoying it.  I don’t think it is Christian based but I haven’t found anything objectionable.  We have studied what science is, abiotic and biotic, biomes, organisms and have just started on a chapter on Planets.  I have printed off the units as we get to them.  It has been suggested that the students can read the material online and then you only have print out the puzzles and questions at the end of each chapter.  There are also activities that are listed in the Teacher’s guide which you also download for free.  The outline for this curriculum is one day reading and answering questions and then two days doing the experiments/activities.  It’s a great curriculum.  This is the only one that this particular person has for free.  He is hoping you like it so well, you will come back and buy the others.

Apologia many of you know about.  It is Christian based, and is very comprehensive.  The cost is around $60 for both the book and the notebook.  The notebook is well worth the price.  It is in a “notebooking” format, so it gives your child an artistic outlet.  I really like it!  There is Botany, Astronomy, Zoology I, II and III (Flying Animals, Swimming Animals, and Land Animals).  There is also Anatomy.  The website to check it out is Apologia Science.

Some of the other curriculums that were mentioned were:

Joy Hakim’s – Story of Science

Little Otter’s Science  and  Otter’s Science

Considering God’s Creation

Winter Promise

I failed to mention another curriculum that I have found.  The website is www.homeschoolfreestuff.wordpress.com

On her page she lists a curriculum that she wrote.  It is listed on the left hand side of the page, the first link “Free Curriculum – homeschool for free”.  Then click on the Earth Science link.  This curriculum looks very good!!  All of the material that she references is on that page. I really like it!

Another one that I liked was: Otter’s Science.  You scroll down to just past “Testimonies”.  Then click on  Otter’s Elementary Homeschool Science Curriculum.  Then scroll down to where she lists the weeks.  It looks like a good curriculum as well.  You do have to either buy or find the books at the library, but it has some very good stuff.

The other links that were shared are:




http://www.discoveryeducation.com/free-puzzlemaker  –  This is puzzle maker site.


http://oldfashionededucation.com/science.htm – This website has many different subjects you can cover.  I think it would be great as supplement to any lessons you might have.


http://www.freelyeducate.com/2010/09/free-aviation-course-for-high-school-students.html – This is free Aviation course for high schoolers.


http://amblesideonline.org/ – This website has many books that will go well with all subjects.  The books can be downloaded or read online.


http://www.cias.wisc.edu/curriculum/modI/index.html –  The is a sustainable agriculture curriculum that is also free.  It is on a high school level.  But the lady that presented it said her 7th grader was doing fine with it.


I hope this helps.  Don’t forget we will be discussing Language Arts next week, Tuesday, Feb. 20th at 3:30pm Central time.

If you have any questions please email me at cstanley@afr.net.

Thanks and I’ll see you next week.




Webcast – History Curriculum, Activities, and Timelines

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Today we will discuss History curriculum, activities we do with our History curriculm and how to make a timeline.  First I’d like to tell you about the curriculum that I use.  We are currently using “The Story of the World”.  I bought the soft cover book and the activity book.  I really like the review questions, the map work and the activities that are available in this book.  The activity book has both the teacher’s guide and the student workbook in it.  Every chapter has a reading portion in the book, questions, map work and activities in the activity book.  These books sell for around $12.00 for the book and $ 23.50 for the activity book.  The hardbond book runs about $16.00.

The activities that I add to this are our timeline and a lapbook.  I found the lapbook components on this website:  The Chronicle of the Earth  This is a good website by a homeschooling family.

Our timeline we made from file folders.  Here is a picture:

This is just the start of our timeline, but we are both very excited about it.  We started at Creation (4000 BC) and we have gone to about 2100 BC.  I’m not sure of some of my dates, but its fun to try and figure it out.

The other two curriculums that I have to show are “The Mystery of History”.  The curriculum begins with Biblical history and intertwines both Biblical and World history.  So you can see how things lined up.  She also has questions, activities and map work.  She also adds pretests, and tests.  This curriculum runs around $39.00 and will last an entire year.  The third curriculum is called “TruthQuest History”.  This curriculum has you reading about the history through library books.  She gives you an overview of the time period and then gives you a list of library books for you to read.  The curriculum is around $25.00.

The rest of the webcast was talking about what other curriculums were used and liked.

You can view the webcast at: Justin.tv

If there are any questions please email me at cstanley@afr.net

thanks and I’ll see you next week.