Swapping Adventures

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I think I might have posted about this before, but I thought I’d do it again.  On Facebook there is a group called Homeschool Swapping Adventures.  They have many different types of swaps you can get involved in.  Some include: postcards (monthly), Geoboxes, Traveling Buddies (similar to Flat Stanley), penpals, and various holiday swaps.  We have really enjoyed being involved in this group.  We are participating in the postcard swap right now.  We are trying to get a postcard from every state.  We even have a map up to mark each state we get.

4 1 13 002  This shows the map when we first put it up.  We only had four states.  We now have seven.  It’s a lot of fun to read the postcards, and then to mark them on the map.  This map is 2 pages x 2 pages.  You can make a map as large as 8 pages x 8 pages at Your Child Learns, this is one of my favorite sites.

We are also starting a unit study on Ireland and then Great Britain.  So we have done maps for those places as well.

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The first map is of Great Britain and the smaller map in the second picture is of Ireland.  We have also made the flags for England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland.  As we do things in the unit study we will add to the maps.  Today she will be adding four cities in Ireland; Blarney, Trim, Galway, and Dublin.  She is working on a Sightseeing Guide booklet today.  I got this study from Homeschool Share, It is under the free lapbooks.  Abby feels she is too old for lapbooks, so we do the same thing but then put the lapbook components in a notebook.  Here are a couple of pictures.

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The first picture is the lapbook components she has completed.  I cut down a piece of construction paper and put holes in it.  She then completed the component and glued them on the construction paper.  When she is finished with the unit, she will have a notebook full of lapbook components as well as notes, drawings, and research essays.  So if you have a pre-teen or teenager that feels they are to old for lapbooks, this is a good alternative.  The second picture is the lapbook component she is working on today.

My next post will be about our new Writing Notebook and  our timeline.  I love our timeline!!  There is a post about it in an earlier post, but I thought I’d update it.




Geography Curriculum script

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Good afternoon,  I’m so glad you could join us today.  We’ll be talking about Geography and I’ll be showing you the curriculum that I wrote.  It’s a United States geography curriculum for grades 2nd through about 6th grade.  You could probably use it for 7th and 8th also.

But before we begin I’d like to thank everyone that participated last week in the Planning webinar.  That was my biggest audience to date.  Also for those of you that ask about the links, if for some reason you did not hear from me, please email me again.  I think I answered everyone, but I could have missed someone.

Today we are talking about Geography.  I’d like to tell you why I decided to write this curriculum.  While I was teaching in the public school, I saw so many children that didn’t know a state from a city.  And this was in 5th grade.  I don’t know how many times I asked for a state and got things like Atlanta, Chicago, or LA.  So I decided I wanted children to explore each and every state.

This curriculum is designed to explore a state a week.  So you aren’t getting into minute detail about each state, but an overview.  Here is the outline for the weekly assignments.  This should take less than 20 min. a day.  Now there a number of components of this curriculum.  You have the

1) report

2) the large wall map

3) the flashcards

4) passport

I also have a breakdown of the states if you want to go from one state to the next closes state and go all through the country like that.  The other option is to allow your children to pick the next state.  Just know the second option will be harder on your wall map because there will be lines everywhere.  Like ours.

Now how this works is the children will pick a state or you will use the next state on the list.  They will use Google maps or an Atlas to find the route between the state they just finished and the next state’s captial.  They will draw this route on the big wall map.  This map can be printed from a website.  I will give you that website at the end.  Then they will work through a report on the state.  Here are the pages of the report.  They will also do a page about a famous person from the state.

After the report is finished, they will color in the state on the wall map and put a stamp in their passport.  The stamps can be printed on plain paper and then glued into the passport or they can be printed on sticker paper.

The report is designed so that you print a report, a famous person sheet, and a one page map for each state.

The curriculum is for sale for $10.50.  You can send the payment to my PayPal account using this email address:


Then please email and let me know you have sent the payment and I will send the file to your address.

Our Curriculum for 2011-2012


I have been asked what curriculum we are using for this school year.  So I thought I’d put it up.


We are doing daily devotions using, “100 days to a radical change.”  I’m looking into some other devotion books to continue with.

Language Arts:

Grammar: We use ACE

Spelling:  I am using spelling list with a combination of spelling rules, sight words, and words from her science or history.

Reading:  In reading we are in a small co-op book club, plus she is doing the American Girls Club online.   

Writing:  I have found a wonderful website:  www.homeschoolfreestuff.wordpress.com   Many of the free online resources I have found, I have found here.  For Writing, we are using a textbook I found on this site.  It is called The Young Writers Workbooks.


Math: We are using ACE.  My daughter loves the smaller PACE books.

Science:  For science I found this great free textbook.  The website is:  http://eequalsmcq.com/classicsciinfo.htm   So far we are really enjoying it.  We are also doing this with the small co-op.

History:  We have just started “The Story of the World”.  We got both the book and the workbook.  I like it very much.

Geography:  I have explained our Geography in the post just before this one.  So please look at it.

You can click on any of the pictures and go to the website for that particular resource.

If you have any questions, please ask.


U.S. Geography Curriculum


Large US map. Ours is 4 pages by 4 pages.


I’d like to tell you about my U.S. Geography curriculum.  We are loving it.  After you get started, its actually pretty much a project your child can do on their own.  I would say from 3rd grade on up.  You take one state per week.  After the child is taught how to do the research, they can then do it on their own.  You first decide what state you will be visiting next, then you use “Googlemaps” to find the route from the state capital that has just been finished to the next state’s capital.  On a large wall map, the child marks the route down.  We found a great website, Your Child Learns, to print out the maps.  At this website you can print all kinds of maps from one page to 8 pages x 8 pages.  The child then fills out a “report” for each state, this is where the research comes in.  Some of the questions on the report are: captial, largest cities, population, rivers, state bird and state flower.  They will draw the state flag, figure out how much gas it will take to get there, and look up a famous person from the state and much more.  Your child will also make a flashcard for each state with the capital and abbreviation.  This is the only information along with the location of the state that I am personally having my child memorize.  On Friday, your child will color in the state on the big map  and put a star on the capital.  They will also put a state stamp in their “passport”.

If anyone is interested in the curriculum, please email me and let me know.

Here are some pictures of our “travels” so far.

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