This year I decided to use an English curriculum that was separated. For example, instead of one book encompassing spelling, vocab, grammar rules, and literature, I now use individual books for each. A Beka Book allows you to buy these individually, and their literature course is called Of People Literature.
When I was in high school, I read “Northwest Passage” by Kenneth Roberts, and immediately became fascinated with Roger's Rangers and with the colonial-era Rangers in general. Rangers were specialized troops picked from the woodsmen and hunters of the colonial frontier. They fought far behind enemy lines as a matter of course, worked closely with Indian allies and made war on the Indians allied with the French. Rangers were renowned for fighting “Indian style”- in other words, via the raid and the ambush and all the other features we would now think of as guerilla warfare.
One of my daughter’s best friends was a teacher for nine years before she stopped to homeschool her daughter. She is the one that shared lapbooking with me. I have found it to be a great tool to use to reinforce topics that my daughter is currently learning about.
Originality is impossible and every story has already been told a thousand times. Trying to be original is a recipe for failure, because all you'll end up doing is coming up with some arbitrary and meaningless twist on the old cliches. But every once in a very long while, somebody actually writes something completely different, something that breaks all the rules and gets away with it.
I have always loved books, especially nonfiction. In the distant past, I belonged to a number of book clubs, but found the prices were outrageous. Book stores were usually not much better. As I prefer to own books rather than borrow from libraries, I found some creative ways of adding to my collections.
The fully illustrated and color book is filled to the brim with over 150 pages of experiments and projects, from map-making to food and farming projects. There’s an easy glossary and index to use in the back of the book to find what you want to make or understand further concepts, as well as a table of contents including chapters such as Mountains and Our Moving Earth and People and Places.
“Silverlock” by John Myers Myers is a rare and very special kind of book. Not very many people have read it, but many successful fantasy authors count it among their most important influences. To the few who have read it, this book is a treasure, to be read over and over again.
CLASS is a product of Christian Liberty Press, and stands for Christian Liberty Academy School System. This lesson planner provides homeschooling parents, like myself, with every form known to man. It has been a lifesaver for me when it comes to keeping accurate records, although keeping records is not a homeschooling requirement within my state.
That said, my daughter does use her flashcards for various things. Sometimes she will spell words with her alphabet cards. Or she might just build a house with them. Either is fine with me, as long as it’s what she wants to do. Recently we found a way to make them into games that are fun to play and also help us learn, and she really enjoys that.