August 26, 2014

Our Curriculum Selections for 2014-2015

Hello, friends! This fall we are entering our 16th year of homeschooling! Our eldest daughter graduated in 2011 and is currently an education major in college. Our youngest daughter (12) is homeschooling at the 7th/8th grade level and taking a few dual-credit high school courses. I serve as an education tutor for my two nephews (7 and 4) and niece (3). Our family is classically eclectic with a heavy Charlotte Mason influence.

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Here are a few books that influence my educational philosophies:
The Well-Trained Mind (3rd edition) by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise
Teaching the Trivium by Laurie and Harvey Bluedorn
The Core by Leigh Bortins
Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning by Douglas Wilson
Beyond Survival by Diana Waring
Reaping the Harvest by Diana Waring
Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola
For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer Maculay
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Early Learning

Five in a Row, Volume One (Fall)
Five in a Row, Volume Two
Five in a Row Cookbook


Math-U-See Alpha (finishing up)
Math-U-See Beta

Middle School:
Saxon Algebra 1/2

World History and Geography

Middle School:
We are studying the era AD 1800 to 1950 for our studies in history and geography. Our core curriculum is World Empires, World Missions, World Wars in the History Revealed series by Diana Waring. This curriculum is multi-disciplinary and we explore many subjects in an interconnected way. Some of these subjects include:

  • Bible
  • History
  • Geography
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Art
  • Architecture
  • Science
This curriculum supports the eight intelligences, varied learning styles, and is geared towards researching topics of study and expressing learning through various student projects. Some of the projects we work on include:
  • investigating/reporting
  • mapping
  • creative writing
  • charting/compiling
  • poetry
  • graphic design
  • art
  • dramas
  • kits
  • cooking
  • musical performances
  • Lego building
We are creating a Binder-Builder (A Journey Through Learning) of our learning activities in World Empires, World Mission, World Wars.

American Studies

Explorers to 1815 Veritas Press Online Course
1815 to Present Veritas Press Online Course
Lapbooks with A Journey Through Learning

Middle School:
Freedom: A History of Us
The Story of America

Constitutional Literacy
Words Aptly Spoken: American Documents 

Here are some additional history resources that we love and use every year with our overall studies:
Heritage History

Homeschool in the Woods Timeline Figures
The Story of the World series of readers
Map Trek by Knowledge Quest

We use several core reference resources to compile notebooks, timeline studies, and for general reading:
The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
Usborne Encyclopedia of World History
Streams of Civilization
The Usborne Book of World History Dates
DK Smithsonian Timelines of History

English Grammar

Serl's Primary Language Lessons

Middle School:



Middle School:
Teaching Writing: Structure and Style (IEW)


We read many fiction and non-fiction books!

Middle School:

Our daughter reads classic works that correspond with her studies in the World and American History periods we are exploring. She also chooses from a wide selection of classic works, vintage books, and historical readers that interest her through the year.

Two resources we rely on as literature guides:
Teaching the Classics

How to Read a Book


Middle School:
We study a tragedy in the fall and comedy in the spring. This year our daughter selected Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Science / Nature Study

Science in the Beginning by Dr. Jay Wile
Science in the Beginning Binder-Builder by A Journey Through Learning

Middle School:
Exploring Creation with General Science

A few of the hands-on projects we do throughout the year:

Reference Works: 
Wonders of Creation series by New Leaf Publishing

Nature Study:

Handbook of Nature Study (900+ page e-Book)
Handbook of Nature Study blog
The Outdoor Hour challenge

A few of the hands-on projects we do throughout the year:

  • Nature Field journal/notebook
  • Field trips to area nature preserves/habitats
  • Outdoor classroom in the backyard
  • Gardening


Headventure Land from Classical Academic Press

Middle School:

First Form Latin by Memoria Press (finishing up)
Second Form Latin by Memoria Press

Fine Arts

Porridge White River Co-op Junior Players Drama Troupe
A Christmas Carol at Madison Park Church 

A few of the hands-on projects we plan to do throughout the year:
  • Fine Arts notebooking (Composers and Artists)
  • Fine Arts lapbooking
  • Field trips to area Art museums
  • Field trips to area symphony performances
  • Field trips to area theatre performances


Middle School:
Introductory Logic
The Art of Argument: An Introduction to the Informal Fallacies
The Fallacy Detective

Other Electives

Middle School:
LEGO Robotics


Anderson University Science


Anderson University Gym

How Do We Do It All?

Do any of you wonder how we get all of these subjects accomplished? We could not possibly endeavor to tutor and facilitate all of these subjects on our own. Our family believes in the strength of community. We link arms with mentors, friends, and fellow tutors to draw from our collective strengths.

Two days a week, we have full-day community programs. One day we attend a large homeschooling co-op and another day we attend the Freedom Scholars Academy tutorial program directed by a friend and I. Additionally, we have supplemental courses on two partial days held at the library and Anderson University.

Classes at co-op:

  • Preschool 
  • Elementary:
    • Breakfast and Books
    • Money and Time
    • Lego Club
    • Science
    • Gym
    • Mini-Drama
  • Middle School:
    • General Science
    • Winston Grammar
    • Yearbook
    • Drama
    • Lego Robotics
Classes at Freedom Scholars Academy:
  • American History
  • Constitutional Literacy
  • American Literature
  • Modern World History and Geography
  • Writing and Composition
Classes at Anderson University:
  • Gym 
  • Music
  • Science
  • Reading Tutorial
Our schedule keeps us busy but it also provides our crew a wide variety of excellent tutors, friends, and social experiences. Our community experiences help us stay motivated and inspired for our homeschooling journey! 

If you are blogging about your curriculum plans please send me your link! I would love to visit and see your plans for the year. I pray you and your families are blessed with a joyous year of homeschooling!

Be sure to check out my friends'
(and fellow IAHE Bloggers) posts on their curriculum choices. They will be linked below.

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Are you homeschooling in Indiana?  We'd love to connect with you!

August 20, 2014

2014 Back To Homeschool Giveaway with Hip Homeschool Moms

Have you seen the 2014 Back To Homeschool Giveaway with Hip Homeschool Moms?

Friends, this is one giveaway that you do not want to miss! It takes place over seven days (August 18-24, 2014) and includes almost $40,000 in giveaways! Wow! 

I am blessed to serve as a Contributing Writer for Hip Homeschool Moms. This lovely group of bloggers brings fresh and encouraging content daily to encourage you in your homeschooling adventure!

Be sure you check each day for the new giveaway. You will want to enter all of them!

Monday (Math and Science)

  •     A+ Interactive Math
  •     Apologia
  •     Berean Builders
  •     BJU Press
  •     GiantMicrobes
  •     Knowledge Box Central
  •     Master Books
  •     Math Mammoth
  •     Math-U-See
  •     Mr. Science Teacher
  •     Red Wagon
  •     Shining Dawn Books
  •     Singapore Math
  •     Westfield Studios (The 101 series)
Enter Here! Math/Science Giveaway

Tuesday (Language Arts)

  •     All About Learning Press
  •     Analytical Grammar
  •     BJU Press
  •     Brave Writer
  •     Classes By Beth
  •     Classical Academic Press
  •     HEP Bookstore / Journey Through Time
  •     Home School Adventure Co
  •     Homeschool Copywork
  •     IEW
  •     Memoria Press
  •     Schola Publications (The Latin Road/The Phonics Road)
  •     Sight and Sound Reading
  •     Spelling-You-See
  •     Write-On Handwriting
  •     Writing With Sharon Watson
Enter Here! Language Arts Giveaway

Wednesday (History/Geography)

  •     BiblioPlan
  •     BJU Press
  •     Geography Matters
  •     Home School In the Woods
  •     TRISMS
  •     TruthQuest
  •     Bright Ideas Press
  •     Founders Academy
  •     Home School Adventure Co
  •     Master Books
  •     Veritas Press
Enter Here! History/Geography Giveaway

Thursday  (Art, Bible, Foreign Languages, and other Electives)

  •     Grapevine Studies
  •     Apologia
  •     ArtAchieve
  •     Classical Academic Press
  •     Foreign Languages For Kids By Kids
  •     Middlebury Interactive
  •     Music 4 Little Learners
  •     Music Wizard
  •     Schola Publications (The Latin Road/The Phonics Road)
  •     See the Light
  •     Compass Classroom
  •     Diana Waring Presents
  •     Home Art Studio
  •     Homeschool Programming
  •     Master Books
  •     Rosie’s Doll Clothes
Enter Here! Thursday's Giveaways

Friday (Home and Family)

  •     Apologia
  •     Balleness Online Dance Studio
  •     Beeyoutiful
  •     Dish Dish
  •     Educents
  •     Emeals
  •     HEDUA
  •     Home Run Meals
  •     iHomeschool Network
  •     Jamberry
  •     Jewelry by Darryl
  •     Lamp Post
  •     Mardel
  •     Memoria Press
  •     Montessori Services
  •     My Homeschool Grades
  •     Notgrass
  •     Seeds Family Worship
  •     Teach Them Diligently Convention
  •     The Food Prepper
  •     The Handcrafted Homestead
  •     The Natural Homeschool
  •     The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
  •     We Choose Virtues
Enter Here! Friday's Giveaways

Saturday  (unit studies, complete curriculum packages, and other curriculum)

  •     A Journey Through Learning
  •     Adventures in Childrearing
  •     Blue Manor Education
  •     Currclick
  •     Girls of American History
  •     Homeschool Legacy
  •     KidThink
  •     Kidzmet
  •     Kindergarten Complete
  •     Little Passports
  •     Magical Voice Productions
  •     Memoria Press
  •     Oak Meadow
  •     Skrafty Homeschool Minecraft
  •     Standard Deviants Accelerate
  •     The Homegrown Preschooler
Enter Here! Saturday's Giveaways

Sunday (for the love of books/building your homeschool library)

  •     Apologia
  •     Blue Manor Education
  •     Books of the Gardener
  •     CAN Network
  •     Children of Angels
  •     Circle C Adventures
  •     Gallopade
  •     Natural Beach Living
  •     Piecing Together the High School Puzzle
  •     Taryn Hayes
  •     Tyndale House
Isn't this an amazing line-up of homeschool companies?

Be sure to follow Hip Homeschool Moms and enter each day to win! I will post the new link each day here at The Homeschool Marm.


June 21, 2014

{Giveaway} Diana and Friends Experience History Through Music Giveaway ($700+ Value!)

Friends, I am so excited to share this giveaway with you! I have joined up with the launch team for Diana Waring's upcoming release of Experience History Through Music to share this amazing giveaway!

Diana is a personal friend of mine and she is such a blessing and encouragement! We are huge fans of her resources and use them daily in our homeschooling studies. Briyah is currently working through Romans, Reformers, and Revolutionaries and absolutely loves this multi-disciplinary curriculum! This coming fall we begin our journey through World Empires, World Missions, and World Wars.

I will share more soon about her new release of Experience History Through Music! Stay tuned for my upcoming review. For now, hurry along and enter this fabulous giveaway!

Diana and Friends Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Experience History Through Music, I am joining members of the Diana Waring Launch Team for an amazing giveaway. Friends of Diana have joined in and as you can see, someone's homeschool is going to be greatly blessed!  Here's what you could win! 

From Diana Waring Presents

american history -- never this funExperience History Through Music - set of 3 books with CDs ($50/set) Diana Waring Presents is about to bring back into print the BEST folk music you have ever heard, combined with the fascinating stories they represent in American history!   The Experience Music Through Historyseries includes: America - Heart of a New Nation, Westward Ho! - Heart of the Old West  and Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The musicians are amazing, every instrument is real, lots of great vocalists, and more toe-tapping music than you can imagine! The books tell the stories behind the songs.  Together, they bring American history to life through it's music!!With fascinating history books and toe-tapping folk music CDs, American history has NEVER been this fun!


Encouragement for Homeschool Moms Collection ($25) Every mom needs that word of encouragement from someone who has been there, who has grownup children and can speak with assurance about the journey. Homeschool moms have an extra portion of the journey to navigate, and often wish for an extra voice that will offer direction but without nagging or prodding. Diana Waring has that voice.

From A Journey Through Learning

Logo New 300 trans$50 Gift Certificate $50 to spend in the A Journey Through Learning store, applicable toward any digital download purchase.

From Homeschool Legacy

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Westward Ho! Part I ($19.95) Load up your wagon! Discover the extraordinary times of adventurous frontiersmen and brave pioneers as you travel cross-country along the Erie Canal,  Oregon Trail, and even “remember the Alamo” in Westward Ho Part I.  

Westward Ho! Part II ($19.95) Continue the exciting saga begun in Westward Ho! Part I as you journey with the forty-niners, ride the rails of the Transcontinental Railroad, experience life on the prairie, and discover the exciting era of cowboys and cattle drives in Westward Ho! Part II.


From Knowledge Quest Maps

HardcoverCD_ecover_croppedMap Trek: Atlas and Outline Maps of World History ($55) Map Trek is a historical atlas plus outline maps that allow you to teach geography alongside history. This is a resource that any homeschool parent can use with brilliant success, even if you don't remember a thing from your history or geography classes in public school.

From Home School Adventure Co. 

PAPS-R-96dpi shadowPhilosophy Adventure™ Digital Download ($39.95) Philosophy Adventure™ is designed to help students 6th-12th grade cultivate and defend a biblical worldview by teaching them how to write skillfully, think critically, and speak articulately as they explore the history of ideas.

From Heidi St. John (The Busy Mom and Real Life Press)

fpf3-bundle-covers-180x180Firmly Planted Family Devotional Digital Volume 3 ($39) The Firmly Planted Family Series is divided into ten-week studies and is your key to making sense of the Bible—even if you’re learning right along with your children. Each lesson provides a core idea, a simple narrative, memory verses and discussion questions for children of all ages. And the companion student workbook is filled with age-appropriate, full-color, reproducible activities for children of any age!

From Raising Real Men

My-Beloved-and-My-Friend-Cover-Border-201x300RRM-Mom-Dad-300x295Free Registration to Boyhood Boot Camp or Boot Camp 9-12 LIVE webinar series (winner's choice) plus Mom & Dad Special Raising Real Men (Book for Mom to read in the bathroom + AudioBook for Dad to listen to on the commute) ($62-69) Free Registration for Marriage Retreat Online plus His & Hers Special of My Beloved and My Friend: How To Be Married To Your Best Friend Without Changing Spouses (book + audiobook), ($65)

From Institute for Excellence in Writing


$50 Gift Certificate $50 to spend in the IEW store, applicable toward any purchase.

From The Old Schoolhouse Magazine ($139) A one year membership to the curriculum arm of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Nearly 100 classes for Pre-K to High School, taught by expert teachers, and lots of extras including the Schoolhouse Planners, Schoolhouse Expos, monthly free ebook downloads and more.   

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine 2014 Print Book ($15) Be encouraged, enlightened, and educated with the all new 2014 Annual Print Book published by The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine.You’ll get a year’s worth of homeschool support in almost 300 pages in this full color one-of-a-kind print magazine for homeschoolers, by homeschoolers. This is a magazine you’ll refer to again and again.

From Writing with Sharon Watson

69276_1454187188126914_157492202_nthe-power-in-your-hands-front-coverThe Power in Your Hands ($53.96) With The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School, they’ll learn what they need to know for high school and will be prepared for college writing. Writing Fiction [in High School] ($35) Are you raising the next C. S. Lewis or Jane Austen? Help your students develop their fiction-writing talents with Writing Fiction [In High School]: Bringing Your Stories to Life .

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