Fine Arts (Theatre Appreciation)

August 12, 2017

Credit (2)

The course involves reading scripts, original novels, and analyzing theatre productions on stage and the big and small screen.  Emphasis is placed on
the audience’s appreciation of the work of the playwright, director, actor, designer, producer, and

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
a. Use important theatrical terms to analyze and evaluate the methods of artistic and
intellectual expression through theatre.
b. Trace a fundamental history of theatre.
c. Identify relationships and distinctions between performance and a theatrical text.
d. Recognize the basic elements of drama and dramatic structure.
e. Understand the elements and craft of theatre.
f. Recognize and identify the contributions of key members of the collaborative team of
theatre artists who create and perform theatre.
g. Identify the contributions of several seminal playwrights and theatre artists.
h. Identify and explain some of the social, cultural, and political influences on theatre




History of Western Theater- YouTube

Elizabethan Theater-YouTube

Artrageous with Nate-YouTube

Small Screen:

PBS Great Performances

Faerie Tale Theater

Shirley Temple’s Storybook Theater

Grease Live

The Wiz Live

Hairspray Live




West Side Story

Romeo and Juliet (1996)

The Crucible

A Rasin in the Sun

The Wizard of Oz

Pan (2015)

BBC Oliver Twist

Oliver the musical


The Wiz

Hairspray (1988)

(Update when sorted )



Peter Pan


The Little Princess


(YAT takes the original story and allows the actors to come up with their own script. Sky compared the differences between the story and stage production, then wrote a critic of the performances. )

The Phantom Tollbooth

The Wizard of Oz


Oliver Twist



Romeo and Juliet

Little Women

Alice in Wonderland


(Update when sorted)




Reading List:

Peter and Wendy by J.M Barrie

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Peter and Alice John Logan

The Wizard of Oz  by L. Frank Baum


The Crucible Arthur Miller

A Rasin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry


Electives (Culinary Cooking For One)

August 11, 2017

Credit (1)

If any of my girls are to go to college, and even if they are not, more than likely they will find themselves cooking only for themselves.

One of the many things about homeschooling is that our school is considered a private school. I do not need to follow government high school regulations, just like other private schools don’t. I can create my own courses to fit the needs of my children.

Of course, you will want to make sure your courses are college acceptable. I don’t think electives are colleges’ big concern, with the exception of elite schools.  If you are MIT bound, you’re going to want to check those boxes.

This is one of those courses.

In Culinary Art’s Cooking For One Class, the student will create homemade meals that are both nutritious and easily prepared in the shortest amount of time possible. The student will learn how to use a microwave oven to its fullest potential.





A variety of microwavable mugs.

An Example of a chocolate chip cookie baked in a mug.


Electives (Culinary Arts 1)

August 11, 2017

Okay, the girls have been cooking along with me since they’ve been able to walk. All our girls are completely able to cook meals from scratch on their own. Little Sis has become an expert in making cookies and Sky loves baking all different kinds of bread.

Credit (2)

Culinary Arts are for anyone with a passion for food, creative expression, and diligence. The student is introduced to unique ingredients through smell, touch, and taste while honing the skills critical for conceptualizing and creating innovative dishes.

Such as,

  • Breakfast foods, sandwiches, salads, garnishes, fruits, vegetables, soups, sauces, grains, and baking.


Success in this program includes putting the student’s knowledge to practice in areas including Nutrition, Knife Skills, Sanitation and Safety, Cooking Methods, Following a Recipe and Creating Recipes of their own.



I love Sara Moulton. Watching her television show Cooking Live is how I learned to cook. I still have printed out recipes that I use from her show. When I saw that she has a YouTube channel, I let my fangirl scream fly. I couldn’t wait to introduce her to my girls.

Sara’s Weeknight Meals-YouTube

Online Craftsy King Arthur Bread Baking Class










( November cakes inspired by the novel Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.)





An example of their own creation. Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies.

Fine Art (Art History)

August 8, 2017

Credit (2)

Art History is a chronological survey that provides a general knowledge of art history, which is achieved through video lecture, discussion, and project-oriented experiences. Although the primary purpose of this course is to help the student develop a better understanding and appreciation of visual art by exploring its evolution throughout human history, it emphasizes understanding of works in context, considering such issues as geographical, cultural, social, political, and religious factors that strongly influence the making of art. In addition, the student will explore different styles and movements in art; increase their skills in observing works of art, analyzing design qualities, and interpreting meanings.



(In which I actually use the encyclopedias for the examples of the works of art covered. I really like: Art That Changed the World.)

Course Notes: Art History

Goodbye Art Academy-YouTube

Otis Art History-YouTube

Khan Academy

Artrageous with Nate-YouTube




Social Studies (U.S. History)

August 8, 2017

United States History builds upon concepts developed in previous studies of American history. Students in this course are expected to identify and review significant events, persons, and movements in the early development of the nation. After providing such a review, the course gives major emphasis to the interaction of key events, persons, and groups with political, economic, social, and cultural influences on state and national development in the late nineteenth, twentieth, and early twenty-first centuries. Students are expected to trace and analyze chronological periods and examine the relationship of significant themes and concepts in Indiana and United States history. They are expected to develop skills and processes of historical thinking and inquiry that involve chronological thinking, comprehension, analysis, and interpretation, and research that uses primary and secondary sources found at local and state historic sites, museums, libraries, and archival collections, including electronic sources.

Credit (2)



(So, what do I use the encyclopedias for? Notebook notes, dates, and as an outline for myself.)

Crash Course U.S. History-YouTube

PBS American Experience (People always ask for documentary recommendations. I always answer back with American Experience. Their list of programs are by far the best there is. Seriously, this is the spine of our lessons.)


APUSH with Mr. Johnson

Khan Academy

PBS Masterpiece Theater

(You will soon learn I use PBS for everything. I follow them on Facebook to learn about all of their upcoming programmings. Our television is set on this channel. )

Keith Hughes -YouTube

Tom Richey-YouTube


History Channel: America: The Story of Us






Reading List: (I have lots of non-fiction and biographies lined up for this course. I will update as we go.)

Hospital Sketches Louisa May Alcott.

Social Studies( Geography and History of the World)

August 8, 2017

Before I list our courses, I feel that I should give a brief explanation of how I facilitate history.

It doesn’t matter whether it is World, American, or Art, the method of learning stays the same. This is what has worked best for us.

I introduce the topic first using Crash Course videos as a summary. For the next week, sometimes a month, we dive deep into that topic by supplementing other videos, historical fiction or non-fiction stories, documentaries and movies.

I do not give tests. Instead, the girls come up with a notebook page (Notebooking is a term used often in homeschooling, especially using the Charlotte Mason method.) of what they learned.

Before they write their page, we discuss, “narration”, the subject of study, the girls tell me what they remember most (“I will never forget King Charles the first of England wore two shirts to his execution.” ), then I write their notes on the board for them to copy onto their page. They add this page into their binders. The binder serves as their timeline.

Of course, once a child reaches high-school age, they are capable of making their own notebook pages. We still have lots of discussions though.

I do not whitewash history. We did not study Native American history until Sky was old enough to comprehend both sides of the story.

I also do not share my opinions on subjects. I have always made sure to share and study more than one perspective of any subject, so the girls can form their own opinions. The girls are allowed to form different opinions than myself.

To give a very brief example. Papa and I are huge vintage movie fans. The girls were raised watching silent films. When Sky was little, she loved the fox fur stoles that the actresses wore and wanted one too. Well, we couldn’t afford fox fur, let alone my feelings of animals being killed just for their fur. However, I knew she wasn’t old enough to understand any of this. She just liked the style. So, I purchased some rabbit pelts that she sewed together like a stole instead. (Not up for debate, to faux or not. The rabbit meat was not wasted.) The point, Sky naturally came to her own conclusions about fur without my judgment or opinions.

It is the same way with our topics of study. (Don’t ask for Sky’s opinion of Oliver Cromwell. 😉 )


Geography/ History of the World

Credits (2)

By sharing the big picture and challenging students to look at the world from many different perspectives, we hope to inspire a greater love of learning and help them better understand how we got here, where we’re going, and how they fit in.

Geography and History of the World is designed to enable students to use the geographic “way of looking at the world” to deepen their understanding of major global themes that have manifested themselves over time—for example, the origin and spread of world religions; exploration; conquest, and imperialism; urbanization; and innovations and revolutions.

The historical geography concepts used to explore the global themes in Geography and History of the World include change over time, origin, diffusion, physical systems, cultural landscapes, and spatial distribution and interaction. By using these skills, concepts and the processes associated with them, students are able to analyze, evaluate, and make predictions about major global developments. Geography and History of the World are designed to nurture perceptive, responsible citizenship, encourage and support the development of critical thinking skills and lifelong learning.

In my secular opinion, history should be learned in chronological order. That is why we started out our lessons learning about The Big Bang and Geological time. For this, we used The Big History Project. (More resources will be listed with the science credits.)

Once we arrived in the Quaternary Period and the evolution of human beings, we began our studies on the origins of religions. This is where Crash Course World History videos begin. While in the Middle East, we studied Islam and Judaism. Once in Rome, Christianity. This is where I placed Creationism.

(I may decide later to give credit for a World Religions course.)





The Big History Project

Crash Course: Eons-YouTube

Crash Course World History videos – YouTube


Khan Academy

PBS Masterpiece Theater

BBC Programmes

Keith Hughes -YouTube

Tom Richey-YouTube

TED-Ed videos-YouTube

Rick Steves- YouTube

Globe Trekker

Geography Now- YouTube

My What About Earth Board-Pinterest


Documentaries: (Update when sorted)

History Channel: Mankind: History of Us

PBS Independent Lens: Chuck Norris vs. Communism


Movies: (Update when sorted)

History Channel: The Bible

The Ten Commandments

King of Kings



To Kill A King

The Charge of the Light Brigade

Disney’s Fighting Prince of Donegal

The Secret of the Kells

Marie Antoinette

The Young Victoria

Nicolas and Alexandra

The Fiddler on the Roof



Disney’s Miracle of the White Stallions

To Be or Not to Be











Reading List:

Red Huge: Prince of Donegal

Diary of Marie Antoinette

(Update when sorted)

Physical Education

August 5, 2017

Credits (2)

(Maybe more depending on the number of electives she ends up needing. She has more than enough hours in this subject. For example, I may end up splitting yoga and aerobics into flexibility (1 credit), aerobics (1 credit). Then, aquatics (1 credit), bowling (1 credit), cooperative learning (1 credit).)

This Physical Education program is based on the acquisition of knowledge and skills that are the foundation for engaging in physical activity. The mission is to empower the student to sustain regular, lifelong physical activity as a foundation for a healthy, productive and fulfilling life.

Physical wellness and psychomotor skills are developed through a variety of activities.  As a young adult, it is important to acquire and refine skills that will enhance the quality of life through physically active and healthy habits.

This course is an orientation to physical education, physical fitness, and health. It is an introduction to basic skills and movement by participation and instruction in the following activities: swimming, walking, flexibility, dual and individual sports, and physical fitness.



Outdoor walks around the local park’s trail and the block.

Homeschool Gym: cooperative learning through play and games with other homeschoolers.


Bowling (Through the Kids Bowl Free Program.)




U.S. Government (Social Studies)

August 4, 2017

What a year to learn about how our government works. So many current event topics, I could easily spend a year or more on them.


This course will provide an overview of how the government of the United States is supposed to function, and how it actually does function. We’ll be learning about the branches of government, politics, elections, political parties, and more.

We will discuss current events and how the actions of today will affect politics in the future.

Credit (1)



Presidential debates, Presidential State of the Union Address, 2017 Presidential Inauguration.



Crash Course US Government and Politics videos -YouTube

TED-Ed videos

Keith Hughes videos-YouTube

Tom Richey videos-YouTube


Documentaries/ Television:

13th (Netflix)

Jesus Camp

The West Wing



Current Event Topic Discussions:

HBO John Oliver Last Week Tonight

PBS News Hour

NPR News Articles


Reading List:

(I have our reading list picked and will add here as we go.)

Beginner’s Drawing (Fine Art)

August 3, 2017

Credit (1)

  • Learn beginner’s drawing techniques
  • Create your own drawings while learning about line, shading, composition, self-expression, and more.


Dramatic Parrot YouTube.

I love Percy. Her channel is sweet and uplifting. We had so much fun learning from her. Yes, learning. She is not just a “here, copy me” artist. She explains technique and tools.

Through her channel, Sky started using what she learned on her own creations and her drawings have improved so much.


An example of Sky’s work after the first lesson.

Examples from Dramatic Parrot’s lessons.












(Not Dramatic Parrot, From Draw So Cute YouTube)



August 3, 2017





Learn Math Fast curricula. Volume 5 covers Algebra 1 (2 credits).  Volume 6 covers Algebra 2 (2 credits).  Volume 7 is High School Geometry (2 credits).

For a total of 6 credits.


Danica McKellar’s math books

Khan Academy

Yay Math Videos

Mr. Math’s Blog

Homeschool Math Dad (Facebook group.) If you are not a member of this group, I highly suggest it. He is a math teacher. You take a photo of a math problem you might have trouble with and he will explain how to solve it.