Archive for July, 2017

English 1

July 31, 2017

Credits (2)

Develop and enhance grammar and writing skills. Coverage of grammar rules. Students must master the use of nouns and verbs as well as learn how to avoid run-on sentences and fragments.

Reviewing vocabulary words to strengthen their understanding of terminology used in books and to acquire new words they can introduce into their own writing

Helps student become more comfortable with communicating to a variety of audiences and effectively interpreting what he reads so as to build his intellectual skills.

  • Understand and apply sentence construction, including modifiers and parallel structure.
  • Display understanding of grammar mechanics in writing.
  • Compose full-length essays with little to no errors.
  • Research, draft and edit an essay.
  • Write a variety of essay types that demonstrate reasoning and analytical abilities.





Not Pictured: Grammar-land by M.L. Nesbitt.


Video Resources:

Learn English with Emma- YouTube

Socratica -YouTube

TED-Ed videos


Reading List:

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

Romeo and Juliet

Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats  T.S. Eliot

Santa Filomena

The Christmas Carol Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A Christmas Carol Christina Rossetti

The Charge of the Light Brigade Alfred Lord Tennyson

Examples of work.

(Update after sorting out literature choices.)


English (Creative Writing )

July 31, 2017

These next bunch of posts might seem a bit crazy to anyone else besides me, yet are long overdue. I need to accumulate all my resources and high school credits together and remove them out of my mind for the sake of my sanity. Some of them have already been completed, some have not. Also, I will be updating them as needed (because I am sure I forgot something).

(Not all resources are only for high-school, some were used for Little Sis too.)

Indiana is wonky with their credit system with 1 semester equaling a credit, 40 credits to graduate. So for my homeschooling records when I mention 1 credit, I mean 1 Semester (60-80 hours).



Creative Writing: 1 credit (English)




Fairy Tales, Fables, and Myths.

Semester 1: Understanding literature genres and how to write them.

Reading list:

European Fairy-Tales:

East of the Sun and West of the Moon

Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales

Charles Perrault’s Fairy Tales



Aesop’s Fables

La Fontaine’s Fables

Fables by Arnold Lobel



D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman



The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon by Lowell H. Press

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Lion Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman

Stardust by Neil Gaiman



Through the Woods by Emily Carroll


Science Fiction:

Cinder by Marrissa Meyer



Insanity by Cameron Jace



The Scorpio Races By Maggie Stiefvater

Splintered by A.G. Howard

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Game of Thrones (Graphic Novels) by George R. Martin

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman



Creating stories for each genre.

Sky’s examples


A short story inspired by the Bronte Sisters.

Fan Fiction stories.


Semester 2: Reading and Writing Poetry (1) credit



(Have not completed yet)


Reading List:

Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann

Edward Lear/ Write a Limerick

The Sea Fairies

The Mermaid

The Princess by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Revolting Rhymes Roald Dahl

The Crocodile

Jabberwocky Lewis Carroll

In Search of Cinderella Shel Silverstein

My Shadow Robert Lewis Stevenson

September Dark

Iron Horse James Whitcomb Riley

If Rudyard Kipling

Against Idleness and Mischief Isaac Watts

A Fairy Song William Shakespeare

Beauty and the Beast Jane Yolen

Winter Moon Langston Hughes










(Sky’s example of a Limerick and Haiku is on the left.)

Easing Back In (Not Back To School)

July 26, 2017

So, in honor of the children starting back to school today:

Still lots of the same.

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drawing, writing, creating,

late night texting with BFF about upcoming park photo shoot,


swimming has taken over bowling (for now),

flexibility, and practice (always practice).


Our year supply of corn is ready for winter and spring.


As always, reading for mama (and the papa now having his own Kindle, reading about Deadwood, gearing up to start a new television series).

I finished: You by Caroline Kepnes, (Loved it, and no I do not understand all the Joe fan girls.) and Dark Saturday by Nicci French (Loved this one too.).

Wish I can say the same about: Don’t Close Your Eyes by Holly Sheddon (I had really high hopes for this one) and Bring Her Home by David Bell (Actually gave up on it. Okay, his wife died. I am still reading about it 10 chapters later when the plot has nothing to do with her. Maybe, it does but I am not reading anymore to find out.).


As for school, I ordered the first two math books in the Learn Math Fast curricula series.

Sky took a crafting notes webinar through Beasley College (learning about the KISS elements).

Sky has been keeping track of the wolf pups’ progress through the Wolf Park blog too. She will be writing one of her essays about this.

I made both Little Sis and Sky’s book list out for the year.

After we wrap up Scandinavia, we will finish up American history, literature, and government this year.

I thought I would make things easier on myself this year and just order curricula. However, the more I read over the book lists, the more discouraged and mad I became. Not one bloody diverse book. Not one Mexican-American, Native American, or person of color author. NONE! No LGBTQ authors, hell there was barely any females on the list. This is supposed to be secular?? Thank goodness for Harper Lee. I mean, I guess she is the only American female to write a novel.

I will share the list I came up with as we go (Don’t want a longer waiting list from our library.).

This is why I have always put together my own resources, to begin with. Might as well finish it out this way.

Only two more years to go for one child.

Last, I decided to use a portfolio as my high-school grading system (which is another reason I started this blog).

Yes, I will have the 4-A, 3-B, 2-C GPA for colleges. However, I refuse to start giving the girls grades now. They have gone all this time without being graded, I am not going to change to be like some dog jumping through a hoop.

Grades mean nothing. I can study for a test to get an A, but what did I retain? I am raising learners here in this little private school of mine. 🙂

Homeschooling has always been my own little experiment. If a child did not retain information over the summer, then just maybe they never learned it in the first place.

Peace for the journey.

Summer Break (Part Deux)

July 11, 2017

Alright, how about another quick update?

Little Sis made it to cheer camp (150 miles away) and came back with her team’s spirit flag. Only 6 out of 300 girls were awarded this honor.


Unsocialized homeschoolers, say what?

She had a blast and can not wait until next year.


Swimming, bowling ( both girls getting strikes), tumbling and flexibility classes for a certain cheerleader.

Finishing touches to Little Sis’s room.


Fourth of July celebration, food and fireworks.



Garlic curing.


Batman, Batman, Joker (Movies and Animated series).

Drive-In summer movies. Spider-man Homecoming and Despicable Me 3 being huge hits.

Breaks fixed on our van

and lots of drawing.





I’ve finished several books. The Child by Fiona Barton being the latest. I really enjoyed it, until I figured it all out. Then, I became frustrated that no one else could. It was still a good read though.


Indiana’s children are gearing up to start school in the next couple of weeks (Yes, they go back in July here). This means less crowds at the pool for us.

I have been thinking about our next school year. I think it is time to readjust our schedule again. I really didn’t realize how much all of us needed this break from academics, myself included.

I need an open and go math program for the girls. I think I may have found it (Learn Math Fast). Fingers crossed.

Peace for the journey.