Archive for August, 2017

Intro to Animation (Fine Arts)

August 28, 2017

Credit (1)

In this course, The student will be exposed to a variety of forms of animation. The Student will experience the production of different forms and techniques of animation, including:

  • Early animation toys (Flipbooks)
  • Traditional Animation (pencil tests – with an emphasis on the basic principles of animation)
  • 2d computer software animation
  • Cut out and mixed media animation
  • Stop Motion/Claymation
  • Rotoscoping
  • 3d animation
  • The difference between Eastern and Western animation

We will also be looking at an overview of the technical and historical evolution of animation to help you understand and appreciate the art.


The History of Animation documentary YouTube

Rotoscoping YouTube

Khan Academy Pixar in a Box

The Reluctant Dragon Disney movie

PBS: American Experience Walt Disney

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness Miyazaki

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

Nostalgia Critic YouTube

The Mysterious Mr. Enter videos  YouTube


Movies: (This is an ongoing list and will be updated.)

Fantasmagorie YouTube

Winsor McCay

Max Fleischer cartoons (My Old Kentucky Home)

Disney’s Steamboat Willie


Rankin Bass animation (2d and stop-motion)

Disney’s Snow White


Pixar’s Inside Out

The Simpsons

Family Guy

South Park

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Blue Sky Studios: The Peanuts Movie

Dreamworks: Shrek

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

Ray Harryhausen’s: The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad


Studio Ghibli: Princess Mononoke

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Death Note Anime

The Night Before Christmas


Mask of the Phantasm

Don Bluth’s The Secret of NIMH

A Cat in Paris

Song of the Sea

Ralph Bakshi’s American Pop









Film Literature 1

August 28, 2017

Credit (2) Fine Arts( 1) Language Arts (1)

Film Literature studies the diversified ideas and concepts that interact when written literature is adapted to film or when a work of literary art is originally conceived for film presentation. This course includes: (1) the impact of film on the ways in which people perceive the human condition, (2) the ways in which the roles of men and women and various ethnic minorities are portrayed, (3) visual interpretations of literary techniques and auditory language effects, (4) a history of film as a medium of literary interpretation, and (5) the limitations and special capacities of the two media to present the work.

In a comprehensive speech component, The student is given opportunities to present and discuss their ideas as well as opportunities to role-play as movie directors to stage scenes. The student will have frequent writing assignments in which they explore and analyze issues of interpretations, production, and cross-genre adaptation.





Crash Course Film History

Let’s Talk Disfigurement in Media Jen Campbell’s videos YouTube

Nostalgia Critic  videos YouTube

Film Studies with Chez Lindsay  YouTube



Movies (This is an ongoing list that will be updated.)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1920

The Phantom of the Opera  1925

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Dracula (1931)


The Wizard of Oz

BBC The Pickwick Papers

A Tale of Two Cities  1935

Bleak House

Little Dorrit

Jane Eyre

Wuthering Heights

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland

BBC Oliver Twist

Oliver The Musical

A Christmas Carol


The Jungle Book Disney live-action

The Scarlet Pimpernel 1934

2009 Emma



The Godfather

The Shinning

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Little Women

Cast Away

Netflix The Little Prince





Reading List (Update as needed)

The Phantom of the Opera

Oliver Twist

Wuthering Heights

The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland

The Wizard of Oz

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Jungle Book

The Scarlet Pimpernel

Peter Pan

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest


Little Women

The Little Prince

Biographies (Update as Completed)

Who Was J.R.R. Tolkien by Pam Pollack

School of Life Biography Jane Austen YouTube

Health and Wellness

August 28, 2017

(Sky will receive her CPR training through a local park program.)

This is another hard course description for me to write. A lot of this is covered naturally through parenting. I understand why the need for this course exists. Not every child has great parents. It is just hard trying to write a description for something I have been doing since my children were born.

I feel that in order for one to understand proper nutrition, first there must be knowledge of how our bodies function. So, this course would fall after either Microbiology or Biology.


Credit (1)

This course provides the basis for continued methods of developing knowledge, concepts, skills, behaviors, and attitudes related to student health and well-being. This course includes these major content areas: (1) growth and development, (2) mental and emotional health, (3) community and environmental health, (4) nutrition, (5) family life, (6) consumer health, (7)personal health, (8) alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, (9) intentional and unintentional injury, (10) health promotion and disease prevention, and (11) CPR training for certification. The Student will explore the effect of health behaviors on the quality of life. This course assists in the understanding that health is a lifetime commitment to analyzing individual risk factors and health decisions that promote health and prevent disease. The student is encouraged to assume individual responsibility for becoming competent health consumers.



The Way We Work  David Macaulay

SciShow videos  YouTube

TED-Ed videos  YouTube

The School of Life videos  YouTube

The Food Lable and You  US Food and Drug Administration video  YouTube

PBS In Defense of Food

Recipe Rehab episodes  YouTube

Cooked  Netflix

Fed Up documentary

Hungry for Change documentary

What the Health documentary

Happy documentary

The Truth About Alcohol documentary

Super Size Me documentary

Forks Over Knives documentary

Plant Pure Nation documentary

PBS 9 Months that Made You




The Edge of Seventeen


(Self Defense class)

Science (Natural Science, Biology 1 (Possibly 2) with Lab)

August 23, 2017

I am not sure yet if I want to break Biology down into two-year courses with Biology 2 studying the human body, or if I am going to add the study of the human body under Health and Wellness (We are already studying how the human body works in Health and Microbiology.)

Credit (2, maybe 4)


The student will investigate biological systems at the molecular and cellular level. Hands-on laboratory exercises incorporating cellular biology, genetics, DNA
technology, evolution, botany, zoology, and ecology will be provided to assist the student in their understanding of biological themes.

(In Biology 2, you will continue your exploration of the living world by examining five themes in Biology: Diversity, Plants, Invertebrates, Vertebrates, and Human Biology.)



DK Science Encyclopedia

Basher Science: Biology

The Way We Work David Macaulay

The Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments

The Biology Coloring Book  Robert D. Griffin



Crash Course Biology YouTube

SciShow YouTube

Bozeman Science YouTube

It’s Okay to be Smart YouTube

PBS Nature


Bill Nye Saves the World

BBC Life

BBC Human Planet

BBC The Life of Mammals

Nat Geo My Child Is A Monkey

Various PetTubers YouTube

PBS Earth: The New Wild

Dirt the Movie

Seed The Untold Story

We actually watched these with our World History course but thought I would add them here.

PBS Your Inner Fish

BBC Prehistoric Earth

BBC Walking With Monsters

BBC Walking With Dinosaurs

BBC Walking With Prehistoric Beasts

BBC Walking With Caveman

PBS Decoding Neanderthals

PBS The Great Human Oydessy

PBS First Peoples


Reading List:

The Origin of Species  Charles Darwin (Read by Richard Dawkins is awesome.)

The Violinist’s Thumb  Sam Kean

Doctor Mutter’s Marvels  Cristain O’Keefe

Bonk Mary Roach

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  Rebecca Skloot







(Following along with Wolf Park’s blog keeping up to date with the wolf pup’s progress. They are being released with the older wolves this weekend, already.)



(Collecting the seeds from our garden to replant the following year.)



(Soil management, composting and growing a garden. Sunflowers, potatoes, green peppers, broccoli, garlic, tomatoes, strawberries, cantaloupe, cushaw squash, onions, and jalapeno peppers.


(Annual Bug Fest.)


(Observing Betta Fish’s habits. Learning the difference between male and females. Luna swims to the top of the tank when the food door opens. 🙂 The tank looks so empty. Sky has had added several plants to the tank since this picture was taken. Betta Fish like to hide. Please do not buy a fish bowl when purchasing a fish. Keeping any fish in a small fish bowl is inhumane. They need plenty of room to swim around in to stay healthy.)

Science (Microbiology with Lab)

August 23, 2017

Credit (2)

Microbiology is designed to promote an understanding of the effects of microorganisms on the human body. The study includes the standard precautions necessary for health maintenance and infection control. The focus is on the reduction of diseases that interfere with basic human needs. The student will engage in many topics and competencies related to truly understanding the structure and function of microorganisms. The student will learn through reading materials, study guides, notebooking*, online videos, projects, and labs.

 The student will be able to discuss the physical characteristics of microorganisms.
  Describe bacterial adaptation, attenuation, drug resistance and toxins.
 Understand the body’s defense system as well as disease transmission and control.
 Identify pathological organisms and discuss classifications of microorganisms.
 Develop the skills of scientific inquiry while learning concepts in our school, lab, and field.
 Understand how biological and social concepts related to the content apply to their everyday lives and develop an increased knowledge of these concepts.

(If the topic of evolution has not been brought up yet, it would be best to learn it before the start of this course.)


(*Notebooking is an educational term for keeping a journal. Instead of filling in the blanks of a worksheet to test what a child has learned, you give them the opportunity to show and tell what they have learned. This method requires more than memorizing a few key facts in order to later pass a test.)




DK Science Encyclopedia

Basher Science: Microbiology

The Way We Work  David Macaulay

Crash Course (some) Biology YouTube

SciShow YouTube

TED-Ed videos YouTube

PBS (Great series on NewsHour: Making Sense Stopping Superbugs.) and NPR (Great series on germs.) News Articles

Microbiology Edward Kerschen YouTube

Bozeman Science YouTube


Reading List:

Usborne Science: The World of the Microscope

A World In A Drop of Water Alvin and Virginia Silverstein

Microcosmos Brandon Broll

I Contain Multitudes Ed Young

Dirt is Good Jack Gilbert


( I think I will do a separate elective course on probiotics and fermentation.)






Science (Chemistry With Lab)

August 23, 2017

(Update with photos when completed.)

The Student explores the fundamental principles of chemistry which characterize the properties of matter and how it reacts.
Computer-based and traditional laboratory techniques are used to obtain, organize and analyze data. Conclusions are developed using both qualitative and quantitative procedures. Topics include, but are not limited to: measurement, atomic structure, electron configuration, the periodic table bonding, gas laws, properties of liquids and solids, solutions, stoichiometry, reactions, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, and nuclear chemistry.

Main Goals: The main goal of this program is to provide a solid foundation for the study of matter and its changes.
Through many activities, students will demonstrate how theory is applicable in laboratory situations. All students will develop good methods of problem-solving and proper laboratory technique.

Credit (2)


Basher Science Chemistry

DK Science Encyclopedia

Crash Course Chemistry YouTube

SciShow YouTube

Tyler DeWitt YouTube

Bozeman Science

Khan Academy Chemistry


The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom  Theodore Gray

Illustrated Guide To Home Chemistry Experiments  Robert Bruce Thompson

The Disappearing Spoon  Sam Keen

The Radium Girls  Kate Moore


Culinary Reactions: The Everyday Chemistry of Cooking  Simon Quellen Field (This will probably end up as another Culinary electives course.)






(CO2 chemical reaction. Results from an acid and a base together.)




(Checking the PH level of our soil.)








Science (Earth Science)

August 22, 2017

Earth Science is the study of Earth’s processes in the hydrosphere, geosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. Topics include rocks and minerals, weathering, earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, oceanography, and meteorology. The student will come to an understanding of how many of these topics are interrelated. For example, Earth’s plate tectonics lead to earthquakes and the formation of mountains and/or volcanoes.

Credit (2)


DK Science Encyclopedia

Basher Science: Planet Earth and Rocks and Minerals


BBC Planet Earth, Blue Planet, Earth: The Biography (The Study of Our World)

History Channel’s How the Earth Was Made

Discovery’s Raging Planet

Bozeman Science YouTube

SciShow YouTube


Reading List:

Journey to the Center of the Earth  Jules Verne

The Big Wave

The Good Earth  Pearl S. Buck

Drowned City  Don Brown

Unstoppable  Bill Nye











Science (Astronomy)

August 22, 2017


I have been thinking about this quote from Carl Sagan a lot these last few days. “a mote of dust.” Especially after yesterday’s solar eclipse. It is only fitting that I open my science courses post with it.

This is probably the hardest course descriptions I need to write. In my opinion, science equals life. I live and breathe for science. It is hard for me to contain and separate life into subjects of study. To me, there is no separation between Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, or Astronomy. It is the study of life, of how we came to be. It is the story of us.

In my opinion, you can’t understand history until you understand how we got here. When you begin to understand that every metal, chemical, or gas like calcium, carbon, oxygen, and Iron was formed in the universe before our existence, you begin to understand just how small we really are. How the sodium that I taste when I sweat is from the ocean and the calcium in my teeth and bones, or the iron in my blood was formed in the stars, your perception will forever be changed. History will never be the same. Science is the foundation of our homeschool.

However, for the sake of checking off core credit boxes I’ve attempted to separate natural learning into subjects. In my little private school, just like with history, I have attempted to facilitate the study of life chronologically. So in my opinion, that would look like Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth Science (With Chemistry and Earth Science being interchangeable depending on where you are in mathematics.), Microbiology, Biology, Physics and so on.



(This is my spine for them all.)

Like I have mentioned previously, what has worked best for us is introduction then deep study.



Credit (2)

This course introduces you to the composition and structure of the universe. Astronomy is the scientific study of the contents of the entire Universe. This course provides the student with a study of the universe and the conditions, properties, and motions of bodies in space. The content includes, but is not limited to, historical astronomy, astronomical instruments, the celestial sphere, the solar system, the earth as a system in space, the earth/moon system, the sun as a star, and stars.

Basher Astronomy Book

DK Science Encyclopedia

Crash Course Astronomy YouTube

SciShow Astronomy YouTube


StarTalk Podcast

Cosmos (Both Tyson and Sagan)



How the Universe Works

BBC documentaries


Reading List:

A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson

Welcome to the Universe Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy  Douglas Adams

The Martian Andy Weir



From the Earth to the Moon HBO

The Right Stuff


Apollo 13

Hidden Figures








(Extracurricular, Maybe) Equestrian Beginners Lessons

August 19, 2017

I’m not sure whether I will add this under extracurricular activities or electives yet.

Credit (1)

The Student will learn foundation Western riding skills in an indoor arena, how to follow a pattern, and what judges will look for when competing in a horse show.

The student will also learn about basic horse care, habitats, boarding, food and how to groom, saddle, name the saddle parts and bridle a horse.





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