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. ūüėČ )


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 ‚Äúway of looking at the world‚ÄĚ to deepen their understanding of major global themes that have manifested themselves over time‚ÄĒfor 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)

PBS Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

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.

Fine Arts/ English

August 2, 2017

Comics: Art in Relationship Kadenze online course.

Fine Arts credit (1)

Comics are one of the most popular and exciting ways to tell a story. This course offers a look at the fundamental building blocks of the comic book medium. Exploring panel to panel transitions, text to image relationships, and the intricacies of page layouts. Students will examine new and innovative ways to bring their stories to life and provide insights to help storytellers make the most of every page.





Assignment example: Capturing time across the panels, One Hour.


English: Analyzing and creating graphic short stories. Credit (1)



Taking what was learned in the Comics: Art in Relationship course and diving deeper into the subjects by reading and analyzing graphic novels; then creating your own.



Reading list

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott Mcloud

Science Fiction/ Fantasy

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson


Monstress series by Marjorie M. Liu

Science Fiction

Saga series by Brian K. Vaughan


Lock and Key series by Joe Hill (Not pictured)


An example of a Rough draft of story characters.

English 2

August 1, 2017

Credits (2)


Cover topics like brainstorming, organization, transitions, summaries, and citations,

The 5 Paragraph Essay and

The Writing Process.

  • Prewriting
  • Writing
  • Revising
  • Proofing
  • Write in a variety of forms including personal, literary, and persuasively for various audiences and purposes.
  • Using the writing process for multiple purposes, including on-demand writing tasks



Not Pictured: On Writing-A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King.

Beasley College Crafting Notes Webinar.

TED-Ed Videos

Write Shop.

Tim Mcgee videos-YouTube

Reading List:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling

Black Beauty Anna Sewell

The Scarlet Pimpernel Baroness Orczy


The Gift of the Magi O. Henry

Christmas Storms and Sunshine Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

The Lottery Shirley Jackson

Children of the Corn Stephen King

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey

Julie of the Wolves Jean Craighead George

Tam Lin

The Poor Children Victor Hugo

Ghosts Emily Dickinson

The Haunted Palace Edgar Allan Poe

Boadicea Alfred Lord Tennyson

Old Ireland Walt Whitman

The Song of Wandering Aengus w.B Yeats

The Vagabond Robert Louis Stevenson


(Update when sorted)


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:

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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



Dracula by Bram Stoker / Epistolary (two for one)

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

Resource: A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver.

(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