Saturday, June 30, 2007

Curriculum Outline Template (1-Page format)

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-8 Curriculum

I just put together the finishing touches of our 2007-8 5th grade curriculum plans! We are scheduling in more music appreciation this year -- including hymns, folk songs, and Classical composers. A Charlotte Mason educaton has liberal arts front and center, and it is so easy to get so busy with the 3R's that Fine Arts gets squished out! Scheduling helps me carve out time to get the Arts done.

The only think I am thinking of adding is the new Apologia writing program, but am still undecided on that one! Anyway, it feels great to have the upcoming year planned and materials waiting in the wings.

My Curriculum Outline template is based on the one by the late homeschool mom, Missy Gray, at . She is still blessing the homeschool world from Heaven!

If you would like to view the Curriculum Outline as a one-page PDF, go to the the link above. There is also a blank outline to use or modify any way you like!


Rod and Staff Bible & Nurture 4

Discover 4 Yourself by Kay Arthur



Apologia Exploring Creation With Botany – summer

Bob Jones University Press Science 5

Adventures In Science kit: 'How Things Work'

*** One Small Square: African Savannah


The Hobbit by JR Tolkein – summer read aloud

* Island of the Blue Dolphins

* Tales of a Korean Grandmother

** Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

** The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

*** Shadow Spinner

*** African Folk Tales

History & Literature

Sonlight 5: Eastern Hemisphere (see reading list)

Additional History Selections (see reading list)

Additional Literature Selections (see reading list)


Trail Guide to World Geography by Geography Matters

Australia by Evan-Moor

Language Arts

Shurley English 4

Calvert School Spelling

Institute For Excellence in Writing & Sonlight 5 Dictation


* Favorite Poems Old and New by Helen Ferris

** Poetry for Young People: Emily Dickenson

*** Favorite Poems Old and New by Helen Ferris

Memory Work

* Psalm 91 and a poem of choice

** Isaiah 53 and a poem of choice

*** Matthew 5: 1-16 – The Beatitudes and a poem of choice


Christian Light Education Mathematics & Math-U-See Delta

World Languages

Elementary Spanish At Home by Northern Arizona University

Visual Arts (Global Art, Edupress Activity Books)

* Art of the Pacific Islands

* Aboriginal Art of Australia

* Japanese Art

* Japanse Art

* Chinese Art

* Chinese Art

** Chinese Art

** Chinese Architecture

** Russian art

** Russian Architecture

** Art of India

** Art & Architecture of India

*** Art of the Middle East

*** Middle Eastern Architecture

*** African Art

*** African Art

*** African Art

*** African Art

Composer Study

* Stories of the Great Composers and Vox Music Masters: Shubert

** Color the Classics & Stories of the Great Composers: Dvorak

*** Color the Classics & Stories of the Great Composers: Mendelssohn

Hymns ('Hymns 4 Worship' by Integrity)

* All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name – Disc 1 Track 5

* Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – Disc 1 Track 3

* The Love of God – Disc 1 Track 4

** Take My Life – Disc 2 Track 3

** Pass Me Not – Disc 2 Track 10

** How Great Thou Art – Disc 1 Track 10

*** The Solid Rock – Disc 1 Track 4

*** What A Friend We Have in Jesus – Disc 2 Track 2

*** When I Survey The Wonderous Cross – Disc 2 Track 11

Folksongs (The Homestead Pickers)

* Botany Bay – Disc 2

** Wild Colonial Boy – Disc 2

*** All Through the Night – Disc 2

Asterisks indicate what term the material is to be studied in.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

CK Scrapbook Designer Software for $9.98!


Last night, I did this digital layout of my daughter playing with some homeschool friends. Although I love traditional, paper-and-glue scrapbooking, I am not always able to find time these days!!! Because of my shortage of time, I am loving my Creative Keepsakes software. I like it so much that I just ordered the newer CK scrapbooking software from Digital pages are so quick and easy - I am hooked. Also, 'paper' and embellishments can be used over and over, so it's very affordable.

I love these pics of my daughter and just had to post them!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

A Kiss

Now this is the type of behavior that made me want to toss my cookies when I was a teenager. At what point did it become "cute?" Oh well. Mom and Dad are still crazy about each other after all these years!