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Getting Ready

This was the first year we took some time off from school. We usually never stop school, like never, ever. I do school easy and it’s my quiet time in the afternoon while the kids work and the littles nap. I like having them focused and occupied. But school is changing around here. As my kids get older I get more and more organized and more and more in depth in what I require. My daughter is now a sixth grader! (The boys? 4th, 1st, pre K, crawler)

I am working on a huge project. This past year I’ve been putting up links for my kids each weekend. I tag them in Delicious with Monday, Tuesday, etc. Each day they would type in the day of the week and their school links would come up–an online activity or a game or a lesson or article. Then they would get deleted and I would put up new ones. I also had to give them their other assignments either orally or jot them down.

So, this year I’m putting it all on the computer, all online. Each day they will go through their assignments on the computer. They are short lessons (I’m still not interested in intensive school) on several subjects. It says day one and you do all your day one work, right down the line. Each grade has its own math, reading, language arts and computer lessons. Then the students all learn the same Bible, history, science, music, art and health and PE. However, those lessons are divided by level–elementary, middle school (5th-8th), high school. I’m not recording lessons for high school because it was just too much, and I’m still not sure if we’ll be just using textbooks by then. There are textbooks for everything online for free.

Want to see a sample? I have 30 days done so far.

Here is the first day of sixth grade:

Day 1

Math (link removed)


  1. Write the words teeming, fathom, reverberate, cumulative (08) in your reading notebook and pay attention to them as you read. Please write the date in the top right corner of the page and label these words as Day 1.
  2. Read Carl Sandburg poems numbers 2-11. This poet was born in 1878.
  3. Look at the word monotone in poem 5. The rain is monotone and is being contrasted with a rainbow which has lots of colors. What does monotone mean? The prefix mono means one. This man is wearing a monocle.
  4. Look at the word catalpa in poem 6. I don’t know what it is. Do you? But the poem gives us clues. It says, “grass, catlapa and oak.” We know what grass is. Oak is referring to the tree. So we can assume catalpa is some sort of plant. This is catalpa.
  5. Write what you think is the definition of each of the words you wrote in your notebook.
  6. Look the words up to find their definition. If you were not correct, please add the correct definition to your notebook.
  7. Choose two poems and write what each poem is talking about in your own words. Label your answer with the number and title of the poem.

Click what year you are studying   Year 1    Year 2    Year 3    Year 4  (I took off the link.)  This is so that kids can have their grade level separate and other studies together. I am making this so your children and my children not in school yet will be able to use this. Right now we are on year 4 but my next sixth grader will be on year 2. Year 1 is ancient history and biology…year 4 is 20th century history and physics and chemistry.

She also has computer twice a week. Her math is Khan Academy right now.

Here is grade one. They should already be reading. They should be able to read the McGruffy First Reader.

Day 1

Reading on Your Own

  1. Read The Tale of Jolly Robin  chapter 1  (pages 1-5)
  2. Write the title and author of the book in your reading notebook.


  1. Counting to 20
  2. Play Snakes and Ladders  You can play alone or with someone.

English*  (For the first two weeks, the student needs someone to read to them and help them go through the reading curriculum.)

Rhyme — Long A Sound

  1. Look at the picture on the right side of this page. It’s the first poem in a book called, Abroad. What do you see happening in the picture?
  2. Have a parent or older sibling read the poem to you. What happened during the poem?
  3. Did you hear words rhyme in the poem? Read the first two lines again. Do you hear “go” rhyme with “below”? Now ask nicely to have the whole poem read to you again. This time listen for two rhyming words with A sounds. For example, the word day has an A sound. We call it the long A sound. Okay, listen close.
  4. What two long A sound words rhymed in the poem?
  5. *Print out this worksheet and fill in the long A sound rhyming words. (Just print out page one! Page two has a mistake!)

Click on what year you are studying:  Year 1     Year 2     Year 3     Year 4

Here’s Bible, history, science, art for elementary students.

Day 8


  1. Read  John 8:31-41
  2. Today for your Bible writing answer these questions. Who are really Jesus’ disciples?  (Look in verse 31.) Now ask one of your parents to explain verses 34 and 35.


  1. Read biography of Edison
  2. Cut out and write in Edison’s timeline piece and add it to your timeline.


  1. Cut out your O and oxygen pocket. Oxygen is part of what we breathe. We need oxygen for our bodies to work. It is another element in our world and is number 8 on the periodic table because one atom of oxygen has 8 protons in it. We’ll learn later about protons. Write or draw inside your oxygen card. And place in your pocket.
  2. Not everything in the world is hydrogen or oxygen or carbon or whatever else is on the periodic table. Those are the elements that other things are made from. When different atoms come together to make something new, they are called molecules. Probably the most famous molecule is H2O. Have you ever heard of it? It means two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom getting together. When they do, they make water! All water you see are H2O molecules. Here’s a picture of a water molecule.
  3. Draw a water molecule and label the three parts each either H or O. Label your picture and keep it in your science notebook.
  4. Build other molecules. Click on Nanolab and Build.


  1. Last week you read about Hector Guimard and looked at some of his creations. Remember you drew a picture based on what you looked at? Today you are going to make a sculpture like Guimard.
  2. Mix 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup butter or margarine. (You could add a teaspoon of sugar if you are allowed.) Look at your drawing from last week and mold or carve your “clay” to look like it. It will harden in the fridge. You can eat it later ;) with permission.
  3. An alternative is to make salt dough.

Here is a day for middle school.

Day 3**


  1. Read John 3
  2. Write a summary of what you think the most important lesson from the reading was.
  3. Pray and ask God to help you learn it/live it.


  1. Play Railroad Race  (In the middle you’ll have to choose which company you will work for, click on one. Don’t worry when it tells you to research the Indians or make a project. Just keep clicking. You should try and answer the questions though.)


  1. Read about punctuation.
  2. *Write about the transcontinental railroad. Use a period, comma, question mark and exclamation point. Notebooking page.


  1. Watch video about how steam engines work
  2. watch animation
  3. Explain to someone how steam engines work.


  1. Read this article and look at the pictures.
  2. *Open this art histoy pdf. Look over page 2, Art Nouveau. Look at the pictures and make a *Venn Diagram (what is the same about two of the pictures, what is different) and write a definition of Art Nouveau by your observations. You can write it on the back of your diagram.

You may have noticed youtube videos. I never send the kids to youtube but put all the videos right on the site I’m building. I plan on making this site available to everyone, but I will probably add a “donate” button since it’s a complete, complete, curriculum. Since it’s a work in progress I’m not sharing the link yet, but if you begged me I might. I hope this will be able to help families homeschool for free and especially help others like me overseas who don’t have the access to resources. I do have lots of science experiments. I have included videos of the experiments in case you don’t have the materials to do them.

All of the books are free so far. This is the hardest year to do that since it’s 20th century history and free books only go up to 1923. I do have reading novels, biographies and autobiographies for history. In the first 30 days they read 2 books for history. And they are always reading something for English as well. We’ll see how it goes this year. It’s a lot of work, but it will be there for my other children and hopefully for other families as well.


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