Central and South America Unit Studies

Central and South America here we come!  We have enjoyed learning about the world with country studies for the past 8 years.  We started in Europe long ago and have slowly made our way around the world, learning about different countries and cultures along the way.  This year we are…

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Documentary-Based Modern World History Study

We have enjoyed learning history through documentaries for a couple years now.  This documentary-based study covers World War 1 up through the present day.  Because there is so much, it will likely take more than one school year to finish it.  Most of the time will be spent watching documentaries,…

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Classic Literature for Middle School

Back when I started homeschooling, we had a historical fiction reading emphasis.  While that has it merits, I found there to be more benefits to a classic literature reading emphasis. Classics are written by writers who really know what they are doing.  My oldest son recently showed me a page…

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Planning Middle School for a Visual-Spatial Learner

Middle school is upon us and I’ve attempted to put together a plan that will suit my strongly visual-spatial learner.  This highly creative kid has dreams of a future working with computers in some way.  Math and art are areas of strength.  Language arts subjects have been a weaker area,…

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Shakespeare for Kids

The first time I was exposed to Shakespeare was in a high school classroom.  The one and only play we read and discussed was MacBeth.  Even though we spent a long time reading and discussing the play, the archaic language made the story line quite difficult to follow.  As a…

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Middle School to High School Reading List for a Strong Reader

I compiled a middle school to high school reading list for my strong reader.  We started this list in 6th grade and are in the middle of 7th grade right now.  Most of the books on the list would be considered classics, but many contemporary novels are included as well.…

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Unit Study on Islam

Some might wonder why we, as Christians, decide to spend time learning about another religion.  I guess my reasons are two-fold.  First of all, I believe it is important to expose my children to other viewpoints and ideas about religion.  I want them to face questions and wonder while they…

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