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Our Curriculum 2013-2014

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 As I visit with other homeschool moms, this question always surfaces, “What curriculum do you use?” Well, for me, this list is ever-changing! I tend to be a little ADHD when it comes to choosing curriculum! But, my style stays the same. For the most part, we follow a mixture of Charlotte Mason methods and Classical methods. For more about the differences between homeschooling methods, check out this book: 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum

This is an example of our “typical” learning process:

  1. Introduce a topic with memory work.
  2. Find a book (or two or three or ten) that matches the memory work.
  3. Continue drilling the memory work, while “making it real” with living books.

As you look at my curriculum choices, please remember that they may be different tomorrow!

The Entire Family- together


First-Born (6th grade) 094


Middle Man (4th grade)  



Short Stuff (1st grade) 


 What curriculum are you using?

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The First Moon Landing

Explosions, ear-splitting roars, and death-defying speeds. Rockets and boys have a lot in common. As we begin our study of the first moon landing, I am chuckling about the resemblance between the two!

In this post, I will focus on the historical aspect of the first moon landing. Obviously, this topic stretches across both history and science. So, it is a two-for-one day!

If you are a Classical Conversations friend, then these resources goes along with the history sentence for Cycle 3, week 21.

The books:



The audio:

The video:

Interesting Information:

Just for fun

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What is Classical Conversations?

Our family loves Classical Conversations!  Have you heard of it?  Well, let me tell you about it! 

What is it?  Classical Conversations (CC) is a Classical Christian homeschool community.

Where does the group meet?  CC has communities all over the world.  Go to the Classical Conversation website.  At the top of the page you will see a map of the U.S.  Enter your zip code to see if there are communities in your area.

How often does it meet?  CC meets one day a week.  The younger grades meet twenty-four weeks a year.  The older grades meet thirty weeks a year.   

What ages can attend?  The Foundations program serves ages 4-12.  The Essentials program serves ages 9-12.  The Challenge program serves ages 12-18.  Many communities offer a nursery for children under the age of four. 

What do the kids learn?  Watch these videos.  The videos are in the top right hand corner. 

What are the benefits?  We love it for several reasons.  Here are a few:

  • Chrisitan-  The program’s motto is “To Know God and Make Him Known.”  Enough Said! 
  • Friends-Our family has made lasting friendships with like-minded families. 
  • Accountability- CC keeps me accountable.  I have great intentions as I purchase curriculum.  Yet, as the stresses of life pile up, I am tempted to slack off.  Obviously, accountability is a double-edged sword!  There are days I hate it, but I know that I need it! 
  • Science Projects & Fine Art Projects- The Foundations program does a science project and a Fine Arts project every week.  That is less mess at my house, friend! 
  • History Songs- CC has developed history songs that help the kids remember major historical events.  They get stuck in your head, like it or not!   
  • Fun-  My kids love going to CC, yet they are learning! 



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