Easy Peasy Homeschool
Full Curriculum / May 29, 2017

Easy Peasy Homeschool Content: Full Grade(s): 1st – 8th Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Included Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $ || FREE Publication Date: Ongoing Publisher: allinonehomeschool.com Review Last Updated: May 28, 2017 Common Core Aligned: No ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** This curriculum is comprehensive and college-preparatory, but not intensive. The lessons are short and intended to keep the school day short. Coursework requires Internet access. There are two decisions you need to make to get started with this curriculum. One, choose your child’s level. You can select a pre-made level, ie. First, Second, Third, or you can mix and match and have your child do a different levels for math, reading and language arts. Placement Guides are available to aid you in your decision. The second decision is to choose a “program year”. All of your children will use the same “Year”. Easy Peasy uses a 4-year rotation of topics: World history and biology Early American history and animals Geography and cultures with some history of each country and earth science Modern American history and physics and chemistry Reading Instruction: The Easy Peasy Reading approach teaches children letter names and sounds before teaching them to…

First Language Lessons
Grammar , Reading / May 26, 2017

First Language Lessons Content: Grammar Grade(s): 1-2 Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Included Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $ || ? Pages: 188 Publication Date: 2010 Publisher: peacehillpress.com Common Core Aligned: No Review of First Language Lessons First Language Lessons is a teacher’s manual for introducing language arts to 1st and 2nd grade students. Based on the classical principles of (1) Memory Work; (2) Copying and Dictation; (3) Narration; and (4) Grammar, you’ll find 100 short lessons per grade that you can use as a grammar primer. The second edition of this book presents the text in a much easier-to-read layout and design, without altering the actual content of the book. The author, Jesse Wise (yes, the author of The Well Trained Mind), presents a rule-based, narrative approach for helping children develop an ear for the correct use of language. What that means for your child is that they spend a lot of time listening to you read a script from the manual; reciting grammar rules 3 times in a row – 3 times a day – multiple days in a row; and answering a few oral questions each day. Each lesson can be completed in 5 – 15…

Pocketful of Pinecones
Science / November 12, 2013

Pocketful of Pinecones Content: Nature study Grade(s): PreK – 3rd Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Minimal to Moderate Teacher Manual: N/A Teacher Involvement: Moderate to Essential Cost: $ || ? Pages: 272 Publication Date: 2002 Publisher: www.homeschoolhighlights.com Date of Review: 11/12/2013 Pocketful of Pinecones: Nature Study with the Gentle Art of Learning is not so much a homeschool curriculum, as it is one-part Charlotte Mason method teacher’s guide and one-part inspirational writing for the mother who adores homemaking and raising her children. Written as a fictional memoir of a homeschooling mother from the 1930s, Pocketful of Pinecones presents over 50 different vignettes in the gentle art of mothering and patience that can lead to profound levels of learning in children. The book focuses on the simple explorations of life that happen naturally everyday, such as children crawling through bushes and creating a secret place of solitude; climbing trees to identify pinecones; and taking the time to notice rainbows in the sky. Nature Study is an integral part of the Charlotte Mason method, which believes education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life. Laying the foundation for future science education, Nature Study provides young children with the opportunity to be out in…

Novare Physical Science
Science / November 12, 2013

Novare Physical Science Content: Science Grade(s): 6th – 8th Perspective: Christian Kingdom Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: None Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$ || ? Pages: 349 Publication Date: 2013 Publisher: novarescienceandmath.com Date of Review: 11/12/2013 Novare Physical Science is a brand new (2013) year-long middle school science curriculum that utilizes a mastery-oriented approach to learning. The book presents science topics in-depth, empahsizing comprehension, practice, and retention. It is intended to be used in combination with a teacher who actively engages the student in regular discussion about the readings. Parents with minimal science background who read along with their children will find that they can implement this curriculum at home, although conducting the experiments will be difficult. (More about that below.) Conversational in tone, the book integrates science history, problem-solving, writing skills, and real-life scenarios and applications throughout the text and homework assignments. The author does a very good job with talking readers through the step-by-step process of solving various mathematically-based problems. Printed on high quality paper and professionally bound with a hardcover, this textbook makes ample use of color, images, and other graphics. You’ll find clearly written objectives and vocabulary lists at the beginning of each chapter. Definition boxes…

Writing With Ease
Writing / April 8, 2013

Writing With Ease Content: Writing Grade(s): K-5 Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 256 Publication Date: 2009 Publisher: peacehillpress.com ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Designed for elementary-aged writers and for older students who still struggle, Writing With Ease builds a sturdy foundation of basic skills for grades 1–5 (or levels 1–5 for the older student who needs more work) all in the same book. Diagnostic tests within the book will help the parent to determine where the child needs to start and which workbook the child will need. Writing with Ease, Workbooks 1 and 2 each provide every dictation assignment, comprehension question, and reading passage that you’ll need for a full year of study. Using passages and sentences from classic children’s literature, Workbook 1 and Workbook 2 allow young writers to practice their skills while absorbing the style and grace of great authors. You can use the Instructor’s text by itself as a guide, then choose your own copywork and dictation; or you can buy the workbooks, which do all the work for you. Each workbook covers one grade. About the Author: Susan Wise Bauer was homeschooled for most…

Botany in 8 Lessons
Science / March 25, 2013

Botany in 8 Lessons Content: Science Grade(s): 4th – 8th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 252 pages Publication Date: 2013 Publisher: www.ellenjmchenry.com Review Updated: 5/7/2014 From Ellen McHenry’s website: The 100-page student text has 8 chapters, and each chapter is divided into two levels. All students complete level 1. Level 2 provides additional information on the same topic for students who want to read more. At the end of each level there are review activities such as quiz questions, crossword puzzles, letter puzzles and Internet links that provide videos or online activities. It takes between 5 to 8 weeks to complete all the lessons. The activity section has over 100 pages of supplemental games, crafts, and experiments. Games provided include two games about photosynthesis, Tree Leaf Bingo, Plant Cell Penny Pitch, “Where Sheep May Safely Graze” (a game about poisonous plants), “Plant Pile Up” (a general review game), a scavenger hunt, and directions for downloading two games about flower identification. Labs include flower dissection, dissecting xylem tubes out of celery, experimenting with growing roots, testing soil pH, testing the strength of germinating seeds, testing percentage germination of seed packets,…

Ellen McHenry’s Cells
Science / March 25, 2013

Ellen McHenry’s Cells Content: Science Grade(s): 4th – 8th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 160 pages Publication Date: 2013 Publisher: www.ellenjmchenry.com Review Updated: 5/7/2014 From Ellen McHenry’s website: Topics covered: The history of the discovery of cells, the molecule structure of phospholipids and phospholipid membranes, the cytoskeleton and its functions, motor proteins, ATP and the mitochondria, how the electron transport chain works, amino acids, proteins, DNA discovery, translation, transcription, mRNA, tRNA, ribosomes, chaperone proteins, lysosomes, enzymes, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi bodies, docking proteins and protein synthesis inside endoplasmic reticulum, the structure of the nucleus, the nucleolus and how ribosomes are made, histones, nucleosomes, rRNA, cell metabolism, overview of digestion, chylomicrons, fatty acids, glucose, the Krebs cycle, acetyl-CoA, phagocytosis, pinocytosis, exocytosis, glycolysis, mitosis, meiosis, and overview of common body cells such as epithelial (skin, capillary, goblet, villi), muscle cells, neurons, bone cells and blood cells. Activities included: Fluid mosaic model, membrane simulations, motor protein pen craft, “Motor Protein Relay Race,” diffusion demonstrations, “Electron Transport Chain Relay Race,” protein pencil topper craft, tRNA cookies, hands-on activity about transcription and translation, “Roller Coaster Review” game, “Translation Relay Race,” lysosome simulation game, edible Golgi…

Famous Men Of
Social Studies / February 18, 2011

Famous Men Of – Content: History Grade(s): 4th – 8th Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $ || ? Pages: Varies, minimum 150 Publication Date: 2005 Publisher: www.memoriapress.com Common Core Aligned: No From Memoria Press’ website: The Famous Men Of Series offers a year-long comprehensive workbook course. Each of the thirty workbook lessons includes famous quotes, a drill of key people and places, ten vocabulary words, 5-10 comprehension questions per lesson, and an activities section that includes map work, timelines, discussion questions, and art projects. The program also comes with 8 pages of supplements, including maps of ancient and modern Europe, a “Who Said That?” worksheet, and drawing pages. Famous Men of Rome: There are thirty stories covering the history of Rome from its founding under Romulus to the last emperor in the West. Your children will see the rise and fall of a great civilization through the lives of Horatius, Camillus, Caesar, Cicero, Marcus Aurelius, and many other larger-than-life figures. Rome is the model civilization, the mastery of which provides a foundation for all other history study. Famous Men of Greece: Dive into the lives and minds of thirty famous Greeks through stories…

Material Logic
Logic , Math / February 18, 2011

Material Logic Content: Logic Grade(s): 9-12 Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 224 Publication Date: 2004 Publisher: www.memoriapress.com Common Core Aligned: No From Memoria Press’ website: When most people think of logic, they think of formal logic—the study of the structure or form of reasoning. But what most educators don’t realize is that formal logic is only one part of a complete logic program. The other branch of logic study was called “material logic,” and focused not on the form of reasoning, but on its content. In short, while formal logic studied the “how” of reasoning, material logic studied the “what.” The principles of material logic, an important part of trivium language study, are now almost forgotten—a casualty of the almost exclusive modern secular emphasis on math and sciences. Formal logic was once termed minor (or lesser) logic, while material logic usually went by the name of major (or greater) logic—a measure of how important classical thinkers considered them. With the publication of Material Logic: A Traditional Approach to Thinking Skills, these ancient techniques are a lost art no more. Whether you want a follow-on course to Memoria Press’ popular…

Spectrum Chemistry
Featured , High School , Science / February 17, 2011

Spectrum Chemistry Content: Science Grade(s): 7th – 10th Perspective: Christian Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Minimal Cost: $ || ? Pages: 290 Publication Date: 2000 Publisher: www.beginningspublishing.com Review Last Updated: May 28. 2017 Common Core Aligned: No ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Spectrum Chemistry is one-year student-directed chemistry course is done three days a week, one of which is a lab day. It is the equivalent of an honors chemistry for college-bound students. The textbook is concept-oriented, concise, colorful, and pictorial. Daily exercises reinforce the concepts while challenging the students to derive solutions to real chemistry problems. There are 32 labs in the year. The labs come complete with everything you need to do them, except a gallon of distilled water. Ten quizzes are distributed throughout the course. A study guide is provided to assure that your student knows before each quiz for what he/she will be held accountable. About the Author: Durell C. Dobbins is a homeschool father and a scientist who wrote the Spectrum Chemistry curriculum with his children in mind. Because one opinion is never enough! Have you ever used Spectrum Chemistry? How did it work for your family? Share your review below.