Our family’s favorite middle school level history and geography program is Ellen McHenry’s Mapping the World with Art. I’ve recommended this year-long course over and over again to my in-real-life homeschool buddies with kids who are looking for a little independence around grade 5-6.
My oldest used it for his social studies in 6th grade and his younger sister will likely use it next year for 6th grade (she was originally going to use it this year, but got a hankering for American history instead).
Mapping the World with Art will take your child through a survey of the history of mapmaking and exploration. This is a self-contained course that requires no additional supplements (unless you want to add some extras from your library). In addition to readings, the course includes lots of hands-on activities, links to videos and online resources, plus step-by-step instructions for actually mapping the world.
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I’m so excited because Mapping the World with Art is just ONE of the many great programs available through the "Build Your Bundle" - Homeschool Edition sale going on for one week only (July 21-28)!
You’ll find Mapping in the Elementary Bundle below. (Psst…scroll down to find out how you can also get it in a custom bundle…)
4th - 6th Grade Bundle:
Your 4th-6th graders will develop foundational skills and gain insight into the ancient world using the comprehensive collection of resources found in our 4th-6th Grade Bundle. This bundle features science curriculum and a creative writing course from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 picks, Mapping the World with Art - a blend of history, geography, and art, math, Bible, handwriting and copywork resources, writing guides, timeline cards, ancient history notebooking pages, creative writing for both boys and girls, and an editable weekly homeschool planner for Mom!
All products are e-books, so you can view them on your digital device or print what you need. That means there’s no shipping cost and you can get them delivered right to your email inbox!
There are 2 products in Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Pics in this bundle!
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Checkout the items in the 4-6 bundle:
Wordsmith Apprentice - Retail $16.00
This Cathy Duffy Top 100 curriculum is a creative writing course for grade 4 through 6. All the practicality, humor and fun of Wordsmith, but written for the younger student, ages 9-12. An easy to use writing course encouraging students to develop their writing skills as they participate in every role on a newspaper staff: editor, reporter, writer, etc.
Creation Geology: A Study Guide to Fossils, Formations and the Flood - Retail $18.95
Flood geology comes alive with the 57-page teaching outline included. This study includes easy to follow lesson plans for K-12, over 300 activities and experiments, information about radiometric dating, oil and coal formation and Geologic formations and fossils occurred during the time of Noah's Flood, vocabulary list, recommended reading (not necessary to complete this study), math activities, book reviews, reproducible sheets and much more!
"Mapping the World with Art" is a blend of history, geography, and art for ages 10 and up. This curriculum is actually three books in one. The first section is a history text history lessons that tell the story of cartography from ancient Mesopotamia up through the discovery of Antarctica in the late 1800s. The second section of the book provides step-by-step drawing lessons for each of the history lessons.
After you learn some history, you draw the primary place you read about.
The Bible Road Trip Year One Curriculum is a 480-page digital PDF download of the full Bible Road Trip Year One curriculum for all five levels, preschool through high school. The Bible Road Trip Year One Curriculum includes the Parent / Teacher Guide and 32 weeks of curriculum schedules for all grades.
Do you anticipate your student using computers in the future? Is your student going into a technological field? How far your student will go will be determined by their proficiency in computers. Give them the edge in computer applications by purchasing curriculum that really works.
Tired of looking for a brand-new homeschool planner each year? What if you could buy ONE planner, type in your plans, save them and use the same planner year after year? The Weekly Homeschool Planner will help you organize your school day and record your daily learning. Additional forms help you keep track of testing results, evaluations and special events.
Ancient Times Notebooking Pages - Retail $19.95
This is the entire collection of Ancient Times notebooking pages. This COMPLETE package contains notebooking pages for:
- Ancient Africa & Egypt
- Ancient Americas
- Ancient China, Japan, & India
- Ancient Greeks, Minoans, & Mycenaeans
- Ancient Mesopotamia
- Ancient Romans, the Early Christian Church, & Other European Cultures
136 timeline cards covering Ancient History: Creation to Early Greeks. Includes: 2 sets of cards: 1 with dates and 1 without dates / Memory Work & Copywork pages / Blank Timeline Cards / Blank lines & generic design to print on backside of cards / 3 different style timelines.
Math Mammoth Introduction to Fractions contains lessons for fraction arithmetic for grades 1-4. The topics covered are on a simple level, constantly illustrated with visual models, and with small denominators.
Fractions 1 covers the concepts of fraction and mixed numbers, equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting like and unlike fractions, adding and subtracting mixed numbers, and comparing fractions.
These Writing Guides are for beginning and reluctant writers. Each set can be used with children as young as Grade 1, starting with Writing Instructions, and Writing Poetry, and children in Grade 2 for Writing a Biography and Writing a Research Paper.
Includes: Writing a Biography, Writing Poetry, Writing Instructions, and Writing a Research Paper
Your students will be guided step by step in creating an adventure where both the student and her characters grow in faith towards God. Each of the 12 lessons will teach the basics of creative writing such as: creating the princess character, developing a faith filled plot, using your senses in a setting, and spicing up your dialogue.
Creative Writing has never been easier! Eighty pages of lessons and lapbook fun- it's a wonderful way to engage boys to write! Create a secret code, make a battle drum, become a spy and write about it! Kids can't wait for school time!
Homeschool Copywork Membership - Retail $24.95
Homeschool Copywork is a brand new membership site with a Charlotte mason flare. There are currently 18 different copywork e-books and 1 artist study available in the Homeschool Copywork Full Membership Area. By purchasing this bundle, you will be given a full membership for one year.
Did you know that dragons are mentioned in the Bible 22 times? Dragons of the Bible contains each of the 22 verses for copywork in lined manuscript, regular cursive, and regular print PLUS notebooking pages and coloring pages for each featured dragon graphic. The beautiful line art graphics are perfect for coloring as a reward for a job well done.
We have the Ancient Times Notebooking Pages, too---this is a great set that we’ve been using for years. For a few dollar more than the regular price of Mapping the World with Art + the Ancient Times Notebooking Pages, you’ll also receive math, writing, copywork (enough copywork to last years), keyboarding, and more. That’s a deal that’s hard to beat.
Our "Build Your Own" bundles offer you the opportunity to select certain products with a retail price of $19.99 or less for up to 80% off!
Yes, Mapping the World with Art is on the the list of possibles!
There are MANY items to choose from, including Cathy Duffy Top 100 Picks!
Plus, when you purchase a combination of any 2 "Build Your Own" bundles…
You will get the 3rd one for FREE!
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Prefer to pick and choose what you want?
All products are e-books, great for viewing on your digital advice or printing what you need, and available WORLDWIDE!
This sale is a great way to fill in some odds and ends for just a little bit of money. Definitely worth a look-see.
Plus, every single person who buys a bundle (any bundle) will receive a bonus package valued at $500, which includes discounts and freebies you won’t believe.
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Friday, July 18, 2014
Curriculum Exposés was inspired by the experience of going over a new math book with my husband and coming to the realization that this book was so flawed that I could not use it in my homeschool.
This is not the first time that I’ve considered chucking a popular curriculum out the window (literally, the window was open) and, though I hope that it will be a rare occurrence, I know that it’s likely to happen again. So I thought---not enough people are willing to step forward and say, “Hey, this math book? It’s a bad math book.”
I haven’t written anything particularly controversial lately. Let me take a crack at it.
Let me tell you what I have in mind for Curriculum Exposés so we are on the same page.
I’ll pick up this and then drop it like a hot potato because of its rather obtrusive worldview,…
…postpone that because it’s a little too difficult for my child,…
…pass on this other thing because it overlaps too much with what we’ve already studied,…
…and give up on this truly awesome thing because it’s not something I can make work in my situation.
There are lots of things out there, good things that work for other homeschool families, that are just not a good fit for our particular situation.
And that’s great!
It’s wonderful that we’re not all forced to used the same things even if they don’t fit us---this is part of what homeschooling is about.
But every once in a while I’ll settle on something that seems like it’s just right, only to get it in my hands and discover that there’s something wrong with it. I don’t mean a poor fit, I mean really wrong, whether it be due to factual inaccuracies, unsound methodology, or something that just won’t work in the real world.
This is not a rant on Common Core or a complaint about a particular publisher’s worldview or whatever.
It’s not a whine because I couldn’t figure out how to teach something or it wouldn’t teach itself.
It’s a real look at the some of the real problems with current popular resources that are being used by both homeschoolers and brick-and-mortar schools.
It’s reporting, not scandalmongering.
And it’s a “heads-up” so you can learn what to watch out for while selecting things for your own homeschool.
Coming soon: Curriculum Exposé #1…or Why I’m Looking for a New Math Program
Have you run into any real curriculum duds? I mean things that make you doubt the future of education.
Tell me about it.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
A couple of years ago I would have thought it would be the coursework for my rising 9th grader keeping me up at night. He’ll be doing high school level work. That’s supposed to be scary, right?!
I’m not worried about him.
I’m stuck over what to do with my two youngest kids next year.
As kids get older, they are capable of taking more and more responsibility for their own education. My oldest may not know exactly what he wants to do when he grows up, but he is very aware of his own current interests, strengths, and limitations.
Not only can he offer me valuable input, he can actually choose (at least partially) his own path.
Plus, it is easier to see how to get to where you are going when the path in front of you is only a few years. It’s not a question of doing all the stuff. It’s a question of working on any weak areas and covering high school level content. It’s a question of getting ready for the next step (probably college, definitely becoming an independent adult) and seeing what needs to be done in order to make that step.
I also know that regardless of what he does for “school,” he is continually filling in his own knowledge base by pursuing interests outside of whatever I’ve got planned for him.
My 2nd oldest has also developed ideas about what she wants to study and how. Choosing materials for her has simply been a matter of finding tools for her to accomplish her own goals, plus helping her to shore up any weak skill areas.
There’s also the fact that, learning-wise, she’s my easy kid. She will dutifully do whatever is given to her, and she will learn regardless of what materials we use.
But then we come to the 3rd and 4th children.
The path before them is soooo long. They do give me input, but the truth is that right now their education is Mama’s responsibility. I make the choices.
Awhile back I talked about finding your homeschool vision and using that to help you to see how to meet your goals. It should make it easier to decide.
But there are still sooo many choices.
And it’s really not a question of deciding what to buy---it’s a question of deciding what to use among all the different available choices that are sitting on my shelves already.
It’s about knowing what a bad homeschool year looks and feels like and wanting to avoid it.
It’s about knowing my own limitations when it comes to getting certain types of activities done.
It’s about having an ideal vision and knowing that you can’t have the ideal.
It’s about accepting my own imperfections and embracing those of my kids.
My ideal is not possible…
…and God’s vision for us is hard for me to see.
There are so many good possibilities, but I want my children to have what is best for them.
I admit it. I don’t know what that is right now.
I keep getting small inklings of it, like whispers on the wind or tiny tugs at my heartstrings. Little twinges.
Is it that God isn’t speaking plainly enough or that I’m so mired in my earthly existence that I can’t hear?
So, while others are posting about this year’s plans, this blog has been silent.
My plans have changed so many times in the past few months… I’m sick of thinking about it.
It’s ok, though. It’s mid-July and we would normally be starting up in full force in a month, but I’m not panicking.
Instead, I’m working on reorganizing my home (big, big project). And cleaning out the real, physical clutter that resides there.
During that process, I’m finding that it’s easier to shed some of the real, mental clutter that resides in my mind.
It’s been good to step back from my homeschool and this blog. It’s easier to see them both more clearly. I expect to share with you a more focused vision shortly.
So, tell me:
Have you ever had to step back from your vision to see it more clearly?