a day in the life of our homeschool.

Sons of thunder

Monday - Thursday we are doing school at home. Friday's are Kingdom Builders Co-op day, in which my Sons of Thunder attend three morning classes and an afternoon science class. Lunch is in there too. Our home school looks something like this on any given day:

7:00 am - I get up between 7:00 and 9:00 am depending on what shift I've worked and depending on what needs to be accomplished in the morning. The Sons of Thunder are already up and out completing their morning walk. Coffee is usually already on or I start the pot grabbing a cup as soon as the coffee pot makes enough. I head into the office for emails and checking out my favorite blogs.

7:30 am - The boys have breakfast and always have a book they've chosen to read propped up in front of their plate. Breakfast varies between an omelette, breakfast burrito, homemade waffles or pancakes from dinner earlier in the week, or grits and toast and usually a banana. If I eat it is usually scrambled eggs or omelette, leftover waffles/pancakes, grits, or oatmeal.

8:00 am - School begins. If it is a Monday, and I haven't done it over the weekend (which happens often), I'll write the boys' schedule for the week. I use a template that looks like this:

This can take up to 30 minutes or so depending on assignments that are included into the week. At some point during the end of each month I write a monthly syllabus for their Spanish III, which I then just assign as (See Syllabus).

While I am doing this the boys are listening to Uncle Tom's Cabin on audio for the next couple weeks. They knock this out along with their Adventures in Oydessey series for American History (Wednesday's).

9:00 am - The boys either begin working on American History or we go ahead and read our read-a-louds for American History. This week we are still reading another American Literature selection, Co. Aytc,h so I read that out loud while they snuggle up in blankets sprawled somewhere in the living room. If I am reading a couple of books at once I could read up to an hour.

Around 9:45 - 10:00 am - American History assignments, Biology assignments, and Bible begin here. Every other week in Biology are either assignments or studying for a test, and usually Pre- or Post- Biology Labs. American History is pretty much the same but studying for a test may be every third week depending on how many lessons are included. We have found that if they accomplish all of the assignments earlier and leave a week before the test for study time they do so much better on their tests.

They are in a Bible class at co-op and have been memorizing the Sermon on the Mount with a written recitation when they are done. Each week they are adding a couple more verses, so I make sure each week they are beginning with Matthew 5:1 up through where they've left off, so they don't forget anything. On Thursday's they'll recite verbally their verses (and because they have to write their verses they have to do this sometime during the week too).

If I'm not needed during this time I am either blogging, preparing posts, scrapbooking, working on projects around the house, and/or prepping dinner for the boys.

Around 11:00 - 11:30 - By now, the boys are usually ready to go over Biology and/or American History. Each day of the week of the test we review aloud. I read the questions and they give me, verbally, the answers - no multiple choice - but, give me short answers, and we discuss the questions.

12:00 pm - The boys get their lunch and I get ready for work (shower, dress, pack my bag/lunch). The boys will inevitably pull the books they've been reading out and enjoy it while they are eating. Sometimes they'll draw after they get done eating too.

Around 12:30 - 12:45 pm - The boys commondeer the office chairs and computer for their Spanish III lessons and Algebra II DVD lessons. They are usually engrossed in one or the other through the 1:15 pm hour when I leave for work so at this point the remainder of the afternoon is up to the boys to schedule.

1:15 - 3:30 pm or so - I leave for work and the boys work on the remainder of their lessons. Usually, completing Algebra II assignments, and remaining history assignments that I assign, and Merit Badges (or work on their Eagle Scout projects).

It's pretty obvious that the Sons of Thunder are mostly responsible for their own learning - as it should be for 10th graders. We read aloud because we have found all of us enjoy this the most. And we review for tests together out of necessity - I can make sure they know the material.

Because of their taking responsibility for their school work, I have been able to go back to work full time while still homeschooling, which in turn has afforded us many advantages, with few negatives. In other words, it's working for us.

On Fridays, the boys and I attend homeschool co-op all day (until 2:30 pm). The boys are in American History, Bible, and Art 3D in the morning, lunch at 12:30 pm, and Biology from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. I stamp Elementary students notebooks until 10-ish am, then I am in the teacher's lounge grading my own classes papers or chatting with other mom's. My Meteorology science class begins at 1:00 - 2:30 pm. We almost always go to the library after school on Friday.

I'm positive our week of homeschool looks nothing like others'. That is one of the beauties of homeschooling - none of them have to look alike.



homeschool: american history readers

We finished our latest American History reader, Guns for General Washington by Seymour Reit. It is a heavy-laden piece of historical information, mixed with fiction. It reads similiar to a history book, yet there was enough of a good story line that kept all three of our attentions captured.  In other words, we loved this book. It is a wonderful compliment to our history curriculum and provided us with another piece of little-known, or forgotten history.

The boys and I have been plowing through an pretty extensive list of American history readers at a decent pace, but realized recently that we'll never be able to finish all of the readers this year. What to do?

Simple. We are a homeschooling family. We'll just continue shoveling through the list of readers, even adding to the list as we find interesting pieces of history, continuing through the summer, and even into their 11th grade year. Why?

Because we can.

They'll receive their official American History credit for their 10th grade year because they'll have finished an entire year of American History curriculum, but they'll continue to learn American History onward. I love that about homeschooling. If we don't finish we'll just continue until we do. It's a beautiful thing.

homeschool | a look ahead

I know you are wondering why in the world am I writing a post on John and Jarrod's 2014-2015, 11th grade year when they just crossed the halfway hump of their 2013-2014, 10th grade year.

The first reason is because our homeschool co-op leadership team sent out an email the other day asking what, if anything, we wanted to teach this coming school year (beginning August 2014). I immediately fired back my response. I am hoping to teach Meteorology with a LAB again for 10th-12th grades. While our homeschool co-op has a plethora of sciences, and the mom's willing to teach them, our co-op seems to really appreciate my willingness for something different to choose from, like when a mom steps up to teach Forensics. My meteorology class has a LAB with it which is important for students because our state requires 3 sciences with a LAB plus another science without. It gives students options.

So, anyways, that was the first reason I began looking at the boys' next school year.

Another reason is I am regularly assessing and reassessing their projected high school path. I've created the following spreadsheet with their already-completed year, this year, and their projected classes for the remaining two years all against state requirements.

High school credits

With this in mind, our plan, and I use that term loosely, because the best laid plans so often change, is shaping up to look something like this:

British Literature

Literary Lessons from The Lord of the Rings.

I'm really excited about this curriculum. Even more excited, we'll be reading the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy for school credit. You can't beat that!

Advanced Math

791273_w185Saxon Advanced Math. We have had such success with the Saxon Math curriculum each year that I cannot in good conscious, for the benefit of my sons, switch to another curriculum. I think I would be doing them a disservice. Advanced Math covers trigonometry, pre-calculus, logarithms, analytic geometry, and advanced algebraic concepts and will prepare them for Calculus which is the plan for their 12th grade year. We will also use the DIVE DVD for this level math. The DIVE DVDs have been a saving grace.


Notgrass' Exploring Government. The boys have been using the U.S. History curriculum of the same company and it is really thorough and well-written curriculum, plus the lady at our homeschool co-op that will be teaching government next year recommends this curriculum and she is phenomenal in government.

U.S. Presidents. I am also creating a curriculum for .5 credit (but, I'll reassess at the end of the year) of U.S. Presidents. While they have had a bit of presidents in their U.S. History course I want them to have a more thorough look at our presidents, their lives, and their impact on our nation.


Meteorology with a LAB. The boys will be taking my Meteorology class with a LAB and all three of us are excited about the possibilities. I use a college-level textbook (an older edition to keep cost down) for the class, mostly because I found no year-long high school meteorology curriculum, while there are several good college-level, introduction to meteorology textbooks. I used this same textbook for my own college, introduction to meteorology class. I created the LABs for the class also.


Total Health + Physical Education class at co-op. This is a tentative curriculum. I am not sure which direction I want to go for their Health and Physical Education credits.


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Beth Moore's bible study Daniel, James, Mercy Triumphs, The Beloved Disciple, and Jesus, the One and Only. I have done all of these studies and I already have the CDs for a couple. We will spend time together going through these studies. If we get done with these we'll pick another of Beth's to finish out the year.


The boys will be done with the Eagle project and should be pretty close to Eagle Scout so we'll begin Drivers Education, which will take an entire years worth of lessons according to our states requirements.

All this to say this is what we are looking ahead at completing for their 11th grade year.

homeschool | american history on the big screen



John and Jarrod seem to really like American History. I understand completely that using film to teach American History is a marginal endeavor at best, but what films on or about American History can do is spark discussion about the time in history in question. What is fact? What is fiction? Where is the filmaker taking theatrical liscense and what is truth in history? How did the people live during those times, their beliefs that help shape decisions and ultimately history?

I shared recently here an update on our American Literature and our American History supplement readers. The list included a small list of DVD/Audio historical documentaries and movies. Even more recently I was perusing our library system to see if some of those items were available for checking out. This led me to some internet browsing for historical type movies and documentaries that I could add to the small list - and wouldn't you know it I found a pretty extensive list that could very easily become unmanageable.

We were in the library last week and wouldn't you know it but I was in the DVD section of the library and there was the movie Lincoln, Dances with Wolves, and April Morning - three movies I recently added to my list. Score!

While we don't actually have a really big screen, just a small humble 32" television, we enjoy watching movies, and the boys will watch whatever I throw at them history-wise. I wanted to share our extensive list of movies and documentaries I'm having my sons watch to supplement their history curriculum (which by the way is a very good curriculum). I've striked-through those we've already watched so far with more from our library basket to watch.

The Crucible

John Adams (Ken Burns)

Drums Along the Mohawk

April Morning

Johnny Tremain

The Patriot


The Crossing

Liberty! The American Revolution

Thomas Jefferson (Ken Burns)

Lewis and Clark (Ken Burns)


Fort Apache

Trail of Tears - A Native American Documentary

The Sante Fe Trail


Dances with Wolves


Gods and Generals

Three Sovereigns for Sara

We Were Soldiers

Apollo 13

Black Hawk Down



Shoulder Arms

Dr. Strangelove

Air Force

The Grapes of Wrath

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

All the Kings Men

Sergeant York

The Long Walk Home

Band of Brothers

The Pacific

Saving Private Ryan


Hiroshima (2005)

Zero Dark Thirty

The Great Raid

13 Days

All the President's Men

The Civil War (Ken Burns)

The Help

The Right Stuff

Rebels and Redcoats - Why the British Lost the American Revolution

Honestly, I'm not sure my list is complete. I am still finding other movies I can add to the list. The boys look at these movies, even the documentaries, as easy schoolwork and they take to them easily. We'll get as many movies in as possible over Christmas break and then squeeze them in once a week or so when we need a break from the drudgery that is sometimes school.

homeschool update | history and literature


Where to begin?

The boys and I are deeply engrained in American History and American Literature this homeschool year. John and Jarrod are taking American History through our Homeschool Co-op with an amazing teacher who has a powerful love of history and government. After some bumpy beginnings, both boys are going into the end of the semester with A's, because of some very hard work.

We are doing American Literature at home. Our American Literature works are:

The Scarlett Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne   DONE

Calico Bush - Rachel Field  DONE

A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett - David Crockett DONE

A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - Frederick Douglass DONE

Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe

Co. Aytch - Sam Watkins

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch - Jean Lee Latham

Across Five Aprils - Irene Hunt

Humorous Stories and Sketches - Mark Twain

In His Steps - Charles Sheldon

Up From Slavery - Booker T. Washington

Mama's Bank Account - Kathryn Forbes

Christy - Catherine Marshall

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Mildred Taylor

The Giver - Lois Lowry

As you can see we have a long way to go to finish alot of reading and analyzing and studying works of American Literature. Somehow, I got out of order and we are currently reading Carry On, Mr. Bowditch (which, by the way, we are enjoying immensely). That said, with the Christmas break almost upon us we'll have additional time to read and should be able to finish a couple of pieces over the holidays.

Then, there is American History. In addition to the work they are accomplishing for their Homeschool Co-op American History class I've added additional historical fiction/non-fiction readers. I found an exhaustive list of American History readers to suppliment or as part of any core curriculum for American History from here: The Pioneer Woman's Homeschool sight written by Heather, and here. And from that list I compiled a fairly decent-sized list of additional historical readers that we have been including in their American History studies (i.e. MOM READS THEM ALOUD!!)


The Landing of the Pilgrims - James Daugherty DONE

The Mayflower and the Pilgrim's New World - Nathaniel Philbrick DONE

Blood on the River, Jamestown 1607 - Elisa Carbone DONE

Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science - Marc Aronson DONE

Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison - Lois Lenski DONE

Amos Fortune, Free Man - Elizabeth Yates

Will Northaway and the Fight for Freedom (Young American Patriots) - Susan Olasky

John Treegate's Musket - Leonard Wibberley

George Washington's Socks (Time Travel Adventures) - Elvira Woodruff DONE

My Name is American: The Journal of William Thomas Emerson, A Revolutionary War Patriot - Barry Denenberg 

Give Me Liberty - L.M. Elliot

George Washington: Spymaster - Thomas B. Allen

Phyllis Wheatley: Young Revolutionary Poet - Kathryn Killby

The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson - Sheila Soloman

My Brother Sam is Dead - James Collier

Chains (Seeds of America) - Laurie Halse Anderson

Spy! - Anne Myers

The Signers: 56 Stories Behind the Signing of the Declaration of Independence - Dennis Brindall Fradan (almost DONE)

Woods Runner - Gary Paulsen

Forge (Seeds of American) - Laurie Halse Anderson

The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigal Jane Stewart - Kristiana Gregory

George vs. George: The Revolutionary War as Seen from Both Sides - Rosalyn Shanzer

Dear America: Cannons at Dawn - Kristiana Gregory

The Founders: 39 Stories Behind the U.S. Constitution - Dennis Brindall Fradan

Fever 1793 - Laurie Halse Anderson

George Washington's World - Joanna Foster, Genevieve Foster DONE

Cabin on Trouble Creek - Jean Van Leeuwen

Sterling Biographies: Lewis and Clark: Blazing a Trail West - John Burrows

The Captian's Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe - Roland Smith

Adventure Tales of America: An Illustrated History of the United States - Jody Potts


Drive Thru History: American History (DVD) - Dave Stotts DONE

For God and Country (Adventures in Odyssey) episodes (Audio) - Focus on the Family DONE

Liberty's Kids: Complete Series (DVD)

American Experience Online

American: The Story of Us

Disney's Johnny Tremain

Drums along the Mohawk

HBO John Adams

Ken Burn's Documentaries: Thomas Jeffereson; Lewis and Clark

Liberty! The American Revolution

The Crossing

I know! It's a long list. That's ok. We enjoy this time of reading and learning so much. Just today, when I was reading Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, I detected both John and Jarrod, in the cornor of my eye, sitting on the edge of their seats, slapping their knees anticipating what was going to happen next, then busting out laughing at what I'd read, and then hootin' (routin') for Nat Bowditch.

We'll have three books in progress at once: one an American Literature book and two American History readers (one longer, one shorter). This has been the best history year so far for us since we've begun homeschooling. American History is truly coming alive and they are learning so much true American History.

homeschool | apologia biology

I have to admit I was pretty frustrated with my 10th grade sons over their last Biology test grade. We are part of a homeschool cooperative and one of their classes is their 10th grade Biology class. The curriculum is through Apologia, which they have been using since we've been attending our homeschool cooperative. Can I just say that Apologia is amazing curriculum, and I knew this, and I know this. That being said...

While I was pretty frustrated with my 10th grade sons over their last Biology test grade, when we figured out another course of action for this current chapter, which included me quizzing both of them rigorously, with the answers to the Study Guide, the On-Your-Own questions, and the Module Summary, all of which Apologia science classes are known for, I then, got super frustrated with Apologia...in defense of my sons.

This stuff was hard. I don't mean hard. I mean extremely hard.

I'd taken a college-level Biology class with a LAB within the past 10 years at a very difficult university and my Biology class was nothing compared to their 10th grade level Biology.

And then I remembered someone telling me about how their son was taking Chemistry in college so he went back to his Apologia Chemistry textbook and notes to study for his college-level Chemistry class and he aced the class.

And I had to smile, grin, and bear the difficulty. And then I encouraged my sons because they were studying the chapter hard and they were doing great with the quizzing. And when all is said and done with not just this chapter but this class, my 10th grade sons will never have to worry about a college-level Biology class. They'll ace it because they are going to finish out the school year doing very well in Biology.

memorizing scripture.


It makes me giddy when I listen to my sons recite scripture from memory. These Words of our God are being fastened on their hearts.

When we were signing the boys up for their classes last Spring with our homeschool co-op one class I jumped on was Bible because 1) it was being taught by an amazing women who I've sat under in study and know for a fact that she is an amazing bible study teacher, 2) they would be studying about David, Paul, and James, and 3) they were going to be memorizing the book of James.

It was the 'memorizing the book of James that stopped me in my tracks and had me signing their names up for Bible.

We began our homeschool (at home) the beginning of August but wouldn't begin co-op until the end of August but I wanted the boys to begin memorizing James. I was so excited at the prospect of them having an entire book of scripture hidden away in their hearts. So we began.

And then we found out weeks later that their teacher would now only be teaching for one semester and they would be studying just David with scripture memory verses in the Psalms. Psalm 51 and Psalm 91 over the, almost, 4 months.

This did not deter me or them. We have continued memorizing the book of James, adding a few verses each week. They are not only memorizing James they are memorizing Psalm 51 right now also.

As a homeschool mom I do not want to waste this opportunity afforded us without washing my sons in the Word of God. If that is assigning them scripture memory, where they read the Word, they meditate on the Word, they treasure the Word in their hearts, and when "they face trials of many kinds" (James 1:3) they will consider it pure joy; and, they will know without a doubt that 'every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of heavenly lights..." (James 1:17). It is my duty, it is obedience, to impress them (the Word of God) on their hearts.

homeschool begins | sons of thunder academy update

Homeschool has begun for another year here at the Sons of Thunder Academy.  We began our little school of two + one really cool mom at the beginning of the month for a couple of reasons: 1) we wanted to ease into studies before our homeschool co-op begins in a couple weeks and we have to add four more classes of coursework to the mix, 2) beginning early means we can end in May since the boys plan on being camp counselors at Boy Scout camp next summer followed by a trip to San Antonio for a month with their sister, brother-in-law, and nephews, and 3) I was chomping at the bit to get started.

For the first couple of weeks our academia looks like this:

Bible + Memory Verses - I found a one-year Bible reading plan online which I printed out for them to use. Their memory verses begin in the book of James.

Spanish III - Their Spanish I & II teacher at homeschool co-op will only be teaching Spanish I this year and John and Jarrod are in Spanish III. Their teacher found a new curriculum that she'll be using for her first year students and highly recommended the curriculum for John and Jarrod if they wanted to continue on into Spanish III. Yes! Visual Link Spanish was extremely cheap (they offer a huge homeschool discount), yet high quality, and highly esteemed curriculum, originally designed for missionaries going onto the international mission field. The boys LOVE this curriculum.

Algebra II - From the beginning of homeschooling we have used Saxon Math with a DIVE DVD. The boys love the curriculum and after the results of their 9th grade Stanford exams came back with exceptional scores in Math, I am pleased at their learning level with Saxon.

Money Matters for Teens - This is a gently exposed curriculum, maybe once a week worth of work, written by the brilliant financial wizard Larry Burkett, it teaches practical application money matters such as budgeting, check writing, saving, investing, etc.. We have been teaching the boys money matters for years, slowly adding more elements of finances into the mix and with them 'running' their part time small business they've already learned alot about overhead, budgeting, saving, paying employees, and most importantly tithing.

World Geography (2nd half) - Last year we completed our studies on Africa, Australia, and the amazing Antarctica. This year we'll study Asia, South America, Europe, and North America.

American Literature - Through Notgrass' Exploring American Literature we'll read a quality list of works such as The Scarlet Letter, Calico Bush, A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, Co. Aytch, A Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass, The Giver, To Kill a Mockingbird, Christy, Little Women, In His Steps, Carry On Mr. Bowditch, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Mama's Bank Account, Humorous Stories and Sketches (Mark Twain), Up From Slavery, Across Five Aprils, and a James Fenimore Cooper novel (probably the Deerslayer).

The entire selection will be read-a-louds. We adore our reading time when I read aloud and they listen intently. Plus, I get the benefit of asking them questions while we're reading. If they didn't read on their own I might not do this but they both have no problem picking up books and reading away an afternoon. Almost all of the selections will have an associated assignment such as a study guide, or written assignment.

Beginning the week before August 23rd we'll add the following courses into our schedule:

Biology - Through our co-op we always have enough science teachers, amazingly, for a wide range of science courses. We have utilized our homeschool co-op from the beginning and have felt relieved and grateful for all the moms willing to teach a science. When high school is said and done they'll have completed Physical Science with a Lab, Biology with Lab, Meteorology with Lab, and either Chemistry with Lab or Advanced Biology/Anatomy with Lab, depending on which class is offered their senior year.

Art 3D - This elective serves to fulfill an elective requirement and fulfill their creative tendencies.

Bible - They are taking a Bible class in homeschool co-op this year (mostly because I adore the teacher, having sat under her myself in study and I wanted my sons to benefit also, and I love the topics she'll be covering: David, Paul, John, and James). And they'll be memorizing the book of James.

American History - The boys are taking American History through our co-op but I am 'supplimenting'. Their curriculum is Notgrass' Exploring America, which on its own is a wonderful curriculum but I wanted to add side learning at home through copywork from the book, The Signers, lessons on Spotlight on America series, studies on the presidents through Encyclopedia of the Presidents, Drive thru American History, and Adventures in Odyssey America series, plus a large stack of American historical fiction read-a-louds.

Super excited about this year. The boys have begun with a bang too. While they might not have been completely thrilled about beginning school early they have been great about staying on task and accomplishing their assignments, while preparing dinner 4 nights a week, and running/working their small lawn moving business.

hello story | timelines 2 | scraplift 11

I'm absolutely loving Big Picture Classes' and Ali Edwards' Hello Story class. The gallery and inspirational boards are - well - inspiring! This is a total scraplift of one of my classmates of Hello Story - Laurie S. She did a book club timeline and I knew as soon as I saw it that I could incorporate some of our homeschool favorite read-a-louds into a timeline page.

We enjoy reading our books aloud (I read; John and Jarrod sit on the edge of their seat, listening intently to every word). I just really wanted to document some of our most recent favorites. Obviously, this is all digital. I saved a mini-jpeg of each book we've read and matted it, gave it a shadow and gave it a star-rating. We have read so many other books, I think it would be fun to create a super long timeline of everything we've read.

Grandoise ideas.

But, I totally love this timeline page. Ali Edwards is a genius.

sons of thunder academy | exploring american literature

Sons of thunder
We will be using the Exploring American Literature curriculum from Notgrass Publishing that accompanies the Exploring American History (EAH) curriculum from the same. ´╗┐Originally we were going to complete a British Literature package, the Lord of the Rings literary lessons and even purchased the curriculum, but once we signed the boys up for EAH (for high school students) at Kingdom Builders Co-op it seemed wiser to use the available curriculum for a year of American Literature while also studying American History.

The literature package includes 13 works of American Literature covered at various times during their study of EAH. There are suggested alternative readings should one want to replace a particular piece but rather than replace pieces I've decided to add those pieces in to our literature plans. When we are in Unit 2-3 of EAH we will read and explore the first piece of literature, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. All the literature will become read-a-louds because it is our most favorite time of homeschool: when I read to my 16-year old twin boys. They read many books on their own so I have no issues making this our time.

The following is the order we will complete our literature pieces and what if any will accompany the reading:

The Scarlet Letter (Nathanial Hawthorne) - During EAH Unit 2-3

     The Glencoe Library has quite a few study guides available for free download. We will take advantage of these for The Scarlet Letter

Calico Bush - During EAH Unit 4-5

     I found a Unit Study on line that I will incorporate into our studies when we read Calico Bush

Narrative of the Life of David Crocket (David Crocket) - During EAH Unit 6-7

     During this reading I'll use pieces of the National Endowment for Humanities website to provide a more substantial study.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Frederick Douglass) - During EAH Unit 8

     The Signet Classics has a Teacher's Guide that I will use to create a Study Guide for John and Jarrod during this reading. While we will just read some of the selections I disagree with the Notgrasses recommendation to just read the selections without interrogating or discussing what they've read.

A James Fenimore Cooper selection - During EAH Unit 9

     We have already read The Last of the Mohicans, which might be an obvious selection but more than likely we'll pick The Deerslayer. We will read to enjoy.

Uncle Tom's Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe) - During EAH Unit 10-11

     I will purchase a Study Guide from Progeny Press for this selection.   

Co. Aytch (Sam Watkins) - During EAH Unit 12-13

     We will read to enjoy.

Carry on Mr. Bowditch - During EAH Unit 12-13

     I will purchase a study guide from Progeny Press for this selection.

Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) - During EAH Unit 14-15

     I will purchase a study guide for this selection.

Across Five Aprils - During EAH Unit 14-15

     We will use the study guide available for free through the Glencoe Library.

Humorous Stories and Sketches (Mark Twain) - During EAH Unit 16

     We will read to enjoy.

In His Steps (Charles Sheldon) - During EAH Unit 17

     We will read to enjoy but we will definitely discuss each chapter together.

Up From Slavery (Booker T. Washington) - During EAH Unit 18

     I will put together a study guide for this selection.

Mama's Bank Account (Kathryn Forbes) - During EAH Unit 19

     I will put together a study guide for this literary work (unless I can find one online).

Christy (Catherine Marshall) - During EAH Unit 20-21

     We will read to enjoy.

To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) - During EAH Unit 22-23

     We will complete the study guide available as a free download from the Glencoe Library.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - During EAH Unit 24

     We will complete a study guide for this selection.

The Giver (Lois Lowry) - During EAH Unit 27

     I found a Progeny Press study guide that I will most definitely incorporate into this last literary selection.

I am crazy excited for our next school year and all wewill learn about American Literatue and American History for that matter.