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SUBJECTS
American History
Anthologies
Arithmetic
Art Appreciation
Bible & Religion
Biography
Canadian Interest
Canadian Teacher's Manuals
Character & Etiquette
Christian Classics
Civics & Government
Classic Literature
Composition
Creationism
Drama & Public Speaking
Economics
Emergency Preparedness
Fables, Fairy Tales & Nursery Rhymes
Fiction for Boys
Fiction for Girls
Folk Songs & Hymns
Geography & Social Studies
Grammar & Spelling
Greece & Rome
Health
Helps for Mom & Dad
Historical Documents
Historical Fiction
Holidays
Home Economics
Latin & Foreign Languages
Medicine & Nursing
Music Appreciation
Penmanship
Philosophy
Poetry
Printing Tips
Reading Basics
Recreation
Reference Books
Science & Nature
SciFi & Ghost Stories
Shakespeare & Plutarch
Spelling & Grammar
Social Studies & Geography
Virginia
World History
Women's Studies

 

Categories of Instruction

When I began creating our curriculum I was pretty overwhelmed by all of the subjects that begged to be taught.  Fearful of omitting something vital, I found myself loading my preliminary schedules with so many subjects that it pushed me to the point of frustration. If I found it tedious, then I was certain it would be too much for the boys. So I sat down with pencil and paper and listed every subject that I might want to teach or that the kids might want to learn.  As I examined them I noticed that many overlapped and intertwined.  Then, after a personal "Eureka" moment, I arranged these subjects into 10 broad categories.  The categories are not scientific or academic; they are practical for a mom who is teaching herself to teach her children. 

Some of the subjects lend themselves to daily instruction, while others are taught weekly.  Every day we do devotions and a bible story, then we move to Language Arts, Math & Reading.  We devote one day a week to History, Social Studies, Life Skills, Science, Character & Electives.  In addition everyone must participate in 30 to 60 minutes of free reading every day during their free time. 

The Weekly 10

    Relgious Study (daily):  Bible stories, devotions, Christian Martyrs, Bible study & application, Christian Classics, Hymns, Catechism, Christian Biography.

    Language Arts or English (daily):  Spelling, Vocabulary, Phonics, Grammar, Composition, Public Speaking, Letter Writing, Literature (see below), Poetry, Memorization & Recitation, Penmanship, Latin & other Foreign Languages.

    Literature or Reading (daily):  Classic Fiction, Mysteries, Science Ficiton, Poetry, Short Stories, Girls Books, Boys Books, Fairy Tales, Nursery Rhymes, Fables, Legends, Tall Tales, Historical Ficiton, Shakespeare.

    Mathematics (daily):  Arithmetic, Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus.

    History (weekly-Monday):  State History, American History, World History, Ancient History, Biography, Historical Documents, Historical Ficiton.

    Social Studies (weekly-Tuesday):  Geography, Map Making & Reading, Civics, Economics, Current Events, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Women's Studies.

    Life Skills (weekly-Wednesday):  Consumer Math & Accounting; Home Economics:  Cooking, Cleaning, Sewing; Computer, Internet & Touch Typing; Driving a Car; Shopping for Food & Clothing; Pet Care; Doing Chores; Hunting & Fishing; Gardening; Home Maintainence; Carpentry & Repair.

    Science(weekly-Thursday):  Nature Study, Physiology, Health, Biology, Mechanics, Chemistry, Physics, Botany, Agriculture.

    Character (weekly-Friday):  Morals, Manners, Decision Making, Modesty, Proper Dress, Proper Attitude, Proper Conduct, Plutarch's Lives.

    Electives (weekly-Friday):  Art, Music, Photography, Camcording, Handicrafts, Emergency Preparedness, Sports, Hobbies, Games.