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Free 3 Year Bible Curriculum

This is an awesome find!!

Danika Cooley at Thinking Kids is offering a 3 year Bible curriculum for grades 1-12. It is divided by grade level groups to make it easier for you. Bible Road Trip will allow your family to survey the Bible cover-to-cover in 3 years ~ with breaks for summer!

Notebooking about the Word ~ Bible Road Trip

Here is what is included:

  • A 3 Year Bible Survey Syllabus ~ A schedule of Bible study (book by book), Scripture reading and memorization, and additional activities such as: notebooking, crafts, and great videos and books
  • Each year consists of a 32 week, customizable schedule. ~ This schedule can be expanded to allow for more time for study in any given area.
  • 4 separate levels of study (Lower Grammar ~ Grades 1-3, Upper Grammar ~ Grades 4-6, Dialectic ~ Grades 7-9, Rhetoric ~ Grades 10-12)
  • Each level is designed to coordinate with the other grade levels, while allowing growing students to delve deeper and even begin to share what they are learning in new and exciting ways (consistent with the theories underlying Classical Education).
  • Bible Road Trip does not address specific theological or doctrinal arguments. (There are some discussions over the manner in which we approach Scripture in the upper grades.)  For example, though I believe in the literal Creation account, and I was careful to choose materials that did not discount that very valid view of the Bible, you will not find anything here that specifically addresses Creationism.  There are many wonderful ministries that you can consult for additional materials.  Rather, weeks 3-5 of Year One of Bible Road Trip will acquaint students with the book of Genesis – its authorship, themes, storyline, and timing in actual history.

 

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Free Spelling Course

Marie Rackham, from Splashes From the River, is offering her Basic Cozy Spelling Course free. It contains 30 lessons for grades 6-8. but Rackham used it in the public arena with grades 7-9. You be the judge.

The Course Outline:

Spelling Rules, Lessons, Exercises, Dictation Exercises, and answer keys.

 

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Can You Say Interquartile?

Logarithm, synthetic division, rational function, interquartile range, parabola,  scalar, contrapositive, apothem, postulate… Is your head spinning yet? These are only a sampling of eighth grade math vocabulary terms a student must master in order to effectively apply them to math principles. It’s also important to know these term in order to begin transitioning into high school, not to mention how crucial they are to passing TAKS, CRCT, or whatever test your state requires.

I will just be frank with you, I don’t remember learning half the terms eighth grade students are required to know and apply today. I think we expect more of students earlier and earlier these days. I don’t agree that it is always good either. Lots of kids are just not ready when schools introduce some concepts, yet they are forced to continue in what is sometimes so abstract for them. I know that is what happened to me in middle school. It wasn’t until later that I was able to handle most abstract thinking in math.

It doesn’t matter if middle school kids are a product of public school, private school, or if they are homeschool middle school kids, most of the curriculum available today will at least expose children to terms they are not familiar with. Don’t allow frustration to set in. Head it off by having them play online math vocabulary games to learn or reinforce terms for algebra, data & statistics, and geometry. The kid will thank you while they have a bit of fun, I know I sure would have back in the day!

 

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