Lesson for the Feast of Trumpets and the Gold Plates

Joseph Smith got the Gold Plates from Moroni on September 22, 1827. This was the same day as the Jewish celebration called the Feast of Trumpets, or Rosh Hashanna. It was also the Fall Equinox in 1827.

Learn about the symbolism of this special day by reading my blog post at Eve Out of the Garden.

Make the Gold Plates with your kids -- directions here.
Bury the Gold Plates -- directions here.


Sixth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Sixth grade opens the door to higher learning with your homeschool. We continue with the history plan of covering the history of the world in four years.


Fifth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Fifth grade revisits ancient history, which was covered in first grade. This time we get to study it a little more in depth. Check out the entire fifth grade curriculum here.


Fourth Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Time for school, and if you have a fourth grader, follow this link to my homeschool fourth grade curriculum. One thing I would add, is religion. It's good to start the day with a little scripture reading.

These ducks showed up on my driveway one year. Too cute.


Third Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Third Grade Homeschool continues with some of the same books we used in second grade. I follow many suggestions from the book, The Well Trained Mind, but I have altered it somewhat. I just couldn't do all of it. The history is great, and I follow her recommendations. But through trial and error over 18 years, I have found that you can fine tune your curriculum. Be flexible, all your children are different. Follow this link to my third grade curriculum with links to the books you will need.

Religion is easily added as part of history and with a regular scripture study. 


Second Grade Homeschool Curriculum

Let's forget how awful second grade was for me, back in 1962.

Here's my second grade curriculum for a great homeschool program:



First Grade Homeschool Curriculum

I have posted my first grade homeschool curriculum on my blog -- Eve Out of the Garden. My cute granddaughter is going to join the homeschool community. So I have gone over some of the newer materials and some of the ones I loved.

Check it out here.


No homework pays off

Students may do better with less homework.
When I went to school we didn't have "homework" until 7th grade. We had to write a few reports in elementary school, but we didn't have homework every night. We didn't carry backpacks stuffed with books, we didn't have homework contracts that our parents had to sign so they knew what was required.
We left our books at school in our desks.
In the 1960s, I came home from elementary school, changed my clothes (because we had to wear dresses to school) and went out to "play" --  I put on my "play clothes." I ran around outside with my friends.
Later, when I got books and homework, I thought I was pretty grown-up. And I took it seriously and did my work.
My first two kids went through public school. I was fully involved with all the parent responsibilities and I knew the rules for homework. Twenty minutes in kindergarten, and adding more minutes each year.
When my third child started 5th grade, I became fed-up with some of the silly homework his teacher was sending home. (Please write an essay on how you figured out that 7 x 6 = 42.) I pulled him out and homeschooled him along with his older brother who was in 7th grade. It was my first year of homeschool. I found out that we could cover more work in less time. Instead of six hours of school and  three to four hours of homework, my kids did it all in four to six hours.
Now this is what I've noticed. My 5th and last child is 17 and has started college. He loves his classes. He loves his homework and even reads the textbook for anthropology. He enjoys his homework.
I think kids get too much homework in traditional school and then they burn-out in the higher grades. Other parents are noticing the same thing and some elementary schools have dropped the homework.


Fun Pinata Anatomy Lesson

I saw this over at Carmichael Collective and thought it would be a fun idea for young kids to learn a little anatomy. I'm sure you can think of even better candy items for some of the parts. Start with an animal pinata or a human if you can find one, and then cut it in-half. This sure beats guts, and your kids will be looking forward to science today. Let me know your ideas for the innards!

Arteries (red)
Veins (blue)
Spinal Cord

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How to pay for homeschool

You may think homeschool is free. But it isn't. You have to buy books, subscriptions, online courses, and all the things that make for a good classroom. Sure, you can get some free stuff, but not everything you want is without a cost. It's a shame you have to pay your taxes for the schools when you don't use them. I like to day dream that we would get the same money that the state does (wouldn't that be a bonus?) Here are some ideas that are working for me right now:

1.  Sell your old books on Amazon.com. Some books get a good price, such as Teaching Textbooks.   But sell everything you will not use again or didn't work for your students. Even if it is for only $8, it will add up. Don't have a seller account? It is easy.

2.  Sell anything you can on Amazon.com. Look through your kids old video games, I have sold a number of these. We had two game consoles, one xbox and one sony playstation. We sold the playstation. I have a signed copy of Nixon's Memoirs up for sale. Try eBay as well.

3.  Buy books that are used on Amazon or eBay.

4.  Combine your buying power and buy with a Co-op. I use the homeschoolbuyers co-op. They save you money.

5. Search the garage, clean out and sell anything you do not need. An extra fridge? A saw your husband never uses? I have sold a cement mixer, a fridge, a saw, a lawnmower and leaf blower on Craigslist.

7.  Ask grandparents if they want to contribute to a class or curriculum.

8.  Check your school district or county board of education for any homeschool programs funded by the state. In Southern Calif, we had one that was in the district for K-8 and one that was county-wide for 9-12. We used both of these at different times.

8.  Enroll in free courses online.

9.  Community colleges often waive the fees for high school students. Look into that option.

10.  Check the Library for materials to supplement. E-books are now available and audio books over the internet.

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