Happy Hearts Fall 2014

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Here is how our fall year is shaping up-

For Marissa Girl, who is in her Junior year of high school, she will take her usual online courses (Algebra, English, History and Science) through the awesome Liahona Academy, plus she has dual-enrolled at the local high school, just for the first trimester which ends November 18th. This will give her 2 additional credits towards her high school diploma. She started these classes last Thursday.

She is taking a watercolor art class and a veterinary assistant course. She is also taking her third year of Seminary, which is an LDS (Latter-day Saints; short for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) scripture study course for youth in 9th-12th grades.

I have to explain why we occasionally dual-enroll when we dislike public school so much. Well, Marissa would be going to the school’s campus for Seminary anyway, and we’ve worked with this particular high school before with my oldest daughter, Darcie. It was a positive experience and gave her some extra credits easily enough. It’s only temporary, for one-third of the school year, and she will not be taking any state tests since her diploma will be through her private school.

Here is some of the content Marissa will be studying, plus some of the curriculum she’ll be using this year in Liahona-

History- 1860 to present day, including the Civil War, 2 World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, the Great Depression, 9/11 and LDS Church history.

Science- Human and animal Biology

English- Rhetoric, persuasive writing, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Aesop’s Fables, Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift, The Book of Mormon, The Federalists Papers, The Gettysburg Address, The Republic by Plato, The Phantom Toll Booth by Norton Juster

Math- Saxon Algebra One Student Edition

This will be Marcus’ 2nd year with Liahona Junior’s 5th & 6th combined class. Last year rocked! We love his teacher, Sister Rowley. Through her class, he will have English, History and Science. I’ll continue to teach him math and I have 2 fun units planned (Around the World in 80 Days & Greek Mythology). I also need to look into a typing program for him.

Here is some of the content Marcus will be studying, plus some of the curriculum we’ll be using this year in both Liahona Junior and Happy Hearts-

History/Geography- Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History, Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (this will be a unit I’m creating)

Science- Physics (force & motion, electricity, atoms, magnetism) We are using this book- Christian Kids Explore Physics

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English- Spelling Smart by Cynthia M. Stowe, National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology (part of a unit I’m creating), Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordin

Math- Learn Math Fast System Volume 2 (fractions, percentages, greatest common factor, cross canceling, decimals)

Other- Typing, piano and Spanish lessons, Boy Scouts

Reading together- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Marry Poppins by P.L. Travers, The Fourth Nephite by Jeffrey S. Savage, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kimpling’s Just So Stories

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Reading on his own- Because of  Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck, Hazzardous Universe by Julie Wright & Kevin Wasden, How to Train Your Dragon Book 8 How to Break a Dragon’s Heart

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