Unit Study done my way

6:46 PM Rachel Adams 0 Comments

Yup such nice handwriting I have there...don't ya think?

Insanity that known as the homeschooling mom. Well here we are gearing into week 8 and yes I am well aware that says week 10 in the photo. I had come to the issue of that we weren't learning no where I thought we were in science. 

Dear Son is in love with magic school but once the video and scholastic worksheets were done we had anywhere from 2-3 days open. I was tired of going to the next video and knew I needed to fix it and fast! That's where unit studies come in.

Unit study= "Unit studies, sometimes called thematic units or integrated studies, are very popular with homeschoolers. Unit studies usually use a hands-on approach for effective learning. The child learns by actually experiencing or discovering through different methods and activities, rather than just reading a chapter from a textbook. Studies show that children using unit-study methods retain 45% more than those using a traditional approach."

Now with said and done... I have done science and broke it down with projects and activities. Next week we are learning about the rainforest. So things that we are going to get into are what types of animals live there, where are rain forests located, what types of plants can be found, are their indigenous peoples that live there and so on. Some topics that we cover have mini books that I printed off and lapbooks to go with them.

As you can see the color the Coral Reef is a lapbook with tons of information about sea life, the ecology, biology and more. I have combined the subjects of ELA (English, Language Arts), Science and arts and crafts. Everything blends with each other. I also have a print out for DS to do a report on an animal for each topic that we have science. 

It expands on what we are learning in science, but unit studies can be use for any subject really. There are tons of resources that are free, you just gotta know where it look or how to Google them.

It's taken me 3 days to figure out how I wanted to do this and keep DS attention with science as well as expand our topic so he is actually learning more than what Mrs. Frizzle can teach in a 20 min. YouTube video.


Clutter, clutter everywhere and now it needs to go!

8:52 PM Rachel Adams 0 Comments

                                            The picture will take you to the challenge!

Yup challenges are great especially if it's to get rid of clutter and trust me we have it in spades here at the ole Adams cabin. With 6.5 years of dealing with the military and 9 years of marriage it's time to go through and clean house literary. 

Books I have gotten from here and there, old toys no longer loved/ played with, boxes still in the garage not even being combed through. I have signed up for this challenge starting Oct. 1st as well as the squat challenge and even printed a monthly cleaning list to help me out.

I'm kinda tired of being a rut with everything. Well next month is the best time to start. So here we go! What are you tired of? Heck better yet what are you wanting to get rid of???

Join the challenge and see how much stuff you really don't need! Plus if you sign up now you will a get a free ebook how cool is that?


So far our adventures in homeschooling

12:25 PM Rachel Adams 0 Comments

And it's the truth!

We started our homeschool adventure Sept. 3rd of this year and so far it's been busy! We had our first co-op play date on the 2nd at leaping lizards and to be honest a bunch kids running around jumping like crazy on bouncy house type of equipment and lazer tag too, no school work would be done that day!

So far the things i have heard (apparently it's normal) is at my old school. My son's old was PS or Public School. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with Public School but with our son's situation he needed to be homeschooled.

He told me everyday in the first week that he was timed in writing. Hubby and me had to talk to him about what he meant by him being timed. Come to find out had X amount of time to work on an assignment before being rushed into the next. He's so happy that he gets to take his time with his assignments. He also let me know (I'm the main educator) his typing class was timed, and it seemed everything was timed. This timing thing was/is the cause of his sloppy handwriting.

Since homeschooling (yup that right we are into week 4 come this Monday!) he is able to have the time he needs, he's improved in his spelling tests (90%-100% every time), handwriting is soooo much neater than ever before, reads a bit more with prompting and best of all tells me every day how happy he is that we school him.

Since home schooling we have been to Gasparilla Beach in Boca Grande and swam within reach of a live sea manatee...can't say you did that in PS. We had our first coastal class with Mr. Keith from the Sarasota county 4H club teach the kiddos about inverts. 

Baby female Horseshoe crab & shrimp

Sea Slug

Many coastal inverts

Octopus (Octopi is the plural form ;) )

Lots of sharing, giggling and hands on fun for the kids. Next month it's plankton with Mr. Keith.

My son also is so happy that he many new friends that like him are homeschooled. He loves the projects that we are doing for history with Story of The World & absolutely loves daily grammar (Dailygrammar.com). He can tell me about helping/linking verbs and more he couldn't do that in PS. Our house runs smoother and he learns so much better. I'm just glad that I can do this with him.

I can't wait to see what other adventures we have, even though our co-op rocks with lots of fun things for us to do. I am so lucky I found this great group of homeschooling parents to rock with in educating my son.


Ahh the last home stretch....High School Freebies!

6:50 AM Rachel Adams 0 Comments

Here are links for high schoolers, you know them last 4 years of mandatory classes...unless you dual enroll and if so then my hat is tipped you sir or ma'am. This is the time in schooling when one finds themselves and figures what they want to be when they go out there and show the world the education they have had. That and a diploma to show off doesn't quite hurt either!

9th Grade

http://www.life.illinois.edu/ib/102/Levetin/ < botany text book

http://www.cimt.plymouth.ac.uk/projects/mepres/book9/book9int.htm < math

http://goo.gl/j88vkG < Vocabulary Power

http://goo.gl/FycQKZ < Spelling Power

http://goo.gl/Ku2pr1 < Grammar and Language

http://goo.gl/uBA2Wi < Language arts. Click on the + icon next to the words and it will open up to show grades 6th -12th.

http://goo.gl/rJR78l < government workbook

10th Grade

http://goo.gl/jmryoT < Grammar

http://goo.gl/29n9wz < Vocabulary Power

http://goo.gl/2c7pVW < Spelling Power

11th Grade


http://goo.gl/ZPGr1g < Spelling Power

12th Grade

http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/workbooks/language_arts/vp/12vp2.pdf < Vocabulary Power

http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/workbooks/language_arts/spw/12spw2.pdf < Spelling Power


Grade 8 coming at ya fast...freebies

7:47 AM Rachel Adams 0 Comments

OMGOSH look at the time our kiddos have left till the big HIGH SCHOOL starts. This is a time when most kiddos decide to go back into public school sector or stay home schooling.  8th grade is a huge deal! Most kiddos are still trying to find themselves, not quite teenagers but almost there. Lots of mixed emotions and find themselves.

So to help all you parents out with the homeschool score I will present you with the links that have been tested and checked. Please refrain from printing the textbooks out that's copy right infringement and only print out what you need of the works books. Most do have answer keys if not you can print them out to create and answer key. Thanks!

http://algebra4children.com/eigth-grade-math-worksheets.html < 8th grade worksheets that are my fave PDF.

http://www.vrml.k12.la.us/8th/ < full curriculum.

http://glencoe.mheducation.com/sites/0078777372/student_view0/index.html < Algebra Readiness (complete set: text, workbooks, on-line calculator, worksheets)

http://www.glencoe.com/sites/georgia/student/mathematics/assets/workbooks.html < workbooks

http://www.cimt.plymouth.ac.uk/projects/mepres/book8/book8.htm < complete 8th grade math

http://goo.gl/OR3Tgu < 8th grade vocabulary power

http://goo.gl/4PJ5AN < 8th grade spelling power

http://goo.gl/63qn9V < Grammar and language

http://www.plainlocal.org/userfiles/367/Classes/3379/DLR.pdf < Daily Language review evan moor

http://goo.gl/IqvkHq < Language arts programs. Click to expand to find the right grade.

http://daniellenglish.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/grammar-worksheets-pdf.pdf < language handbook


Grade 7 freebies coming at ya!

6:36 AM Rachel Adams 0 Comments

With most home schools well on their way I figured I need to seriously catch up...I still have 8-12th to do. You all know how this works so let me explain for people just finding my blog.  I check these link out and know they work without viruses since I scan em all...Love ya my big K virus program!

http://www.vrml.k12.la.us/7th/ < this is a religious site but the materials you might need aren't all that way.

http://www.cimt.plymouth.ac.uk/projects/mepres/book7/book7.htm < complete math program for 7th grade. 

http://goo.gl/Hpo44b < glenco website with workbooks for 6-8th grade and more.

http://goo.gl/o8wjFG < Milliken beginning algebra grades 6-8th

http://www.sd1525.org/admin/Summer%20School/Grade_7B.pdf < Math Mammoth 7b worksheets 

http://goo.gl/SsxFmC < Glenco Spelling Power 

http://goo.gl/0o4CDA < Writers choice Spelling and vocabulary 

http://goo.gl/tuVJYL < Vocabulary

http://goo.gl/7iVJxZ < glenco language arts. On the left side of the word you will see a box, click it and you will see what grades are available as well as a teacher's edition.

http://www.teachushistory.org/ < many key notes in our nations history.

Now if you do some google searching you'll find more stuff out there. Just a friendly reminder: You can print only the amount of copies you need (based off your kiddos and +/- if ya need answer key) but DO NOT print off the textbooks. The textbook being printed off is copyright infringement.  You can use the online textbooks.


Yup That's Right More Freebies! Grade 6!!!!

11:37 AM Rachel Adams 0 Comments

I know, I know it's a been awhile but it's been a very, very busy month so far and it's still not done yet! So here is grade 6....I am hoping that maybe tonight I can get grade 7 done. Please bear with me.

http://www.vrml.k12.la.us/6th/ : Yes this is a parochial school but that majority of the curriculum they have on their site is secular.

http://goo.gl/24C3nb: Prentice Hall Grade 6 Science Explorer Reading and Study Workbook.

http://goo.gl/Ji8CsB : Prentice Hall Grade 6 Science Explorer Lab Manual

http://goo.gl/DYoxe7 : Same as the one above but from 1985

http://goo.gl/rmo5kU : Math workbooks for Grade 6-8, Pre-algebra - Geometry 

http://www.eduplace.com/math/hmm/ : Interactive math book goes to grade 6


Freebies for all you parents in need of 5th grade!

6:05 PM Rachel Adams 0 Comments

What do we want curriculum when do we want it now...well wait its how much??? Yeah I hear you too. Box curriculum, Ebooks, workbooks and more so much money or cost for printing. Well I can't save on printing cost but I sure can help in the ole wallet department.

So again here we go this time grade 5. I needed to get this up cos time sure does fly. before we know it, it will be that time where school supplies are cheap and it's time to stock up!

So here are the ever lovely, OMG where did you find that links.

http://wss.albertlea.k12.mn.us/sharedcurr/Grade%205/Forms/AllItems.aspx : lots of workbooks.
http://old.brickschools.org/ves/classrooms/fifth/workbooks/Pages/default.aspx : lots of printable workbooks

http://www.vrml.k12.la.us/5th/ : this is a parochial school but lots of secular studies here.

http://www.freewebs.com/mrsdeleon/science.htm : science access code is given.

http://inst.pcssd.org/science/CD_content/anc/redes2.pdf : Science red workbook

http://www.nlpanthers.org/Downloads/DSR_G5_aug25.pdf : worksheets with answer keys

http://www.msjhs.org/Page/4329 : Science books with user name and password

http://goo.gl/z6c7As : Science and math middle school workbook

http://www.schoodoodle.com/uploads/csd104006eb.pdf : math brain teasers 4th and 5th grade

http://www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/AlcovaES/online_textbooks.htm : 5th grade math and social studies. user name and password given.

http://www.cgelem.k12.az.us/McCartneyRanch.cfm?subpage=1162155 : Math books with user name and password.

http://www.freewebs.com/mrsdeleon/mathred.htm :Saxon math grade 5

http://goo.gl/85K4k9 : math supplement workbooks

http://www.eduplace.com/math/hmm/ : interactive math book

http://www.sfreading.com/resources/ghb.html : grammar

http://goo.gl/r9gw89 : reading comprehension practice book

http://goo.gl/6og7zm : reading practice

http://goo.gl/NQbjQo : Grammar practice workbook

http://tomboulian.wikispaces.com/file/view/Words_5th_Grade.pdf : spelling words

http://goo.gl/XCku98 : Paragraph editing evan moor

http://goo.gl/gl809m : Building spelling

http://goo.gl/UkXOqm : daily language review

http://goo.gl/I9e9jo : writing review for grades 5-8th

And there ya have 5th grade. Enjoy the links. A word of caution you can print all the workbooks you see, but DO NOT print the text books. Printing the textbooks will put you in copyright infringement.  


Life lessons here in Sunny Florida!

7:56 PM Rachel Adams 0 Comments

We have a ferry here in Venice, Fl and every chance we get we go to the beach. It's calming, relaxing and fun. It's a family outing that last for hours on end. Straight in front of you is the Gulf of Mexico and all her beauty and around you the sites of mother nature. It's very hard to soak it all in some times.

We walk the beach sometimes, or I do our son on the other hand I don't think he even knows what walk means at times. I walk up and down the beach looking for shark teeth. Venice, FL is known as the shark tooth capital of the world...and believe me it's the truth!

We have that and the best thing of all is my husband teaching our 7 year old son how to fish. Every time I see them fishing together all I can think of is the old saying.....

With that said and I do love that Chinese proverb because it's true, so true! Hubby fishes off the beach and there he is our little man asking questions about bait, hooks, rigs, line and poles. Learning right along side his daddy. I'm writing this post to show case what our son caught.

On May 25th he and his daddy went fishing at the South Jetty here in Venice, Fl and look what he caught....
This is a nurse shark

Yes he caught a nurse shark and was so proud of himself. I cropped his face because well I try to protect my family and many people over the years have had access to my blog one way or another. Plus I'm his mom. I think that's the best answer.

Well that's a pretty good haul for such a small man. He hates being called a boy, I giggle he stomps away mad. It works. But any who...daddy loves to fish trust me he LOVES to fish. Well he went out yesterday night and caught this mack daddy of fish.

That Thar ladies and gents is known as a Goliath Grouper. Sadly you can only keep them long enough to get a picture. That big boy weighed about 300 lbs. They have a nick name but I will not say cos I don't agree with the term being used. If you live here in Florida you will hear both names used.

Our adventures in Florida have been great and I foresee many more and lots more fishing as well.  I guess it's true there are plenty of fish, but in the ocean not the sea.


National Alliance of Secular Homeschoolers or N.A.S.H

1:04 PM Rachel Adams 0 Comments

This came from the NASH website.

That's right you heard it here and probably all over Facebook that a new up and coming (they are still working on the 501(c)  tax paper work) proponent to help be the voice of secular homeschoolers.

There is a group of very diligent people working on all aspects of helping the collective group of secular homeschoolers. What does that mean for all you secular homeschoolers??? Here's what N.A.S.H has said on their website (which the picture above will take you).

"Our focus is to bring all secular homeschoolers together to create a strong, unified, and significantly influential force in the secular homeschooling movement and to help the secular homeschool community reach a variety of goals, including but not limited to: 

a. Providing a national framework of structure, support, and connection for those homeschoolers who identify as secular homeschoolers. 

b. Advocating for the creation and promotion of secular curriculum and other resources and materials that cater to secular homeschoolers. 

c. Raising awareness of the secular homeschooling movement and bringing recognition to secular homeschoolers, both in the homeschooling community and in society. 

d. Providing support and guidance for current secular homeschoolers or those interested in secular homeschooling. 

It is our belief that by coming together our goals can and will be met. We will do all we can to support and sustain the secular homeschooling movement to help transform the homeschooling community for the 21st century and beyond."

There will be a convention event with other secular homeschoolers, vendors, and more you can check out all the information here. There is also a facebook page that you can join about N.A.S.H and see what/ how they are trying to make things better or easier for all of us secular homeschoolers. 


Well today is grade 4 Freebies

4:24 PM Rachel Adams 0 Comments

Yup that's right I'm posting more freebie links and this time it's grade 4!  If you haven't been following I am trying to get a grade done a week of free curriculum that is just that free and secular. If you know anything about secular curriculum it's hard time come by and when you found you jump for a joy. 

I hope you enjoy the links, if you want to stay posted when they are blogged about and all the other great homeschool links I find please become a follower. As always I personally tested these links so I know they work. 

Note: As much as we try to be secular in our teaching needs/wants one must remember that there are key pivotal events that have happened in history that are religious based. You can not expect to teach why there are certain religious undertones in today's law or why there separation of church and state without explaining religion.  religion is often the backbone of people's culture and to strip religion away completely would be to deny these people who helped shape our country and world.

http://www.mhschool.com/instructional_materials/ca/pdf/sc08_4_se.pdf This is part of the California Science book series. The book is available on line.

http://goo.gl/FygV2i This is the student workbook that accompanies the above link.

http://goo.gl/8UuStU Learning about DNA

http://www.msjhs.org/Page/4329 Online books with username and password

http://goo.gl/ZYn9b3 Math Daily book 

http://goo.gl/oFHKEZ Tic Tack Math pt.1

http://goo.gl/7TDRoN Tic Tack Math pt.2

http://goo.gl/f2yEZY Tic Tack Math pt. 3

http://goo.gl/Gif4wD Tic Tack Math pt. 4

http://goo.gl/UTHUvX Tic Tack Math pt. 5

http://www.gwinnett.k12.ga.us/AlcovaES/online_textbooks.htm Math and Science with username and password

http://mrsames.wordpress.com/math/ Intermediate 5 Saxon Math Book

http://goo.gl/H7qj6Q Complete 4th grade math

http://www.eduplace.com/math/hmm/ Interactive math book

http://goo.gl/Vewc74 Grade 4 math Supplements

http://goo.gl/fOdT1E Language arts

http://goo.gl/ySYaYl Spelling and Grammar...the first workbook is used with a textbook

http://goo.gl/bzu3BC Language arts practice book

http://www.tcsdk8.org/attachments/practice.pdf California treasures practice book

http://goo.gl/ONlz2o Daily Language review pt. 1

http://goo.gl/gk7a5G Daily Language Review pt. 2

http://goo.gl/FeXRHX Daily Language Review pt. 3

http://goo.gl/k5eBEu Grammar review

http://goo.gl/zSU08c Tennessee History/Social Studies username and password is there

http://goo.gl/Ss9C6y  Our Country's regions workbook

http://goo.gl/N1u22f Spelling workbook

http://goo.gl/9OT3di Master skills spelling

http://goo.gl/Eto38j  vocabulary 15 min. a day

http://goo.gl/QZhGv9 Daily 6 trait writing

http://goo.gl/UtXtIR Daily Paragraph editing

http://goo.gl/qCV9kI Daily Math Practice


Even more links to enjoy!

1:32 PM Rachel Adams 0 Comments

Just love this picture from another blogger user!

And here we go again with massive links for all you secular homeschoolers! As I find em I will post them and hope you enjoy them as much as my stumbling upon them.

American History:

http://www.contemplator.com/america/ songs and lyrics from the 1700's to the 1990's and other categories as well.

http://www.earlyamerica.com/ lots of stuff from early american history

http://www.nps.gov/history/logcabin/ discover President Lincoln's log cabin home

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/historyofus/index.html History of the United States

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html Historical documents from our past at the library of congress.

http://www.ushistory.org/ Lots of american history and free online textbooks

http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ many sourcebooks for history, they are currently working on updating links that are broken.

Ancient History

http://www.virtual-egypt.com/ more ancient egypt

http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/timelines/0ad.htm Historic time line for kids 1-400AD

http://kids.asiasociety.org/ Asian culture, stories, games and more

ART/ ART History

http://arthistoryresources.net/ARTHLinks.html History of art through the ages

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ Art History timeline at the Metropolitan Art Museum

http://www.incredibleart.org/lessons/ lots of lesson based on grade which is on the right side of the site.

http://artyfactory.com/ lots of lessons, mixed media

http://americanart.si.edu/education/resources/activities/ student activities from the Smithsonian.


http://www.michielb.nl/sun/ virtual tour of the sun

Audio books

https://librivox.org/ public domain books and audio books

http://www.freeclassicaudiobooks.com/ lots of classical books. Note: the bible is listed but you can listen or not your choice.

http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/books/ lots of classic books

http://kids.learnoutloud.com/Kids-Free-Stuff many topics to chose and listen too.

http://singaboutscience.org/wp/findandaddsongs/ 7000+ songs on science and math



http://www.abookintime.com/ tons of things to do


http://www.miamisci.org/ph/ lots to do, sponsored by the museum of science in Miaim FL.

http://goo.gl/aPj6ie  about acids, alkalis and neutralization.

Music Composers

http://www.last.fm/music/Antonio+Vivaldi there is more than just Vivaldi


http://goo.gl/rWP9Su Museum of childhood


http://www.textkit.com/ greek and latin


High School

http://free-ed.net/free-ed/ lots of classes

World History
* Note: you can not exclude religion from history. Many historic events are due to and caused by a religious conflict or issue (Ex. Henry 8th separating England from Rome). Romans absorbed many cultures and beliefs. Religion is the back bone to many cultures and peoples and to exclude it would mean to exclude these peoples/ cultures who helped shape and formed our history world wide.*

http://www.historyforkids.org/ great for kiddos in 3-5th but I'm sure you can tweak it to suit your need.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/0/ lots of European history


http://www.americaslibrary.gov/es/index.php Through the library of Congress

http://www.geosense.net/ online geography game

http://lizardpoint.com/geography/ geography games and quizzes

http://www.ilike2learn.com/ilike2learn/geography.asp lots of links for games and more

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/Geography.htm lots of places and links and not just geography

https://www.cia.gov/kids-page/index.html and yes the CIA has a kids zone

Well that's it for this round, eyes are hurting and I think I need to eat too. I will post more and hopefully get that 4th grade homeschool freebie post done too. So enjoy what I have given you all and be on the look out for more!