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MaryEllen's Reading Basket
Here are the books in MaryEllen's Book Basket for 7th grade. Some are from the Robinson Curriculum book list (RC), others go along with our history curriculum (SM), and the rest are ones I added in. She will do two literature studies this year using the Any Novel Novel Study Guide.




The Swiss Family Robinson Johann Wyss  RC
Charles Spurgeon J.C. Carlile
Charles Finney Bonnie C. Harvey
The Exact Truth Isabella Alden
We Twelve Girls Isabella Alden
Six O'Clock in the Evening Isabella Alden
Emma Alston Unknown
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens  RC
The Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan  RC
A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett Any Novel
The Bronze Bow Elizabeth George Speare SM History
Augustus Caesar's World Genevieve Foster SM History
Up from Slavery Booker T. Washington Any Novel, RC
Case for Christ for Kids Lee Strobel
Shaping of a Christian Family Elisabeth Elliot
A Pilgrim Who Made Progress  William Deal


Donnie's Reading Basket
These are the books I have planned for Donnie this year (6th grade). I am not sure if he will get to them all, but it is a good goal.

Some are from the Robinson Curriculum (RC) book list, some I added and some go with the history curriculum we will be doing this year (SM). He will do two literature studies using the Any Novel Novel Study Guide.




Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson  RC
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe  RC
The Captain's Dog Roland Smith
Teddy's Button Amy Le Feuvre
Alone In London Hesba Stretton
Christy's Old Organ Mrs. O.F. Walton
Little Faith: The Child of the Toy Stall Mrs. O.F. Walton
A Hedge Fence Isabella Alden
Christian Conquests A.L.O.E.
Charles Finney Bonnie C. Harvey
Charles Spurgeon J.C. Carlile
The Prince and the Pauper Mark Twain Any Novel, RC
Side By Side Isabella Alden
Robin Hood J. Walker McSpadden Any Novel
Six O'Clock in the Evening Isabella Alden
Her Mother's Bible Isabella Alden
Detectives in Togas Henry Winterfeld SM History
Mystery of the Roman Ransom Henry Winterfeld SM History
Cleopatra Diane Stanley SM History
Galen and the Gateway to Medicine Jeanne Bendick SM History


Another homeschool year is upon us. This is what I have planned.

Our core will be the Robinson Curriculum(RC). I will break it down by subject.

Bible: MaryEllen and I will be doing Foundations in Romans: A Romans Bible Study together. Donnie will finish his study in Genesis using Abraham--God's Brave Explorer.  After Genesis, I will assign him some studies out of Plants Grown Up.

Math: We will continue with Saxon Math. Both kids will be finishing Saxon 76 and going into Algebra 1/2.

Writing: We will continue with The Writing Course. The kids listen to Dr. Lybrand, watch his videos, and do the daily assignments. After the 21 days or so, they then write filling a piece of paper front and back, double-spaced. What they will write varies.

We will also use the Write Thinking Series a couple times a week in place of the filling a piece of paper front and back.

Grammar: The Robinson Curriculum doesn't stress grammar every year and neither does Dr. Lybrand. We will use IEW's Fix It Grammar which is short and sweet. We began it last year and the kids really enjoy it. There is a short passage in which they find grammar and punctuation errors. It is more of an editing program and will help when they have to proof read their own writing in the future.

Vocabulary: We will continue with English From the Roots Up, finishing volume 1 and going into volume 2.

Literature: I really like the Any Novel Study Guide and plan on having the kids do two novels each this year. This will teach them about plot and setting. It will also teach them how to analyze a book. It is great because it is a study guide you only have to buy once.

Science: Our science is not from RC. MaryEllen will use Apologia's General Science this year and Donnie will use Super Charged Science, which is full of hands on experiments and videos.

History: They will get some history from their reading list, but we will also be using Simply Charlotte Mason's Matthew through Acts & Ancient Rome. You can see the book list here. We will supplement with Drive Through History DVD Series on the Holy Land and watch The Life of Christ DVD.

Reading: They will read for 1 1/2-2 hours a day. Take a look at MaryEllen's 7th grade reading list and Donnie's 6th grade reading list. Their books will include books from RC, SM History and others I want them to read.


Typing: This year the kids will really begin typing. I bought Christian Keyboarding a few years back, which we started but never finished. With MaryEllen entering 7th grade, it needs to get done this year. They will also use Typing Web. This website will keep track of their progress and wpm, plus there are some games, which they might enjoy.

Drawing: I've been wanting to get a nice drawing program so MaryEllen can further her talent. Donnie can also benefit from a good drawing program too. I was SO excited when I found See The Light Art Class. The kids watched the free videos on the website and really liked them.

That looks like it so far. I am excited about what we will be learning this year.

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