Sunday, July 20, 2008

For homeschooling geeks only, number 2

And here is my girl's. I doubt I got all her fiction reading listed; she is a reading machine just like I was. Only difference, she doesn't like Nancy Drew. What is wrong with her?


Visited library at least twice monthly.

Obtained library card and checks out own books.

Learned how to locate books via Dewey Decimal system.

Attended library programs based on the books Tut Tut and Everything on a Waffle

Read the following fiction (nonfiction is listed under subject areas):

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle – Betty MacDonald
Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren
Pippi in the South Seas - Astrid Lindgren
Ramona the Pest - Beverley Cleary
Ramona's World - Beverley Cleary
Ramona and Beezus - Beverley Cleary
The Penderwicks - Jeanne Birdsall
Everything on a Waffle - Polly Horvath
The Trolls - Polly Horvath
Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle - Betty MacDonald
Little House in the Big Woods - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Dr. Dolittle -Hugh Lofting
The Cabin Faced West - Jean Fritz
Baby Island - Carol Ryrie Brink
Into the Labyrinth – Roderick Townley
The Happy Yellow Car - Polly Horvath
The Pepins and their Problems - Polly Horvath
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH – Robert C. O’Brien
The Hundred Dresses - Eleanor Estes
The Moffats - Eleanor Estes
Tut Tut - Jon Scieszka
Several "Time Warp Trio" books
Return to Gone Away - Elizabeth Enright
The Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
Mary Poppins - P. L. Travers
Mary Poppins Comes Back - P. L. Travers
The Moffat Museum - Eleanor Estes
Ginger Pye – Eleanor Estes
A Room with a Zoo – Jules Feiffer
All of a Kind Family – Sidney Taylor
All of a Kind Family Downtown – Sidney Taylor
The Constellation of Sylvie – Roderick Townley
Beezus and Ramona – Beverley Cleary
Lady Lollipop – Dick King-Smith
Various American Girl books
Various Beverley Cleary books
The Princess Academy – Shannon Hale
The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed – Heather Vogel

Other Literature Resources Used (Literature Read Aloud):
The Misadventures of Maude March – Audrey Couloumbis
Mad Maude: On the Run – Audrey Couloumbis
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
The Thieves of Ostia – Caroline Lawrence
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
City of Dogs – Livi Michael
The Secrets of Vesuvius – Caroline Lawrence
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer- Mark Twain
Little Lord Fauntleroy – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson
The Water Horse – Dick King-Smith
The Penderwicks of Gardam Street – Jeanne Birdsall

Attended monthly reading group to discuss and share books via oral, written, and artistic presentations.

Contributed an article to homeschool group newsletter.

Composed reports on various topics.

Resources used:
AVKO Sequential Spelling program
Took Spelling tests based on current reading
Daily Grams grade 4
Skill Building Grammar grade 4
Scholastic Children’s Dictionary


Completed Math-U-See “Beta” (addition and subtraction) and through Chapter 7 of “Gamma” (multiplication) books.

Used computation skills for cooking, building, sewing, etc.

Other resources used:

Mathematicians are People Too – Luetta Reimer
Spectrum Test Preparation Grade 3


Studied the time period between the American Revolution and the Civil War in World History.

Attended Pennsbury Manor Homeschool Afternoon, visited the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Valley Forge, Mill Grove (John James Audubon home), Philadelphia Water Works, Abolition Hall, Johnson House, Cliveden, Peter Wentz farm, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport.

Attended the reenactment of the Battle of Germantown and the Memorial Day Ceremony at Washington Crossing Historic Park.

Attended Family Stage’s production of “That Fabulous Franklin.”

Visited Franklin Institute King Tut exhibit.

Read the following:
Susanna of the Alamo – John Jakes
Beatrix Potter – Elizabeth Buchan
18th Century Clothing – Bobbie Kalman
As Far as the Eye can Reach – Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
An American Army of Two – Janet Greeson
The Story of Florence Nightingale – Margaret Leighton
The Palace at Versailles - Linda Tagliaferro
Aztec News - Fiona MacDonald
Stone Age News - Fiona MacDonald
Pocahontas – D'Aulaire
The Greek News – Fiona MacDonald
Once on This Island
Pony Express
Nibbles and Me – Elizabeth Taylor
Little House in the Big Woods – Lara Ingalls Wilder
Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder
On the Banks of Plum Creek – Laura Ingalls Wilder
A Time to Dance: Virginia’s Civil War Diary – Mary Pope and Will Osborne
The History News – Revolution – Christopher Maynard

Other Resources Used
The Story of the World, vols 3 and 4 by Susan Wise Bauer
American Revolution (Landmark)
Justin Morgan Had a Horse – Marguerite Henry
Stowaway – Karen Hesse
George Washington, Spymaster – Thomas B. Allen
George Washington’s World – Genevieve Foster
Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West – Marguerite Henry
Ten Queens – Milton Meltzer
What’s the Deal?: Jefferson, Napoleon, and the LA Purchase – R. Blumberg
Amos Fortune, Free Man – Elizabeth Yates
By Wagon and Flatboat – Enid LaMonte Meadowcroft
Stowaway – Karen Hesse
Davy Crockett in His Own Words
The Adventurous Chef: Alexis Soyer - Ann Arnold
The Defenders – Robert Livesy and A. G. Smith
The Great American Gold Rush – Rhoda Blumberg
Victorians – Ruth Brocklehurst
Flames Across the Susquehanna – Glenn Banner
The Carpetbaggers – Lucia Rattmer

Study maps while reading (such as Stowaway)

Locate places on maps when reading (such as locating Independence MO while reading Little House on the Prairie) or talking about a new place.

Completed mapping project with book The Voyager’s Stone

Earned “Girl Scouting Around the World” badge.


As part of history curriculum, studies and discussed the Constitution and Bill of Rights, branches of government.

Discussed election cycle, voting, electoral college.


Read and performed experiments from the Usborne Book of Science, chemistry section, from other books, in chemistry kits, online, etc.; completed lab sheets.

Visited Philadelphia Water Works program.

Earned Girl Scouts’ “Water Works” badge.

Attended insect classes at Briar Bush Nature Center.

Studied animal classification.

Attended maple sugaring program at Wissahickon Environmental Center

Discussed science topics as applicable to reading (ie. Discussed medical use of leeches from reading On the Banks of Plum Creek)

Read the following books:
Honey Makers - Gail Gibbons
Bees - Deborah Hodge
A Look At Saturn - Suzanne Slade

Other resources used:
The Usborne Book of Science, Chemistry section
Wandering Through Winter – Edwin Way Teale
North With the Spring – Edwin Way Teale
The New The Way Things Work – David Macauley
Oxford Children’s Encyclopedia
The Picture History of Great Inventors by Gillian Clements
The Chemist who Lost His Head (Antoine Lavoisier) – Vivian Grey
Winter World (partial) – Bernd Heinrich
Handbook of Nature Study – Anna Botsford Comstock
Look at the Sky and Tell the Weather – Eric Sloane
Audubon Nature Encyclopedia
Benjamin Franklin’s Adventures with Electricity – Beverly Birch
Pasteur’s Fight Against Microbes – Beverly Birch

Safety Education:

Started Personal Safety Notebook including fire safety rules.

Attended DARE presentation with local police officer.

Attended safety presentation by local paramedic.


Discussed proper exercise, nutrition, dental care.

Physical Education:

Attended Homeschool PE class weekly (fall term, played outside, hiked.

Art, Music, Performing Arts

Listened to and discussed various musical styles at home.

Attended musical play “The Wizard of Oz,” attended piano recital of local musician, works of Beethoven and Chopin, attended dress rehearsal of Pennsylvania Ballet “Carnival of the Animals” and “Jupiter Symphony” and “Coppelia” ballets.

Listened to and discussed Handel’s “Messiah.”

Read Ludwig van Beethoven by Mike Venezia, listened to Beethoven’s Symphony #5, among other works.

Visited a bow-maker’s workshop.

Listened to music, sang at home and at church.

Began piano lessons.

Visited the Barnes art collection.

Using books and other models, continued to work on drawing skills, crafts with clay, fabric, other materials.

Earned Girl Scout’s sewing badge.

Participated in Girl Scout activity teaching collage art to younger (Brownie) scouts.

Read Beatrix Potter by Elizabeth Buchan


Anonymous said...


Very impressive!! Wow you guys have done a lot this year.

They have a very long list of books read or used . . .

I was inspired by your list of books. Sophia keeps a list of books she has read but I have been negligent as I know my library keeps a log of books I have checked out. However, I hadn't looked at the list for a while and was curious if it kept a running tally on the number. This would include audio books as well.

The library has been keeping count since the end of October 2005. Since that time we have checked out 1122 books!!!

Wow!! Even I didn't realize it was that many and that's not counting what I buy from Amazon and elsewhere every year!! I guess we have covered a lot more material than I thought!! Mary

SmallWorld at Home said...

This is SO on my list of things-to-do: make out the kids "portfolio" from this past year! BTW, I think my girl and yours would be fast friends.

Mrs. Darling said...

I know this sounds weird but I wish Oregon required portfolios. They're so validating somehow!

Great job you all did!!

Marbel said...

Oh, yikes, don't be impressed.

I do love having the list of books read. A while back I gave the kids a notebook to log their own books but they just hated it. Why is that, I wonder. I would love to have a list of books that I'd read throughout my life. Like birdwatchers and their life lists.

Mrs D., I have to admit I am glad I was forced to do this. Of course some of this stuff sounds bigger than it is. Most of the stuff in "safety education" was accomplished via Cub Scout meetings that E sat in on.

But, it is nice to be able to look back and see that we did do something. In Oregon all we had to show - physically - for our efforts was a filled-in math book and a few little projects. We are just not producers!

Barbara Frank said...

This list should be mandatory reading for those people that say homeschoolers just sit around and watch tv all day!

BTW, my girls didn't like Nancy Drew, either, and I had a pretty large collection of the books. But I'm saving them in case I get a granddaughter someday who will appreciate them :)

Sandy said...

My girls aren't all that into Nancy Drew either. I was a Trixie Belden fan myself. I don't believe I've ever read a Nancy Drew. Not into mysteries.

My daughter loved Baby Island. Not very realistic, but very cute. Little girls want to be mommies.

I'm wondering if we kept a list like this all year if we would do more field trips. We're planning to see King Tut when he comes to town. How was it?

Marbel said...

Oh Mrs. Smallworld, I have thought that many times when I've read of your girl's activities!

Sandy, we loved the King Tut exhibit. It was very much worth the time and money.

Linda Tagliaferro said...

Hi, It's Linda Tagliaferro here. Thanks so much for reading --and listing--my book, "Palace of Versailles" on your blog. You might want to see some of my other books at my website,

btw, my now-grown son was homeschooled until he went to college. Glad to hear that homeschooling is alive and well.