Online Homeschool Curriculum - Sample Lessons

Adventures in Art History

Grade: Kindergarten

Duration: 36 weeks

Children study the masterworks of Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, Sandro Botticelli, Mary Cassatt, Vincent van Gogh, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and Georges Seurat. Children study one master artist for several weeks with one new work introduced weekly. This course provides lesson guides with descriptions, vocabulary, concepts, review questions, and enrichment activities for all 36 works.

Classical Music for the Seasons

Grade: Kindergarten

Duration: 36 weeks

Kindergarten music captures the magic of the seasons. Children will enjoy shivering to spooky music, dancing to Christmas melodies, huddling from stormy musical concoctions, and skipping to renewing spring compositions. Lesson guides with directions, synopses, enrichment activities, and review questions accompany each of the 36 musical selections. All of the music is included on the website. Just click a button and enjoy!

The Poetry of Mother Goose

Grade: Kindergarten

Duration: 36 weeks

Mother Goose poems provide children an enchanting first venture into the world of rhyme and poetry. Well-known favorites such as Rain, Jack, Wee-Willie, Pat-A-Cake, If Wishes Were Horses, and Humpty Dumpty are joined by other lovely poems including Bees, Pippen Hill, and Pussy-cat and Queen. This course provides audio recordings, lesson guides, coloring pages, and copywork for all included 108 poems.

Stories of Dragons, Dollies, and Bunnies

Grade: Kindergarten

Duration: 36 weeks

Kindergarten prose includes charming tales of friendship, loyalty, perseverance, and adventure. The website integrates story text, pictures, and audio readings. Featured books include My Father's Dragon, The Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter, Raggedy Ann Stories, Raggedy Andy Stories, The Velveteen Rabbit, and Uncle Wiggily's Adventures. This course provides lesson guides with descriptions, vocabulary, concepts, review questions, and enrichment activities for all stories.

Text Books of Art Education I

Grade: Kindergarten

Duration: 36 weeks

Studio art provides hands-on opportunities to create novel artwork such as paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Kindergarten studio art adapts 'Text Books of Art Education (Volume I)', the first book in a 7-volume set of textbooks created in the early 19th century via conferences and consultations with art education experts. Leading art teachers and educators in large public school systems and universities such as Harvard helped to create the textbook. Supplies needed to complete the course are minimal and inexpensive. Pencils, crayons, markers, paper in a variety of colors, washable acrylic paints, paintbrushes, polymer clay or oven-hardening clay, and dish soap or bubble solution are all children require.

McGuffey's Eclectic Primer Copywork and Tracework

Grade: Kindergarten

Duration: Child-dependent

Kindergarten writing provides a printable 63-page tracework book and a printable 96-page copywork book to reinforce the provided McGuffey's Eclectic Primer reading lessons. Some children might start with tracework. Others may immediately be ready for copywork. Convenient links to the relevant copywork pages are provided within the reading lesson guides.

Word Mastery

Grade: Kindergarten

Duration: Child-dependent

The book at the heart of this course was devised to be used for the first three years of education in conjunction with a series of readers (e.g. McGuffey’s, Treadwell’s). Phonics, associating sounds with letters and blending those sounds into words, provide children with a foundation to decipher novel words. The author of the book evolved this system of teaching phonics in her own schoolroom and used it with great success. This method incorporates four activities: 1) Ear Training, 2) Tongue Training, 3) Eye Training, and 4) Word Building. Keep in mind that the one important thing is to teach each step thoroughly. (Paraphrased from the author.) Letter tiles (A-Z and a-z with multiples of the common letters) are suggested for use in this course, but not required. You may either purchase tiles or make them yourself out of heavy duty paper or cardboard.

McGuffey's Eclectic Primer

Grade: Kindergarten

Duration: Child-dependent

This course integrates texts and audio recordings of McGuffey's Eclectic Primer to provide a time-tested reading curriculum with no additional textbook costs. McGuffey Readers were used in American schools for over a century. This course provides teaching guides with instructions on how to teach each of the 52 lessons.

The Eclectic Manual of Methods

Grade: Kindergarten

Duration: Child-dependent

The kindergarten mathematics course provides four phases of step-by-step instructions for introducing primary-level arithmetic in preparation to begin Ray's Primary Arithmetic. Phase I teaches children to recognize groups of physical objects up to ten. Phase II drops physical objects and teaches children to combine and separate up to ten imaginary objects in their minds. In phase III, children combine and separate abstract numbers directly. Finally, in phase IV, children learn to write addition and subtraction equations. Teaching guides accompany all 56 lessons.

Painters Born in the 1800s

Grade: First

Duration: 36 weeks

Children study the masterworks of Henri Matisse, Georgia O'Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, Ivan Aivazovsky, Edward Burne-Jones, Robert Scott Duncanson, and Natalia Goncharova. Children study a single master artist for several weeks with one new work introduced weekly. This course provides lesson guides with descriptions, vocabulary, concepts, review questions, and enrichment activities for all 36 works.

Where We Live: A Home Geography Part I

Grade: First

Duration: 36 weeks

Children first study the geography of the familiar stomping grounds surrounding their homes before expanding to explore the far-off reaches of the world. Children study and map the places they are most acquainted with: their bedrooms, their homes, their neighborhood streets, and their cities.

Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans

Grade: First

Duration: 36 weeks

The first grade history course focuses on intriguing stories of the noble bravery of leaders, the daring discoveries of explorers, the ingenuity of inventors, and the unimaginable achievements of scholars and scientists. Tracework, coloring pages, and lesson guides with synopses, vocabulary words, concepts, review questions, and enrichment activities are provided for all 48 stories.

Classical Music in Pictures

Grade: First

Duration: 36 weeks

This course continues the study of classical music in a pictorial way, combining music with famous works of art. Compositions inspired by art, poetry, and concrete places and things from Modest Mussorgsky, Gustav Holst, Frédéric Chopin, John Philip Sousa, Claude Debussy, and Edvard Grieg are featured this year. The ultimate aim is for children to enjoy classical music and to become familiar with master composers and their works. Lesson guides with directions, synopses, enrichment activities, and review questions accompany all 36 musical selections. All of the music is included on the website. Just click a button and enjoy!

Poetry of Fables, Fairies, and Fauna

Grade: First

Duration: 36 weeks

This course features child-friendly poetry of lyrical fables, green hills, blue mountains, burbling streams, chirping birds, starry-night, sea-foam, colorful flowers, fanciful fairies, haunting dreams, and sweet home! Enjoy the captivating, charming, and sometimes spine-tingling works of famous poets such as Jean de La Fontaine, William Allingham, Henry W. Longfellow, and Edgar Allan Poe. This course provides audio recordings, lesson guides, coloring pages, and copywork for all included 72 poems.

Stories of Whimsical Adventure

Grade: First

Duration: 36 weeks

Children travel to Africa and cure sick monkeys with Dr. Dolittle in ‘The Story of Dr. Dolittle’, take a wild car ride with Toad in ‘The Wind in the Willows’, and explore subterranean caverns with Princess Irene in ‘The Princess and the Goblin’. This course integrates text with audio and provides lesson guides with descriptions, vocabulary, concepts, review questions, and enrichment activities for all stories.

Peter and Polly Series

Grade: First

Duration: 36 weeks

First grade science focuses on building reading, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. The 'Peter and Polly' series features the lives of two young farm children in the early 1900s. The stories incorporate the flora, fauna, and seasonal events in a small farming community. This course provides lesson guides with descriptions, vocabulary, scientific concepts, review questions, and science-themed enrichment activities for all 36 stories.

Drawing 2D and 3D Shapes

Grade: First

Duration: 36 weeks

This course focuses on intersections between art and math - drawing lines and shapes. To balance structure while still allowing creativity and imagination to flourish, each lesson enables children to first practice drawing lines and shapes before using their new skills to create novel artwork. Famous works of art that incorporate the studied shapes illustrate and inspire. Supplies needed to complete the 36 exercises are minimal and inexpensive. Sculpting clay or Play-Doh, a ruler, drawing paper, and drawing implements such as pencils, pens, and markers are all children require to complete these lessons.

McGuffey's First Eclectic Reader Copywork

Grade: First

Duration: Child-dependent

This course provides a 191-page printable copywork book to reinforce McGuffey's First Eclectic Reader. Convenient links to relevant copywork pages are provided within reading lesson guides.

McGuffey's First Eclectic Reader

Grade: First

Duration: Child-dependent

This course integrates text and audio recordings of McGuffey's First Eclectic Reader to provide a time-tested reading curriculum with no additional textbook costs. McGuffey Readers were used in American schools for over a century. This course provides teaching guides with instructions on how to teach each of the 63 lessons.

Ray's New Primary Arithmetic

Grade: First

Duration: Child-dependent

The Ray's New Primary Arithmetic textbook covers addition, counting, skip counting, subtraction, multiplication, division, money, and time. Teaching guides accompany all 132 lessons. Using a 10x10 abacus to demonstrate multiplication and division operations may be helpful, although it is not required. Look for one with two colors of beads (5 and 5) on each row. Inexpensive ones can be found online for around $10.00. This course changes the order of certain lessons, expands certain lessons (money and time), and removes antiquated lessons toward the end of the book.

Where We Live: A Home Geography Part II

Grade: Second

Duration: 36 weeks

Children expand outward from their homes and communities to continue their study of Geography. Children study the four cardinal directions, the animals, the plants, the people, and the major landforms and divisions of the Earth. Children also draw maps of the world and plot courses across the great oceans. Notebook work accompanies all 54 lessons.

From Ancient Man to American Adventure

Grade: Second

Duration: 36 weeks

Second grade history incorporates the study of both American history and world history. In American history, students learn about American Indian life, frontier peril and escape, colonial pirate adventures, daring Revolutionary feats, dangerous whaling voyages, scientific exploration, and encounters with wild beasts. In world history, students study the earliest development of civilization along the banks of the Nile and the Mediterranean and in the fertile valley of Mesopotamia. This course provides lesson guides with descriptions, vocabulary, concepts, review questions, and enrichment activities for all 53 lessons.

Poets of Nature, Revelry, and Rhyme

Grade: Second

Duration: 36 weeks

Delight in the child-friendly poetry of Lewis Carroll, James Whitcomb Riley, Mary Austin, Eugene Field, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Abbie Farwell Brown, and Sara Teasdale. Eat oysters with the walrus and the carpenter, learn about goblins from Little Orphant Annie, visit old Peter Prairie-Dog in Prairie-Dog Town, and maroon yourself with pirates on Dead Man's Chest Island. Children study each poet and their poetry over a five-week period. This course provides audio recordings, lesson guides, coloring pages, print copywork, and script tracework for all 40 poems.

Art Around the World

Grade: Second

Duration: 36 weeks

Children study artists from around the world. Countries include Japan, India, Persia, China, Egypt, Venezuela, Mexico, Australia, and South Africa. Children study one master artist or country for four weeks with one new work introduced weekly. This course provides lesson guides with descriptions, vocabulary, concepts, review questions, and enrichment activities for all 36 works.

Plucky Strings and Peppy Percussion

Grade: Second

Duration: 36 weeks

Second grade music features twenty string, keyboard, and percussion instruments. Selected musical compositions, sound clips, and artwork highlight the featured instruments. Instruments include the violin, the cello, the viola, the piano, the harp, the snare drum, and the xylophone. Lesson guides with directions, synopses, enrichment activities, and review questions accompany all 36 musical selections. All of the music is included on the website. Just click a button and enjoy!

First Year Drawing

Grade: Second

Duration: 36 weeks

First year drawing focuses on object drawing, position, direction, and color. Students learn how to capture the relative positions of objects, how to draw objects in perspective, how to capture actions such as running and walking, how to draw in a two-handed rhythm, and how to produce even color washes. Materials required include pencils, crayons, drawing paper or a notebook, and a ruler.

Animal Nature Study

Grade: Second

Duration: 36 weeks

Animal nature study integrates classic fiction and non-fiction works by Anna Botsford Comstock, Clara Dillingham Pierson, and Thornton W. Burgess. Children listen to charming animal stories, study the appearance, behavior, and habitats of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, annelids, arachnids, crustaceans, and mollusks, venture outdoors on nature walks, and create a field journal.

Captivating Tales of Travel

Grade: Second

Duration: 36 weeks

Second grade prose features absorbing children's books chosen for their positive life lessons, their vocabulary-building diversity of language, and their inclusion of fast-paced, exotic adventures. The selected books have persisted over decades as true classics. Second grade prose whisks children away to the Yellow Brick Road and Emerald City in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, to the Mad Hatter’s tea party in Alice in Wonderland, and to the inside of a Dog-Fish in Pinocchio. The website integrates story text, pictures, and audio readings. This course provides lesson guides with descriptions, vocabulary, concepts, review questions, and enrichment activities for all stories.

Genres of Paintings

Grade: Third

Duration: 36 weeks

Children study and recreate a variety of painting genres including landscape, cityscape, seascape, still life, history, portrait, spaceart, genre, and wildlife. Children study one genre for four weeks with one new work introduced weekly. This course provides lesson guides with descriptions, vocabulary, concepts, review questions, and enrichment activities for all 36 works.

Our Place in the World

Grade: Third

Duration: 36 weeks

Geography may be divided into the geography of the home and the geography of the world at large. A knowledge of the home must be obtained by direct observation; of the rest of the world, through the imagination assisted by information. Ideas acquired by direct observation form a basis for imagining those things which are distant and unknown. Students delve into topics such as the water cycle, landforms, and the earth's place in the solar system.

Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare I

Grade: Third

Duration: 36 weeks

Third grade introduces the immortal bard using child-friendly retellings of twelve of Shakepeare's works including A Midsummer's Night Dream, The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice, and All's Well That Ends Well. Children create character maps, set the scene, construct simple costumes, order major plot events, and recite lines. This course begins preparation for the study of Shakespeare's plays in their original form. The website integrates story text, pictures, and audio readings. This course provides lesson guides with descriptions, vocabulary, concepts, review questions, and enrichment activities for all stories.