2014 Fall Happy Hearts

Marcus is a Liahona Warrior this year!
This is his second year as a distance student through the awesome Liahona Academy, which is an  LDS (Latter-day Saints)- based private school located in Utah.
Marcus is in the combined 5th/6th grade class and has the same teacher from last year, Sister Rowley. She is wonderful. She teaches reading, writing, history and science. These video classes are Monday through Thursday.
I continue to teach Marcus math, art, and anything else we choose to explore. We are just starting up a Greek mythology unit and after that we will be read Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days, and have a unit with that.
This year, the curriculum we are using for his Liahona classes are as follows:
The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History
Christian Kids Explore Physics
Learn Math Fast System Volume 2 (fractions, decimals & percentages)
Spelling Made Easy Connie Schenkelberg (includes 290 homonym groups)
Spelling Smart! Cynthia M. Stowe
A Reason for Handwriting: Cursive E

For our Greek mythology unit we are using this book:

Treasury of Greek Mythology
 And the rest of our curriculum is made up of junior novels, such as...
Hazzardous Universe by Julie Wright and Kevin Wasden

Marissa is a high school Junior (11th grade) this year. She is also a Liahona distance student. This year she is studying the following-
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

She has also been taking Seminary (an LDS youth scripture study course), driver's ed, a watercolor class and a veterinary course through the local high school. She finishes these classes in 2 weeks. She has these classes from approximately 9am until 1:20pm every weekday. They've been fun classes, and necessary for additional credits towards a diploma, but have made for an exhausting first semester for my sweet Marissa girl. We are looking forward to moving back to Lima, Peru, in just a few weeks because not only will we be living with my husband again (he's currently working on a project there), but Marissa's school load will be lightened considerably.

And that is how our homeschooling year is shaping up so far.


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