Category Archives: Around the Table

Recommended Courses to take in High School

It is that time of year when we are planning for the next school year.  If you have a child in Jr High or going into High school, you are about to walk into new territory if it is your first time.

I have found a website that has helped me as I plan what my high school kids need to do in their last few years of school.  Home Scholar is a very useful site that I encourage you to wander around on.

Here is an article she wrote to help you know what courses your high school kids will need.

One of the key convictions of homeschooling is that parents know the best way to educate their children. A parent’s knowledge about their student’s learning style can help them in selecting the courses they should take in high school. Homeschooling in high school is very efficient and there is time to give your children an education that has breadth and depth. Here is a list of recommended courses to take in high school. Courses that colleges look for in their applicants. As you read it, think about how you can incorporate these subjects into your homeschool.

To read the rest of Lee Binz article go to Home Scholar. com

Great List of Freebies

My friend Cindy Downes sent me this list of freebie stuff to use in our school.

We are all having to find ways to cut back or not spend money at all so I thought this would help.  I have my own list of way to save money in your school that I will post very soon.

Until then, here is this list.

Click Recession Proof your Homeschool.


Free Homeschool Transcript Template

I found this & just had to pass it on!  It is a transcript template (EXCEL version) that is so easy to use.  Just fill in the fields & it does all the work for you of averaging grades & such.

Create professional homeschool transcripts easily!
Download PEAH’s Free Homeschool Transcript Template

Free Israel Unit Study

Here she goes again…

Terri Johnson at Knowledge Quest has most graciously shared with us another one of her unit studies.  This one is on Israel.  These are simple & yet a lot of fun.


Go to Knowlege Quest to get the Unit Study.

If you subscribe to her newsletter, she will send you a link to her “Around the World” unit study.  Her website & blog is full of lots of freebies (& who doesn’t love that!).

Free Social Studies Lesson Plans

I have all kinds of free stuff for you today.


The American heritage Education Foundation has K-12 lesson plans on CD-Rom available for free($150 value).  I checked it out & ordered a few weeks ago & just got my CD in the mail this week.  Go to their site & request your own CD.

Free Lesson Plans!

America’s Heritage:  An Adventure in Liberty is a tested lesson plan resource and supplement for Kindergarten-12th grade teachers of social studies, U. S. history, U. S. government, political science, economics, geography, speech, and/or related subjects. Written by fellow teachers, the resource consists of age-appropriate and modifiable lesson plans grouped into three separate books according to level: elementary, middle, and high school. Each elementary school lesson plan correlates practically with the nationally applicable Core Knowledge Skills (grades K-6) (national edition) and/or Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) objectives (Texas edition).  Each middle and high school lesson plan correlates with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) standards (national edition), TEKS objectives, and/or Project CLEAR objectives (Texas edition).  All lessons emphasize one or more themes of freedom, unity, progress, and responsibility.

Free Canada Unit Study

If you are trying to focus more on geography this year as I am, then you will really like what Terri at Knowledge Quest has for you.  She has written a nice little study on Canada & she is sharing with us for free, all of her hard work.

Click for Canada Unit Study


Go to her site, she has lots of other free stuff there that you will really like to use for geography.  Click on the map below to see what free downloads Terri has.