Homeschool Plans 2015, 13 Year Old Boy

Each new year brings with it fresh promise for the lofty plans we sometimes have in stall for our treasured children.  As I and my children grow I can see the fruits of our homeschooling and this propels me to search passionately for the best books I can manage to get my hands on.


Quite a few of the books I’ve selected may be used over a couple of years (some we have used this last year already) and sometimes only a part of a book or a passage even might be used, just so you know I’m not thinking we will get through every book, oh no. We start and see how we go, because there is a lot of life to fit in too. I don’t know about you but book choices have been know to change as the year progresses and a then there is always a  friend tells me about a great book that we just have to read.



Literature – Reading, Language – Talking, Listening, Viewing, Literacy – Writing

The Word Spy & Return of The Word Spy by Ursula Dubrovosky
Spelling Wisdom from Simply Charlotte Mason
Written Narrations

History – Middle Ages (c. 4th to 17th Century)

Depth Studies (we only have to choose 3) – Vikings, Medieval Europe, Mongol Expansion, Japan and The Shoguns, The Black Death in Asia, Europe and Africa.
Along with Simply Charlotte Mason’s ‘Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation and Epistles’ we are using:
Book of Centuries and Century Charts
Famous Men of The Middle Ages edited by Rob Shearer
Famous Men of the Renaissance and Reformation by Rob Shearer
Castle by David Macaulay
Cathedral by David Macaulay
Ink on His Fingers by Louise Vernon
The Bible Smuggler by Louise Vernon
The Beggars Bible by Louise Vernon
Story of The World Vol 2 Middle Ages Audiobook – these are great for travelling.
What In The World’s Going on Here? 2
The Magna Carta
In Freedom’s Cause by G A Henty (dramatised Audio)
The Life of King Alfred by Asser
Joan of Arc by Andrew Lang
Johannes Kelper from Great Astronomers
The Red Keep by Allen French
The Shining Company by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle
The White Stag by Kate Seredy
Commodore Perry and The Land of The Shoguns by Rhoda Blumberg
A Lion To Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla
False Coin, True Coin by Lois Hoadley Dick
A Parcel of Patterns by Jill Paton Walsh

Other Literature (really depends upon how much time we have, you know what it’s like)
Joan of Arc by Diane Stanley
Leonardo Da Vinci by Diane Stanley
Peter The Great by Diane Stanley
Mark Of The Lion series: Book I A Voice In The Wind, Book II An Echo In The Darkness, Book III As Sure As The Dawn by Francine Rivers
The Door In The Wall by Marguerite de Angeli ?
Viking Quest Book I Raiders From the Sea by L Johnson
The Giver by Lois Lowry
A Piece Of The Mountain: The Story of Blaise Pascal by Joyce McPherson

Working Scientifically, Earth and Space, Living World, Physics, Chemistry
Secrets of The Universe: Discovering The Universal Laws of Science by Paul Fleisher
Adventures With A Microscope by Richard Headstrom
Eric Sloane’s Weatherbook by Eric Sloane
First Studies of Plant Life by George Francis Atkinson
Great Astronomers by R S Ball
Signs and Seasons: Understanding the Elements of Classical Astronomy by Jay Ryan
Exploring The History of Medicine by John Hudson Tiner

Nature Study
The Life Of The Spider by Jean Henri Fabre
Handbook of Nature Study by A Comstock
Australian Nature Studies by J A Leach (Australian)
A Bush Calendar by Amy E Mack (Australian)
Bush Days by Amy E Mack (Australian)

Geography Enquiry and Skills, Landforms and Landscapes, Changing Nations
Around The World in A Hundred Years by Jean Fritz
Map Work
William Booth by David Bennett
How The Heather Looks by Joan Bodger

The Story of Painting
God and The History of Art
Art Co-op (fortnightly)
Piano Lessons

English From The Roots Up

The Fallacy Detective by Nathaniel Bluedorn

MEP Mathematical Enhancement Programme 7/8

Design and Technology
Computer generated Art, Films, Projects
Khan Academy
CODE – Intro Computer Science, Javascript, ipad apps, Python Programming, Learn HTML,
Computer co-op!

Bible, Personal Development Health & Physical Education
GOAL Bible Study Journal by Sonya ShaferLife In The Word by Sonya ShaferDiscovering Doctrine by Sonya Shafer
How To Be Your Own Selfish Pig by Susan Shaeffer Macualey
Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Brand & Yancey
Bike Riding, Motor Bike Riding, Boating, Water Skiing, Golf, Surfing.


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    1. Hey there Kendra, that was last year’s books, so we have using nearly all of those. How T Be Your Own Selfish Pig, I wouldn’t recommend that for that age even though we did it. I would recommend it for 15 years and older maybe. I just think it’s one of those things that could of waited. It was thought provoking, I. Can’t say a favourite but it was ok.


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