the top 11 curriculum choices for high school students

back to school

School is just around the corner! Here are some suggestions for top curriculum choices for high schoolers:

Math:

Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1

Literature/Language Arts:

Skills for Literary Analysis – James Stobaugh (Master Books) Note: this book is written for seventh and eighth grade. However, it is extremely thorough and would be excellent for ninth grade.

Creative Writing:

Wordsmith Craftsman (Common Sense Press)

Science:

Exploring Creation With Biology (Apologia)

History:

World History and Cultures in Christian Perspective (Abeka)

Civics:

Constitutional Literacy (Apologia) Note: Be sure to purchase the DVDs that accompany the workbook.

Government:

American Government in Christian Perspective (Abeka)

Bible Study:

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist Curriculum by Frank Turrek and Chuck Winter (Apologia)

Vocabulary:

Vocabulary from Classical Roots (Educators Publishing Service)

Psychology

Psychology: A Christian Perspective by Tim Rice (Homeschool Psych)

Health

Total Health: Choices for A Winning Lifestyle by Susan Boe (Purposeful Design Publications)

Best online classes:

Schoolhouseteachers.com Provides online classes for preschool through high school with everything in between and in nearly every subject.

Best go-to website for everything homeschool:

HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association) includes homeschool laws for each state, consultants, forms and sample letters, and current information regarding homeschooling issues.

What are some of your favorite curriculum items?

13 ways to help someone going through a difficult time

Wen my husband had open heart surgery a year-and-a-half ago, we found out quickly who are true friends were. Our immediate and extended family stood by our side, even through the numerous complications my husband faced (and continues to face). Friends, some whom we didn’t even know very well, were the first to “step up to the plate” when a need arose.

So many people blessed us during that time that we will be forever grateful.

How can you help someone going through a difficult time?

  1. Pray. And not only praying for the person in need, but also praying with them. Take a moment and lift up that person and their needs to the Lord. Several people did this for us, whether in person or by telephone, and it meant a lot.praying-3
  2. Make contact. I was surprised when I heard from a few people long after the surgery that they didn’t want to “bother us” while we were going through our difficult time. The worst thing you can do for someone going through a difficult time is to avoid contact. This is when they need you the most.
  3. Investigate. How can you help? Do they need meals? Grocery delivery? Kids taken to an extra-curricular activity? The car filled up with gas for their next doctor’s appointment?groceries
  4. Be specific. Instead of saying, “let me know if you need anything,” which leaves the person in need an easy-way-out of not asking, say, “what can I do to help?” Or “I’m going grocery shopping later today. What can I pick up for you?”
  5. Check in often. One of our dearest friends checked in a couple times a week just to let us know she was thinking about us and continuing to pray. A quick text or phone call means a lot, as does a traditionally-mailed card.telephone-call
  6. Don’t make it about you. This isn’t the time to place the guilt on the person in need because they aren’t able to have lunch with you as often as you’d like.
  7. Don’t stop caring. How many times do we stop helping someone going through a lengthy crisis long before they stop needing our help? Be there for the long haul.
  8. Think of the little things. We hear a lot about the mowing of yards or the shoveling of driveways. But what about the little things? Picking up their mail or newspaper while they are out of town overnight at the hospital, for instance. A friend of ours offered to water our newly-planted trees. That gesture was such a blessing to us.mail
  9. Be mindful of those with chronic illness. Three family members of mine suffer from chronic illness. It’s a day-to-day never-ending struggle with intense pain for each of them. Be there for them, even if they just need to talk.
  10. Don’t give unsolicited advice. Or pressure them into a supposed “cure-all” for their circumstance or illness. I.e., “If you would only take these special supplements, you would be cured of your heart issue.”
  11. Offer some respite. Know a newly-divorced mom? Offer to babysit her children while she tends to important matters. Know an exhausted caregiver? Offer to assist where needed.
  12. Be a listening ear through the grief. Know someone who has recently lost a loved one? Be a listening ear through the sadness and the memories.SONY DSC
  13. Help monetarily. If you know the person in need has accumulated numerous medical bills or is off work for any length of time, a small donation is always welcome.

What ways have you extended help to someone in need? Have you ever been on the receiving end of extraordinary kindness while going through a difficult time?

Merry Christmas!

From my family to yours…I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

I wanted to share a verse we found inside a Christmas card we received this year:

His destiny was the cross…
His purpose was love…
His reason was you. ~ Author Unknown

May your Christmas be filled with love, hope, joy, and a constant reminder of the real reason for this wonderful time of year! Merry CHRISTmas!

 

She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins ~ Matthew 1:21

 

 

Gluten free delicious no bake cookies

Today I thought I would share with you a favorite family recipe.  We are a family with multiple food allergies, so this recipe has been modified to be gluten free and milk free (we can have butter in moderation). If necessary, it can be modified back to include regular milk.

Gluten Free Delicious No Bake Cookies

Combine in a large pan and boil for one minute the following ingredients:

2 c. sugar

1/2 c. rice milk (we use Rice Dream)

1/4 c. cocoa (gluten free/dairy free brand)

1/2 c. butter

Add until smooth

1 tsp. vanilla

1/3 c. peanut butter (if you have peanut allergies, use sunbutter instead)

Remove from heat and and add –

3 c. oatmeal (gluten free brand)

Stir and drop by tablespoon on a cookie sheet. Cool in the refrigerator before enjoying.

Yield: 18-20 cookies.

And now for a funny story that correlates to the above recipe…

Last Wednesday I made my husband Lon his favorite cookies – the above-referenced no-bakes. I didn’t realize he had a checkup at the doctor’s office that day to renew his CDL. Needless to say, Lon has to go back and have a blood test before they’ll issue the CDL because his sugar levels were off the charts. Hmmmm. After some prodding, he admitted to me that he ate 14 no-bakes in the couple hours before his physical, LOL!

Don’t forget to check out my recipe for the best ever gluten free pumpkin bars at https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/scrumptious-gluten-freeegg-free-pumpkin-bars/