Posie Plan

This is just a “note to self”.  Lists of potential plans for Posie.  This year’s plan has already been posted, so these are just reminders for next year’s planning time, in case I forget some of the tentative decisions that have already been made.


18/19- Revised Common Lectionary (RCL), 19/20- RCL, 20/21- RCL & Cloud of Witness (CW), 21/22- RCL & CW, 22/23- RCL & CW, 23/24- RCL & CW


This subject is tricky.  She’s had a great year with Saxon, but would like to switch back to Teaching Textbooks for 7th grade.  Once we see which one she likes best, we’ll know which curriculum will fill in this blank for the duration, unless with throw in some Jacobs’ for good measure.


Lit lists are a combination of lists pulled from Simply Charlotte Mason and Memoria Press, plus a few books that her older siblings enjoyed along the way.


18/19- If It Is To Be, It Is, Up to Me to Do It, 19/20- Essentials B, 20/21- Essentials C, 21/22- PZ Advanced, 22/23- PZ Advanced

Compositions with Friends (translation:  we might use these in a co-op setting, otherwise, probably not.  Just good ol’ written narrations.)

18/19- IEW Geography, 19/20- IEW Bible, 20/21- IEW Medieval, 21/22- IEW World History, 22/23- IEW American, 23/24- IEW Research Paper

IEW’s Advanced Communications Series 23/24


18/19- Texas, 19/20- ACB FM Greece, 20/21- RRR FM Rome, 21/22- WWW FM Modern Times, 22/23- American History 1, 23/24- American History 2


Being CM fanatics, we have mixed feelings about Apologia Science at our house, but if we study science with friends in a co-op setting, this is the order in which we plan to study it.

18/19- CLP & John Muir Laws, 19/20- General, 20/21- Physical, 21/22- Biology, 22/23- Marine Biology, 23/24 Chemistry


18/19- General, 19/20- Physical, 20/21- Biology, 21/22- Marine Biology, 22/23- Chemistry, 23/24- Anatomy & Physiology

Composers/Picture Study/Nature Study

John Muir Laws, Ambleside Online for the duration


18/19- AO Anthology, 19/20- Linguistic… Level 3, 20/21- Roar from the Other Side, 21/22- Poetry & Short Stories (Classical Teacher), 22/23- Our Country’s Founders, by Bennett, 23/24- Poets of choice

Foreign Language

French has been paused for a study of Spanish for three years, then a return to 3 years of French.  Spanish resources will be purchased through Classical Academic Press, most likely, and Talk Box Mom.  French will be a continuation of Mission Monde resources.  Both will include CM suggestions of listening/speaking, reading/writing, and choosing children’s literature written in those languages.


18/19- Penny Candy, 19/20- Justice and LCC, 20/21- Books, 21/22- $Mystery, and Clipper Ship, 22/23- Notgrass Economics, 23/24-“Economics in One Easy Lesson”


18/19-State outline & study candidates/propositions, 19/20- Speech & Debate resources, 20/21- Uncle Eric’s Ancient Rome & study candidates/propositions, 21/22- Notgrass Government. 22/23- study candidates/propositions, 23/24- THSC Citizenship program

Personal Development

18/19- Ourselves Pt 1A, 19/20- Ourselves Pt. 1B, 20/21- Ourselves Pt. 2A, 21/22- Ourselves Pts. 2B, 22/23- The Holy War, 23/24- The Holy War


4H*, Our Mother Tongue, SCM Business, Dave Ramsey, AOP Computer, review of Essentials

4H will most likely play a big role in the rest of Posie’s education at home.  Archery and photography are on the list as the minimum this year.  Food & Nutrition Projects and Food Challenge may be added, if time permits.


Simply Charlotte Mason


America’s Musical Heritage (Memoria Press), Diana Warings’ American history music resources, and Ballads of American History (Memoria Press) will be used over the next 6 years.


Drama will be added once she receives the call.

A study of Josephus’ works will be a possibility in 20/21.

22/23 will include 200 questions about American History (Memoria Press).





Planning for a New Year

I’ve been planning Posie’s next year while she finishes up the last little details of 2017-18.  Studying year ’round means less boredom during the summer, even if it’s only the last bit of the 3Rs.  Composition books are her handy friends for every subject.  They work well for her copywork, dictation, narration, math, and all manner of scribbles and keeping.  These slender stashes of paper have been an efficient and frugal way to record learning for quite a while now. They will be the go-to for most, if not all of Posie’s studies again next year.

On tap for 2018-19?  Texas history, geography, and most likely Apologia’s General Science.

The guide I’m referring to while planning Texas history lessons provides suggestions for learning with books, surfing websites, and traveling to interesting locations in our great state.  Check out the book at the following link:

A Gentle Tour through Texas History

With friends, we may use these guides/curricula:

Geography through Literature Study Guide

Geography Based Writing Lessons

Exploring Creation with General Science

Other resources to be used during the year will include:

Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings

Posie will forge into a new language this year.  French will sit on the sidelines in a state of review instead of being a full blown study.  With a possible mission trip in the works for two years from now, she’ll have time to become very familiar with Spanish.  Resources to consider at this point include a couple of options, or a combination of them.

Spanish for Children

Talk Box Mom Spanish

Literature and read aloud choices will be chosen from SCM and Memoria Press.


Ambleside Online will be an inspiration for the following:

Art Study

Nature Study



Hymn Study continues to be lined out by a favorite Simply Charlotte Mason resource.

A two year study of composer’s will be completed during the coming year.  I spread “short sessions on the lives, times, and music of the Great Composers” over two years after making a chronological birth order list of the composers found in Meet the Great Composers Book One and Book Two.  The first year was wonderful and the second will be a familiar enjoyment.

Piano lessons and guitar lessons will be weekly events and Posie will add 4-H to her adventures this year, too.  Archery and photography are at the top of the list of 4-H pursuits, with more to be added down the line.

This year begins the spread out plans for her study of Economics.  Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? will part of our Morning Meeting from time to time during the year.

We’ll be studying Ourselves this year, which is something new for us to enjoy together.

Lastly, an exciting new-to-us resource for art/nature study, is an online website which teaches how to draw plants, birds, and mammalsJohn Muir Laws will be an encouragement for us to continue our ongoing nature journals.

As for me, I have set aside time to begin rereading Charlotte Mason’s Original Home Schooling Series this year.  I read parts of it years ago, have had two Pink sets come into our home to be given away later to others, and happily received a new set from the Biology Man just a couple of weeks ago.  I plan to continue listening to podcast episodes at A Delectable Education, too.  Reading blog posts at Charlotte Mason Poetry and the Charlotte Mason Institute keep me focused and encouraged, so they will be sprinkled into my days as they are posted and time permits.

It looks like a huge feast is being spread for the year.  And, we shall drink tea!


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CC Day

“At two hours after midnight appeared the land….”

Christopher Columbus, October 12, 1492

Captain‘s Log entry

Today, Columbus Day, 2017, Howdy begins his last study of American History before graduation.  He has chosen a textbook as a spine.  With activities and tests, United States History for Christian Schools, will be an additional glimpse into classroom life.  He’s already found chemistry with a text to be a challenge, but he has learned to manage his time fairly well and can now add this extra textbook study into his daily routine.

Interestingly enough, the book opens with the above quote by Christopher Columbus, so it’s a nice way to commemorate the day.

A Recipe for Next Year

Sigh!  I missed out on ordering boxes of apples to put up for this year.  That Harvey derailed my usual planning and preparing.  So, I didn’t have my own apples on hand for recipes.  Although…we did slice some store bought aged apples to dip in honey.

Today, I bought all sorts of apples at the store.  Not my favorite place to purchase them, but I’m missing my usual habit and regret the fact that I didn’t make apple honey challah last week.  Sniff.  I’ve got to remember to read my own past posts from time to time.

Posie is baking an apple dump cake this afternoon and I decided to snoop around to find a recipe to save for next year.  Thank you, Dena!  I love your blog and this recipe looks like it will be posted in my “notes for next year” section of my calendar.