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The youngest is easy. Workbooks. You can always find lots of workbooks for 5th grade and below, easy. The oldest--not so much. 8th Grade material is not always so easy to find. And there is the boredom factor. Favorite book series right now---anything by Erin Hunter.

So I found the following textbooks lying around at various thrift stores.
1. Write From the Start, which appears to be a college workbook for English and Writing for a local community college.
2. Glencoe: Biology, Living Systems. Science textbook for biology.
3. The Story of English by McCrum, Cran and MacNeil.
and some time ago, I picked up textbooks for The American Journey--AM History.

We are still behind on math, but catching up.

And I am generating worksheets that explore concepts of politics, and religion in the Science Fiction novel Dune. It's also a great source of vocabulary words. The eldest likes this book, so I figured why not utilize it as part of our work.

So why explore the interplay of politics and religion in Sci Fi? Because it's a great way to jump into the mess that exists within our own political system. This is a nice return to regular eclectic home schooling. We tried a charter school through the state and it was not to our liking at all. I am so glad that is not our only option to home school.


  1. aselvarial's Avatar
    Oh the Dune series! My husband and I are huge Dune fans! It's an awesome set of series for exploring religion and politics. (Do yourself a favor though and stay away from the extended universe. the butlerian jihad books were terrible). Sci-fi is a great way to explore the world.
  2. Diggerbee's Avatar
    Too Late--I devoured the Butlerian Jihad series. Maybe they were terrible, but they were still dune. Oh my addiction runs deep with that series. Working through 1632 right now. Haven't made up my mind about that one.
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