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Current and upcoming projects (scroll down for current offerings):
P.S. Some of the schedules aren't posted because they are being tweaked, worked on or I haven't gotten around to posting them yet. If you need one now, email me and I'll send it to you.
Check out our FREE ancient history! This is a year long literature based history study or homeschool supplement that uses either The Mystery of History or Story of the World as a spine. (We used both.)
Check out our FREE homeschool history! This is a year long literature based history study for grades 2-6, or as a homeschool supplement for grades K - middle school.
This free American history supplement / curriculum / program was originally written for the target grades of 2-8 (with a few extras for older students as well). It could possibly make an excellent supplement to any other American history curriculum (for a variety of ages) with plenty of "gravy" like worksheets, printables, links, extra reading, crafts, videos, lapbooks, activities and more.
Awesome History Timeline schedule - This is the schedule my son and I are currently working through. It covers history in a very visual and easy to follow, tweakable, CHRONOLOGICAL format that goes from 29 A.D. to today. It covers both world and American history (either of which can be used independently). It can be used with ANY age (even as an adult history reference) although my choices on it "as is" reflect Otter's age as he works his way through it. I LOVE it and we are currently working with it. It schedules in lots of various spines (pick and choose whichever you want), and all the other goodies my other schedules have (books, movies, and so on). It's...well...awesome, lol. You can use it by itself or very easily use it with anything else. Because it follows a chronological format, it's so easy to add in items.
The Awesome History Timeline Schedule includes the study of these time periods: The Dark Ages, Medieval history, Renassance and Reformation, The Age of Exploration, Early American History (with corresponding world history) and Modern History.
The History Shelf - Click here to visit The History Shelf! - While this is not a curriculum, you can get oodles of reading and video ideas for late roman times to the present for adults and children. I have thousands of suggestions laid out in a timeline format and more are being added all the time. Just pick the time you are studying and browse the selections.
Otter's Botany - A flexible botany curriculum I designed for a year of Otter's middle school science that is easily adapted to a variety of ages.
There is a one year and one semester option!
Otter's Science Curriculum: The Human Body
Join us on a FREE 33 week literature based tour through the human body, first aid and survival using "living books"!
Little Otter's Science is for preschoolers through 1st grade. This is a gentle, literature approach to science with simple experiments and activities.
Otter's Elementary Science is designed for 2nd to 6th graders though you could easily use this program for a student up to 8th grade. I've included a variety of engaging books, websites, activities and experiments for a fun filled year of study.
Big Otter's Science is for high schoolers. It can be a supplement to Otter's Elementary Science so you can combine your younger kids with bigger kids and still study the same subjects or it can also be used as a stand alone curriculum with plenty of labs, some great optional DVD's and a unit at the end on survival and first aid. *NEW COURSE being designed for the 2014-2015 school year.
Otter's Chemistry - One of our FAVORITE years of science. Otter learned and retained so much for this hands-on, interesting study.
Click here to see pictures of our year with Otter's Chemistry! Warning: Don't show it to your kids unless you want them to bug you to do it!
Otter's Physical Science Curriculum Schedule - Otter studied physical science in 7th grade. We used a combination of Apologia's Physical Science and Exploration Education's Physical Science Advanced. I added in a bunch of extras like living books, websites, printables and more.
In 2009, Otter completed Real Science-4-Kid's Physics book. I couldn't help but add to it though. In case anyone is planning on doing an elementary study of physics, I'm sharing the rough outline I created for an entire unit on physics incorporating the Real Science text, extra books, a few kits, songs, printables and some interactive websites. This outline was never meant to be shared, so it's a bit more rough than some of the other schedules I post, but hopefully it will be a help to someone!
Click to download the Microsoft Word document: Otter's Physics.
WinterPromise Sea & Sky Extras and "Gravy"
I've got lots of extras like literature, lapbooks, crafts, websites, videos and more scheduled to help make this study more rich and fun! Download the free schedule and check out the book section. You can also take a look at many of the crafts, activities and experiments we did while doing this Winter Promise history and science program.
Animals and Their Worlds Extras and "Gravy"
Check out our extras for this curriculum! We added in printables, websites, videos and more to the study of animals and their worlds as we went through the curriculum ourselves! Note: WinterPromise overhauled this particular study, however you should still be able to use the various extras I posted. They just may not track anymore with the schedule.
I've scheduled in all sorts of goodies for Otter's pre-algebra. Besides a proven text, there are all sorts of videos, games, printables and hands-on activities to help build a fun and firm foundation before moving on to algebra.
World Geography and Cultures We're sorry, but this section of our site is not available because....
I've worked with Winter Promise Publishing to take some of the scheduling from World Geography and Cultures and integrate it into a new older learner's guide to go with their Children Around the World program. You can purchase the guide from WinterPromise. Besides creating the schedule, I also created notebooking pages, student sheets and a "make a menu" project to help your student chronicle all of the great cultural recipes throughout the year.
This guide is not just a help for older learners...there are also lots of great video and resource suggestions to help make your world study richer for all ages.
Here's a little preview of some of the student sheets:
(er, kinda soon anyway... or one of these days or...
something like that)*
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