Homeschool High School – Human Anatomy & Genetics

Homeschooling all the way through high school gives us a lot more flexibility for choosing subjects and resources for earning high school credit. We combined human anatomy and genetics to create a course for meeting health credit. We combined online classes, videos, books, and a couple hands on kits.  The following is the list of resources we used to cover Human Anatomy & Genetics for high school credit.


  • “Neuroscience: It’s Not (Necessarily) Brain Surgery” by Dr. Mayim Bialik on Varsity Tutors (2 week online class)
  • “Germs, Viruses, and How Vaccines Stop The Microscopic Monsters” by Bill Nye on Varsity Tutors (2 hour online class)
  • “The Brainy Bunch: An Intro to the Anatomy of Your Brain” at Rice Splash virtual event with Rice University (1 hour online class)
  • “Heroes, Villains, & Sidekicks in Your Body: The Immune System” at Rice Splash virtual event with Rice University (1 hour online class)


  • “The Human Body: How We Fail, How We Heal” via The Great Courses (Dr. Anthony A. Goodman from Montana State University) for 24 30-minute lectures.
  • “Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Application” via The Great Courses (Dr. David Sadava from Claremont McKena, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges) for 24 30-minute lectures.
  • “The Amazing Human Body” by PBS & BBC
  • “Human Body” by  National Geographic
  • “Human Anatomy” by Aurora Lipper & Supercharged Science


  • “Looking Good, Feeling Good: From the Inside Out: Exploring Bone, Muscle, and Skin” by National INstitutes of Health and National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
  • “Rare Diseases” by  National Institutes of Health & Office of Rare Diseases Research
  • “How Your Brain Understands What Your Ears Hear” by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders, and Department of Health and Human Services
  • “Atlas of Human Anatomy” by Dr. Frank H. Netter
  • “The Structures of Life” by  US Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health, and National Institute of General Medical Services
  • “The New Genetics” by  US Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health, and National Institute of General Medical Services
  • “The Way We Work: Getting to Know the Amazing Human Body” by David Maccaulay
  • “The Color Atlas of Human Anatomy” by Dr. Petra Kopf-Maier
  • “Inside the Cell” by US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, & National Institute of General Medical Services
  • “The Human Body” by  Dr. Marie Rose
  • “Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones of the Hand, Arm, and Shoulder” (Book 1) by  Know Yourself Academy
  • “Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones of the Foot, Leg, and Pelvis” (Book 2) by Know Yourself Academy
  • “Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones of the Rib Cage and Spine” (Book 3) by Know Yourself Academy
  • “Dr. Bonyfide Presents Bones of the Head, Face, and Neck” (Book 4) by Know Yourself Academy
  • “Insides Out!” by Lucille M. Kayes
  • “The Body: Through The Microscope” by Lionel Bender
  • “Bones: Our Skeletal System” by Seymour Simon
  • “Muscles: Our Muscular System” by Seymour Simon
  • “The Heart: Our Circulatory System” by Seymour Simon
  • “The Brian: Our Nervous System” by Seymour Simon
  • “Eyes & Ears” by  Seymour Simon
  • “Human Body Detectives: The Lucky Escape” by Dr. Heather Manley
  • “Human Body Detectives: A Heart Pumping Adventures” by Dr. Heather Manley
  • “Human Body Detectives: Battle with the Bugs” by Dr. Heather Manley
  • “Look Into Your Body: All About you from the inside out” by  Reader’s Digest

Kits used:

  • “Squishy Human Body” by Smart Labs
  • ”DNA” by  ScienceWiz
  • “Genetics & DNA” by Thames & Kosmos

Homeschooling High School – World History: Understanding the Holocaust


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We are homeschooling all the way through high school which gives us a lot more flexibility for choosing subjects and resources for earning high school credit. We did an intense study of the Holocaust for World History.  We called our class “World History: Understanding the Holocaust.”  We originally had a lot more historical sites to visit as part of our study but COVID resulted in all of our travel plans being canceled (no travel to Germany or Poland).  Thus, we had to hit the books and videos a lot heavier and took advantage of virtual tours.  The following is the list of resources we used to cover World History for high school credit.


  • My Jewish Learning   (has educational resources available online)
  • Virtual Library (has educational resources available online)
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (has educational resources available online) 
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage (has all of their holocaust curriculum available online)
  • Centre for Holocaust Education (classroom materials available online)


  • The Holocaust by Martin Gitlin
  • The Holocaust: The Origins, Events, and Remarkable Tales of Survival by Philip Steele
  • The Holocaust: In Their Own Words by Judy Bartel
  • World Almanac Library of the Holocaust: Origins of the Holocaust by David Downing
  • Moments in History: Why Did the Holocaust Happen? by Sean Sheehan
  • The Hidden Children by Howard Greenfeld


  • Holocaust: The Liberation of Auschwitz by Artsmagic
  • Holocaust: The Liberation of Majdanek by Artsmagic
  • Holocaust: Dachau and Sachsenhausen by Artsmagic
  • Holocaust: Theresienstadt by Artsmagic
  • The Diary of Anne Frank by BBC
  • Schindler’s List by Steven Spielberg
  • Holocaust: A History by Educational Video Network
  • Numbered by Know Productions
  • Heroes of the Holocaust: Tales of Resistance and Survival by The History Channel
  • Holocaust: Escape Tunnel by PBS & NOVA
  • Defying the Nazis: The Sharp’s War by PBS
  • The Auschwitz Trial by Rolf Bickel and Dietrich Wagner 
  • The Last Days by The Shoah Foundation & Steven Spielberg
  • The Hidden Child by PBS
  • Son of Saul bySony Pictures Classics
  • Otto Frank, Father of Anne by Pieter van Huystee Films
  • Yellow Stars of Tolerance by A JEMGLO Documentary & Dreamscape
  • The Book Thief by Fox 2000 Productions & Brian Percival
  • Nazi Collaborators by Shanachie Records & MMIX WHMR Productions
  • Shoah by Claude Lanzmann & New Yorker Films

Museums visited:

  • Holocaust Museum Houston (multiple times for various exhibits and special youth education events)
  • Diary of Anne Frank performance at Main Street Theater
  • Fiddler on the Roof performance at Inspiration Stage
  • Virtual Tour of Auschwitz/Birkenau
  • Virtual Tour of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Google’s Virtual Walk around Jewish Warsaw

Part of the reason for doing an intense study on the Holocaust was as a result of doing gemological research on my ancestors and my husband’s. I learned that many of our family surnames were documented in the Holocaust database as well as we had lots of broken branches of the family tree with no additional information. It is extremely hard to locate records on many of our German, Polish, and Bohemian ancestors due to both WWI and WII destruction combined with the millions killed during the Holocaust. My BIL first visited a concentration camp when he was in high school and found his family names there. A distant cousin of mine in Czechoslovakia informed me of the fates of extended family that stayed in Germany and Bohemia in the 1930s instead of leaving. Upon my research the following Surnames from our families were found in the Holocaust Museum database:

Hahn (2,400+)

Felda (3, another 13 with alternative spellings)

Janke (69)

Groth (39)

Jahns (20)

Stargardt (30)

Kaiser (1,300+)

Barta (523)

Krajnik (55, another 10 with alternative spellings)

Braun (9,300 +)

Meyer (6,200+)

Thomas (1,000+)

Papiniska (8)

When at the Houston Holocaust museum some of our family surnames are on display.  When watching historical documentaries filmed at several concentration camps, our family surnames are seen in the films. We know from family members who have visited the concentration and death camps, some of our family surnames are in those museums.  We know that some of our ancestors escaped to America before the worst of WWII and some came before the worst of WWI. The surnames of those that died or survived the holocaust are connected to siblings of our great grand parents and cousins of our great grand grandparents. We also know that we are not related to every single one of those with a shared name. We know from family tree research where the tree breaks. We actually have more family names in the database, but I’m only listing direct great grandparents connections.

The second reason for doing an intense study of the Holocaust is due to the fact that anti-Semitism continues as does Holocaust denial. In the US, 10% of Americans don’t know anything about the Holocaust or that it even happened and  50% didn’t know that over 6 million Jews were killed or that other groups were killed too (gypsies, ethnic Poles, ethnic Czechs, people of color, anyone with a disability, homosexuals, prisoners of wars, and anyone who they deemed a resistor).  Across the globe, 10% deny the holocaust even happened. Holocaust education is not mandated in all of the states and is taught differently depending on the city and state you live. Holocaust education matters in order to learn from it to prevent any form of racism, ethnic cleansing, or religious intolerance.

Homeschooling High School – Precalculus



We are homeschooling all the way through high school which gives us a lot more flexibility for choosing subjects and resources for earning high school credit. For Precalculus we combined Statistics & Probability, Trigonometry and Precalculus into one long course. The following is the list of resources we used to cover Precalculus for high school credit.



  • Trigonometry 7th Edition by Charles P. McKeague & Mark D. Turner
  • Precalculus 2nd Edition by Mark Dugopolski


  • The Probability And Statistics Tutor by the Math Tutor & Jason Gibson (10 hour DVD course)
  • The Trigonometry & Pre-Calculus Tutor by the Math Tutor & Jason Gibson (11 hour DVD course)

Homeschooling High School – US History



As homeschoolers who are homeschooling all the way through high school, we have a lot more flexibility for choosing subjects and resources for earning high school credit.  We called our class “US History: Slavery, Abolition, Civil War, & Civil Rights.”  We originally had a lot more historical sites to visit as part of our study but COVID resulted in all of our travel plans being canceled.  Thus, we had to hit the books and videos a lot heavier.  The following is the list of resources we used to cover US History for high school credit.

Online Programs:


  • John Lewis: Courage in Action by  Matt Doeden
  • John Lewis in the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement by Jim Haskins & Kathleen Benson
  • Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis by Jabari Asim
  • Heroes for Civil Rights by David A. Adler
  • Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement by Ann Bausum
  • Cornerstones of Freedom: Civil Rights Marches by Linda and Charles George
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi
  • We Are The Change: Words of Inspiration From Civil Rights Leaders by Chronicle Books & Harry Belafonte
  • The Reference Shelf: Racial Tension in a “Postracial” Age Volume 88, Number 1) by  H. W. Wilson & Grey House Publishing
  • Slavery: The Struggle for Freedom by James Meadows
  • Slavery: Real People and Their Stories of Enslavement by Reg Grant
  • Slavery: Bondage Throughout History by Richard Watkins
  • United States History (Texas Edition textbook) by Harcourt
  • Daring Women of the Civil War by Carin T. Ford
  • Escape from Slavery: The Boyhood of Frederick Douglass in His Own Words by Frederick Douglass, Michael McCurdy, & Coretta Scott King
  • The Victory is Won: Black Soldiers in the Civil War by Zak Mettger
  • The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War by Margaret E. Wagner
  • Us and Them: A History of Intolerance in America by Jim Carnes
  • Free At Last: A History of the Civil Rights Movement & Those Who Died in the Struggle by Teaching Tolerance
  • A Place at The Table: Struggles for Equality in America by Teaching Tolerance


  • Freedom Riders by American Experience & PBS
  • Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race, & America by First Run Features
  • 13th by Netflix Documentary
  • Selma by Harpo Productions
  • Freedom Song by Warner Brothers
  • Rosa Parks: First Lady of the Civil Rights by TMW Media Group
  • John Lewis: Get In The Way by PBS
  • Green Book by Participant Media
  • Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Disney
  • 12 Years A Slave by Steve McQueen & 20th Century Fox
  • The Hate U Give by 20th Century Fox
  • Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall & the NAACP by South Hill Films & PBS
  • Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story by Raymon De Felitta & Tribeca Films
  • Freedom Summer Mississippi 1964 by PBS & American Experience
  • \Voices of Civil Rights by The History Channel
  • Mississippi State Secrets by The History Channel
  • Crossing the Bridge by The History Channel
  • Ruby Bridges by Disney
  • John Lewis: Good Trouble by  Magnolia Pictures
  • Heroes of Freedom: Harriet Tubman & Rosa Parks by Lesson Booster
  • Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives by HBO Documentary Film
  • Amistad by Steven Spielberg
  • Slavery And The Making of America by PBS
  • Underground Railroad by The History Channel
  • Ethnic Notions by Marion Riggs & California Newsreel
  • Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North by Katrina Browne & Ebb Pod Productions
  • The Abolitionists by PBS & American Experience
  • America: The Story of Us by the History Channel
  • Secrets of the Civil War: The Stories of the Lost Battles and Covert Missions Finally Revealed by the History Channel

Museums & Historical Sites Visited:

  • Samuel Walker Houston Memorial Museum & Cultural Center
  • Texas Prisons Museum
  • Brazos Valley African American Museum
  • Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site (completed Junior Ranger program)
  • Mosaic Templars Cultural Center 
  • Freedom Riders Trail
  • Historic Arkansas Museum
  • Fort Davis National Historic Site
  • Museum of the Big Bend
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
  • Elijah Rising (Sex Trafficking Museum)
  • Liendo Plantation
  • George Ranch Historical Park
  • Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site
  • Levi Jordan Plantation
  • Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site
  • San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site
  • Moody Mansion
  • Bishop’s Palace
  • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (completed junior ranger program)
  • The Alamo
  • Fort Pulaski National Monument
  • Telfair Museums (Jepson Center for the Arts, Telfair Academy, and the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters)

Homeschooling High School – English 3: Media Literacy


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Homeschooling through high school is allowing us greater flexibility in subjects and order for meeting high school requirements. English 1 was a massive and in-depth poetry study. English 2: Essentials In Writing is heavily focussed on grammar, vocabulary development, and the actual writing process (not quite finished).  English 3: Media Literacy is finally finished.  Here are our resources:

Online Programs:

  • Calling Bullshit (online course) by Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West at the University of Washington (University of Washington undergraduate required course now offered as a MOOC, online lectures, tools, case studies, and articles)
  • Which Face Is Real by Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom at the University of Washington (online tool and research study)
  • Decoding Media Bias by PBS Newshour (online lesson plan, Mediaocracy video, and resources)
  • How to Spot Media Bias by All Sides (online resources, downloadable resources, and charts)
  • Media Literacy by Media Education Lab (curriculum developed for Maryland State Department of Education and Discovery Communications, Inc. with online resources and downloadable resources)
  • Teen Literacies Toolkit by the Young Adult Library Services Association (reading resources, activities, and lesson plans)
  • Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook: Fake News Edition by WNYC Studios (recorded radio program, transcript, and list from Merrimack College)

Videos used:

  • How to Recognize Fake News by Film Ideas Inc.
  • Trumping Democracy: Real Money, Fake News, and Your Data by Thomas Huchon
  • The Great Hack by Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim
  • Merchants of Cool by PBS Frontline

Books used:

  • Virtually True: Questioning Online Media by Guofang Wan
  • Digital and Information Literacy: Cited! Identifying Credible Information Online by Larry Gerber
  • Alternative Facts, Post-Truth And The Information War by The Reference Shelf
  • The Encyclopedia of Misinformation by Rex Sorgatz
  • Understanding Social Media 2nd Edition by Larissa Hjorth & Sam Hinton
  • Navigating the News: A Political Media User’s Guide by Michael Baranowski
  • Media Literacy: Keys to Interpreting Media Messages by Art Silverblatt, Andrew Smith, Don Miller, Julie Smith, and Nikole Brown
  • Fake News, Propaganda, and Plain Old Lies: How to Find Trustworthy Information in the Digital Age by Donald A. Barclay


Homeschooling High School: English 2: Essentials In Writing



Homeschooling high school is allowing us great flexibility in subjects and order for meeting high school requirements.  English 1 was a massive and in-depth poetry study.  English 2: Essentials In Writing is heavily focussed on grammar,  vocabulary development, and the actual writing process.  We are not done with all aspects.  Here is our resource list:


  • Essentials in Writing: Where Students Learn to Write by Matthew Stephens is a DVD and workbook based year-long curriculum (completed). 


Videos Used:

  • Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write About Anything by Great Courses
  • The History of the English Language by The Great Courses


Workbooks Used:

  • Literature and Creative Writing by School of Tomorrow
  • Experiences with Writing Styles by Steck-Vaughn
  • Advanced Academic Writing I byMichael Clay Thompson
  • Caesar’s English I: Ce Parts 1 & 2 by Michael Clay Thompson, Myriam Borges Thompson, and Thomas Milton Kemnitz
  • Practice Voyage by Michael Clay Thompson
  • Editor in Chief Level 2 by Michael Baker & Critical Thinking Co
  • If They Can Argue Well, They Can Write Well by Dr. Bill McBride
  • Use It! Don’t Lose it! By Amy Carlon & Jill Norris
  • Building Writing Skills: Essential Tips & Techniques by Noreen Conte & Critical Thinking Co.
  • Editor in Chief Level 3 by Carrie Beckwith, Cheryl Block, Linda Borla, Gaier Dietrich, Margaret Hockett, and David White & Critical Thinking Co.
  • The WORD within the WORD by Michael Clay Thompson & Thomas Milton Kemnitz
  • Writing Logically, Thinking Critically by Sheila Cooper & Rosemary Patton


Resource Books Used:

  • Eats, Shoots, & Leaves: Why Commas Really Do Make a Difference! by Lynne Truss
  • Essay Writing for High School Students by Newsweek Education Program Guide for Teens
  • College Essay Essentials by Ethan Sawyer
  • Escape Essay Hell by Janine Robinson


Online Programs Used:

  • SAT Reading & Writing Practice by Khan Academy
  • ACT Rapid Review Reading & Writing by Kaplan
  • Membean (still working through SAT vocabulary section)
  • Zinc Reading Labs (still working through all high school articles)
  • Readworks (completed all high school level articles)
  • Words & Their Stories (completed all 6 levels)
  • Khan Academy Grammar (completed all 10 areas)


Roadschooling Little Rock, Arkansas


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Homeschooling allows us great travel flexibility.  There was a glider convention in Little Rock, Arkansas this year that hubby wanted to attend.  While hubby was learning along with other glider pilots my son and I visited 18 sites across the 3 days.  I purposefully planned our trip to Little Rock to cover civil rights history knowing we were going to go to the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site to learn about the Little Rock 9.   I also knew it would be an opportunity to see another state capitol.  My original list only had 9 locations but we kept learning of more sites at every stop.  In addition, many of the sites were small, free, and next to other sites allowing us to visit so many places in one day.  My son and I were welcomed at every location.  We met so many friendly and helpful people who wanted to make sure my son’s history lessons covered every possible site in Little Rock.  Little Rock was a great place for a road school adventure!

Here is the list of places we visited:

Arkansas State Capitol
500 Woodlane Avenue Little Rock, AR 72201
7-5 weekdays, 10-3 weekends (free guided and self-guided tours)
Monument outside of the Capitol: TESTAMENT: LITTLE ROCK NINE MEMORIAL is at Capitol & Dr. MLK Drive, Little Rock, AR 72201

Arkansas Governor’s Mansion
1800 Center St, Little Rock, AR 72206 (no tours, free to stop and 6 historic houses to stop at that are next door to the mansion) has information on all the historic neighborhoods

2120 Daisy L Gatson Bates Drive Little Rock, AR 72202
Visitor Center located at 2120 W Daisy L Gatson Bates Drive (free, guided tours of inside the high school must be arranged in advance but self-guided tours around the outside of the high school are daily, they have a short film that they show school groups that they will show to the general public upon request)

501 West 9th St. Little Rock, AR 72201
9-5 Tues-Sat (free)

Historic Arkansas Museum
200 E 3rd St, Little Rock, AR 72201
9-5 Tues- Sat. (galleries free, house tours $2)

Clinton Presidential Library
1200 President Clinton Ave. Little Rock, AR 72201
9-5 daily (fee rates depending on age)
Presidential wetlands right next door

HEIFER VILLAGE AND URBAN FARM (next door to the presidential library)
1 World Avenue Little Rock, AR 72202
9-5 Mon-Sat (free)

Streetcar Blue Line Tour (free, some drivers will narrate the ride. Green Line is downtown only. Blue Line goes from the presidential library over the river and around North Little Rock) Download their maps. The bus has a fee, the streetcar is free.

Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum
120 Riverfront Park Drive North Little Rock, AR 72114
Only open Friday & Sat 10-4:30 and guided submarine tours are at set times (fees depending on age, discounts for veterans and active duty)

Old State House Museum (free) 9-5 Tues-Sat and 1-5 Sun.
300 W Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Freedom Riders Trail (free walking tour, a historical marker and named plaques along Markham Street) You can download an app for more civil rights tour information.
201 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR, 72202

Capital Hotel (you can enter even if not a guest to see the largest elevator west of the Mississippi River and the balcony in which Ulysses S. Grant gave a speech from)
111 W Markham St, Little Rock, AR 72201

Museum of Discovery (Reciprocity with ASTC Passport program otherwise fees charged)
500 President Clinton Ave., Suite 150 Little Rock, AR 72201
9-5 daily

Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center
(free) 8:30-4:30 Tues-Sat and 1-5 Sun
602 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201

MacArthur Museum of Arkansas (free) 9-5 Mon-Fri, 10-5 Sat, and 1-5 Sun
503 E 9th St, Little Rock, AR 72202

Arkansas Arts Center (under construction for a new building, the old site is free and very limited displays but working artists spaces and classes) 10-5 Tues-Sat & 11-5 Sun
2510 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 72202

Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Garden Sculpture Gardens (free)
Arkansas River Trail, Little Rock, AR 72201, USA

The Galleries at Library Square (free) 9-6 Mon-Sat.
401 President Clinton Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201

Homeschooling High School: Economics



Homeschooling high school allows us flexibility in the curriculum, the subjects covered, and the orde we cover subjects.  Economics and financial literacy is an important topic that more high school students should learn.  We have not finished this course but here is what we have used thus far:

Online Programs:

  • Khan Academy Economics: Finance & Capital Markets (10 units)
  • Khan Academy Economics: Macroeconomics (8 units)
  • Khan Academy Economics: Microeconomics (9 units)
  • Mathletics Financial Literacy (28 skills)
  • Money Skills MOOC from George Mason University (10 lessons)


Books & Physical Curriculum Sets used:

  • What We Do by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Junior by The Lampo Press
  • The Story of Money by Betsy Maestro
  • Investment Options for Teens by Tammy Gagne
  • Money by Margaret Hall


Videos Used:

  • Understanding Investments by Dr. Connel Fullenkamp & the Great Courses
  • Why Economies Rise or Fall by Dr. Peter Rodriguez & the Great Courses 
  • The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by PBS
  • Economics for Everybody: Applying Biblical Principles to Work, Wealth, & the World by R.C. Sproul Jr.
  • Economics for Children: Saving, Spending, & Investing Money by Schlessinger Media
  • Economics for Children: US Industries & Resources by Schlessinger Media
  • Inequality for All by Robert Reich
  • I.O.U.S.A.: One Nation Under Stress In Debt by PBS Documentary


Hands-on Experiences:

  • Visited the Money Museum at Chicago Federal Reserve
  • Visited Wells Fargo Bank
  • Visited Amegy Bank
  • Visited First Community Credit Union
  • Visited Edward Jones Financial Advisor (college savings and retirement savings) 
  • Observing the use of TurboTax Deluxe tax software
  • Managing personal savings account


Road Schooling Cape Canaveral


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Homeschooling allows some travel flexibility that we fully take advantage of.  Living in Houston gives us access to Johnson Space Center but we wanted to go to Kennedy Space Center.  So, we took a road schooling adventure by taking a long weekend trip to Cape Canaveral, Florida for a little space fun.  For our long weekend, we spent 2 full days at NASA and one day exploring the wildlife around NASA at the wildlife refuge and national seashore. Our original intention was for 2 behind the scenes tours from NASA Kennedy Space Center.  However, one got canceled due to a launch of a SpaceX rocket.  This meant we were going to be lucky enough to see a launch in-person.  We immediately jumped at purchasing tickets to watch the SpaceX launch from the Banana Creek Viewing Area at KSC.  Our son took his very first video of a rocket launch.  Although our 3-hour Early Space tour was canceled, we thoroughly enjoyed our 2-hour KSC Explore Tour.   If you are planning a trip to NASA be sure to check out the extra tours because you will see more of KSC and the neighboring airforce base.  The only way to see the Air Force Space & Missile Museum on the airforce base is via the 3-hour Early Space tour.  It is possible to watch rocket launches away from NASA, however, the 2 paid viewing locations on NASA are the closest.  You will have to check the NASA website for upcoming launches as they can get added last minute, like the one we saw, and they can get rescheduled for a number of reasons.  If you are a family really into space, it will take you more than 8 hours to see everything at NASA KSC, not counting the extra tours that we did.  Cape Canaveral is definitely a great place for exploring space and nature.  We have plans to visit additional NASA sites in the future.  Keep exploring!

Here is the list of places we visited:

  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Check their website for discounts and offers as well as the latest space launches scheduled (they have one scheduled for Dec 4th). Space Commerce Way, Merritt Island, FL 32953
  • Manatee Sanctuary Park (free, not guaranteed to see them but a protected sanctuary for them, public park open daily) 701 Thurm Blvd, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
  • Manatee Cove Park (8-5, public park, hit/miss on seeing the Manatees) 4905 N Tropical Trl, Merritt Island, FL 32953-7617
  • Exploration Tower ($6.50 per person, 10-5) 670 Dave Nisbet Drive, Port Canaveral, Florida 32920
  • Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (daily 8-4, $10 per vehicle, but free if going to National Seashore or with annual national park pass)  From I-95, take Exit 220 (Titusville, State Road 406 Exit). Drive east on SR406, also known as Garden Street. Continue east on Garden Street for 4 miles and travel over the Max Brewer Causeway Bridge. The Refuge begins at the east side of the causeway.  To reach the Visitor Information Center, continue 4 miles past the Refuge entrance (remain to your right at the fork in the road) and the Visitor Center entrance sign will be on your right. GPS coordinates to the Visitor Center are 28.641467 and -80.735842 or Latitude 28 38′ 29.28″ N, Longitude 80 44′ 9.03″ W.  There is an additional wildlife refuge called St. Johns National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Canaveral National Seashore ($15 per car, free with annual national park pass) GPS COORDINATES (Lat/Long) for Playalinda Beach Entrance Station: 28.6450, -80.683 and for Apollo Beach Entrance Station: 28.9368, -80.8302. Canaveral National Seashore is located along Florida’s East coast in both Volusia & Brevard counties. To access Apollo Beach, take I-95 to exit 249, then go east until it turns into A1A. Follow A1A south to the park entrance. To access Playalinda Beach, take I-95 to exit 220. Go east through Titusville on Garden Street, continue east and follow the signs.  An alternate route is to go via Merrit Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Here is the list of alternatives we had in case of bad weather:

  • Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum (9-5, adults $20, students $10) 6600 Tico Rd, Titusville, FL 32780-8009
  • American Space Museum & Space Walk of Fame (run by former NASA employees, $10 adults, $5 students, Mon-Sat 10-5, closed Sunday)  308 Pine Street Titusville, Florida 32796

Homeschooling High School: Algebra 2


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Homeschooling high school allows us flexibility in the curriculum, the subjects covered, and the orde we cover subjects.  We have learned some of the online programs go at different pace meaning our son isn’t finishing each program at the same time.  Thus our son started Algebra 2 before completely finishing all of his Geometry programs.   Talking to math professor friends, the teaching of algebra 2 and geometry at the same time made sense.  The following is a list of the resources we used for covering Algebra 2 at more than just a high school level:

Online Programs:

  • Knowre Algebra 2 (79 units, 100% completed, 98% achievement)
  • Mathletics Algebra 2 (150 activities, 100% completed, 95% achievement)
  • Khan Academy (104 skills, almost finished) 


Books Used:

  • Algebra and Trigonometry: Structure and Method by Richard G. Brown, Mary P. Dolciani, Robert H. Sorgenfrey, and Robert B. Kane
  • Algebra 2 by Ron Larson, Laurie Boswell, Timothy D. Kanold, and Lee Stiff
  • College Algebra: Graphs and Models by Marvin L. Bittinger, Judith A. Beecher, David J. Ellenbogen, and Judith A. Penna
  • Algebra Word Problems by The Critical Thinking Co
  • Dr. Funster’s Quick Thinks Math by The Critical Thinking Co
  • Mathematics Enhancement Programme Demonstration Project Pupil Text (4 book series for GCSE test prep: 1-6, 7-12, 13-19, & 20) by CIMT University of Plymouth {MEP GCSE is a series of 4 books covering 20 levels to help prepare British Students who need to pass their General Certificate in Secondary Education GCSE) in order to move onto A-level or college-level math.}


Videos Used: 

  • Learn Algebra 2 by Standard Deviants
  • Algebra II by Great Courses (30 lectures)
  • The Algebra Word Problem Tutor by Jason Gibson
  • The Advanced Algebra Tutor (Advanced Algebra 2 / College Algebra) by Jason Gibson