Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum for High School English

Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum

*Disclosure: I received a free set for review purposes and am being compensated for my time. I am not required to give a positive review.  As always,  I am sharing my honest opinion with you.

Sometimes I really miss our early years of homeschooling, when our schooling had a decidedly Charlotte Mason flair. Our days were spent reading lovely books and exploring nature. Then came high school.

I realize it is very possible to apply Charlotte Mason’s principles to a high school curriculum plan. However, I am a non-multitasking momma of five kiddos that range from kindergarten to twelfth grade. It’s just not going to happen.

What I HAVE done is try to avoid boring textbooks as much as possible when choosing curriculum for my high schoolers. We definitely fall into the Eclectic category. The downside to this is that I worry about gaps in their education because we are not just going step-by-step through a book.

Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum has really helped to bridge that gap for us.

PAC English IV

My twelfth grader has been working her way through English Literature and Philosophy. Instead of one large book, each of the four chapters has a text workbook and an activity workbook. There is also a Teacher’s Key with activity keys, quizzes, quiz keys, tests, and test keys. It is encouraging for my daughter to be able to work towards finishing one book and starting the next.

Study literary themes using historical texts

This English IV course studies historical authors who were “firsts” in their fields. Their writings are used to study literary themes, enhance vocabulary, and build moral character. The activity workbook is a good mix of multiple choice, discussion, and essay questions. *You can view samples at the bottom of this page.

These are just a few of the writers covered in the first chapter:

  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Phyllis Wheatley
  • Thomas Paine
  • Anne Bradstreet
  • George Washington
  • Samuel Adams
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The reading is meaty and meaningful, and the assignments really make my daughter think about what she is reading instead of just regurgitating information.

PAC samples

PAC is not just for Advanced Homeschoolers

Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum courses are advanced, but that doesn’t mean they are only for students pursuing an accelerated education. My daughter is not college bound at the moment. She will be interning with my husband after she graduates. But we don’t want her to take the easiest path just because she doesn’t need the extra credit. We want her to stretch her mind and, more importantly, strengthen her character. I simply break up each activity section into what I think she can handle in a day. I love the flexibility!

Another benefit to the individual chapters is the ability to purchase only what I need. I decided to give PAC a trial run with my tenth grader, so I ordered chapter one of the English Composition Skills course and also the digital Teacher’s Key. (I can’t wait to get it!) If it works for her, I will purchase the entire set next year.

More details about Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum

The PAC curriculum is also available in digital format through “Audio Enhanced Textbooks” which read aloud to students while simultaneously highlighting the text on the computer screen, smartphone, or tablet.

PAC is in the process of incorporating QR codes into all of their courses, allowing the students to access extra content via smartphone. As of now, the only course with this technology is biology.

Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum offers these discounts:

40% off for

  • homeschool groups (minimum purchase $1000)
  • single parents

20%  off for

  • ministry families
  • military families
  • farmers and ranchers
  • first responders
  • foster parents

Call Paradigm at 325-649-0976 for a discount code to use during the checkout process if you fit into one of these categories.

I really look forward to adding Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum to our school lineup next year!

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It’s time for this week’s Homeschool Freebies & Sales! 


FREE Purim Bible Story Coloring Book


FREE Nature Journals for Every Season


FREE St. Patrick’s Day Notebooking Pages


FREE Long Vowel Word Searches


Amazon has some deeply discounted deals that your family might enjoy:


Aquarelle World Cities Arts and Crafts Kit  $29.99  $11.72


Gears! Gears! Gears! Boogie Buddy  Motorized Set  $44.95  $25.34


Yamaha Keyboard with iPad/iPhone/iPod Connectivity  $169.95  $79.99


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Christina Rossetti Poems to Color

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It is time once again for Poppins Book Nook. This month’s theme is: Poetry! Please join in the fun with the linky & giveaway at the end!

Christina Rossetti Poems to Color

My kids were introduced to Christina Rossetti through First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind. Her simple poems are easy to learn and appealing to young children. Sing-Song is a collection of her nursery rhymes. This sweet set of children’s poem can also be found online for free.


If A Pig Wore A Wig

If a pig wore a wig,
What could we say?
Treat him as a gentleman,
And say “Good day.”

If his tail chanced to fail,
What could we do? –
Send him to the tailoress
To get one new.

I decided to use a few of Christina Rossetti’s poems to create some coloring pages for my kids. (I also have a set for Robert Louis Stevenson.) These can be used for copywork, or print the poems on cardstock and place in page protectors for a memory work notebook.


{your printer setting needs to be on whole page or borderless}

Poems included in the set:

  • The Caterpillar
  • Mother Shake the Cherry Tree
  • Who Has Seen the Wind?
  • If I Were A Queen
  • Hopping Frog
  • Kookoorookoo!
  • The Horses of the Sea
  • What Are Heavy?

Don’t forget to print out your February Lapbook to document your adventure this month.



Take a look at what the other Poppins Book Nook bloggers are up to this month:

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ My Bright Firefly ~A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~Where Imagination Grows ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am  ~ Simple Living Mama

Kid’s Poetry Bundle Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win the Kid’s Poetry Bundle. The winner will enjoy two books full of poetry for children. The two books that they will win is the Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry and Poetry Speaks to Children (*kindly note that these are affiliate links and your purchase helps to run this book club). These two magical books will help your children learn about and have fun with poetry.


Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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FREE February 2015 Writing Prompt Calendar

February Writing Prompt Calendar

The February Writing Prompt Calendar is ready to go. If you already get my post updates in your email, just look for the button at the bottom of your next email to get your freebie. For best results, adjust your printer settings to borderless or whole page.

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FREE Valentine’s Devotional Journal for Kids


For a limited time, Upside Down Homeschooling is giving away the God First Loved Us Valentine’s Devotional Journal for Kids (a $7.99 value).  Offer ends January 21st.

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Homeschool Freebies & Sales {1/13}

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It’s time for this week’s Homeschool Freebies & Sales! 


FREE Valentine Learn the Sentence


FREE Valentine’s Day Scrabble Math

presidents day mini unit

FREE President’s Day Mini Unit


FREE -at Word Family Printables


FREE Circus Do-A-Dots

Amazon has some great deals this week on Add-on Items. They are super cheap, but can only be added to orders of $25 or more. They are a good way to reach that $35 free shipping level if you just need a little bit more. Great additions to your gift stash!

sundae soap
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animal puzzle
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pirate puzzle
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finger paint
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From the January Archives

I rounded up several of my past January posts that you might enjoy. Have fun browsing! Be sure to Pin for later.


Winter Mad Libs


January Assignment Sheets


Funschool: Let It Snow


Funschool: Groundhog Day


Surviving the Creeping Crud


Free Household Notebook Printables

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Celebrating January {Subscriber Freebie}

Celebrating January

We don’t have any countdowns this month, so I hunted down some additional goodies for January’s printable pack. I hope your kids will have fun with the vintage picture searches and charts in the Celebrating January set.

The Contents:

  • Eggnog Bread – an easy but delicious recipe to use up the eggnog your kids begged for but didn’t drink :)
  • January Nature Observation Calendar – write or draw observations each day & keep as a record to compare with next year (this can also be used for a regular calendar)
  • Proverbs 16:9 to display in your home
  • Vintage Letters A & B picture search
  • French Animals chart
  • Hickety, Dickety, Dock poem

Celebrating January set 1

  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Poem & Writing Page
  • Winter-Time Poem and Writing Page
  • Toboggan Poem & Writing Page

Celebrating January set 2

Vintage Coloring Pages:

Celebrating January set 3

Vintage Prints:

  • Penguin Educational Plate (1871)
  • Foxes Sledding on Log
  • Rabbit (Hans Hoffmann, 1528)
  • White Bear King Valemon (Theodor Kittelsen, 1912)
  • Vintage January Calendar

Celebrating January set 4

The Celebrating January set is free for my email newsletter subscribers. The links for the files will be at the bottom of every post update email. Not a subscriber? Sign up today! For best results, make sure your printer is set to borderless or whole page. I recommend printing on cardstock.

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Homeschool Freebies & Sales {1/7}

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Lots of snowy fun in this week’s Homeschool Freebies & Sales! 

snowman worksheets

FREE Snowman Preschool Pack


FREE Snowball Blends Word Work


FREE Snow Learning Pack


FREE Let it Snow Funschool

Dayspring Deals:

Gratitude Sale 30% off journals, thank you notes, cards, & gifts using code GRATEFUL30

everyday joy journal

After Christmas Sale 50% to 75% Off

Amazon has some deeply discounted deals to help you get organized in the new year:

book rack

Tot Tutors Book Rack  $79.99  $25.99


Wonderfile Portable Workstation  $18.99  $10.13

rainbow cart

10-Drawer Mobile Organizer  $89.99  $45.96

new sprouts baskets

New Sprouts Baskets (set of 4)  $26.99  $11.10

seat pocket

Learning Resources Seat Pocket Storage  $12.99  $3.86

dress up storage

Dress-up Storage Unit  $235.00  $116.65

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