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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Homeschool for Free: Literature Guides

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I should probably be embarrassed about how giddy I feel looking through this long list of free literature guides, but I’m not. :) Most of them fall into three categories: Lit Guides, Book Units, or Study Guides.

I know from experience that it takes a long time to sift through these to find what you need. If you are short on time, I HIGHLY recommend the 7 Sisters Homeschool Literature Study GuidesThey are super-affordable and contain no busywork. You can try out Anne of Green Gables for FREE.

Classical House of Learning

Glencoe Literature Library

Nancy Polette’s Literature Guides

Novel Study Guides

Reading Units

Millstone  Education World Literature Units  (K-3rd)

Millstone  Education World Literature Units  (4th-7th)

Millstone  Education World Literature Units  (8th-12th)

Literature Based Reading Lessons

CanTeach Novel & Picture Book Activities

HarperCollins Book Activities

Children’s Literature Lesson Plans

Young Adult Literature Lesson Plans

Random House Teacher Guides

Children’s Literature

ClassZone Novel Guides

ClassicNotes Literature Guides

Cummings Study Guides

Reading Guides & Activities

First Stage Enrichment Guides

TeacherVision Literature Guides

Shakespeare for Kids

Shakespeare Online

Read Kiddo Read

Penguin Teacher’s Guides

Outta Rays Head Literature Lessons

7th Grade Literature Lessons

Book Units Teacher

Literature Learning Ladders

English Literature and Composition

American Literature and Composition

Literature Guides for Books

Scholastic Discussion Guides

Core Classics Teacher Guides

Discovery Education Literature Lessons

~Study Guides~

Cliffs Notes

Pink Monkey Book Notes

Book Rags




Book Wolf

The Best Notes


Bibliomania Study Guides

Shmoop Literature Guides

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Our 2014-2015 Curriculum Plan

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2014-2015 curriculum

I am SO looking forward to this upcoming school year! Y’all, this past year was just plain hard. We moved 1200 miles away from our entire extended family. We battled illness for months (and we rarely get sick). You can sum up our homeschool experience in one word: trudging.  But you know what? That’s okay. Life happens. God is in our midst whether good or bad. It makes us appreciate the year that awaits us, with new friends and book clubs and a beach to explore.

With 5 kids to teach, I like to do as much work together as possible. This looks a little different each year, depending on the books we use and what our yearly focus is going to be.  I choose a couple of subjects each year that need a little extra attention. Last year it was math & science; this year it is history and writing. Our focus subjects are the ones that we do no matter what! Our group work lineup for grades K, 4th, 6th, 10th, & 12th includes: Bible, History, Geography, Writing, & Nature Study. 

I took our hard year into account when planning this year because we all need a break from the trudging. Writing is one of those areas that can just be a beating for everyone involved, so I was determined to add it to our group playlist and have a bit of fun. Pinterest (once again) came to the rescue and I had a lightbulb moment when I found the Ultimate Guide to Creative Writing for Students. Creative Writing with the whole family for a full year? Well why not!?!

I’ve been organizing our morning times for the past few years using my Theme of the Day chart. (That post has tons of free resources!) In a nutshell, it takes all of the subjects that sometimes get pushed to the side – art, poetry, geography –  and assigns them to a day of the week. We would do morning time right after finishing breakfast and our Good Morning Guide, break up for individual subjects, and then come back together for group work in the afternoon. This year I am flipping our day. We will be spending the entire morning together and then splitting up in the afternoon. I am replacing our Theme of the Day with a new routine that I am calling Mornings with Mom. We will spend about 30 minutes each morning learning new words, watching interesting short videos, practicing math drills, memorizing scripture, and exploring whatever cool websites Mommy discovers that week. **I am almost done with a Mornings with Mom post that contains a big list of free & fun educational links. I’ll link it up here when I get it done.**

I still have a few details left to iron out, but here is what we’re running with for now:

~* Bible *~

~* History *~

~* Geography *~

~* Creative Writing *~

~* Nature Study *~

~ Science ~

~ Handwriting ~

~ Reading ~

~ Literature ~

  • (undecided)

~ Spelling ~

 ~ Grammar ~

~Math ~

~ Government/Economics ~

~ High School Electives ~

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Homeschool for Free: Foreign Language

free foreign language curriculum

I am amazed at the number of free foreign language courses available. And I am not even finished with this list! Are you looking for a language that is not on this page? Leave me a comment and I will do my best to find it for you.

ASL University

Introduction to Arabic

Learn Croatian

French in Action  Yale

Lexique FLE

To Learn French

French Assistant

French Games

Français interactif’  University of Texas

Elementary French I & II  Carnagie Mellon University

Basic German Language Skills

Mission Berlin

Slow German

Textkit Greek & Latin

Learn Greek

Classical Greek Online

Ancient Greek with Thrasymachus

Learning Greek Podcasts


Let’s Learn Hungarian!

Icelandic Online  run by the University of Iceland Language Centre

Oggi E Domani  Italian

Italy Heritage

Visualizing Japanese Grammar

Fresh Korean

Native Languages of the Americas

Cherokee Nation

Russian for Free

123 Teach Me Spanish 

Spanish Made Easy

Online Free Spanish  good for younger kids

Spanish Flashcards

Don Quixote

Spanish Online


Study Spanish

Spanish Language Practice  Bowdoin College

Education First  German, French, Italian

Georgia Virtual Learning  Spanish, German, French, Latin

Duolingo  Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese

BBC Languages  multiple

Memrise  multiple

Lingo Jingo  multiple

Language Podcasts  multiple

Surface Languages  multiple

MIT Foreign Languages  multiple 

Learn a Language  8 languages

Livemocha  35 languages

Byki  50+ languages

Busuu  12 languages

FSI Language Courses  40+ languages

Free Language  30+ languages

Internet Polyglot  35+ languages

Fictional Languages, For you Out-of-the-Boxers:

Languages of Middle Earth

The Klingon Language Institute

Atlantean Language Institute

Na’vi (Avatar)

Don’t forget to check the online resources at you local library!

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Homeschool for Free: Unit Studies

free unit studies

Unit Studies are great for hands-on learning, or for combining subjects for several kids!

Easy Fun School

Fun Christian Homeschooling Unit Studies

Homeschool Share

A to Z Teacher Stuff

Online Units by G. Miller

LaCelle Family Homeschool Unit Studies

Homeschool Helper Online

Cindy Downes’ Unit Studies

Dynamic 2 Moms


Stone Soup

Highland Heritage Homeschool Homeschooling

Crosswalk Unit Studies

School Express

FamilyClassroom Free Unit Studies

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Review & MEGA Giveaway: Philosophy Adventure

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Philosophy Adventure™–Pre-Socrates is a brand new curriculum from Stacy Farrell. I introduced it to you a couple of months ago, and now we have had time to really dig in and see how it works. You are going to love it!

Complete-Set.Med_Before I share my thoughts on this curriculum, let me give you a little glimpse into what I look for when choosing courses for my kids. I don’t want to waste our time with busywork, so mindless worksheets and pointless assignments are out. If the text is so dull that my eyes want to roll back in my head, I am not going to make my kids plow through it. This sometimes proves to be a problem when searching for upper level courses.

That’s not a problem with Philosophy Adventure! The text is engaging, the book is visually stunning, and the assignments are meaty yet broken down into bite-sized sections so my girls don’t feel overwhelmed. Stacy Farrell challenges my kids to stretch their brains with deep thoughts, but she doesn’t just leave them there. She cheers them on to try hard and to always be ready to give an account of what they believe.


Philosophy Adventure™–Pre-Socrates introduces us to Eight Famous Philosophers:

  • Thales
  • Pythagorus
  • Xenophanes
  • Heraclitus
  • Parmenides
  • Empedocles
  • Protagorus
  • Democritus

After reading about the life & times of each philosopher, we get to read one of his actual writings. That writing is compared and contrasted with a biblical worldview. Each lesson is divided into three assignments: Write, Think, and Speak


The thing I love most about this curriculum is the ease of use! Each assignment is broken down into very specific tasks, and they are color-coded to match the reading. The digital student book allows my girls to type & print their work. (Because handwriting the answers is soooooo torturous and out-dated, you know. ;))

A breakdown of the Philosophy Adventure™–Pre-Socrates set:

  • Reader – Philosopher stories, images, geography, biblical worldview, lessons and assignments
  • Student Workbook – Notebook pages, mapping, writing journal, and the most amazing writing checklists EVER!
  • Teacher Resources – Memory cards, timeline, maps & keys, quiz keys, instructions

Depending on how you choose to use it, Philosophy Adventure™–Pre-Socrates offers .25-.5 high school credit in these areas:

  • English Composition
  • World History/Geography
  • Speech/Communications
  • Logic/Critical Thinking

I want to leave you with one last observation. Stacy Farrell, the author, loves Jesus. I have had the privilege of interacting with her over the last few months and she believes what she writes. She has prayed over this study and for the ones who will read it. What a blessing!

Philosophy Adventure™–Pre-Socrates comes in four formats:

  • $89.95 Print Reader, Print Student Workbook, Digital Teacher’s Resources on CD
  • $69.95 Print Reader, Digital Student Workbook on CD, Digital Teacher’s Resources on CD
  • $49.95 Digital Reader on CD, Digital Student Workbook on CD, Digital Teacher’s Resources on CD
  • $39.95 Reader Digital Download, Student Workbook Digital Download, Teacher’s resources Digital Download

I recommend the $69.95 option. The readings and assignments are placed opposite each other in the Print Reader, but you will have to line them up yourself with the Digital Reader. View a SAMPLE of the first lesson.

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As part of the Philosophy Adventure Launch Team, I received a copy of Philosophy Adventure in exchange for my honest review and the opportunity to participate in related giveaways and social media promotions. All opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.