Together Lessons for 2014-2015

The Rogers Academy


The Rogers Academy has entered new territory.  There are no elementary age children anymore.  There is a high school junior, a 7th grader , and a 6th grader.  Sniff, sniff.  It’s kinda sad and exciting at the same time. Lots of independent work happening here.  We spent the last half of last school year working on the habit of independent study.   This frees up time for field trips , service opportunities and the few together lessons that we still must do.

I have always subscribed to the theory that you teach to the oldest child’s level.  Meaning that for these lessons, I will teach high school level.  The littles will glean information from them , just not as much as Logan.  I do not expect the littles to do all the assignments that are expected of Logan but they are certainly able to listen and join in as able.

Our together lessons:


That’s it!  Lots and lots of field trips of course!  That’s enough to keep us busy for a while!  It’s exciting to start a new year with new studies.  What are you planning?


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Ambleside Year 7





Can you believe that title?  Me neither.  Where has the time gone?  Seriously, she was just sweet baby not too long ago.  Now I have this amazing young woman in front of me who is talented, Godly, and beautiful .  Someone pinch me.  I am so blessed.

Last year, we used Sonlight.  While it was good, I like Ambleside Online better.  First,  the lesson plans are free.  All you are buying is supplies which will certainly run less than $500 , the current price for a Sonlight Core.  Second, in my opinion, Sonlight is a great  normal education while Ambleside is an excellent , honors education.  Make no mistake, Sonlight is a high quality education that will serve your children well.  Ambleside will teach them how to think and stretch them educationally .  That is important when you have gifted children.  For my family, Ambleside is a better, more frugal fit.

Madison 7th Grade


Ambleside Year 7

Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day (Young Explorer Series) (Young Explorer (Apologia Educational Ministries))  ( this will be supplemented with marine biology living books and the experiments from the high school text making it appropriate for a middle schooler)

 Teaching Textbooks 7

Beautiful Girlhood: Revised by Karen Andreola

The Companion Guide to Beautiful Girlhood

180 Days in the Word

Homegrown 4-H

Monday Art Classes




That is more than enough to keep her busy.  It makes me tired just looking at all of it.  Of course, there will be lots and lots of field trips to boot .  Once we get in the groove of things, it will all go well.  Here’s to a great 7th grade year!


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