New Products, A Sale, and a Freebie!

Did you know that over the last few months,
there have been several new products added to our
Joyful Heart Learning Shop at Teachers Notebook?


This weekend only (May 31-June 1), our newest products will be 15% off

Steps to the Cross: Celebrating Easter and Christ’s Sacrifice
Joyful Heart Spelling Skills (Complete)
Short Vowel Word Family Word Work

  cover cover
  coverSummer Scripture Study Cover

     And, just in time for summer…

Our ‘Summer Scripture Study’ will be FREE
during these same two days for all followers of the Joyful Heart Learning shop at Teachers Notebook!

Come follow our shop, get a great Freebie, and check out our special deals!

Our 2013-2014 Curriculum

My husband posted on Facebook the other day that I was ‘sniffing the school books’.  LOL!  I didn’t comment, but, yes, it was true!  Our new (and used) school books have been arriving gradually over the last few weeks.   I’ve been finalizing curriculum choices, pouring over the books we’ve received, creating corresponding materials as needed, and hammering out tentative yearly schedules. 

More importantly, I’ve been  praying about our upcoming school year as our children enter 6th, 4th, 2nd, Kindergarten, and preschool.  In all honesty, I am nervous as we start this school year. We recently moved to another state with different homeschool regulations.  Most of our belongings are still in storage (including some school items I was hoping to use this year).  Our family is living in an apartment, and we are anticipating one more move later this fall to a neighboring state.  I am trying to release my fears and expectations to the One who is completely in control.  Please pray that He would calm my anxious heart. It is only through His strength that I can love my family and nurture them in the areas God wants them to develop this year.

So, amidst the frenzy of organizing and preparing, I hold my plans a little more loosely this year, predicting that God will once again be growing me in the area of flexibility.  With prayer, eyes to my Savior, and perhaps some dark chocolate in hand, we venture into another year of learning…

Subjects our oldest three can do together!

History / Geography

For history this year, we plan to use Mystery of History: Creation to Resurrection!  We have the CD audio and the challenge cards.  I decided to forgo the notebooking sheets, but I did schedule additional historical read alouds and readers to correspond with the spine as well as portions of Evan Moor’s History Pockets (Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome).


History Read AloudsHistory Read Alouds (above) and Readers (below)History Readings 

We are also looking forward to delving into learning about current events through on grade level reading and discussion of God’s World News.


Our new home state is filled with trees and has more birds and insects than I ever remember seeing in our former state.  So, what a perfect time to use Apologia’s Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day (with the coordinating notebook)!  We will also be beginning bird watchers with our field guides in hand!  Additionally, we plan to incorporate some fun reading with The Burgess Bird Book and use our Companion Notebook to draw and write about the birds.


Bible and Devotions

  • Our choice for devotionals this year are related to our history text/time periods – Jashub’s Journal and The Ten Commandments.
  • For apologetics, we plan to use Apologia’s Who Is God?

Additional Read Alouds
YWAM missionary stories of our choice (We LOVE these!)


Grade Specific Reading / Language Arts /Math

our 6th grader…

  • Literature-  Memoria Press (Anne of Green Gables, Treasure Island, The Bronze Bow, The Hobbit)
  • Reading – related history reading and free choice reading
  • Joyful Heart Spelling Skills (completing Year 2) and heading into the study of prefixes, suffixes, and Greek/Latin roots
  • Writing and Grammar:  BJU English and Writing 6
  • Scripture Memorization – Ephesians
  • Horizons Math (completing 5 and part 1 of 6th)
  • Xtra Math
  • AWANA – 4th year T&T and being a Leader in Training with the preschool Gopher Buddies class
  • Violin

our 4th grader…

  • Literature-  Memoria Press (Heidi; The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe; Lassie Come Home)
  • Reading – related history reading, Abeka readers, free choice reading
  • Joyful Heart Spelling Skills (completing Year 2) and then Rod and Staff (5th grade)
  • Writing and Grammar:  BJU English and Writing 4
  • Scripture Memorization and Cursive Handwriting – Exodus 20:1-17 (10 Commandments)
  • Horizons Math 4
  • Xtra Math
  • AWANA – 2nd year T&T
  • Violin

our 2nd grader…

  • Reading-  ABeka readers(3rd/4th), related history reading, as well as free choice reading on his own
  • Phonics – Explode the Code (completing books 7-8)
  • Joyful Heart Spelling Skills (completing Year 1, heading into Year 2)
  • Writing and Grammar:  BJU English and Writing 2
  • Horizons Math 2 (continuation from last year) and moving into 3
  • Xtra Math
  • Scripture Memorization and Manuscript Handwriting – Exodus 20:1-17 (10 Commandments)
  • Handwriting – beginning cursive second semester
  • AWANA – 3rd year Sparks

our Kindergartener…

  • Reading – ABeka readers (k/1), MFW Bible Reader + notebook
  • Phonics – Explode the Code 1/2, MFW Phonics WB
  • Scripture Based Handwriting, Sight Words, and Copywork (to correspond with her Exodus memory work)
  • Horizons Math K/1
  • Science – The World God Made, Our Father’s World, Cut and Paste Science (grades 1-3), Science Learning Journal
  • Social Studies – theme/unit studies
  • Scripture Memorization (Exodus 20:1-17)
  • AWANA – 1st year Sparks
  • Questions With Answers Vol 1: God and Creation from Songs for Saplings (to listen to at ‘rest’ time)
  • Pianimals piano practice (with her big sister overseeing her ;-) )

our 3 year old preschooler…

  • Preschool 2 mornings a week
  • Gopher Buddies Bible Club
  • lots of play!



Would you like to see our previous year’s curriculum choices?
2012-2013 (5th, 3rd, 1st, PreK, 2 year old)
2011-2012 (4th, 2nd, K, 3’s preschool, toddler)
2010-2011 (3rd, 1st, PreK, 2 year old, 4 mo old baby)
2009-2010 (2nd, K, 3’s preschool, toddler, baby arrived end of year)
2008-2009 (1st, PreK, 2 year old, 6 mo old baby)
2007-2008 (K, 3’s preschool, toddler, baby arrived mid year)
2006-2007 (PreK, 2 year old, 7 mo old baby) – Joyful Heart Character
2005-2006 (3’s preschool, toddler, baby arrived mid year) – Joyful Heart Bible and Rhyme
2004-2005 (2 year old, 6 mo old baby) – Joyful Heart Learning


Need a boost of confidence to get started?  Come get a glimpse of my journey…
Homeschooling ~ Embarking on a Journey


This post is part of the 5th annual “Not” Back-To-School Blog Hop over at the iHomeschool Network.  This week, homeschoolers near and far are sharing their curriculum choices for this coming school year!


Scripture Based Handwriting (and more!)

While working on plans for this upcoming school year, I decided that I really wanted our youngest daughter to memorize two passages of Scripture ~ Exodus 20:1-17 (The Ten Commandments) and Proverbs 31:10-13 (the virtuous woman).  In order to combine subjects and enhance learning, I created several booklets to coordinate with each passage of Scripture.  And, this is what was formed…

Scripture Based Handwriting, Sight Words, Copywork, and Bible Memory Cut Aparts!

Proverbs 31 Handwriting

Proverbs 31 Sight Words

Proverbs 31 Copywork

Proverbs 31 Cut Aparts 

Hop on over to Hubbard’s Cupboard to print out your own FREE sheets!

It’s Here ~ Joyful Heart Bible and Rhyme!!

It is finally time to unveil Joyful Heart Bible and Rhyme: Joyful Learning for 3-5 year olds

br_cover3d_croppedIt was a huge undertaking to revise this curriculum, but I pray that it will be a blessing to you and your family.

The following are updates/upgrades from the free lessons online at Hubbard’s Cupboard:

  • ADDITIONAL PRINTABLES – I created TONS of new sheets to go along with all of the suggested activities!

  • FONT SORTS – All of the letters needed are included with the sorting mats and a few VARIATIONS are given to switch it up a bit.

  • GROUPED DOCS for FASTER & EASIER PRINTING  (for example, all of the Letter Art Sheets, all of the Letter Craft Sheets, Bible Memory, etc . Now, they can easily be printed ahead of time, sorted into files or placed together in a binder or notebook – ready to go!)

  • WEEK BY WEEK LESSON DOCS – These contain the weekly/daily plan, all of the week specific printables, and a new MATERIALS PREP LIST all in one document per week.

  • Now, there are UN-NUMBERED REVIEW WEEKS, making it simpler to insert review weeks near the holidays and giving greater flexibility to start the curriculum when you want.

There are almost a thousand pages included in the revision.

See all the details about Joyful Heart Bible and Rhyme at Joyful Heart Learning!


whimsical tree of hearts version 2 (non-editable web-ready file)

Joyful Heart Learning is an extension of the free teaching resources that have been available online at Hubbard’s Cupboard since 2000.  All resources at Hubbard’s Cupboard are still free.  However, I am extending, refining, and making some of them easier to download for purchase.

Joyful Heart Learning contains curriculum and resources that are…

developmentally appropriate
Scripture based
literacy filled
enjoyable for both home and classroom use


This makes me super excited about our whimsical heart tree logo which conveys the joy of learning and growth and our tagline which expresses my desire to create materials and learning opportunities that engage the heart, hands, and mind!

Please know that my intention has never been to sell learning materials. I just really enjoy creating them!  However, after receiving many requests from visitors to the website over the years, taking in consideration for the time and energy expended, and after prayer and taking my husband’s counsel,  there will now be the opportunity for others to purchase revised/updated versions of some of the curriculum.  As stated above, though, the free versions will remain at Hubbard’s Cupboard!

Purchases can also still be made through Gumroad.  However, I now have a brand new  ‘shop‘ open through The Teacher’s Notebook.  The same materials are offered at both sites for purchase.  You will receive updates wherever you decide to shop.

Drop by Joyful Heart Learning and take a look around! 

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