Our 2020-2021 Curriculum

 

I truly feel that embracing the homeschool lifestyle has helped to create  a strong bond among all of our children.  They’ve always been there for each other, supported one another through the highs and lows, and truly have been each other’s best friends and cheerleaders.  So, as our family begins to think about another new school year, there’s a twinge of sadness, but also great expectation — Our oldest daughter graduated from our homeschool in May and is heading off to college in the fall!  We are so excited for her as she begins this new journey in her life, but we will all greatly miss her joyful spirit, hugs, insights, and, simply, being with her each day.  I’m thankful for the ability to text, FaceTime, etc. as I know all of the kids will want to continue to keep in close contact with their big sister – one of their very best friends.

As our oldest prepares for moving to a dorm and beginning life and academics at college, our own planning for a new school year at home continues as well.  Below are our curriculum choices for 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11th grades this coming year!

ELEMENTARY

Our 5th Grader…

  • Reading / Literature:
    — 180 Days of Reading Grade 5
    — Literature Books – Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Lassie, The Unsung Hero of Birdsong USA, The Indian in the Cupboard, Twenty One Balloons, The Mysterious Benedict Society, Hatchet, The Toothpaste Millionaire, LongBurrow series (Podkin One-Ear), and Peter and the Starcatchers
  • Spelling/Vocabulary: Beginning Word Roots, Word Ladders
  • Handwriting: Handwriting Skills Simplified E: Cursive Writing
  • Writing/Grammar/Composition: BJU English 5
  • Math: Horizons 5 (and moving into 6)
  • Art: 1-2 times per month instruction as part of our co-op
  • Bible: Awana T&T, daily Bible Reading
  • Additions: Trail Life (Mountain Lion)

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Our 7th Grader…

  • Reading/Literature:
    — Reading, studying, and participating in a once a month book club using the following books – Fever 1793, Sweep, A Long Walk to Water, Music of Tigers, The Bridge Home, Journey to the River Sea, Anne of Green Gables, and Harbor Me
    — Veritas Press Omnibus 1, Secondary self paced online lessons with reading and comprehension of the following books – Chosen by God, Till We Have Faces, The Magician’s Nephew, The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Last Battle, The Best Things in Life, Unaborted Socrates, The Eagle of the Ninth, The Screwtape Letters, The Holiness of God
  • Writing/Grammar/Composition: Foundations of Composition (online, live class) including Jensen’s Punctuation for grammar, Sentence Composing for Middle School, Word Roots 3
  • Math: Saxon 8/7
  • Bible: Student Leader in Awana/Trek, daily Bible Reading
  • Art: 1-2 times per month instruction as part of our co-op
  • Additions: violin lessons, piano, gymnastics, ballet, writing/editing a novel

5th & 7th GRADE  ‘TOGETHER’ SUBJECTS

  • Science: Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology 

  • Social Studies: The Renaissance, Reformation, and Early Explorers using Mystery of History 3  (with a homemade notebook)

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Our 9th Grader…

  • English 9: Classic Literature/ Literary Analysis and Composition
     
    (live, online course)  – Romeo and Juliet, The Prince and the Pauper, Our Town, King Arthur: Tales from the Round Table, Silas Marner, The Giver, The Scarlet Letter, Up From Slavery, The Importance of Being Earnest; Easy Grammar Ultimate Grade 10 
  • Algebra 2 with Integrated Geometry:  Shormann Algebra 2
  • Biology: Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology
  • World Geography: North Star Geography by Bright Ideas Press
  • World Religions & Cultures:  But Don’t All Religions Lead to God?, World Religions: An Indispensable Introduction, Mimosa, Listening to the Language of the Bible, Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus, Sundar Singh: Footprints Over the Mountains, Queen of the Dark Chamber, Jacob Deshazer: Forgive Your Enemies,  I Dared to Call Him Father, God’s Global Mosaic, Foreign to Familiar,  iWitness Heresies and Cults
  • Spanish 1: BJU 1 (in conjunction with a live, online course)
  • Intro to Architecture: Design Drawing by Francis Ching  (in conjunction with a live, online course)
  • Physical Education & Health: Apologia Exploring Creation with Health & Nutrition, walking/running, indoor exercise
  • Additions: AWANA Journey

 

Our 11th Grader…

  • English 11: American Literature and Composition
     
    (live, online course)  –Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God and Other Puritan Sermons, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Young Goodman Brown and Other Short Stories, The Raven and Other Favorite Poems, The Gold Bug and Other Tales, Evangeline and Other Poems, Humorous Stories and Sketches, 12 Years a Slave, The Red Badge of Courage, The Road Not Taken and Other Poems, The Great Gatsby, The Old Man and the Sea, The Pearl, My Antonia
  • American History: Notgrass Exploring America
  • PreCalculus:  Shormann PreCalculus
  • Spanish 4:  Homeschool Spanish Academy
  • Introduction to Computer Science: Computer Science Principals: The Foundational Concepts of Computer Science and various videos from online resources, including Crash Course Computer Science and Crash Course Navigating Digital Information
  • Graphic & Web Design: Web Design with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and JQuery by Jon Duckett (in conjunction with a live, online course)
  • Physical Education & Health: Apologia Exploring Creation with Health & Nutrition, walking/running, indoor exercise
  • Instrumental Music 3:  Cello lessons, Piano Lessons, Member of the local youth orchestra
  • Additions: AWANA Journey, beginning a local cake business, SAT prep, career assessments

ALL TOGETHER

  • Bible Devotions: Bible, The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Study: A Survey of the Bible (oral)

 

Praying for a productive, joy-filled, relationship strengthening, and gospel centered year of learning for our family – whether at home or away!

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Would you like to see our curriculum choices from previous years?

2019-2020 (12th, 10th, 8th, 6th, 4th)
2018-2019 (11th, 9th, 7th, 5th, 3rd)
2017-2018 (10th, 8th, 6th, 4th, 2nd)
2016-2017 (9th, 7th, 5th, 3rd, 1st)
2015-2016 (8th, 6th, 4th, 2nd, Kindergarten)
2014-2015 (7th, 5th, 3rd, 1st, PreK)
2013-2014 (6th, 4th, 2nd, K, preschool)
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 month old baby)
2009-2010 (2nd, K, 3’s preschool, toddler, baby arrived end of year)
2008-2009 (1st, PreK, 2 year old, 6 month old baby)
2007-2008 (K, 3’s preschool, toddler, baby arrived mid year)
2006-2007 (PreK, 2 year old, 7 month 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

Hands On Science Learning

 

For the past few years, my children and I have been blessed to be able to meet two times per month with a few other homeschooling families.  We’ve enjoyed participating in art and science together – reinforcing concepts through hands on activities and learning alongside our friends!  

This past school year, our homeschool group used Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics for our 3rd – 6th grade children (while our high school aged girls used Apologia Chemistry).  We explored topics such as the states and properties of matter, atoms and elements, physical and chemical changes, mixtures, the three laws of motion, different types of energy, magnetism, and simple machines.  It was a full year of discovery!

Apologia incorporates a ton of experiments within the text, and we did many of them as we came to them during reading.  However, when we met together as a group, we wanted to provide opportunities to review vocabulary, reinforce concepts, and do additional activities that would support what we were all learning at home. 

Refraction of Light

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After collaborating with the other moms for ideas, I created experiment packets for each meeting time that we then worked through together.  If you’d like to utilize these same hands on activities, the Hands On Chemistry and Physics Experiment Packets are now available for sale over at my TPT Joyful Heart Learning store!

We had such an enjoyable year of learning with friends, and we are all looking forward to our next year of science explorations together!

Our 2019-2020 Curriculum

 

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Our new 2019-2020 homeschool year is already underway!

Here is our family’s 4th-12th Grade Curriculum Choices.  We’ve always had an eclectic approach to curriculum – and this year is no different!  It was challenging and oh..so.. time consuming, but I’m excited to see the kids delve into some unique courses that were either designed or carefully selected for each of them this year.

ELEMENTARY

Our 4th Grader:

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  • Reading/Phonics: Explode the Code 8; 180 Days of Reading Grade 4
  • Literature:  Frindle, The Door in the Wall, Stuart Little, Homer Price, Mr. Lemoncello’s Library,  James and the Giant Peach, The Green Ember series, The Phantom Tollbooth, Rump, Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy, Story Thieves, The Shakespeare Stealer, and Redwall; free reading
  • Spelling: Joyful Heart Spelling Skills
  • Handwriting: Handwriting Skills Simplified D: Improving Cursive Writing
  • Writing/Grammar/Composition: BJU English 4
  • Math: Horizons 4 (and moving into 5)
  • Bible: Awana T&T, daily Bible Reading
  • Additions: Trail Life (Mountain Lion)

 

‘Together’ Subjects for 4th and 6th:

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  • Science: Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics
    (We meet twice a month with a couple of other homeschool families to do additional hands-on activities for science as well.  I created Hands On Chemistry and Physics Experiment Packs for us to use for our get togethers.)
  • Social Studies: The Early Church & Middle Ages (Mystery of History 2) with a homemade notebook (after we complete Ancient History – Mystery of History 1)

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Our 6th Grader:

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  • Reading/Literature:  Reading, studying, and participating in a once a month book club using the following books – Ballet Shoes, Ella Enchanted,  Number the Stars, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Out of My Mind, The Candymakers,  Dangerous Journey: Pilgrim’s Progress, Pollyanna, Adam of the Road,  Tuck Everlasting;  180 Days of Reading Grade 6; free reading
  • Writing/Grammar/Composition: Writing for Muggles live class – reading all seven books in the Harry Potter series with writing assignments based from those; Grammar for Middle School; Paragraphs for Middle School; Elements of a Fairy Tale; Word Roots 2
  • Math: Horizons 6
  • Bible: Student Leader in Awana/Trek, daily Bible Reading
  • Additions: violin lessons, piano, gymnastics, ballet

 

 

Our 8th Grader:

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  • Literature/Composition: How to Write the Perfect 5 Paragraph Essay; Who Dun It? Murder Mysteries – reading of the following murder mysteries as well as writing his own murder mystery!  
    Short Stories: “Murder in the Rue Morgue” , “The Ordinary Hairpins” , “The Archduke’s Tea” , “A Singular Abduction”
    Books:  The Westing Game,
    The Red House Mystery, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Favorite Father Brown Stories, Murder On the Orient Express, And Then There Were None, Whose Body?, Where Are You Now?, The Roman Hat Mystery
  • Foundations in Composition (live, online course)
  • Grammar: Easy Grammar Ultimate Grade 9
  • Vocabulary: Word Roots 4
  • Algebra 1 with Integrated Geometry:  Shormann Algebra 1
  • Science: Apologia Physical Science
  • Social Studies:

    1st Semester – History of Technology: Computers and Gaming
    The Story of Computing, The Computer Book, Of Games and God, and The Art of Video Games
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    2nd Semester – Church History
    Christian History Made Easy, Trial and Triumph, God’s Timeline: Big Book of Church History
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  • Bible: Student Leader in Awana/Trek, daily Bible Reading, reading and discussing Do Hard Things and This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years
  • Computers: Game Design 1 and Intro to Java Programming (online, live courses) 

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Our 10th Grader:

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  • English 10:
    Classic Literature/ Literary Analysis and Composition
    (live, online course)

    Romeo and Juliet, The Prince and the Pauper, Our Town, King Arthur: Tales from the Round Table, Silas Marner, The Giver, The Scarlet Letter, Up From Slavery, The Importance of Being Earnest; Easy Grammar Ultimate Grade 10 
  • Algebra 2 with Integrated Geometry:  Shormann Algebra 2
  • Chemistry:  Jay Wile’s Discovering Design with Chemistry
  • World History:  Notgrass World History
  • Spanish 3: BJU 3 (in conjunction with a live, online course)
  • Instrumental Music 2:  Cello lessons, Piano Lessons, Member of the local youth orchestra, Member of the local church orchestra
  • Speech – Communication and Public Speaking: Secrets of Great Communicators by Jeff Myers combined with Public Speaking and Practical Life Skills from 7 Sisters
  • Additions: AWANA Journey, continuation of cake baking and decorating, driving practice

 

 

Our 12th Grader – SENIOR YEAR!

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  • English 12:
    British Literature and Composition
    (live, online course)
    – 
    The Weight of Glory, The Great Divorce, The Canterbury Tales,  ‘Leaf By Niggle’, Macbeth, Sense and Sensibility,  A Christmas Carol, Jane Eyre, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Wind in the Willows, Lord of the Flies, Remains of the Day, The Elements of Eloquence, Letters to a Diminished Church, Collected Poetry of T.S. Eliot, Six Centuries of Great Poetry, The Elements for Style
  • Research Writing:  (live, online course)
  • Speech – Communication and Public Speaking: Secrets of Great Communicators by Jeff Myers combined with Public Speaking and Practical Life Skills from 7 Sisters
  • Consumer Math:  BJU
  • Constitutional Literacy:  Constitutional Literacy with Michael Farris DVD and notebook
  • Psychology:  Psychology in Everyday Life (live, online course)
  • U.S. Government & Politics: (live, online course)
  • Economics: (live, online course)
  • Contemporary Cultural Issues: Understanding the Culture: A Survey of Social Engagement by Jeff Myers, Counter Culture by David Platt, World News Magazine, Podcasts
  • Additions: Student Leader in AWANA/Journey, gymnastics, ballet & lyrical dance, writing/revising/editing her own novel

 

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Would you like to see our curriculum choices from previous years?

2018-2019 (11th, 9th, 7th, 5th, 3rd)
2017-2018 (10th, 8th, 6th, 4th, 2nd)
2016-2017 (9th, 7th, 5th, 3rd, 1st)
2015-2016 (8th, 6th, 4th, 2nd, Kindergarten)
2014-2015 (7th, 5th, 3rd, 1st, PreK)
2013-2014 (6th, 4th, 2nd, K, preschool)
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 month old baby)
2009-2010 (2nd, K, 3’s preschool, toddler, baby arrived end of year)
2008-2009 (1st, PreK, 2 year old, 6 month old baby)
2007-2008 (K, 3’s preschool, toddler, baby arrived mid year)
2006-2007 (PreK, 2 year old, 7 month 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ancient History and Astronomy

Ancient History & Astronomy

 

During this school year, our 3rd and 5th grade children and I have been delving into ancients for history and exploring astronomy for science!  So far, the combination has worked well since both begin with the foundation of Creation with our loving God as the Master Designer. It’s the perfect combination for creation based studies!

 

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As we study Biblical history and early civilizations and also discover information about the sun, planets, and stars, I like how it all so easily points us back to God. 

The heavens declare the glory of God. 
The skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Psalm 19:1 (NIV, 1984)

We are making connections with Biblical history and seeing how God’s hand was at work in both the forming and sustaining of the universe and the nations.

I am struck by the words in this small verse of Scripture.

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power.
His understanding is beyond measure.

Psalm 147:5 (ESV)

 

great ….abundant in power….beyond measure

Yes!  That is what I wish for our children to consider and contemplate as they continue to study this year.  My hope is that they not only store up content knowledge, but that they encounter the Living God!  May they always realize that it is Christ who is great in His steadfast love for us, who is abundant in power as He not only created everything, but sustains us and gives us life, and that His wisdom and understanding are beyond measure.

 

If you are also studying Ancient History with your children, you may be interested in a new resource that was just added to our Teachers Pay Teachers store – an Ancient History Notebook!

Our 2018-2019 Curriculum

Here is our family’s Elementary to High School
Curriculum Choices for the 2018-2019 school year! 

 

ELEMENTARY

Our 3rd Grader:

 

  • Reading/Phonics: All About Reading: Level 4; Explode the Code books 6-7
  • Literature: The Boxcar Children, Encyclopedia Brown, Mouse & the Motorcycle, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, How To Eat Fried Worms, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, A Bear Called Paddington, Louis Braille
  • Handwriting: Hero Handwriting (for manuscript review); Conquering Cursive
  • Spelling: Joyful Heart Spelling Skills
  • Writing/Grammar/Composition: BJU English 3
  • Math: Horizons 3 (and moving into 4), Xtra Math
  • Bible: Awana T&T, daily Bible Reading
  • Additions: Trail Life (Woodland Hawk)

 

Our 5th Grader:

  • Reading/Literature: Lion, Witch, & Wardrobe, The Hundred Dresses, Heidi, Misty of Chincoteague, The Indian in the Cupboard, Twenty One Balloons, The Mysterious Benedict Society, Wonder, Esperanza Rising, Ginger Pye, The Penderwicks; participating in a once a month book club; free reading
  • Writing/Grammar/Composition: BJU English 5; Spelling through Scripture; Word Roots 1
  • Math: Horizons 5
  • Bible: Awana T&T, daily Bible Reading
  • Additions: violin lessons, piano lessons, gymnastics, ballet

 

The Elementary ‘Together’ Subjects:

  • Science: Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy
  • Social Studies: Ancient History – Mystery of History 1 with corresponding read alouds, timeline, notebook, etc.
  • Art: See the Light Art Class (some), art projects at our co-op

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Our 7th Grader:

    • Reading/Literature: Veritas Press Omnibus 2 Secondary (including The Hobbit , The Fellowship of the Ring , The Nine Tailors, The Dragon and the Raven, Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Winning His Spurs, The Two Towers, Henry V, King Richard III, and The Return of the King)
    • Writing/Grammar/Composition: BJU English 7 (online, self-paced course)
    • Vocabulary: Word Roots 3
    • Math: Saxon Math 8/7 with PreAlgebra
    • Science: Sonlight H – Technology
    • Social Studies: Sonlight Core H – World History (using the core history and only selective read alouds/readers)
    • Bible: Student Leader in Awana/Trek, daily Bible Reading
    • Spanish: Getting Started in Spanish
    • Computers: CompuScholar Digital Savvy (online, self-paced course)
    • Additions: Trail Life (Navigator)

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL

Our 9th Grader:

  • English 9 (Christian Literature, Grammar, and Foundations of Composition):
    – Full Length Novels
                    The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
                    The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
                   The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
                   God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew
                   Joni by Joni Eareckson Tada
                   Through the Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot
    – 
    Foundations of Composition (Excelsior online composition and grammar course)
  • Algebra 1 with Integrated Geometry:  Shormann Algebra 1
  • Biology:  Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology
  • World Geography:  North Star Geography by Bright Ideas Press
  • Spanish 2: BJU self paced online course
  • Instrumental Music 1:  Cello lessons, Piano Lessons, Member of the local youth orchestra
  •  World Religion and Cultures:
                    But Don’t All Religions Lead to God?
                    World Religions: An Indispensable Introduction
                    Mimosa
                    Listening to the Language of the Bible
                    Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus

                    Sundar Singh: Footprints Over the Mountains
                    Queen of the Dark Chamber
                    Jacob Deshazer: Forgive Your Enemies
                    I Dared to Call Him Father
                    God’s Global Mosaic
                    Foreign to Familiar
                    iWitness Heresies and Cults
  • Additions: Student Leader in AWANA/Journey

 

Our 11th Grader:

  • English 11 (American Literature and Composition):
    – Sonlight American Literature 430
                    Eternity in Their Hearts           Brave Companions
                    Up From Slavery                       Elements of Style
                    A Separate Peace                       Best Short Stories of O. Henry 
                   Ender’s Game                              The Chosen
                    Outliers                                        The Grapes of Wrath 
                    Evidence Not Seen                    Jacob Have I Loved 
                    Teaching a Stone to Talk        The Portable Poe
                    Death of a Salesman                My Antonia 
                    100 Best Loved Poems             Fidelity
                    How to Read a Book                Our Town 
                    The Scarlet Letter                    On Writing Well
                    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
                    Their Eyes Were Watching God 
  • Algebra 2b with Integrated Geometry:  Shormann Algebra 2
  • Advanced Biology:  Apologia Exploring Creation with Advanced Biology
  • American History:  Exploring America by Notgrass
  • Spanish 2: BJU self paced online course
  • Creative Writing:  One Year Adventure Novel
  •  Information Technology:  CompuScholar Digital Savvy (online, self-paced course)
  • Additions: Student Leader in AWANA/Journey; Violin Lessons, Gymnastics, American Heritage Girls (Patriot); Driving Practice, PSAT/SAT Practice; writing/revising/editing her own novel

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Would you like to get a glimpse of what other homeschool moms have chosen for their families? 

Check out Curriculum Week posts during the 10th Annual Back to Homeschool Blog Hop!

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Would you like to see our curriculum choices from previous years?

2017-2018 (10th, 8th, 6th, 4th, 2nd)
2016-2017 (9th, 7th, 5th, 3rd, 1st)
2015-2016 (8th, 6th, 4th, 2nd, Kindergarten)
2014-2015 (7th, 5th, 3rd, 1st, PreK)
2013-2014 (6th, 4th, 2nd, K, preschool)
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 month old baby)
2009-2010 (2nd, K, 3’s preschool, toddler, baby arrived end of year)
2008-2009 (1st, PreK, 2 year old, 6 month old baby)
2007-2008 (K, 3’s preschool, toddler, baby arrived mid year)
2006-2007 (PreK, 2 year old, 7 month 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



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