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The idea of teaching Electives can either be an exciting one, or a daunting one depending on the situation. Some moms look at the blank slate of “Anything They Want to Learn About” and feel freedom. Others look at the same blank slate and feel overwhelmed, not knowing where to begin. Some struggle with the idea of choosing the “right” electives for their individual child’s goals and aspirations, wondering which elective choices will make their child stand out on college applications or best prepare them for their chosen career path.

The great thing about teaching Electives is the opportunity to choose a course your child will love and be excited about, but it is easy to find yourself unprepared to navigate the sheer volume of choices available. Here are some great ideas to help you with your search.

January’s Spotlight on Electives

Victus Study Skills System




Victus Study Skills System

Study Smarter, Not Harder


Do your students really know how to study? Studying is something all students are expected to do, but seldom are they taught effective methods.


Victus Study Skills System is a systems approach to study. Mastering isolated skills might achieve high test scores, but long-term success comes when students view studying as a way of life. Help prepare your students in:

  • Organization, time management, goal setting
  • Note taking, test taking
  • Reading comprehension
  • Improving existing habits & learning new ones
  • Studying smarter, not harder

Victus helps students succeed in academics and in life! Cathy Duffy says . . .


“Effective study skills are essential for academic excellence, but few students are taught an explicit system for developing study skills. Most flounder around, gradually developing their own methods that might be more or less effective. The Victus Study Skills System is about developing effective study skills and achieving academic goals, but it also helps students apply the same process to other areas of their life such as faith and finances. “Victus” is the Latin word for “way of life,” and students are taught that planning in all areas of life is important.”



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Molly Green Magazine


Molly Green Magazine - Astronomy

Do you have older students interested in astronomy? 

Teach them classical astronomy–including the constellations, basic timekeeping, navigation, and more–using the Skycraft column by Jay Ryan in each issue of Molly Green Magazine.

It’s absolutely free and filled with detailed information that will start your students on the path to developing a love for the beauty God created in the heavens and a knowledge of skycraft that is sadly fading away in our modern society.

Click on the image to go directly to this month’s article, then sign up for free at to be notified when each new issue is released! 

Did you know that The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine has a curriculum site? offers more than one hundred courses for preschool through high school, including electives such as:

  • Becoming an Internet Entrepreneur for Teens
  • Beginning Sewing: Historical Costumes
  • Career Exploration
  • Classical Archaeology*
  • College Choice Guidance
  • Family Fitness
  • Filmmaking
  • Free Market Economics*
  • Home Economics
  • Introduction to Architecture*
  • Keyboarding
  • Logic
  • Media Socialization
  • Mock Trial*
  • Nature/Outdoors
  • Photography*
  • Public Speaking
  • Social Justice
  • Starting a Micro Business for Teens
  • Statistics
  • Whole Foods Cooking with Sue Gregg also offers a variety of core classes, as well as helpful classes and resources for parents, such as Charlotte Mason Homeschooling, organizational tips, and a collection of preschool achievement certificates and printables. One fee serves your entire family, regardless of how many children you are homeschooling or their ages. The classes are available 24/7/365. You are never behind; courses are archived so you can start at any time.

Buy a monthly subscription or purchase an entire year for $139 and save over 10%. 


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*Suggested academic weighting for high school transcripts is included with these classes. / Everyday Explorers: Canada

Explore Canada from the comfort of your living room or school room!


Join Everyday Explorers: Canada as we experience the history of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nunavut, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories. Learn about people and places such as:

  • The Loyal Edmonton Regiment
  • The Chilkoot Trail
  • Hecla Provincial Park
  • The Chocolate Museum in New Brunswick
  • Cape Spear Lighthouse
  • The Fortress of Louisbourg
  • Battle of the Windmill National Historic Site
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Cavendish Home
  • Carillon Canal
  • Nahanni National Park Reserve
  • The Yukon Transportation Museum

There are hands-on activities, activities, games, and more for each province and territory. There is also a timeline project to help students grasp the history of the regions they are studying. You’ll even find a few recipes along the way!


Everyday Explorers: Canada is one of the many Daily features at, the curriculum site of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. More than one hundred courses are available 24/7/365. You can start any time; you are never behind.


Come see all has to offer! / This Day in History / This Day in HistoryCould you use some help bringing history to life in your homeschool? Take a look at This Day in History, part of, curriculum site of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine. With This Day in History, you can choose from timeline figures, living book lists, short fiction read-alouds, discussion questions, hands-on activities, and upper grade options for dozens of dates from the distant past to recent history.


Here are a few of the historic events you can find in This Day in History:

  • January 14, 1806: Birthday of Matthew Fontaine Maury, father of oceanography
  • April 22, 1864: US coins began to be stamped with “In God We Trust.”
  • May 16, 1843: The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest sets out on the Oregon Trail with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri.
  • July 8, 1911: Nan Jane Aspinwall completes a cross-country horseback ride.
  • And many, many more!

This Day in History is just one of the many elective resources at For one monthly membership or a single yearly membership, your entire family from preschool to high school can enjoy dozens of electives and multiple core courses.


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Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. - Proverbs 22:6