Classes at Barefoot Schoolmarm — Sept 17-Jan 28

Barefoot Schoolmarm (Debbie Merriman) is my teacher of choice when I want to pass off some of the schooling.  My son attended her classes last year and will be attending this year.

Classes are held Monday, September 17th-January 28th.  Scroll down to view class syllabus and reading list.

Classes are held at Debbie’s home which is off of Columbia, south of Whittier and north of Johnston in Hemet.   For more information, call Debbie at 951-791-0885, e-mail or visit

The following is from Debbie:

~Monday Series for 5th through 8th Grade Students~

10am to 12pm: U.S. History & Geography through Literature and Activities

Over the course of the year, we will track our nation’s history from the pre-Colonial era through World War ll through the eyes of literary characters. Using historical fiction, source documents, maps, a timeline, hands-on activities and discussion, students will enjoy great literature set against the backdrop of the major events in American history. #(This class has a required book list and will have weekly reading and writing homework.)

12 to 1pm: Lunch/Recess -Students in classes before and after the lunch hour are welcome to bring a sack lunch for a family style meal followed by recess.

1 to 2pm: Conversational Spanish

Conversation, music, literature and cultural appreciation are integrated in this class, along with small doses of grammar.

2 to 3pm: Speech and Debate

This class will develop and refine public speaking, critical-thinking and debate skills. Students practice structuring and organizing information for oral presentation, prepare and give speeches and participate in class debates on relevant topics.

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U.S. History through Literature Class Syllabus           

September 10                   Introduction to the class/Overview

September 17                   Exploration

September 24                   Exploration

October 1                            Exploration

October 8                            Native Americans

October 15                          Native Americans

October 22                          Native Americans

October 29                          The American Revolution and the Constitution

November 5                       The American Revolution and the Constitution

November 12                    NO Monday Series Classes

November 19                    NO Monday Series Classes

November 26                    The American Revolution and the Constitution

December 3                       The American Revolution and the Constitution

December 10                     Slavery and the Civil War

December 17                     Slavery and the Civil War

December 24                     NO Monday Series Classes

December 31                     NO Monday Series Classes

January 7                             Slavery and the Civil War

January 14                           Pioneer Life and Westward Expansion

January 21                           NO Monday Series Classes

January 28                           Pioneer Life and Westward Expansion

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The book list for this History and Geography through Literature:

As there is reading homework with this class, your child will need a copy of each of these books, at least while we are using each one (see syllabus for dates). Many of them are available through your charter schools, used book stores/sales, or the public library.  I have found many of them at a low price at

1. Exploration

  • Pedro’s Journal: A Voyage with Christopher Columbus by Pam Conrad
  • If You Were There in 1492: Everyday Life in the Time of Columbus by Barbara Brenner

2. Native Americans

  • The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter
  • I Am Regina by Sally Keehn

3. The American Revolution and the Constitution

  • The Fighting Ground by Avi
  • My Brother Sam is Dead by Christopher Collier
  • The Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson by Ann McGovern

4. Slavery and the Civil War

  • Freedom Crossing by Margaret Goff Clark
  • Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder

5. Pioneer Life and Westward Expansion

  • A Family Apart by Loan Lowery Nixon
  • Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

6. Immigration

  • Land of Hope by Joan Lowery Nixon
  • Immigrant Kids by Russell Freedman

7. Industrial Revolution

  • Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
  • Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor by Russell Freedman

8. World War I

  • After the Dancing Days by Margaret Rostkowski
  • War Game by Michael Foreman

9. World War II

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Who is the Barefoot Schoolmarm? I’m Debbie Merriman, a homeschooling mom and credentialed teacher. I’ve been in the field of education since 1993, having been a tutor and an elementary school teacher in the public school system, a homeschooling mom to my own children and an alternative learning instructor to both private and charter school students. When I left the public school classroom and became teacher to my own children, I learned that having the freedom to pursue the interests and hands-on learning style of my kids was a great joy and a lot of fun for all of us. My classes offer meaningful, memorable, kid-centered learning in a relaxed and creative home environment.

More about Barefoot Schoolmarm classes: My classes take place in my home in Hemet, and are open to independent, ISP/PSP and charter-based homeschooling families who would like to have their children in enrichment classes. I am currently a service vendor for Dehesa, River Springs and Julian charters, and students enrolled in these schools may apply their EU credits to payment. As a service to charter school families, I will provide monthly class summaries and relevant work samples that can be turned in.

Tuition is charged and paid or billed on a monthly basis (not per class attended), and is determined by the number of class days in a given month. Please request a tuition schedule and calendar for more detail. Classes can be taken individually or as a series; there is a discount rate for students enrolled in a series. Missed classes can be substituted with other classes on the calendar. Also, there are five extra class dates scheduled that can serve as a make-up for classes missed, or simply as an extra art class.

For more information, call Debbie at 951.791.0885 or e-mail


About Hemet Sunshine

I am a homeschooling mom living in Hemet, California. I am interested in building a better community for the ones I love.
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