Help please….

We are all making headway choosing curriculum for this academic year.  However, I am struggling to find something I can use as a first aid curriculum/guidance.  One of L’s electives is first aid but I’m coming up empty.  Would anyone have any ideas?

Also C wants to do a second creative writing course as one of her electives.  The three older children will already be following a creative writing course together, but she loves to write and would like to do a second one.  She wants it very much to be a story writing course rather than a complete writing course.  Would anyone have one they could recommend?


    1. Thank you for the suggestion. I checked up the UK Red Cross, but their courses are for 18 yr old and above. I did look at the resources they sell and think I may have found something that would work, so thank you very much.

    1. I checked it out Phyllis and it looks really good. Is it a curriculum C11 could do pretty much on their own? I will be teaching the little ones during this time. Thank you for the suggestion

  1. Our local hospital offers first aid courses for a small fee. Is there nothing similar there? Also, I just googled “girl scout first aid training” and came up with a few printable resources – you might check that out 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for the suggestion. The course that all three are taking together this year is Cover Story which is the course before the One Year Novel. C wanted something in addition to that. I’m pleased to see so many people recommend Cover Story/One Year Novel. It cost me almost $80 just to have it shipped to me!

    1. I think you probably mean the One Year Adventure Novel. They will be doing the course before that one called Cover Story. Thanks for the suggestion though.

    1. I’ve ordered Cover Story for all three to use. C wanted something to do in addition to that. I’m really pleased to see it being recommended by so many people though!

      1. No problem! My E will be 11 in October as well! If you are at all interested in the Sleeping Giant classes, email Jennifer regarding the logistics and I’m sure she’ll be helpful. My daughter just loves her.

        I haven’t ordered Cover Story yet, but I think it’s in our future. 😉

  2. For first aid I did a course with St John’s Ambulance but it was only one day. I don’t know what age you have to be to start volunteering with them but it might be worth investigating if that’s an option. Story writing – NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month) in November is always a good choice, although it’s only one month long, and I’ve recently heard about the One Year Adventure Novel course which looks interesting (just noticed that it was already recommended, but I thought I might as well chime in!).

    1. I can’t believe I didn’t think of St John’s ambulance! I think they do train pupils so I will definitely check them out. Thanks May!
      She is already planning on NaNoRiMo, and we are doing together the course which comes before the One Year Adventure Novel called Cover Story. But thanks so much for the suggestions!

    1. Thank you Sunny, this looks promising. I need to look into it a bit further to see if we can take a class from the UK but it looks like a really good fit for C. Thank you so much for the suggestion!

  3. I looked around here, but it looks rather slim-pickins. I am sure the Red Cross must have some good resources. Evan studies First Aid in Boys Scouts, but I am not sure it would be a complete course; maybe a good supplement. We are using Story Starters by Karen Andreola. You might take a look at Amazon.

    I meant to write yesterday, but “someone” had a birthday. Hmm.

    Have a great day!

    1. Would that someone be you? Happy birthday Donna!! I hope you had the wonderful day you deserve? Sending lots of love and best wishes from England!

  4. For the Creative Writing course, I think you might find this a great help: “From Reader to Writer: Teaching Writing Through Classic Children’s Books” by Sarah Ellis. I bought copies from Amazon(they were library copies)for about $4. The book tells you about writers: what they read, their inspiration for their stories. Then gives some suggestions for writing assignments. Great book.

    1. Oooh, thank you Elizabeth, I’ll look it up on Amazon. It sounds just up C’s street! She is always asking me if I have any books written about authors and how they became authors.

  5. I’ve got a friend who came to our home ed group to take a first aid session. She might have an idea of who to contact locally. She is accredited to teach first aid in one of the London boroughs. I’m sure there is a generic website that you can use. Let me know if you want me to ask her.

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