Our Curriculum Choices for 2017-2018

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Our Curriculum Choices for this school year.

Each year I stand amazed that I still agonize over selecting curriculum. But I was not blessed with children who learned the same way or could use the same curriculum over again.

The changes in my life have slowly changed my methods of homeschooling. You will notice I have outsourced and sought out help to juggle homeschooling, working full time, and managing my home. My husband’s health prevents him from helping in most areas.

11th Grade Curriculum Choices

My son is planning on trade school so we continue to strive for the best academics that fit his needs and abilities. While he may never attend college I still strive to expose him to subjects and prepare him for whatever choices he decides to make.

  • Algebra 1: The Academy at Bright Ideas Press. We have spent the first 2 years of high school solidifying his math skills. We are going to be stretching ourselves to complete this class. Next year we will switch gears and do business math and personal finance.
  • Spanish 1: The Academy at Bright Ideas Press: We have tried for 2 years to complete Spanish. My hope of having accountability with another teacher will get this subject completed.
  • All American History: The Academy at Bright Ideas Press: I had planned on teaching this class but when an opportunity to switch classes opened up I found myself putting both boys in this history class. The history teacher raps, my boys are impressed with her.
  • English: Who Dun It: My daughter has agreed to teach English to her brother this year. She has a passion for literature. Recently her college was attempting to recruit her for tutoring for English, I am very thankful she has agreed to help me. I am going to attend their monthly book club meetings and I look forward to the discussions.
  • Physical Science: Advanced Physical Science: I found this at a recent homeschool convention. The project based learning really appealed to me. I am excited to spend Friday mornings doing labs with the boys.
  • Mime: Louder Than Words: Every Wednesday afternoon my children have attended Louder Than Words. This group provides mentorship, bible study, leadership, volunteering, and performing arts.
  • Music: Guitar and Piano Lessons: He loves his weekly lessons for piano and guitar. He loves playing guitar for worship time at mime and youth group.

The biggest change this year is I am no longer creating checklists/schedules for my son. Last year we tried a paper planner for him but he didn’t really keep track of it. This year I purchased a Homework App for $4.99 and he is entering in his assignments with due dates. His ipad will send him reminders and he will develop a system to keep track of his responsibilities.

8th Grade Curriculum Choices

  • Math: Bob Jones Math 6 is a change from Horizons. I was hoping the color pages would keep his interest. But honestly math is a struggle so I am prepared with other negotiations.
  • Spanish: La Clase Divertida level 2: My son enjoyed doing level 1 last year and since he does this without complaint, level 2 is on the schedule.
  • Physical Science: Advanced Physical Science: I found this at a recent homeschool convention. The project based learning really appealed to me. I am excited to spend Friday mornings doing labs with the boys. Yes I did buy each boy their own set of supplies, sometimes the lesson can not be about sharing.
  • All American History: The Academy at Bright Ideas Press: My son is gifted in history. I know he will enjoy the challenge of taking a high school level class.
  • Reading and Writing: The Academy at Bright Ideas Press: This class is supplemental to what we will be doing at home. My goal is to solidify those skills necessary for high school.
  • WriteShop: We are continuing our journey with WriteShop book F. Backing up a few levels has really allowed for my son to gain confidence in his writing.
  • Fix it Grammar: Fix it Grammar is new to us and I am not sure how it will go. We have used Easy Grammar in the past.
  • Spelling-U-See: I love the color coding and dictation of this program. We used scented markers too.
  • Natural Speller with Spelling City: I like the word lists from Natural Speller and the extra practice of Spelling City. Yes, his struggles with spelling mean we have 3 programs but they are short lessons.
  • Mime: Louder Than Words: Every Wednesday afternoon my children have attended Louder Than Words. This group provides mentorship, bible study, leadership, volunteering, and performing arts.
  • Music: Weekly piano lessons. My son has taken an interest in writing his own songs. I love listening to his composing.
  • Swim Team: Nothing takes over my life more then 4 nights a week at the pool and swim meets. But he wants to join the Navy and I will sleep better knowing he can swim.

I am sure you noticed my 8th grade taking high school level classes and 6 grade math/writing. This is my favorite thing about homeschooling, when he was younger I allowed him to excel in his strengths and provide extra time for his weakness. He actually completed 3 grade levels in math last year! I am thankful to have provided him the chance to learn at his pace.

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Comments

  1. How completely awesome that your son is showing an interest in composing! I bet it’s amazing listening to his songs.

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