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I’m having a hard time believing that my “little girl” is ready to start 10th grade! I’m not sure where the time has gone. It’s “that time of year” – time for making plans for the upcoming homeschool year, so I thought I’d share what we’ve got on the homeschool shelves for 10th grade.
Tomorrow, over at Home & School Mosaics, I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on why I think it’s so important for us, as parents, to be instilling a Biblical Worldview in our children while they’re still young. Statistics regarding kids who walk away from their faith in college are staggering. And the reason this happens is because kids aren’t taught to answer questions about WHY they believe WHAT they believe.
This year, we’re using the I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist curriculum from Apologia, alongside the book of the same name.
We’ve been using Thinkwell Math (online) for the past few years, but this year while I was looking for something new to try with Ian, Gracie heard me mention the curriculum from A.C.E. The thought of being able to work at her own pace really appealed to her. She often finds herself working ahead of the video instruction anyway. So, I told her we’d give this a try for Geometry and see how it goes. She’s very self-motivated, so I don’t anticipate any problems.
We’ll be using the American Literature course by James Stobaugh this year. I had opportunity to review this curriculum last year and was very impressed by it. The course is very well laid out and thorough, and allows for a full credit in both Literature AND Writing, which appeals to me.
We were fortunate enough to find many of the books that we need to go alongside this curriculum at the used bookstore at the beach, so we only need to find/borrow a few more.
This year, I gave Gracie a choice with history . . . we could either start back through The Mystery of History, or use the American History course by James Stobaugh that coincides with the American Literature course. She looked them both over and quickly decided that she wanted to use Dr. Stobaugh’s course. She said that the layout really appealed to her (I agree) and she wanted to do something different/new.
I’m looking forward to this course and to supplementing with some local field trips, as they fit into our schedule.
My original plan was to move on to Apologia’s Biology course this year, but Gracie had other plans. When she heard that Ian was going to be doing Astronomy this year (more on that in our 3rd grade post), and she realized that I had the Signs & Seasons curriculum by Classical Astronomy/Fourth Day Press, she decided that’s what she wanted to study this year. She’s very into Fantasy Fiction and Sci-Fi and thought this would be a great way to enhance her reading. Works for me!
I should note that Ashley never wanted to study this course because the book is all black & white and looks visually “boring” to her (her words). Gracie, however, doesn’t need all the pretty bells and whistles in order to learn, so this should work for her!
I know, I know, we did a Government course last year. And, quite honestly, Gracie wasn’t thrilled with it. (That may because it was an 11th/12th grade course and I used it with my [young] 9th grader for the sake of scheduling history for the rest of her high school years.) But, all that was before Apologia introduced their Constitutional Literacy workbook to go along with the DVD series by Mike Farris from HSLDA.
Ashley and I spent weekends this past Spring introducing homeschoolers to this curriculum at conventions. It appeals to me – and to Ashley – so . . . Gracie’s taking a 2nd government course. And Ashley will be taking it with her. ‘Cause that’s how we roll around here.
Gracie is busy with musical commitments and a part-time job, so I’m sure the classes listed above will keep her busy this year. But, we do have several supplements laying on the shelf that we’ll use to fill in from time to time.
- Patriotic Penmanship Sr. High
- College Prep Genius
- James Madison Critical Thinking Course
- The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School by Sharon Watson
- Perfect 800: SAT Verbal
I was not entirely thrilled with the planner I had on hand to use with Gracie this year. I considered ordering her a student planner from Plum Paper Designs (which is where I’ve been purchasing my planners for the past 2 years – LOVE THEM!) But, one day while browsing the clearance racks at Target, we came across this planner by Blue Sky. Gracie, Ashley, and I all gave this one 2 thumbs up, so it’s what she’ll be using this year.
For the past few years, I’ve been scheduling Gracie’s entire school year at one time. I hand it to her as a print-out, a quarter at a time. I don’t care if she does it in the order laid out – I just care that it all gets done. So, she takes that list and transcribes it into her planner on the day(s) she completes the assigned tasks. This seems to be working well for us.
Also, we’ll continue to use My Home School Grades. I really love this program. There are new enhancements and updates coming soon; but with my lack of patience, we went ahead with the above planner choices, even though I’m told it will be able to do many of the things I’m currently working hard to do on my own. Oh well, there’s always next year!
So, there you have it – our 10th grade year. All that’s left is to begin!
***I’m linking this post up to Home & School Mosaics Compendium of Curriculum on August 8, 2014.***