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This Sunday, Gracie will turn 13! I can hardly believe that she’ll be a teenager! But, even more hard to believe is the fact that she’s getting ready to start 9th grade. NINTH GRADE! That’s high school, people!
Every year since about the 5th grade, I’ve asked her how she has felt about the school year and offered to repeat that year of school. I think I do that because I just can’t believe how close we are getting to high school. Every year she gives me this look – along with the sarcastic “Mom!” – and I know she thinks I’m crazy. But, I just can’t believe that we’ve made it to this point and there are only 4 years left to go!
She was tested this year (required testing in 8th grade in PA), and her evaluator assured me that she is more than ready for 9th grade. So, we’ve made our curriculum selections and we’re ready to proceed.
At the suggestion of my friend Brenda, we used Thinkwell Math for the first time last year and we both really liked it. Gracie did complain from time to time, but it was so much more effective than me trying to teach her. Mr. Burger – the Thinkwell Math teacher – is great! Even though he’s “on the computer”, he makes math fun and interactive. She chose to use them again this year for Algebra I. (If you decide to purchase Thinkwell, I’d love it if you’d use my e-mail address as a referral – firstname.lastname@example.org – you’ll get $10 off your order and I’ll get an Amazon gift card – win-win!)
Gracie is just slightly obsessed with all things Tolkien, so she REQUESTED that we do Literary Lessons from The Lord of the Rings. I had purchased it several years ago – from a friend – for Ashley to use. Ashley got about 1/3 of the way through and gave up on it. It just wasn’t her thing. Gracie is a bit of a “wordsmith”, though, so I think she will love it! I downloaded their schedule for younger students and have the year all planned, so we’ll see how it goes.
I picked up a copy of Editor in Chief (C1) from the Critical Thinking booth at CHAP (have I mentioned how much I love that booth?!) There are 33 activities in the book, so Ashley scheduled one per week (she loves organizing things too – yay! I rubbed off! – so she helped me put Gracie’s schedule together this year).
At the used bookstore at the beach, I found a daily SAT word study book. As previously mentioned, Gracie LOVES words, so I think she’ll enjoy incorporating this book into her studies.
And, we were so pleased with the online writing courses that she took through So Verbose last year, that I’m planning to sign her up for 2 more of them this year. Essay II and Research Paper I are the two I’m leaning toward.
I was not at all sure what to use for science this year. Ashley did almost all the science courses from Apologia, but I wasn’t entirely sure Gracie was ready for those, so we’ve held off. At CHAP, we were happy to discover that Apologia has added Student Notebooks for General and Physical Science. We spent some time looking through the Physical Science one and Gracie decided it might be a good fit. So, we shall see.
Since I have High School History Curriculum from Dr. James Stobaugh (and Master Books) all lined up for 10th, 11th, and 12th grades, I wasn’t sure what to do for this year. I was leaning toward trying to get Economics and Government out of the way, but wasn’t sure WHICH curriculum to choose, or to try to put my own together.
I had Exploring Government from the Notgrass Company on my list of things to check out at CHAP. Both Ashley and I were pretty impressed with it. Since it seemed to be geared more toward upper high school, I’m planning to stretch it out over a longer period (it will actually end up taking most of the school year).
I hadn’t picked up anything for Economics though. Then, as fate would have it, I ended up with a copy of Economics for Everybody – it’s a long story, but I have my friend Kimberly to thank for it! It’s a 12-week course, which we’ll start the year off with – the two will overlap for a few weeks, but it should be ok.
OK, so we aren’t 100% sure on this one. Originally, Gracie said she’d like to try a Greek curriculum that I had here. But, now she’s leaning toward getting out the Rosetta Stone Vietnamese and attempting it again. I’m not going to push on this one – I’m going to let her take the lead and make the final decisions.
For music, Gracie will continue taking both piano and violin lessons, as well as participating in the orchestra. I’d also like to see her using her talents more in church and other venues.
The Mosaic Reviews team had the opportunity to review some great products from The Etiquette Factory. I’m planning to have Gracie use the Intermediate program to “teach” the rest of the family about proper etiquette. I love the way this program is set up – having the child do the teaching. I really think it will be fun!
So, there you have it. Our 9th grade year.
Are you teaching 9th grade this year?
I’d love to hear about your choices!
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