After a year long break, that included Ds attending PS full-time, we are returning to homeschool. Ds will be dual-enrolled at our local public school. One subject I need help choosing, is English.
In the past, we used Sonlight,and Ds is requesting that he "just read" books, as PS had him dissecting the only four books he read all year. He wants to read books at his own rate, and doesn't want to "study" each one. Or any of them, for that matter. ;) One thought I have, is to have him read at his own pace, through two stacks of books we have left over from previous SL cores. Maybe have him do a Glencoe Lit Study for one or two of them. If we did that, we will still need to cover vocab, grammar and composition.
Ds prefers materials written to him, so that he may work as independently as possible. He doesn't want to work online or at the computer, either. What I have found over the years, is that some material which seems independent, assumes either that the student knows a certain amount of information, or that there is a teacher filling in gaps.
Other things to consider:
~I need low cost, which is why I am thinking of using the unread literature we have on hand.
~The less moving parts, the better. He doesn't want to do three separate books for each component. Also, I live with chronic illness and pain, and must be realistic. I will not always be 100% available, so the less checking, planning, etc.that is involved, the better. However, this is my first year homeschooling only one student, so I expect it to be easier on me.
~This Ds is still behind in math, so that is our main priority and will require most of what is left of his puberty brain at the end of his days, as well as time.;) So nothing too time consuming. This English course priority, is for him to return to lots of good literature, so whatever else he does, can't consume all of his time.
~Though we are Christians, we prefer Secular materials for academics. With that said, this isn't a sticking point. For ex.,I have used material such as A.C.E., if the course meets our needs.
~Ds remains visually sensitive. For ex., he can't tolerate the Lial's Math books frequently recommended here. And yesterday when I had him take a look at Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum's World Geography course, he said no way due to the cheap black & white printing of maps and graphs he couldn't clearly read. Things like that annoy him and are deal breakers.
Curriculum I am looking at:
Wordsmith ( hard for us to tell from samples, how user friendly this is, how its scheduled, etc.)
Jump In (same concerns as Wordsmith)
Easy Grammar Ultimate Series Grade 9
Wordly Wise at grade level
Saxon/Hake Grammar & Writing (Though listing this as high school credit might be a problem, even though it seems advanced and even overkill?)
Queen's Language Lessons (He loves the simplicity and layout of this, but it seems too easy and maybe appeals to girls more than boys?)
A.C.E. (Yes, I know. But. It is *the* most independent and because of his strong desire to "simply read," my thought is to have him work through the English Paces for 30 mins, then spend remaining time reading. I do wonder,though, if it's also overkill for grammar and not enough writing.) My kids have perfected leaving the parts of ACE out, that doesn't agree with our much more progressive beliefs, and I love that character building is built in.
I can't come up with anything else, so any input about what I've listed is welcome, along with new suggestions.
Thank you for any and all thoughts!