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I will have 6th and 7th graders next year and I remember taking Health class in 7th grade. My kids will be doing Biology at a drop off homeschool program, so I figure that this may be the time to teach Human Health. 

 

1) As of right now, they think they are headed to our public high school. There is an Anatomy and Physiology class but it is an elective, so there's no guarantee that high school studies will cover it. 

 

2) I'm not sure how to fit it in given that their schedules already are stressing me out. See below. Any veterans see areas that can be cut or postponed? I'm not a natural teacher so I need the involvement of curricula to boost my confidence.  :)

 

3) Any recommendations for health curriculums? Secular, if that matters. 

 

THANK YOU

 

 

 

​Math - Pre-Algebra (finish) and Algebra I

 
Grammar - Analytical Grammar, Figuratively Speaking
 
Vocab - Vocabulary of Literature (MCT)
 
Literature / Writing - Literature class online for both, Free writing on topics / Writing with a Thesis at home
 
Read Alouds - Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Across Five Aprils, Diary of Anne Frank, Watership Down (some Glencoe), more...
 
U.S. History - Hakim Concise revision, Howard Zinn History, America: The Last Best Hope
 
Geography - Memorial Press Geography 1 (my son is geography lover) 
 
Science - Biology at school, Story of Inventions, Magic of Reality
 
Logic - Fallacy Detective
 
Spanish  - No idea but need something
 
Computer Literacy - Intro to Coding online class
 
 
 
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Since you mention secular, you should know that Fallacy Detective is definitely not secular.

 

I would not personally choose to do Huck Finn with a 6th grader. The themes are much older. And the book itself is difficult, though obviously reading it aloud would help with that. Diary of Anne Frank is another that I wouldn't necessarily choose, just because I don't think it's the best book for learning about the Holocaust if that's your goal.

 

It does look to me like you're trying to do too much - a full history program with supplements and a full geography program, for example - that's a lot of social studies. And they're taking an outside science, but you're both going to add in things at home and you'd like to do a full health and human body program. Biology covers basic anatomy and physiology as much as a high schooler would need so I wouldn't feel like you absolutely had to cover that at home. If they have an interest, they'll take the elective.

 

One of my boys is using Breaking the Barrier for Spanish. It's an e-text on the iPad if that's an option for you. He's doing it alongside Duolingo and we're happy with that.

 

Do you also need algebra suggestions since you didn't name a program? There are some threads on the Logic board that might be useful.

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My first impression was, gosh that's a lot. My kids couldn't get through all that at those ages.

 

Math - Pre-Algebra (finish) and Algebra I - Sounds good.

 
Grammar - Analytical Grammar, Figuratively Speaking - FS covers literary terms, not grammar. It may be redundant with the online course. AG is a good choice.
 
Vocab - Vocabulary of Literature (MCT) - Do they really need separate vocab? We found vocab courses redundant with reading high quality literature, and especially when adding in a romance language (Spanish).
 
Literature / Writing - Literature class online for both, Free writing on topics / Writing with a Thesis at home - Sounds full. I'd put the focus of your English here.
 
Read Alouds - Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Across Five Aprils, Diary of Anne Frank, Watership Down (some Glencoe), more... Huck Finn is high school level; Tom Sawyer is middle school. Don't add Glencoe guides; they already have a lit class. Just read, discuss, enjoy. 
 
U.S. History - Hakim Concise revision, Howard Zinn History, America: The Last Best Hope - Pick one of these. Both is too much.
 
Geography - Memorial Press Geography 1 (my son is geography lover) Yes, but, gently, "doing it all" is not realistic. You may be better off to decide if you're going to do history or geography, and go all out on whichever you choose. Geography can also be covered by playing Stack the States/Countries, Sheppherd Software, various board games, playing around on Google Earth, watching whatever documentaries are on Prime/Netflix, or even covered via read alouds, all without adding another whole block to your school day.
 
Science - Biology at school, Story of Inventions, Magic of Reality - I'd put the last two titles into your read aloud pile.
 
Logic - Fallacy Detective - This is NOT secular in the slightest. You might look at the newest edition of Art of Argument instead, which still sets off some very secular people, but others find it easy to work around. Your mileage my vary. Personally I'd add it to your read aloud stack and do it together orally.
 
Spanish  - No idea but need something - Mine use Duolingo and Spanish for Children to start with. They moved onto Duolingo/Memrise combo and Breaking the Barrier.
 
Computer Literacy - Intro to Coding online class
 
You don't have room for adding health unless you throw it into the read aloud block, and you do not need to add anatomy; the bio class ought to cover what those ages need. But seriously, have you looked at a health book? My teen and I built a course with a health component this year. I looked closely at a few high school health books at Half Price Books, shook my head, and put them back on the shelf. I did snap a picture of the table of contents of one of them. They were clearly not meant for the kids with parents who talk to them frankly about anything that comes up in everyday life. There were a couple areas I thought we might go into more detail on, but it wasn't worth the $10 for a used textbook.
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Thank you, Farrar. I follow your blog and your choices have influenced ours so I really appreciate your feedback. In fact, I think you are one of the reasons why we chose Dolciani for Pre-A. :)

 

Yes, we are taking on too much. Partially I must admit that's the case because sometimes when I log on here I often feel like my kids are so underprepared! 

 

RE Health: I guess I'm wondering where they'll learn the names of bones and muscles, the systems and how they work and are intertwined, etc in the human body. We talk a lot about health since my child and I have chronic conditions and I am always researching, but I don't remember Biology class going into much depth on human physiology. Given all the time we've spent in natural health and western MDs offices in the past five years I'm thinking that my middle school health class has served me pretty well. LOL

 

I'll check out your Spanish recommendation and thank you for the logic curriculum tip! I haven't purchased anything yet...just putting some ideas to paper. Much gratitude!

 

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Thank you, Silver Moon. 

 

Yes, I will junk those Glencoe guides! I was feeling guilty about just reading with the kids but now I won't!

 

RE Vocab: Do you think I can skip? I often feel that I must do vocabulary since we're not doing Latin and haven't gotten a romance language off the ground?

 

RE Geography: I'll try but he loves geography and is constantly asking me to quiz him. He's burned through stack the states, nat geo apps, and all blank country maps of the world that I can find. He came in second in the local Nat Geo Bee and he is set on winning it next year. 

 

I think I'll lighten up history and either take it light in Vocab or not do it all together. Still seems like we'll be frantic, though. Hmmm...

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*I* skip vocab. My younger kids have never seen the inside of a vocab book.

 

For geography, you might look at geo bee prep materials instead, for him to do on his own time. There are oodles of them.

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