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9th Grade for 2019-2020!

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Ok, I am slowly getting used to the idea that my firstborn will be a high school student next year. How did we get here so fast?! 

Dd is a good student who loves literature, creative writing, and languages, but can also do math. She is not an organized kid, so I know we need to work more on study skills and executive function things. Some of it is hormonal brain fog, for sure. She has a heavy load this year and is frustrated with not enough free time/down time, so we are dialing it back some next year, fewer classes and some less-intense choices.

Here is our tentative plan

Math -  Geometry at local tutorial with the Glencoe textbook. (Not thrilled with this choice, but we cannot afford an online class this year. Sad to not be doing Jurgensen at WHA!  Much less concerned about this now that I have spoken with the teacher. She is thoroughly capable and experienced.)

English - mom-made, mostly paralleling her modern history class. We will use Windows to the World for Lit analysis and then add some other essay writing second semester.

Language - Latin 2, online with CLRC.  

History - Moderns at home with me. I'll use Dave Raymond's course as a starting point and add some Read Like a Historian and some movies.

Science - Biology at local tutorial with the Science Shepherd text. The tutorial uses a local university's labs, so the kids get to work in nice facilities with good equipment. 

Elective - Musical Theater at local tutorial.

Extra curriculars: Piano, AHG, regular exercise tbd, Church youth group. Possibly looking for a regular volunteering opportunity or a job after we get settled into the year and see how it goes.

Does this look okay? High school is scary! 

 

 

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I am trying not to panic as I plan the "first year that counts"! 

So many choices are still up in the air, but this is what I have so far: (Last edit 2/21 . . . I imagine there will be many more)

Geometry -- Mr. D

Discovery of Deduction/Formal logic-- Schole Academy

Biology-- local class

Spanish 2 -- Breaking the Barrier 2 (mom taught)

Bible/History/literature -- Omnibus 1 self paced (history/theology/lit)

AG reinforcement

Music: piano and guitar

PE: she is in competitive swimming and swims 2+ hours/day

I am wondering if this is too much . . . or??? As much as I would love her to take a Great conversations course, I think it would tip the scales to too much . . . she really wants more time for music, is in a praise band at church, swims, and is playing on a tennis team this spring ... 

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Just want to chime in as a mom of a senior. It doesn't seem possible that my oldest and I were in this same spot four years ago. 

- You can do this. (If I can, you guys surely can.)

- Don't overload your freshmen. High school was an adjustment for both of us. If you get a month in & realize you need to add more, you can. You can also cut back, but free time to follow interests is so important.

- Don't sweat about college stuff yet. Plan, sure. Research, look ahead if you need to. But don't freak out. Your kid will learn & grow and change over the next four years. You will learn & grow and change, too.

- These years fly by. Enjoy your kids (even when they frustrate you). Enjoy the ride. It can be bumpy, but it isn't usually dull.

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This time last year, I wasn’t sure if I was planning 8th or 9th for the upcoming year for my DD with an October birthday. Turns out that it has been/is a terrific 9th grade year. I’ve decided if she needs time before starting the next ‘phase’, we can certainly take a gap year after graduating as a young 17-year old. 

This is what we did for 9th (and it worked so well that we’re just proceeding with the next thing for 10th next year in each subject area):

Math: WHA Geometry; moving onto WHA Algebra 2

Latin: WHA Latin 1; moving onto WHA Latin 2

Science: Clover Creek Physics; moving onto Clover Valley Chemistry 

English/History: CLRC Great Books 1; moving onto CLRC Great Books 2

PE/Fine Arts: 1 full credit in each for her 20 hours/week pre-pro ballet training

Don't be too freaked out by the first year of high school. It really is just doing the next thing. I spent about half a day in the fall compiling course descriptions/syllabi and building the framework of a transcript. At the end of the first semester I added first semester grades or progress reports and work samples. I think I have a good and sustainable record-keeping system. From here, it is just a matter of updating my records twice annually and making sure DD has what she needs to do the work. *We’re 100% outsourced because DD lives away from home training at a ballet school.

You can do this!

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LALALAICAN'THEARYOU

9th grade, man.  How did we get here?!  Sigh.

The only thing I know for sure is that we will continue with AoPS math, with DH taking on more of the supervisory role.

 

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So we are wrapping up 9th for one of mine. We have kept it very low key, do the next thing like others have said. She is in a different spot than a lot here, and we work at her level which is going fine. We do everything at home for core classes except science, which a science teacher does in our home this year with a few kids. 

So she is doing: 

PreAlgebra- Finishing up Rod and Staff arithmetic and reading through Life of Fred 

Physical Science with Lab component- co-oping with a friend.

Latin I FInishing up Third Form, studying for the NLE I, and planning to get a bit of Fourth Form in. 

English I  at home- a little WWS, a little Rod and Staff English (grade 7 book,) and a little spelling using Rod and Staff spelling 6, Dyslexia Games and Thinking Tree materials.  And Lit tied into the History 

World History, Renaissance- using KHE as a spine, the Story of Science, papers on topics of her choice, discussions, and reading Literature and writing context papers on them.  Geography tied in with the Geography Coloring Book. Field trips

Art- a lot! Co-op class plus a class at home from Schoolhouse Teachers dot com, plus outside contests, and paid classes with an artist when time allows. 

PE- dance classes 

thinking tree journals to cover those uncovered things and follow interests- biology/botany interest this year, creative writing, geography, nature study, current events, etc. Just a page or two a morning. 

 

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Ninth grade!
Physics. Apologia possibly also do the advanced book. Science is her thing. 
Spanish 2 EP and conversational class
World history : A Catholic text book with workbook
PE : she practices 20 hours a week in competitive gymnastics.  
English. Probably homegrown.   Maybe a Co-op literature class. 
MatH:  AOPS, should be finishing geometry and counting and probability, and move on to Intermediate Algebra.  
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33 minutes ago, JennyD said:

LALALAICAN'THEARYOU

9th grade, man.  How did we get here?!  Sigh.

The only thing I know for sure is that we will continue with AoPS math, with DH taking on more of the supervisory role.

 

Hi Jenny D! 

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Here's what I have so far after freaking out and conferencing with 3 other parents who have already graduated kids in my area. 🤣

Math - Geometry with retired math teacher (30 years experience, she chooses her favorite books, makes up problems, and just teaches)

Science - Biology through privately taught class (probably Miller-Levine)

English - no idea yet. It'll be mom-created & mom-taught based on interest. Maybe dystopia? Maybe Russian lit?

History - ? Possibly none? Leaving freedom here to cut this out and not overload high school.

Foreign Language - German II WTMA

Electives -

Choir - probably at local junior high (we have 7-9 here)

Aerospace - Teen Flight program building a plane & flying it

PE - high school golf team & lessons, YMCA fitness classes

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Our baby is starting 9th grade . . . still shaking my head.  This is what we have confirmed: 

Math - Algebra II (Mr D)

Language - ASL 4 (Open Tent Academy)

Still not sure on the following: 

English - English I (T4L or Plato/Edmentum)

History - US History (Great Courses DVDs)

Science - Biology (Friendly Biology, T4L, or Plato/Edmentum)

Possibly a fine arts credit in theater and pe/health credit in dance/yoga/nutrition.  

I need to keep our DD's 9th grade year pretty basic, straightforward with less live online classes.  I overloaded her for 8th grade with 7 online classes and it hasn't gone well at all. Plus, she wants to continue with volunteering at the local theater and elementary school. 

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My third ninth grader this year. I’m still not 100% certain, but it looks like:

Math: Teaching Textbooks Geometry with regular Algebra review. 

Science:Guesthollow Biology

History: Ancients with Tapestry of Grace

Bible:TOG 1/2 credit

Personal Finance:Money Matters with Boy Scout Personal Management Badge work 1/2 credit

Spanish:probably AIM academy 

English:probably Illuminating Literature:Characters in Crises, but I might sub in The odyssey and some greek plays. He will take a couple of Lantern English writing classes and do some writing with me  

PE : Daily Fitness

He’ll also keep up with guitar and praise band.  He will do TKD and youth group.  He most likely will do FLL  

 

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Well, the only two things I'm sure of are that we are dropping the Charter and that we are going to use the next levels of the Maths we used this year. 

Algebra-Understanding Algebra by Critical Thinking Co paired with Coconuts and Crocodiles/Chuckles the Rocket Dog by Arbor. 

I've really just begun planning w/ DD. 

Science- possibly definitely Forensic Science. She was very uninspired about science in general when we talked, but when I suggested this she said it could be interesting, so I will pull together some resource ideas and we'll reconvene to see if that's the direction she wants to go. Will use Georgia Virtual Learning course and possibly watch some of the Great Courses series Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works

History/SS-DD asked for an LGBT+ history/SS course. Pulling together ideas for that. Currently sorting through the syllubi here to find ideas. Making use of the library loan system heavily right now checking out various possible resources, lol. Did learn about Kanopy while searching for resources, which our library offers to cardholders for free, and which has Great Courses series, documentaries, plays and other performances, etc. on it.  

LA- Will either tie into the History/SS course, or we will do what I have started calling "Literature for the Stage", which would be focused on plays, musicals, ballet, possibly include some opera...still pulling together ideas for both. Will start over the summer with Shakespeare since we have so many amazing opportunities to see them performed live. Still whittling down the choices for this, but will be doing 6 week sessions focused on a different type, with one or two works for each that we will delve into deeply. 

Art-She will most likely be taking animation courses from The Animation Course (she is currently taking the second Drawing Courses). I will add a research paper per term, and some museum trips to round it out.

She might pick up another elective-photography or creative writing maybe. She wants to take up guitar, but not for school, and she's starting a D&D group this month. She's dropping scouts at the end of the year-apparently she was only doing it for the social aspects and now that we've found an active homeschool group and she's found some awesome homeschool friends she feels like she doesn't want/need scouts. She's also talking about starting up a community GSA.

I am excited to see where the journey takes us next year!

Updated 3/21: I am realizing how much our choice to use a charter impacted our use of the library-starting planning this year with the intent to be independent next year, I have begun to use the library to preview anything I can, and I am discovering new (to me) resources that I wish I had used in the past few years. We used to visit the library at least once a week when she was younger, I intend to make that a habit for DD2 and to encourage DD14 to go with us at least once a month. 

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I'm not sure of everything yet, but here is what I have so far:

WHA GC 3

WHA Logic 2

Integritas Academy Lit and Comp 1

Chemistry (Clover Valley or Discovering Design)

AoPS Intermediate Algebra

Latin Readings at home with some tutoring support???? 

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Noooo!!!

Everything is a mess here! I had everything all put together and then my husband announced that his company wanted to move us across the state. We had planned a year around our co-op group. With that gone, I'm switchig gears. Fortunately I'm learning this now and not in 4 months.

So far:

Finish AoPS Intro to Algebra and begin Geometry. (This scares the holy-moly out of me. Geometry was never my strong point so we'll be relying on my husband more for this one. Fortunately, my daughter and his brain seem to have a natural affinity for geometry (must be the engineer in him) so I'm hoping my involvement will be limited to just staying out of the way.)

French 2 with WTMA. She's taking French 1 here and really enjoying it.

World Geography cobbled together by me with Great Courses, World History: Our Human Story, additional readings, some documentaries, and some writing/research papers.

Biology: ?

Lit/Comp: Oak Meadow: The Hero's Journey

Drawing and Design: Still figuring this one out.

And one of the first things we need to when we reach our destination is find a dance studio and audition for their ballet company. She's dancing 12+ hours a week now and loving every moment of it. Leaving her studio and dance friends behind for this move is beyond upsetting. 😭

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(Located paper lunch bag in case of hyperventilation. "Make sure you put on your mask before helping others")

Dd and ds will be in 9th next year. Most of their stuff will just be do-the-next-thing

Math - Algebra with Jann for one and Geometry with Derek Owens for the other

Science - both are interested in Biology 2, which I'm thinking about making "with lab"

Foreign Language - Spanish 4 (most likely)

The rest definitely at home ->

English - last half of WWS 3 + literature writing?

History/literature - ahh! Perhaps ancients. Why can't I elicit an opinion from them? Did I forget to teach that? In any case it can't be too heavy, it isn't a main focus, but I really, really want to read through HotAW with them. But it is very dense. 

We also have German (rec level of study), piano (ds), ballet (27 hrs/wk dd) and electives (no-one has an opinion on this either - are you children made of clay??)

So I still have some planning work to do. I'm reviewing the WTM suggestions and outlining some ideas. I think they will be able to dredge up opinions if I tighten the number of choices down from infinity. 

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My oldest son will be a 9th grader. Mostly, I have no idea what we're doing. 

 

Math -- probably finishing AOPS Intro to Algebra and calling it Algebra 2. 

 

History -- probably ancients, but I'm undecided about which program to use.   I own WTM's HOTAW and Pandia's high school ancients. 

 

English-- I don't know. Maybe some of the EiL modules, maybe a mix of some ancients and some less so. Undecided. 

 

Science -- Also undecided. It's not his or my favorite subject. He should do biology, but I don't really want to teach biology. I'm waiting to see if the place that does drop-off a la carte classes does biology. If they do, maybe he can take it there, and if not, maybe we will do chemistry instead since I'd rather teach that. 

 

Language -- probably Spanish at home, with the goal of using HSA the following year.

 

Electives-- Undecided. Possibilities: Latin, a math elective using one of the other non-sequential AOPS books since he likes math, art history, music. He is about to get his black belt in martial arts, so of course he will almost certainly stick with that. 

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My youngest - a high schooler next year - it can't be!!!!! !😭

Here's our line up:

MFW Ancients  - History, Bible & Literature  (I plan to add in the Circe guides for Homer and possibly enroll her in an 8-week writing class with Lantern English)

Teaching Textbook Geometry

Spanish - Getting Started with Spanish and LifePac

Apologia Biology

Apologia Health & Nutrition

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I can't believe I'm planning 9th grade. My first high schooler. I'm not done planning but this is what I have so far...

English - Patterns for College Writting, book study on American Lit

History - Oak Meadow World History

Math - Mr D Geometry

Science - Chemistry, I'm not sure what we will use for this 

Language- Homeschool Spanish Academy

Stem classes based in CAD, Piano, Art and maybe dance although I'm a little worried this is too many activities so it may change.

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My middle will be 9th grade next year. Her 8th grade year has been a roller coaster, but I am hoping (crossing every finger and toe) that it will all settle down for high school.

She is eligible for a private school scholarship, so she may end up in school (we tried this year, but she didn't stay for various reasons). But if she stays home...

Math: She's doing Mr. D Algebra right now; if it continues to be a good fit, Mr. D Geometry

English: no idea????? Started Essentials in Writing this week, maybe continue that and some literature. She really would love a class, but I haven't found a good one locally.

Social Studies: Intro to Psychology with CLEP test- she desperately wants to start college classes so this is our compromise. She loves ancient history which is what I'm planning with my 7th grader, so may fold her into that. 

Science: She is starting Guest Hollow Anatomy this coming week, so that leading into some sort of Chemistry second semester?

Foreign Language: she wants to do Spanish (she started this at school this year) - as I mentioned she wants to do college, so we may try community college Spanish

She's an eager learner and loves to be busy, so she will round this out with penpals in 3 different countries, volunteering, TaeKwonDo, and art (they just opened a pottery place here in town - maybe classes in that). 

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Still debating on a few things, but we've made the big decisions (no dual enrollment, not going to brick and mortar, and probably no online class.) I continue to mostly just buy books...

History to 1500- Humanistic Traditions (includes art, history and world literature)

Literature to 1500: Foundations of Western Culture, GC "Great Authors of Western Lit" & Vandiver's "Odyssey". Sub Julius Caesar for Beowulf.  Mom made mash up of other resources.

French 3- Breaking the Barrier 3 (first half) and a conversation course.

Biology- Still deciding. I know we are using the Advanced Biology Kit. Dd wants to do Campbell, but also likes the Holt owl book. Just trying to decide if what we cover will match up with AP or SAT 2 test because she should take one or the other for various reasons. AP Bio with small provider. Subject test in June.

Math- Precalculus. Probably. Likely Larson/sort of Chalkdust. This is a good spot/ time for something besides "forward". Not sure what. She was talking about jumping back into AoPS again, which surprised me. Thinking about taking a spin through Gelfand's AlgebraI bought Adler's book as a side-along, but Larson will be our main text.

Logic/ Math- Continue Elements of Mathematics Foundations.

Health/ Phys Ed- Oak Meadow. As we have time. Found scratch-and-dent coursebook directly from OM on Ebay. Probably working on this over the summers.

Added: Dd has a couple of electives that she's self studying that will probably end up on her transcript next year as semester courses. The local school has eight credits per year, so she wants that. This is my compromise. I think AP Bio will take quite a bit of time.

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Forgot Health. Added Gelfand's. Changed Lit. March update. I think we are set.
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This is unbelievable considering I joined this forum when my daughter was 3.

History - Ancients? Text? - Maybe SWB History of the Ancient World

Science - Biology ??  - CK12 with Guest Hollow

English - ??

Foreign Language - German ???

Math - Saxon Algebra (I think!)

Maybe formal Logic? Bible? 

Anyone want to fill in all these question marks?

 

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4 hours ago, staceyobu said:

This is unbelievable considering I joined this forum when my daughter was 3.

 

I joined when DD was 4 so yeah it's still kind of an odd feeling.

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I'm still researching what I want to do since this will be my first go around with high school. This is what I'm thinking so far

Science - Dive Physical Science (Self-paced)

Math - TT - Algebra 1

Comp/Lit - EIW/EIL 9 (Both Writing and Literature) or Sharon Watson. Still narrowing down

History - Still deciding - I want this to be fun because he loves History and does things on his own already so I don't want to bog him down just need to figure out something that is organized to keep us on the right track. 

Bible -  Not sure yet. Wanting to have Bible time with all the kids in the morning. 

Home Ec - I'm planning on have all the kids learn how to plan, buy, cook meals as well as other household things. Still working on this idea. I'd like to figure out how to give him a home ec credit for this.

Phys Ed - Cross country and Wrestling will fill this credit

 

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This is my 3rd 9th grader.  We are back to using Unit Studies this year.  I combine my high schoolers, so you'll see the same stuff on the 11th and 12th grade threads.

We school year-round, so we cover a little more than most.  Our courses/unit studies (not all of these are a credit, so don't panic - Lol):

  • Mathusee Geometry
  • Home Economics
  • Fantasy Literature
  • P.E.
  • Native American History
  • Contemporary Native American Literature (all from different genres)
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • German II
  • Theater/Drama (outsourced)
  • Russian ballet - I think she is moving into Advanced Ballet with Pointe
  • Studio Art - she works privately with an art teacher - mostly painting realism - she actually competes with her art, so more of that, too.
  • Violin - continuing that
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On 2/15/2019 at 3:29 PM, staceyobu said:

This is unbelievable considering I joined this forum when my daughter was 3.

History - Ancients? Text?

Science - Biology ??

English - ??

Foreign Language - German ???

Math - Saxon Algebra (I think!)

Maybe formal Logic? Bible? 

Anyone want to fill in all these question marks?

 

Can you break out your copy of TWTM?  Lots of recommendations in there!  

Do you speak German already?  I'm using the Komm Mit series, but I minored in German, so I'm pretty fluent.  I don't know what I would use if I didn't already speak it, though.  

I know it's not popular here, but my son REALLY liked Apologia Biology...and especially the labs.

For Bible, my teens have done a survey of every book of the Bible.  We basically read every book or key parts of each book and watched different Youtube videos explaining the key points in each book.  It was excellent.  I learned a ton.

We did Saxon Algebra 1 (my oldest did).  It's a solid program, but I had to help her a lot.   

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This is my youngest and I can't wrap my head around the idea that he will be in 9th grade this coming year. 

This year has been his first solo-homeschool year and we have found ourselves moving away from more rigid structure rather than toward it. 8th grade has turned and I'm not sure what 9th looks like yet.

He has been accepted to a one day a week Aerospace program so that will be part of our picture.

When we talked about English, he discussed doing a full year of Shakespeare and some writing with Bravewriter ... so I guess that? Yeah probably that.

Math ... he will move into Precalc when he finishes geometry but we are in no rush. We are reaching the end of my ability to teach it - I can do calculus. But I don't think I can teach calculus but as we progress, I do less and less teaching. That math giftedness thing is peeking at me. Not sure where it will go.... If he tests out of calc, the local programs will send him to the university for dual enrollment rather than the CC so I'd like to get him there. 
 

Social Studies -- he is talking Econ, so that's probably what we will do.

Science -- No idea -- probably some kind of physics.

For now Japanese Pod, Mango, Duo are meeting his Japanese study needs. We will probably look for a tutor....

PE karate and hiking is working for us. 

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3 hours ago, theelfqueen said:

he discussed doing a full year of Shakespeare and some writing with Bravewriter ...

Have you looked at the Roy Speed Shakespeare classes? I've heard good things on the forum, but I haven't directly asked. It doesn't make sense for us to do them before 10th grade, so I've put it on a back burner for now. 

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My current 9th grader is taking:

Math:  Algebra 2 with/Trig/Precal from AskDrCallahan.com

Science:  Apologia Chemistry with accompanying outside class

English (American Lit.): Outside class with various supplemental materials at home

World Geography:  BJU 

Foreign Language:  Biblical Greek (Basics of Biblical Greek by Mounce)  with accompanying outside class

Intro to Logic 

Fine Arts: Piano

P.E. - Ballet 8 hrs. a week

ACT Prep

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