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I'm getting the wheels started in thinking about 9th grade planning. This is my last high school kid! 😥 Our co-op's plan won't come out until early March so I'm waiting on that to make final decisions.  I'll post our tentative plans below and come back later to make adjustments. Anyone willing to share what they are planning?

English:  American literature & Composition:  Co-op IEW Essay & Research Class, Bluebook of Grammar, American Literature selections...

History:  A History of US book set;  adding timeline, documentaries & movies, mapwork, current events

Math:   Algebra I with Mr. D.... (We might try to work through first half of TT Geometry along with Alg. I OR take a summer Geometry class with Mr. D after Algebra).

Science:  Biology; most likely at co-op which uses Apologia...Would like to incorporate Apologia Health in with this. (1/2 this year, 1/2 for 10th)

Elective STEM Classes at Co-op 2x week.... Computer Science, Mechatronics, Art, Wood Carving, Advanced Guitar

Maybe enroll in our local Civil Air Patrol club or JROTC at local high school?

His interests are centered around building model boats, planes, & cars from wood.... he likes welding, designing/architecture, and aviation. Need to find more opportunities to create with others instead of creating at home alone. I'm thinking "team building" activities. 

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My "middle kid" will be starting high school in the fall.

Math:  We'll be doing a second pass through of algebra. I think for future kids that we'll do Jacobs Algebra 1st & then Dolciani. This one started with Dolciani & I just like how Jacobs introduces things better. But the word problems in Dociani-whew!

Language arts: Golly, I don't know. This subject is always tough for me. She's a strong writer & reader, so I just need to keep working on things.

History: Probably US History (year 1 of 2) using the same plans as her big sisters

Science: ?? I usually do physics first but I'm not sure she'll be ready for Jetta's class. Edited to add- maybe Biology with recorded classes at Homeschool Connections or FundaFunda's Bio.

Foreign Language:  She hasn't picked one yet & doesn't want me to outsource. So, French, I guess. ETA: She wants to finish up Latin but not with a live class, so maybe Homeschool Connections recorded Wheelocks classes.

Programming: She's working through Python stuff, so probably continue that.

Other electives:  TBD

Aviation 101 through Embry Riddle?

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Oh no! I’m not ready yet! 😱

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if you have been on the forums lately, you know I am stressing about some of these choices!  So, tentatively . . .

Science--Biology, Miller-Levine Dragonfly  book  with a lab at co-op

Foreign Language-- Avancemos Spanish, possibly at the local UM school

Math: Jurgensen's Geometry

History:  **possibly** A History of Western Society, but with a focus on Middle ages through the Renaissance, so part of book 1 and book 2 (or book A and book B partial)  plus primary sources (either just the Sources for Western Society  Volume 1 and II or other stuff I will add)

Literature: online medieval literature class

Writing: probably Write at Home, or some other writing coach based thing

Logic:  Traditional Logic I Memoria Press. I am not going to press to get both I and II done. We'll see how things pan out.

Bible: The Most Important Thing You'll Ever Study (we are behind)

Art: Continue drawing with my dad. Currently doing colored pencils, hopefully will be moving into pastels and charcoal by then

 

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Next year's freshman is my Goldilocks (so hard to find that "just right") 😉 .  Some LD's that make things tricky.

With that in mind...

History and Lit: SL Core 100, with some of the lit swapped out for whatever else floats our boat-- possibly some of Lightning Lit Late American. 

Writing:  Writing With Skill

Spelling: still a need for him; probably Abeka, since we have it already.

Science:  Possibly Hewitt's Conceptual Physical Science Explorations, or something for biology... not sure yet.  Nothing math dependent.  Maybe Abeka for biology...I think he will do better with the plants-->animals--->human---->cellular approach that my older edition of Abeka has.  If we begin a course w/ cellular bio, I think his head will explode. 😉

Math: Saxon Algebra 1/2 (to solidify Pre A and gently intro some algebra--done at whatever pace he can hack), followed by Basic Algebra (Dolciani and Brown), or MUS Algebra,  or Jacobs' Algebra.  Depends on what clicks.

Not sure about foreign language... I'll see if he bites at Latin or Spanish.  Maybe he'd be willing to take Spanish at the local high school.  Latin would be with me; so, does he want to be Mr. Independent at the hs or just get it done with Mom. And the winner is..... Spanish with Mom. 

Cross Country/Indoor Track/Spring Track at local high school. 

Some other hands on elective... still thinking about that one.

 

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🙋‍♀️ My first high schooler! 😬

Religion: Introduction to Scripture by Fr. Laux, The Father Who Keeps His Promises by Scott Hahn, The Story of a Soul. Probably only count this as one credit because I think we’ll just read and discuss  

Math: Geometry with dh

English: Ancient Lit uisng Kolbe’s Greek lesson plans and conference CDs, but substituting Nichomachean Ethics for Poetics, only doing one of Plato’s dialogues, and adding the Aeneid, one or two stories from Plutarch, and St. Augustine’s Confessions.  Lesson plans should include essay topics. She may do Nanowrimo. 
 

Science: ck12 biology with some of Guesthollow’s extra reading. Trying to come up with a good sampling of different views on evolution. Being weird and not making it a lab because she’s not fond of labs and bio is her least favorite science (Ithink she’ll be much more willing to play with chemicals  in Chem and build things for Physics — already floated the idea of a catapult lab to great enthusiasm). Plan to sync with health. Health will include a CPR course. 
 

History: Making my own Ancient history using Christ the King, Lord of History as a spine with lots of supplements. Only one semester so the other semester can be

Geography: mainly cultural and map skills. Includes comparative religion. 
 

Latin: Third Form Latin

Spanish:  not sure what to do about this. She’s happy puttering along with a workbook and flashcards but that’s not really enough to give full credit...so not sure if I should make her beef it up or not count it or try to count it as only one credit or what. 
 

Art?

Irish Dance, possibly Gregorian chant schola choir

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1 hour ago, Spudater said:

 

Geography: mainly cultural and map skills. Includes comparative religion. 
 

 

 

I'm mapping out (well, trying to map out) a plan for this with my rising 8th grader but for a full year.  I'll be curious to hear what your plan looks like, because mine seems to suffer from an overabundance of books (if there is such a thing?). 

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1 minute ago, cintinative said:

 

I'm mapping out (well, trying to map out) a plan for this with my rising 8th grader but for a full year.  I'll be curious to hear what your plan looks like, because mine seems to suffer from an overabundance of books (if there is such a thing?). 

Well, I figured once or twice a week I’d have her do mapwork, with the goal of her being able to freehand a basic world map and do a semi-decent job identifying countries and basic landmarks like the Nile. She’s done some Stack the Countries in the past. I dividedup the world by continent or major region and Iwas going to have her get travel guides out of the library and make a detailed presentation for each of where she would go and what she would doif she had an all-expenses paid vacation there. I have a big list of questions to give her ideas, including: whatshould youwear?  When will the weather be nice?  What are some basic phrases?  Are thereany animals you should watch out for? Things like that, to helpher go into more depth than just “I’d go to the Louvre,” kwim?  Ithought I’dlook on National Geographic’s youtube for some interesting videos. And I have a whole bunch of random stuff for comparative religion, mostly a mix of articles from online and from the comparative religion class Itook in college. 

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Just finished our plan yesterday. Updated 4/9/20

 

Algebra I  (Saxon Math)

Great Books I (Classical Learning Resource Center) 

Quest for Middle Earth: Works of Tolkien (Classical Learning Resource Center)

Art in Literature: Lord of the Rings (Classical Learning Resource Center)

Intermediate Drawing (Classical Learning Resource Center) - Fall semester only

Meteorology (Classical Learning Resource Center) - Spring semester only

World History (Florida Virtual School)

 

His passion is athletics so 30+ hours per week are devoted to athletic training of some sort.

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So far I have:

Math - TT Algebra 1

English - homemade CM/SWB mix of literature and composition

Science - Survey of Astronomy (Master Books)

History - Notgrass Exploring World History Book 1 with some things added

Electives - probably Computer Science 101 with Stanford Online plus some other things, and he's doing a beginner Python course from Udemy

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We'll probably subscribe to Homeschool Connections unlimited access soon to try it out.  If we like it, this will likely be our plan.  If not, I'll have to fill in some holes.

English 9: HC grade 9 writing courses and a few literature courses (or The Power in Your Hands with a Lightning Literature course), if the literature courses we pick do not cover American literature, I'll pick at least a few American novels, short stories, and poems to go along with history, Rod & Staff English

Geometry: probably Jacob's Geometry using the HC recorded course

Observational Astronomy: Signs and Seasons: Understanding the Elements of Classical Astronomy with field journal, plus some tbd supplements

Early American History (probably 0.5-0.75 credit): Lands of Hope and Promise (first half), possibly with HC recorded course, with some tbd supplements

Government (probably 0.5-0.75 credit): 2 HC recorded courses, possibly with some supplements

Religion: Bible readings & a few HC recorded courses

Logic: if we don't finish it this year, we'll continue The Art of Argument

Spanish I: most likely either a HC recorded course or Spanish Now, possibly a live course??

Computer Science (0.5 credit): HC course or have dh teach him

Now that I write that out, I see that I'll have lots of holes to fill if Homeschool Connections doesn't work out.  Luckily, several things will stay the same, I'll just have to provide the structure and assignments.  I'm glad I was already planning on trying it out soon, so I can make changes sooner rather than later, if needed.  Even if we do like it, I'm not sure if I want to use it for that many courses.

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Okay, first time to plan high school!  ACK 😦

Bible, English, History - My Father's World Ancient History and Literature with Fix-It Grammar (maybe a creative writing course, too - it's a favorite!)

Science - Apologia Biology

Math - finish up Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, don't know curricula yet

Languages- Spanish 1, don't know curricula yet

Fine Arts- Piano lessons, some sort of Art class (art/drawing is another favorite!)

P.E.- Apologia Health & Nutrition w/ swimming, fitness classes, etc

Electives- Computer Skills/Science/etc, not sure yet

 

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Next yr I'll be down to only 2 kids homeschooling. So weird to think about!

Dd and I have had a few brief conversations. Tentatively

2nd 1/2 of our LOTR study

French

geometry

physics(Hewitt)

1st 3rd of world history 

Apologetics

rock climbing 

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My first time posting on a planning thread in the high school boards! 😳 Those of you who aren't familiar with my lengthy planning posts, I apologize in advance. 😅

I'm still in idea mode and will have to whittle it down a little. My rising 9th grader is my mildly dyslexic, visual learner. I'm a little nervous about getting through so many books, but we have a lot of audiobooks with the Kindle Whispersync and these topics are of high interest to him. He's worked really hard and is progressing amazingly well with his reading and vocabulary. He mainly struggles with writing and spelling at this point which we'll be focusing in on from now through the summer. He's interested in the Lord of the Rings and Norse Mythology, so I ran with a LotR/Middle Ages themed year.  I'm sure I'll be changing some things, but this is where my head is at the moment. I also have an 8th grade dd who does the same work. She loves to read anything and everything, is interested in EMT/Fire & Rescue and criminal justice. 

Lit & Comp
Literary Lessons from the Lord of the Rings - skipping busywork adding additional lit, discussions and writing. 
Writing across Curriculum plus I have a stack of writing books to pull from. 

Literature
The Illustrated Hobbit  - I got them each a copy as a keepsake.
Lord of the Rings - audiobook 19h/17h/ 18h w/ paperback books
    • Great Courses Plus Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature
        ○ Lecture 1: Frodo Baggins: A Reluctant Hero
        ○ Lecture 7: Beowulf: A Hero with Hidden Depths
    • GCP Stories about Great Storytellers
        ○ Lecture 3: J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: A War and Friendship that Changed Storytelling
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight  - audiobook 
    •  GCP King Arthur: History and Legend
        ○ Lecture 13: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Tales from the Perilous Realm - audiobook 
    • GCP Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind: Literature’s Most Fantastic Works
        ○ Lecture 10: Tolkien & Mass Production of the Fantastic
Beowulf - audiobook  & Kindle
    • GCP Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature
        ○ Lecture 7: Beowulf
The Canterbury Tales - Selected Tales - audiobook 
    • GCP: The Great Tours: England, Scotland and Wales
        ○ Lecture 25: Literary Britain: Chaucer and Shakespeare      
 Hamlet 
 MacBeth 
The Song of Roland - Audiobook (if we have time)
    • GCP - Life Lessons from the Great Books
        ○  Lecture 21: The Song of Roland—Chivalric Adventure

Spelling
Megawords 3/4

Grammar
Fix-it Grammar Book 2: Robin Hood & possibly Book 3: Frog Prince or Just Desserts

Mythology & Folklore
Willing to drop some to make room for myths specifically relating to Tolkien. Still need to look through LLFLotR
Celtic
I already have Irish Folk & Fairy Tale Omnibus - (selected tales) 
Norse (He's on his third reading of Gaiman's Norse Mythology)
The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún by J.R.R. Tolkien - Paperback
GCP Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature Lecture 8: Thor
Swedish 
An Illustrated Treasury of Swedish Folk and Fairy Tales by John Bauer

Myths & Legends podcast (on his own time)

History
Famous Men of the Middle Ages - writing biographical sketches WWS-style
Terry Jones' Medieval Lives or selected lectures from GCP The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World - outlining and writing
History of Norway & Stories of Norway  -  by John A. Yilek, a Norwegian History professor in MN, - optional reading for him
I've read Daileader's Middle Ages series is better suited for high school. I do worry about overload, so maybe a streamlined GC with supplements would work better for us. We'll be practicing taking notes, outlining WWS-style, and writing from the lectures and books. I do like Dorsey Armstrong and I think he'll like her, too.
Great Courses (I can't decide!) 
    • The Early Middle Ages AND
    • The Late Middle Ages AND *only available for purchase/not on GCP
    • The High Middle Ages  too many lectures in total - I wouldn't be able to fit everything else in
          OR
    • Turning Points in Medieval History* or
    • The Medieval World * - too many lectures on peasants. Would be repetitive with Terry Jones book - really would be perfect for middle school
          OR
    • Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest* - just right amount of deeper lectures
AND
The Vikings or History of Norway or Stories of Norway (his choice)
The Black Death (dh and I liked this plus it kind of works with our biology/health unit)
King Arthur (optional or at least a lecture or two)
The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World (selected or Terry Jones Medieval Lives)

Science
Ds has said he's very interested in all science subjects, but he doesn't quite have the math to back it up yet. Dd is very interested in healthcare and criminal justice. We're coming off of a strong life science/almost biology year, so I'm thinking we'll continue on with it for a full Biology credit by adding physiology & anatomy and a few other science topics they are interested in. We can double dip and work towards a .5 health credit. I'm going to have to walk a fine line as ds can get squeamish when blood is discussed though he's getting better. Dd has no problem with it and likes to watch the EMT/Fire Rescue shows. Dd may take a self-paced medical terminology course either alongside or maybe after we'll see how we are on time.  Of course this may change before we start the year. 
Biology - Essentials of Physiology & Anatomy (10th edition) by Elaine N. Marieb w/ coloring book & possibly a few labs 
The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson - might read that in the summer for A&P prep.
Health- Nutrition 

Philosophy
Philosophy of Tolkien
The Hobbit and Philosophy: For When You've Lost Your Dwarves, Your Wizard, and Your Way - might read that in the summer alongside The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy: One Book to Rule Them All (Popular Culture and Philosophy

Math
ds Algebra I - Lials 
dd Pre-Algebra - Lials

Art (since we already have all of these, we might as well look at them) 
Fairies, Gnomes, Giants, and many other books by Brian Froud & Alan Lee  
Tolkien's World 
The Guide to Tolkien's World 
The Fairy Tale Art of John Bauer 

Extra- curricular interests
Ds 3D Art Modeling - weapons and gear from fantasy
Runes for Beginners (optional)
Celtic Art: The Methods of Construction (Dover Art Instruction)
Dd sketches from the art books

Credits
Literature & Composition 1.0 
Medieval History 1.0
Mythology & Folklore 1.0 (will be working on this through the years)
Biology with Physiology 1.0
Health .5 (will be working on this through the years)
Algebra I 1.0

Should I name Literature & Composition something more reflective of what we're learning this year or keep it simple? Does it depend on who is receiving it?
 

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@Plum, can you just send us all your plans for Medieval when you are done? LOL.  😃 It looks great.  

I am planning on listing ours as Medieval history and Medieval literature and composition.  I am new at this too though (I have a rising 9th as my oldest).

Please tell me where you come out on the Great Courses. My kids have not liked any video based course thus far (except IEW I guess which they tolerated) so I am not even looking at those. I do own the Terry Jones Medieval Lives book and hope to get to it soon. 

 

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19 hours ago, sangtarah said:

 

P.E.- Apologia Health & Nutrition w/ swimming, fitness classes, etc

 

FYI. I have a friend whose 8th grader is doing the Apologia Health this year and she has said it is very science-y, as in there is a lot of A&P in there.  So you might want to take a look at the Biology and think about combining that aspect, or toning it down in the health. She said she had to rewrite some of the tests because she felt like the anatomy portions were too detailed for a "health" class.  YMMV of course, but I really trust her opinion, and I know this is a newer text that not many people have used. 

ETA: A&P=Anatomy and Physiology

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@Plum I thought I would mention a resource we enjoyed using with our fairytale studies: Folklore and Symbolism of Flowers, Plants and Trees.  

Also, be prepared that The Philosophy of Tolkien contains a huge amt focused on Lewis.  We personally love that bc we love Lewis, too, but it is not a book strictly about Tolkien.  (If you know Kreeft, you definitely get his admiration for both men in the book.)

 

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17 hours ago, cintinative said:

@Plum, can you just send us all your plans for Medieval when you are done? LOL.  😃 It looks great.  

I am planning on listing ours as Medieval history and Medieval literature and composition.  I am new at this too though (I have a rising 9th as my oldest).

Please tell me where you come out on the Great Courses. My kids have not liked any video based course thus far (except IEW I guess which they tolerated) so I am not even looking at those. I do own the Terry Jones Medieval Lives book and hope to get to it soon. 

 

Will do!

I do have to picky with what Great Courses I choose, which is another reason I have backups. They liked one Neil DeGrasse Tyson more than the other. They both liked the Big History of Civilizations course, but only watched a few of David Christian's Big History GC's because we were doing Big History Project and they were seeing abbreviated versions of the same topic on that site. They couldn't get past the professor doing Squats throughout the Building a Better Vocabulary series.🤣 And they worked their way through Secrets of Mental Math. My oldest watched The Other Side of History and enjoyed it. Dh and I watched The Black Death and liked Professor Armstrong's storytelling style. My oldest liked her Analysis & Critique writing course. 

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It was squats, not crunches. I’m not sure why I typed that.
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4 minutes ago, 8FillTheHeart said:

@Plum I thought I would mention a resource we enjoyed using with our fairytale studies: Folklore and Symbolism of Flowers, Plants and Trees.  

Also, be prepared that The Philosophy of Tolkien contains a huge amt focused on Lewis.  We personally love that bc we love Lewis, too, but it is not a book strictly about Tolkien.  (If you know Kreeft, you definitely get his admiration for both men in the book.)

 

Thank you for the book recommendation. I added it to my Amazon list. 

WRT The Philosophy of Tolkien - That's actually good news. I wanted to add The Inklings book but that was too long. Eventually we'll get to The Screwtape Letters. It is right up ds's alley. 

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Plum, liking your post wasn’t enough. What a fun year!  I was just thinking about Tolkien’s short story “Leaf by Niggle” today. It’s one of my favorites. 

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I looked at the title and thought...nope, mine will be a senior. And then I remembered my second son will be a 9th grader next year!!! Ack! 

The first step will be making sure he wants to homeschool. We’ve been talking about it all along. We let the kids decide when they get to high school. I think he will probably choose to stay home and I think it is be the best option for him, but I’m open to him going to public school if he wants to. 

He’s the most out of the box kid I have so I’m really not sure what we will do if he does stay home. I’m thinking about using Farrar’s Global Perspective Studies class for both him and his brother. He’s doing Derek Owens Algebra this year and it’s working so unless something changes we would probably stick with that for Geometry. He really likes ASL, so we’ll likely have that be his language. And that’s all the thinking I’ve done so far.

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My baby with be a 9th grader!

Ray Leven Spanish 4 + conversation practice via LiveLingua

French 1 independently (tentatively Espaces 3rd ed., conversation via LiveLingua, adding French in Action mid-year)

WTMA Expository Writing III

World History (year 2 of 2) using K12's Human Odyssey

Funda Funda Academy Biology (+ honors option)

Edhesive AP Computer Science A

Geometry (not sure yet, considering WTMA's AoPS class, AoPS's online class, AoPS indpendently, or Derek Owens)

She also has teen homeschool co-op 1 full day per week, art studio once/week (might increase to twice/week?), robotics twice/week, and weekly YMCA leaders club.  Plus she's just joined a folk dance team.

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My youngest will be in ninth grade.  I think I am still processing this. Updating as we have a possible move and not sure about in person classes in general due to the virus.

Math.   Derek Owens Precalculus...Geometry is going very slowly.  Proofs are the worst!  He is sticking with DO, but I will be sitting with him to increase focus and time spent working. Goal is to begin precalc in the spring.

Science.  Chemistry using Appologia at the co op  , probably Spectrum Chemistry summer before and after. Online Chemistry through Excelsior classes. His sister had taken that teacher, so I am pretty sure this will be an excellent course.

History. Not sure, probably American History using Homeschool Connections, and adding ..something...   Summer" American History 1/4-1/2 credit using Homeschool Connection and Catholic Textbook Project.   Fall/Spring: Church history which usually will fit under Western Civ.

Religion. Studying Early church, catechism  .  I'm excited about the Church History class offered by TimothyJGordon.com.

English. Continue to work on reading list, with discussion.  Easy Grammar and Rod and Staff we really need to make a last pass or two though grammar.  Writing through an IEW like program.       Summer: grammar review using Roy Speed books.  Fall/Spring:  Logical Communication online class. We are both  Reading Center4Lit selections with recorded discussion , or other selections as interests dictate.

Computer Coding. He absolutely loves this.  Python?  Any suggestions would be great.    He has lost interest in this and is focusing on science.  He can hit this again later. I think it is valuable , but no longer an interest. 

Foreign Language. Maybe Latin? Homeschool Spanish Academy?      Can I say that this is my least favorite subject?    Hopefully he can take in person classes in 10th grade.

 

 

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6 minutes ago, alisoncooks said:

I'm currently neck-deep planning for my first high schooler. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed, truthfully.

 

Right there with you. Hugs. 

I am having to regularly ask myself what my lofty ideals are going into planning and how well those ideals line up with the kids I actually have.  I am finding that they don't line up terribly well, and I need to readjust accordingly.  But as I readjust (which I need to do), I find self-doubt tends to creep in.  

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I'm going to link to last year's 9th grade planning thread. Actually, I'm going to link to my post in last year's planning thread where I give a couple pieces of advice--not because I know what I'm doing but because I remember that feeling of panic. I think I had it when planning every year for my eldest up until she was admitted to college. I still suffer that self-doubt sometimes for my younger kids. 

There is a variety of great advice & amazing homeschoolers on this board. Read some of the pinned threads on top of the high school board to get ideas. Like @cintinative said, remember we all have to school the kid in front of us. Everyone's path is different. The kid you have now will grow & change over the next four years--at least my first two did. (I found out that some people don't have kids that change as they grow. Always learning... ) We are here for each other. Enjoy your kids even when they are driving you crazy.

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I’m trying to decide what to do with my middle child next year.  He would be a 9th grader since we started him in K just after he turned 6.  I might skip him ahead to 10th, though.  

He did Algebra 1 and hs-level Physics, Literature and History last year.  This year he is doing Geometry, a hs-level Engineering class with an electric engineer, hs-level Biology class, and more hs-level Literature and History.  It seems like moving him up would be the right thing to do.  

Regardless of what we decide to do, next year’s plan follows...

English - Mom created 

History - The History of the Renaissance World

Algebra 2 - YayMath!

Chemistry - we own Timberlake Basic Chemistry, not sure what we’re doing otherwise (Edited to add: I just remembered that I have worksheets for CrashCourse Chemistry, so I will likely have him read a chapter in Timberlake, then watch the CC video and do the guided notes/worksheet.)

PE - American ninja warrior-style classes, working out at the gym

Spanish - second year 

Engineering - This year has been electrical engineering, who knows what they’ll work on next year!

Entrepreneurship - He and 2 friends won second place in a local renewable energy competition this year.  They plan to go forward and make their product a reality.  I’m thinking of turning this into a credit.  I will probably add Economics, which is a required 1/2 credit in NY, since they fit together so well and his 11th grade brother will be taking Econ next year anyway.

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On 1/29/2020 at 6:29 PM, Spudater said:

🙋‍♀️ My first high schooler! 😬

Religion: Introduction to Scripture by Fr. Laux, The Father Who Keeps His Promises by Scott Hahn, The Story of a Soul. Probably only count this as one credit because I think we’ll just read and discuss  

Math: Geometry with dh

English: Ancient Lit uisng Kolbe’s Greek lesson plans and conference CDs, but substituting Nichomachean Ethics for Poetics, only doing one of Plato’s dialogues, and adding the Aeneid, one or two stories from Plutarch, and St. Augustine’s Confessions.  Lesson plans should include essay topics. She may do Nanowrimo. 
 

Science: ck12 biology with some of Guesthollow’s extra reading. Trying to come up with a good sampling of different views on evolution. Being weird and not making it a lab because she’s not fond of labs and bio is her least favorite science (Ithink she’ll be much more willing to play with chemicals  in Chem and build things for Physics — already floated the idea of a catapult lab to great enthusiasm). Plan to sync with health. Health will include a CPR course. 
 

History: Making my own Ancient history using Christ the King, Lord of History as a spine with lots of supplements. Only one semester so the other semester can be

Geography: mainly cultural and map skills. Includes comparative religion. 
 

Latin: Third Form Latin

Spanish:  not sure what to do about this. She’s happy puttering along with a workbook and flashcards but that’s not really enough to give full credit...so not sure if I should make her beef it up or not count it or try to count it as only one credit or what. 
 

Art?

Irish Dance, possibly Gregorian chant schola choir

We talked about Spanish and dd isn’t interested in pumping it up to a full class. We decided she could see it as a “hobby” that she could do as much or as little as she wanted of on her own time and we would re-evaluate in a year or two. She does want to do Art twice a week, so I guess a one credit class. Right now I’m still researching but tentatively thinking of trying to sync up DK Art School books and the free stuff from Virtual Instructor. She wants to work on drawing, pastels, and watercolor. I wish I had an art studio and a babysitter so I could do it all with her, but oh well. 

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8 hours ago, cintinative said:

 

Right there with you. Hugs. 

I am having to regularly ask myself what my lofty ideals are going into planning and how well those ideals line up with the kids I actually have.  I am finding that they don't line up terribly well, and I need to readjust accordingly.  But as I readjust (which I need to do), I find self-doubt tends to creep in.  

The thing  I am feeling the most anxiety about is realizing that, even though she is very bright, my dd is not going to be a straight A student. I feel dumb even typing that, and my dh thinks it’s silly bc from day one we’ve said that we want our homeschool to be about learning and the love of learning and not chasing a letter and putting pressure on our kids that if they don’t get straight As and go to college they’ll end up in a VAN down by the RIVER like we were put through, but I guess in my heart I just assumed she would still be a straight A student. I know it’s contradictory and it shouldn’t surprise me that she turned out with this attitude but it still makes me anxious.  It’s one thing to have countercultural ideals but it’s another thing to look at your flesh and blood kid and think of how cruel the world can be and wonder if you’ve done enough. 

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My second homeschooler is starting 9th in the fall.  He wants to be an engineer, but I really need him to step up his game.  This is just a preliminary sketch of the plan

Math- Algebra 2 probably Foerster

Latin- Henle 2 with Memoria Press online

Greek - Greek 1 with Lukeion (this request took me by surprise)

Science - Holt Biology with the MP study guide and lab intensive with college prep science in the spring

English - MP 9th grade lit package (Middle Ages) hopefully with an online discussion group, Writing with Skill or some other writing program

History-??? Probably something light because Greek will take a lot of time

He is a swimmer so PE is covered and he is very involved in Trail Life

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Ds14 will be in 9th next year.

I don't have a lot planned yet, he's a very different child from my oldest. He prefers to work alone, would handle online courses just fine I think but I can't afford most live courses. We may join a co-op group that has the kids read a tonne--not sure he would keep up with that but he might do audiobooks. He needs as much practice with social interactions as I can get for him so classes with lots of discussion would be good. 

He's doing Teaching Textbooks Algebra and Geometry and that seems to be working so my plan is to continue. 

He wants to learn French, I'm fluent but need a structured program to teach so I'm researching those right now. 

Otherwise I really don't know. Maybe chemistry for science, he has lots of zoology information tucked away in hours brain already because that has been his major interest for many years.

Karate, Irish dance, cello, tumbling, and musical theater will all remain on the schedule unless he asks to drop something.

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9 hours ago, cintinative said:

 

Right there with you. Hugs. 

I am having to regularly ask myself what my lofty ideals are going into planning and how well those ideals line up with the kids I actually have.  I am finding that they don't line up terribly well, and I need to readjust accordingly.  But as I readjust (which I need to do), I find self-doubt tends to creep in.  

 

I'm there with you, too. 

WHY is it that the term 'high school' throws me into a tizzy? 

The rational part of my brain says, "Lady, you've taught her or facilitated her learning, for the past 9 years. Calm the hell down."
But the Panic Park of my brain keeps wailing, "But what if we screw it up?" 

Self doubt is crippling me. 


 

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I figure I have loads of time to plan and change things before the start of the school year. The more I get ahead of this, the better off we’ll be. 

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For my rising 9th grader, we have the following things on tap:

Math - Algebra I through the MPOA. (and a whole lot of praying and reviewing over the summer)

Science -- Biology (Holt, via the MPOA) 
I'm contemplating putting this on hold for a year, and letting her math skills gel and mature a bit. I'm waffling. 

Lit - MP package ---- Tale of Two Cities, Henry IV, Henry V, and Scarlet Letter

Logic - Traditional Logic I and II

Classical Studies -- Greek Tragedies

Latin -- Henle III

For her 'extras' -- she has riding lessons 2 to 3 days per week, and works at the barn 4 hours a week. We also do AHG -- trying to get her to stay strong and not drop it. 

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On 2/3/2020 at 4:39 PM, cintinative said:

 

FYI. I have a friend whose 8th grader is doing the Apologia Health this year and she has said it is very science-y, as in there is a lot of A&P in there.  So you might want to take a look at the Biology and think about combining that aspect, or toning it down in the health. She said she had to rewrite some of the tests because she felt like the anatomy portions were too detailed for a "health" class.  YMMV of course, but I really trust her opinion, and I know this is a newer text that not many people have used. 

ETA: A&P=Anatomy and Physiology

I agree! My 11th grader is using Apologia A&P with the Apologia Health and it has been somewhat of an overload with Anatomy.... but it's been a great combination and we've altered the work. She particularly likes how the Health book throws in different medical careers/professions. It's sort of like a "Career planning" class, too. Since she is thinking of a medical career, she has been researching the ones specified in the Health book. She's been pleased.

I'm thinking of using Apologia Health with its Biology for my ninth grader next fall. I think it will mesh well together. 

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On 2/9/2020 at 1:30 PM, alisoncooks said:

I'm currently neck-deep planning for my first high schooler. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed, truthfully.

Here's what I have so far, though I hesitate to share because DD will be working below grade level in a few subjects. (Perhaps it'll help others in the same boat...) 

  • Math:  Alg. 1 (probably continue TT)
  • English: EiW9/EiL9...probably  Maybe Lightning Lit 7+8 as a gentle intro
  • Science: 1-yr survey from Masterbooks
  • History: CLE's Western Civ (technically a middle school course but it fits where she is) + Khan
  • Foreign Language: Duolingo + ULAT
  • Health/PE: PE at the YMCA (approx 70 hrs/yr so ~0.5 credit) + half of a health book
  • maybe art 
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1 hour ago, alisoncooks said:

Here's what I have so far, though I hesitate to share because...  (Perhaps it'll help others in the same boat...)

Just wanted to say thanks for including  her plans. I faced the same dilemma when my dd#2 was going into high school with math, especially. Homeschooling meets the kid where they are, whether that is above, below, or at grade level. I find value in seeing all levels of plans in these threads. So, thanks.

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34 minutes ago, RootAnn said:

Just wanted to say thanks for including  her plans. I faced the same dilemma when my dd#2 was going into high school with math, especially. Homeschooling meets the kid where they are, whether that is above, below, or at grade level. I find value in seeing all levels of plans in these threads. So, thanks.

So true. ❤️

I have one that is writing phobic. We haven't done much original writing up to this point. He's done a lot of rearranging premade sentences and paragraphs like in Killgallon. We just started Lively Art of Writing today. 

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This will be my first post in the HS board! My oldest will be a freshman next year...yikes, it's gone fast! I usually have everything pretty much nailed down by this point, but not this year!

English: Vocab from Classical Roots Book C and D, IEW SSS 1-B (decided to go with B Level so her sister can do the same level), Literature to tie in with Geography, Teaching the Classics and Windows to the World
Math: CLE Algebra 1
Science: Apologia Biology, done in a class setting at someone's home
History: Leaning towards Oklahoma History, possibly adding a semester of Guest Hollow World Geography as well 
Bible: No idea yet! Still haven't figured this one out really, I have a couple of devotional books we'll start with.
Extras: Choir, study skills class (non-credit) this summer, Driver's Ed next summer

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My third 9th grader! I'll be glad to have a long break before the last one starts high school after this.

English: finishing WWS, American literature (that I need to start putting together)

History: AP US history (with his 11th grader brother; I want to keep them together for lit and history as much as I can)

Science: biology somehow or other. Sigh. I might do Pandia Press's Biology--it's more of a middle school class, but it says for up to 9th grade. I just...don't know. I'm so tired of trying to figure science out. I need him to take the subject test to make our state flagship happy if he decides to apply there, so there will be a test prep book involved somehow.

Math: Jacobs geometry

Spanish: he's done Spanish 1 and 2 (well, doing 2 now) through Georgia virtual school, but he hates it, so I told him he can stop after this year. My goal with Spanish is to make sure he doesn't forget everything he's learned, ideally make some forward progress, and be ready to do dual enrollment Spanish come 11th grade. I'm not worried about more than that since he'll already have 2 years of high school Spanish in (which we only did so early because we lost our private tutor and I didn't want him to forget everything from THAT).  So I'll probably find something online and maybe work on some translation projects or something with him, so I can brush up on MY Spanish and make him less miserable at the same time.

Extras: he'll keep playing French horn in youth orchestra and probably take an art class at our local homeschool coop. And maybe he'll do some plays--he loves acting but hasn't done any in awhile.

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I'm glad I found this. Son 4 will be a 9th grader in the fall. As none of my other older boys did/will do high school, I have no clue what I am doing or how. The only subject I know for sure is math. Saxon works best for him so we will keep on with it.

June 2020: I know science will be Apologia and history will be History Odyssey. Slowly the plan comes into focus. His plan is community college so I am not stressing too much.

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DD2 will be a 9th grader in the fall. (I’ll also have 11th, 8th, and 6th.) We’ll be wrapping up this year the last week of May, taking the month of June off, and then starting back up in July. We’ll be off all of September and most of October while we road trip around the country and then off another week in November for a family reunion. I ordered about half of our books for next year a couple of days ago and am feeling the pressure to start planning since we’ll be starting our year so early. 
 

Bible/History/Literature - MFW World History and History and Literature. She’ll be doing this with DD1. They’re doing Ancient History and Literature this year and it’s working well for us. 
 

Math - Math U See Algebra 1. She’ll be doing this with DD3. We’ll have to push to pre-algebra done. Math is not her best subject. 
 

Science - Apologia Physical Science. Also with DD3. I don’t know if I’ll get the new edition that’s coming out this spring or stick with the old one I already have. I need to look at samples. We are using the new General science this year and liking it. 
 

English - Mostly what comes with MFW. We’ll also be doing Season 3 of Analytical Grammar at half pace. Maybe Spelling with Spelling Power but I haven’t decided yet. 
 

World Language - She wants to do German. She’s been playing around with Duolingo this year and likes it but I need to come up with something more high school credit worthy for next year. So far, all I’m finding is live, online classes which won’t work for us this year due to traveling. I was hoping to find something from a company like BJU or Abeka but they don’t have German. Not sure what I’ll do there. 
 

Elective: Not sure yet. 
ETA: Actually, I have the first half of CLE Home Economics. Maybe I’ll use this as a guide and do Home Ec with all four kids this year and the older two can use it for their elective. The kids participate in household chores regularly, of course, but there’s some things I’m not sure I’ve gotten around to actually teaching them and maybe using a curriculum as a guide will help me fill in those holes. 
 

Extras: Piano lessons, karate class (she’ll be adding classes and working toward her Black Belt this year), Typing (I need to get all of my kids typing this year. Should have worked on this years ago.) 

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@2ndGenHomeschooler Check out the recorded versions of German from Homeschool Connections Online.

it is a Catholic provider so there is probably a rote prayer at the beginning of each class, but I think that should be it. I think they use a secular textbook. That should be listed in the course descriptions in their catalog.

You pay by the month for access & do the grading yourself or you can pay extra for instructor grading for some of the classes. If thete is a month you know you won't have internet access, you can stop your subscription & restart the following month.

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On 2/28/2020 at 11:36 AM, RootAnn said:

@2ndGenHomeschooler Check out the recorded versions of German from Homeschool Connections Online.

it is a Catholic provider so there is probably a rote prayer at the beginning of each class, but I think that should be it. I think they use a secular textbook. That should be listed in the course descriptions in their catalog.

You pay by the month for access & do the grading yourself or you can pay extra for instructor grading for some of the classes. If thete is a month you know you won't have internet access, you can stop your subscription & restart the following month.

 

On 2/28/2020 at 11:43 AM, 8FillTheHeart said:

@2ndGenHomeschoolerMy dd has really liked German Online through OSU. She has taken German 1-3 through them.


Thanks so much! These are just the type of thing I was looking for. 

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Here is my plan - although every time I post the plan, it changes!!!!! DS is my oldest, so this is our first foray into high school!!!!

Language Arts - Holt's Elements of Literature 9th grade

World History - Glencoe World History (Spielvogel)

Geometry - Not sure which curriculum yet. I already have Jacob's Geometry and Holt Geometry.

Biology - Elemental Science High School Biology

Easy Peasy Spanish 1

Not sure what else yet ........

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On 2/28/2020 at 8:43 AM, 8FillTheHeart said:

@2ndGenHomeschoolerMy dd has really liked German Online through OSU. She has taken German 1-3 through them.

Which OSU is this? I see a couple different OSUs that offer online German--Oklahoma, Oregon?

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It's hard to believe my oldest is starting high school. This is a definite work in progress!

DS will be 14 in May and ... well, he could do with a little more effort toward school. He's a bright kid, but has yet to find his niche.

I found out that grades 10, 11, and 12 must be done through online classes through our territorial homeschool education board... So there go all of my great plans I'd accumulated throughout the years. This year will now be a 'make-sure-kid's-caught-up-everywhere' year... hoping to still make it fun since it's his last year for much choice.

Math - He's currently on his second try with Pre-Algebra - first with Math Mammoth and then with AoPS. I don't think AoPS is a good fit for him right now, so I'm not sure which math we'll be using. Maybe Saxon Algebra 1?

Social Studies - Canadian History Part 2 using Modern History Through Canadian Eyes, some AO resources, & Headphone History;

@Plum my kid really liked your plan and has decided he'd like something similar. It's right up his alley and as it's kind of his last year that I can plan for, I'm going to try to come up with something that fits for him. Thank you for sharing your plans!

Science - A bit of everything? I wish we could work through a science encyclopedia and follow rabbit trails - we need to cover science that we hadn't gotten around to earlier. Not sure what we'll use.

Language Arts - we need to really work on his writing skills. Brave Writer Boomerangs, something writing intensive (maybe over the summer), Canadian Handwriting G, Fix It Grammar 3, Vocab Through Classical Roots B

French - CAP French for Children Primer B, Getting Started with French, DuoLingo, I may do one of our subjects in French, or my 11-year-old's suggestion of "French Fridays" 

Arts - focus on middle ages... Annotated Mona Lisa & Annotated Arch, maybe.

Still figuring everything out.

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