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We seem to be surviving 9th grade reasonably well. Dd is not a fast worker and I need to keep that in mind as we plan. Here is the initial version:

Math  Algebra 2 at WHA with Eric Reini and a Dolciani text.

English  American Lit at a local tutorial. 

Language  French 1 at a local tutorial.

History  American. Using Dave Raymond's course. Lots of discussion! 

Science Chemistry at local tutorial with Jay Wile's newer, not Apologia, book.

Government  Half credit, no textbook.  Using a variety of things, including some Hillsdale lectures, AHG badgework, TeenPact participation.

PE  Dance class and some fitness at the Y.

Musical Theater  Class at our tutorial, culminating in a show. Not sure if I can count this for credit every year? It definitely is enough hours, but it is also essentially the same class every year. Different  production, of course. 

Extra curriculars: AHG, piano, youth group.

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Finishing up!  Most of this is ordered and on it's way here!

Math-  Saxon Algebra 2- possibly adding Patty Paper Geometry or something hands on?

English- Writing and Rhetoric books 7-10, make my own lit list focused on American History

History- American History, probably Holt The Americans- post Civil War emphasis (blue book)

Science- Earth Science, Holt textbook with teacher resources

Food Science- I found a good textbook on RR, so replacing Health with this- it has a lot of health food info in it.  She did OM Health in 8th grade and I had planned a recap of that, but think this will be better.  

1-2 additional electives, maybe PE?  Gardening? Botany?  Videography (she's a YouTuber)?  Logic?

Extras will depend on Co-OP classes offered, and at this point if I decide to GO to the co-op or not!  So much has changed since I first posted this!

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Ooo, I've been trying to pretend this want coming.

English: continue on at home. I have a number of resources, I just need to figure out how to put them together.

Math: ds will do DO Algebra 2, dd will do Geometry, maybe with Mr D? It can't be with me.

Science: physics, I think. It would be better to outsource this.

History : medieval + Renaissance, we'll pick up wherever we are at the end of the summer and then keep moving along. Some literature to match.

World Language: both are ready to be done with Spanish. Dd wants to do French. Ds right maybe Dutch, maybe a year (or more) off? I think he should do German.

Elective: dd is interested in videography. Ds thinks maybe programming.

Outside non-academic stuff keeps out evenings and weekends busy.

Next year is a traditional first-go at PSAT, right? I need to figure out how to do that in my area.

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For an extremely tentative plan:

English: AP Eng Lang if DS15 likes his current course, else English 10 honors outsource online

History: high school credit by exam for sat world history just like DS15. This kid needs time and the US history class was a time sucker this year 

Math: hopefully dual enrollment 

Science: probably not do anything just like DS15’s 9th grade. He would have 3 lab science completed by end May so we can skip a year of science (AP Physics, AP Chem, AP EnvSci)

Electives: hopefully dual enrollment computer science 

World language: undecided. Would be nice if he pick dual enrollment Japanese like DS15 but if he want something else, I’ll try to make it happen. 

Four subjects would be a heavy enough workload for him.

I hope to do US Govt as a summer online class for both kids as it’s a one semester class.

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Ok, I'll lay out where I am now.

English:  Illuminating Literature: Characters in crises along with 2 or 3 Lantern English classes (Expository, persuasive and probably a research paper class.)

Math: Probably Saxon Algebra 2 4th edition

Science: Probably Apologia Chemistry 3rd

History: Fall semester: Tapestry of Grace year 2 units 1 and 2; second semester: probably I will make my own US history part one class

Ap Computer Science: probably Edhesive

Spanish 2: Aim Academy

PE: required--daily fitness, TKD

Health: Total Health

ECs: Something has to go--this year was too busy.  I probably won't find a robotics group for him.  If I do this list will change. Presently: Youth group, Boy Scouts, NYLT staff, guitar lessons, TKD(although it's part of PE).  He did one Model UN conference this year and loved it, idk if we'll do it again.  He worked seasonally at an apple/Christmas tree farm, which he'd like to do again.  He also likes to babysit.

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I still feel like I'm figuring out 9th grade (even though we are better than halfway through).

Math: D.O. Algebra 2

Science: Honors Chemistry  outsourced to someone

English Lit/Comp.: Oak Meadow Literature and Composition 2

Foreign Language: French 3 (WTMA)

I think we will tackle a semester of government in the summer/early fall. Election season seems like an interesting time to do that. After that, economics I guess, maybe incorporating some of this: https://www.core-econ.org/ 

Electives: ? That's up for discussion.

And she'll continue dancing, dancing, dancing. 

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We live overseas so I usually have to plan way ahead. My 10th grader will be doing:

World History and Bible (My Father's World)

English /British Literature (My Father's World and Lantern expository writing class)

Spanish (A Beka)

Chemistry (Friendly Chemistry with some living books and extra labs)

Geometry (Teaching Textbook)

Logic (Art of Argument and Fallacy Detective)

 

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On 1/30/2020 at 6:48 AM, freesia said:

 

 He did one Model UN conference this year and loved it, idk if we'll do it again. 

Did you do this with your local school or do you have a homeschool group that you do this through? I just went on a rabbit trail looking into this and it looks very interesting!

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1 hour ago, importswim said:

Did you do this with your local school or do you have a homeschool group that you do this through? I just went on a rabbit trail looking into this and it looks very interesting!

Our co-op has a group. You can do one conference or several. It really is a great program. My nephew has also been involved at his local school. 

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Sigh. Normally I'm knee-deep in planning by this point but I've worked so hard pulling 9th grade together that I haven't thought much about next year. A lot will depend on whether/how much we allow dd to dual enroll next year. But, tentatively speaking...

Math: Finish Saxon Advanced Math and move into Calculus

Science: Biology, probably Novare

History: We are planning a fall road trip through NE, so maybe American (she's not a fan but it's more or less required for most colleges we've looked at, might as well get it over with)

English: Interest-led, probably will work through They Say/I Say for writing

Foreign Language: Probably Spanish, DE

Electives: Interest led, probably something with religion, possibly a math elective like Counting & Probability

PE: 10-12 hours/week crew practice

To be continued...

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Still very much a work in progress: Done.

AP English Lang- Maybe Blue Tent. Waiting to see DE reading list for DE Comp 1. DE Composition 1. We are on the wait list for AP Lang at Blue Tent, though. If University goes online for fall, we may still go with DE. It's a good professor.

DE American History. (Fall) US History with American Odyssey at home. Will probably do YMCA Youth and Government, too, if it works out. ETA 2: Moving this to Spring. DE American History or at home TBD. Still exploring Youth and Government and some 4H-related activities.

AP Calculus. AB with DO in the fall + CLEP (to satisfy a placement need) See below.

DE distance Calc 2 or Statistics or an AoPS elective (Spring)  Blue Tent BC. It just really looks like a good class.

eIMACS University Computer Science 1 Summer, Spring and as she has time. The Blue Tent Calc class will take 10-12 hours a week for her.

French 3 with Global Goose if the schedule works At home with me + Verbal Planet if schedule doesn't work.

DE Chemistry (Fall) Registered. If the DE University stays online for fall we will move this to Spring and complete UCS 1, Aerospace, and/ or Astronomy class in the fall.

Maybe DE Physics (Spring) Probably not. Doing US History in this slot instead.

DE Python (Spring) Very tentative. She's out of hours in the week with extra curricular activities (if they are still on in the Fall).

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We're calendar year homeschoolers, so she's basically started 10th grade.  We're still doing unit studies that I put together.  I tried to talk her and her older brother into going back to Sonlight, but no one's willing.  Ugh...

Tentative plans for this year - I'm flying by the seat of my pants:

  • Mathusee Algebra 2 (almost finished with geometry)
  • Apologia Marine Biology 
  • Continue German and Visual Latin
  • Continue reading through the Old Testament
  • She's asking to read plays, short stories and poetry
  • She's asking to do some creative writing - I'm thinking about doing Buddy Writing with all 4 of us and writing a play together
  • I would like to cover the American Revolution and French Revolution this year
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History - Western Civilization with Schole Academy 

English - Write at Home (3-4 of their workshops), Big River World Literature, Jensen’s Punctuation for review 

Science - chemistry - Masterbooks or Wile

Intro to Architecture - CLRC 

Geometry - Mr. D live class 

ASL 2 - Bright Ideas Press online 

Personal Finance - MFW set

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Here's our tentative plan:

Shormann Algebra 2

Dave Raymond's American History - I also just bought The Great Courses Founding Fathers and American West to supplemement

Experience Biology??? Experience Astronomy

EIL American Literature and MP American Lit to mix and match Schole Academy American Literature

Writing and Rhetoric books 9 and 10, and something for general essay writing

Breaking the Barrier French 2  Aim Academy

Fix it Grammar Book 5

Orchestra

Basketball

 

 

 

 

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Tentative Plans for next  year:

At Home:

Bible (not sure what yet) I am thinking a Foundations of theology (doctrine/apologetics/worldview and hermeneutics-- (mom made- but she will be taking online where I am teaching it for a hybrid school.)

Spanish 3 with Breaking the Barrier

US History Dave Raymond's

Fix It Grammar Books 4-5

Outsourced:

Composition: Lantern English (still  up in the air how many and which)

Rhetoric 1 with Schole Academy

American Literature with Schole 

Chemistry with College Prep Science Now thinking she will take it at Schole Berean Builders 

Algebra 2 with Mr. D Math 

Health -- over the summer 

PE: Crossfit  (.5 credit)

Music: piano 

 

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14 minutes ago, mlktwins said:

Not ready for it 😲😭😆😋

 

I’m with you!  This year it’s been so hard to engage with the planning ( I usually have done it in December!). My ninth grader has way too much going on and I hate to stress him about planning next year. And then my dd will be a senior next year and I’ve already done that and know what it’s like, so I’m trying to hold back the tide!!!

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On 1/30/2020 at 7:48 AM, freesia said:

He did one Model UN conference this year and loved it, idk if we'll do it again.  He worked seasonally at an apple/Christmas tree farm, which he'd like to do again.  He also likes to babysit.

How were you able to do model UN? I was looking at it and thought you need a team. I will

like my dd to participate if you can do as an individual. Some of them seem like 3 day conferences and pretty expensive but I also saw some one day ones. 

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10 hours ago, Lilaclady said:

How were you able to do model UN? I was looking at it and thought you need a team. I will

like my dd to participate if you can do as an individual. Some of them seem like 3 day conferences and pretty expensive but I also saw some one day ones. 

The leader of our co-op has us organized as a team. 

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On 2/24/2020 at 9:21 AM, ByGrace3 said:

Tentative Plans for next  year:

At Home:

 

Spanish 3 with Breaking the Barrier

US History Dave Raymond's

Outsourced:

Rhetoric 1 with Schole Academy

American Literature with Schole 

 

 

We are similar to you!  We'll be doing  Breaking the Barrier Frecn 2,  Dave Raymond, and I'm thinking about SA Rhetoric 1 and American Lit.

Has your child done all the Writing and Rhetoric books?

 

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On 3/10/2020 at 9:47 AM, RubyPenn said:

We are similar to you!  We'll be doing  Breaking the Barrier Frecn 2,  Dave Raymond, and I'm thinking about SA Rhetoric 1 and American Lit.

Has your child done all the Writing and Rhetoric books?

 

 

She has not done the writing and rhetoric books, but has done the logic classes with Schole.  Have you done Schole classes before?

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On 3/11/2020 at 12:15 PM, ByGrace3 said:

 

She has not done the writing and rhetoric books, but has done the logic classes with Schole.  Have you done Schole classes before?

Yes, two years of W & R and I was very pleased.  I've signed my second son up for it for next year and am trying to figure out which class to sign my oldest  up for because we can only choose one.

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English with the same amazing tutor as this year.  

Mr. D Algebra 2

Blue Tent honors chem

German 2  format undecided.  We originally thought she would spend time with her sister in Switzerland, doing classes online and learning German at a language school there - now seems unrealistic.

World History - except she may start this now since all her extracurriculars are cancelled and she has waaayyy too much free time on her hands!  Eclectic approach as she claims to hate history but actually loves everything she ever learns about it.  I think this is more about not wanting to learn from me.  I've asked her to come up with a plan that meets my standards and lets her self-direct.  To be continued...

Elective of her choice at the local LAC, possibilities include psychology, movement training, or a writing seminar in Spring semester.

If social distancing is no longer operative, her extras will be handworks assistant teacher, water-quality and arsenic monitoring with a local lab, show choir and theater at the local high school.

If social distancing is still operative, extras will be...umm...something else?

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On 2/2/2020 at 7:25 AM, MamaSprout said:

Still very much a work in progress: Done.

AP English Lang- Maybe Blue Tent. Waiting to see DE reading list for DE Comp 1. DE Composition 1. We are on the wait list for AP Lang at Blue Tent, though. If University goes online for fall, we may still go with DE. It's a good professor. DE class cancelled, but she got into the Blue Tent class.

 

DE American History. (Fall) US History with American Odyssey at home. Will probably do YMCA Youth and Government, too, if it works out. ETA 2: Moving this to Spring. DE American History or at home TBD. Still exploring Youth and Government and some 4H-related activities. Still tentative on this in the Spring. Applied to 4H Congress and found out there might be a Youth and Government forming close to us.

 

AP Calculus. AB with DO in the fall + CLEP (to satisfy a placement need) See below.

DE distance Calc 2 or Statistics or an AoPS elective (Spring)  Blue Tent BC. It just really looks like a good class.

eIMACS University Computer Science 1 Summer, Spring and as she has time. The Blue Tent Calc class will take 10-12 hours a week for her. She likes the look of the Logic class, and might do it instead.

French 3 with Global Goose if the schedule works At home with me + Verbal Planet if schedule doesn't work. At home with me. Verbal Planet + rest of textbook + translation.

DE Chemistry (Fall) Registered. If the DE University stays online for fall we will move this to Spring and complete UCS 1, Aerospace, and/ or Astronomy class in the fall.

Maybe DE Physics (Spring) Probably not. Doing US History in this slot instead.

DE Python (Spring) Very tentative. She's out of hours in the week with extra curricular activities (if they are still on in the Fall).

Fall is a moving target for this year. Also club sport, part-time job as accompanist and music lessons.

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On 1/29/2020 at 7:35 PM, SusanC said:

Ooo, I've been trying to pretend this wasn't coming.

English: continue on at home. I have a number of resources, I just need to figure out how to put them together.

Math: ds will do DO Algebra 2, dd will do Geometry, maybe with Mr D? It can't be with me.

Science: physics, I think. It would be better to outsource this. Turns out this will be Chemistry with CVChem.

History : medieval + Renaissance, we'll pick up wherever we are at the end of the summer and then keep moving along. Some literature to match.

World Language: both are ready to be done with Spanish. Dd wants to do French. Ds right maybe Dutch, maybe a year (or more) off? I think he should do German. DS switched to German. Both at WTMA.

Elective: dd is interested in videography. Ds thinks maybe programming.

Outside non-academic stuff keeps out evenings and weekends busy.

Next year is a traditional first-go at PSAT, right? I need to figure out how to do that in my area.

Compared to the entire rest of the world, our homeschooling plans for next year arm so clear and predictable!

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I am working on this right now and I'm having more fun planning than I thought ...

Math: We are currently playing with AOPS Counting and Probability alongside some statistics (crash course and some reading)... when we finish that we will move to some Precalc. We haven't used AOPS in the past but DS seems to like C&P, if that continues to be the case we might see that through, also considering Lial.

Science: I think we are doing Environmental Science with an emphasis on Meteorology but that's not fully hammered out. 

Having completed a year of Aerospace Science with Labs through his Aero program he's moving to an Astro year there. 

He has a full credit of Physics, a full credit of Aero, and can bring up a full credit of Honors Bio so I'm not feeling too pressured here...

We will also continue to volunteer half a day a week at the National Museum of World War II Aviation. 

English and History credits will be an entangled year of Medieval... I havent pinned this down- totally homebrewed and right up my alley. I'm having a ball planning but am going to have to rein back for a more manageable load.

Adding a semester stretched through the year of US Gov with a focus on Constitutional law. 

Japanese we are still homebrewing but brought in a conversation group from outschool this semester and will probably add tutoring next year. 

So overview:

Precalc  (1 credit)

Environmental Science (1 credit)

Astronautical Sciences /Engineering (1.5 credit)

World History Medieval Europe (1 credit) 

US Govt (.5 Credit)

Medieval Literature (1 credit)

Japanese (1 credit) 

Plus probably .5 credit World War II history (we are spending time on this now and through the summer) 

 

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1 hour ago, SusanC said:

Compared to the entire rest of the world, our homeschooling plans for next year are so clear and predictable!

Everything is still up in the air for DS14 depending on community college class schedules, whether he can get the classes he want, and also his 2020 AP Calc BC exam result/score. DS15 does not need any of his 2020 AP exams scores for dual enrollment prerequisite thankfully but is still dependent on class schedules and whether he can get those he want.

My kids are having trouble with completing their photography assignments right now because people are still sheltering in place here and we are not going anyway to take photos of social events. Luckily they don’t get deducted marks for late submission of outdoor photography assignments. 

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47 minutes ago, Arcadia said:

Everything is still up in the air for DS14 depending on community college class schedules, whether he can get the classes he want, and also his 2020 AP Calc BC exam result/score.

Sometimes I find all the unknowns just weigh me down. I hope things become clear for your boys without too much delay.

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1 hour ago, SusanC said:

Sometimes I find all the unknowns just weigh me down. I hope things become clear for your boys without too much delay.

My kids outdoor activities are all recreational so that has been helpful in dealing with shelter in place. We are hoping that community college would have in person classes for math in Fall quarter (late September) as DS14 does a lot better in math for in person class. DS15 is happier when his math classes are in person and he also does better too (though I think community college lecturers are more lenient with grades last quarter because shelter in place started before about a week before quarter exams, kind of like a half grade bump).

ETA:

Dual enrollment is last priority for registration so my kids would know which classes have vacancies for them in June for the summer quarter.

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I am trying to enroll my son for 4 Potter's School classes. The English one is already waitlisting. Waiting to get Admin's approval to reopen my account since we dropped the classes last year to go to a private school. 

Homeschool online is more predictable for the next school year. 

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On 2/2/2020 at 11:26 AM, Nam2001 said:

History - Western Civilization with Schole Academy 

English - Write at Home (3-4 of their workshops), Big River World Literature, Jensen’s Punctuation for review 

Science - chemistry - Masterbooks or Wile

Intro to Architecture - CLRC 

Geometry - Mr. D live class 

ASL 2 - Bright Ideas Press online 

Personal Finance - MFW set

We’ve had quite a few changes! 
 
American literature is through Excelsior 
American history - Sonlight 
Science - Ornithology through Cornell 
ASL - Mr. D math
Psychology - My Fun Science
Geometry - Scholars Online (very excited about this new find - I’ve corresponded a lot with the teacher and I think it will be such a good class)  

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On 1/30/2020 at 7:48 AM, freesia said:

Ok, I'll lay out where I am now.

English:  Illuminating Literature: Characters in crises along with 2 or 3 Lantern English classes (Expository, persuasive and probably a research paper class.)

Math: Probably Saxon Algebra 2 4th edition

Science: Probably Apologia Chemistry 3rd

History: Fall semester: Tapestry of Grace year 2 units 1 and 2; second semester: probably I will make my own US history part one class

Ap Computer Science: probably Edhesive

Spanish 2: Aim Academy

PE: required--daily fitness, TKD

Health: Total Health

ECs: Something has to go--this year was too busy.  I probably won't find a robotics group for him.  If I do this list will change. Presently: Youth group, Boy Scouts, NYLT staff, guitar lessons, TKD(although it's part of PE).  He did one Model UN conference this year and loved it, idk if we'll do it again.  He worked seasonally at an apple/Christmas tree farm, which he'd like to do again.  He also likes to babysit.

Update:

English: Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crises, replacing 2 books with Shakespeare class from Lantern English.  He will probably also do Lantern's Expository Writing and Persuasive Writing (maybe not fast track, so maybe all expository and half of persuasive.)

Drop AP Comp Science.  He doesn't have the math for it.  I am replacing it with CADD for Mechanical Engineering from Potter's School.

All others the same

Still no idea about ECs, but now that is more due to COVID-19.

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12 minutes ago, freesia said:

 

Drop AP Comp Science.  He doesn't have the math for it.  I am replacing it with CADD for Mechanical Engineering from Potter's School.

There isn’t any math prerequisite for AP Computer Science A. DS14 took it in 6th grade. I am bias towards CADD though so if your son prefers CAD, then he should go for it.

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3 hours ago, Arcadia said:

There isn’t any math prerequisite for AP Computer Science A. DS14 took it in 6th grade. I am bias towards CADD though so if your son prefers CAD, then he should go for it.

The Edhesive class asks for Algebra 2. But he has been asking for CADD and he can do Comp Sci the next year. I was excited to find the class. 

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On 1/30/2020 at 9:05 AM, zarabellesmom said:

I still feel like I'm figuring out 9th grade (even though we are better than halfway through).

Math: D.O. Algebra 2

Science: Honors Chemistry  outsourced to someone

English Lit/Comp.: Oak Meadow Literature and Composition 2

Foreign Language: French 3 (WTMA)

I think we will tackle a semester of government in the summer/early fall. Election season seems like an interesting time to do that. After that, economics I guess, maybe incorporating some of this: https://www.core-econ.org/ 

Electives: ? That's up for discussion.

And she'll continue dancing, dancing, dancing. 

I posted this on January 30 and now that feels like an eternity ago!

I'm tired of grading English compositions and she hates writing them. I need to her not to argue with me about them so I'm outsourcing.

So now: 

Math: D.O. Algebra 2

English: WTMA Preparation for Rhetoric Writing

Science: Clover Valley Honors Chemistry

Foreign Language: WTMA French III

Social Studies: 1/2 Government, 1/2 Economics

Elective: ? She wants to do some creative writing. (Which she loves. Report writing is like pulling teeth.)

So, anyone have any great secular government resources?

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I just started thinking on what to do with my upcoming 10th grader. 

Here's what I have so far-

Math: Saxon Algebra 2

English: ??

Science: Build Your Library 11 Chemistry

Foreign Language: Co-op German 2 (going online worked well this semester, so it should work this coming year if necessary)

Social Studies: Global Perspectives Studies (she does not want to do the English included with this for various reasons)

Elective: She needs to finish her health half credit - she got PE in last year, but didn't do most of the health piece of Oak Meadow. Art from BYL 11. If co-op is in person, she'll add chess and sewing/quilting as her "fun classes". 

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On 2/24/2020 at 11:21 AM, mlktwins said:

Not ready for it 😲😭😆😋

 

I'm more ready now 😁!

So far:

Math - Videotext Geometry (they have 1 unit left to finish of VideoText Algebra)

Foreign Language - Spanish 2 Honors (local class)

Social Studies/History - US Government and Politics Honors (year long local class)

Science - Clover Valley Chemistry

The rest is TBD!

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I asked Dd to start thinking of alternative choices for an elective, since Musical Theater is not likely to happen next yr. 😢 MT is her favorite. 

Maybe studio art? Or coding? Need something light and fun. 

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If you plan US history for 10th grade, what will you use! I am still looking for ideas. 

Ds15 did Notgrass America the Beautiful for 6th and 7th grade. I have CLE 8th grade US history and the older edition Notgrass high school US history. I also have Hakim's A History of US, but probably won't use it. 

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16 hours ago, ScoutTN said:

I asked Dd to start thinking of alternative choices for an elective, since Musical Theater is not likely to happen next yr. 😢 MT is her favorite. 

Music Technology? I intend to take some of these course for enrichment at my local community college. I was in the lights and sound crew for my university dorm‘s annual musical production https://foothill.edu/musictechnology/schedule.html

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6 minutes ago, Arcadia said:

Music Technology? I intend to take some of these course for enrichment at my local community college. I was in the lights and sound crew for my university dorm‘s annual musical production https://foothill.edu/musictechnology/schedule.html

She is not techy, and if there are no shows or live music, there is no way to really learn. If the show can go on, she wants to be singing and dancing, not running lights or sound. 

We are trying to have Covid-proof options, so things she can do at home. Home Ec is high on the list as is art with online instruction. She will already have lots of reading and math and a new language, so we'd like to keep to fun, less bookish things. 

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Planning for his younger sis is pretty solid, but with this kid so much is up in the air still. Argh.

ELA: He'll do New World Literature and Rhetoric I at WTMA.

History: Story of Civilization Vol 4 (American History) with a weekly primary source assignment.

Everything else: We are assuming that the local community college will be open in September, and I'm going to try dual-enrollment for him. He can take 6 credits per semester there. However, he has to pass the PERT test in order to take non-remedial STEM/English courses, so until he actually takes that test (all cancelled right now AFAIK) I'm hamstrung. I know he'll take ASL there. If he passes the PERT, he'll take College Algebra first semester. That's the pre-req to take Chemistry in the second semester.

I'm hoping that a semester-based system, with fewer courses to keep track of, will be a helpful thing for him. He's had a really rough year with executive functioning. He just can't figure out how to keep track of everything that's due and then he misses assignments and his grade drops and he gets very discouraged. He thinks he's working hard, but he's constantly dividing his attention (listening to podcasts, answering texts, etc). I think next year we will take away phones during school hours. They've gotten away with a lot this year insisting that they "need" the phones for this or that school-related purpose, but in the end I know they could find non-phone workarounds and they'll be more productive. I wish I weren't working so many hours so I could be overseeing them more 😞 

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On 5/7/2020 at 11:16 AM, Nam2001 said:

We’ve had quite a few changes! 
 
American literature is through Excelsior 
American history - Sonlight 
Science - Ornithology through Cornell 
ASL - Mr. D math
Psychology - My Fun Science
Geometry - Scholars Online (very excited about this new find - I’ve corresponded a lot with the teacher and I think it will be such a good class)  

I've been thinking of having DS15 do ornithology next year if he homeschools. He's a pretty obsessive birder and I think he'd eat it up. How are you planning on this class through Cornell?

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