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Funny you should ask that! I am in the middle of a discussion with Beth from SW WA about what to use for lit/writing next year. But, so far, here's how it's looking:

 

8th grade-

Apologia Biology

Notgrass Amer. History

CW - Homer and Diogenes? or LL American

Spanish 3

Henle Latin

Life of Fred Adv. Alg./ Saxon Alg 2

piano

lap swimming for PE

 

6th grade-

Life Pacs Science 6

Life of Fred Decimals/ Key to Decimals

GWG -6

Sonlight core 3

HWT

Sequential Spelling

?writing program - we are struggling our way through WT2

Spanish for Kids

piano

karate

 

4th grade-

Life Pacs science 5

Teaching Textbooks

GWG 5

WT 2

Spelling Workout

Reason for Handwriting

Sonlight core 3

Spanish for Kids

piano

swim team

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Here's what I'm planning .. so far!

 

2nd Grader (w/ special needs)

 

First Language Lessons 1-2

Handwriting Without Tears Printing Power

Sonlight Core 2 Readers

A Child's History of the World

Singapore Math 1

Singapore Earlybird Start-Up Science

Artistic Pursuits K-3 - Book 1

Little League Baseball

 

5th Grader

 

Sonlight Core 5 Readers

Handwriting Without Tears Can Do Cursive

Fix It Grammar

Phonetic Zoo Spelling Level A

English from the Roots Up Volume 1

Biology w/ Heath's Life Science

Teaching Textbooks Math 6

Van Loon's The Story of Mankind

DK History: The Definitive Visual Guide

Mind Benders

Red Herrings Mysteries

Artistic Pursuits 4-6 - Book 1

Tae Kwon Do

 

10th Grader (w/ special needs)

 

Sonlight Core Alt 7 Readers

DK History: The Definitive Visual Guide

Van Loon's The Story of Mankind

Phonetic Zoo Spelling Level A

English from the Roots Up Volume 1

Biology w/ Milliken Kingdom of Life Guides

Chalkdust Algebra I

Artistic Pursuits Sr. High - Book 1

Little League Baseball

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5th Grade

 

LLATL Purple

CW Homer A/Poetry for Beginners A/Harvey’s Grammar Part I

Singapore 4A&4B/EP/IP/CWP 3

SOTW I

Child’s History of America

Spelling Power

Calvert Spelling 5 CD/Everyday Spelling Book

NOEO Biology 2

Pentime 4

Geography US

Discovery Bible Genesis

Vocabulary Connections E

Latin for Children

 

1st Grade

 

LLATL Red

Singapore 1B & 2A

ETC Books 4&5

GWG 1

Singapore Earlybird Startup Series 1-4

SOTW I

Spelling Workout A

Map Skills

Pentime Handwriting

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Ds 9th:

 

finish TT Geo and start CD Alg 2

Lingua Latina online class via TPS

RS Spanish lite (1/4 credit)

Classical Writing Chreia online class w/ Kathy Weitz

Great Books of the Ancient & Biblical World w/ Omnibus I, TTC lectures

Ancient History w/ Spielvogel's Human Odyssey & Omnibus I

finish PH Bio Exploring Life

Intermediate Logic

Guitar

Community Service: youth leader, Sunday School teacher, worship leader, Portland Rescue Mission volunteer

Lacrosse

 

Dd 7th:

 

CD PreAlg

Lingua Latina online class via TPS

RS Spanish

Classical Writing Maxim & Beginning Poetry

Lightning American Lit selections

US History w/ Hakim's History Of Us series

Apologia General Science

finish Trail Guide to World Geography

The Fallacy Detective

Piano/Voice/Christian Youth Theater

Community Service: Sunday School teacher, worship leader

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This is what I know so far.....

 

10th grade dd:

Precalculus with Scholars Online or Veritas Academy

Great books of the Middle Ages: Omnibus, Center 4 Learning guides

Computer Aided Design and Drafting 2~Potter's School

History of the Middle Ages Spielvogel and Omnibus

Spanish 1 (don't know what to use~am leaning towards Potter's School)

Forensic Science

P.E.

 

8th grade dd:

Algebra 1~BJU

Physical Science using RS4Kids Chemistry Level 2 & It's About Time textbooks

Great books of the Middle Ages: Omnibus, Center 4 Learning guides

History of the Middle Ages Spielvogel and Omnibus

Choir/drama/guitar

Music Theory class possibly from Potter's School

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My youngest will be officially in 9th and probably doing (still in the early planning stages):

 

-Great books a la TWTM/TWEM mostly ancients with a French work or two and a Shakespeare and some poetry and some philosophy (probably rereading Sophie's World and something pacifist oriented) possibly using a French history book for the history part instead of Spielvogel's Western Civ in order to double up our subjects

-Some sort of geography, possibly a French one or my homemade one or both

-Writing Strands Expository Writing

-Finish Ecce Romani 3 (doubt we'll finish this year and there is no hurry)

-NEM3

-Formal geometry (for the proofs - doing geometry instead of logic - better for our family)

-MODG Natural History Syllabus with various suppliments

-Piano of some sort, either self-taught or with lessons

-Whatever else he chooses to focus on, perhaps another language, or sailing, or computer programming, or robotics, or electronics

-Probably gymnastics

-Probably youth group, role playing, snowboarding, and possibly scouts

 

All of which sounds like a lot. We'll probably start it all and see what sticks.

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7th grade:

 

First Start French

Henle Latin

CW Homer B and Poetry for Beginners A

R&S 8 with Singapore supplement (I think)

AO Year 5 History, Geography and Literature

History of Art-Sculpture

Piano lessons and Composer study

Science- not sure

 

1st grade:

 

French songs

Song School Latin

Singapore 1B and R&S

AO year 1 with many adjustments

My own notebook for language lessons with poetry, narration, intro. to grammar and comp. and picture study, etc. (couldn't find the right book for her-she reads about 5th but writes on level)

Italics B and C

Some art projects along with older sister (usually adapted)

Piano lessons and Composer study

Ballet

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10th grade

 

Foerster Algebra 2

History/Literature TOG Year 2

Chemistry -- still deciding

Spanish 2 -- local HS coop

Office 2007 (whatever she doesn't finish this year)

 

8th grade

 

Foerster Algebra 1

Thinking Toolbox

LL 8 with additional lit selections

Grammar -- R&S 8

Earth/Space Science -- BJ DVD

History -- MOH Volume 2 (2nd half) and Volume 3

Spanish -- SFC Book B

 

7th grade

 

BJ Pre Algebra

Fallacy Detective

LL7 with additional lit selections

Grammar -- R/S 7

Science, History, and Spanish are the same as 8th

 

That's the basics. Also use Analytical Grammar HS Reinforcement books, Spelling Workout as needed, Wordsmart for vocabulary and something for health, which is a state requirement.

 

Yvonne in NE

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. . . why not one more, huh?

 

I'm actually pretty excited about the plan, so I'm enjoying a chance to chat about it.

 

My son will be 11-turning-12 next year, roughly 6th grade age.

 

Math - Florida Virtual School Geometry

Science - Florida Virtual School Earth and Space Science, probably supplemented with some Thames & Kosmos kits

Literature - Literary Lessons from the Lord of the Rings, with supplemental reading

Grammar - Painless Grammar

History - Houghton Mifflin's Across the Centuries as the spine, with additional readings from the Parragon Atlas of World History, various Learning Through History magazines and a book called Cathedral, Forge and Waterwheel. We'll also do our usual mix of field trips and DVDs and whatever else I can think of to go into the pot.

Spanish - The Learnables Level 2, plus something for extra written work. Possibly Barron's Learn Spanish the Fast and Fun Way, since I have it sitting on the shelf.

Art History/Appreciation - Sections from the Annotated Mona Lisa that match our historical era (middle ages and Renaissance), plus additional reading and picture study from a big history of art book. And, again, we'll do some museum field trips and projects and watch some DVDs about artists and so on.

Greek/Latin/Vocabulary - Hey Andrew book 3 and Latin's Not So Tough book 3

 

That's it for curriculum. He'll also continue with choir and music and dance lessons.

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My plan is:

 

For my 1st and 2nd Graders:

 

MFW Adventures

Child's History of The World

Sonlight Science 1

Piano Lessons

Plus, try and squeeze in the MANY SL read alouds I have purchased!

 

For the 2nd Grader only:

WWE

Primary Lang. Lessons

Artistic Pursuits

Spelling by Sound and Structure

 

For the 1st Grader only:

Language Lessons for Little Ones, Vol. 2

 

Math is still a question mark-we're starting CLE math now, and if it's good, I'm going to continue, otherwise I might try Right Start again-I didn't give it a good enough shot.

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So far for 10th grade

Omni III or Omni IV -still trying to decide

Material Logic

Geometry or Alg II (I think we're switching to Chalkdust)

an IEW writing -will compliment the Omni course picked

Latin- I have Henle but I hope MP has the new class out by then.

Chemistry

 

at least that's what I'm thinking so far:)

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My oldest (a rising 9th grader) would strongly prefer to attend the public high school. I would strongly prefer that he not, and I so wish we were on the same page. None of my boys are really head-over-heels about being homeschooled, actually. Man, that's such a bummer to write! But there ya go. I'm always envious of the people who say their older students really want to be homeschooled. My guys would prefer the social scene and "regular" life of going to school. They rarely say anything about it; they never complain about school; and they're all good students who totally enjoy so many aspects of our homeschooling (history, literature, living field trips, etc). And yet, they'd be perfectly happy to go to school, and in the case of my oldest, he kind of has this silent "Why are you keeping me a prisoner?" stance.

 

I'm hoping to at least get him excited about the other options I'm holding out to him, such as science and perhaps math at a local homeschool "academy". He really isn't interested, since it's the public school hoopla that interests him, but I'm not ready to let a 9th grader make the call about his education based on his social desires.

 

Anyway ~ sorry about the long intro.:tongue_smilie: Having said all that this is what I see as the ideal (for my 9th grader) if I could have my way on all counts:

 

Vocab for Classical Roots C & D

Introductory Logic

Lial's Intermedia Algebra (or the text used at the homeschool academy)

OSU's German online (he's already taking this)

Galore Park Spanish (time permitting)

Sonlight Core 100 (American History)

Writing ~ something online and/or Lightning Lit high school, plus developing expository essay skills via Bravewriter's "Help for High School"

Apologia Biology (or the text used at the homeschool academy)

Art history via Gombrich's Story of Art & other resources

 

 

His other activities include piano, guitar, and 4-H. I want to kick up his community service (e.g. Habitat for Humanity) a notch. He will also likely run cross-country in the fall and play soccer in the spring, both through the high school.

 

My second son is a rising 6th grader and most of what he'll be doing mirrors what my oldest did in 6th grade, with just a difference in the Sonlight Core:

 

Spelling Workout G

Lial's Basic College Math

Galore Park's So You Really Want to Learn English 2

Dictation & freewriting

Galore Park Latin Prep 2

Rosetta Stone German

Sonlight Core 4 (American History from Civil War forward)

Apologia General Science (or possibly science at the homeschool academy)

Mindbenders & other logic resources

Artistic Pursuits & art history resources

Piano, soccer, 4H

 

4th grade son:

 

Spelling Workout E

Singapore Math 5

Junior English 3

Dictation & freewriting

Rosetta Stone German

Latina Christiana 1

Sonlight Core 4

Apologia Elementary Science

Mindbenders

Artistic Pursuits & art history resources

Piano, soccer, 4H

 

2nd grade son:

 

Spelling Workout C

Singapore Math 3

Junior English 1

Dictation & freewriting

Sonlight 2 Readers

Sonlight Core 4 History

Apologia Elementary Science

Artistic Pursuits

Piano?

 

Kai, my youngest, is never going to be schooled because I'm not allowing him to grow up. He is to remain my baby forever.:)

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9th grade son-

Writing- IEW Student Intensive C and more essay writing

Grammar- finish Analytical Grammar

Vocabulary- From Classical Roots C

Literature- 1st Semester- Windows to the World

2nd Semester- Implications of Literature Textword

Math- Jacob's Geometry

Science- Conceptual Physics

Latin- Christian Trivium I and II

Logic- Introductory Logic

Government in America text, American Government Readings and Cases

 

7th grade daughter

Writing- Writeshop II

Grammar- Abeka

Vocabulary- From Classical Roots A

Literature- Lightning 7

Math- Lials BCM

History- BJU World Studies

Science- Apologia General Science

Logic- Mindmenders

Latin- So you want to learn

 

3rd grade son-

Grammar- Rod and Staff

Writing- IEW TWSS

Reading- CLE

Math- Horizons

History- The Story of the World 3

Science- BJU grade 3

Latin- Christiana I

Spelling- Spelling Workout 3

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I noticed your son plays lacrosse. My guys have shown some interest in trying that out ~ or rather, I've nudged them toward it. I love lacrosse (the little I know of it) and while I love soccer, too, I just think it'd be fun for them to try something different. But the other day when I picked up some info about the local league here I was floored by the cost. Egads! The season fees run twice that of soccer, and then they'd need some equipment on top of that, of course. I don't know if you can make a comparison between these two particular sports, but in general, do you find, or have you heard, that lacrosse is on the pricier end? Just wondering if this is the norm. Thanks!

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Just wondering if this is the norm. Thanks!

 

We've never done soccer so I can't compare. Lacrosse is $150/season for the league fee. Ds owns the equipment which includes Super-Fly gloves that the pros use. Ds bought them w/ birthday money. Cleats every year, of course. Not sure the total expense per season.

 

Lacrosse is so fun to watch. We love it. I bet B'ham has a league. I know it has a rep of being an east coast snobby rich kid sport. We haven't seen that here. All the families are down-to-earth.

 

HTH!

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Thanks for your reply, Beth. Outdoor soccer up here is $50 per season (spring and fall) , with eight games each season. That in and of itself doesn't sound like much, but we have four guys playing now, so it adds up. By comparison, the season dues (about ten games) for the 7th/8th grade lacrosse team are $125. Slightly more for the younger boys, and twice the price for the high school team. I am so interested in having them try it out, but if they should want to pursue it, it could prove pretty costly!

 

It's really taking off in popularity, which is cool since, as you said, it's historically not been played on the West coast. There's a team in Bellingham, and then this club in the north county started up a few years ago.:)

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Thanks for sharing everyone! I am still undecided on a few things, of course :D. I need to get my head together soon because it's almost time for me to do the ordering.

 

So far I have:

 

11th:

Saxon Advanced math

Apologia Adv Bio(Fall) Spring a CC biology course

Notgrass Government

IEW SWICC (this year and fall) CC Writing (spring)

BJU US Literature or/and Windows to the World

Henle III

SOS Spanish II

 

9th:

CD Alg I

Apologia Physical Science

TOG year II or GB cycle II

IEW Medieval Writing Lessons

Henle I or LFC II or Latin Alive I :glare:

SOS Spanish I

Traditional Logic I

 

8th:

CD Alg 1

Apologia Phys science

TOG year II or WTM History cycle II

Rod & Staff English 8

IEW Medieval Writing Lessons

AAS 3 & 4

LFC II or Latin Alive I

The Thinking Toolbox

 

6th:

CD basic math

Apologia Zoo Animals 2 & 3

TOG year II or WTM History cycle II

Rod & Staff English 6

IEW Medieval Writing Lessons

AAS 3 & 4

LFC II or Latin Alive I

The Fallacy Detective

 

3rd:

MUS Gamma

Apologia Zoo Animals 2 & 3

TOG year II or WTM History cycle II(SOTW)

Rod & Staff 3

Barton's 3 & 4

copy work/HWT

 

1st:

BJU Math 1

Apologia Zoo Animals 2 & 3

TOG year II or WTM History cycle II(SOTW)

FLL 1

Finish Reading Made Easy/AAS 1

copy work/HWT

 

K4:

Kumon books

HWT

Just be cute :D

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Hugs. One of mine is done, too.

 

I'll have one done this spring, too. I am still really undecided curriculum-wise for my rising 8th grader.

 

He will probably do:

 

Hewitt's Conceptual Physics

Jurgensen's Geometry

Henle Latin (complete book I)

 

I'm really undecided on history/lit. He might do Core 100 over 8th/9th and add in Critical Thinking in US History (like oldest did). He might do one of the Teaching Co. series on US history. He might do some of Lightning Lit American History. He might do the IEW Essay book. He might do a course at a local tutorial center or on-line.....

 

I'm finding it really hard to make decisions because it seems like the time when we should be thinking about his path forward -- does he pursue AP courses, if so, when? Does he do some dual enrollment like his brother did, if so, when.

 

I'm conflicted about what is best for this particular child because he has so many varied interests that it's hard to know where to focus any electives he does.

 

I guess I'll figure something out. At least I already own a ton of books, so I probably don't need to make any decisions for awhile.....

 

Brenda

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9th grade:

 

Thinking Through Grammar (sophomore)

Finish Wordsmith

Vocab -?

Self-done literature

Systematic Mathematics Algebra B, C, D

Apologia Biology with Virtual Homeschool Group

Narrowed down History to one of two.

Speech-self-made

Art-maybe Mark Kisler's online course

Computer-not sure

 

16yo graduated from our homeschool--will be in college.

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I'll have one done this spring, too. I am still really undecided curriculum-wise for my rising 8th grader.

 

 

I'm really undecided on history/lit. He might do Core 100 over 8th/9th and add in Critical Thinking in US History (like oldest did). He might do one of the Teaching Co. series on US history. He might do some of Lightning Lit American History. He might do the IEW Essay book. He might do a course at a local tutorial center or on-line.....

 

 

Brenda

 

Brenda,

What is your high school forecast for him? I figured out what ds will do for high school history/lit and then used 8th (this year) to ramp up lit reading w/ some heavy titles -- and do a fun history overview w/ SOTW 2, 3, 4, KF, TTC lectures on World History and tons of Netflix history docs. We are currently watching/discussing The Revolution by The History Channel.

 

I have enjoyed 8th this year. We're setting up habits that will carry over to 9th, when it really counts. :)

 

Oh, we started Classical Writing this month. Amazing program!

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Oh, I love reading through all of these posts. It reminds me of when I had three youngsters at home and had the fun/hassle of choosing curriculum each year. I especially liked seeing those that chose LLATL. I used that for all my kiddos and we loved it!

 

Alas, my oldest is now graduated from college; middle one is in college and.....sob......my baby will be in 12th grade next year.

 

Ok. This is all in the planning stages and subject to change, but this is what is in the works for my baby's senior year:

 

12th Grade:

 

Math - Chalkdust PreCalculus

 

Science - Apologia Chemistry w/ Teaching Company Lectures

 

English 4 - Classical World Literature (books chosen from Smarr list, with online guides, discussion and essay writing via TWEM)

 

History - 1st Semester: Notgrass Government

2nd Semester: Psychology (Homeschool Psychology 101)

 

Foreign Language- Japanese 4: Genki level 2

 

Music - Piano lessons/festival/auditions (IMTA level E)

Choir (community college)

 

Extra-curricular- (via community college) 1st semester: drama

2nd semester: musical theatre

 

PE: lifeguard training/advanced swimming (community college)

 

Community Service - volunteer work at public library (at least 4 hours per week) and Friends of the Library Board Student Representative

 

Work Experience - job as janitor at church

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So far my thoughts are:

 

Hobbes ( age 9/10)

Junior English 3 (Galore Park)

Singapore Maths 4B/5A

Greek Prep 1 (assuming that Galore Park publishes it)

French Prep 2 (GP)

SOTW 3/4

RS4K Chemistry Level 1, plus the harder bits of RS4K Bio Level 1

Draw Squad

Recorder from the Beginning 1

Art history - various

Logic Countdown/Liftoff

Chinese community school

Karate, horse riding, running etc.

 

Calvin (aged 12/13)

English Prep 3/LL7 then English Year 9 (new Galore Park programme)

Maths IGCSE course (taken slowly)

Geography IGCSE course

Chemistry IGCSE course

World history overview (Gombrich, Van Loon)

Beginning clarinet with teacher?

Draw Squad

Art history - various

Latin Prep 3/SY Latin 3 (GP)

French Prep 2 (GP)

Philosophy for Kids

Chinese community school

Taekwondo, running etc.

 

I'm sure I've forgotten some things

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Our "plans" are:

 

11th and 12th grader:

History: The History of the Ancient World

Literature: my list

Math: TT or MUS Geo. and Alg.II

Latin: Henle

composition: IEW ancient history based writing lessons

Science: Apologia Biology & probably Conceptual Chemistry

Music: They play instruments and perform at our Church, but I want them to learn more

Art: ?

Bible: CLP

Logic/Philosophy: Socratic logic

 

8th grader:

History: ?

Math: Teaching textbooks Alg. 1

Literature: my list

Latin: Henle

Composition: Writing Strands 6

Science: Apologia Physical Science (M)

Music: he plays guitar with his brother and sister

Art: ?

Bible: CLP

Logic/Philosophy: Traditional Logic

 

 

1st grader:

History: SOTW vol. 1/AG

math: MUS or Singapore

English: WRTR

Latin: Prima Latina or Song School Latin

Science: Unit studies and lapbooking our interests

Music: Learning to play drums from his brother

Art: Drawing with Children

Bible: CLP

 

I'm hoping we're able to afford TOG!!!

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12th grade ds

Math- CC

Language Arts- CC

History- Economics ?/ Southern History (required by umbrella)

Science- CC or Apologia Adv Biology

Spanish- ABeka Spanish 2 with TeLL Me More Spanish

 

11th grade ds

Math- TT Precalculus and adv topics with tutor

English- Vocabulary of the High School Student, Applications of Grammar Bk5, various lit books?

History- US mom created history

Science- Spectrum Chemistry; 2nd half of Conceptual Physics

Spanish- ABeka Spanish 2 with TeLL Me More Spanish

Humanities- Maybe CC

 

1st grade ds

Math- Saxon 65, Kumon, Singapore CWP

Language Arts- CLE LA 2, CLE Reading 2, SRA Specific Skills Series

History/ Science/ Other Stuff- HOD Bigger

Persian- RS Farsi

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Next year? You mean I have to start thinking about next year? You ladies are far more organized than I am.

 

Actually things are getting easier with dual enrollment at the CC. At home my son will do:

 

Calculus (book to be determined; I have a number that I have taught from so I may just let him choose one)

 

Latin (Aeneid using Bolchazy materials)

 

French in Action

 

My son will be in 12th, the end of the WTM cycle. He wants to take American History at the CC. Whether he does literature at home or at the CC will be determined by their schedule. Interestingly, my future history major would probably be miserable without a science class so I'm sure he'll find one of those to do at the CC as well.

 

Sniff! I can't believe that it is coming to an end.

 

Jane

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I really need to try this. I am mostly sure, but want to see how it sounds out loud (thank you)!

 

 

9th Grade

 

Math: Modern Introductory Analysis - For sure

 

AP Biology: Life: The science of Biology by Sadava - For sure becuase I LOVE the ancillary materials. Ancillary is not exactly the word I want to use, but you get my gist, yes?

 

Chinese 1: CC - Mostly for sure, otherwise through the Chinese School.

 

French V: Either through the Alliançe Française or The Potter's school, but I don't care so much about the AP test on this one, it's more for fun now.

 

AP World History: I have so many resources for The Earth and Its Peoples, but I don't really like the text, so I'm still unsure. I also have Sources of World History for the extra readings.

 

World Literature: I have a PH lit book as a start, but I see myself deviating from it in favor of readings that aren't in it:glare: Plus novels, of course and Word Within the Word vol. 3

 

Art History: I already have the gigantic version of Gardner's Art Through the Ages, so why not use it a little bit for World History, as well?

 

Logic: TL II or I have a Critical Thinking book someone from the college gave me.

 

 

I feel like I am missing something... I have no idea what. This should be MORE than enough!

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Literature:Moderns Survey :The Great Gatsby-Fitzgerald, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn-Smith, Lost Horizon -Hilton, Death Be Not Proud-Gunther, All Quiet on the Western Front-Remarque,

Short Story Survey :O Henry, William Faulkner, Flannery O Connor

Grammar:Jensen's

Latin:Henle 2nd Year

Math :Singapore NEM 8

Science:Ecology /Biology dd choice of 5 by Heinrich ,excellent all http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&search-type=ss&index=books&field-author=Bernd%20Heinrich&page=1

Silent Spring-Carson,DK Human Body:nopity:

History:The Civil War-Burns,Bread and Roses-Watson,How the Other Half Lives-Riis,The Worst Hard Time, Silk and Cyanide,Refusenik-Potok,Tresspassers at the Top of the World, 1968 by Kurlansky and 20th Century by Zinn

Philosophy: John Stuart Mill, Hannah Arendt and Max Scheler excerpts from selected works

Religion: Living Religions of the World, Biography of Pope John Paul II

Art : various and sundry needlearts including thread painting because I like to drive myself insane..., jewelry making and peyote bead weaving.

Music:Piano

That's all folks. She will be busy as she enters her teen years I hope I can keep up with her interests.

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How fun! January is pretty much the beginning of our school year with curriculum. Next Year, 2010, I plan to use Biblioplan the first volume and the "next" in any of the series we're using as they finish them.

 

4th Grader

Saxon 5/4 with DIVE cd

GD Italic G

4th Grade Pathway Readers & Workbook

Rod & Staff Grade 3 English

Spelling Wisdom, book 1

 

2nd Grader (ADHD) & 1st Grader

MUS Alpa / Rod & Staff 1st Grade Math

GD Italic Book C

1st Grade Pathway Readers & Workbooks

Finishing OPTGR

FLL

 

Everyone

Aplogia Astronomy & Considering God's Creation

MFW Adventures

Prima Latina

Co-Op Classes - Spanish, Critical Thinking, Art, & PE

 

 

The Tried and True for our Homeschool Include

Getty Dubay Handwriting

Pathway Readers

MathUSee

FLL

SOTW - we've done all the volumes and we took a year for MFW but we're going to do them again with Biblioplan.

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Brenda,

What is your high school forecast for him? I figured out what ds will do for high school history/lit and then used 8th (this year) to ramp up lit reading w/ some heavy titles -- and do a fun history overview w/ SOTW 2, 3, 4, KF, TTC lectures on World History and tons of Netflix history docs. We are currently watching/discussing The Revolution by The History Channel.

 

I have enjoyed 8th this year. We're setting up habits that will carry over to 9th, when it really counts. :)

 

Oh, we started Classical Writing this month. Amazing program!

Beth --

 

I'm not really sure what my high school forecast is for him yet, and that's part of my indecision. I'm just very conflicted about which courses to do at home, which to outsource, and when to start the outsourcing.

 

Part of my problem might be that his brother's college aps are all in and now we are waiting, waiting, waiting. I think somehow, I need to see the results of my efforts with his brother in a concrete way before I decide which way to go next with the younger guy.

 

I'm sure at some point I'll be able to pull together a plan. I'm just one that usually has plans and very early at that. Not knowing exactly where we're going is making me feel uncomfortable, but I just need to let go and trust God for now.

 

Thanks for your suggestions!

Brenda

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7yo

SOTW

MUS-Beta

FLL2

WWE2

ABeCeDerian B if not completed this year

Nature Study

Literature per LCC

Prima Latina when complete phonics

Holling C. Holling for Geography

Artistic Pursuits 2

Readalouds from AO year 2 booklist

BFSU optional

 

4yo

BFIAR/ self designed letter of the week/ HWT preschool

 

Both my olders will be done!:thumbup:

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For a sixth grade boy, I'm using:

 

Memoria Press Christian Studies

Singapore Math and Key to.... for Decimals, etc.

Spelling Workout

Abeka Grammar

Getty Dubay Italic

Writing Strands 3 and 4

Holling books and Beautiful Feet Guide for geography

Latin Primer II

Spanish for Children

WTM recs for history/lit/reading and science (medieval and earth/space)

Thinking Toolbox and Fallacy Detective for logic

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9th grade - Still mulling over this

Math : Foerster's Alg. II

Science: Conceptual Physics or Giancoli with Apologia Labs through Co-op

Latin II through Scholars Online or Lukeion

Spanish I - not decided

English Lit. and Composition - local co-op

AP European History

Ap Human Geography

Speech and Team Policy Debate

 

6th Grade

English - Potters School

Science - Apologia Physical Science

Math - Pre Algebra / Algebra I

Latin for Children C

Elementary Greek

History : Undecided

Geography: BJUP Cultural Geography

Speech class

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For my 4th Grader

 

AO Lifepac Bible 4

Saxon 5/4

Key to Fractions, Measurements, Metric Percents ( All book 1)

Grammar and Writing Handbook Gr. 4 (Free online!)

BJU Reading 4

Charlotte's Web + Progeny Press Lit Guide

Editor in Chief Beginning

Writing Poetry For Early Grades (2-4)

A Reason for Handwriting

Spectrum Spelling

SOTW Ancient + Activity Book

Spectrum Geography

Christian Kids Explore Biology

Rosetta Stone

Logic Links, Mind Benders, Logic Countdown

Art Adventures At Home

Co-op PE, Horseback riding, Upwards Cheerleading

Co-op Music, Piano Lessons

4-H

 

Would you believe I've already purchased almost everything ( mostly used) and have the whole year scheduled out! Who am I and what have I done with myself? :D

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For my 1st Grader:

 

CCD: Maybe at church, I haven't decided yet.

Music: Piano Lessons

P.E.: Hip Hop or Acro (he hasn't decided yet.)

Extra: Boy Scouts

 

Math: RightStart B

Handwriting: HWT cursive

Phonics: ABeCeDarian Level B1

Writing: WWE

Science: BFSU

 

Art: No idea yet

History: Probably SOTW but may wait until 2nd.

Geography: No idea yet.

 

Kindergartner: Much less formal and includes a lot of read alouds and play time.

 

HWT kindergarten Workbook plus a Journal

RightStart Math A

BFSU

Abecedarian Level 1A

Tap/Jazz or other dance... she hasn't decided yet.

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I'm still unsure about a couple of things, but so far it looks like...

 

Grade 7

Bible: Veritas Press Acts to Revelation

Math: Saxon 8/7 with Dive CD

Spelling: Sequential Spelling 4

Vocabulary: ?

Literature: Sonlight 5

Grammar: R&S 7

Writing: WWE 3&4, possibly IEW SWIB

Latin: Lively Latin 2

History: Sonlight 5

Science: unsure..either Apologia General, or BJU Life Science...somebody...please...help me decide!!!:confused1:

Art: Artistic Pursuits 4-6 Book 2-Painting

Music: drums with Homeschool Band, piano

PE: swimming, skiing

 

Grade 5

Bible: Veritas Press Acts to Revelation

Math: Horizons 4 or Saxon 5/4

Spelling: All About Spelling 4

Literature: Sonlight 5/BJU 5 Combo

Grammar: R&S 5

Writing: WWE 3&4, possibly IEW SWIA

Latin: LC1 or Lively Latin 1

History: Sonlight 5

Science: Sonlight 4

Art: Artistic Pursuits 4-6 Book 2-Painting

Music: violin, piano

PE: swimming, skiing

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My oldest (a rising 9th grader) would strongly prefer to attend the public high school. I would strongly prefer that he not, and I so wish we were on the same page. None of my boys are really head-over-heels about being homeschooled, actually. Man, that's such a bummer to write! But there ya go. I'm always envious of the people who say their older students really want to be homeschooled. My guys would prefer the social scene and "regular" life of going to school. They rarely say anything about it; they never complain about school; and they're all good students who totally enjoy so many aspects of our homeschooling (history, literature, living field trips, etc). And yet, they'd be perfectly happy to go to school, and in the case of my oldest, he kind of has this silent "Why are you keeping me a prisoner?" stance.

 

I'm hoping to at least get him excited about the other options I'm holding out to him, such as science and perhaps math at a local homeschool "academy". He really isn't interested, since it's the public school hoopla that interests him, but I'm not ready to let a 9th grader make the call about his education based on his social desires.

 

Hi Colleen,

 

My oldest went to school last year for grade 6 (Christian school), and we are homeschooling him again this year for 7th. He would not give a second thought about going back to school if he had the choice, and is frequently telling me how much more fun school is and how school is way better than homeschooling, and how he's never going to homeschool his kids. Luckily my next two are happy to stay home and have said that they don't want to go to school (for now anyways). I did have a long talk with ds12 about why I am homeschooling and why I think homeschooling is better for them right now. He seemed to understand, and actually told me afterwards that he figured out that homeschooling is not that bad now (but I know he would still prefer to go to school).

 

I think ds really likes the social aspect of school, but I told him that we are not spending all that money so he can have fun, and dh and I don't want to send our dc to public school.

 

Anyways, just writing to let you know I know how you feel. I wish that we had a homeschool academy here, but we are considering letting ds take one or two classes at the Christian school next year for grade 8 if we can fit them into our schedule, and I'm going to sign him up for some online classes as well, so I hope that he will be satisfied with those options.

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DS will be 9 in August, DD will turn 7 in October. The only thing I'm totally not sure about is science...it's always the one I don't know where to go with.

 

Math: (we are trying MUS Alpha out starting in the next couple weeks...so this is dependent on how it works for us)

DS: MUS Gamma, possibly also Horizons 3?

DD: Finish MUS Alpha if necessary, then Beta, possibly also finish Horizons 1 and go onto 2?

 

Phonics:

DS: none, finished with ETC

DD: ETC 5, 6, 7

 

Spelling:

DS: Spelling Power

DD: none yet (still in ETC)

 

Reading:

DS: CLE reader with Dictionary

DD: OPGTR

 

Grammar:

DS: GWG 4

DD: GWG 2

 

Writing:

DS: WWE 3

DD: WWE 2

 

Handwriting:

Both: NAC unless we’ve finished it by then

 

 

Latin:

Both: Minimus

After that Lively Latin

 

History:

Both: SOTW 2 with Activity Guide

TruthQuest AHYS

 

Science:

????????????

 

 

Geography:

?????? Evan Moor???

 

 

And for DS who will turn 3 in November...maybe something Kumon? Letter factory DVDs. Whatever he may be interested in doing at the time.

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2 credits: History and Lit: will concentrate on medieval and renaissance periods, but I haven't decided on a spine. I have to do a lot of pre-reading this summer. 11th grader will do a grammar review, 9th grader will finish Rod & Staff 8 and do Vocab through Classical Roots C & D. 11th grader will do Windows on the World (IEW) in addition, for lit. analysis, even though it doesn't match the period.

 

1 credit: Math for the 9th grader will be Foerster's Alg. 1. For the 11th grader, pre-calculus, either Chalkdust or through the public school.

 

1 credit for 9th, 2 credits for 11th: Science: 9th grader will do Biology, either A Beka (with me hosting a group lab) or through a private school. 11th grader will do science through either a community college or public school. He's finished biology and chemistry and anatomy and physiology, but won't be ready for physics. I'll let him choose. He will also choose a computer programming class at the community college.

 

2 credits: Foreign Language: will let 11th grader choose his language at community college, 2 semesters.

 

1 credit: Rhetoric: for 11th grader, don't know what we'll use.

Formal logic for 9th grader, don't know what we'll use.

 

1/2 credit:Probably a music history class for the 9th grader.

 

1 credit: Both: religion class

 

My 7th grader:

Foerster Alg. 1 (yes, he'll be doing the same science as my 9th grader, and probably besting him)

Rod & Staff 7

Famous Men of the Middle Ages and other assorted resources for medieval and Ren history and literature

informal logic

Wordly Wise Vocab

physics (conceptual), probably through local private school, or I'll use A Beka's Science of the Physical Creation

Might try Latin... don't know.

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Our "plans" are:

 

11th and 12th grader:

History: The History of the Ancient World

Literature: my list

Math: TT or MUS Geo. and Alg.II

Latin: Henle

composition: IEW ancient history based writing lessons

Science: Apologia Biology & probably Conceptual Chemistry

Music: They play instruments and perform at our Church, but I want them to learn more

Art: ?

Bible: CLP

Logic/Philosophy: Socratic logic

 

8th grader:

History: ?

Math: Teaching textbooks Alg. 1

Literature: my list

Latin: Henle

Composition: Writing Strands 6

Science: Apologia Physical Science (M)

Music: he plays guitar with his brother and sister

Art: ?

Bible: CLP

Logic/Philosophy: Traditional Logic

 

 

1st grader:

History: SOTW vol. 1/AG

math: MUS or Singapore

English: WRTR

Latin: Prima Latina or Song School Latin

Science: Unit studies and lapbooking our interests

Music: Learning to play drums from his brother

Art: Drawing with Children

Bible: CLP

 

I'm hoping we're able to afford TOG!!!

 

 

well, some of these plans have changed already :lol:

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For the 8th grader:

 

Starting Points

Life of Fred Advanced Algebra (or maybe NEM - I'm still attached to NEM)

Spelling Workout H

Wordly Wise 3000

Grammar (Jensen's, Format Writing, Warriner's)

Conceptual Physics

Art Class (co-op)

Logic (co-op I hope) (Fallacy Detective/Thinking Toolbox)

History (not sure yet what I'll use)

 

For the 9th grader:

 

Starting Points

Algebra 2 (or Geometry - still thinking through this one)

Conceptual Physics

Wordly Wise 3000

Grammar (Jensen's, Format Writing, Warriner's)

Art (in co-op)

Logic (in co-op I hope) (Fallacy Detective/Thinking Toolbox)

History (not sure what we'll use)

 

For 11th grader:

 

Economics/Government (in co-op)

Great Books (renaissance, reformation, and modern philosophy)

College Algebra (concurrent) (Fall)

Freshman Composition (concurrent) (Fall)

Spanish 1 (concurrent) (Spring)

Music Appreciation (concurrent) (Spring)

Trigonometry/Pre-Calc (concurrent) (Spring)

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Apologia Biology

 

Geometry--may use TT since I have it. Don't know if I'm willing to order Chalkdust for my last kid :)

 

Great Source American Government

 

Traditional Logic I and II

 

If I get my way, Alpha Omega Spanish I. If he gets his way, Latin II--online? Henle? I dunno...

 

English is a mishmash of whatnot: Omnibus, LLATL, Put That In Writing, Format Writing...I'll have to dig through my books. I just bought 510 Writing Prompts and Writing About Literature; by the time this kid graduates, I'm going to be ready to know what I'm doing when teaching high school English. LOL!

 

Jean

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