With our intended start date less than two weeks away, I’m sorry to say that this is actually just my best guess on our curriculum choices. We still may be making a few changes because of some requests of our kids. But, for the moment, this is what we think we will be doing. If we make changes in the first month or two of the school year, I’ll come back and make some updates.
As you may remember, we have three children, but our youngest asked to try going to school last year. We spent a lot of time discussing this with her, and ultimately let her give it a try last school year. She enjoyed it, and is headed back again this school year. This time around, she’ll be trying out the school’s gifted class. It will be a lot of extra work, but it should also be more hands on, which I think she’ll enjoy.
For right now, this is what we believe our official plan is for our 8th and 9th grader. (Or, it might be for a 7th and 9th grader, but that’s a long story that I’ll get into much later.)
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Our 8th and 9th Grade Eclectic Homeschool Curriculum
Starting with this huge category because it always has the most items listed for us. So many things go into the language arts heading!
Typing: Mavis Beacon Typing, Typing on Various Assignments
Vocabulary: Wordly Wise 3000 Student Book 8
Composition: Essentials in Writing
Plus a variety of activities this year possibly including, but not limited to:
- Papers or presentations about topics we are studying
- Short stories
- Letter writing
- Working on blog posts
- Making their own zines
- Poetry writing
- Lessons from Grammar Girl Presents the Ultimate Writing Guide for Students
- Whatever fun writing projects we can find (this is an area my older kids struggle in, so we’re making it a priority this year)
Silent Reading Each Day
We’ll be reading eight to ten novels this year. We are planning to do one novel in a more in depth way each nine weeks with help from guides from Total Language Plus. We were very impressed with these guides when we saw them at the Great Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati. The books that we plan to use those with are: The Swiss Family Robinson (free on the Kindle), A Christmas Carol (free on the Kindle), My Side of the Mountain, and Anne of Green Gables.
*Now, here’s a caveat. We might not be doing any of this (or at least not most of it). Noah and Jack may both be taking English class outside of our home on a daily basis.
Faith and Life series
This will now be just for Jack, as he’s the only one still interested in French, unless something changes.
A variety of activities from the following sources:
French flash cards and computer games
We are outsourcing Spanish for Noah, as per his request.
possible addition: a course through Homeschool Programming Inc
We will also try to take opportunities to work on physical education, health, home ec/life skills (like in my eBook – Training Your Children in Home Economics)
Interested in what we have used in years past?
Our Curriculum in 2009 / Grades: PreK, 3rd Grade, and 4th Grade
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