9th Grade Curriculum Picks:
Learning Language Arts Through Literature - Gray Book: Again, this one is what works, so we're sticking with it. 1 Credit
Christian Liberty Press Spelling 8: While this IS a spelling book, it also focuses on the most important foundational root words from Latin, French, Spanish, Greek, American Indian and Dutch. We'll be using it as vocabulary and combining it with LLATL for one credit.
Horizons Algebra 1: This program has REALLY worked for Olivia. I'm not sure what I'll do next year since Horizons only goes to Algebra 1. 1 Credit
Memoria Press 2nd Form Latin: This is another returning product. We had great results with it last year and will continue on. 1 Credit
Science Shepherd Life Science - I've waffled back and forth on this class trying to decide what would be a good fit after last year's train wreck. Since I can't find an actual animal science curriculum, and I don't think I have the time or knowledge needed to create one, I'm going to go with Life Science this year. I will also be adding Life Science Quest to count the entire year as a "science with a lab".
World Geography: Northstar Geography comes highly recommended, and it has hands on activities, and that's a biggie for Olivia. In addition we'll be using Uncle Josh's Outline Map Collection on CD. 1 Credit
Native American History: Olivia will continue to work at the museum again this year on the Native American site. Combining her hours from last year and this year will give her well over 300 hours of hands on learning and experience, so this will count as a history credit. 1 Credit
IEW: Creative Writing: The girls will be taking this class in a small co-op setting outside the home.
Bible: I'll be working with both girls together daily as we journey through the PositiveAction - Wise Up curriculum this year. This will give us a chance to work on character, decision making and wisdom based on the Bible. 1 Credit
P.E. - Olivia will be participating in both fall and spring volleyball leagues and a winter basketball league. In addition she will also begin working with weight training and a personal running program, all this combined will count as her P.E. 1 Credit
This looks like a pretty heavy workload, but the Native American history credit is all hands on, and the spelling/vocabulary isn't a super strenuous class. If the year goes as planned, Olivia will finish up her freshman year with nine (9) credits counting towards graduation. Two of these credits were earned this year (Latin 1 and keyboarding/typing).