Monday, August 8, 2016

5 Days of Homeschool 101 - Curriclum

 
This week I'll be hooking up with the 5 Days of Homeschool 101.   Today's topic is curriculum, and I'll be sharing what we've got picked for 6th and 9th grades this year.  You may find some things that pique your interest.

6th Grade Curriculum Picks:

Learning Language Arts Through Literature Complete Package Tan | Main photo (Cover)

 Learning Language Arts Through Literature - Tan Book:  We have been using this program for a couple of years now and it really works for us, so we're sticking with it!  We're finally hitting the "reuse" phase so all I had to buy this year was the student activity book.

Christian Liberty Press Spelling 6: I wish we'd started this spelling program sooner.  It worked really well for us last year, so we're sticking with it.

Horizons Math 6:  Again, this is another standby that we love!  The colorful pages and spiral teaching method works well for Lindsey, so I'm not about to mess with at good thing.

Science Shepherd - Introductory Science: This was one of the "I wonder if I should" picks, then it came up as a review product and tada!  Problem solved!  We'll be working on this over the summer, and I anticipate finishing it up way early.
Zoology for Kids | Main photo (Cover)

Zoology for Kids:  We'll be working through this with Olivia as an added subject.   The 21 hands on activities look way cool, and my kids are all about hands on.  I'm excited about his one.

 Medieval History Portfolio Classic Kit | Main photo (Cover)
History:  We'll be working through the Medieval History Portfolio.  I wish I'd found this sooner, as Olivia will be oh.so.jealous!!   If this is a good fit for us we'll be moving on to the Renaissance next.

Memoria Press 2nd Form Latin:  This is another returning product.  We had great results with it last year and will continue on.  I'll have to decide how to get Lindsey's high school credits out of it later, ahem.

IEW Creative Writing:   The girls will be taking this class in a small co-op setting outside the home.

Additionally, we'll be working 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.

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
Homeschool Science Life Science 3 Book Set
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".
1 Credit

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.
1 Credit

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).
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