As a homeschooler, my goals for high school go beyond college prep. I’m not looking to duplicate what my child could do in a brick-and-mortar school. I want him to be able to take advantage of the unique opportunities he can have simply by virtue of the fact that his education is of his own making.
I think we’ve found a good balance between what he wants to learn and what he needs to work on to be college ready in a few years. Here’s a look at his coursework for the year.
English Literature & Composition
This overall Language Arts plan is influx at the moment (9/27)---it looks like I am going to modify Lively Art and probably not use Jill Pike’s Syllabus, but add some novels David wants to study…we’ll see.
Math (Algebra 1)
Discovering Algebra: An Investigative Approach We both ended up hating this text. Instead we are using an older edition of Dolciani’s Algebra 1.
plus Life of Fred Beginning Algebra (expanded edition)
Conceptual Physics (high school edition by Paul Hewitt)
Take-Home Physics: 65 High-Impact, Low-Cost Labs still using, but cutting back on the number of labs---sometimes less is more.
Runkle’s World Physical Geography and activity book plus the syllabus found here (scroll down) My son and I both agree that this set is not high school level, though the publisher insists that it’s appropriate for middle school to high school.
Where on Earth Am I?
Madrigal’s Magic Key to Spanish Even though this is a solid text, it does not fit my son’s learning style.
9th Grade Music and Art Appreciation from Harmony Fine Arts
PE and Health
Family Time Fitness with the rest of the family
Total Health: Choices for a Winning Lifestyle
TeenCoder: C# Windows Programming and Game Programming
Note: Our state’s homeschool law requires me to provide instruction in PE, art, music, and health every year, even though brick-and-mortar high schoolers will typically only take each of those courses for 1 semester or year during their high school career, finishing with:
- 1/2 credit PE
- 1 credit fine arts (music, art, drama)
- 1/2 credit health
Additionally, David’s working towards Eagle Scout, is currently Assistant Patrol Leader, and will be assisting with our local homeschool group’s STEM club for boys. It’s my hope that this course load will leave plenty of free time to pursue other interests, so I’m purposely not going to overload him with assigned reading.
That’s his mug over there…he really is excited about this year…he just hates getting his picture taken.
Update 9/27/14: After working at it for a few weeks, we decided we really needed to change things. Things are going much more smoothly now.
Have you got a 9th grader this year? What are your learning plans?