As our third child enters high school this year, I’m happy to find that the experience is much less overwhelming than the first few times around. Yes, you can homeschool your child through high school, and you can do it well.
Like most of my children, Kaylee prefers to learn independently. Because she is a “hands-off” learner, most of her curriculum is textbook-based, allowing her to learn at her own pace without too many projects or experiments.
Ninth Grade Homeschool Curriculum Plan
Math – Math-U-See Pre-Algebra
Kaylee isn’t quite ready for Algebra I yet, so she will be doing pre-algebra this year. After looking through the MUS pre-algebra text, I’m satisfied that it is a solid course and will prepare her well for Algebra I next year.
Grammar – Easy Grammar Plus
Although Kaylee already has a very solid grammar foundation, she definitely needs to cover grammar at least once during high school. I’m planning to have her complete only half of the Easy Grammar Plus book this year in order to allow her more time to focus on writing.
I’m slowly compiling a list of books that will correlate with Kaylee’s American history studies this year. I happened across an excellent historical fiction book, Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin, that will fit in well when the Civil War is covered–and it’s currently FREE for Kindle!
I’ll be sharing more about Kaylee’s history and literature throughout the coming year. I’d be glad to have you follow along as I discover more great books that shed light on American history!
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Writing – Jensen’s Format Writing
This course is new to us, but I’m looking forward to trying a different approach this year. Jensen’s Format Writing covers all types of writing and appears to be a very thorough course.
If you’ve used this book, I’d love to hear your opinions and suggestions!
History – All American History Vol. II
This year Kaylee will be learning about the second half of American history. I’m very excited about the All American History textbook–it’s engaging and interesting, and it will pair wonderfully with extra reading. And yes, you’ll be hearing a lot about AAH over the next few months!
Although my oldest son has used Apologia science courses for the last three years, this will be Kaylee’s first time to use them. She will be starting out with general science, which should provide her with a great foundation for science throughout high school.
I’ve been very happy with School of Tomorrow’s Bible courses, so I decided to use their New Testament Survey PACEs for Kaylee this year. She will also be reading through the entire New Testament as she completes the PACEs.
Kaylee has been wanting to take piano lessons for a long time now, and this year she will finally begin. I’ll be teaching her myself this year, but we’ll definitely be looking for a piano teacher for next year.
Any suggestions for which piano lesson books might be best?
Art – Creating a Masterpiece
Kaylee loves art and spends a good portion of her free time drawing. This year will be her first year to use DVDs from Creating a Masterpiece, and she is definitely excited!
She is starting with Lessons in Acrylic: Caribbean Lighthouse, a level one DVD. When these lessons are completed, we’ll decide which DVD to order next.