I know you are wondering why in the world am I writing a post on John and Jarrod's 2014-2015, 11th grade year when they just crossed the halfway hump of their 2013-2014, 10th grade year.
The first reason is because our homeschool co-op leadership team sent out an email the other day asking what, if anything, we wanted to teach this coming school year (beginning August 2014). I immediately fired back my response. I am hoping to teach Meteorology with a LAB again for 10th-12th grades. While our homeschool co-op has a plethora of sciences, and the mom's willing to teach them, our co-op seems to really appreciate my willingness for something different to choose from, like when a mom steps up to teach Forensics. My meteorology class has a LAB with it which is important for students because our state requires 3 sciences with a LAB plus another science without. It gives students options.
So, anyways, that was the first reason I began looking at the boys' next school year.
Another reason is I am regularly assessing and reassessing their projected high school path. I've created the following spreadsheet with their already-completed year, this year, and their projected classes for the remaining two years all against state requirements.
With this in mind, our plan, and I use that term loosely, because the best laid plans so often change, is shaping up to look something like this:
Literary Lessons from The Lord of the Rings.
I'm really excited about this curriculum. Even more excited, we'll be reading the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy for school credit. You can't beat that!
Saxon Advanced Math. We have had such success with the Saxon Math curriculum each year that I cannot in good conscious, for the benefit of my sons, switch to another curriculum. I think I would be doing them a disservice. Advanced Math covers trigonometry, pre-calculus, logarithms, analytic geometry, and advanced algebraic concepts and will prepare them for Calculus which is the plan for their 12th grade year. We will also use the DIVE DVD for this level math. The DIVE DVDs have been a saving grace.
Notgrass' Exploring Government. The boys have been using the U.S. History curriculum of the same company and it is really thorough and well-written curriculum, plus the lady at our homeschool co-op that will be teaching government next year recommends this curriculum and she is phenomenal in government.
U.S. Presidents. I am also creating a curriculum for .5 credit (but, I'll reassess at the end of the year) of U.S. Presidents. While they have had a bit of presidents in their U.S. History course I want them to have a more thorough look at our presidents, their lives, and their impact on our nation.
Meteorology with a LAB. The boys will be taking my Meteorology class with a LAB and all three of us are excited about the possibilities. I use a college-level textbook (an older edition to keep cost down) for the class, mostly because I found no year-long high school meteorology curriculum, while there are several good college-level, introduction to meteorology textbooks. I used this same textbook for my own college, introduction to meteorology class. I created the LABs for the class also.
Total Health + Physical Education class at co-op. This is a tentative curriculum. I am not sure which direction I want to go for their Health and Physical Education credits.
Beth Moore's bible study Daniel, James, Mercy Triumphs, The Beloved Disciple, and Jesus, the One and Only. I have done all of these studies and I already have the CDs for a couple. We will spend time together going through these studies. If we get done with these we'll pick another of Beth's to finish out the year.
The boys will be done with the Eagle project and should be pretty close to Eagle Scout so we'll begin Drivers Education, which will take an entire years worth of lessons according to our states requirements.
All this to say this is what we are looking ahead at completing for their 11th grade year.