We have solidified our homeschool curriculum for the 2013-2014 school year. John and Jarrod's 10th grade year. I am hyper-excited about this coming year and the curriculum we've choose and the homeschool co-op classes they are taking.
World Geography (Part II)
American History - Exploring America: History, Literature, and Faith--Curriculum Package, Second Edition by Ray Notgrass
This is a homeschool cooperative class. They'll meet with their teacher, who is a government and history fanatic, on Friday's and work through the lessons they accomplished through the rest of the week.
We will be supplementing this curriculum with History Speaks: Declaration of Independence, Signers: Stories behind the Declaration of Independence, Scholastic Encyclopedia of Presidents and their times, and Drive Thru American History
American Literature - Exploring America: History, Literature, and Faith--Curriculum Package, Second Edition
We'll be using the same curriculum for American Literature as we are for American History. The difference is we will be doing American Literature at home only. Because the classics and novels we'll be reading for American Literature are intertwined within their American History lessons John and Jarrod will be doubly rewarded. We will read all of the books aloud because the boys have been learning best and retaining what I've read this way, from the beginning. We will be reading:
- The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
- Calico Bush (Rachel Field)
- Narrative of the Life of David Crockett (David Crockett)
- Possibly a James Fenimore Cooper novel
- Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Frederick Douglass)
- Uncle Tom's Cabin (Harriet Beecher Stowe)
- Co. Aytch (Sam Watkins)
- Across Five Aprils (Irene Hunt)
- Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
- Humorous Stories and Sketches (Mark Twain)
- In His Steps (Charles Sheldon)
- Up From Slavery (Booker T. Washington)
- Mama's Bank Account (Kathryn Forbes)
- Christy (Catherine Marshall)
- To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Mildred Taylor)
- The Giver (Lois Lowry)
At this time I know they will complete a full study guide for The Scarlet Letter and To Kill a Mockingbird but otherwise I haven't developed the class syllabus and assignments yet. I'll be working on that over the coming months. But, will probably use most of the suggestions from the curriculum.
Bible - This is another homeschool co-op class that I've signed the boys up. While it is a co-op class my plan is to learn along with them. This is the excerpt from our homeschool's course description about the class: Students will dive into Scripture and study God's Word manifested in three very different, yet very relatable persons: David, John, and Paul. We will learn about the cultures as well as the context surrounding the Scripture God inspired through these individuals and how it applies to our lives today. Students will come out of this class with a greater understanding of the books of Psalms, John, and Paul's many letters in the New Testament. Students will have various creative writing assignments as well as Bible-study like reading comprehension homework. They will also be responsible for memorizing the book of James throughout the term of the class.
My favorite part is the last part: They'll be memorizing the book of James throughout the year. Yep! the entire book of James.
Biology - Exploring Creation with Biology by Apologia
We absolutely love Apologia sciences curriculum. As far as I'm concerned, and probably ever homeschool family I've met over the last couple years, there is no substitute. We will, however, diverge from Apologia next year so the boys' can take my Meteorology class.
World Geography (Part II) - Around the World in 180 Days As I've mentioned in other posts we are continuing our World Geography tour for a second year and should be able to complete our study of the remaining continents. We'll have completed Africa, Australia, and Antarctica (at the very least) by the end of 9th Grade and then would only have the remaining 4 continents.By the end of 10th Grade they will have completed Bible/World History, American History, and World Geography. We will probably do a U.S. Geography and a Government class before they finish out high school.
Latin I - Technically, the boys have completed their high school requirements for languages with their Spanish I and Spanish II classes, but we've decided to give them some Latin background as well. This will benefit them in their science classes as well as learning vocabulary. It is not an overwhelming curriculum but I am planning daily exercises in Latin. We will be using Latina Christiana 1 & 2: Intro to Christian Latin, Student Bk, 3rd Ed.
Art - 3D Design - This is another homeschool cooperative class. I have to allow the boys a class that they really enjoy and art is one of those avenues. The classes description is: create 3D projects using polymer clay, wood, wire, foam and found objects. Projects will include character models and sculptures.
and last but not least,
Algebra II - Saxon Algebra II. We are continuing with the Saxon curriculum and finally have figured out the best way the boys are learning - we divide each lesson into two lessons. Because there are always more than 30 problems for every lesson we have divided each lesson up and the boys are getting along with Algebra I so much the better. So, our plan is to continue that with Algebra II. This means it will take from August - June to complete but we hold homeschool pretty much year round (except for 1 month in July and holiday breaks). We have also purchased the DIVE DVD associated with Algebra II which goes over the lesson each day - a must for Algebra, a necessity for Algebra II.
And that is as they say is that!
Whew! I'm exhausted. And 10th Grade hasn't even begun yet.