I’ve received a lot of interest on this since I’ve posted it on Pintrest, so I thought I’d explain my choices here.
First, the art, French and geography will be taught at our Renewed Moms Ministry homeschool group.
Next I’ll cover the basic subjects. Science, Language Arts and Math.
With Buttercup starting high school next year. (Wow! Where did the time go!) That means I’m stepping up the difficulty level to prepare for the ACT. Now whether she goes to college is a whole other conversation, but I still want her to do her best. She also has certain credit requirements to fulfill for the state and her umbrella school–Faith Heritage Christian Academy for graduation.
Starting with Science: Buttercup loves science. Her real love is zoology, but science isn’t really a strength since math is a struggle. I found this wonderful science program from Master Books that will cover all the basic introductions: biology, chemistry, physics and the history of math (along with the necessary labs). It’s called A Survey of Science History & Concepts. This should give her a strong base in chemistry & physics–which she started working on this past year with physical science, and prepare her for a course in biology next year. After that we’re looking at a course in zoology, and possibly chemistry.
Language Arts or English I will cover a lot of parts and pieces.
- Writing or Rhetoric
For grammar review, Easy Grammar Ultimate Series Grade 9. This will be an easy, quick, painless, daily review. Another remedial class she needs is spelling. the All About Spelling series has done wonders for her (even though she calls the phonograms “torturegrams”). She has progressed so much that I refuse to stop until we complete it. She’ll be a senior in high school when we complete Level 7, but it will help her writing and vocabulary skills.
Vocabulary is a review she’ll need for ACT. Vocabulary Cartoons is one of the best, most fun vocabulary books I’ve seen. It associates vocabulary words with other words that sound like them. The silly pictures make the point. Learning 10 vocabulary words a week won’t be a problem. There are 2 other books in this series beyond this one.
Writing will consist of Skills for Rhetoric and Movies as Literature. Skills for Rhetoric is another specialty from Master Books. It’s actually rated for middle school, but I believe it’s rigorous enough for high school in our situation. Since she will be in an intense writing program, I decided to go with Movies as Literature this year. She loves watching movies together, and I thought this would be a great way to work on literature. This won’t take the place of reading. NEVER! I thought I could introduce her to literature this way, and we could delve more deeply into it in later years.
Math, ugg, that’s always a toughie, but I think I may have a solution this year for algebra (pun intended).
VideoTextInteractive takes the unusual approach to algebra by teaching it as a language. They relate it to English and teach the “why” behind the math. Instead of doing algebra for the sake of doing algebra, they explain why you’re doing what you’re doing. I may learn a few things too. There is a short video lesson, and workbook problems. Quizzes are reviews because this is a mastery based curriculum. Uzinggo is a fun review curriculum. It also has science review and will work well with our science lessons.
Lastly, are the electives, but one is the most important subject of all:
- Art & Music Appreciation
Bible isn’t always our first subject of the day. I like for Buttercup to get awake and warmed up so she can fully drink in all of God’s lessons. This year she’s starting with Cat & Dog Theology. It’s a new curriculum from Unveiling Glory and based on their seminars. Right now, there are only two years published, but it will eventually be a full 4-year high school curriculum. Cat & Dog Theology teaches us how we should approach God and how we should worship Him; how to have our hearts right. This has made a buzz in our homeschool group and I know of at least one other family that has already committed to use it, and possibly another.
Art and Music Appreciation is something I’m adding for fun. It gives a taste of history that isn’t often covered, and I hope to expand Buttercup’s world with music and art–two things she dearly loves.
What are the choices you have for next year and why?