It’s March so that means it’s time to start planning a new homeschool year.
Next year (2015/2016) will be Buttercup’s sophomore year in high school. Hard to believe my homeschool teaching days are almost over, but I must say, I’m looking forward to the end.
But I digress, my focus is shifting from this year to next.
Since Buttercup is in high school, there are certain specifics she’s required to fulfill:
- English-4 credits
- Math-4 credits
- Science-3 credits
- Social Studies-2 credits
- US History-1 credit
- Health-1/2 credit
- PE-1 credit
- Personal Finance-1/2 credit
- Electives-6 credits
Her sophomore year she’ll start focusing on career. God blessed her with a love of animals, and she knows that’s the direction she’s going. As for what she wants to do with animals, she doesn’t know. That’s what we’ll start exploring next year. For career exploration, this will be our textbook.
Best Businesses for Pet Lovers: What You Need to Know about Starting and Succeeding in a Pet Business of Your Own. This will help her discover her true interests. She’ll do an in-depth study on the careers that most interest her, with possible internships to determine if that’s what she really wants to do. I want her to see the good, the bad, and the ugly of every career choice.
Buttercup will also begin familiarizing herself with specific dog and cat breeds. Dogs and cats are on the top of her list. We’ll use these two as the textbooks:
For the other standard (boring) classes, she’ll have English, math, biology, world history, health, and of course, PE (she plays for the local homeschool girls’ soccer team, and enjoys homeschool bowling and archery leagues).
Biology will be taken outside the home. Our homeschool support group–Renewed Moms Ministry–will offer this next year. She’s looking forward to taking this with her friends. She’ll also be studying Bible with this group. They will focus on the book of Jeremiah.
- Vocabulary Level A & B is the goal.
- Writing and Grammar 9 (we’ll be working a year behind)
- Elements of Literature
World History will fill a social studies credit. The text will be Mystery of History IV. She completed the first three in this series and is excited about the final installment. This is the series she has always insisted on throughout homeschool.
Health will be a mixture of curricula.
- Standard Deviate Accelerate (Health)
- DiscoveryK12 (Healty Living)
- Possibly some others if I don’t feel these two are adequate