I have found the perfect curriculum for 9th grade. This is exciting!
I finally found the right curriculum! That is no small miracle of God. I have perused every curriculum catalog, website and blog, spending blissful hours dreaming over my course choices like a child of old poring over the Sears catalog for Christmas toys. Only this is better. Christmas toys get boring after a while, but curriculum keeps me going all year.
I used to have to spend up to $1,000 a year on curriculum for my four children, mostly when my oldest was in high school. High school publishers think well of themselves, so they charge more. Now I have graduated out three of my children, which means for $300 I have put together an incredible year. I get to put all my focus on Laura!
Look at that! It makes me love being a teacher. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it, and it looks to be all I wanted. We are studying American History, Literature and how Christianity shaped our country through the years. Three subjects all in one! The American Voices is my favorite. It includes original documents ( a homeschool mom goto), speeches, poetry, newspaper articles and anything that helps show reflections of the era we are studying. Laura is going to love it!
This may not look like much, but I have been searching for it for several years. For the other kids, I went the Apologia Biology Curriculum and was very dissatisfied because it was at a college level. I firmly believe high school should be done in high school and college should be done in college. This is Alpha Omega Lifepacs and it teaches high school biology. It’s funny how easy a concept but so difficult to find. Laura will have labs with this, which she will love and I will hate.
Mathusee. I absolutely love this series and we have stuck with it from kindergarten all the way through Algebra. There is a dvd lesson, a teacher’s manual to help me explain it to her, and hands on work which I never knew you could do in algebra.
We started logic and debate towards the end of last semester, and it has been a fun mistake. When Laura breaks down an argument with her siblings, she points out their logic errors by name; therefore intimidating them and losing their argument. Laura has zeroed in with a focus I have never seen in a child for learning a subject. She’ll be using all this irrefutable logic against Patrick and me soon and I don’t think we are going to win.
Psychology can be better understood when you can use your Bible right along with how people act and react. This is a study Laura asked for. Put this one with her logic course, and by the end of this school year you probably won’t be able to talk to her anymore. My gift of sarcasm will be trampled down by her superior way of thinking.
A big thank you to Shelly from There’s No Place Like Home for this steer. Shelly homeschools her 10 children and write’s a homeschool blog that is an amazing resource. If you are still reading this, you should friend her.
This is an online course for $20 and works on SAT word vocabulary and spelling. Laura generally does not like to do schoolwork on the computer (which is okay by me because I love doing the whole teacher thing), so I’m hoping she will put her prejudices behind and enjoy the program.
Yep, Laura is taking guitar lessons from Patrick! We finally have a child who actually wants to learn an instrument. Patrick is an incredible guitar player and has been on worship teams of every church we have been in. We have a singer, a child who sat for 2 years in front of the piano and learned nothing, another child who “learned” piano by memorizing where fingers should go instead of actually learning the notes. Needless to say, I gave up. So Laura came up with this out of left field and I am still in shock.
Physical Education. We are still a little unsure how this one will be done this year, but if I can’t get Laura interested in body building she will have to devise her own workout routine.
I think I got it all. You may have noticed there are 7 courses, and the first one is three courses in one, which makes 9 courses. This is an ongoing problem for me. There is too much to learn and too little time.
It’s perfect!!!! God bless to all my homeschooling friends and may you still be sane by the end of the year!