It’s hard to believe that High School, Round 2 is right around the corner. I’ve been considering what I want to do differently this time around and have been making a general plan for high school. I thought you might be interested in my thought process and what I’m looking at for homeschool curriculum for high school.
I’ve put together a general outline for how we’ll tackle high school for Josh and Megan so that I can make sure we cover everything we need to and get the right number of credit hours.
My rough plan (with credit hours needed in parentheses next to general subject and credits that will be earned next to subject title) looks something like this:
|Grade||English (4)||Math (4)||Science (3-4)||History (3-4)||Electives (5-6)||Foreign Language (2)|
|9th||Grammar/Comp (1)||Algebra I (1)||Biology (1)||Ancient History (1)||Health & P.E. (1) | Entrepreneurship (1)|
|10th||Word Lit/Comp (1)||Algebra II (1)||Astronomy (1)||World History (1)||Economics (1) | Elective||Spanish I (1)|
|11th||American Lit/Comp (1)||Geometry (1)||Chemistry (1)||Am. History (1)||Govt./Civics (1) | Elective||Spanish II (1)|
|12th||Lit/Vocab for College (1)||Pre-Calc (1)||*||Psychology (1)||Speech (0.5) | Elective|
Literature and composition classes
By Brianna’s junior year, we had worked out a pretty good system for literature – one that should feel pretty familiar to Josh and Megan after using Trail Guide to Learning. We incorporated literature with history. That worked really well for her and has been working great for Josh and Megan in middle school.
I plan to continue that by covering American literature alongside American history and world literature alongside world history by choosing books that fit the period in history being studied.
Lee Binz has a fantastic reading list for college bound students that I will use as my starting point when searching for books to use.
For the composition component, we’ll continue to work our way through WriteShop, fitting the assignments to other school topics as much as possible. Once we’ve finished with WriteShop, we’ll just continue to put what we’ve learned into practice with regular writing assignments across the curriculum.
As I mentioned in my REAL Science Odyssey review, I think I’m going to use Biology 2 for high school. We’re only a few chapters in, so it will take us most of the school year next year (Josh’s 9th grade year) to finish. Unless something else catches my eye between now and then, I plan to use Focus on High School Chemistry, the high school level chemistry text from Real Science 4 Kids.
With both of those options, I’m thinking that we’ll supplement with the Biology 101 and Chemistry 101 DVD sets. I’m also considering the Supercharged Science courses for some of our science. Has anyone used them yet?
For our third science course credit, I’m strongly leaning toward astronomy, but I haven’t decided on curriculum yet. Any suggestions?
We’re anxiously awaiting the first middle school book in the Trail Guide to Learning series. I may have to wait until the high school extension for it is ready since I’ll have at least one in high school when we go through it, or I may just try to beef it up myself. I’m also seriously looking at the Diana Waring history curriculum that I’ve only recently discovered. It sounds like a really good fit for us.
In addition, we’ll be using the Uncle Eric books where we can. We’ll definitely be using the World War I and World War II books as part of our world history study.
For American history, I’m leaning toward doing something a little different since we just spent the last three years or so going through American history. I’m thinking of doing a recap, which will include some American lit, and pulling in government and civics with Zeezok’s A Noble Experiment.
I have several things that I want to use to cover economics with the kids. I think we’ll use the following over the course of their high school years (not all at the same time):
- No More Lemonade – Have y’all heard me talk about this yet? It’s a new entrepreneurship course for middle school students. It’s geared toward kids ages 10-14, so I plan on starting it right away since Josh is already 14.
- Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance
- Whatever Happened to Penny Candy – This is another Uncle Eric book in our collection. I’ve got the workbook to go with it, so we’re set.
We’ve been really pleased with the CurrClick Live Spanish class Brianna has been taking, so my plan is to have Josh and Megan take it in a couple of years. That way they can take it at the same time for high school foreign language credit. This has several advantages. For one, they can practice with each other, which always makes learning a foreign language easier. For another, unless something changes between now and then, they can both take the class at the same time at the family rate, which is a nice savings.
I also really want to do a psychology class with them. That’s something that I never even thought about with Brianna, but I really enjoyed my high school psychology class – so much so that the kids know all about Pavlov’s dog since I’ve mentioned it, then, had to explain it a few times. I’ve also explained the id, ego, and superego on more than one occasion and I still use the term “anal-retentive” from my high school psych days. I want other people in the house to know what I’m talking about.
Health and P.E.
I’m trying to decide what to do for P.E. It was easy with Brianna – she was on a volleyball team. Megan is doing gymnastics right now, but I don’t know if she still will be in high school, and Josh isn’t into sports at all. Megan does want to start running and, since I want to build back up, now is the perfect time to start with her. The only problem is, she wants to run in the afternoons, while I prefer mornings. If I could get her started, though, that would be great for P.E. credit. We could even do some 5Ks together.
For health, I really want to go through Nutrition 101 with them. We started it several years ago, but, because it was an eBook, we got off track after awhile. Now that I’ve got an iPad, it would be much easier to deal with the eBook format. I really loved the book and I think they might appreciate more now that they’re older.
Those are the things I’ve got in mind, as of right now, for our high school curriculum and coursework. I’ll narrow it down and share our plans for 9th grade later this summer.
What are you going to be using for high school? I’d love suggestions of great curriculum you’ve found or are considering.