Curriculum

Updated for the 2015-2016 school year

I cannot believe that Megan is in 8th grade this year and Josh is in 10th. Not only that, but both are not working entirely independently, coming to me only for help with things they don’t understand.

Midway through last year, they requested going to a textbook/workbook approach. I won’t lie – that makes me want to bang my head against the wall. Boring!

However, they are teens and taking ownership over their education, and the approach seems to work very well for them, so I’m not complaining.

History, Science, and English

Although there are a few things we don’t like about the curriculum, overall it’s a good fit. After looking around, we couldn’t find anything they liked better, so the kids will continue with history, science, and English from Landmark Freedom Baptist curriculum.

The curriculum tends to be very evangelical in nature, which we find kind of amusing since you’d think its primary audience would already be Christian. Every once in awhile, the author crosses the line from fact to opinion, which has created some talking points for us. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though.

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One thing I do really like about the curriculum is the high school U.S. history. There is a heavy focus on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the roles of the branches of government. Geography is a heavy focus of 8th grade history, which has been good for Megan, and both kids really like the way science is laid out.

Spelling, writing, grammar, and vocabulary are all covered in English. We’re going to add in a literature component by reading quality books and doing some study guides along with them. I’m thinking about titles such as To Kill a Mockingbird since {gasp} I’ve never read it and To Set a Watchman was just released – we’ll read it, too – and Flowers for Algernon just because I came across it recently at the used bookstore and I remembered how much I enjoyed it when I was in high school.

Math

Teaching Textbooks will continue to be our math program of choice. I love the video instruction method and the fact that the grading is done for me. The kids like it because it explains things well and they can work independently on their laptops.

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Bible Study

The kids are doing their own personal Bible studies this year. I recently discovered Journal and Doodle through the Bible. I’m hoping that Megan will join me for that. It looks like something she’d be interested in.

Personal Finance

Both Josh and Megan want to get jobs this year – Josh after he gets his driver’s license because he doesn’t want his mom driving him to work and Megan as soon as she turns 14 because she recently learned of a couple of places that will hire at 14. That means it’s high time for Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance.

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I did a review of Foundations in Personal Finance when Brianna was younger. After going through it, I got workbooks for Josh and Megan and put it all in my “save for later” stack. It’s later.

The great thing about Dave Ramsey is he’s funny and engaging, so I don’t think anyone is going to complain about going through the course.

U.S. Government

I also want to begin studying the U.S. government in-depth with the kids. That means I’ll be pulling another product Brianna used off my “save for later” shelf – A Noble Experiment from Zeezok Publishing.

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We’ll be working our way through this one slowly and may not finish it in one year, but that’s okay. I love that we can just pick up where we left off next year if need be.

As usually, we’ll probably add and drop things throughout the year, but that’s my plan, as of this moment.