Thursday, August 22, 2013

Homeschool Curriculum 2013-2014

We are down to 2 students.  Brandon graduated and is attending Urshan College.  So proud of him.

So - the plan for two is easier:

Kaitlyn is in 8th grade.  
This is a transition into harder subjects, more detailed analysis of work, and honing her learning & listening skills.

We will be doing the following subjects:

English:  Rod & Staff English 8 as well as Applications of Grammar.  This should give solidify grammar for her this year as we transition into putting it into practical application with literary essays next year.

Reading:  She's got 4 major books and study guides that accompany them as well as additional reading that will be mostly classic literature.  These particular books just accompany the history themes she'll be focusing on this year as well as completing the ones she didn't complete last year.  SHAME on her!  :)

Bronze Bow
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Johnny Tremain
The Eagle of the Ninth

Her classic literature list includes the following books - which will be a precursor to actually doing essays and literary studies on them her Freshman year:

Call of the Wild - by Jack London
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Idylls of the King by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
How Green was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Anne Frank:  Diary of a Young Girl by Anne frank
Silas Marner by George Eliot
The Religious Life of the Negro by Booker T. Washington
Anne of Green Gables by L. Maude Montgomery
Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott
Shane by Jack Warner Schaefer
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

She will read the majority of these by the start of her Freshman year.  FRESHMAN???  NEXT YEAR???!!!!  Crazy!

Vocabulary:  We went with Wordly Wise 8 and will include spelling from her reading...with words that she encounters that are new to her.

Writing:  I really want to build up her writing this year as next year will include a TON of essay writing.  I found this at the homeschool curriculum fair and will be including it.  Jump In by Sharon Watson.  I spoke with the author and discussed my concerns and she felt this would definitely address the issues I see with Kaitlyn as far as writing goes.

Math:  We are starting Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra.  For Kaitlyn, this is the best program we've found thus far.  It's the only math that hasn't left her feeling hopeless.

History:  She is doing American History through Compass Classroom this year with supplemental books (Story of the World 3Story of the World 4, & Streams of Civilization 2) that will accompany the DVD series as additional reading.

Science:  We LOVE Apologia Science. This has been the one constant throughout all of our years thus far.  She's doing Exploring Creation with Physical Science.  We added in the Student Notebook this year which should help her enjoy staying on track.

Bible:  We will be doing joint daily devotionals and Bible readings at the start of each day with Zachary.  They will then break off and do their own personal devotionals/studies.  We will do various ones throughout the year as well as completing her Read The Bible in a Year plan.

Logic:  We will be introducing logic to Kaitlyn this year through The Fallacy Detective and The Thinking Toolbox.

Music:  Kaitlyn is wanting to learn to play the guitar. We will be purchasing her a guitar and starting off with basics using a program we purchased for Brandon a few years ago.

PE:  Kaitlyn will be including 3 days a week of gym or yoga.

Zachary is in 10th Grade.
As a Sophomore, we are really pushing him to progress speedily this year.  He needs to increase his writing/grammar skills as well as focus on math more diligently.

The plan is this:

English/Literature:  We love For Such a Time as This and will continue with this program this year by using the American Literature bundle.  Dr. Stobaugh grades all of Zachary's essays which is a huge help to me.  We will also be including Easy Grammar Daily Warm Ups Grade 10 to just make sure his grammar is on a solid foundation before taking the ACT test.

Here's the books he will read and complete essays on this year: 
History of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
Walden/Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
Billy Bud by Herman Melville
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Ethan Frome by Edith Warton
Collection of Poetry by Ezra Pound
Collection of Poetry by E.E. Cummings
Collection of Poetry by Robert Frost
A Farewell to Arms by Earnest Hemingway
Unvanquished by William Faulkner
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
The Emperor Jones by Eugene Glaston O'Neill
The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
"Everything That Rises Must Converge" by Flannery O'Conner
"A Worn Path" by Eudora Welty
"The Jilting of Granny Weatherall" by Katherine Anne Porter
"The Chosen" by Chiam Potok
"Cold Sassy Tree" by Olive Ann Burns

History:  We will continue with For Such a Time as This American history as well.  It accompanies the American Literature program so well by following along with the same timelines.  This definitely helps make the history stick better.

Math:  This year we will go with Jacob's Geometry since we already had it.  Zachary will also be completing his Teaching Textbooks Algebra II.  That was a harder subject for him last year with a few things that needed to be redone.  He got behind as a result and just needs to complete the last 6 weeks.  He'll do that slowly with additional review.  Jacob's Geometry will be completed 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) while he does Algebra II on Tuesdays and Thursdays until it's completed.

Science:  We will be using Apologia's Exploring Creation with Chemistry.

Bible:  I added a complete curriculum for Zachary to use this year for Bible, Apologia's I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Athiest.  This one teaches defense of your faith and worldviews, which Brandon and he both were introduced to through For Such a Time as This.

Foreign Language:  Zachary wants to do French instead of continuing with Latin or completing Spanish.  Will do, bud...whatever makes you do it, lol!  We are doing Rosetta Stone French.

College Prep:  Zachary will be preparing to take the ACT in the Spring of this school year for the first time.  We will be doing preparation using these two books:  College Preparation Course for the Christian Student and Cracking the ACT.

Music:  Zachary will continue to focus on piano with the addition of lessons as needed.  We will include theory from various online sources.

PE:  Zachary has fallen in LOVE with the gym and is definitely getting his PE credits completed easily by working out 4-5 days a week.

We obviously have fuller days this year and will have to stay on top of it.  I'm hoping that I'll be able to keep them pushed through until the end of the year.  :)

1 comment:

Shannon Baker said...

It sounds like an interesting series. I will check it out

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