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2012 – 2013 9th Grade Curriculum Plan

2012-2013 Homeschool Curriculum PlanWell I have finally completed planning for my rising 9th grader.  I know you are probably wondering why I have taken so long to complete curriculum planning since I have been at this for ten years right?

Honestly, I put much thought into curriculum choices based on previous flops for us, best learning methods for each child and most importantly…my addicition to curriculum!

Just joking – well not about my addiction to curriculum but I am joking about the fact that it is the most important determining factor for my curriculum choices.

In the ten years I’ve been homeschooling I have been able to find new curriculum that I’d like to try every single year.  Now there are some that are tried and true for some subjects and grades but there is always another book or program begging for my attention.

The Curriculum Plan for this post is for my rising 9th grader who is an avid reader, loves History, hates Math & Science.  We have changed a few things for the new school year.

8th Grade Curriculum Flops

Tapestry of Grace – Too much planning for me. The kids learned bunches with the selection of reading books but we kept falling behind because of the planning and the fact that a lot of the books were nowhere to be found.  My 8th grader switched to Abeka History mid year.

LifePac General Science II –  My son didn’t learn a thing with these books we switched mid year to a tried and true (Abeka).

Growing With Grammar – Having done Rod & Staff & Abeka English in the past I was disappointed with this curriculum, my son was not challenged at all.  We stuck it out but, I don’t feel he really learned much.

Apologia Who Is God? – Call me slow but I just didn’t get the layout or flow of this curriculum.  My son absolutely hated this one, but we stuck it out anyway.

8th Grade Curriculum Faves

Teaching Textbooks – This one is a fave for almost all of my kiddos.

Paragraph Book – We had previously tried WriteShop and did not like it.  My son was a reluctant writer this set of writing books really helped him, organize his thoughts and begin writing confidently.

9th Grade Homeschool – High School Curriculum Plan

English/Grammar –  Applications of Grammar I

Application of Grammar







Writing –  One year Adventure Novel & The Paragraph Book twice a week.

One Year Adventure Novel

The Paragraph Book

Vocabulary/Spellingg – Megawords


BibleThinking Like a Christian &  Foundations for Living LifePacs (3 books this year)

Thinking Like A Christian Foundations for Living

History, LiteratureMFW Ancient History & Literature (we will supplement with Sonlight.comCore G book list)

MFW Ancient History    Sonlight Core G Book List

ScienceDIVE Biology

DIVE Biology

Foreign LanguageVisual Link Spanish

Free Spanish Lessons


HealthAOP Health LifePac (2 books this year), Learning About Sex Series – Sex and the New You, Community First Aid

Lifepac AOP High School Health   Learning About Sex - Sex and the New You (boy)


MathTeaching Textbooks Pre Algebra ( we plan to move on to Algebra I in the second semester)

Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra

Fine ArtsEssentials of Music Theory & Meet The Masters

Essentials of Music Theory      Meet the Masters Homeschool

Physical Education – He will be enrolled in local Karate school

Be on the lookout for my Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th and 12th grade curriculum plans shortly!

Update: Take a peek at my 4th Grade Curriculum plan.

Now it’s your turn, what are your plans for high schooled homeschooler?



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Time 4 Learning

Time 4 Learning

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I’ve been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so be sure to come back and read about my experience.

Time4Learning can be used as a homeschool curriculum, for afterschool enrichment and for summer skill sharpening.

Find out how to write your own curriculum review for Time4Learning.

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Plans for the week


Well it’s that time of the year again when I start planning my curriculum for the next homeschooling year and begin selling books on Amazon. I have to admit I am a curriculum junkie! In fact I have so many books that to keep the peace in my house I have to get rid of books in order to buy more.

So this week I am going to begin the dreaded process of entering my book information on Amazon. I know what your thinking, “Lisa, don’t you have older children? Why can’t they do it?”. And your are correct and I will!

So let me rephrase, this week my kids will begin the dreaded process of entering my book information on Amazon! It should be done by the end of the week.

While they are busy typing away I will begin planning. I think this year I am going to start planning curriculum for my youngest first, she will be turning five so I will begin using a Kindergarten curriculum with her.

I will post when I get her planning completed and let you know what we’re doing.

Now it’s your turn. What are your Kindergarten faves?

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Getting Ready for Next Year

It’s that time of year again and I am stressed!  As usual I have waited until the last minute to do my curriculum shopping.  Every year I plan my curriculum choices in advance but I never seem to get the orders in early.

Some of the items I am considering are:

Voyages in English for my rising 3rd and 8th grader.  My older children used Rod & Staff through 10th grade so this is a big change in our household.

Teaching Textbooks math for my 3rd and 8th graders.  I love, love, love TT!  I am so excited that the automatic grading is now included for most grade levels.

Visual Link Spanish is really a new one in our household.  I used Rosetta Stone for my older children and did not have great success with it.

I will update with new posts as I complete my orders!

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Tapestry of Grace

As a veteran homeschooler of 8 years I can honestly say that I have tried lots of curriculum.  Over the course of the time I have developed my favorites but always left room for the next best thing!  I do believe Tapestry of Grace has earned the next best thing title for my family.

One of the greatest challenges for a large homeschooling family is combining subjects.  Tapestry of Grace allows me to combine History, Geography, Church History, Art, Literature, Government and so much more.

TOG uses the Classical Curriculum approach.  There are currently 4 Years or Volumes available and each year is divided into 4 (9 week) units.  You have the option of purchasing the entire year at once or each unit separately.

TOG offers a Digital Download (DE) or the traditional shipping of a CD. You may also opt to get the download and CD pricing option.  Lapbooks, Map Aides and Tests are available for your learning experience to be enhanced.

I cannot tell you how this curriculum has made our families homeschool experience go so much smoother.

Learn more about Tapestry of Grace.  Be sure to take advantage of the FREE 3 week curriculum evaluation and I am sure you will fall in love with it too!

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