Well 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
Vocabulary/Spellingg – Megawords
Science – DIVE Biology
Foreign Language – Visual Link Spanish
Math – Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra ( we plan to move on to Algebra I in the second semester)
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?