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Here we go! We are starting our 9th year of homeschooling and I can’t quite believe it. Even more unbelievable is the fact that our daughter is in 11th grade! We are starting to think about colleges, prep for tests, and explore careers. It’s an exciting and scary time for us all.
Our daughter volunteers at our local zoo. It is truly her happy place. She is on cloud nine when we gets to be hands-on with the keepers cleaning enclosures, prepping diets, and helping with animal care. Because of this experience and her love of animals, she wants to pursue a career as a zoo keeper.
This summer, she’s been talking to zoo keepers and zoo directors getting advice on what kind of education to get and what experience she needs to have. We’ve been making sure her high school curriculum is setting her up to be able to jump right into a college animal science program.
11th Grade Homeschool Curriculum For Future Science Major
Our 11th grade homeschool curriculum choices are built on our 9th grade and 10th grade curriculum. She has always leaned toward interests in the sciences, so we have been planning on 4 years of math and science from the beginning. Our daughter has taken Algebra 1 and Geometry, so the next math class will be Algebra 2. She chose to go with Teaching Textbooks again. It’s been a great fit!
In science, she studied Physical Science in 9th grade and Biology in 10th. This year she will be moving onto Chemistry. She has always been an Apologia Science girl, but this year she chose to go with the high school chemistry from Berean Builders.
This will be our daughter’s third year on a First Robotics team. First is a multi-national program for grades 9-12 that have just six weeks to build and program robots to perform challenges while competing against other teams. This is a year round commitment with a time frame for learning, a build season, a competition season, and community outreach element. Our daughter is on the Computer Aided Design team where she has learned to use design software to design custom parts for the robot and create them using a 3D printer.
This will be our 3rd year with History/Literature curriculum from Beautiful Feet Books. She’s made her way through Ancient and Medieval History. This year, she will study American History and read great American literature.
For an elective this year, she will be taking a music appreciation course from Harmony Fine Arts. It is a free curriculum that allows lots of listening time, composer research, and writing opportunities.
Since our daughter will be taking the ACT in the spring, she is taking an ACT prep course this fall. The Better Test Prep course was recommended by a friends whose son had great success with it.
Here are the links to our 11th grade homeschool curriculum choices so you can check them out directly.
Of course, we need to keep track of all these courses, grades, and credits. We could not do it without Homeschool Manager. This online tool manages the daily curriculum schedule, book lists, volunteer hours, grades, attendance, and credits. Plus, it creates report cards or transcript in just a couple clicks.
More Homeschool Curriculum Ideas
Check out iHomeschool Network’s Back to Homeschool Blog Hop for more homeschool curriculum ideas.