It’s happening. We are starting high school!
If I think about it too long, I start to panic just a little. However, I am encouraged by good friends who have paved the way for me that I just need to plan ahead, pray, and enjoy the ride.
Well, we’ve prayed over it and here is our plan for the first year of high school.
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9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum
History and Literature – Beautiful Feet
My daughter loves to read. When we were searching for a high school history curriculum, she actually said “If I could just read my way through history, that would be perfect!” Enter Beautiful Feet! (You can read about how we found BF and why we love it in this previous post.)
Algebra I – Time For Learning
After using Singapore Math for the elementary and middle school years, my daughter wanted to try something more independent and online. We decided to give Time For Learning a try. I thought it would be just for a month or so, just enough to get her feet wet in the world of Algebra.
She loved it!
Singapore Math did an excellent job of preparing her for Algebra, and to my surprise, Time For Learning does a good job of teaching algebra.
Geometry – Teaching Textbooks
Since my daughter started Algebra I last winter, she’ll be finishing up this fall. She got a chance to sit down and try geometry from Teaching Textbooks at Great Homeschool Conventions in Cincinnati and really liked it, so I guess we’ll be giving it a try.
|Geometry Teaching Textbooks Kit (Version 2.0)|
Science – Apologia Biology
My daughter is an Apologia girl. She LOVES Apologia science and will not even look at anything else, and I’m fine with that. The readable style, the hands-on experiments, and the notebook make Apologia science a great curriculum choice.
This will be her 5th year using Apologia science.
To get the most out of the Apologia Biology labs, you need a good student microscope. This is the one we own.
The Accu-Scope 3088 is brand new to us, so we are excited to use it this year. It has all the features you would want in a good student microscope.
Coding – Youth Digital
Another great find from Great Homeschool Conventions was Youth Digital. My daughter has a huge interest in computer coding and was on the look out for something that could teach her more and was fun at the same time.
The Mod Design 1 course from Youth Digital teaches the Java programming language while creating Minecraft mods. Really? How fun is that?
Psychology – 7 Sisters Homeschool
Last summer, my daughter took a psychology course at the local college’s College for Kids program and loved it. So, when my friends from 7 Sisters Homeschool told me they had a high school psychology course, I grabbed it! My girl is really looking forward to this class.
So, that’s how our first year of high school will start. We’ll add in writing with her history and literature. My daughter also takes knitting and art classes, volunteers at the local zoo, is a competitive figure skater, and plays hockey. It will be a fun, busy year!
Find out what curriculum other homeschool families are using at the curriculum week link up at the iHomeschool Network’s Not Back To School Blog Hop!