It's back-to-school time and we're starting high school!! This year the new high schooler asked to go part-time to a local Christian school. This gives her the opportunity to hang out with her friends from both traditional school and homeschool. And, it gives me the opportunity to let her take control of her education. Really, it's a win-win! So, these are our choices for 9th-grade curriculum that we will be using in our homeschool.
To make this page a little easier to navigate, I've split the different curriculum choices into tabs. Just click on the tab to discover what we will be using this year.
9th-Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices
- MORNING WORK
- LANGUAGE ARTS
- FOREIGN LANGUAGE
This year my kids have decided they are too old for Morning Meetup. Though it saddens me, I realize that as our children grow our homeschool will grow as well. To accommodate their independence, I've let go of my desire for family read-alouds and morning time together. This year they will be doing their morning work without me.
And, now that we are fully into all the hormones of tween and teens, I also realize this may be the best decision we could make for our sanity!
This year's Morning Work:
Bible, History & Geography
The teen decided that she wanted to spend part of her day at a local Christian school so she will be studying Bible, History and Geography there. Again, as much as I would love for her to be with us, I understand her need to spend time with her friends in an environment that isn't her home.
This will be our second year using VideoText Algebra. Previously we worked through the first sections slowly as a PreAlgebra course. This year we are planning on working the next few sections that are recommended for an Algebra 1 credit.
This course is easy to use. For PreAlgebra, we watched the video together and worked through some of the problems. The next day she worked through the rest of the problems or took the quiz.
This year we are changing things up a bit. I am teaching this course at our local enrichment classes, so she won't be watching the videos each week. But, we will still be using the texts and quizzes.
VideoText has been very effective at teaching her the "Why" of Algebra. We can easily get hung up on memorizing rules and operations and not learn why we have a rule. This program works on helping the student learn the fundamental concepts so they can easily work problems without having to remember a rule.
This science-loving kid decided she wanted to learn Forensic Science this year. I've learned that when my children show an interest in a subject, I need to find ways to help them pursue that topic.
She helped me to create her lesson plans and has been enjoying it immensely. And, I'm excited that she is taking ownership in her education.
American Classic Literature Series for Teens
We are also using our new high school literature series at our enrichment classes. This series has 10 book clubs, but we will only have time to complete 8. They will be:
- The Scarlet Letter
- To Kill A Mockingbird
- The Great Gatsby
- The Outsiders
- Little Women
- Up From Slavery
- Of Mice and Men
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
These book clubs are fun for rabbit trails into science, math, history, pop-culture, literary reference, music, art and more. But, they also include thought provoking questions, grammar, literary elements and writing projects.
Last year we used Visual Latin's video curriculum. We love this course! Shoot, I watch it just for fun.
Now, that she has a strong base in learning languages, she decided to choose another language. This year she picked German.
We're starting with Duolingo and we'll see where the year takes us. I expect we will need to supplement with another programs, but I may be mistaken. Her grandfather is a German professor, so I plan on asking his advice as she progresses.
And, that's our plan for the year. This year she will be working independently from me and will be using Homeschool Tracker to track her hours and subjects for her classes. This is a new experience for both of us. It's hard to let go, but it's great to see them flourish and grow on their own.
Hi, I’m Dachelle. I’m a homeschooling mom of 3 in the South. I love chocolate and have been known to hide it from my children. I can often be found reading a good book (or even sometimes just an okay book) and enjoying a jar of Nutella — don’t judge. I blog, here, at HideTheChocolate.com when I’m not creating book clubs and making lists…lots and lots of lists (it’s an addiction). Learn more…