2014-5

Home education with a 9th grader, a 6th grader, a 5th grader and a 1st grader.

For 9th grade:

  1. Pre-Calculus (at the enrichment school)
  2. Spanish 2 (at the enrichment school)
  3. Physics (at the enrichment school)
  4. Latin 2 (using Henle Latin and materials from the National Latin Exam)
  5. Chemistry (using Apologia)
  6. 20th Century History (see the book list here)
  7. English (Literature and composition fall: What Makes a Hero? and spring: Revenge v. Mercy)
  8. PE (mostly hiking with the family and biking)
  9. Also, piano lessons and Bible reading

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For 6th grade:

  1. Spanish (Rosetta Stone, a little bit every day)
  2. Pre-Algebra into Algebra 1 (Singapore’s NEM Level 1 and Khan Academy)
  3. English (lots of history reading, some other fiction as well, and IEW 1 writing at the enrichment school)
  4. Mountain Lab  (at the enrichment school)
  5. Geography (at the enrichment school)
  6. 20th Century History (book list here)
  7. Computer Programming (this is the subject I can’t really help him with. We used Kid Programming, Game Programming)
  8. Nature Study
  9. PE (swim team and volleyball)
  10. Exploring Chemistry and Physics (Apologia)
  11. Also, piano and Bible reading

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For 5th grade:

  1. Spanish (Duolingo, a little bit every day)
  2. Singapore Math (5B/6A)
  3. English (lots of history reading, some other fiction as well; journaling, letter-writing and prompted writing)
  4. Colorado History (at the enrichment school)
  5. Dance, Drama and Choir (at the enrichment school)
  6. Geography (at the enrichment school)
  7. 20th Century History (book list here)
  8. Nature Study
  9. PE (swim team, soccer and dance)
  10. Exploring Chemistry and Physics (Apologia)
  11. Also, piano and Bible reading

For 1st grade:
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  1.  Spanish (at the enrichment school)
  2. Singapore Math (1B/2A)
  3. Reading (still working on phonics, sight words, and putting it all together)
  4. Writing (Explode the Code and copywork)
  5. Dance (at the enrichment school)
  6. PE (dance, soccer and swim team)
  7. 20th Century History (book list here– note that she listened to all the read-alouds but did not do any independent history reading)
  8. Nature Study
  9. Exploring Chemistry and Physics (Apologia)
  10. Also, piano and Bible reading.

What I really want to remember all the learning we did that didn’t involve a curriculum.

We kept chickens and learned about them by reading… and the hard way.

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We visited the Art Museum, the Nature and Science Museum, the Botanic Gardens and the Zoo.

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We knit with friends.

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We cooked. A lot.

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We practiced patience with broken bones and sad siblings.
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We tried to put love above achievement and time together above activities.

It was a good year.

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2 thoughts on “2014-5

  1. Your blog is inspiring. I have homeschooled my oldest before (though not for the last 2 years), but will be homeschooling all 3 of my girls at the end of this school year. I love the literature plan for 9th grade, as my oldest will be starting high school next year.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your plans, thoughts, and journey.

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