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9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

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9th Grade Curriculum Choices

Credits to earn: 7.5

 

While the bulk of our classes for 9th grade are the same ones Laurianna took a few years ago, we have changed up the order a little for McKenna and are using a few different things with her. McKenna really took ownership of her classwork last year and earned 5.5 credits toward her high school diploma (8th grade). This year she will be earning an additional 7.5, possibly 8 depending on her class decision in the spring semester. 

We are switching the order of math for her (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2) where we did it a little differently for Laurianna (Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry), partly based on feedback from Laurianna on how they tied in with her other classes (chemistry, etc..). 

Also, McKenna is really excited to be taking a theatre class at our local community college. Each week she is participating in workshops, vocal training, and at the end of the semester the group will be performing Les Miserables (cannot wait!). Because this is an intense class with a lot of in-class and out of class hours, she will earn 1/2 credit for it. If she decides to participate in the spring semester class as well, we will bump it up to a full credit. 

The Joys of Independent Learning

Last year we did have a few issues with McKenna putting aside subjects she was “less enthusiastic” about, creating a bit of a back log in some areas (and then some added stress on her part). This year we are going to have to be on top of her a little more to make sure she is staying on target and we will be putting markers in her Student Planner so she can be sure she is where she needs to be in each subject at various points of the year (i.e. if there are 32 lessons in Latin, she should be at lesson ___ by Christmas break).  She and I may have butt heads a bit about this throughout the year. :) 

Hint: my idea of how things should be scheduled may be a little different than hers, and since this is a life skill, we think it’s important to master this now.

Co-op Learning

We have a small group of high schoolers that will be meeting weekly to work on literature and personal finance. McKenna will also be getting together with one friend to do the lab part of biology (because any dissection is better with a friend, right?). 

Curriculum in Year’s Past

In case you are interested in seeing the curriculum that brought us to this point, here’s a peek at what we’ve used with McKenna the past few years:

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5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2017

 

If you are new to homeschooling and aren’t sure where to begin in choosing homeschool curriculum, please don’t let this post overwhelm you! Here are a few posts that you might find helpful as you discover what is best for your family. Be sure to check out the entire Homeschool Basics series for answers to more frequently asked homeschool questions.

 

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  1. 6 Little Monkeys says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these reviews. I have my first ‘freshman’ and I’m trying REALLY hard not to panic. I see that you’re using the Biology program for the second time. I guess it has worked out well? I’d love a bit more information about your likes/dislikes of this particular program. Thank you!

  2. How did you end up using the notgrass history portion only?

    • Pretty much as written. We ignored the essay prompts for literature and used our own literature program.

    • I know I answered quickly earlier (from my phone) and I hope it made sense. Otherwise, Notgrass offers the option of earning 3 credits when using the history program (history, Bible, and English/lit). We have another program we use for literature and the year we did American History we adjusted our books to match up with the periods we were studying in history. Personally, I wanted a more rigorous English program, so we ignored the extra reading and essay prompts in the book along with the Bible study prompts. Our girls have only worked on the weekly history assignments (reading, quizzes, tests, and projects) that relate specifically to history. I hope that helps. :)

    • Thanks that is definitely more clear. I appreciate your answer.

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