Thursday, September 1, 2016

11th Grade Homeschool

It's that time again!  I can't believe our son is a junior.  Mind-boggling!  Here are his subjects this year and links to curricula.  (To see curricula from freshman and sophomore year, click here and here.)

As far as college: PSAT in October, ACT/SAT in the spring, and currently researching universities.  We plan to visit a college this month just to get our feet wet.  :)

Math ~ Precalculus ~ 1 credit
Teaching Textbooks worked fine, so we are keeping them.  This time, I purchased the complete set, including videos.  He worked independently last year, and I didn't keep up.  It will be nice having video solutions to all the problems instead of me needing to scramble to refresh my memory banks whenever he has a question.

Honors English III ~ 1 credit
Depending on how the year goes, there are several options I'm considering.  I know for sure he will go through another book in the Excellence in Literature series by Janice Campbell: British Literature.  Like last year, I won't require the writing assignments, but he will read introductions for each module.  He will be allowed to skip any books he doesn't enjoy, and if we run out of options, he will move on to World Literature.  I am planning American Literature his senior year with government.

He will continue to make progress on his first novel, which is now over 150 typed pages.

I'm considering having him watch videos on college writing, public speaking, and/or essay writing at this site.

Science ~ Chemistry ~ 1 credit
We will again do a lighter load for science.  His main textbook will be Life of Fred Chemistry.  I will supplement heavily as we did last year for biology.  He'll be watching Chemistry 101 videos.  There are several books I may have him read depending on time.  I'm considering Elements and Exploring the World of Chemistry.  We will look up labs online.

History/Social Studies ~ World Views ~ 1 credit
I purchased the full curriculum just before it became digital.  We'll be watching the videos together in the evenings, and Kylen will read the textbook.  In addition, he will be taking the class at co-op where he will experience group discussions with other teachers and students.  To make sure he doesn't miss anything important, we are also purchasing the digital version of the curriculum.

Foreign Language ~ French II ~ 1 credit
Kylen is halfway through the five levels of Rosetta Stone.  He will finish the other half this year.  I will supplement with Easy French Step-by-Step to reinforce writing and grammar.

Bible ~ 1 credit
This will include church, youth group, personal Bible reading time, and possibly a book about church history.

Health ~ 1/2 credit
He'll read Total Health: Choices for a Christian Lifestyle.  I plan to have him take a Red Cross class in First Aid.  If time, he'll read through Human Development or Psychology.

PE ~ 1/2 credit
Same as usual!  Mostly basketball at the KROC, co-op, and Tuesday evenings with Greg, my cousin, and a bunch of others.  Any kind of physical activity will be counted, from laser tag and swimming to 9-square and hiking.

Music???  Nope!  Drama! ~ 1/2 credit???
The subject missing from our usual lineup is music.  It seemed like a good year for Kylen to try something new.  He chose a drama class through CYT (Christian Youth Theater).  It's 10 weeks, two hours per week.  If he continues, he could potentially get in 60 hours with two more classes and have a half credit elective.  I don't know if this will become his thing, but I can tell you that two different people have asked me this summer if he's in acting.  He is very expressive in group settings.  We'll see!


katrina said...

I was locked out of Blogger and finally figured out how to get back on! I am so excited to get caught up on your posts. This is one of my favorites each year! I cannot believe Kylen is in 11th grade! Micah is taking the PSAT this Wednesday....just seems like it has all gone to fast! Thanks for the links!!

Farrah said...

Hi Katrina!!! It is SO good to hear from you! :) I miss hearing about what's going on in your life. How is Samuel? Is he going to college? I can't imagine how busy you must be with little ones to chase around! Busy and very blessed!! =)

katrina said...

I have missed you! Had hoped to get to Spokane this summer and it never happened. Samuel is good...he did not go to college (long story) will have to email you! We actually had an emergency placement about over a month ago that was supposed to be only for the weekend!!!! Here we are 5 weeks later and he is not moving for a while! so it has been super busy and at times a bit overwhelming. I think of you often.

Farrah said...

Oh wow!!! Life must feel crazy for you at times! Big hugs, my friend. I understand plans changing. *The plan* is college for Kylen, but I am open to whatever God decides, and that may not be college! :)