Please excuse my blogging absence these past few months.
I’ve spent my summer immersed in curriculum options and self-designed teacher and student planners, and even more time in second-guessing my decisions.
Then I attended the THSC Homeschool Convention and while it was it was helpful, I left feeling even more uncertain of my choices. It took some good friends to help me see my choices from an outside perspective and look at the curriculum framework to realize that they weren’t bad and should work out just fine. If they don’t, then we’ll tweak them as we go along. That’s the beauty of homeschooling.
While we homeschooled the spring semester of 8th grade, I didn’t really do any serious planning. I winged it to finish out what I felt Andy needed to know. Knowing that his high school years were coming up and it was up to me to make sure classes were correctly and that he is ready for college put more self-pressure on me than I could easily handle.
It took me a while to realize that it’s okay for me to have an average student. It’s okay if we decide he needs a gap year, and maybe a year or two of community college first. Not every kid will be an AP math/science/history genius and that’s just the way the world is. It helped to admit that to myself and it’ll mean I can focus on pushing Andy on some subjects and backing off on others.
We officially start on August 27, but he’s been working on finishing up Beginning Algebra over the summer. I think we still have a way to go though. He’s had a friend visiting most week days and that means not much school work is actually getting done.
My planners are printed and ready to be bound next weekend, although I did think about changing them up again just yesterday. I found this great form… They’re always great forms, aren’t they? LOL
My grading system is figured out, the grade book is set up, and the transcript template is mapped out with our 4-year plan. I think I’m about as ready as I’m going to get for our first year of homeschooling high school.
Here’s what we’ll be doing in 9th grade:
- Life of Fred Advanced Algebra
- English I (focusing on grammar, writing, and literary elements)
- World History/Geography
- Earth Science
- Spanish I using the Pimsleur method
- Music Theory with violin/piano practice
- Bible Survey and Bible in 90 Days reading
- PE: Gym Junkie home workouts for beginners