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Thursday, August 30, 2018

10th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

10th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices #homeschool

As of last May, my first year of teaching high school is done. Only 19 more to go! (If you count the years I'll spend with each individual child. Twelve, if you count the overlap.)

Fortunately, homeschooling ninth grade was not the dumpster fire everyone had forewarned me about. It was actually pretty rad, to be honest. (Yep. I just used the word "rad". I'm a child of the 80s and have decided that since Target had the audacity to bring back the stone washed, button-fly jeans, "rad" can officially make its resurgence too.)

Sadly, the woebegone narrative about life-with-teenagers is too easy to grab at and hold onto. So many moms jump ship on homeschooling after 8th-grade for fear that geometry and participial phrases will be the final wave that pulls them under. I can't blame them for their very visceral fear of geometry. It takes a special kind of crazy to find joy in teaching angles and proofs, in my humble opinion anyway. (Fortunately for me, I have a secret sauce for teaching big math.)

But I digress...

Here's what she'll be learning.
(Because we only homeschool 4 days a week, you can assume that all subjects will be completed four times each week unless otherwise indicated.)


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10th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices #homeschool

Content-rich Subjects

She will do some of her content-rich subjects like Morning time, history, and art, with the rest of the family, although not nearly as much as she's done with us in the past. You can see all of those subjects and curriculum choices here>>>


Personal Devotions- everyday

  • ESV Student Study Bible
  • The Bible Project App- This is a wonderful app that includes a daily Bible reading, a Psalm-a-day selection, and a digital video that coincides with the reading. This app was created in partnership with Francis Chan's Rethink Church ministry and is a great tool to help break the Bible into daily-sized chunks. (Chan is my daughter's absolute favorite preacher and writer.)


Language



Science


Government



Electives


Typing


Photoshop

  • Photoshop Basics Video Library- She will be shadowing my husband who works from home as a graphic designer/advertiser. Once a week, she will learn one specific Photoshop skill from one of these basic videos and/or him. She'll then create one project that corresponds with that skill and will present it to him by the end of the week for his evaluation and art direction.  

Life Skills




  • Life Skills for the Homeschooler by Andre J. Olivan (2x a week during the first semester)- This book is no longer in print. I was fortunate enough to find a used copy at a used book sale. It is a simple primer for learning how to write a resume, fill out a rental agreement, file taxes, etc.
  • Clean her room and make her bed each day. 
  • Make dinner every Tuesday evening. 
  • Wash and dry all of the laundry. (She does not sort the clothes or fold them, although she has been known to volunteer to do both quite often.)
  • Sweep and mop all of the moppable floors on big-chore days.
  • Babysit for two young families as needed.

Volunteer Activities

  • Work at a local Bible camp on special event weekends throughout the school year. 
  • Create care packages for medical missionaries to distribute to pediatric patients all over the world on behalf of CURE International.

Co-operative Learning

This year, our family has joined a larger co-op that meets twice a month in a neighboring town. (Funny enough, it's the same co-op The Hubs attended as a teen.) My daughter will be in the 7th-12th-grade group with her younger brother. She'll be studying the following:

First semester

Second semester

  • World Religions/Worldview
  • Newspaper
  • Literature- TBD

My girl is a self-starter who is not afraid of a challenge. As she faces lots of new and different ideas in tenth grade, she'll, no doubt, do just fine.


6 comments:

  1. Curious how you have 19 more years left to go?? Did you have another little one? :) We're in our 14th year of 21. Loved seeing your choices for 10th grade! ;)

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    1. I did the math based on how many kids I have x 4 years a piece. I suppose, technically, some of those years will overlap and I'll have a few in high school at the same time. If you don't count the overlap, it will be something like 13 years???

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    2. Ah, I see...thanks! It's good to have one year down! 😊

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    3. Correction...12 years with the overlap.

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  2. We've done the Constitutional Literacy course; it's a good one! Happy 10th grade to your girl. :)

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    1. Oh good. I'ms so glad. I watched a handful of the videos, and thought they were interesting.

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