Whew, we’ve embarked upon our 7th year here at Lamp Post Academy.  It’s crazy to think that it’s been this long. I never, in my wildest imaginings, saw myself as a homeschooler. I never would have thought that I would have the patience to not only parent my children, but teacher them, too. (Teacher can be a verb, right? heh) Yet, here I am, homeschooling my kids. I now have a 10th grader and 2 5/6 graders (I’ll get to the why’s of that in a my next post).

This year was even more complicated to plan than last year. Last year was the whole, CRAP CHI’S IN HIGH SCHOOL EVERYTHING COUNTS! And figuring out what all that entailed and how that was going to impact our days differently. It turns out, that after all the initial high school planning, 9th grade didn’t really change our daily work other than receiving grades. Which is funny, because the Littles saw me grading Chi’s work and decided they, too, wanted grades. So now it’s grades for everybody! You get a grade! You get a grade! And they love it. They love the process of grading and they love when they get a perfect score (which isn’t always) but it really makes them work harder, so I’ll take it.

Back to high school. This year is 10th grade and it sees us tackling harder and harder subjects; things I don’t feel comfortable teaching almost at all. Things like literature. (Which, yuck. I love to read. I’m a very prolific reader, but I never did find a love for literature class. I HATE, with extra tall capitals, diving deep into the who’s and what’s and why’s. I just want to read and enjoy. I like the way different authors put words together. Some are much better at it, where the words create a texture, than others, but I feel like that’s completely subjective.) Anyway, I set out to a) plan the literature works Chi will read this year, and b) find a resource (that’s secular) to teach it to him. THAT was an endeavor in and of itself.

Then there’s biology. Now, I feel pretty confident in my grasp of the subject because I rocked biology in high school and college, but you know, textbooks are still needed and then I had to find a resource for the labs that will be necessary.

Oh, and did I mention World History? Yes, I have found a really cool curriculum for that since it needs to be high school level and not the hodge podge stuff I’ve put together thus far. I love history and wanted to be a history teacher at one point, so I’ve got the history stuff down, but you know college pre-reqs need to be met.

After the end of year test, which Chi did exceptionally well on, I realized that not touching grammar at all in 9th grade, did him no favors. We focused on writing and he’s good, so I thought he had a handle on grammar, but apparently not. So I found a grammar curriculum that is designed for kids in his situation: lots of grammar exposure, no grammar mastery.

After those things were done, I then realized that Chi might be doing school work from sun up to sun down with all the extra reading and writing. So I decided to change the way his school day is going to look. That took a lot of deciding what could be truncated to two or three days a week and what should be every day. And realizing that some of the subjects will only run 3/4 of the weeks planned for the school year (full weeks of 4 or 5 days only) so that I can stagger some of the subjects over the course of the year.

Thus I came up with the following curriculum list, reading list, and course schedule for 10th grade. (I’m hoping all this work makes 11th and 12th easier to plan)

10th Grade Curriculum List

English 1 credit

  • Beyond the Book Report by Analytical Grammar (a paper writing boot camp)
  • Analytical Grammar by Analytical Grammar (a grammar boot camp)
  • Perrine’s Sound and Sense: An Introduction to Poetry (poetry)
  • Vocabulit by Perfection Learning (vocab)
  • World Literature

Foreign Language 1 credit

  • Rosetta Stone Level 2

Math 1 credit

  • Math U See Pre-Algebra by Demme Learning (finishing up)
  • Math U See Algebra (should finish)
  • Math U See Geometry (finishing up)

Science 1 credit

Social Studies 1 credit

Electives 2 credits

Supplementals

  • Study Island
  • Spider Island Logic
  • Spider Island Riddles
  • Reflex Math
  • Editor-in-Chief by Critical Thinking Co. (grammar)
  • Language Mechanic by Critical Thinking Co. (more grammar)

Chi finished all of the puzzle books he’d been working on and is no longer taking spelling. I’m keeping the vocabulit because it has really increased his vocabulary. The supplementals will be for “short” school days (days when we have other things going on or school weeks that are only a couple of days long). It’s basically general practice and reinforcement.

In addition to the listed subjects, Chi is still taking Handwriting Without Tears. It’s just for a few minutes every day, but his handwriting is seriously terrible and I really worry about what would happen if anyone else had to try and read it.

10th Grade Reading List

Not all of these will be delved into deeper than a book report gets you, or a detailed conversation with some comprehension questions. I’ve linked the resource I’m going to use. I’ve tried to leave some of the more difficult texts until 12th grade when we’ve had more experience with this sort of thing and I’ve put some of the more difficult books for this year near the end of this list so that Chi has more experience with this whole process before we tackle Shakespeare, say.

 

Chi’s Course Schedule

We will still be using the workboxes, but things will work a little differently this year. Firstly, not every subject will happen every day, and not all of them will happen at the same time (during the same weeks). For example: Poetry will take 16 weeks and Beyond the Book Report will take 21 so we’re going to do one and then the other rather than do them simultaneously.  Similarly, World History won’t take up all the weeks and will leave enough time to finish the second half of Geometry.

5 days a week (label on his workboxes will be MTWTF)

  • Vocabulit
  • Analytical Grammar
  • Math U See Pre-Algebra/Algebra
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Spanish
  • Programming
  • Beyond the Book Report/Poetry

3 days a week (label on his workboxes will be MWF)

  • World History/Geometry
  • Literature (most likely this will be one or two longer lessons with one just touching base. He will be required to read every day, in order to keep up with his reading.)

2 days a week (label on his workbox will be TT)

  • Music
  • Biology

1 Day a week (label on his workbox will be F)

  • Biology lab

And that about covers it. I’m pretty confident that this will stand for the rest of the year. However, if I don’t like a resource for one of the literary works, then I will have no problem switching. Except for the books that include the work and the study work, everything is free so I can easily pick and choose what I like as we go along.

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