Saturday, July 8, 2017

2017-2018 (10th Grade) Curricula

Amber made fantastic progress through her needed credits in 9th grade.  We did decide to return to a much more eclectic style of education once again, in order to meet Amber's learning needs. The curricula for 10th grade reflects this.

In order to allow Amber to pursue a good grounding in languages before heading off to college, we will be doing the minimum amount of work needed in science & math. Amber's current desire is to have two or three languages besides English at a reasonable level when she graduates, along with significant experience in creative writing.

Unexpected Homeschool 10th Grade Curricula


(1 Credit)
Life of Fred - Geometry
After taking a semester break from math the last half of 9th grade, Amber will restart mathematics with Geometry. Her planned high school courses only require her to complete Geometry and Trigonometry.

Language Arts:

(1 Credit for English II)
Writing: IEW writing course(s). We honestly aren't sure yet which ones; the choice is between another continuation course or one of the history based courses.

Literature: Using mostly Lightning Literature high school levels:

The tentative 10th grade reading list is:
  • Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  • Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
  • Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
  • Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
  • Hamlet - William Shakespeare
  • Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  • Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare (Memoria Press)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
  • Poetry - to include Blake, Wordsworth, Shelley, Byron, Keats, Coleridge, Browning, Tennyson, Whitman, Dickinson, Irving, Poe and Longfellow - Partially complete

Memoria Press - Poetry & Short Stories: American Literature. We planned this for 8th grade, but other things came up. Amber still wants to work through it during high school.

Grammar: IEW Fix It! Grammar - Amber has started somewhere in the upper levels of this and will hopefully continue until she finishes the series. It will be incorporated in her English credits throughout high school until she finishes the series.

Vocabulary: Latin Morphemes Lessons (Latin and Loving It) - Amber already completed the Greek morphemes lessons from this same publisher. She will work on the Latin lessons until finished.

(1 Credit over two years for Creative Writing Elective)

Creative Writing: One Year Adventure Novel - Amber's goal is to become a writer, so naturally one of her electives is creative writing. However, she may take two years to complete this entire elective credit, and then work on a second creative writing elective for her last two years of high school.

Foreign Language

(?? Credits)
(Amber is fascinated by and gifted in languages. She'd forego all other subjects except writing to study just languages. It's time to start letting her emphasize this interest since she has made great progress in her required math and science.)

Greek: Amber still wants to continue with First Form Greek that she started as a review item in the latter part of 9th grade. I'll see where this goes.
German: Portfolio Deutsch. Amber's official foreign language that will be acceptable to any of the universities.
Latin: Amber also wants to continue with First Form Latin that was an even later 9th grade review start than Greek. The bonus is that she took three years of Latin in late elementary and early middle school, so she has some understanding already. This is another one that we will see where it leads. 

History & Government

(3/4 Credit U.S. History, 1/4 Credit Western Civilization)
History: We floundered last year with Tapestry of Grace, leaving Amber with a strange assortment of partial history credits from various eras. This year we will work on finishing the U.S. History credit and adding to the Western Civ credit - unless a fascinating history based co-op class comes up again, like last year.
Mystery of History Vol. IV (mostly for the cultural and non-American history)
Notgrass Exploring America - For the U.S. history. We won't do the literature options with it.
Home School in the Woods - I'm using their Time Travelers series for supplemental reading, timelines, some maps, writing assignments, and a few projects. Simply because we have always enjoyed them.
MapTrek - Additional map work to help with Amber's geography. 

(1/2 Credit U.S. Government)
Notgrass Exploring Government: We tried to use Tapestry of Grace for a partial government credit last year, but it turned out to be too much. This year we are going straight for the solid half credit of U.S. government and then be finished.


(1/2 Credit- First Semester)
Meteorology: I'm teaching this course at our co-op first semester, per Amber's request. We would do it at home if it had not made the cut for co-op listings. It includes a mix of book work, demonstration, and lab work for the students. 
(1/2 Credit - Second Semester)
Astronomy: Amber has requested a semester long, high school level astronomy class for second semester. I plan to offer it at our co-op, but again we will do it at home regardless of its status as a co-op class.

Electives and Non-Core Subjects

(Fine Arts Credit)
Drama: A year long co-op drama class, but will probably only amount to enough hours for 1/4 to 1/2 credit. (Second year of high school drama)

Classical Art: A semester long co-op art class that will also only have enough hours for 1/4 credit.

Music: Continue weekly private flute lessons and practice. We only count her 45 minute lessons and performances as school hours. So between 1/4 and 1/2 credit of music too.

(Practical Arts Credit)
Computer Usage: Continuing an online course Amber started in the spring of 9th grade. Should earn her 1/2 credit total. 

(1 Physical Education Credit)
Phys. Ed: Amber has regular physical therapy sessions where she works on strengthening the muscles around her joints and learns how to care for her body. She also has daily cardio exercises to help with her dysautonomia, along with her daily home physical therapy program to keep her muscles toned and her joints safe. Amber can easily earn a full credit of physical education every year of high school because of her therapies (occupational therapy as well) and her prescribed home care

Amber will have at least one, if not more, co-op classes this year that may not fit neatly into any credit. I'll have to evaluate the work done in the classes to determine if the hours are viable for any of her incomplete credits. Otherwise they will just be fun electives that I document for possible later use.
First Semester: 
A geography & culture / cooking / eating class - I'll see how much geography and culture are included. I may tack these hours onto Western Civ. 


  1. Hope you enjoy Notgrass and the rest of your studies this year!

    1. Thanks! We're looking forward to starting.


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