Friday, August 23, 2019

2019 - 2020 (12th Grade) Curricula

I've not really been updating here often but felt the need to post Amber's final year of high school curricula for the sense of completion.

She technically could have graduated last December, so everything here out is extra in some sense. A few of the items, while not strictly necessary, will be beneficial for her to have taken during high school. Other courses are preferred by some of the colleges, but not required.

Because she does not actually NEED any of these subjects, her year is a little more relaxed. She is setting her own weekly schedule and I'm basically her mentor in the majority of the subjects. In physics, she still requires more of an instructor, however so do all of the other students.


(1 Credit)
Life of Fred - Financial Choices
Just getting a little more practical math experience.

Language Arts:

(1 Credit)
Writing: IEW Advanced Communication Series
We are doing this course at home with a couple of friends instead of at co-op this year. 
Grammar: IEW Fix It! Grammar - Moving to the next level and beyond if she finishes during the school year. It will be incorporated in her writing class credits throughout high school until she finishes the series. 

(1 credit for Literature)
Literature: Using Excellence in Literature for everything except Shakespeare, which is still Lightning Literature. (A few of the items are leftover from 11th grade. We did unplanned literature items and pushed part of the planned list to 12th grade.)

The tentative 12th grade reading list is:
  • Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare (Memoria Press)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare (Lightning Literature)
  • King Lear - William Shakespeare (Lightning Literature)
  • Walden - Henry David Thoreau (Excellence in Literature)
  • Screwtape Letters - C.S. Lewis (Excellence in Literature)
  • Paradise Lost - John Milton (Excellence in Literature)
  • Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (Excellence in Literature)
  • Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (Excellence in Literature)
  • The Odyssey - Homer (Excellence in Literature)
  • Antigone - Sophocles (Excellence in Literature)
  • The Aeneid - Virgil (Excellence in Literature)
  • Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes (Excellence in Literature)
  • Russian Works (TBD) (Excellence in Literature)
  • Faust - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Excellence in Literature)
  • Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville (Excellence in Literature)

(1 Credit Creative Writing Elective) 
Creative Writing: Other Worlds - Amber's goal is to become a writer, so naturally one of her electives is creative writing. This year she is moving into writing fantasy fiction.

Foreign Language

(? credits) 
ASL: Taking it at our co-op just for the fun of it.

History / Social Studies

(1/2 Credit Psychology)
Holt Psychology - Taking this class at our homeschool co-op. And I'm not teaching it. 
(1/2 Credit Economics)
Economics: Exploring Economics by Ray Notgrass
She started this last year, but really didn't have time for it and everything else. She finished maybe half of it. So, this year she is completing it.

Science - 

(1 Credit Physics with lab)
Physics: Exploring Creation with Physics - Apologia
We are holding science class with a few friends at our house again this year. Obviously, Amber does not need physics to graduate or even for college. Yet the exposure is good for her, it helps her push past her fear of math and science to see that she can understand the concepts, and I finally get to teach physics!

Electives and Non-Core Subjects

(School Publications)
Amber was inducted into Quill and Scroll last year for her years of work on both our yearbook and literary magazine. She continues with them this year:
Yearbook: This is structured more like a club, but Amber has been on the yearbook of our co-ops since the beginning. This will be her last year on yearbook, since she graduates in may. 
Literary Magazine: Last year the co-op schedule was switched up second semester, and Amber was able to move into the literary magazine class that I teach and took an editor position on the magazine. She is doing the same this year, which is also her final eligible year. 

(Fine Arts Credit) 
Amber already has more than enough Fine Arts credits. The remaining are electives that she enjoys.

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. She will also be participating in an instrumental ensemble.

(Practical Arts Credit)
Driver's Education: Amber is still working on this again this year and continues to practice driving with her permit. We will be intentionally making time to instruct her in safe driving. 

(1 Physical Education Credit)
Phys. Ed:  Amber no longer goes to physical therapy, and instead has graduated to home exercise. She is diligent in keeping up with her cardio and strength training. I still give her credit for the time she spends each week, since it is intentional exercise and must be done in order to keep her body in the highly functional state she has achieved.

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