April 27, 2012

Harley's High School Plan

I mentioned yesterday that I'd done the planning for homeschooling through high school. I thought I would share it with all of you today with resources and curriculum.

Harley saw the spreadsheet with his carefully chosen classes and his jaw hit the floor. He jokingly somewhat jokingly stated that he, "was scared". Truth be told had this schedule been given to me prior to starting high school I would have been terrified. However, I was a terrible student and he is not.

I explained to him that he was looking at words. In reality the work he does now is the step directly below his Freshman classes. The next step up... next year's classes.. build directly on what he already knows.

Oh... before I get started.. the Art/Music/Religion directly translates into: we'll see what the interests are when we get there. They are elective courses that can be filled with fine arts, volunteer work...etc., etc. He will have a great deal of flexibility in that area for interest-based learning.

My first road stop

Homeschooling High School 4 Year Plan on the HSLDA site. If you look on page two you will find 3 columns that explain what courses are needed for workforce bound, general college bound, and requirements for those looking to get into a selective college. We are opting for option #3.

Where I went from there

I went straight to Susan Wise Bauer's The Well-Trained Mind book. As a classical home educator it is the first place I run when I need resources or guidance when planning all of my children's education. (Although I do still miss their early Montessori days!) Part III. The Rhetoric Stage: Ninth Through Twelfth Grade is where I have spent most of my time. If you do not have the book I highly recommend it. I have the hardcover but when I received my Kindle I ordered it electronically as well for convenience. Also, most libraries carry the book so check there first.

Next stop: Gathering the Resources

I am only going to go over his Freshman resources since future grades are subject to change based on what works, what doesn't, and what we'll be sending him to a local community college to complete.

The Game Plan

Math- Teaching Textbooks- Algebra 1- This program has been absolutely incredible for our family.

AP Biology- Biology: A Self-teaching Guide by Steven D. Garber
Barron's AP Biology (for test prep.. we also have flashcards.)
Plant Biology Science Projects by David R. Hershey
A+ Projects in Biology by Janice VanCleave

Italian- Rosetta Stone

Latin- Visual Latin

English/Writing- Wordly Wise, The New Oxford Guide to Writing by Thomas S. Kane, Wordsmith Craftman by Janie B. Cheaney

Reading- LOTS of classic literature and independent, recreational choices so I'm lucky he loves reading.

World History- We will be continuing through The Story of the World series. They also watch a ton of documentaries and read a ton on the subject so this happens to be a very strong subject among all four of my kids.

And there is Freshman year in a nutshell!

Homeschooling high school parents--what has worked well for you? What do you wish you'd known prior?

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:17


mellymilly said...

Thank u so much for this post. My eldest is 15yo this year and in Malaysia he will be in high school next year. I was going nutss thinking about the options. Your post hels a lot. Thanks again ;-)

Kela said...

I really like this post! We've already graduated a high schooler and have another rising Senior. They are my daughters. The graduate will be starting Cosmetology school in the Fall. The Senior...she's well...that's for another time. Lets just say that motivation is not YET in her vocabulary. :(

We have a son that will be entering 9th grade this year. He's expressed since he's been able to play basketball that he wants to go to UofFlorida (Go Gators!). I know that our academic plans for him will need to be a lot more "scripted". He's all for that.

I feel that we get a "fresh start" with him. This summer is proving to be a learning experience for me also as I educate MYSELF.

Marie-Claire Moreau said...

Wonderful to see a plan so clearly spelled out and ready to go. Congrats and best wishes to you, and your student!