Harley saw the spreadsheet with his carefully chosen classes and his jaw hit the floor. He
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