This year our second-oldest son will be in tenth grade. It is extremely fulfilling to look back and see how far Devin has come since we began homeschooling when he was in second grade.
Tenth Grade Homeschool Curriculum Plan
Math – Math-U-See Zeta
Devin spent his junior high years extremely frustrated with math. We finally switched to MUS and totally disregarded where he was “supposed” to be. Last year, math finally began to make sense for him, and he began flying through his worksheets. Success!
This year Devin will be completing Zeta level, which he already began last year. He will then be moving on into pre-algebra, hopefully completing most of it this year. And I am committed to NOT stressing and rushing him through the material. After all, isn’t this flexibility what homeschooling is all about?
Grammar – Easy Grammar Plus
Devin has an excellent foundation in grammar, having used the Easy Grammar series for several years now. This year he will be doing the first half of Easy Grammar Plus as a refresher course. (The second half of the book will be completed next year.)
Writing – Essay Rock Star
Last year Kaylee completed the Essay Rock Star online writing course, and she loved it so much that I KNEW I needed to use it for Devin this year! While I love to write, I don’t feel confident as a writing teacher, and this course is a great solution for us.
Look for a full review of the Rock Star Essay course in a few weeks!
Devin has enjoyed several works by Charles Dickens, so I planned a few more for this year. (These three books are all FREE for Kindle!)
After he has read these books, he’ll have the choice of reading more of Dickens’s works or choosing books by another classic author, such as O. Henry or Louisa May Alcott.
Vocabulary – 1100 Words You Need to Know
This is our first year to use this vocabulary resource, but after looking through the book, I’m very pleased with both the content and the layout. The book contains more material than I expect to fit in this year, but we’ll likely finish it next year.
This book is also available for Kindle.
If you’ve used this book, I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!
History – School of Tomorrow World History PACEs
Devin prefers working independently as much as possible, so at his request we are continuing with history PACEs this year. This is a fast-moving course that can easily become overwhelming, but Devin memorizes quickly, so I don’t anticipate a problem.
Last year Devin used PACEs for science as well as history, but he found that the biology course covered too much material for him to thoroughly understand it when working independently. After some consideration, he agreed to switch to Apologia science, which I have found to be an excellent creation-based science resource.
Since he has already completed biology, but is not yet ready for physical science (due to his math level), he will be covering general science this year. I’m also looking into the student notebooks that are available, hoping that they may simplify some things in our busy homeschool.
We have used School of Tomorrow’s Bible courses for several years now, and they are a great fit for Devin’s independent learning style. This year he will also be reading through the entire Old Testament as he completes the PACEs.
Keyboarding – Dr. Fry’s Computer Keyboarding
We somehow never got around to doing this last year, so this year Devin WILL be learning to touch type! This is NOT a full typing course, but rather a simple keyboarding course with basic instruction in touch typing. It’s just right to meet Devin’s needs this year.
And now I’d love to hear what you will be using this year for tenth grade–please share!