It was a pleasant surprise to find that I didn’t have to research any curriculum choices for Kaylee this year. She knew that she wanted to continue doing most subjects just as she had been, and I definitely agree that she has found her groove.
Tenth Grade Homeschool Curriculum Plan
Math – Math-U-See Algebra I
Math-U-See has been such a wonderful fit for all of our children. This year Kaylee will be doing Algebra I. I don’t expect it to be overly difficult for her, since she did extremely well with MUS pre-algebra last year.
Grammar – Easy Grammar Plus
Kaylee completed about one fourth of Easy Grammar Plus last year. This year she will do another portion of the book, and the rest will be finished over the next two years.
Vocabulary – 1100 Words You Need to Know
Last year Devin started using this book, and it fits our homeschooling style perfectly. It has a good mix of words that are just the right level for high school, and each “lesson” is only one page. Kaylee will be completing only about one third of the book this year, leaving the rest for her junior and senior years.
Writing – Research in Increments
I discovered this wonderful book last year after several blog readers suggested it! Written by Susan Kemmerer, the author of a Pennsylvania history curriculum we have used in the past, Research in Increments is an excellent, understandable guide to writing a research paper one step at a time.
Kaylee will be reading several classic pieces of literature this year. Here’s what I’ve decided on so far:
- An Old-Fashioned Girl
- David Copperfield
In addition, I’m hoping to find some good reading material that will correlate with her geography studies. Suggestions welcome!
Geography – North Star Geography
This is probably the subject I’m most excited about! North Star Geography is a brand new geography course from Bright Ideas Press. And dare I say that it looks . . . exciting? Yes, really!
Confession: I am geographically challenged. I actually never had geography in high school. After switching schools in eighth grade, my new teacher had me draw a world map–and he gave me an “A” in geography!
I’m hoping to take this geography course right along with Kaylee. I obviously have a lot to learn!
Biology – School of Tomorrow Biology PACEs
Last year Kaylee tried Apologia science, and it was a dismal failure. She ended up switching to PACEs at the end of the first quarter. She definitely wanted to continue with PACEs this year. She will also be using the lab DVD that accompanies the PACEs.
Based on Devin’s experience with the Old Testament Survey PACEs last year, I decided to have Kaylee do only half of the course this year. (I really like the content of the PACEs, but there is a lot of material covered.)
Art – Creating a Masterpiece
Kaylee used the DVDs from Creating a Masterpiece last year, and I was totally amazed at what she accomplished! I’ve already purchased several more DVDs and plenty of supplies for this year.
Interested in seeing last year’s curriculum choices for seventh grade? Here is our Ninth Grade Homeschool Curriculum Plan from 2013-2014.