This year has been odd. Usually I’ve decided on our curriculum choices by March. This year March flew by and I had no idea what we were going to do. That’s not fair, I had some ideas, but I didn’t have a firm list of plans. Spring flew by and I still didn’t know, I was waiting on the kids being able to register for classes at community college, what classes they took would change what we did. Finally after a lot of back and forth with ACC, they are registered. Actually, one still isn’t registered for reasons, and hopefully that will change sometime today. But, I think I have our 11th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices decided.
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Joint 11th Grade Homeschool Curriculum picks
This is part of why I took so long figuring it out, there are exactly two subjects we are working on jointly:
- History- we are finishing up Modern History, I was rather surprised Modern history became a two year class
- Language Arts- we are reading books together and have joint writing assignemtns using Wordsmith Craftsman (read my full review of Wordsmith Craftsman).
- Geography- I forgot, we’re also doing this one together
That’s it. Everything else is individualized, and we hadn’t really decided on specifics until about a day ago.
11th grade reading list
This is another example where I’m still working through and trying to decide. I had a couple of books I was going to have the kids read Forest Gump as a fun overview of the later part of the 20th century, but then I watched Lost in Adaptation’s review of the book:
Needless to say, I was disappointed to learn this.
- August- 1984 and the movie version I hope to watch (I’m planning ahead this time and making sure I can get a copy) (1984 book club)
- September- Great Gatsby, I’m debating which movie version to watch the classic Robert Redford or the modern DiCaprio version (I also don’t particularly like this book, so I may change to another book for the 1920s, but I can’t think of another book that so captures the time)- the kids rebelled and chose their own books to read
- October- Seabiscuit, I love both the book and movie (Sea Biscuit book club)
- November and December- Pride and Prejudice and of course the mini-series (I’m thinking of letting the boys read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)- I’ve learned if the book is over 400 pages to split it into two months (Pride and Prejudice book club)
- January- Diary of Anne Frank and the movie (Diary of Anne Frank book club)
- February- Great question
- March- I don’t know
- April- Unsure
- May- The Hate U Give and the movie> I’m debating on this one, but I think it could have some really good discussions
Superman’s 11th grade homeschool curriculum choices
Superman wants to continue with MyTek classes, I wanted him to take some coding classes at ACC, but he claims there are no classes he can get into. I’m not sure I believe him, but for this semester that’s what’s going to happen.
He’s chosen to take a government class at ACC for the semester, which means I need him to take a science here at home, and I’m going to have him work through Apologia Health and Nutrition (my review). He wanted to only take one class at ACC this semester as he adjusted to working and going to school, and I thought that was wise.
I need to have him pick another class or so to work on, I’m not sure quite what we’ll pick.
Batman’s 11th grade homeschool curriculum choices
Batman decided this year he doesn’t want to continue with Teaching Textbooks but prefers Life of Fred math, so he will be using Life of Fred Trigonometry, and ironically I have almost all of the high school math, but that one.
He is taking Astronomy at ACC, and will pick another science for next semester. My goal is for him to increase the number of classes he takes at ACC to two next semester. I’d hoped for him to take two classes this semester but he wanted more time to adjust to working part-time and school, so I let him only take one this semester.
I need him to pick another class or so to work on, to have a few more credits for the year.
The Artist’s 11th grade homeschool curriculum choices
She is continuing work on her second book, so that is one of her classes.
For science this year, the Artist is taking Intro to Psychology at ACC, and will probably take something related to that for her science next semester. She’s decided she’s very interested in mental health and counseling, so she’s taking classes towards that end.
For math, she’s finishing up Advanced Algebra and then starting Geometry. If she were in the room, she would be over my shoulder pointing out that it’s my fault she didn’t finish Advanced Algebra, since I kept ahold of her book. That may or may not be the case.
The Artist is the only one of my children who enjoyed sign language, and she now has a friend whose sister is hard of hearing and uses ASL, so she’s continuing with sign language with SignIt ASL! (read my review here, I’m also reviewing classes because it’s been a few years since I really used ASL).
Homeschooling High School is weird
As I attempted to pick out our 11th-grade homeschool curriculum choices I realized this is my last year of actively teaching them classes.
Their science curriculum is largely self-taught with me grading the materials.
Next year the only thing I’ll still be actively teaching is their reading, and that’s more of discussions and talking through.
It’s truly weird to contemplate for me. Anyone else feel like that as they head through high school?