9th Grade Homeschool Wrap-Up October 2016

9th Grade Oct. 2016 Wrap Up

 

This year I am doing individual grade level wrap-up posts instead of all three kids in one. I shared our first month of 9th grade here. This post will share highlights from October!

Here is the post about the curriculum choices we made for him. 

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9th grade continues to move along. He spends many hours a day doing his schoolwork, we can definitely tell we have a high schooler now! We use Lessontrek for weekly planning. I type them up each weekend to prepare for Monday. He uses this to guide him through his week. At the end of the week I record all of his grades from the paper into Lessontrek online since we use their Gradebook feature.

 

WRITING

We use IEW Student Writing intensive Level C which I like but must admit I hit a road block with teaching this past month and had to take a break. Instead of driving myself crazy, we took a few weeks off and I went back to the teacher training DVDs to get smarter. Thankfully it worked and we will jump back in midway through unit 4.

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SPANISHHAS

I continue to love Homeschool Spanish Academy!  I sit at his door and listen in sometimes since he prefers me not to watch him. It is just so neat to know he has an individual Spanish teacher! I love it! He is doing well and is learning a lot!

 

HISTORY

Notgrass World History is going well. I continue to be pleased with this choice. I particularly love when he has to make something yummy for his project!  He gets to choose a project each week from his lesson, and for unit 7 he made Hamantaschen using a recipe he found here.

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FINANCE

Foundations in Personal Finance is only getting better and better!!! I highly recommend this course for your teenagers, thanks to Jolanthe for recommending it to me! Dave Ramsey is hilarious and so straightforward. Pac has already learned SO much, he probably know more than most adults about this subject thanks to the high quality of material being taught – even I have learned a few things!

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SCIENCE

Apologia Biology is much better now, we seem to have found a groove. After module 2 we decided to purchase the DVD to see if it would help. We LOVE the DVD!!!  We built in a DVD watching day for each module. The day before he works on his study guide for his test, he watches ALL of the module videos to review. During the module he watches the videos for tricky lessons or experiments, so some he will see twice. His grades have improved since adding the DVDs!

He still lets his little sis peek if he is doing something interesting!

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GEOGRAPHY

Northstar Geography is going well. It is a great curriculum! Nothing really exciting to report, he does this mostly on his own.

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MATH

Teaching Textbooks Geometry is a dream come true for homeschooling math. Seriously, I see what he is doing and how they teach it and I am blown away. Slowly his grades are climbing in this subject, he is slowing down and taking more time and getting results. I am very proud!

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ALL THE REST

He continues to enjoy swimming and had his first swim meet in October. We are so thankful he found a sport he really enjoys!

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He is very involved with our church and decided to take a break from Boy Scouts this semester in order to be a leader at the weekly outreach ministry night. He is SO in his element while serving. They obviously have loads of fun based on the fun pictures I get to see!

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One of the extra things he loves in his life is Skrafty. If your kids play Minecraft, definitely look into using the Skrafty server. All kids have to be white-listed and it is moderated heavily.

 


A Recap of his curriculum…

Science ~ Apologia Biology with DVD

Math ~ Teaching Textbooks Geometry

Writing ~ IEW SIW C and The Elegant Essay

World History ~ Notgrass

Geography ~ Northstar

Spanish ~ Homeschool Spanish Academy

Finance ~ Foundations in Personal Finance

Reading  ~ See book list here {which will most likely grow}

 

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The First Month of 9th Grade Homeschool

9th Grade

In the past I have done one big wrap up post for all three of my kids.  I may go back to that but for now I wanted to do a post for each grade level, since I have more to share about each of my children this year. 

Here is the post about the curriculum choices we made for him. 

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#9thGradeWithPacMan

 

9th grade has brought many changes for our oldest son!  He is no longer doing “group subjects” with his younger siblings, and is working on his own for everything!  I am more involved with him this year and really enjoying my time with him.

We use Lessontrek for weekly planning. Here’s a peek at one of his recent lesson plans. I type them up each weekend to prepare for Monday. He uses this to guide him through his week. At the end of the week I record all of his grades from the paper into Lessontrek online since we use their Gradebook feature.

Lessontrek Lesson Plan 9th Grade

 

WRITING

One of our big changes is with writing. This is our first year using IEW and so far so good! He is using Student Writing intensive Level C and I am watching the DVD classes with him and then he works on his own.

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Honestly, it was a bit strange at first, so different than what we used previously. We are in the middle of unit 4 now and I am certain we made the right decision! This is a better fit for us and the whole subject of writing is flowing better now.

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SPANISH

I am in LOVE with Homeschool Spanish Academy!  They offered to give us free classes to see if we liked it and I am blown away! DEFINITELY a good fit for us! He takes two classes a week with a private teacher via Skype! The teachers are located in Guatemala and are fluent in Spanish and English. He has learned so much already and I just love that I don’t have to do ANYthing. I was dreading high school foreign language credit and now I am not.

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HISTORY

Notgrass World History is another new curriculum for us and I am in love with this one too! We began with plans to earn the History and Bible credit {this course offers 3 credits if you do it entirely – English, History, Bible}. After about a week, we decided to drop the Bible portion and just earn the history credit. He is eliminating the Bible memory work, extra Bible reading and Bible projects. We never planned on him using this as an English credit, so there’s some eliminated by dropping that.  The history credit alone is enough work and we feel it is a great fit.

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He works a lot on his own, but comes to me for quizzes and tests.  Below he was taking a history quiz at my desk. 

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FINANCE

We LOVE Foundations in Personal Finance! Originally I planned on him doing this independently but I have enjoyed the videos, and we have great discussion a few times a week! This is a great course!!!

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SCIENCE

Ahhh, science. Daddy is in charge of science. BUT I am getting a tad bit more interested. Apologia Biology is great but hasn’t been the easiest for him. After module 2 we decided to purchase the DVD to see if it would help. We LOVE the DVD!!!  It is definitely an investment, but one we decided was worth it. The video lessons are so well done and even my son admitted they were really helpful. His score on the module 3 test was significantly better than his scores on test 1 and 2!

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GEOGRAPHY

We both love Northstar Geography. He does this almost 100% on his own, I love the layout, organization of the lessons, and all that he is learning.

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MATH

Teaching Textbooks Geometry is definitely not easy, but I can’t imagine doing this without Teaching Textbooks! He does this on his own and is doing well, but he has learned that studying well for the tests is very important now. Math has come easily for him, but this is a bit more challenging as he learns all new concepts and ideas with a lot of memorization required.

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ALL THE REST

Although not an official school subject, his computer-love is going strong!  He has been building his own computer for almost a year now and recently he get some of the final parts. He showed an interest and we had 3 old CPUs sitting in storage and we told him he could take them apart and do whatever he wanted to learn! He mostly learned through dissecting those and using working parts to build one and then buying parts he needed. I had no idea he would be able to do what he can do, I thought he would just mess around with our old broken computers for awhile. Turns out he was able to teach himself a LOT! I’ve lost the ability to comprehend it all. So proud of his ability to learn, save $, and work through tough issues to reach success!! Here’s a video on Instagram showing the moment he started it up!

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Other fun news, he decided to join a year round swim team! We are looking forward to the new adventure as a swim family as we support him! That’s him in one of those lanes swimming!

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A Recap of his curriculum…

Science ~ Apologia Biology with DVD

Math ~ Teaching Textbooks Geometry

Writing ~ IEW SIW C and The Elegant Essay

World History ~ Notgrass

Geography ~ Northstar

Spanish ~ Homeschool Spanish Academy

Finance ~ Foundations in Personal Finance

Reading  ~ See book list here {which will most likely grow}

 

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Our First Week of Homeschool ~ with a video peek at our 1st day!

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We just completed our first week of 2nd, 5th, and 9th grade! Before I share a bit about our first week, let me give you the direct links to our curriculum choices so you can easily refer to them if needed!

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Of course, I forced my babies to take back to school photos, using our grade level signs. You can print these for free here.

Obviously, they were SUPER thrilled with my idea.

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They know to cooperate quickly so it will be over quickly. Winking smile

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I am happy to say our first week went well. It doesn’t always go well, so I am VERY grateful.  We have to have a very detailed routine mostly due to our son’s odd gymnastics training schedule. I spent so long figuring out how to fit it all in and was a bit concerned it wouldn’t all get done, but it DID!

We use Lessontrek for planning and each child has a clipboard with their weekly assignments that we use as a checklist. You can see 2 of them in this shot from Instagram. I have a very detailed daily subject schedule for Krash, the gymnast, since he has to be the more scheduled one. That’s what you see in the blue notebook cover.

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I will share more in our monthly homeschool wrap-up post, so for now I leave you with this video peek at our first day back to homeschool.  I took random video clips for you throughout our day to give you a tiny peek at what it is like around here.

 

If you want info about our homeschool room, see this post!

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9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

My oldest son is 14 and going into 9th grade this year – his first official year of high school!!  Below are the 9th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made!

Curious to see what he did in the past {since I’ve been blogging}?

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9th Grade Subjects

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Figuring high school credits – some of the credits are straight forward and some can count as different things in the end when his final transcript is developed for college. His 9th grade English credit will come from a combo of his work with his IEW writing course, the books he will read as an extension of Notgrass World History, his SAT Vocabulary work, and his extensive book list. His Geography will actually be a history credit. His Finance course will be an elective counting as a 1/2 credit. The plan is that he will end 9th grade with 6.5 high school credits combined with the 2 he came in with from 8th grade {Algebra 1 and Physical Science}. For Spanish he will be doing the 60 classes spread out over the entire year for a foreign language credit.

There may be more to come, or some changes, but this is our list for now and all of this has been purchased! We will see what the year holds!


See our 2nd Grade Choices here and our 5th Grade Choices here!

2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

 

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