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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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.

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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}

 

Follow along with us on Instagram to get peeks at our homeschool life {and our life in general!}. Stay tuned for a wrap-up all about 5th grade and one about 2nd grade!

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2nd Grade Reading ~ A Fun Year for Us!

2nd Grade Homeschool Reading Plan



We are doing a few fun things for my daughter’s 2nd grade reading curriculum this year. She reads well above her grade level so a formal curriculum was not needed for her. But, I did want some sort of a direction, so I outlined a few things we would be intentional with to continue to develop her reading skills. She LOVES to read, which is such a joy. Anything to do with reading, even her comprehension workbook, brings her joy.

Before I get into this glorious post all about how my daughter loves to read, chooses to read, reads above grade level and is a total joy with anything reading… let me assure you, my boys were NOT like this. She is one of those kids who just naturally loves books. Sure, I exposed her to loads of great things as a baby and young child, but overall I think it is just who she is. I exposed my boys too, and although they now like to read, they are nothing like her! And yes, I am super grateful to have my last child be such a natural reader, it is fun to spend time with a child who simply loves books. I am thankful for her love of books and that we can enjoy this together!

 

The basics…

  • She reads chapter books on her own.
  • I read chapter books aloud to her.
  • We have picture book reading time together, she and I both read aloud.
  • She has a reading comprehension workbook.
  • We go to the library together at least every 2 weeks.
  • She reads a LOT in her free time, by choice.

One portion of her reading plan is independent chapter book reading!  She mostly does this at night before bed. She reads a variety of books, and is keeping a record of all of the chapter books she reads this year. I started a post on my School Tools blog here to share the books she completes, the most recent 4 will be at the top of the post.

I am typing up her reading record to keep with her school records this year, you can see it here! Want a blank reading record like hers?  There’s one in this 5th grade book list post!

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Below is a photo I took a couple of weeks ago of the books she has read so far this year. The stack is much taller now!

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This is her shelf above her bed, you can see her 2 current nightly reads laying in front. I read the Little House book aloud at night and she reads the other one independently.

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Reading aloud to her is another aspect of her reading plan. I read aloud from Little House most nights, and we are also reading Mrs. Piggle Wiggle during the school day.  Sometimes she chooses for me to read picture books aloud and that’s fine.

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She also reads aloud to me!  I let her choose one book each school day and we snuggle up on my bed together.  She reads with such amazing fluency and animation, I rarely have to guide her at all. Her favorites to read aloud right now are the Pigeon books by Mo Willems, she is hilarious!

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Picture books are still a huge part of our reading plan! She goes to the library with me about twice a month and we stay as long as we can! We always bring home a huge stack, I try to remember to share her favorites on Instagram with the hashtag #ladybugslibraryfavs.

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One of her favorite free-time activities is to grab a stack of books and snuggle on my bed and read, sometimes for hours.

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Another portion of her reading plan is a simple comprehension workbook. She flies through this, but I like giving her some experience with test-taking skills. She does not complain about this at all since she loves any kind of reading.

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Stay tuned for our wrap-up post coming soon, sharing all about her first month of 2nd grade! I have posts for my boys {5th and 9th} coming soon too!

See our Book Lists Pinterest board here!



Forest Animals Printable Pack

Forest Animals Printable Pack

We have a new Forest Animals Preschool Pack for you! This pack features some adorable clipart and also some real photographs of forest animals.  I hope this new forest animals printable pack is put to good use by many of your tots and preschoolers!

You’ll find many printable activities to enjoy while exposing your children to early learning skills! Numbers, letters, shapes, colors, reading readiness, cutting, gluing and more!

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Download your free Forest Animals Printable Pack here!

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Tot School Gathering Place Week 194

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!

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Tomorrow is National Johnny Appleseed Day! How will you be celebrating the birth of John Chapman (aka Johnny Appleseed) and his legendary story of peppering the countryside with apple orchards? Will you be eating apples? Counting appleseeds? Making apple prints with paint? Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget to share your ideas here at the Gathering Place! We love to see how you are spending your Tot School days!

Mama Tara and Tot Summer over at The Magnolia Barn had planned on doing Tot School throughout the summer. But sometimes things don’t always go according to plan! Check out how their week and the fun activities they did with the letter M as their theme.09252016 The Magnolia Barn

Do you think your Tot is too young to explore STEAM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Art/Math) projects? Think again! Check out what Mama Cristi from The Keeper of the Memories and Tot E worked on this week and see if your Tot might not enjoy it too!

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Are you looking for some apple activities to help celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day tomorrow? Well, look no further! Head on over to SmartE PartE and see all the different activities Mama Kristin has put together over the years! One or more may be a perfect fit for your Tot!09252016 SmartE PartE


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Fall Tot School Fun!

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Fall Theme Finish the Picture Printables

Fall Theme Finish the Picture Printables

Finish the Picture Drawing Printables are a fun and simple way to encourage creativity in drawing with a bit of support by providing a traceable outline to get a child started.

Here’s an example of before and after, she used Kwik Stix to color this one.

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I scale the pages down to print half sheets.  See how to do that here!

I set up a little invitation to explore and left it on her desk for her like this. I chose two of our fall books, featuring leaves. I also put out a pencil and our fall colored Kwik Stix {still a big favorite around here}.

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She was excited to see her fall books, she loves when seasonal books come back out! It was fun watching her create!

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Finish drawing 2 different leaves, an apple and a pumpkin!

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Download your FREE Fall Theme Finish the Picture Printables here!

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Grab the A to Z set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop

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