Posts Tagged ‘English’

Homeschool Curriculum – 10th Grade


01 Aug

High School Curriculum Books

Here it is – our 10th grade curriculum. I decided to take the easy way out this year, and hopefully eliminate some costs and headaches, by deciding to do most of my son’s schooling using Abeka Academy. We won’t actually be reporting to them, but we get the DVDs for each class, and have paid for all the necessary books to go with them.

In all honesty, I don’t mind using an eclectic method and choosing things from here and there, as that’s what I’ve done for my son’s schooling every year up until now, but he doesn’t seem motivated enough to get what he needs to get by just reading books and using various other resources. I felt something more structured was needed this year, and this seemed the most cost effective with minimal effort on my part.

 

The courses my son will be doing through Abeka Academy consist of the following:

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My New Favorite Language Book


26 Mar
Spanish Dictionary
Italian Dictionary French Dictionary

 

If your homeschooler (or someone else in your household) is learning a foreign language, these books are a great resource. I stumbled upon these accidentally, and fell in love with the Spanish version immediately. Yes,  I have my son learning the language, but I have also taken a considerable amount myself and love the language. I’m not fluent, but wish I was, so I love any awesome resources I come upon.

What’s Inside

These books have tons of vocabulary for lots of different subject areas, complete with articles, and beautiful colorful pictures. A lot of pages also have a chart of related phrases or adjectives to go along with the main topic area.  Topic areas include sections such as:

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Teaching Macbeth


21 Jan
Books Shakespeare

Image courtesy of Matt Banks at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Well, it’s that time of year again when we go through a Shakespeare play. So far, in the past couple of years, we’ve done Julius Caesar and Hamlet. I wanted to save Romeo and Juliet for next year, when my son will be in 8th grade, so this year I had to figure out which play to choose.

I’m not overly familiar with all of Shakespeare’s works. The only other three I am familiar with myself are A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which I read and saw performed in 7th grade and HATED, Othello, or The Taming of the Shrew, which just didn’t seem like the right choice for an 11-year-old boy.

I went online to amazon.com as my first resource in choosing which play to use. Maybe, this isn’t the best approach, but with the past plays we’ve done, we’ve used a series called, “Shakespeare on the Double” and I wanted to see which plays they had available. These books are books I really enjoy. They have the Elizabethan English that the plays were written in on one page (the original text), but on the other page they have modern English so that those of us that are Elizabethian-challenged can muddle through Shakespeare’s works. Both my son and I have really enjoyed reading Shakespeare with these, so if it’s not broke, why fix it? (more…)

Preparing for the Upcoming Year


12 Jun

Well, it’s that time again – time to buy new curriculum! Fourth grade here we come!

Actually, this year I am a bit late with it, working on getting my curriculum for each subject together much later than I did last year. By this time last year I had half my subjects scheduled for the year and this year I’ve just barely ordered everything – half of it has yet to come, and I’m hoping it will be here next week!

So, what did I decide? (more…)

How I got my 7-year-old to Write


25 Jul

The Problem

Well, my son came out of kindergarten from public knowing how to write decent sentences. Last year, I used various writing books to emphasize sentence and paragraph skills, and somewhat used my own method of teaching writing when he said he’d had enough of the books. The method so much wasn’t a problem as his effort and attitude towards it. He’d pretend he couldn’t write, even though I knew he could. It took a lot of pushing to get him to actually write at the level I knew he could write at.

This year I bought a couple of workbooks on writing that will lead him through the creative writing process (Just Write, Book 1 & Book 2, ordered from christianbook.com) and I figure I’d have him do some free-writing examples each week, as well as one book report a month, and research report that I will guide him through at the end of the year based on a country he will study all year.

Day 2 of homeschooling this year we were doing fine until I pulled out the blank lined sheets (more…)

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