Emma earned 8 high school credits her freshman year, and my plan for her tenth grade year has her earning 6.5 to 7 credits. Here are her classes and curriculum picks.
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- English 2 (American Literature) & American History — Illuminations 4 which uses All American History volumes 1 & 2 as a history spine
- Math — Teaching Textbooks Algebra 2
- Science — Apologia Chemistry, taken at our local co-op
- Art — AP Art, taken at our local co-op
- Health (required half credit) — PACES
- Driver’s Education — maybe this?
- Foreign Language — Arabic 2 via Rosetta Stone plus weekly sessions with a tutor (who is from Egypt) using IQRA’ Arabic Reader Textbook: Level 2
I can’t believe we are using PACES. I mean, those are about as far removed from my educational philosophy as anything could be. But I researched a few options, and let Emma make the final call. She wanted to take the “get it done” approach and fulfill the minimum requirements on that course. So as silly as the material is, she is plodding through it to earn the credit required.
Illuminations 4 schedules both volumes of American history into one year for high school students. It also includes the literature guides and reading assignments. I took the literature guide and history test files to my favorite Office Depot to be printed out. It cost me about $30 and saved me a lot of time and hassle. For the schedule pages, Illuminations has a nifty grid that Emma can add her other subjects to and keep track of her work.
Whenever I get those admiring comments from people who find out that I homeschool my teen, I am quick to point out that at this point of her education, she is pretty much studying solo without my help. She tells me what she needs, and I place orders for books and art supplies. She checks in periodically and reads funny quotes from the Health PACES to make me laugh. But for the most part, she is a fully independent learner. How did we get here? Slowly, through years of one-on-one homeschooling with an easy transition to more and more independent work.
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