Wednesday, May 05, 2010

School Planning for 2010-2011

By this time in the Spring, I’m usually neck deep in curricula research and course planning.  This year – not so much.  Mostly, I’ve been getting ready for my and Christopher’s trip to Florida and getting the garden up and going.  Not only that, I’ve also pretty much had Rosie Girl’s high school curriculum planned, although we have made a few changes.

First of all, Wild Man’s 7th grade year:

  • Bible – not sure
  • History/Geography – Sonlight Core 5, but using Kingfisher World Geography as a spine (I think)
  • Science – Singapore Intermediate A supplemented with biographies of scientists
  • Spelling – All About Spelling
  • Writing – Institute for Excellence in Writing
  • Literature – Sonlight Readers
  • Grammar – Easy Grammar 5
  • Math – ALEKS and working with PWM
  • PE
  • Band – at the local middle school

And now Rosie Girl’s full high school plan.

9th grade (will all be completed by the first week of June):

  • Earth Science – work actually done in 8th grade, but it was high school level, so I’m giving her credit.
  • American HIstory – Sonlight Core 100
  • Biology 1 with lab – Singapore Biology with Castle Heights lab
  • Bible – Sonlight Bible
  • English 1
    • American Literature – Sonlight
    • Writing – Write at Home
    • Grammar – Daily Grams
  • Study Skills (1/2 credit)
  • Art – at the local high school
  • Choir – at the local high school
  • Piano – lessons at Lawrence Academy with other performances
  • Physical Education – tap class, regular exercise (1/2 credit)
  • Latin – PowerSpeak (1 semester, 1/2 credit)

9th grade summer courses

  • Algebra 1 – ALEKS (will be completed ASAP in the summer)
  • Japanese (She’s decided she wants to learn Japanese instead of Latin, so she has to do a full two years.)
  • Creative Writing (Rosie Girl wants to write a novel)

10th grade

  • Chemistry 1 – Singapore Chemistry with lab
  • History Since the Time of Christ – Sonlight Core 200
  • English 2
    • Literature – Sonlight
    • Writing – Essay writing workshop and research writing workshop with Write at Home, Creative writing
  • Bible – Old Testament Survey
  • Algebra 2
  • Art – at the local high school
  • Choir – at the local high school
  • Piano – lessons
  • Physical Education
  • Japanese

11th grade

  • Twentieth Century World History – Sonlight Core 300
  • English 3
    • Literature – Sonlight
    • Writing – Creative Writing, other assigned writing
  • Bible – New Testament Survey
  • Geometry
  • The Science of Music – a self-directed science course that Rosie Girl will make up on her own.
  • Art
  • Choir
  • Piano
  • Physical Education
  • Japanese
  • Driver’s education (1/2 credit)

12th grade

  • American Government – Hippocampus (1/2 credit)
  • Another 1/2 credit social science
  • British Literature (with writing) AP
  • Bible
    • Worldview course
    • 1 semester comparative religions
  • Trigonometry
  • Art
  • Choir
  • Piano

As always, Rosie Girl and I are free to make changes to her school schedule as needed.  For example, she has decided that she doesn’t really want to do the Fort Wilderness Marine Biology trip to Florida and would rather expand her self-directed music science course to a full credit course.

I’ve been very pleased with Rosie Girl’s growth in maturity this year.  She does a very good job now of making sure that she gets all of her work done by the end of the week, rarely having to squeak by late on Friday night.

Wild Man will probably learn as much about the US on his drive across the country with his grandmother this summer as we have learned from books and videos.  Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to doing Core 5 – Eastern Hemisphere.  The kids’ schoolwork will definitely be completely separate next year.

So, there’s the plan.  It’s subject to change, of course.  But this is what I’m thinking.  Any thoughts on where I can get a good curriculum for Rosie Girl to learn something beyond basic Japanese?