How did I get here?
I have a teenager who is about to enter high school – in fact, she’s already working on some high school credits.
We’ve been talking about college and testing and life plans. WHAT?
It’s a little bit crazy.
As I’ve planned this school year, I’ve felt overwhelmed with thoughts of where we began, how far we’ve come, and where we’re headed.
But you know what? It’s been so very worth it.
This homeschooling thing is challenging, but it’s such a joy to watch your child learn, grow, and blossom as they pursue passions and struggle toward adulthood.
What does our 8th grade year look like?
It’s taken a lot of planning and I’ve planned, thrown those plans out, and started over more than a few times.
I’m thankful for all the early morning breakfast dates that I spent with my hubby – homeschool catalogs in tow as he listened to me agonize over options.
Thanks to lots of pancakes and bacon, I’ve put together our plan.
Our plan is listed by trimester since we school year-round.
- Bible: Most Important Thing 2
- Vocab: Word Roots 2 and Vocabulary Cartoons
- Logic: Introduction to Logic from Master Books
- Handwriting: Zaner-Bloser 5 (we need some more practice in this area)
- Latin: Memoria Press 2nd Form Latin
- Literature: Readers in Residence
- Math: Thinkwell Algebra 1
- Spanish: Homeschool Spanish Academy
- Literature: A mom-created reading list (yes, I’ll post it once I’m finished)
She’ll join us for our group school where we’ll read some books about geography, apologetics, history, government, and finances. She’ll be listening to a few of the selections listed below.
For some of the resources, we’ll only be completing half this school year, and finishing the other half next school year. We’re taking it slow.
- History: The World’s Story 1 from Master Books
- Geography: Cultural Geography with Drawing Geography books and Passport to the World from Master Books
- Apologetics: Case for a Creator and If I Could Ask God Anything
- Science: God’s Design Chemistry
- Finances: Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?, Money Matters for Teens, and Financial Discipleship
- Government: Notgrass Uncle Sam and You
She will also keep a spelling notebook where she can write words that she misspells, illustrating each word in a way to help her remember the correct spelling.
Most of the work listed here will be fairly independent, except for the group school time when we read and focus on narration and outlining.
I’m excited for a fun year and I’m hoping that by dividing up the subjects by trimester, our school year will feel less overwhelming.
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