Sunday, July 21, 2019

Homeschool Reading List - 12th Grade Modern History

Here is the reading list I put together for my 12th grader. That year they were studying modern American history (1877 to the present) so quite a few of these titles fit with that time period. You'll also notice quite a few poetry selections just for exposure. (+ means any title by that author) Enjoy!


Title Author
1984 Orwell, George
Against All Hope Valladares, Armando
All Creatures Great and Small + Herriot, James
All the King's Men Warren, Robert Penn
American Leonardo Mabee, Carleton
Brave New World Huxley, Aldous
Diary of a Country Priest + Bernanos, George
Divergent + Roth, Veronica
Dream Thief Lawhead, Stephen
Every Living Thing Herriot, James
For Whom the Bell Tolls Hemingway, Ernest
Gone with the Wind Mitchell, Margaret
Great Gatsby Fitzgerald, F. Scott
Green Mansions + Hudson, William H
Heart of Darkness + Conrad, Joseph
In This Sign Greenberg, Joanne
Inherit the Wind Lawrence, Jerome
Invisible Man Ellison, Robert
Looking Backward Bellamy, Edward
Lord of the Flies Golding, William
Lord Peter + Sayers, Dorothy  
Master and Commander O'Brian, Patrick
Murder on the Orient Express Christie, Agatha
My Antonia Cather, Willa
Night Wiesel, Elie
Of Mice and Men Steinbeck, John
Old Creole Days + Cable, George Washington
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich + Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Dillard, Annie
Poems Lewis, C.S.
Poems Keats, John
Poems Byron, Lord
Poems Shelley, Percy  Blythe
Poems Scott, Sir Walter
Poems Wordsworth, William
Poems of Coleridge Symons
Ramona Jackson, Helen Hunt
Scott's Last Expedition Scott, Robert
Short Stories and Tales, Complete Poe, Edgar Allan
The Age of Innocence Wharton, Edith
The Caine Mutiny Wouk, Herman
The Catcher in the Rye Salinger, J.D.
The Contender Lipsyte, Robert
The Cross and the Switchblade Wilkerson, David
The Cruel Sea Monsarrat, Nicholas
The Death of Ivan Ilyitch Tolstoy, Leo
The Fairy Tale of My Life Anderson, Hans Christian
The Giver Lowry, Lois
The Good Earth Buck, Pearl S
The Grapes of Wrath Steinbeck, John
The Man Who Was Called Thursday Chesterton, G.K.
The Necklace and Other Stories + DeMaupassant, Guy
The Nine Tailors Sayers, Dorothy  
The Old Man and the Sea Hemingway, Ernest
The Power and the Glory + Greene, Graham
The Trial Kafka, Franz
Things Fall Apart Achebe, Chinua
To Kill a Mockingbird Lee, Harper
To the Lighthouse Woolf, Virginia
Unbroken Hillenbrand, Laura
Walden Thoreau, Henry David
War and Peace Tolstoy, Leo
War of the Worldviews DeMar, Gary
Witness Chambers, Whittaker

Homeschool Reading List - 11th Grade Early U.S. History & American Literature

Here is the reading list I put together for my 11th grader. That year they were studying American history up to 1877 so quite a few of these titles fit with that time period. (the + means any title by that author) Enjoy!


Title Author
A Death in the Family Agee, James
A Doll's House Ibsen, Henrik
A Handful of Dust Waugh, Evelyn
A Single Pebble Hersey, John
A Town Like Alice Shute, Nevil
Abraham Lincoln Sandburg, Carl
All Quiet on the Western Front Remarque, Erich
Amazing Adventures of Father Brown Chesterton, G.K.
Americanization of Edward Bok Bok, Edward
And Quiet Flows the Don Sholokhov, Mikhail
Babbitt Lewis, Sinclair
Bleak House Dickens, Charles
Borden of Yale Taylor, Mrs. Howard
Captain Cook's Explorations Cook, James
Charterhouse of Parma + Stendahl
Crime and Punishment Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
Cripps, the Carrier Blackmore, Richard
Darkness at Noon Koestler, Arthur
Darwin's Black Box Behe, Michel
David Copperfield Dickens, Charles
Death Comes for the Archbishop Cather, Willa
Diary and Autobiography of John Adams ed. Butterfield, L.
Doctor Zhivago Pasternak, Boris
Education of Henry Adams Adams, Henry
Emma Austen, Jane
Erewhon Butler, Samuel
Fathers and Sons + Turgenev, Ivan
Four Voyages to the New World Columbus, Christopher
Frankenstein Shelley, Mary
From Basic to Baghdad
How I Found Livingstone Stanley, Sir Henry Morton
Les Miserables Hugo, Victor
Life of George Washington Irving, Washington
Life on the Mississippi Twain, Mark
Little Novels of Sicily Verga, Giovanni
Look Homeward, Angel Wolfe, Thomas
Lord Jim Conrad, Joseph
Martin Chuzzlewitt Dickens, Charles
Master of Ballantrae Stevenson, Robert Louis
Miracle at Philadelphia Bowen, Catherine
Moby Dick + Melville, Herman
North and South Gaskell, Elizabeth
Oregon Trail Parkman, Francis
Our Mutual Friend Dickens, Charles
Poems Dickinson, Emily
Poems Frost, Robert
Poems (The Works of…) Rossetti, Christina
Pygmalion Shaw, George Bernard
Raven: a Biography of Sam Houston James, Marquis
Rob Roy Scott, Sir Walter
Scaramouche Sabatini, Rafael
Servant of Slaves + Irwin, Grace
Sevastopol Sketches + Tolstoy, Leo
Sons and Lovers Lawrence, D.H.
The Brothers Karamazov Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
The Cherry Orchard Chekhov, Anton
The Count of Monte Cristo Dumas, Alexandre
The Covenant + Michener, James
The Crisis Paine, Thomas
The Fault in Our Stars Green, John
The House of Seven Gables +  Hawthorne, Nathaniel
The Journal of George Fox Fox, George
The Journal of John Wesley Wesley, John
The Last of the Mohicans Cooper, James Fenimore
The Life and Diary of David Brainerd Brainerd, David
The Life and Voyages of Columbus Irving, Washington
The Life of Samuel Johnson Boswell, James
The Mill on the Floss Eliot, George
The Picture of Dorian Gray Wilde, Oscar
The Red and the Black Stendahl
The Song at the Scaffold von Le Fort, Gertrud
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Stevenson, Robert Louis
The Virginians + Thackery, William 
Uncle Tom's Cabin Stowe, Harriet Beecher
Up From Slavery Washington, Booker T.
Villette Bronte, Charlotte
Washington Square James, Henry
Wuthering Heights Bronte, Emily

Homeschool Reading List - 10th Grade World History & British Lit Theme

Here is the reading list I put together for my 10th grader in addition to the books suggested by My Father's World. That year they were studying  world history and British literature so quite a few of these titles fit with that time period. (the + means any title by that author) Enjoy!


Title Author
A Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada Irving, Washington
A Man for All Seasons Bolt, Richard
Ballad of the White Horse Chesterton, G.K.
Barchester Towers + Trollope, Anthony
Barnaby Rudge Dickens, Charles
Bulfinch's Mythology: Age of Chivalry & Legends of Charlemagne Bulfinch, Thomas
Candide Voltaire
Chivalry + Cabell, James Branch
Cyrano de Bergerac (GN) Rostand, Edmond
Gargantua and Pantagruel Rabelais, Francois
Hamlet Shakespeare, William
Henry IV Shakespeare, William
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther Bainton, Roland H.
Hidden Figures Shetterly, Margot Lee
Ivanhoe Scott, Sir Walter
Jane Eyre Bronte, Charlotte
Kenilworth Scott, Sir Walter
King Lear Shakespeare, William
Lorna Doone Blackmore, Richard
Macbeth Shakespeare, William
Middlemarch Eliot, George
Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare, William
Murder in the Cathedral Eliot, T.S.
Nicholas Nickleby Dickens, Charles
Old Curiousity Shop Dickens, Charles
Paradise War (trilogy) Lawhead, Stephen
Pere Goirot de Balzac, Honore
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc Twain, Mark
Poems Burns, Robert
Prisoner of Zenda  Hawkins, Anthony Hope
Rabble in Arms + Roberts, Kenneth
Selected Poems Milton, John
Sense and Sensibility + Austen, Jane
Shakepeare's Sonnets Shakespeare, William
Tales of the Alhambra Irving, Washington
Taming of the Shrew Shakespeare, William
The Betrothed Manzoni, Alessandro
The Black Tulip Dumas, Alexandre
The Divine Comedy (GN) Dante
The Help Scott, Kathryn
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Hugo, Victor
The Man in the Iron Mask Dumas, Alexandre
The Once and Future King White, T.H.
The Roots of the Mountains Morris, William
The Scottish Chiefs Porter, Jane
The Talisman Scott, Sir Walter
The Three Musketeers Dumas, Alexandre
The Travels of Marco Polo Polo, Marco
The Vicar of Wakefield Goldsmith, Oliver
Twenty Years After Dumas, Alexandre
Vanity Fair Thackery, William Makepeace
With Fire and Sword Sienkiewicz, Henryk

Homeschool Reading List - 9th Grade Ancient History Theme

Here is the reading list I put together for my 9th grader in addition to the books suggested by My Father's World. That year they were studying ancient history so quite a few of these titles fit with that time period. (the + means any title by that author) Enjoy!

A Pillar of Iron + Caldwell, Taylor
Alas, Babylon Frank, Pat
Antony and Cleopatra Shakespeare, William
Ben Hur + Wallace, Lew
Bruchko Olson, Bruce
Byzantium Lawhead, Stephen
Catherine of Siena Undset, Sigrid
Daring to Live on the Edge Cunningham, Loren
Doctor Faustus Marlowe, Christopher
Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ Guyon, Madame Jeanne
Four Horsemen of Apocalypse Ibanez, Blasco
Foxe's Christian Martyrs by John Foxe ed. Berry, W. Grinton
Gods and Kings series Austin, Lynn
House by the Medlar Tree by Giovanni Verga Lawrence, D.H.
I, Claudius Graves, Robert
I Dared to Call Him Father Sheikh, Bilquis
Is That Really You, God? Cunningham, Loren
Jerusalem + Lagerlof, Selma
King Solomon's Mines + Haggard, Henry Rider
Kisses from Katie Davis, Katie
Lalla Rookh Moore, Tom
Last Days of Pompeii Bulwar-Lytton, Lord Edward
Lord of the Rings Tolkien, J.R.
Mythology Hamilton, Edith
Oedipus Rex Sophocles
Peace Child Richardson, Don
Quo Vadis Sienkiewicz, Henryk
Sohrab and Rustum and Other Poems Arnold, Matthew
Taliesin + (series) Lawhead, Stephen
Tartarin on the Alps Daudet, Alphonse
The Greek Way Hamilton, Edith
The High King (The Prydain Chronicles +) Alexander, Lloyd
The Hobbit Tolkien, J.R.
The Hunger Games (1,2,3) Collins, Suzanne
The Lost Queen of Egypt Morrison, Lucile
The Narrow Road Brother Andrew
The Robe Douglas, Lloyd C
The Roman Way Hamilton, Edith
The Snow Goose Gallico, Paul
The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs Morris, William
This Present Darkness Peretti, Frank

Monday, August 20, 2018

2018-2019 Homeschool Curricula Choices for 9th Grade - My Father's World


Year 8 of our "I will never, ever, ever homeschool" journey. LOL
I was thinking the other day that my padawans had a combined 6 years in Christian school but now we're at 16 years of homeschooling. Crazy daisy!

While those first years were full of hands-on projects, activities, and field trips, that aspect has definitely slowed down as we've hit high school for both of them. If you follow my blog regularly, I'm guessing you've picked up on the fact that there's very little worth blogging about when it comes to high school work. We still have a few hands-on projects, but it's shifted to more writing and textbooks than picture-worthy assignments.

Anyway, here's what Soprano's freshman year will look like:

Math: Saxon Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 and Life of Fred books
She needed a little more time in Algebra 1 to really grasp all of the concepts so we're scheduling it as half the lesson one day and the rest on day 2. She worked through about 2/3 of the Algebra 1 book last year, so we're plugging away at finishing it sometime this spring and then will move right into Algebra 2 (and probably continue that over the summer). To mix things up, every Friday she will do several chapters in Life of Fred picking up where she left off last year with the Pre-Algebra series.

English/Bible/History/Geography: My Father's World - Ancient History and Literature
Soprano is back using My Father's World this year after having two gap years using Notgrass and Beautiful Feet Books. She is a good writer, so I think she will have great success with AHL this year.

She also has a required literature list from which she needs to pick at least 20 books. Plus there is a good selection of lit recommended in AHL (see the stack with yellow tape on the spines).

Science: Compass Classroom Devotional Biology
I saw a great pre-sale offer for the DVD set, and it really caught my eye. I've just never jumped on the Apologia bandwagon and was on the hunt for something that Tenor and Soprano could do together this year. Devotional Biology has a great premise for teaching attributes of God as they teach aspects of biology. It also includes a full lab program that we'll be using.

Music/Art: Harmony Fine Arts 9th grade plans
Soprano will also be working towards a fine arts credit using the Harmony Fine Arts plans from 9th to 12th grade. This year she'll be focusing on ancient art through the Byzantines and baroque and early classical composers.

I'm also adding in a hymn study this year. Once a week, I'll read a chapter from one of the Mr. Pipes books and together, we'll learn and sing the hymns. Next year, I'd love to continue the hymn study...maybe adding in one of the books about some of our modern hymns or worship songs. Music geek alert. :)

Foreign Language: French Essentials Books 5 and 6 and Learn French the Fast and Easy Way
We need to get her 2 credits in foreign language to graduate. In previous years, Soprano has worked through the elementary and middle school levels of French Essentials. In order to make sure she will get a full credit this year, I added Learn French as well.

Electives:
Spelling - no credit/not graded
Soprano is going to work on her spelling this year using Apples and Apples 2. They are short, daily lessons specifically for secondary students. No random spelling lists...just quick reminders of basic spelling rules and then some practice exercises or word puzzles each day.




Logic - 1/2 credit
I did not like the logic books recommended by MFW when Tenor was in 9th grade, so Soprano will be using Art of Argument (Tenor used it in 10th) for her logic elective. She was grumbling about having to take it, but then I told her since she likes to argue this will help her learn to argue better. Then I stopped and thought about if I really wanted her to be able to argue better.... parenting fail. ;)
At least we'll be finishing this one up at the end of our first semester. Should I just give her an 'A' now? ;)


Creative Writing - 1 credit
Soprano is my writer. Since I despise writing, I am so pleased that I have one kid that enjoys it and doesn't seem to struggle with it like I do. AHL has plenty of academic writing in it, but we are also using The Creative Writer and My Book of Stories: Fairy Tales to give her time to work on her stories.


Interior Design - 1 credit
I sort of suggested this as a possible elective, and Soprano got really excited. Since we won't start this until after Christmas break, I haven't purchased any of the books yet. I have several resources in mind and once I get them in hand I will be able to pull the course together and come up with a schedule. I'm pretty sure we will definitely need to resubscribe to Sling TV so we can get HGTV and DIY Network...for research and educational purposes of course. :D
Possible books/resources:
Learning Zone Express: Interior Design
In the Hands of a Child Project Pack: Elements of Interior Design
AOP Consumer Science Lifepac 6: Interior Decorating 
Interior Design Studio (Kit)

Interior Design Course (book)
Design Your Dream Room (book/toy)
My Beautiful Room: Interior Design Workbook
Fashion Angels: Interior Design Sketch Portfolio (book/kit)
Interior Design Master Class (book...which is at our local library)

These lit-based curricula make the amount of needed books look insane!

Monday, August 13, 2018

2018-2019 Homeschool Curricula Choices for 11th Grade


Year 8 of our "I will never, ever, ever homeschool" journey. LOL
And this might be Tenor's last year *sniff, sniff* pending his acceptance into an early entry full dual enrollment program at a local tech college.

That potentiality has made planning this year a little tricky. But I think we have a good plan that could work with either scenario (either early entry/dual enrollment or regular homeschooling for his senior year).

Here's Tenor's Junior Year in our house:

Math: Life of Fred books
Since he doesn't *need* calculus to graduate (he already has enough credits) and doesn't need it for college admission and doesn't need it for his career path, we're not tackling a full year of Saxon Calculus, which would have been the next step for him. We talked about a business math type course or statistics but then I had the brilliant idea that we could use this year to do a math overview/review using Life of Fred. We'll try to get through Beginning Algebra, Advanced Algebra, and Geometry very quickly and then slow down and work through as many of the remaining high school level and college level books as he can.
English/Bible/History/Geography: My Father's World - U.S. History to 1877 and American Literature
Just like last year, we're staying with MFW. The biblical worldview is integrated extremely well; the literature selections are thought-provoking without being controversial or edgy; the composition instruction is thorough; and the overall package is put together very well.
He's not really excited about reading The Scarlet Letter, but seriously after reading Silas Marner last year, how bad could it really be?? ;)
I've also assigned him a required literature list with about four pages of titles (some that were left-over from last year). I let him pick at least 20 books from the list...just for exposure to other styles of lit or classic lit titles that he probably wouldn't choose on his own. (Um, especially considering he just pulled out some Garfield cartoon books this week. lol)
Science: Compass Classroom Devotional Biology
I saw a great pre-sale offer for the DVD set, and it really caught my eye. I've just never jumped on the Apologia bandwagon and was on the hunt for something that Tenor and Soprano could do together this year. Devotional Biology has a great premise for teaching attributes of God as they teach aspects of biology. It also includes a full lab program that we'll be using.

Foreign Language: Nothin'. :) Tenor finished his requirements for foreign language last year and chose to not continue with it.

Music/Art: Harmony Fine Arts 11th and 12th grade plans
In order to finish up his fine arts credit, he's doubling up this year. Since his other electives aren't full year, I don't think his schedule will be too overloaded with it.

I'm also adding in a hymn study this year. Once a week, I'll read a chapter from one of the Mr. Pipes books and together, we'll learn and sing the hymns. Next year, I'd love to continue the hymn study...maybe adding in one of the books about some of our modern hymns or worship songs. Music geek alert. :)

Electives:
Auto Maintenance and Repair
Since Tenor got his learner's permit earlier this summer, we're using Auto Upkeep as an elective and a much-needed life skills type class.




Practical Drafting
His future career path will probably include at least reading technical plans, if not creating them either by hand or with CAD. This used to be a recommended MFW elective, but they don't carry it anymore. I happened to find it used for only $10, and Tenor is pretty excited about it.
A friend who has been a drafter (or whatever his title actually is) for years recommended DraftSight as a free CAD program that we can use too. He said that his company has actually been considering dropping their paid CAD subscription and switching to DraftSight. That was enough recommendation for us.

Health (with Phys. Ed. and Driver's Ed.)
For graduation in our state, we have to teach health at some point in the secondary years (7th-12th grades). A friend gave me a box of old curricula to sell or dispose of for her, and Abeka high school health happened to be in there. I looked into some other publishers but free seemed to be the right choice. He'll finish up the Abeka health before Christmas and then I'll have him read a few books on relationships and dating. Pending my reading them, I've got When God Writes Your Love Story, Holding Hands Holding Hearts, New Rules for Love Sex and Dating, and Boundaries in Dating planned. We were also given Driver's Ed in a Box for free so we'll be using that too. I added it as a resource to our health elective even though it's an automobile thing. :)

Lots of books, y'all! :D

Monday, April 16, 2018

2017-2018 Homeschool Curricula Choices for 10th Grade


Two posts in one day??? Shocking, I know. :)
I sort of talked about where the blog has disappeared to over in this post about Soprano's curricula.

This post will shift to what Tenor has been using for his sophomore year of homeschool.
{Yeah, sophomore. 10th grade. Two years left. I am not old enough for that to be happening so obviously I'm stuck in some sort of weird, Doctor Who-esque time paradox type thing. ;) }

Whether I'm prepared for it or not, here are Tenor's courses.

Math: Saxon Advanced Math
In this edition of the book, we are able to count it as two credits. The first half of the book is Geometry with Advanced Algebra. The second half of the book is Trigonometry with Pre-Calculus.
Fortunately, Tenor has been rocking this out and has needed practically zero help from me. (Which is great because despite my absolute surety that I'm not *that* old, it has been a seriously long time since I've done Trig or Calculus.)
English/Bible/History/Geography: My Father's World - World History and Literature
We're sticking with MFW. The biblical worldview is integrated extremely well; the literature selections are thought-provoking without being controversial or edgy; the composition instruction is thorough; and the overall package is put together very well.
Plus Tenor got to read Pride and Prejudice this year, which meant I got to watch that yummy 6-hour A&E movie version with him. :)
While I also assigned him a required literature list, MFW gave some great suggestions too. He's been trying to read through as many as possible.
Science: Bass planned an Arduino programming course for Tenor that involves lots of little wire bits floating around the family room. LOL The resources he's using include:
Arduino Cookbook by Michael Margolis
Introduction to Arduino: A Piece of Cake PDF
Programming Arduino: Getting Started with Sketches by Simon Monk
and SparkFun Inventor’s Kit and Guide v3.3 (www.sparkfun.com/products/13970)

Foreign Language: Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! Level 6
Music/Art: Harmony Fine Arts 10th grade plans
Electives:

Personal Finance: Foundations in Personal Finance by Dave Ramsey
This one, Soprano and Tenor are going through together. It's been helpful to be studying it at the same time. The course says it is for homeschool but there are several 'class' activities that didn't translate well to only two students.
Geography: North Star Geography
Yup, we did this together too, starting last summer to make the schedule not so full in the fall. Soprano kept up very well.
Logic: Art of Argument
This was a much better logic course for Tenor than last year's Fallacy Detective/Thinking Toolbox.
Career Exploration: Understanding God's Calling and Career Exploration from 7 Sisters Homeschooling
Throw in Driver's Ed this spring plus his Taekwondo practices and youth group plus church ministry....it's been a busy (and very good) year.

Do any of you have a student that has seemingly grown-up overnight? What are you using for high school curricula?
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