Monday, August 8, 2016

2016-2017 9th Grade Curriculum Choices - My Father's World Ancient History and Literature

This year is a whole new ball game for us. Tenor is now a freshman in high school. So... transcripts, credits, college prep, grades that mean something, new curricula... anxiety, stress, worry. Jk I just finished reading "Teaching from Rest" by Sarah Mackenzie which helped me stop to breathe. :)

In years past, I've added and supplemented like crazy just to make sure we didn't miss anything. This year, especially with it being the first foray into high school, I'm adding almost nothing. We might watch a few movies that go along with the time period, but that will be about it.
I think it will be a good year for Tenor.
Here's what we're planning on him using for 9th grade:

Math: Saxon Algebra 2
He's continuing on with Saxon. He started Algebra 2 last year but struggled, so we're starting over at the beginning with it.
Grammar/Literature/Vocab/History: My Father's World Ancient History and Literature
We've been using MFW for the past 5 years and have enjoyed the family cycle programs. I thought we'd continue with them for high school but wasn't sure and spent time looking into other programs. However, I came back to MFW because of the integrated biblical worldview that it offers. Their literature selections are thought-provoking, yet age appropriate; their spines are well chosen and interesting; and their emphasis on making your faith your own, living it out, and being able to share and defend it is encouraging. AHL offers 3 credits: English, History, and Bible.

Bible: The majority of Tenor's Bible credit this year will come from My Father's World, but I found a fantastic Bible curriculum that we will be using as well. Bible Road Trip is an in-depth walk through the entire Bible in three years. Tenor will be using year 1 of Bible Road Trip in conjunction with AHL.
Science: Computer Science Programming from Schoolhouse Teachers

Fine Arts: 9th grade rhetoric plans for art and music from Harmony Fine Arts
HFA is a completely new curriculum for us. We're not using the hands-on art option (with Artistic Pursuits) at this point, but he will have a year of art and music appreciation and history study. Art will focus on art from ancient civilizations. Music will be Baroque-era composers including
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Hector Berlioz, and Felix Mendelssohn. He also wants to continue learning classical guitar through

Foreign Language: Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek Level 5
Tenor is continuing with biblical Greek. This is year five and will earn him 1 credit. This year includes copywork of the gospel of John in English and Greek. He also has a Greek reader and pronunciation CD that he will use.
Electives: Logic
He will work through "The Fallacy Detective" and "The Thinking Toolbox" by the Bluedorns

Tenor will also continue with taekwondo for phys. ed. and serve on the youth media team at church.
Lord willing, he'll finish all of these books and earn 7.5 credits.
Ready or not...

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