Well, here we are finally entering high school this year! It is an exciting time for us, but also a bit scary for mom. This year we will reach the milestone of actually homeschooling as long as we attended public school. That seems so strange to me. Public school seems so very long ago.
Here are our choices for our first year of High School:
Bible Chandler will actually be attending Seminary this year. We are fortunate that we are able to send him for an hour of gospel instruction. He will get to attend this during the weekdays with some of his friends from church. It will be fun for him to be with his friends learning about God. But it will also create a little break for me as well. They will be studying The Old Testament this year and the class is worth a full credit. If he attends all four of his High School years, he will get to graduate from Seminary as well as from High School. Two graduations! 🙂
Math Algebra I by Thinkwell–We started using a math course from Thinkwell this last year. Chandler really connected with the teacher, Professor Edward Burger and has asked to continue with him for the next couple of years.
Science Integrated Physics and Chemistry This is a 2 year course. We will be doing the first half of it for this year. I also wanted to incorporate some labs into Chandler’s classes. Everyone knows that the labs are what make science so much fun! We will be using Physics Workshop and CHEM C3000 for our labs. Since the first thing we will be studying is Gold, I thought it would be fun to also pan for some gold. So I purchased a Gold Panning Kit for fun.
History United States History an LDS Perspective Volume I from Living History We love this series of History books! They have helped us to learn so much and keeps us thinking from a biblical perspective. If you would like to see what we will be covering this year, here is a link to a file that shows the overview of the course this year and a sample of the the writing.
Geography We are going to be covering the states in the order that they came into statehood. I am working on creating something special for this. We will also be using Wondermaps by Bright Ideas Press.
Art, Music, Woodworking For art we will be using Mark Kistler’s Online Art Lessons. Chandler really loved this last year and I had purchased a 3 year subscription. We will be doing different woodworking projects throughout the year for fun. And Chandler wants to learn to play the drums this year for music. So we are going to be attempting that as well.
I am thinking we will have a busy but very productive first year of High School. 🙂