As promised, here are the things we will be using this upcoming school year for our ninth grade son:
BIBLEMost important to our family is Bible study. Last year we really enjoyed Wise Up, Wisdom in Proverbs by Positive Action Bible Curriculum. This curriculum goes deeper than just reading scripture and memorizing it. It really gets to your child’s heart issues and takes their relationship with Jesus to a higher level. Since my son is entering high school, I asked for more of his input when picking out his curriculum. He obviously enjoyed Wise Up, Wisdom in Proverbs because he wanted to check out Positive Action Bible Curriculum again. I was very happy with his choice, The Life of Christ, Explore the life of our Savior through the Gospel of John.
This book takes your child on a journey through the Gospel of John. My hopes is that this book will not only teach my son more about the life of Christ, but take his relationship with the Lord even deeper. The Life of Christ features maps, photographs, and re-creations of biblical landmarks, and examines the ministry and work of God’s Son within Israel’s historical and geographical context.
GRAMMAR AND WRITING
What I like most about this is that it is not parent intensive. I love being involved in my children’s school work but since I will have 2 boys doing school work and 1 baby to take care of, my teenager and I picked out curriculum that is very independent for him. Here is a video that highlights some of the benefits of this program:
Next is a curriculum that we have used for the past few years and decided to stick with it. It’s a great CD program for math called Teaching Textbooks. This year we will be doing Pre-Algebra and if we have enough time we will move on to Algebra I.
Here are some of the features that I think makes Teaching Textbooks so awesome:
A digital gradebook that can manage multiple student accounts and be easily
edited by a parent
Over a dozen more lessons and hundreds of new problems and solutions
Hints and second chance options for many problems
Animated buddies to cheer the student on
History was a tough one to find. My son wanted a simplified version. He didn’t want anything that had added fluff like timelines, cut out cards, or several different activities needed for each chapter. For the sake of simplicity and keeping his work independent, we chose ACE’s 10th grade World History.
I like that ACE is a Christian based curriculum that my son can work through at his own pace. He will be learning about ancient civilizations, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Colonialism, the Age of Revolution, and the history of Europe between 1850-1990s.
We are both really excited about science this year for a couple of reasons. For starters, we haven’t truly done science in a few years. It’s not required in our state so unfortunately, it was the first thing to go when life got really busy with babies and moving. The 2nd reason we are so excited is because we found an awesome curriculum that provides everything you need (except for liquids). It’s a very hands-on kit and is taught by an instructor on DVD. Our 9th grade science curriculum is Exploration Education Science.
Click HERE to watch a great video that explains the
advanced course that my son will be taking.
My son was so excited when I purchased his elective, that he has already started on next year’s school work. He is taking a course on Mod Design 1 through Youth Digital Online. He is learning Java programming by modifying Minecraft and creating his own Mod from start to finish.
My son will also be reading a lot of great books this year and writing a few book reports. We will frequent the library often! I’m always on the lookout for fun things to do during our school year. We love taking field trips and exploring new places and things. Check back after August to follow us on our high school journey!
Be blessed my friends!
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