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Well, friends, it seems like it is time to update you all on our academic year plans. This summer both Hezekiah and Tucker approached me asking if they could homeschool for the coming year. But Renee, you say, didn’t you say you were done homeschooling, like, forever?
Yes, I did say that. Mainly because I needed to allow myself to let go and be okay with giving up my dream of homeschooling. I asked a few questions about why they wanted to homeschool and then gave my enthusiastic YES! As it turns out, both want more time to read (ironic, don’t you think?) and to pursue their own interests and passions. As formerly homeschooled kids they totally understand what it is like to have the freedom to follow their interests and educate themselves. And as test scores prove over and over (not to mention their older siblings smooth transitions to college and university) homeschooling, even “loose” homeschooling like ours, works.
Jubilee, like her older siblings before her, is starting her first year of Running Start at the community college. Mordecai, Avi, and Apollo are all still attending public school in grades 11, 8, and 4.
Academic Plans for Hezekiah and Tucker
Hezekiah is in 10th grade this year and Tucker in 8th. As I mentioned before, Hezekiah earned 11 college credits as a freshman in high school last year! Both boys are in advanced math at school and are good students.
Life of Fred
Hezekiah will be working through Life of Fred Advanced Algebra and supplementing with Khan Academy. Tucker is working through Life of Fred Beginning Algebra. There is some debate in homeschool circles about whether or not Life of Fred is a solid enough curriculum. I found this post on Blog, She Wrote and it has given me the confidence I need to go ahead and use it as our core. She offers great suggestions about what to do if kids get stuck. Both boys have a natural inclination toward math and I feel good about using it this year.
Story of the World
For all of our years of homeschooling Story of the World was the backbone and foundation of our education. Anytime a topic piqued our curiosity, we would stop and go as deep and wide as we wanted. The beauty of homeschooling (in our state, anyway) is there is no set deadline for finishing a book like this. We usually took two years to get through each volume because I would follow the children’s
I was thrilled when both Tucker and Hezekiah requested we work through Story of the World Volume 4 The Modern Age. Both boys have told me “we love map work!” and wanted to make sure we would be doing plenty of that.
Writing and Grammar will be taken care of by me using no formal curriculum. I will be writing up some assignments and sharing them here. Writing has always come easy for me and most of my kids. Our two “textbooks” will be The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need and The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier.
Science is to be determined…we will get our first few weeks of school underway and then add in science.
Hezekiah and Tucker have both really enjoyed band in school. Hezekiah plays the clarinet and Tucker the trumpet. The two boys frequently play together and are even learning each other’s instruments! At the end of last year, Hezekiah tried out for (and made) Jazz Band which meets before school (at 6:45 am) and Mountaineer Band which plays at the school games. He has chosen to continue with both which means he spends the first part of the morning at school. Luckily, Mountaineer Band is the first class of the day and he’s done by 9:10. Tucker plans to continue playing the trumpet on his own since 8th-grade band meets midday.
Both boys are also currently running Cross Country, so don’t worry they are both active and socialized.
I can’t wait to share with you our upcoming projects!