This is a record of Hezekiah and Tucker’s 2019-2020 homeschool year. I get so many questions on some variation of, but what exactly do you do? In fact, Hezekiah has been fielding this question from friends who wonder what exactly he does “at home” all day. So this is a record of our year of learning together. I will update this page on a regular basis with resources, projects, and photos. I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful. This post contains some affiliate links.
Homeschooling upper grades can be intimidating…especially in the early years when you haven’t graduated a child yet and it all seems like a grand experiment. What about when your kid needs to take classes that you never took in school?
Thankfully, I have five kids who have graduated from our homeschool with high school diplomas and AA degrees thanks to dual enrollment in our community college. This page is a resource to help you see exactly how we are homeschooling the upper grades. This year I am homeschooling Hezekiah (10th grade) and Tucker (8th grade). The boys are learning together with the only separate classes being math. I will be updating this page all year long with resources and completed projects. Think of it as a real-time yearbook.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments. This post contains some affiliate links.
2019-2020 Homeschooling Overview
This year both boys will be taking World History and Geography, Chemistry, Culinary Arts, English, and Intro to Photography. All of that is done together (yes, it’s totally fine to do the same work with kids of different ages!) and the boys do math sepearately at their own level. Hezekiah was taking mostly advanced classes in school last year and has already earned 11 college credits!
Upper-Grade Science Resources
Guest Hollow’s High School Chemistry in the Kitchen
This is a cool book fun of random chemistry questions. We read one section a day at the start of school. Each question is only a page of two long.
Breaking Bad- Yes, we are using Breaking Bad to study chemistry. Before you call the police on me for being a bad mom, we watch each episode together and discuss a ton of chemistry. Any time we have a question we write it down and find the answer. Plenty of lessons to be learned about morality, logic, the legal system and more.
Homeschooling Math Resources
Blog, She Wrote has a great rundown of why Life of Fred works so well in her homeschool.
Khan Academy, of course, offers FREE classes on just about any subject you would want to cover. They also have a coaching program for parents and teachers to use.
If you are unsure of how exactly to use Khan Academy to homeschool check out this guide.
Homeschooling Social Studies/History/Geography
Wait…you are using Story of the World? Isn’t that way below grade level for those two? Sure, it is. But for us, the book is just the starting point. We go through each chapter, read the books, do a few activities. Usually, the boys’ curiosity gets piqued by something and we go down numerous rabbit trails learning as we go. The boys love doing map work and learning about Geography.
Homeschooling Language Arts in Higher Grades
I have Hezekiah and Tucker both keeping a log of every book read this school year. Most of them are chosen by the boys, a few are required by me.
The only “textbooks” we are using are the two listed below.
The Mysterious Case of the Misplaced Modifier
Teaching Foreign Languages When You Homeschool
For our older kids, we used Rosetta Stone. We have since switched to using Duolingo. You can read about our reasons for the change here.
Hezekiah expressed an interest in learning about photography…and let’s just say he didn’t exactly have to twist my arm to get me on board with that idea.
This is a class Jubilee took in school last year and one that Hezekiah would have taken if he attended public school this year. We are having a great time in our own culinary arts class. The boys are doing a ton of cooking and learning. Each time they make a new recipe, I have them print it out and add it to a binder so they are creating their own cookbooks and a record of their skills.
Books Read in 2019-2020 School Year
The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker (H)
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling (H&T)
Movies Watched for School
Empire of the Sun