Our Homeschool Curriculum Choices for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Grades





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At BJ's Homeschool, we started homeschooling when my daughter was 4, and went through high school. My kiddo is now a rising senior in college.  Homeschooling high school prepared  her well for college, and that could be your teen too.  The colleges are becoming more and more homeschool friendly.  That is the trend. 


Our Favorites for High School Curriculum

SCIENCE

Exploring our natural world was still important to us during the high school years, too.  We spent time at the beach, in our favorite parks, taking nature photography pictures, too.  This helped to motivate my daughter, when it came to her science studies.

We found many options for science including Oak Meadow, Apologia, A Beka, Switch-On-Schoolhouse (SOS), etc. 

We chose Switched-On-Schoolhouse (SOS), as we wanted a computer based program, and my daughter wanted  to work independently.  Plus it was all graded for me!  We used them for:

Physical Science - 9th grade 
Biology - 10th grade 
Chemistry - 11th grade

Many families do two or three years of science.  Most college just require two, Biology and Chemistry with labs, unless your student is heading to a science oriented major in college.  Then they would likely look for another as well.  Amazon offers some used SOS curriculum here.

SOS also have tutoring available by the half hour. Working some of the science problems out with a teacher really helped, when complex concepts came up. We also used Home Science Tools for our high school lab kits.

Other Science Options we considered:
Oak MeadowApologia, A Beka, Lifepacs, Apologia Science 
  
 MATH


We looked at LifePacs, Switch-On-Schoolhouse, Math-You-See,  
A Beka, etc.  We also considered Teaching Textbooks, but found that, for us, it did not provide enough depth for good retention. It's all about what fits your student.  (Also here.)

We found that SOS met our daughter's needs for math.  It had the structured and depth to help my daughter retain what she had learned.  We used it for:


Prealgebra - 8th grade
Algebra 1- 9th grade
Geometry - 10th grade
Algebra 2 - 11th grade


Teens going into a computer, economics or math related field will need pre-cal in senior year, but I encourage you to check with the colleges, just in case there is another course required.

Others that we considered: 
We check out The Curriculum Choice for a review of ALEKS, and No-Nonsense Algebra, Saxon, VideoText for Prealgebra, and moreall very strong. 


LANGUAGE ARTS


One option that many families do for English, is to create their own courses, and pick out the living literature yourself.  Pairing that your own writing assignments, essays, etc can make up a complete english course for your teen.

OAK MEADOW ENGLISH


We decided to go another way, and chose Oak Meadow, which offered a number of living literature courses, from 9th to 12th grade.  

They offer used curricula for OM high school English here, called Oak Meadow Seconds.

Oak Meadow helped our daughter with her narrations!  We liked how Oak Meadow offered tons of great questions for each piece of literature, which helped my daughter to do her narrations in a complete and skillful way.



Oak Meadow was also great for teaching literary analysis, and for guiding my daughter to develop good essay writing and report writing skills. With theses courses, my daughter learned how to write a variety of essays, and also do bibliographies for her research papers, and to do literary analysis papers. too.  It prepared her well for college english studies later on. 

We loved it!  It was paired with wonderful choices of living literature, as were all of it's english courses.  

7 SISTERS ENGLISH AND WRITING



In our senior year, we found another great source for high school English.  It was from 7 Sisters Homeschool, and it does the same thing that Oak Meadow did for our daughter.  And it is made by homeschool moms themselves, who led a high school co-op for many years.  I liked how it was much more frugally priced!


Here is one of our favorites from 7 Sisters - American Literature


  

It is a full year long course in American Literature with no busy-work at all!  We liked it so much that I wrote a review of it here.

7 Sisters also offers many other high school English courses, including:

- Literature and Composition Courses 
- Literature guides to tons of books so that you can pick and choose and make your own course
- Essay writing courses at a variety of levels. 
- World Literature and more.

To check out any of these frugal offerings, please click here and go to Literature Guides and English and Writing.

IEW WRITING COURSES

Another popular choice for English is the Institute of Excellence in Writing, IEW, which offers a structured, step by step approach to composition.  Go to here for a review of it. 

For us, IEW was not a good fit, as we found it to be too formula based too rigid for our high schooler.  We used the 7 Sister's writing programs instead. (Click this link then go to English and Writing)


Other options we considered:
We also looked at such programs as Hewitt Homeschooling: Lightning Literature & Composition Lifepacs, and SOS  and found them all to be very strong.


SOCIAL STUDIES 

Social studies can include a wide variety of subjects, such as World History, US History, Geography, Economics, Psychology, etc.  Some colleges look for specifics in this, but our college let us choose from a variety of subjects.
We decided to use Oak Meadow's history courses, and also some geography  from the Rainbow Resource catalog.  


We used Oak Meadow for:


Civics - 9th grade
US History - 10th grade
World History - 11th grade

Then senior year, we did an online course in Government, from Northwestern Christian College.  It was excellent, and it my daughter a good introduction to how our government works.

Other options we considered: We also checked out SOS and Lifepacs, for social studies, all strong programs.  


FOREIGN LANGUAGE 

Most colleges require two years of the same foreign language for their incoming freshmen. We chose a Spanish 1 class from a regional school program in our area, Highline Choice Academy, which offered it twice a week, and gave our daughter in person practice.  For Spanish 2, we went with the homeschool version of Rosetta Stone (RS) @ http://www.rosettastone.com. I liked the homeschool version best because it included grammar, while the regular RS version did not.  Also, our college choices preferred the homeschool version. 


Other Options We Considered:

We also looked at SOS and Monarch from Alpha Omega, and, but wanted something that focused more on conversational Spanish, which we found in Rosetta Stone.  There are so many options for foreign language.  Cathy Duffy has a number of reviews of foreign language curricula.

ELECTIVES


Electives were the most fun of all!  They were all chosen by my daughter.  Her favorite was a high school activity called Youth and Government. 

We just counted all of the meetings and activities that she attended and made it into a credit in State Government.  That is what she was learning through their fun youth mock legislature activities.

My teen also did a homemade video-making course, and homemade courses in creative writing, photography, drawing, and PE.  

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If you are looking for a new elective for your teen this year, check out the offerings at 7 Sisters Homeschool.  They have a bunch of them and they are all well put together, in my opinion.

What is your teen passionate about?  How do they spend their time, when they have free time?  What are their strengths or gifts?  This gives you an idea of what we chose for high school. 

What are your favorites for your teens?  Please share in the comments, as that can help out another homeschooling family. too.



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This post is a part of the 9th Annual Back to Homeschool Blog Hop-Curriculum Week. To reach all the other curriculum posts from the Back to Homeschool Blog Hop, please click here.





Thanks for stopping by,

Betsy


Betsy is mom to her now college senior, whom she homeschooled from preschool through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote the book - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting


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