Recap of our School Year 2014-15

Since we are well into our second semester of this school year, it is high time I talk about the resources we are using this year. I know many of you are starting to think about the new school year and making book lists. We’ll start with my high schooler and work our way down through the other grades I am teaching this year.

Grade 10:

Notgrass World History – This is my second child to use this program, and it is one of my favorite history programs for high school. It combines history, Bible, and language arts in one curriculum. His reading, writing, and research topics are all related to his history reading. It also contains lesson and unit quizzes. There are also recommended readers that go along with the program to add literature to the language arts. One program. Three credits.

Apologia Biology – This is my third child to use this book. I love how it is written for them to understand biology concepts. The experiments are usually easy to do with items from around the house. The main difference in some experiments is that you need to purchase dissection specimens that you usually do not have around the house. Having access to a microscope is handy, but I have also used the Internet to look up pictures for the microscope experiments. Each module takes two weeks to complete. There is an integrated study guide and test for each module. They can keep a lab notebook for questions within the module and for experiments completed. This is a one-credit course with a lab component.

Saxon Algebra II – I have the older version of Saxon Algebra I and II, and it contains Geometry as well. When he completes Algebra II, he will have three credits from both textbooks. The newer version of Saxon Algebra I and II has a separate Geometry book. We have used Saxon math from the beginning, and it works for our family. Credit for this book is 1.5 credits.

 

Grade 8:

History and Geography were done in the fall semester. We studied the 50 states and created state notebooks. We also cooked a meal from each of the 50 states. Some reading and writing were assigned to go along with this.

Language arts is pulled together from various resources with heavy emphasis on our topic of study.

Saxon Algebra 1/2 – As I mentioned previously, we have used Saxon math from the beginning. This is my 4th child to use Algebra 1/2. It works for us.

Science is being done second semester using Apologia’s Human Anatomy book and journal along with hands-on activities.

 

Grade 6:

History and Geography were done in the fall semester. We studied the 50 states and created state notebooks. We also cooked a meal from each of the 50 states. Some reading and writing were assigned to go along with this.

Language arts is pulled together from various resources with heavy emphasis on our topic of study.

Saxon Math 7/6 – As I mentioned previously, we have used Saxon math from the beginning. This is my 5th child to use the 7/6 book, but I do supplement this with the Saxon DVDs. It works for us.

Science is being done second semester using Apologia’s Human Anatomy book and journal along with hands-on activities.

 

Grade 3:

History and Geography were done in the fall semester. We studied the 50 states and created state notebooks. We also cooked a meal from each of the 50 states. Some reading and writing were assigned to go along with this.

Language arts is pulled together from various resources with heavy emphasis on our topic of study.

Saxon Math 3 – As I mentioned previously, we have used Saxon math from the beginning. This is my 6th child to use this. It is the last year that Saxon has a consumable student workbook. There is actually a set of two workbooks for this grade level.

Science is being done second semester using Apologia’s Human Anatomy book and journal along with hands-on activities.

 

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Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at http://www.tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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Recap of our School Year 2014-15 — 2 Comments

  1. Hello Tami,

    I just found your site through FlyLady. It looks very interesting and I’m looking forward to going through more of it soon. I was looking at your curriculum choices. I like how you do History one semester and Science the other. Have you done that more than just this year? Also in the picture of your son with the frog study what is that he is working with that shows the parts of the frog? I think my 9 y/o son would really enjoy something like that.

    Thanks very much. It’s very encouraging to know there are other homeschoolers using Fly Lady!!!!

    God Bless!!!

    Cyndi

    • Hi, Cyndi!

      Thank you for your comment. I have alternated history and science like that for years. It seems to work well for us that way. A science guy gave my son that frog dissection kit. It is rubber, and the boys think it is a lot of fun to use. I have no idea where you would get one though. There are a lot of homeschoolers who follow the FlyLady.

      Have a wonderful day!

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