If there is anything that puts fear into a home schooling mother's heart, it's the task of planning for high school. This is only after conquering the fear of CHOOSING to home school all the way through, which is what we have decided to do, deep breath...Aaahhh! Allright, now it doesn't seem so daunting, and we've got a good plan!!
Let's get to the good stuff. My high school freshman is our lovely Violet. (Knitted Shawlette pattern here, H/T: my IRL friend Kathleen)
Violet is SO excited for high school! She can't wait for all the new books she gets to read, and I'm anxious to hear about them all, right along with her. She is a dream student and loves to plan, organize and carry out everything on her 'to do' lists, especially her booklists. That being said, she is ready to just do it, as the Nike experts would say ;-) She and I have collaborated heavily on her year ahead and we'd like to share a glimpse at what she will be covering.
*Note: For a point of reference, the Charlotte Mason high school years spanned between about 13-18 for girls (scroll down to pg. 294 Form IV) and at 14, Violet is already doing upper level work. This section at Ambleside Online lays out Year 9. As you can see, there are about 23 different subjects covered in this very liberal year of learning. Let's see how this translates out for Violet. As is the standard of any Charlotte Mason method, we will be using liberal doses of Narration, both oral and written for all of her great reading.
~ Bible/Religion: Violet does her own devotional and bible reading first thing in the morning when she awakens and she'll sometimes ask me some questions or tell me about what she is reading. (She also joins us for morning prayers after breakfast where we read about the Saints and the Liturgical Year, etc.) This covers her Old Testament/New Testament fairly well and independently at this point. For other Religion studies, we will use Chief Truths of the Faith and Catholic Morality (which I scored in new condition at the Colorado conference for $5 :)
*In addition, she will keep working through her Catholic Girls Guide by Fr. Lasance. This is such a lovely book for girls about her age, I highly recommend it. And we'll continue to consult the Catechism of the Catholic Church for reference.
~ American History & Literature: We are taking our cue from the MODG 9th grade curriculum, mainly as a spine and because they have such an extensive reading list, which we need for this time period. We will also draw from the AO 9th grade year for corresponding materials. Much is studied with this subject matter including Biographies, Geography and an intro into American Government via current events, which we will approach with a Catholic perspective. (These discussions will most likely come up as we delve into her Religion books as well, see above). Violet will also read from Ourselves to round out her studies with an infusion of Charlotte Mason style Citizenship :)
The majority of her oral & written narrations or compositions will stem from this historical period, including reading some Great Speeches of the time.
~ English Grammar & Composition: This of course will encompass the all too familiar Narration, Dictation, Spelling & Vocabulary, Copywork (optional at this point, although she DOES love her special copybooks :) and Essay Writing. We will use Warriner's English Grammar and Composition 3rd Course as an easy reference tool and review of all grammar concepts. We will also make use of Strunk and White's Elements of Style (still have my college copy) and hoping to find Zinsser's On Writing Well at the library. Violet also really enjoyed the Editor in Chief, so we will continue that for editing practice in conjunction with reviewing and editing some of her own work on a monthly basis.
~ Math (Algebra 1 or 2): Mentioned here...still researching, getting closer... :)
~ Latin & Languages: Violet has previously studied Prima Latina & Lingua Angelica (my post from 2006), Latina Christiana I & II. This year we're going to tackle Henle Latin I. I am excited to see that Memoria Press has lovely study guides for the Henle books broken down into Units I & II for the first year, so not covering the entire text, but taking it bit-by-bit throughout high school. Violet feels this will be ample Latin for her and I have to concur :) I am seriously looking at their First Start French too, I think she would enjoy working through this at her leisure.
~ Natural History/Science: We're going with Earth Science this year as recommended in the MODG 9th grade year. Violet has done so much Botany and Biology (Marine and other) that she really wants to branch out and try something different. We were lucky enough to find this great Earth Science Text on the FREE Used Curriculum table at my Seattle conference earlier this Spring, talk about a Score!! Now I just need to flesh it out and create some living plans that will excite and inspire my girl :)
*Additionally, Violet will no doubt continue to add to her Nature Notebook and as she does enjoy nature sketching, she'll have a fresh blank Sketchbook as well. We're also going to pick up a few pads of heavier weight watercolor paper and cut them down to postcard size for ease of use and joy in creating small doable art :) H/T: Jenn, Lissa & Kimberlee :)
~ Great Books: Violet is really ready to start a few of the Great Books (she has already tackled a few with Chaucer, Shakespeare and Austen).
Okay, I think that just about wraps it!! What are you all doing with your new Freshman this year?? I would love any comments or suggestions if I've left anything out.
Many blessings in your weekend ahead...See you soon!