This blog is my attempt to document our busy but BLESSED lives raising and educating our children for His glory. A child of God, wife to one, and mom to 6 fabulous kids. We are in our 15th year of homeschooling using a Classical ~ Literature based approach.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

2015-2016 Plan of Study ~ 7th and 9th grade

ASB Back To School
We start school in 25 days! Whohoo, I am super excited! This will be our 7th year of home educating and I feel like I have finally hit my groove and am comfortable with the Classical method of teaching and learning. Because I am re-learning right along with these girls {and little boy} Smile.
Just a few weeks ago we graduated Marie in the local homeschool convention graduation. It was fabulous! She is headed off to Liberty University in just 42 short days. We are so proud of her and know she will do so great in her Graphic Design major.
Today I want to tell you about our choices for our 9th and 7th graders, Madison & Mikayla.
Wow, can you believe I am starting the high school series all over again! This time through high school will be a bit different because Madison wants to be an Astrophysicist and possibly join the Air Force, and with that comes a lot of math and science classes to prepare. Which she actually loves so it won’t be such a chore at all for her.
Last year for eighth grade Madison earned 2 high school credits, one for American History and one for Physical Science. Madison will also take the PSAT in October of this year to get a feel for the test. She normally tests extremely well, so I will be interested to see how she does.
Now, don’t be super alarmed at the amount of credits she is doing because everything will not be done every single day. She wants to hit the ground running hard so that come Senior year she can relax a bit. I can’t argue with that and we will definitely adjust the schedule if need be, especially if she starts to get overwhelmed.
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Bible History, 1 cr
~ Sonlight Bible Apologetics 210
English & Composition I {Honors}, 1.5cr
~ Sonlight Literature 230
~ Rod & Staff 9/10, book 1
Excellence in Literature: Introduction to Literature
~ Vocabulary: 1100 Words You Need to Know 
~ SAT Question of the Day           
~ Revisions to novel and submit to publisher{s}
~ Current events
History, 1 cr 
Sonlight Core 200: History of God’s Kingdom
Math, 1 cr
~Saxon Algebra 1
Science {Honors}, 1.5 cr
Apologia Biology with living books & movies and Red Wagon Tutorials
Foreign Language, 1 cr
~Alpha Omega Life Pac Spanish 1
~DuoLingo App                                      
Photography, 1 cr
~Become a better photographer
Meteorology/Astronomy, .5 cr
~ Introduction to Meteorology and Astronomy
PE, .5 cr
~ Softball: Fall - Rec team  / Spring –Varsity team with SCA
~ Girl Scout Senior    
~ Community Service with the National Exchange Club
Total credits: 9 credits
Mikayla is entering 7th grade this year! This year will be a bit of adjustment as we transition to her being gone most mornings for training. She will be doing some of her school work at the gym during her break time and completing the rest when she comes home in the afternoon. The beauty of this new schedule is that she will have Thursday completely OFF, yes! {Let’s just pray McKenzie doesn’t have gym on Thursday}. 
For 7th grade I am going to be concentrating hard on getting Mikayla’s writing and reading up to par. Neither are her favorite things to do but both are so important in the long run. We are both going into this schedule change with some grace ahead of time because I know there are going to be days that we are both tired and don’t feel up to afternoon/evening school, but we will press on and get it done even if that means we work on Saturday. Afterall, a little Saturday school never hurt anyone, right?
Mikayla would like to be a pediatric physical therapist/sports medicine. A few years ago she hurt her elbow from all the training repetition and went to PT at the local Children’s Hospital. Her PT guy must have made a big impression on her because she is excited about going into this field and has even started talking about what colleges she would like to possibly attend.
~Alpha Omega Life Pac Bible 7
Language Arts & Composition
~ Rod & Staff Grammar 6 {second half of book}
~ Rod & Staff Spelling 7{finish}/ half of book 8                        
~ Hodgepodge of writing assignments  
~ Current events paragraphs  
~ Saxon Math 8/7 *includes pre-Algebra
~ Tapestry of Grace, Yr 3 {UG/D level}
~ Elemental Science Chemistry for Logic Stage
Guided Reading
~ Rod & Staff Reading 6
Art / Composer Study
~ Harmony Fine Arts Program, Opt. 2
~ Level 9 competitive gymnastics team 28+ hrs/wk
Girl Scout Cadette
Be sure to check back tomorrow when I list what my Grammar aged students will be learning. I will have curriculum choices for 3rd, K, and Tot School. I will be linking a central post up with our complete plan of study next week with the Not Back To School Blog Hop hosted by iHomeschool Network.
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