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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Monday, April 8, 2024

2024 ~ 2025 Plan of Study: 5th, 9th, & 12th grades

Morning friends! It’s that time of the year again. You know the one where I share all the grand plans we have for the upcoming school year. I don’t know about you, but I am super excited to share our plans with you. It’s very freeing getting the plans out of my head and onto paper and the blog. Once again, I have had all three kids enrolled in their upcoming online courses with Veritas Press Scholars since the beginning of February. Our initial plans went from Montana only taking two courses to her enrolling into five! More on that in a minute. Veritas Press has been a huge blessing in our schooling since we started utilizing their a la carte courses when Madison was in high school. I am grateful to be able to take advantage of a classical education model and come alongside the amazing teachers to give my children an amazing classical education. 

I’ve been planning for next school year since last December when I had a consult with our fabulous VP Consultant, Jen. She really helped me see the big picture of things for the rest of McKenzie and Micah’s schooling. I was <this> close to enrolling McKenzie in the Veritas Press Diploma program. I didn’t for several reasons, but mainly because I don’t want to give up our way of doing history or math. What’s the saying? “If it’s not broke, then don’t fix it”. 

I am excited to say that we are entering our 15th year of homeschooling! For you Mama’s in the trenches with littles or those in the middle, keep going! Bottom line… it is worth it! Every.single.minute. There will always be doubt that you’re not doing enough or doing something wrong that will mess up your child for life, but you’re not! “Do the work of homeschooling” and you will reap the benefits down the road. As always, I want to note that any links below are not affiliated links. I just put them in for my reference and yours if you want to check the curriculum out. Also, because we have been schooling for so long and I am coming up on my 5th time through high school, I already own most of the curriculum listed as I try to shop our shelves first before investing into something new. 

Without further ado, here’s our 2024 ~ 2025 Plan of Study.

Micah, is rising to 5th grade! He started his online learning this school year for 4th grade, and it has been the best thing for him. He is finishing up Latin 3, Linguistics 4, and Saxon Math 3 (Saxon 5/4) online. I made a mistake and had him enrolled in Linguistics 4 instead of Linguistics 5 which would have been a better fit challenge wise. But the silver lining is that he now knows the spelling rules and his spelling is even better. For 5th grade we are going to go back to our beloved Rod & Staff Spelling because he now can read cursive which is the reason why we switched last year. For 5th grade Micah will take four courses online including Latin 4, Grammar & IEW Writing 4, Saxon Math 4 (Saxon 6/5), and Literature 5. We will continue using Sonlight for History for him, but I am going to tweak it to fit us as I have done with the girls for 5th grade. He will also use the self-paced history course from Veritas Press to round out our study. It's a biology year in science for us but I’m still up in the air about which curriculum we will use for Micah. I have narrowed it down to three programs, Elemental Science Logic Stage Biology, Real Science Odyssey Biology 2 (minus the evolution chapters), or BJU Homeschool Life Science. I have done both Elemental Science and RS Odyssey with his older sisters, but I am thinking he will need something different to fit his learning style. Plus, I would like something that is Christian based, so I am leaning towards BJU’s Life Science. 

 Micah's Plan of Study for 2024-2025 will be: 


 ~ Veritas Press Genesis to Joshua Self-Paced Bible 


~ Saxon 6/5 online with Veritas Press 

 Language Arts 

~ Shirley Grammar 4 online with Veritas Press 

 ~ IEW Structure & Style Writing, Year 1-Level 2A online with Veritas Press 

 ~ Rod & Staff Spelling, Book 6 

 ~ Script and Scribe Truth Traveler

~ Veritas Press Literature 5 online with Veritas Press 

He will read: 

• Anne of Green Gables 

• Heidi 

• Lad: A Dog 

• Old Yeller 

• Robinson Crusoe

 • The Secret Garden 

• Swiss Family Robinson

• Treasure Island 

• Where the Red Fern Grows 


~ Sonlight Core G – Ancient History, we will spread this Core over two years 

~ Veritas Press Self-Paced History – Old Testament/Ancient Egypt 


 ~ BJU Homeschool Life Science 

 Greek Myths 

 *We didn’t get to this in 4th grade. Hoping to fit it in for 5th grade. 

~ Memoria Press D'Aulaires' Greek Myths 


~ Latin 4 w/ Latin for Children, B online with Veritas Press 


Baseball – Sunday Select team, off season training

 Weekly Co-Op 

The schedule is not out for this yet, but we will continue to use the classes there for enrichment each week. 

 McKenzie is officially heading to high school! I am excited and a little sad at the same time. Sad because it means she just has 4 short years at home. However, I am preparing her to soar when the time comes so we are going to make the most of each of the years we have left homeschooling. She has done an amazing job at handling her course load for 8th grade. As I said earlier, I was going to sign her up for the diploma program with Veritas Press, but decided against it and we will proceed with our course of study that I know will pass the NCAA Clearinghouse and keep her competitive for USAFA (Not that Veritas Press is not competitive for highly selective universities). McKenzie will earn 6 high school credits for her 8th grade year to count towards high school. A combination of three core classes and three electives.  

McKenzie's Plan of Study looks like this for 2024-2025: 

 Bible {1 credit} 

 ~ Sonlight Bible 210 with Westminster Catechism 

 Math {1 credit} 

 ~ Saxon Algebra 1 

 Honors English 9 {1 credit} 

 ~ Composition 1 online with Veritas Press 

~ Rod & Staff Grammar, 9/10, Book 1 

~ Rod & Staff Spelling 8 

Honors Science {1 credit} 

 ~ Apologia Biology online with Veritas Press 

 Honors Literature {1 credit} 

 ~ Veritas Press Omni I Secondary online with Veritas Press, Ancient World Lit

 She will read: 

• Omnibus I Text 

 • Chosen by God 

• Till We Have Faces 

• The Magician's Nephew 

• The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 

• The Horse and His Boy 

• Prince Caspian 

• The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

 • The Silver Chair 

• The Last Battle 

• The Best Things in Life 

• The Unaborted Socrates 

• The Eagle of the Ninth 

• The Screwtape Letters 

• The Holiness of God 

 Honors History {1 credit} 

 ~ Tapestry of Grace, Year 1(Rhetoric level) – Ancient World History 

 Foreign Language {1 credit} 

 ~ Latin II online with Veritas Press 


 ~ Apologia Health {1 credit} 

~ Art @ co-op {1/2 credit ?} 

~ Drama @ co-op {1/2 credit ?} 

 PE {1 credit} 

 ~ Level 9 Gymnastics, 28 hours a week 


 ~ SAT/ACT Prep (30 minutes/day)

 Total yearly credits: 10 credits 

 Montana will officially be a high school senior in August! Remember how I said time flies once they hit high school? She will continue to take dual enrollment courses to finish out her high school years. This year she will take four courses that will count for 5 dual enrollments. She is still undecided on what she wants to study at university in the fall of 2025, but these courses will give her a jump start on her general educational requirements. Montana is going to take the ACT one more time over the summer to try and raise her score a little more. She is on the bubble to going up one full point, which translates more merit money or full ride depending on which university she attends. 

 Montana's Plan of Study looks like this for 2024-2025: 

 Bible {1 credit} 

 ~ Sonlight Bible 510 Worldview Studies 

 Math {1 credit} 

 ~ Calculus 1: Early Transcendental Functions online with Veritas Press (DE x 2) 

 Honors Science {1 credit} 

 ~ Apologia Physics 1 online with Veritas Press 

 Honors English 4 {1 credit} (DE) 

 ~ Modern, US and British Literature II online with Veritas Press 

 She will read: 

• Omnibus VI Textbook 

• On Christian Doctrine 

• Out of the Silent Planet 

• Perelandra 

• Hamlet 

• Common Sense 

• John Adams 

• Red Badge of Courage 

• Self Reliance and Other Essays 

• Walden and Civil Disobedience 

• Leaves of Grass 

• Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 

• The Picture of Dorian Gray

• Interpretation of Dreams 

• The Guns of August 

• That Hideous Strength 

• Heart of Darkness 

• The Jungle 

• 50 Great Short Stories 

• Collected Poems of T.S. Elliott 

 Honors History {1 credit} 

 ~ Sonlight Core 500 World History 

 Honors Foreign Language {1 credit} (DE)

 ~ Spanish 4 online with Veritas Press 

 PE {1 credit} 

 ~ home workouts 


~ Psychology {1 credit} online with Veritas Press (DE) 


 ~ Mother’s Helper 1/day a week for 4 hours 

 Total yearly credits: 8.0 credits for High School / 15 credits for College 

 That’s it in a nutshell! Thanks for reading this far. If we happen to change anything over the course of the year I will update this post. 

 Until next time friends, have a blessed day!