Time to get it together

Well, it’s time. It’s time that I just get these lesson plans together and get started.  Okay, so it’s really, really past time.  Unfortunately, it’s going to take time, so our start date for school will be, ummm, after Labor Day. Yeah. Of course, the 13th is after Labor Day, right?  The nice ladies at Mater et Magistra magazine laid a little guilt on me (unbeknownst to them and therefore unintended, of course! LOL)  They sent an email that started off like this:

Dear Readers,
I hope your preparations for the new school year are completed and you are enjoying a great beginning to your new school year.

Yeah… not so much here.  So it’s definitely time!  (by the way, if you haven’t yet, check out their magazine!)

Here’s a basic outline for the kids, using MODG’s recommendations as a starting point, as we have for many, many years:

TheMadHatter, 9th Grade:

Religion: Introduction To Catholicism: A Complete Course (and I have the Introduction to Catholicism Teacher’s Edition (Didache Series) to go with it and the workbook as well.) I LOVE these books. None of us loved the Fr. Laux series when we used them, as recommended by MODG (at the time, at least ~our syllabi are on the older side.) We did it, but didn’t love it.

Although this will cross over to other classes (as you can tell by the subtitle!), we’ll be using Memorize the Faith! (and Most Anything Else): Using the Methods of the Great Catholic Medieval Memory Masters to not only memorize the faith, but to learn the principals of memorization and apply them to other things.

Math: Teaching Textbooks Algebra 2. She did Saxon Algebra 1 last year. TheQueenofHearts used the Teaching Textbooks Alg. 2 and loved it. TheMadHatter is looking forward to this new book. That’s saying something!

Grammar: Warriner’s English Grammar & Composition: Third Course Grade Nine. This is a thorough textbook. Again, we don’t love it, but we can’t argue that it isn’t effective, so we’ll use it again.

History: She’s studying American History this year. We will be using Christ and the Americas as a “spine” and doing lapbooks. We’ll also supplement with some documentary videos on various events, like the Civil War. (see also Literature) (I’ve also heard from someone that there will be some sort of a Civil War trip for families coordinated and (taught) by one of the homeschool dads… possibilities! He loves, loves, loves history, and especially Civil War history ~ I think! ~ so he’s perfect for this!)

Science: Biology. We decided to enroll her in CatholicScience.com’s online biology course. It’s a little pricey, but it looks like exactly what we’re looking for. Check it out!

Latin: We’ll be doing a review of very basic Latin. It will be “Introductory Latin” on her transcripts.

Literature: She’ll be reading, analyzing and writing about books from or about the period of history she is studying at a given time. Here are the books we are planning on using this year (these are subject to change!):

Columbus & Cortez, Conquerors for Christ
The Witch of Blackbird Pond (Yearling Newbery)

Johnny Tremain
Miracle At Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention May – September 1787

1780 – 1860
The Red Badge of Courage
Across Five Aprils
Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Oxford World’s Classics)
The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War

1870 – 1900
Booker T. Washington: Up From Slavery
From Slave to Priest: The Inspirational Story of Fr. Augustine Tolton

1900 – 1950
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
The Shadow of His Wings: The True Story of Fr. Gereon Goldmann, OFM

Arts:  Vocal lessons (if we can find a good instructor), theater (if she gets cast), and possibly dance.


Religion:  Faith and Life, 7th Grade

Math:  Teaching Textbooks, 7th grade. This is the coolest.  It auto-grades!

Grammar:  Continue to use Lingua Mater

Poetry:  Shakespeare!

Henry V (No Fear Shakespeare)
The Tempest (No Fear Shakespeare)
Julius Caesar (No Fear Shakespeare)

I love these “No Fear Shakespeare” books.  On one page is the original Shakespearean English, on the adjoining page is a more modern translation so the kids understand what they’re reading.  I was first exposed to them when the kids did Midsummer Night’s Dream.

History:  Ancient Greece and Rome.  We’ll be using lapbooks and using/reading the following:
(*=definitely, #=possibly)

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths (D’Aulaire)*
The Children’s Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy (P. Colum)*
Archimedes and the Door of Science (Living History Library) (J. Bendick)*
A Triumph for Flavius (C.D. Snedeker)#
The Romans (pub. Usborne)*
City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction (D. Macauley)*
Augustus Caesar’s World (G. Foster)*
The Silver Branch (R. Sutcliff)*
The Eagle of the Ninth
Detectives in Togas (H. Winterfield)#
The Ides of April (Ray, Mary, Roman Empire Sequence.)#
Plutarch’s Lives (ed. J.S. White)*
The Lantern BearersTheras and His Town (C Snedeker)#
Tanglewood Tales, Illustrated Edition (Yesterday’s Classics) (N. Hawthorne)#

Science: Apologia’s General Science with Lapbook

Arts:  Vocal lessons (if we can find a good instructor), theater (if she gets cast), and possibly dance.


I’m going to give a shot at teaching him to read with no expectations.  He’s 4 ½, so it doesn’t matter.  We’ll also do some basic math skills work and lots of fun kinder type crafty learning activities.

So, you see?  I have a plan.  I just need to get it all down!


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Catholic, Middle-Aged, Knitting-Addicted, Wife, Homeschooler, Mom of 6, Mom-in-Law to 1, Mother of 11 little saints, Grandma to 1, Godmother to 12, Foster Mom to 5, Army mom, Happily living in Texas!
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6 Responses to Time to get it together

  1. MimiDenise says:

    Believe it or not! Reading your list makes me almost miss homeschooling. The book lists look great- they are going to have a wonderful year! I will be happy to help if you need me. (like I keep telling hubby- “I have SOME skills”) lololol

  2. MamaMidwife says:

    Wow! What a great homeschool plan! You are more ambitious than I. But then again, you’ve got a few more years under your belt and you’ve done this before. 🙂 I always feel like I am starting from scratch every year b/c my oldest is the only one I homeschool (for now) and each year is a new “grade” I’ve never conquered before.

    I am looking forward to doing a little bit of school this year with my 4 yr old. Very, very basic stuff, like letter and number recognition, coloring in the lines (ha!), maybe some basic handwriting (like just holding the pen/pencil correctly). Next year will be tons of fun with her!! I can’t wait to teach her to read. And I really can’t wait to homeschool a GIRL. 🙂

    Good luck with your big girls and little boy. I am sure your “school” will be great this year (Wish I could come! Sounds like lots of fun!).

    • We are starting our 18th year. (or is it 19th? I think 18th…) We’ve done every grade at least 3 times and as many as 5 times!

      My kids are also older, (well, not TheBoy and you saw what his “plan” looks like!) so they need to have a more “ambitious” plan. We’re working toward graduation requirements, you know. 😀
      I am fortunate to know what approach works and have pretty clear direction from year to year. Sure, sometimes we try something new (the new math, for example) but our years look pretty much the same and I am comfortable with it. It gets easier. 🙂

  3. Dawn Farias says:

    Looks like a good plan!

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