11th Grade Curriculum

10 years of homeschooling has passed us by – my daughter is about to start her 11th year homeschooling. This is her first year in Senior High School and we have decided to keep homeschooling under Homeschool Global using the WCFS (Wellspring Christian Family School) US accreditation track. We are quite excited as to what the Lord will bring this year.

Here are the materials we plan to use:

Bible: Bible Truths E from BJU Perss
English Literature: American Literature from BJU Press, Biographies and other novels as recommended by Sonlight
Vocabulary: Vocabulary from Classical Roots D
English Grammar: AOP Lifepac English 11
Science: Apologia Marine Biology
Social Studies: History of US Series
Math: Teaching Textbooks Algebra 2
Electives: Consumer Math
Electives: Apologia General Science
Electives: French through Rosetta Stone
Arts: Art Workshop which includes architecture drawing, realistic drawings
Music: Classical Piano training
Physical Education: Looking for possible materials to use

Aside from all these academic and workshops, I pray that my daughter will be able to learn a bit more about arts since this is what she wants to take up in college.

 

8th Grade Curriculum List for School Year 2017-2018

The new school year 2017 – 2018 has started for us!

My 8th grader is using the following curriculum this school year:

History : Mystery of History Volume 4
Aralin Panlipunan – World History New Perspectives
Bible: Apologia Who is God, Apologia Who Am I and Wise Up: Wisdom in Proverbs
Literature: Bob Jones Excursions in Literature
Science: Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science, Exploring Creation with Biology
Filipino: Florante at Laura
English Grammar: Voyages in English
Math: Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1
Writing: Writing with Skill 2

Additional :

Vocabulary from Classical Roots A
The Thinking Toolbox
Changes
Relationships
Reading books from Sonlight list
7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens


Review of 7th Grade Curriculum

By the grace of God, we’ve finished our 7th year of homeschooling.  I shared the different curriculum we’ve used for the school year 2016-2017. Here’s a rundown of how it went for our 7th Grade Curriculum:

  • Teaching Textbooks Math 7 – was the biggest discovery of our school year. My daughter who previously couldn’t work on Math by herself and least loved Math is now able to do Math independently and nows understands the concepts better. I see her looking forward to doing her Math lessons now. It probably has to do with the fact that she is a very visual learner and Singapore Math just wasn’t the curriculum that fit her learning style.
  • Voyages in English 7 – She continued working on Voyages in English specifically the grammar part. She continually enjoys the sentence diagramming part and is challenged by the grammar lessons she goes through. We don’t do the Writing part of Voyages as she uses another program for that.
  • Writing with Skill 1 – She completed her lessons in Writing with Skill 1 and finds it challenging. I see a tremendous improvement in the way she writes and I like how Writing with Skill is very organized in the way it teaches outlining and other components of writing.
  • Bob Jones Explorations in Literature – This is our first year to use Bob Jones Literature and I can honestly say that it is a very rich curriculum. We weren’t able to finish reading all stories and discussing everything. I find the Teacher’s Guide complete and sometimes overwhelming.  The literary pieces were interesting and covers a variety of  literary forms.
  • Mystery of History volume 3 –  This is the subject that we do multi-level. I read aloud to them and we discuss the stories together. Each child does their own notebook and try to do activities together to enrich learning.
  • Apologia Young Explorer’s Chemistry and Physics – We’ve finished all the Young Explorer books and this is the last in the series. My daughter learned so much about how things work and made fun notes for every topic. She isn’t a very “Science” person so I am thankful that Apologia Young Explorer series was a good fit for her.
  • Bible Study Guide for All Ages Unit 4 – After 4-5 years of using Bible Study Guide for All Ages, we’ve finished going through all the units. This is also a subject that we do multi-level and this curriculum helped us walk through the entire Bible in chunks that was just appropriate for the ages of my kids. We read through the whole Bible together and discussed the different lessons we learn from every story. There were coloring activities, mapping activities and a timeline of the events in the Bible.
  • Rex Publishing’s Asian History for Social Studies – We only used this textbook as a spine. My daughter read the historical portions but for majority of the lessons, I asked her to use the book as a guide upon which topics to research on. She was able to learn about the different countries in Asia and know more about historical details of the Asian countries.
  • Jo-es Publishing’s Parola for Filipino – This is an easy reading textbook and also has up to date contents about the present condition of our country. It also has Ibong Adarna at the last quarter. We are used to Jo-es Publishing’s Binhi for Elementary students so Parola was a good fit for us.
  • Middlebury Middleschool German – Even after our review of Middlebury Middleschool German, my daughter continued on learning German and is almost finished with the full year course of German 1. She is enjoying and actually learning German!
  • Calligraphy practice set for Arts – She didn’t finish the brush calligraphy worksheets that I bought for her, but she attended a workshop instead.  She also watched several videos from SkillShare for arts. She also attended a painting workshop over the summer and joined the exhibit.
  • Daily exercises for PE – She jogs at least 3x a week.
  • Music – plays the keyboard and learns new songs.
  • TLE – she sew clothes and worked on some crochet projects

School Year 2016-2017 Curriculum List

School Year 2016-2017 has started for us. We’ve started with our lessons two weeks ago even though we aren’t enrolled with Homeschool Global (formerly The Master’s Academy) yet. I have a 7th grader and a 4th grader this year.

Our 7th Grade Curriculum List

  • Teaching Textbooks Math 7
  • Voyages in English 7
  • Writing with Skill 1
  • Bob Jones Explorations in Literature
  • Mystery of History volume 3
  • Apologia Young Explorer’s Chemistry and Physics
  • Bible Study Guide for All Ages Unit 4
  • Rex Publishing’s Asian History for Social Studies
  • Jo-es Publishing’s Parola for Filipino
  • Middlebury Middleschool German
  • Calligraphy practice set
  • Daily exercises for PE

Our 4th Grade Curriculum List

  • My Pals are Here 4
  • Voyages in English 4
  • Writing with Ease 3
  • Mystery of History volume 3
  • Apologia Young Explorer’s Human Anatomy
  • Bible Study Guide for All Ages Unit 4
  • Kayamanan 4 for Social Studies
  • Binhi 4 for Filipino
  • Easy Mandarin Chinese
  • Cursive Handwriting
  • Football for PE

On top of these, I let them read Sonlight recommended readers and we still do our daily read-aloud. We incorporate chores as part of our life skill practice and hopefully, we will be able to afford the extra classes so they can enroll in art and music classes. Also, hoping to let my daughter attend sewing or knitting classes as well.

Learning Plus Bookstore

As a homeschooling family, we are always looking for good curriculum, hands-on manipulatives, books, educational videos, games and learning materials we can use for our family. Through the past 5 years, I often had had to order materials from the States. Thankfully, there have been initiatives to provide good materials to homeschooling families here in the Philippines.  Last year, an online store, Home School Solutions, has opened and delivers their products anywhere in the Philippines.

This year, the first retail concept store created by homeschoolers for homescoolers finally opened! With the aim of helping families raise lifetime learners by providing products with educational value and providing families with relevant tools, Learning Plus has a variety of local and imported materials.
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To see the list of materials available, check out their online store www.home-schooling-solutions.com Though I hope that they will carry more items in the future.

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Being able to browse through the materials physically before purchasing them is a lot of help to moms who wants to choose the best curriculum for their children.

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Learning Plus is located at G/F Fun Ranch, Tiendesitas in Pasig City. It is open to everyone, not just homeschooling families! They are open Tuesday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.