My oldest is entering 8th grade. She takes a few classes online. I love the accountability and the opportunity for dd13 to work with other teachers. It is a good system for both of us, as she's a very independent learner. This year I wanted to add in more in-person classes, since she doesn't have many academic group learning experiences in that format. Dd isn't a typical 8th grader, so this task is a bit harder than it may seem. I think I have some great opportunities lined up, though. The end result is a nice mix of work online, in-person, and at home this year.
- One Year Adventure Novel
- Compare Contrast Writing w/Mark Twain Literature (in-person)
- Creative Writing Group (in-person)
- Sonlight 100 (in-person)
This summer, she has started attending a local Creative Writing Group that has really turned into a great blessing. Each group member will read the work of the others in attendance and give constructive feedback. Dd has been looking for this sort of group for a few years and even tried to create one, but nothing panned out. This particular group is intended as an adult group -dd is the youngest by at least 20 years- but she loves it and we plan to continue during the school year. The group seems to enjoy having her there as well.
I've rounded out this area with a daily word study with A.Word.A.Day (AWAD), which is delivered daily via email as a free service.
- Apologia's Exploring Creation with Chemistry (online)
* Unfortunately, I can no longer recommend this online resource. Feel free to contact me via email (listed in my profile) if you need further explanation in order to make a decision that is right for your family.
- American History, Sonlight 100 (in-person class)
- Latin 300 (online)
- Voice lessons
- Piano lessons
- Theater production (spring)
For the last two years, our school schedule has revolved around theater productions. This fall, however, we have no theater! While the opportunities have been wonderful, theater is very time-consuming. We'll continue to do our annual spring play, which is less intense than the fall productions we've been doing.
This will be dd's fifth year of Shotokan karate. She usually has at least one tournament opportunity in the year and will probably have belt testing again before the year is over.
- First Lego League
Things that I'm either unsure about or want to do but not sure how to fit in:
- The Fallacy Detective
- Money Matters for Teens
- Various Teaching Co courses
- Verbal Advantage
- IEW Advanced Communication Series
- Public speaking and debate course
Before the week is out, I'll share the plan, so far, for my 6th grade son. In the meantime, visit Heart of the Matter to read the curriculum plans of other homeschoolers.