10th Grade Eclectic Homeschool Curriculum

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I can hardly believe my last little homeschooler is in tenth grade now!!

What’s even more unbelievable that is that this 2017-18 school year marks our 33rd year of homeschooling!

It’s crazy to think about it, but next year could be my very last year of homeschooling!

10th grade homeschool curriculum

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In NYS where we live, public schools don’t issue homeschoolers highschool diplomas.

Most of my children have graduated by {{{GASP!!}}} getting their GED’s.

Although three of them did opt to go to school for their senior year and earned a “real” diploma!!

I know many homeschoolers believe that a GED will hinder their child’s attempts to get into a good college

But let me assure you that the “stigma” of having a GED did not prevent any of my children from getting into college.

In fact,  my six oldest have all graduated from college with various degrees and honors and a few of them even graduated Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude!

My seventh is currently in her senior year of college and it looks like she will be graduating Summa Cum Laude also!

Though it may seem as if I’ve gotten off track to brag just a little, I actually said all that to say this…

Next year, when Jeremiah turns 17 he will be able to take the TASC high school equivalency test!

NYS doesn’t offer the GED anymore.

If he passes, he will graduate from high school and my days of being a homeschooling mom will officially come to an end!!

I have mixed feelings about that!

On the one hand, it will be awesome not to have to deal with all the curriculum planning and annoying homeschooling accountability paperwork I’ve had to fill out for that past 33 years!

It will also be awesome to have more time to pursue my own interests!

However, on the other hand, “homeschooling mom” has been my one half of main identity for a very long time.

(The other half is being a special needs mom!)

I’m going to need to figure out a new “half”  identity!!

Anyway… I’ll still be planning curriculum for the next couple of years!

The following is what I’ve chosen for Jeremiah to do for his tenth grade year!!

Bible: God’s Redeemed Family: The Church: By Rod and Staff a Mennonite publishing company. Gives a very thorough teaching of Romans to Revelation. We are learning how Christians are to serve God and others. I love Rod and Staff books, although I don’t agree with everything in the Mennonite doctrine.

I have also been enjoying using The Book of Common Prayer during our school prayer time and in my own personal devotions!

TASC  Test Assessing Secondary Completion (McGraw Hill-Education): Basically, everything you need to know to pass this high school equivalency test.

Language Arts: Analysis of Effective Communication (Christian Liberty Press): This book teaches the process of writing. I believe it’s very important for my kids know how to write effective essays and thesis papers, especially if they are planning to go to college. Not only that, but I also read that a number one complaint of employers is that applicants can’t write.

Literature: Lord of the Flies by William Golding, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. We are also finding SparkNotes online very helpful in helping us understand the message of each book more clearly. I also really like the chapter by chapter quizzes available for each each book!

Math: Painless Geometry:  (Barron’s Educational Series):  This is pretty much high school Geometry in a nutshell. It covers: terms; postulates; theorems; proofs; angles; lines; triangles; quadrilaterals; circles; perimeter, area, and volume; and graphing. I like that it isn’t loaded with a lot of unnecessary and repetitious problems to solve.  I assign him additional problems from the TASC book if he needs it! Includes Quizzes and answer keys.

Social Studies: Painless American Government (Barron’s Educational Series): Another “in a nutshell” book covering everything you need to know about high school American Government! It covers: What is government?; Our constitutional foundation; Civil liberties and civil rights; The three branches of government; Elections and political parties; Shaping public policy; and What you can do! Includes quizzes and answer keys!

Current Events: CNN 10  A 10-minute digital news show that explains global news to a global audience.

Science: Painless Chemistry (Barron’s Educational Series): This book covers: matter; periodic table; gas laws; mixtures; molecules and compounds; chemical reactions; acids, bases and salts; nuclear reactions; and environmental chemistry. The only thing lacking in this book are labs. We are utilizing Easy Peasy Chemistry for labs!

Health: We are using various online resources for studying: heroin and opioid addiction (sparked by my worry of becoming addicted to hydrocodone when I broke my shoulder);  emotional well being and mental health strategies; personal care habits; and gender identity and sexual orientation terminology.

Music: Music theory online at earmaster.com


And that about wraps it up!!

Are you homeschooling a high schooler this year?

If so, I’d love to know what you have included in his or her curriculum!

I’m sharing at: The Mommy Monday Blog Hop
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