In Our Classroom: High School Edition (January 2014)

In Our Classroom High School

Now that the new year is here, we’re working on getting back into the routine with schoolwork.

My updates on what’s going on in our classroom have been pretty sporadic recently, so I’m going to try something new! Instead of trying to report what everyone is doing every week, I’ll spend one week a month on each child, updating on what they’ve been doing for the past month.

I’ll start this week with the Dancer, who’s in 10th grade. We’re getting back on track with the regular routine and plan to add a few new things too.

Here’s what’s happening in high school at our house:


History: We’re still very pleased with our switch to Notgrass History’s Exploring America this year! The Dancer really, really likes the format of the history lessons and enjoys the readings and assignments. The one thing she does miss about Sonlight is the literature. So far, she hasn’t been as fond of the Notgrass selections. You can read more about why we decided to switch here. We’re also excited that Part 2 of Dave Raymond’s American History is finally available and will be adding that in in the next week or two. Both the Dancer and Karate Kid (7th grade) really enjoyed Part 1 last fall. (You can read my review of that here.)

Literature: I decide to let her ditch the Notgrass literature this month and join me to read the Anne of Green Gables series for Reading to Know’s L.M. Montgomery challenge. I had planned to reread the Emily of New Moon trilogy, but somehow I’ve let my daughter get to the age of fifteen without ever reading my beloved Anne, and I wanted to read with her. I need to get a move on – I’ve barely started and she’s already on the second book! 😉

Writing: She’s still working through Writing Fiction in High School. More on that next month.

Math: We’re sticking with Teaching Textbooks. She likes that she can do it completely on the computer and get immediate feedback. I like that I don’t have to mess with it!

Science: I really waffled back and forth at the beginning of the year about what to have her do for science this year. I finally made up my mind and had her start Apologia Biology in November. Surprisingly, my child-who-hates-science is really enjoying Apologia so far! We’re not stressing over doing every single lab, but we’re doing what we can with them. So far so good!

Bible Study, Life Skills, & Electives

This is the area where I really want to focus for the rest of the school year. Academics are important, but as we get down to the last couple of years of the Dancer’s schooling, I want to be sure she’s prepared for life after high school!

Spanish: She’s still working her way through Rosetta Stone Spanish, which we’ll continue.

Bible Study: I’m in the process of selecting a Bible study for us to do together as a mother/daughter study. I’m considering going back through a Doorposts study called Beauty and the Pig that we did when she was younger again, or going through Becoming God’s True Woman…While I Still Have a Curfew. I also want her to start working her way through Bible Study: A Student’s Guide.

Life Skills: I’d like to get back to our Real Food for the Next Generation, teaching all the kids about healthy eating principles. I’d also like to involve the Dancer in my meal planning more than I have in the past, and even make her responsible for a meal a week. Her dance schedule makes this difficult, since she’s gone 5 or 6 nights a week, but we’ll see what I can come up with. I’ll definitely share more about what we do in this area! Another thing I’d like to do is find a good money management course for her. I know Dave Ramsey has one for teens. I’d love to hear from anyone who’s used it, or suggestions for others you’ve enjoyed.

Driver’s Ed: She’s still working her way through an online driver’s education course that meets our state’s requirements. Thankfully, her dad is responsible for teaching her the actual “behind the wheel” portion! 😉

Since we’re just getting back into it, there’s not much progress to report yet, but those are our plans for the rest of the school year! I’ll report back next month on what she’s been doing.

Next week I’ll give a brief rundown on what we’re doing for 7th grade with Karate Kid.

What’s going on in your classroom?

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  1. We are doing some similar things this year! My dd is using Notgrass Exploring World History as part of her MFW so we are not using their lit either since it is scheduled in MFW. Also using Apologia Biology this year which I was skeptical about (since we did not love their Phys Sci last year) but it is going really well! We do the labs with a coop every other week or so. Just signed her up for Drivers Ed. We’re using the program MFW recommends so we will see how it goes! Can’t believe she will be 16 this spring!

    • Too funny that we’re doing such similar things with our girls this year! Great minds think alike. 😉 I know…I can’t believe they’ll both be 16 soon! Wasn’t it just last year that they were in preschool?! 🙂

  2. So loved Anne of Green Gables as a girl – I have all the chronicles on my Kindle waiting for me to revisit and enjoy again. I hope you enjoy sharing it with your kids.
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  3. Thanks for linking up with the Hearts for Home Blog Hop. I’m just stopping by to let you know that I chose your post as one of my favorites, and I’m featuring it this week. Stop by and grab an “I was featured” button if you’d like!
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