In Our Classroom: High School Edition (October 2014)

In Our Classroom In Our Classroom: Weekly updates on what days in our kindergarten, elementary, junior high, and high school homeschool classroom look like.

It’s two months in, and we’re settling into a routine.

Well, except that we chucked the routine this week. I didn’t schedule anything new, and let the older kids have a “catch up” week to tie up loose ends and get a little ahead of schedule, while the little ones basically got a week off. Kaitlyn missed about a day and a half last week with preparation for her ballet company’s fall performance, so this gave her a chance to finish a few assignments and take a breather. I’ve focused on some cleaning and decluttering projects, and the lighter school schedule has allowed the kids to help me out with those too.

A rare photo of us both after her ballet company's "Fall for Dance" performance.

A rare photo of us both after her ballet company’s “Fall for Dance” performance.

Here’s what the last few weeks have looked like in our high school classroom:

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In Our Classroom: High School Edition (September 2014)

In Our Classroom High School Edition 2014

It’s hard to believe we already have four weeks of school under our belt!

Kaitlyn is finding her eleventh grade courses challenging, but interesting for the most part. Drama club and regular dance classes began this week, so she’s getting into the rhythm, finding a routine that allows her to use her time wisely and keep up with all of her responsibilities.

Here’s what she’s been up to for the last few weeks:

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In Our Classroom: High School Edition (2014/2015 School Year)

In Our Classroom High School Edition 2014

On Monday we begin our official “school year”.

Kaitlyn* (16) is entering 11th grade. Where has the time gone?!?! She has a full year planned. She’ll once again be participating in drama one day a week. She’ll have regular dance classes (ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, and tap) four days a week, will be a teaching assistant/instructor for four other classes, and will have ballet company rehearsals most Fridays and Saturdays.

With such a full extracurricular schedule, my motto for her academic work this year is “keep it simple”! Of course, simple doesn’t mean not academically rigorous! As she heads into her final two years of high school, I’m going to have high expectations for her!

Here’s what I have planned for this fall:

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Shakespeare Comedies and Sonnets: A Literature Course

Shakespeare Comedies and Sonnets

Literature has always been an integral part of our homeschool.

Since the very beginning, we’ve used literature rich curriculum across all subjects. If you’re a regular Home With Purpose reader, you may remember that when my oldest started high school, we realized that we needed to simplify her studies a bit. Between all the extracurricular activities she was doing and the demands of high school level science, math, and other needed subjects, she needed a lighter reading load. It was just too much, even for a bookworm like her. We moved from the extremely literature heavy history program we’d used for years to Notgrass.

This has been a great fit for her, and I’ve simply supplemented the literature that it includes with my own selections. It’s been nice to take a breather and add in some of the books we’d never gotten around to reading due to the intense reading schedule she always had – things like the Anne of Green Gables series and other titles I’ve always loved and wanted to share with her.

This year, she’ll be studying world history, and I wanted to add in literature that she hasn’t had much in-depth exposure to in the past. I’ve put together a unit on ancient literature for the fall, and in the spring, we’ll be using Lightning Literature and Composition: Shakespeare Comedies and Sonnets from Hewitt Homeschooling. [Read more…]

In Our Classroom: High School Edition (June 2014)

In Our Classroom High School

It’s June, and summer is officially here!

The Dancer (15) is switching to a lighter academic schedule through the summer months, and summer dance classes will start next week. Both will be less demanding and give her more free time than she generally has during the school year, but will be enough to maintain her progress! We’ll be focusing more on life skills while her schedule allows, before the craziness of fall sets in.

Here’s a quick look at what’s been happening and will be happening in our high school classroom: [Read more…]

In Our Classroom: High School Edition (May 2014)

In Our Classroom High School

It’s May, and for many, the school year is winding down.

We continue working through most of the summer, though with a lighter schedule. The Dancer (15) has plenty to keep her busy through the summer months. Now that her ballet season is over, her days aren’t quite as hectic and she actually has more time to focus on academics and still have more free time than she does during most of the traditional school year!

We attended the year end ballet company banquet, and the Dancer received the prestigious Grand Jeté award, given to one dancer each year, for her exemplary conduct, hard work, and dedication to the company. 🙂

Grand Jete

Here’s a quick look at what’s been happening in our high school classroom over the last several weeks: [Read more…]