Well, here it is – my final post dedicated to presenting next year’s homeschool curriculum.
As with our chosen curriculum for the littles and middles, my teenagers’ (who will be in grades 9 and 11) learning remains as relaxed as possible, which I know really goes against the grain when it comes to most homeschooled high schoolers.
The thing is, last year I graduated my first homeschooler, and that experience really helped me to realize that I’m far more interested in preparing my kids to become adults than I am in stuffing them with trivial facts and dates. So if you’re looking for a vast array of textbook selections, you won’t find that here. 😉
Rather than delving too deeply into how I reached this point, I encourage you to read a post I wrote a few days ago before reading through our curriculum choices, especially if you don’t understand how a child can be homeschooled throughout the high school years without the use of dozens of textbooks.
Did you read it??
Okay, then we’re set. Let’s go! (This will be a rather brief list of our chosen materials. If you’d like a more comprehensive look at our plan for next year, you’ll find that in the video below.)
Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for High School
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CTC Math – (My 9th grader)
Life of Fred Advanced Algebra – (This is what my 11th grader will tentatively be using after she completes No-Nonsense Algebra.)
DuoLingo – (I actually forgot to mention this in my video.)
Delight-Directed Learning – Both of my daughters will be researching topics of their choice and notebooking about them.
I know that a lot of parents are leery about this learning approach, but all I can say is trust your kids. Too often we adults get this notion that our children – especially teenagers – can’t or won’t make good choices about how they spend their time.
My experience with my kids has shown me that this is not the case, especially if they’ve been brought up with the mentality that their ideas matter.
One of the reasons I don’t worry about separating their subjects – even at this stage of the game – is because I have seen my kids come up with areas of interest that not only covered all subjects, but literally blew me away.
For example, this year my 16 year old chose to learn about:
- WW2 (History)
- Salem Witch Trials (History)
- Botany (Science)
- Homeopathy (Science/Health)
- Ancient Egypt/Egyptian Mythology (History/Folklore)
- Fairy Legends (Folklore)
I didn’t suggest any of these topics to her. There were all her idea. I’m going to say it again: Trust your kids.
KONOS – (Since my younger daughter enjoys hands-on learning, I’ll be tweaking these activities for high school and alternating unit studies with her delight-directed learning.)
Believe it or not, that’s it! As I always say, homeschooling doesn’t have to be stressful, and it most certainly shouldn’t be boring. Take advantage of your homeschool freedom and give your kids the education that will work best for them without worrying about whether or not your approach will meet society’s expectations.
The village isn’t raising your children. You are.