As I begin to type, it’s hard to keep from crying. It’s been five years since we began our homeschooling journey, and I just can’t help but think back on years past. It’s been a long road with my oldest and many of you have been right there with us. There’s even a few of you out there who have probably read every post I’ve ever written about my son’s struggles, and I can’t thank you enough for your support, prayers, and words of encouragement over the years. It just makes me cry. Like a baby.
I have to tell you. If you are in the trenches with a child who’s struggling, I beg you to stay strong and keep the faith! There is redemption for your family! You will get through this. I promise!
This journey that started out as a way to to help my son has turned into something much bigger. It’s been a family affair and very hard at times, but we have made it through. We’ve grown together, loved together, and learned together.
The scared little boy I used to write about is a young man now. He’s grown, matured, and changed so much in the last year. He’s one of the coolest people I have ever met and he continues to amaze me. I just don’t worry about him anymore. I thought I would never know what that felt like. I thought I would worry forever. But, I don’t anymore. I just enjoy him! We still have battles, but I know there isn’t anything we can’t face together. God is faithful!
When I started this crazy thing called homeschooling, I told myself, “We’ll homeschool through middle school and then reconsider high school.” Now that I’m here, I can’t imagine anything other than continuing on with this amazing journey.
So? High school!
That’s crazy talk. That’s microscopes and dissecting stuff, it’s Algebra and Biology, and it’s me way outside of my comfort zone!
I truly believe that’s when God moves most. When we’re completely and utterly dependent on Him. I have a feeling He’ll be busy in our home this year, because there is no earthly way I could do it without Him!
Since I’m super busy preparing for the upcoming school year, I’m writing about it. Planning is my middle name right now. Endulge me.
Here’s a peak at our 9th grade homeschool curriculum! I’m teaching high school, ya’ll. Please, send wine.
Math-U-See Algebra 1
Math-U-See has been a lifesaver for us! When we began homeschooling I quickly became aware of how much my son struggled with math. Math is actually his strongest subject when it comes to ability, but he often hits a road block. This is the one subject where some of his quirks come out full force. It can be a challenge, but the multi-sensory approach of Math-U-See works for him and we love it.
World History and Geography
Mystery of History-Volume 1
Around the World in 180 Days
This is the first year I will be combining the boys’ curriculum. We will be studying World History and Geography as a family and I’m super excited about it! I won’t lie. I’m nervous too, but mostly excited. I wrote more about these choices in my post about our 3rd grade homeschool curriculum picks, so be sure to click over and check out a more detailed explanation. Basically, multi-level teaching is a homeschooling perk I want to take advantage of! The boys will learn the same material but their individual assignments and activities will be grade level appropriate.
Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology
Did someone say dissection? That’s going to make one heck of a vlog! Oh. My. Goodness. What am I getting myself into?
Grammar and Writing
Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 9-Easy Grammar has a no frills, comprehensive approach to grammar and mechanics. This particular book is filled with 180 lessons. (one short grammar lesson each day). I’m still undecided on a specific writing program. We’ve used Write Shop Junior for my youngest in the past and I’m leaning toward Write Shop 1 this year for my oldest.
Spelling and Vocabulary
I’ll be pulling lists from the literature we study. I’m also planning to teach the Greek and Latin roots and word lists found in Natural Speller by Kathryn Stout.
First up: The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. What could be a better way to learn about history and life than through living books? We’re closing those history textbooks and opening up a whole new world through literature studies. Some of the books that my oldest will read will make great read alouds for my youngest. I really want to read Oliver Twist with both of them! I think that one’s next on the list.
Say a prayer for me! It’s going to be a busy year!
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