Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Grade 9 Son's Curriculum and Class List

Older Son's Grade 9 Homeschool Plan



Algebra I

He started Algebra I in grade 8. Resume and finish the Algebra I course.

Main Text

Art of Problem Solving Introduction to Algebra by Richard Rusczyk (the first half of book is Algebra I)

Online Class:

Art of Problem Solving Algebra I (uses first half of AoPS text)

Supplemental Materials (use when needs help):

Visual Math Dictionary by Balka et al

Algebra Flippers

Key to...Algebra workbooks

Khan Academy (free) videos and online math practice (if sign in with a Google account or with a Facebook ID)

Saxon Algebra I student and teacher materials

Algebra Survival Guide by Rappaport

Algebra Survival Guide workbook for practice by Rappaport

Algebra I DVDs published by The Teaching Company / Great Courses

Teacher manual:

Art of Problem Solving Introduction to Algebra Solutions Manual

Math Supplement:

Code Breakers Level A by MindWare Publishers

Algebra II

Start and finish Algebra II.

Main text:

Art of Problem Solving Introduction to Algebra (Algebra II uses second half of text)

May take Algebra II online class with Art of Problem Solving (to be determined based on how he/we like AoPS Algebra I course)

Teacher manual:

Art of Problem Solving Introduction to Algebra Solutions Manual (see above link)


High School Biology with Lab

Main Text:

Biology by Miller and Levine; Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall

Supplemental materials for this text by same publisher designed for this course:

Reading and Study workbook A

Laboratory Manual A

CD-ROM Virtual Lab

Lab equipment from various suppliers

Teacher Manual:

Biology by Miller and Levine Teacher's Edition

Teacher's Edition for Laboratory Manual A

Goal: Use the entire text (40 chapters), one chapter a week.

Lab goal: Complete a minimum of 25 labs with write-up.

Plan: Take the SAT II standardized test for Biology in June 2012

Study Guide:

Barron's SAT Subject Test Biology Exam E/M

Supplemental Readings:

Biology including Human Body, Chemistry, and History of Science:

(in no particular order)

The Disappearing Spoon by Kean (chemistry)

Charles and Emma by Heilgman (evolution)

The Elements by Gray (book) (chemistry)

The Elements by Gray (card set) (chemistry)

Guinea Pig Scientists by Dendy and Boring (history of science)

The Story of Science (trilogy) by Joy Hakim (history of science, narrative format, chronological timeline history)

The Mystery of the Periodic Table by Wiker (chemistry)

Great Scientists by DK Eyewitness Publisher (history of science)

The Way We Work by Macaulay (human body)

Visual Dictionary of the Human Skeleton (human body)

Visual Dictionary of the Human Body (human body)

Skeleton by DK Eyewitness (human body)

Human Body by DK Eyewitnes (human body)

(no Amazon link at the time of this writing)

The History of Medicine by Tunis (history of medicine)


Writing Composition

Teacher materials to aid my teaching of parent-teacher assignments:

Institute for Excellence in Writing Teaching Writing Structure and Style DVD series

(not available on Amazon on the day of this blog post's publication)

Bravewriter techniques from The Writer's Jungle teacher sourcebook

(not available on Amazon on the day of this blog post's publication)

Student materials:

Institute for Excellence in Writing Student Writing Intensive DVD course (student watches DVD as course material)

Writing Supplemental Materials:

A Writer’s Guide to transitional words and expressions by Pellegrino

Writing assignments related to other coursework to be assigned by parent-teacher

Poetry Analysis

Teacher Materials to use in teaching:

Sound and Sense by Perrine for reference

The Discovery of Poetry by Mayes


Poetry for Young Readers, multiple books in this series, i.e. Emily Dickenson, Langston Hughes

all the small poems and fourteen more by Worth

poemcrazy by Wooldridge

Literary Analysis

Teacher Materials to use in teaching:

Story and Structure by Perrine

Teaching the Classics a Socratic Method for Literary Education DVD Course by Adam and Missy Andrews

(not available on Amazon on the day of this blog post's publication)

Reading Roadmaps a Literary Scope & Sequence for K-12 by Adam and Missy Andrews

(not available on Amazon on the day of this blog post's publication)
Course I designed: Dystopian Literature

Teacher Materials to aid in teaching:

Dystopian Literature a Theory and Research Guide by Booker

How to Read a Book by Adler

Cliff's Notes for various books we're analyzing

Student Reading List

(see link to prior blog post I published)

Grammar for review

Write Source 2000 (public school curriculum)

(not available on Amazon on the day of this blog post's publication)

Write Source 2000 Skills Book (workbook)

(not available on Amazon on the day of this blog post's publication)

Editor in Chief B1 workbook by Critical Thinking Press

Writer's Inc Student Resource book and Teacher's Edition

(not available on Amazon on the day of this blog post's publication)

English Grammar Flipper

Punctuation and Capitalization Flipper

Eats Shoots and Leaves by Truss

Homophones Resource Book by Anthony (using it as a workbook)

Grammar Supplement, other:

Punctuation the Write Stuff! by Basher (for a younger audience but it’s fun so he’s reading it)

Mad Libs for fun game playing and learning


Main curriculum:

Spelling Power curriculum working at his level

Spelling supplement:

Bananagrams game for fun game playing and learning


English From the Roots Up Volume 1 and Volume 2 (Greek and Latin Roots) memorize all

Worldly Wise 3000 Level 7 vocabulary curriculum, do workbook and memorize all words.

(not available on Amazon on the day of this blog post's publication)

Biology vocabulary terms from Biology textbook: memorize


Cursive practice using workbook Pentime 8 by Rod and Staff

U.S. History:

Chronological Study 1700 to present

Spine: A History of US by Hakim series volumes 3-10

Reading various living books ranging from adult books to middle grade readers, nonfiction (reading list TBD)

various historical fiction books

Texas history:

Visit The Alamo September 2011

The Alamo Imax movie, September 2011

More detailed plans TBD

Foreign Language:

TBD (Have been using Rosetta Stone Italian since the second half of grade eight, I but this is not working out. Have not been able to find an online course or local course to take a class. Looking for options. It seems we may have to abandon Italian and switch to a more popular language such as French or Spanish in order to access classes.)

Other Classes:

Keyboarding Skills:

Goal: Reach 40 wpm, 98% accuracy

Typing Instructor CD-ROM

Fine Art:


Physical Education:

Crew, competitive rowing team: fall, winter and spring seasons


Boy Scouts:

Started year as Star rank with 17 merit badges. Goal is to earn Life Scout rank and finish all Eagle required merit badges.

Study and Organization Skills:

Will use Study Smarter Not Harder by Paul

Memorization work aided by studystack.com free online study activities work

Tracking own work completed in Microsoft Excel


dstb said...

Hi Christine,

I was wondering if you had looked into using Live Mocha for Italian. It is a free on-line site. I have not used it, so I can't say how it is, but it's something to try.

Another idea is to check with your local library. Our library has an on-line service I can access from home called Mango. Again, I haven't done more than take a quick peek, but it might be worth taking a look before Italian gets abandoned.

BTW, when I tried to look at Live Mocha this morning, it seemed like you had to register. I was able to find an "about" page that allowed me to get more information without registering (just add /pages/about at the end of the web address).

I don't know if either of these is the answer, but they might be worth a look.


Karen said...

What a well-written and comprehensive post about Freshman curriculum! Thanks for taking the time.
We are using the exact same Biology set (I bought it used from off of Amazon.com). We love the set and are enjoying it.
Also, again, we are also fans of Joy Hakim's books. My daughter read the science books last year for science as she begged and begged me to use them for her science curriculum. I also bought one of the workbooks for the first book. I can't say that I recommend it.
Again, Thanks for the post.
I just found your blog this evening and I'm reading through some of it while I do laundry. Ye haw.

ChristineMM said...

Hi Karen, Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving comments on multiple pots. Nice to meet you!