We are in full swing of the homeschool year here. With a 13 year old boy this is proving to be quite a challenge.Perhaps it is because he is the youngest that he is also more difficult at this age than I recall any of the others being.
We are again using an eclectic mixture of curricula. We are finishing up Connecting With History volume 2 and will soon begin volume 3. For Science we have Holt Earth Science. DS has begun Algebra this year with Systematic Mathematics Introducing Algebra. We are using the eighth grade Seton readers and Adventures in American Literature from Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich. This last is an older literature book and contains some great stories. I really prefer using the older books for literature because they contain actual literature. So many of the newer books contain drivel.
Our history program also contains great literature. Our homeschool adventure is heavy on reading. Historical fiction takes us back in time to the periods we are studying and helps to put the way of life into perspective. I know DS is looking forward to getting into the medieval literature all about knights and squires. The very subjects his sister abhorred are a great draw on his interest.
Please help me to be the mother and teacher you desire me to be. May I seek Your guidance in all I do and may I see Your face in my children.
I use notebooking pages to make creative writing papers, study just about anything, and to make notebooks for the subjects we are studying. There are loads of freebies on the pages, and they have a sale and a great giveaway going on right now.
My children are now mostly grown, and my youngest is a high school student studying to be an electrician in the public high school's vocational program. If I could have homeschooled this, I would have, but I could not give him a vocational program at home. I will continue to share what I know and what we have successfully used to get to this point.
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