Carter's Backpack

After a month trying out ninth grade at the local public high school, Carter is very happy to be back in our home school. On this page, we have listed the things that are in Carter's backpack. 

The Essentials: These are the basics that make up Carter's curriculum:

Math: Saxon Algebra II
English: This year we are returning to some tried and true methods for our homeschool--we will be doing grammar, root based vocabulary, and memory time together. For grammar I will use several sources, including Rod and Staff's handbook and Michael Clay Thompson's grammar. Group vocabulary study is also done with several sources, the primary one being English from the Roots Up. Each student also works through their grade's Wordly Wise. For memory work, we will be pulling quotes from our reading, as outlined in this post.
History: Tapestry of Grace Year 2: Between Ancient and Modern--We decided to bite the financial bullet this year and finally try Tapestry of Grace. They use the standard classical progression of a four year history cycle repeated three times (although they actually have pre-school curriculum included in the guides as well, which is nice for the littles who want to do what the big kids are doing). I am looking forward to seeing how it plays out this year.
Philosophy: Tapestry of Grace Year 2: Between Ancient and Modern (1 semester of credit)
Drama: Young Minds on Fire's script write and production of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express (1 semester of credit)
Literature: Tapestry of Grace Year 2: Between Ancient and Modern
Geography: Tapestry of Grace Year 2
Science: Conceptual Physics--both boys will work at home and then meet up with other homeschoolers for lab sessions taught by another homeschool mom.
Arabic: Rosetta Stone Homeschool and Living Language Platinum
Life Skills: Basic Web Design (online through Accelerate Education--1 semester of credit)
P.E.: rock climbing team, gym workouts (1 semester of credit)

Outside of our home: Carter is also taking two other classes:

Seminary: New Testament (through our church)
NJROTC: Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (through the local high school)

Friday Co-op: On Fridays, we attend a large homeschool co-op. Each student takes four classes. Carter will only take two for this session, as he has decided to join our umbrella organization's Academic Decathlon team whose practices overlap co-op: Finance and Survival

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