School Curriculum Choices for 2011-2012


This year I will have an 11th grader and a 7th grader.  We’re right on track with the 11th grader’s curriculum and I hope to stay that way so that there are no surprises closer to graduation.  We are not yet at the point where we have to be specific with the 7th grader’s curriculum so I can list “science” and “math” instead of specific choices like algebra or physical science.  The high school curriculum choices on the other hand must be very specific. 

I’m just flabbergasted that I have only two students left and that they are both well on their way to graduating!  My 11th grader, Sam, is my baby boy, the third of three boys.  And my 7th grader, Lydia, is the actual baby of the family, #5.  I enjoyed last year but I am really looking forward to this year with these two maturing young people. though I want to send them all someone else to educate at least once a year, its really been an over all joy to home educate since we began in 1991.

7th Grade:

Apologia Science – General Science

English Composition and Grammar- Learning language Arts Through Literature

Math – Math-U- See Epsilon

History – Tennessee History

Art – Rod and Staff level 7


11th Grade:

Apologia Physics with Lab

Algebra 2 – Teaching Textbooks

English 3 – LLATL – Gold Book

Elective – Performing Arts – Piano, private lessons, concerts, recitals, festival competition

Health – Abeka Health In Christian Perspective   1/2 year course

Economics – Abeka Work and Prosperity  1/2 year course

Elective – Calligraphy – Medieval Calligraphy; History and Technique

7 credits total

About Sylvia

Sylvia Britton is the owner of the Christian HomeKeeper website and ministry and began the ministry in 1997 when her husband brought home their first PC. She and her husband Mark live in Tennessee and are the parents of 5 grown children and grandparents to five so far. They homeschooled their five children from 1991 to 2016. You can follow Sylvia on Facebook or consider joining her Facebook Group called Christian Homekeepers and Like her official CHK Page on Facebook.
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3 Responses to School Curriculum Choices for 2011-2012

  1. Janeen says:

    I have a daughter returning to public school that will be in seventh grade. Homeschool has been in my heart for a number of years, but I haven’t been able to put it into action as of yet. I supplement with homesteading skills, local history and the like. I love the 7th grade history curriculum you have chosen and have requested a catalog. I will be interested to see how my daughters classes compare to your list.

  2. Terri Jorgensen says:

    I loved using LLAT for the kids! They didn’t always enjoy all the book selections, but it did give them exposure to a wide genre of literature. I think the kids really benefitted from that and now are able to choose reading material of a somewhat better quality than their peers.

    Sylvia, I noticed that Sam isn’t doing a History/Govt. course…does the Economics course cover that for this year? What do you do for Science labs? We used the Bob Jones Distance Learning package for 11th grade and were able to observe the labs, but didn’t go to the expense of purchasing a microscope or the dissecting kits. There were a few labs/observations that we were able to do w/out a microscope, and that sufficed for us.

    I’m sure that your family’s historical reenactment experiences would count toward high school credit–particularly if Sam wrote a project report. We also counted the building of our chicken coop as “Construction technology,” the care of our milk goats as “Animal Husbandry,” cooking, sewing, etc. as “Home Arts,” music lessons and dance classes were electives, as well.

    Keeping track of high school units can be intimidating for home educators–thank you for addressing this! There are also several places online that offer templates for homeschool high school transcripts that some might find helpful. I really stumbled through with our first graduate, but the next two were a bit easier. All three have been accepted to Community college, though, and the eldest is in University–so I didn’t botch it up too badly 🙂

    • Sylvia says:

      Hi Terri

      In Tennessee high schoolers have to have 1 US history and 1 Social Studies which can be a World history. Sam has had both already.

      We use the labs included with Apologia Sciences and we have a microscope which we used for Sam’s biology class. Physics is really the least involved as far as lab as most of the items we need are household items.

      Its not as simple to use life-experiences in Tennessee for Homeschool Highschool credit as it may be in other states. That is why I prefer to stick with already built curriculum and use the other things we do as extras and additions to the regular curriculum.

      We use an umbrella school called Gateway Christian School for all our record keeping and ACT purposes. They keep a transcript and issue it to us and to prospective colleges as well as an official highschool diploma. Sam will be graduate #4 😀