Curriculum Suggestions

Here are some curriculum recommendations  that provide solid academic instruction yet with reasonable (not overload) parental involvement:

MATH

Teaching Textbook Series (for Algebra I, II, and Pre-Calculus)- great CDs that “tutor” students independently

Geometry, by Harold Jacobs (prefer 2nd edition)

(Honors Algebra I and Algebra II, Paul Foerster – requires more parental involvement, but excellent real-life problems)

ENGLISH LITERATURE

NorthStar Academy or NorthStar HIS programs – Christian only-online programs with excellent high school English (each year includes a novel study, a Shakespeare study, advanced grammar, Wordly Wise 3000 vocabulary (great SAT prep), as well as short stories, essays, and other literature).  Very thought-provoking questions that integrate history and Bible with literature.  Very flexible programs; student does not need to be online at a particular time.

Progeny Press literature guides – recommend you savor them with the literature, perhaps one per semester at most.  Highly recommend for high school level:  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tale of Two Cities.

Brightest Heaven of Invention — A Christian guide to six Shakespeare Plays, by Peter Leithart

WRITING

Wordsmith series

Write to the Point, by Bill Stott (excellent tips for expository writing)

SCIENCE

Apologia series

(Roberts Wesleyan College offers Chemisty and Biology Labs for homeschoolers on alternate summers).

SOCIAL STUDIES & BIBLE

Check out Veritas Press and Sonlight for excellent biographies, history, geography, church history, etc.  Also helpful for basics of history is the LifePac workbook series (you can find one on the particular topic you need –such as U.S. history, World History, etc.–without having to stick to grade level).

Critical Thinking in U.S. History series

Assumptions that Affect Our Lives, Christian Overman

A House for My Name –  Old Testament Survey, by Peter Leithart

The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom

INFORMAL LOGIC

The Fallacy Detective, by the Bluedorns (a life-skill must read!)

DEBATE & PUBLIC SPEAKING

An Introduction to Argumentation and Debate, Christy Shipe

(Patrick Henry College offers Debate and Constitutional Law summer leadership camps.  Communicators for Christ occasionally offers local debate and public speaking workshops.  The Training Ground will no longer offer Youth Toastmasters, but you may contact a local adult Toastmasters chapter to learn of any youth programs in the area.)

SUMMER PROGRAMS

If you use an 11 or 12 month (‘year round’) quarterly reporting schedule, you can count hours in many summer educational programs, either for electives, such as photography, robotics, debate, drama, career exploration, missions, web design, or for core courses, such as phys ed, science/labs, and social studies.  Consider programs at museums (incl. Genesee Country museum as well as those in city of Rochester or travel to other states or D.C.), colleges (many Christian colleges, local and out of state, offer summer specialty programs for high schoolers), camps, theatres, churches, and community centers.