Saturday, July 30, 2011

Curriculum for 2011-2012

Not Back to School Blog Hop

I love planning each new school year. I love the smell and feel of new books, even though I buy as many as possible "gently used!"  This year's planning has been sporadic, at best.  I have had a basic idea of where we were going, but had to rely on outside sources to pull it all together.  Outside sources like Dalton State College, where Matt and Melissa will be dual-enrolling this year as seniors!

Matthew and Melissa - 12th graders... SeNiOrS

English 1101 and 1102:  These are both mandatory English classes at the college.  These courses will count as their 4th year of high school English credit as well as college credits.

Notgrass Exploring Government and Exploring Economics:  This will complete their 4 years of high school history.


Anatomy and Physiology (Hilger Higher Learning)

British Literature:  She will read 4 classical British Lit books each from a different time period utilizing the Progeny Press study guides.

College Algebra:  This is Dalton States's class.  For Melissa, this will be her 4th year of math for high school and will receive college credit, too!

Varsity Sports: Melissa continues to be a defender/goalie on the CSTHEA Varsity Soccer team. Go Patriots!


Pre-Calculus:  In the fall semester at Dalton State College, Matt will complete this and earn a 5th high school math credit along with college credit.

Physics:  In the spring semester, he will complete Physics at DSC for his 4th high school science class and college credit.

Intro to Theater:  Matt will be reading 4 theatrical plays and utilizing the Progeny Press study guides.  The first playwright he is learning about is Arthur Miller and will read Death of a Salesman.  He will also read through Theater: Brief Edition (seventh editon) to learn the history of the theater all the way through modern theater.  This will cover his 5th high school literature course or possibly an elective.  Hmmmmm, choices.

Physical Education We use the eclectic approach to PE. Matt will be logging hours as he completes numerous Boy Scout Badges, plays disc golf, and other sporting-type activites.

Michael - Sophomore:

Writing program: The Write Foundation. Last year we used TWF's Paragraph Writing and loved it.  It was comprehensive and Michael's writing improved greatly.  I am beginning the new school year by reviewing the last 2 months of teaching from Paragraph Writing.  Then we will begin the third level, Essay Writing.  The program has 30 lessons with lesson plans for either a one- or two-year format.  We will be using the 2-year format.  Go on, click on the links and find a great writing program!

World Literature. We will be reading books and completing 4 book studies using Progeny Press or Total Language Plus.  One of the studies will be the Intro to Poetry unit by Progeny Press.

Grammar:  I'm not sure how I'm going to handle grammar this year.  I don't think we will be using a separate program.

Notgrass World History This course pulls together 3 credits: 1 History, 1 English, and 1 Bible credit. I will "loosely" be following their literature course as Michael has already read some of the books they use. This English credit will include grammar and writing. He will earn a second credit for literature.

Geometry   Saxon Geometry or Teaching Textbook's Geometry Why two choices you ask? We own both of these programs.  Remember, my daughter and Saxon didn't mix well!  And the winner is....  Saxon Geometry!  

Physical Education    We use the eclectic approach to PE.  Michael will be logging hours as he completes numerous Boy Scout Badges, plays disc golf, and other sporting-type activites.

Total Health  If we have the time, I would like Michael to complete the first half of this book this year, and finish it next school year.  I have purchased the program through My Father's World along with their lesson plans.  He will also read I Kissed Dating Goodbye for this course.


Driver's Education

Link directly to your 2011-2012 Curriculum post so others can find it easily when they visit your blog.  A link back here is nice but not required. If you don't have a blog, leave a comment highlighting your curriculum. I am looking forward to seeing what everyone else is using!



  1. sounds like you have to be very organized to do home schooling!!

  2. I enjoyed reading about what your older students are going to be busy doing! :) My kids are going into K and 4th grade, so I'm very impressed by your high school and college plans.

  3. When my children are in high school, I hope I can be as organized and encouraging as you are! Blessings to you and yours this year.

  4. wow! what a great plan!!! I hopped over here from HOTM's NOT Back to School Blog Hop and it's so exciting to me to see other moms list their aspirations for their homeschool! I do hope you'll head over to see what's going on at our homeschool!
    Thank you for sharing, and have a great year!

  5. ELLEN - seniors??? faint!!! Blessings for a wonderful school year !

  6. Notgrass has great stuff. Have a good year!

  7. I have fallen in love with the Notgrass family & their curriculum. My children are elementary aged, so we are only using Learn to Draw & A Record of the Learning Lifestyle for our first year. I'd love to hear what you think of their middle & high school materials. Have a great year! (We are in the Chattanooga area too!)

  8. Two seniors! I am encouraged by what you shared about all 3 of them. This year we are trying Total Language Plus for the first time.

  9. Sounds like a great year planned!! I can't imagine mine being high school yet...but since my oldest is 12 I don't have many years to wait!
    Congrats on starting another year of HSing!

  10. It sounds like you have a great plan! My daughter loved dual high-school-college enrollment during her senior year. (We didn't know about it yet while our son was in homeschool high school). We also used a number of the Progeny Press Books and Saxon Math. And we definitely used the eclectic approach to P.E., too. Visiting from HHH. Deb @

  11. Hi! Stopping by from HHH and Not-Back-to-School. Blessings to you!

  12. Wow-seniors! I am barely in the beginning and by comparrsion you seem light years ahead of me. I am sure we will have many adventures in the next few years. What made you choose homeschooling? Did your kids ever go to school?

  13. I love reading about high school plans. My oldest graduated this past school year and I may not have anymore that homeschool all the way through high school, so I live vicarously through post like yours! I linked up my blog above, but the linky wouldn't accept my url because it was too long. My curriculum picks can be accessed from the index on the left hand side.

  14. Stopping by from HHH! Nice to see what others are doing for high school! We're start that journal AFTER this coming year!

  15. Sounds like a well planned year! Your writing program sounds interesting. I will have to check that out.

  16. Wow! Two graduating and one more close behind! You have a GREAT line up......and are an me!
    Thank you so much for posting your list!

  17. Sounds like a very full year!! I hope you have a great time. :)


  18. It was really interesting reading what older students are doing...I'm here in preschool-elementary ages.

  19. It sounds like you are preparing your kids really well for College or whatever plans they want to pursue after graduation. Hope you have a great year!

  20. Your Newest follower via GFC! Found you on a Tuesday Blog hop. I would love it if you came and checked out my blog {& giveaways while you're there!} and follow back as well!

    Cassondra / Mama's Passions

  21. Thanks for linking up with me. i also linked up with you.

    I am now following you as well. You can fins me at:


Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts with me! I look forward to getting to know you better.

If you do not wish to sign-in, please email me your comments and I will post them. Due to too many spam comments, I have chosen to close the comments to anonymous users. Thank you for understanding. ~ Ellen

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...