Sunday, July 22, 2012

School Year 2012-2013: Riley (8th grade)

These grade levels are really killing me. This is Riley's last year as a "middle schooler" and then I'll have two high schoolers. Freaky!

I have some ambitious goals for her this year. Her history, geography, and literature will be nearly identical to Austin's. I think she can handle it, but we'll have to see. She is also dancing 8 hours a week this year, and her classes will run late into the evening. I may have to pare her schedule down to accommodate that. But I won't know until we get started. This list is inspired by Ambleside Online, Year 9 Lite. (Yeah, LITE - the regular one has MORE if you can believe it! LOL

HISTORY - The Age of Revolution by Sir Winston Churchill; A History of the American People by Paul Johnson; World History: A Human Odyssey by Jackson Spielvogel; Original Documents and Speeches pertaining to this time period (and there are a BUNCH!)

GEOGRAPHY - Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose

BIOGRAPHY - Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin; Founding Father by Richard Brookhiser; John Adams by David McCullough

SCIENCE - Finish Apologia General Science (Human Body modules); William Harvey and the Discovery of the Circulation of the Blood by Thomas Huxley; Selected Physical Science Chapters from Derek Owens' Physical Science course (Physics and Chemistry ones)

GOVERNMENT AND ECONOMICS - Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? by Richard Maybury; Whatever Happened to Justice? by Richard Maybury

CITIZENSHIP -  Ourselves by Charlotte Mason; An Essay on Man by Alexander Pope

LOGIC - The Art of Argument (there are so many jokes I can make about this LOL)

LITERATURE - A British Literature textbook for reference (looking at these at the Expo next weekend to see which one I like best and to see if I can get one used); The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas; Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott; Gulliver's Travels by Johnathan Swift; A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens; The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy; Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

POETRY - Alexander Pope; William Cowper; Phyllis Wheatley; George Gordon; Lord Byron

CURRENT EVENTS - World magazine (high school edition); a secular news magazine (still haven't decided which one)

DEVOTIONS - A Praying Life by Paul Miller; Do Hard Things by Alex Harris; A Young Woman After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George

VOCABULARY, GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION - Finish Analytical Grammar; Writing the Essay; 100 Words Every High School Freshman Should Know

COPYWORK/TRANSCRIPTION/RECITATION - Spelling Wisdom; Passages from her reading

LATIN - Finish Getting Started With Latin; begin a High School level Latin curriculum (looking at these at convention)

GREEK - Elementary Greek, Level 1 (this is HER idea to do instead of completing another year of French - she's going to have to manage this one on her own LOL)

MATH - Finish Math U See Pre-Algebra, begin Life of Fred Algebra 1 to see if it's a better fit for her than MUS

FREE READING - don't have a list for her yet, I'm really not sure how she'll have any time left for free reading by the time she gets her lessons done and goes to dance class! ;)







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