Wrapping up Evan's 9th Grade year

Finishing up the last of Evan's schoolwork for 9th grade has us looking towards next year.  We finished up his year pretty early despite switching up our plans a bit around Christmas. 

He's managed to earn a full 9 credits for his 9th grade year:

Math: We will finish up all 3 books! (we have just one chapter left in No-Nonsense Algebra)-- 1 credit





English/Language Arts: He's still working his way through Tolkien's work and we dropped the SAT Vocab book once I realized he knew the vast majority of the words anyway but we finished up everything else we had planned.- 2 credits.







American History: We flew through these two books and had some wonderful discussions about them both! We supplemented with other materials and books when needed or when we wanted to learn more about a certain historical event.--  1 credit




Science: Evan hates this book and decided that Earth Science is not for him... BUT we finished it up anyway and he really did understand the material; he just thought it was so boring.  1 credit



Foreign Language: We combined this French Grammar book and frequent Duolingo lessons for a great introduction to French. -- 1 credit



Psychology: We only made it part way through his Abnormal Psychology book before deciding to take a break and learn a bit about Experimental Psychology-- we enjoyed this book a lot and flew through the lessons. 1 credit



Photography: Evan decided to use photography as an art credit and we had a lot of fun learning about the working of the camera and taking photos on our weekly walks. 1 credit


Phys. Ed: I give my boys a 1/2 credit for phys. ed every year since we do so much hiking and nature walking and bike riding, etc. 

Home Economics: Since all my boys help clean the house each week and rotate chores like dishes, cooking, shopping, & planning I give them 1/2 credit each year for these life skills as well. 

If you add all that up Evan actually has 9 credits. If we keep this up he'll be graduating high school a full year ahead of schedule!

I'll be sharing his 10th grade curriculum picks tomorrow.

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  1. Good job, Evan! Do you feel like you've learned so much by playing such a major role in your boys' educations? I know that by subbing in school classrooms, I've relearned a lot of things, facts, concepts, etc. that I likely learned at one point and forgot in addition to learning new things. I love it when I sub in an English/ language arts or social studies class and get to read the material with the students. It's educational for me as well ;).

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  2. Well done to Evan with all of the schoolwork and you for overseeing his schooling. What he has been learning sounds really interesting.
    I am learning French on Duolingo and it's brilliant. I think I've learned more in the last month than I ever did at school.
    My youngest has done two years of photography at school and she really enjoyed it. There is so much more than just taking simple photos like she first thought.

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    1. I feel like Duolingo (just listening to Evan!) has been wonderful for me too and brought back so much French that I had forgotten over the years.

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  3. I love seeing all of the books he finished. I can't wait to see what he will be using for 10th grade since that's the same grade as Mercie next year. I'm trying to finalize all of her curriculum and books, too. I love how, as homeschoolers, we can give our children the "credit" they need by them just living their lives! Mercie definitely gets a PE credit for all of her farm chores and horse activities!

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    1. My friend and I were just talking about high school science curriculum and the rather large price tag attached to each program! I love that I can give my kids credit for everyday activities and skills-- Ian was able to get tons of credit for all sorts of job placement skills.

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  4. We have always loved Richard Fishers books! The videos are really great too! Both of my older girls have used them in the past! What did you think about Writeshop? I've considered that for my son next year. He also read the Hobbit and Lord of the Ring over the last two years, so we are ready for him to start the next two, after he finishes the Hunger Games. I'm glad to see a homeschool post! I'm a curriculum junkie lol so they are my favorites!

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    1. Yes, we use a lot of Richard Fishers books; they are wonderful. Though we have never needed to use the videos yet (math was "my thing" in school and so far all my boys seem to pick up math concepts quite easily too). I liked Writeshop but I'd describe it as a great program for reluctant writers (which both my boys are/were in high school!). At most my son only has to write a paragraph or so to complete each lesson. But my oldest easily transitioned to writing 5 page papers in college when I explained how even 5 or 10 or 50 page papers are set up the same-- an introduction, a conclusion and supports in the middle just like a standard paragraph.

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  5. Great job Evan and Mama! Enjoy your summer break!

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  6. I love that you share what you do for his lessons! This is showing my inner nerd, but I'd love to flip through some of these books and read them haha!

    Lauren @ Don't Mind Our Mess

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    1. I think that is a huge appeal to me with homeschooling! I find books and curriculum I want to study and try to talk my boys into giving it a go. I was so bummed that I could not talk Evan into forensics; I found some really cute and fun materials for that; plus I love all those detective type shows and would have loved to spend a year learning about it.

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  7. Joanne, you do such a great job with your boys and I hope you enjoy the summer off.

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  8. Good job, Evan! And congratulations to you, friend! I know how much work goes into homeschooling. 😘❤️

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  9. I like how if you aren't loving the category, you can switch it up. That's the way to make learning more interesting.
    XOXO
    Jodie

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    1. Yes, it is wonderful to be able to swap out anything that isn't working and find something else to study instead.

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  10. Congratulations to you and Evan! Science was never my favorite until I started teaching it! Then, I loved it, and earth science was probably my favorite! Do you find Duolingo is good for learning a new language? I really want to go to Europe one last time before Mike decides he's too old!

    https://marshainthemiddle.com/

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    1. Thank you! I love science so I'm always surprised when Evan hates it-- of course he refuses to do anything hands on which would make it so much more interesting!

      I really like Dulingo a lot and it's a great start for learning a new language but we found supplementing with an actual book helped explain some of the rules that Duolingo doesn't really state or explain.

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  11. Good job, Evan!
    You are a great mom, Joanne.

    Hugs and blessings

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  12. Congratulations to you and Evan on a wonderful year of learning. That's amazing that he's on the road to finishing a year ahead!
    Ruth@playworkeatrepeat

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    1. Thank you! It's so much quicker to cover the material just one on one that we easily finish school each day by lunch and we have a shorter school year as well so I too was pretty amazed we could fit in extra credits!

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  13. I really do respect the way you bring your boys up. Totally different then here. But I think your way is exceptional!

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  14. Well done to you and Evan. Thanks for sharing SSPS Logo on your post, much appreciated.
    Thank you from your Vroom Vroom Team for sharing your links with us at #262 SSPS Linky. Please check back weekly to see if featured on the blog post or by any co-hosts.

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