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My Year 10 Homeschool Resources & Review

Year 10 homeschool resources

I was asked if I could post my Year 10 homeschool resources.

I have designed this curriculum to suit my 14 and 16 year olds. In NSW that is Stage 5 – Year 9 and 10. Both children will follow a similar schedule. All their work will go into their high school workbox trolleys.

This workload will keep them busy from 9 till 2 five days a week.

Approximately 70% of their work will be done on their own, the rest we do together.

So here it is!

Updated – End of Year Review

Now that we are at the end of the year I thought I would say what worked and what didn’t – in green. In Term 3 he commenced his first Open Uni subject. This meant we let Science and Math slide from that point – he didn’t mind at all.

English

I wasn’t going to use an English textbook but three of the four novels I planned on studying were in this resource. I haven’t used this grade of LLATL before but I have used other grades and I will cut out  the sections I don’t want to do.

We used this to study Frankenstein and Time Machine. It was good for the question prompts but I probably could have thought of them myself. I did find the essay suggestions good. I didn’t get around to the poetry but I will do it next year.

This is the poetry supplement that goes with LLATL.

  • 4 Essays based on modern history subjects and classic literature. Oops – we only did 2 essays. However we continued on with the historical narrations.
  • We will follow the The Student Writing Intensive Level C (4 DVDs)  framework that we studied last year. (Deferred to next year)
  • Narration and notebooking exercises
  • Winston Grammar – Word Works I really liked this resource we will do the next in the series in 2017
  • Grammar of Poetry, Video Course DVD . This is a good poetry analysis video course that we started last year. Good course. I learnt a lot about tropes.
  • Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet . We changed our mind and did Much Ado About Nothing plus we went to see Taming of the Shrew.
    We will read this with a group of homeschoolers. It is performed by Bell Shakespeare this year. I will also use a Christian study guide I have from BJU Elements of Literature.

Read Alouds

I will read one classic novel per term with the kids. I usually select them because they fit in with the historical periods we are studying. I find this works best for our discussions and the bonus is that I get to enjoy them as well.

  • Tale of Two Cities – I started this but I was falling asleep reading it so after 90 pages we gave up. I had a movie version so we watched that instead.
  • Frankenstein – Fantastic I highly recommend it. We also watched the 1936 movie version and wrote a comparison essay.
  • Switherby Pilgrims – A bit boring for that age group. Good for primary aged kids.
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – allocated as a personal reader
  • Time Machine – Another great read. Probably the kids favourite this year. Watched the 1984 movie version.
  • For the Term of His Natural Life – Australian Classic used it instead of Tale of Two Cities. Very good.

Math

Math Online. I have been using this for many years now. He has got to Year 10 level and has stopped.

We will also add some practical maths in our economic studies.

Economics

Science & Technology

Microscope work – Did a small amount of work with it not as much as I had hoped.

We are finishing off an Apologia textbook and then we will move to the John Hudson Tiner Books. This is a light science version that suits this child. However if your child loves science I would suggest using the full Apologia series. This will be our last year of science for this child so we will do a general review with these books. I book per term.

We decided to do a review of Chemistry and Physics with the Apologia Exploring Creation (It was the only one we hadn’t done) instead of the above books.

Also added Switch on Your Brain by Caroline Leaf as a reader

History

Living Books List

General Spines and Reading References
We will do this subject all together. We do some historical narrations and we also add to our book of centuries. (RA- Read Aloud) (OOP -Out of Print)

  • English Literature For Young People by HE Marshal (RA) – Reading the last half that covers literature from the 17th to 19th century. Completed
  • From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya (RA) What a great resource we love it. Have stopped at 20th century and will continue next year.
  • 100 Most Important Events in Christian History I will use this book for many of their written narrations. Read some but not all
  • The Story of Christianity by Michael Collins (OOP)- I will also use this for written narrations. –Didn’t use
  • World Empires, World Missions, World Wars Teacher’s Guide. I only get the teacher’s edition because everything is there. I use this as a guide and do not follow many of the activities suggested. It will take me two years to complete this book. Got up to unit 6 will complete 2017.
  • I made some narration books from various sources of the people I wanted studies. I used books from Main Lesson – Baldwin Project and put together some biographies.
  • Seven Men Who Changed The World – Very thought provoking book. We have had lots of interesting philosophical discussions. I highly recommend it.
  • Our Empire Story by HE Marshall (RA) – Added this to read about the history of New Zealand and India. Our interest was sparked by the missionary stories we read about in From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya
  • Read some extra Australian history that covered the Victorian Age.

These books they will read on their own. Many of the titles I already had in my bookcase so some are out of print. They may not be the best selection I could have put together but they address the period of history we are covering. My daughter has a different list that includes lots of princesses and female missionaries.

Read Alone Books
Term 1 – Revolutions French and Industrial

  • William Carey Heroes of the Faith – Yes
  • Napoleon Famous Lives -No
  • Nelson Famous Lives-No
  • Robinson Crusoe- Yes took a few terms

Term 2 – Great Awakening in Europe

  • Broken Bade by William Dubea -No
  • The Bandit of Ashley Downs- Yes

Term 3 – Slaves and Colonization

  • Samuel Morris –African Prince by Kjersh Hoff Baez – Yes
  • Kidnapped by the River Rats by Dave and Neta Jackson – No

Term 4 – New Ideologies & Missionaries

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell – No – We read it a few years back and they remembered it.
  • CT Studd Cricketer and Pioneer – Yes

Geography

World Physical Geography: Welcome to the Wonderful World of Geography Set – He does it but doesn’t love it.

Language

Getting Started With Latin.  I’m excited by this resource. We spent time last year doing Latin Copywork. This year will dig a bit deeper with this course written specifically for homeschoolers. It was a good course and we got half way through the book but after an extended break we dropped it.

Creative Arts

  • Homeschool art classes – Two terms
  • Graphic art lessons with adobe – started a BA in Digital Arts 3rd term- 1 subject animation (Open University)
  • Drum lessons and band
  • Monet and the Impressionists for Kids – Carol Sabbeth . This book is enjoyed.
  • Launch Pad – Taught himself electronic music composition .

Personal Health and Development

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This is my interpretation of following the Australian Curriculum using an eclectic Charlotte Mason inspired approach.

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Comments

  1. Elyse Ryan  June 1, 2017

    Hi Michelle,
    Thank you so much for you blog & website. They have both guided & influenced how I have home schooled my 14 year old daughter. She & I have particularly loved the book list you have used for your daughter in years 7 &8. My daughter is currently in year 8 (& loving all of Karen Cushman’s books) but I am always looking ahead. I was wondering if you could post the books you used for stage 5 for your daughter.
    Thank you once again for lighting our way through this home schooling journey.
    Elyse

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    • MR Morrow  June 24, 2017

      My please Elise. Stage 5…..to be honest I don’t really do stage 5 as per Australian Curriculum. I move on to Open Uni at that stage.

      Smiles Michelle

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  2. Karen  January 17, 2017

    I love seeing plans and book lists with reflections on what worked and didn’t work for you. I remember reading on your site (can’t for the life of me find it again) how you matched up some of the resources used ie Our Sunburnt Country with curriculum outcomes, it was a guide of what pages of chapters related to some of the outcomes. Would love to re read those posts.

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    • Michelle  January 18, 2017

      I don’t have them any more. We are not expected to match specific outcomes with our history resources so I removed them. However the basic summary is Year 4-6 is Australian History. Year 9 – 10 Optional Australian history.

      Smiles

      Michelle

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  3. Siri  December 7, 2016

    Hi Michelle.
    Thanks for sharing so much on your blog – it’s inspiring.
    I just wanted to ask: why did you select Winston Grammar rather than one of IEW’s grammar books such as Fix It as I noticed you’re using the IEW’s Writing Intensive C?
    I’m gathering inspiration for my 10th grader next year, so just clarifying things.
    Siri

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    • Michelle  December 7, 2016

      I really like Winston. It is worksheets that test a particular grammar concept and give you the reasoning. I have bought Fix It grammar but I didn’t like it. You had to download all these ebooks and you also had to look for mistakes rather than be instructed on the correct usage.

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      • Siri  December 14, 2016

        oh I see. Thanks so much for explaining.
        Another question for you 😉 : How do you have your kids ‘do’ science? We’re looking to do John Tiner’s ‘Exploring the World of…’ series next year. We’ve used Apologia until now and are interested in trying something a little lighter.
        We used the Apologia notebooks previously as the kids felt they needed a bit of a guide to their notes. Love to hear what you’ve done.

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  4. Carol  January 26, 2016

    I’m embarrassed with the amount of Latin stuff I’ve collected over time but Getting Started With Latin was so easy to use & worked much better than a number of other more expensive options. World Emoires, Missions – is that the Diana Waring book? I used them with a couple of my older kids – she has some good suggestions for books.

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    • Michelle  January 29, 2016

      Thanks for your comments Carol. I have done some Latin with the kids but I really like the look of this. I also appreciate Diana’s suggestions but I only use the resource as a guide.

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  5. Anthony  January 14, 2016

    Do Hard Things is a great book. An easy read but a good book. I got the teens at my church to read it when I was helping out in there. The authors were homeschooled and it helped plant the idea of HS in our minds…

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  6. Melissa  January 13, 2016

    Thank You 🙂

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