In just a few weeks, Marcus and I embark on our ninth consecutive year of homeschooling. We are so excited! What joy in learning will this year bring? We are officially starting his high school years. He will continue to take the leading role in his own education. I will be there to encourage and support him. I’m so glad we homeschool because I can’t imagine sending him away for the majority of each school day, only to get the worn and rushed hours left over. That would not be enough time to continue to raise him to the best of my abilities. I also know from my experiences with my older kids that teenagers need their parents’ influence and guidance more than ever.
Marcus’ base subjects are tackled through some marvelous online courses from a wonderful LDS-based private school we simply love. Honestly, Liahona Academy has been such a blessing to us! This year Marcus will be taking:
American History- Pre-discovery to 1865
Liahona writes their own curriculum for history. The book Marcus will be using this year is called Patriots and Providence. It’s a brand new book I expect will be just amazing as their other history books which I intend to keep forever!
The text book for this course is Holt Biology.
This course uses Saxon math books. He’s actually repeating this class from last year, not because he didn’t do well, but so he can really nail it. Marcus plans to major in some field of science so math is really important.
Language Arts- Themes and Symbols
Marcus will be reading The Odyssey; Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part One; A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’engle; and The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. There is also a grammar book he will be using.
These online courses are unique because they are actual classes which are filmed and streamed live, allowing distance students such as Marcus to watch them in real time which has the advantage of instant-messaging his teacher throughout class with any questions or comments he has. But they are also available to watch anytime, once recorded and that’s what makes these courses so flexible for homeschoolers. They are only Monday through Thursdays, assignments are minimal, and the gospel of Jesus Christ is woven in, helping students see God’s hand in all things.
Marcus tries to watch these classes live for the most part so we base our homeschool schedule around their real-times. Unfortunately, both his math and English are at the same time. So, he has decided to start the year watching his math class live and his English class recorded.
Marcus will also be starting Seminary this year. Seminary is a four-year scripture study program in our Church for the youth in 9th-12th grades. Each year, one book of scripture is covered. This year Marcus will be studying The Book of Mormon in-depth. Marcus will be participating in the home study option for Seminary which means he will do four lessons at home on his own and attend one class each week.
His Monday through Thursday schedule for September looks like this-
8:30am: Breakfast devotional with mom- This is our time together when we will recite our scripture verse for the week and work on character training, art and music. On Wednesdays, this will be a poetry breakfast.
9:15am: This is time for Marcus to work on earning an additional credit for his college transcript (we haven’t decided what his class for this fall semester will be yet; it might be piano lessons) and for personal reading.
10:20am break to prepare for his online classes
10:25am-1:15pm 3 online classes in a row (Biology, math, history)
After lunch Marcus will watch his English class (recorded) and then he will work on his math assignment.
8:00pm Family scripture study- this will be his Seminary time. We plan to study each lesson together and be our own little class.
FRIDAYS have a different schedule:
7:30am Marcus will attend a Seminary class with other students. This will be at one of the Seminary buildings next to the local high school campus.
10:00am Our Friday Nature Club meets. Yay! I am so excited for this club. We have ten or so homeschooling families from across our valley meeting up with us at different locations each Friday morning. We will go on kid-friendly hikes in the canyons here, visit nature centers, go on scavenger hunts, that sort of thing.
Stay tuned for our not-back-to-school photos. My daughter had some cool ideas for this year’s photos and I hope to take some this week. Our first official day will be Aug. 31st when his online classes start. ♥ Thanks for reading!