Tuesday, September 1, 2009

So begins 10th grade...

The school year is starting -- time to dust off my blog and start writing again! We are going it alone this year with no outside academic classes, but more than enough outside activities to keep us busy.

This is how it looks:

Biology: Teaching Company DVD series -- two lectures per week. I'm waiting on Campbell's Biology: Concepts and Connections text but will use the Holt text in the mean time. We've got a microscope on loan from the charter school and I get to start planning labs. The goal is to take the SAT II exam in June.

Geometry: Jacobs -- fun text, algebra review mixed in. No muss no fuss!

Logic: Traditional Logic from Memoria Press.

Spanish: Breaking the Barrier. I remember enough Spanish from my youth that this seems easily do-able. I'm hoping too that my friend, a native speaker, will be available for some regular conversation practice.

Western Civ: A combo history and literature class of my own creation. I'm so jazzed about this, though my 10th grader may not love it as much! I'm framing it on another Teaching Company series called "Western Literary Canon in Context". I'm also using History of the World in 6 Glasses as an overview for different periods of history and DK's Story of Philosophy for background reading. His literary reading list is a combo of classics and modern works as follows:
  • Genesis and Exodus
  • Walking the Bible by Bruce Fieler (just sections)
  • Plato Apologies
  • An epic of choice, either Illiad or Aeneid
  • Shakespeare's Tempest
  • Longitude by Dava Sobel
  • A poetry unit using a series by Michael Clay Thompson
  • Candide
  • Faust
  • Kim
  • Lost City of Z by David Grann
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
Grammar and Vocabulary: Michael Clay Thompson has a nice grammar review series for high school and a corresponding roots-based vocabulary series.

Outside activities:
  • Robotics team with First Tech Challenge
  • Mock Trial
  • Fencing
  • Par Kour
  • Project Feeder Watch
  • and, time permitting, youth choir at church (his least favorite...)

All in all a very ambitious schedule around which I have to schedule violin students, quartet and orchestra rehearsals. Oh my!

1 comment:

  1. That all sounds great to me! I love the Teaching Company, and "History of the World in Six Glasses" was a favorite. What is the poetry series by Thompson called?

    See you Friday--hi to M!