This week’s peek into my own homeschool has us up to Monday, which is one of our two days of classes each week at our local homeschool umbrella school, or day-school as they are often called.
Our school, Mt. Sophia Academy, has classes offered on Mondays and Thursdays, and for the first time this year Jonah is taking most of his classes there for his core academics. He really wanted the chance to have a variety of teachers this year (10th grade), and the choice worked well for him as a social learner.
It also fits the sometimes-odd season of life in which I find myself; I am still a homeschool mom, but only one child is schooling after two decades of multiple kids, and I’m working a lot of hours with other endeavors like 7 Sisters as well. So we agree that this year we would try most of his core classes through the day-school.
Here are the classes he’s taking there:
There’s Algebra II, ’cause I am a word geek and I don’t get along well with numbers….especially when they dare to mingle with letters! Sara (yup, the same Sara who is one of the “sisters” here!) is his patient and brilliant teacher.
He also takes Chemistry (at a Level II – average high school) for many of the same reasons as the Algebra II class. The numbers, the letters, the equations…ugh!
Marilyn and Vicki (2 more sisters!) team-teach this class. It’s a toughie for us (so is the Algebra), but Jonah is getting a lot more learning by working in community with other homeschoolers for these subjects that are way out of his mama’s comfort zone.
World History and Philosophy (the text is currently being beta-tested for 7 Sisters, and then you can all enjoy this unique text written by Vicki and her oldest son, Dr. Micah Tillman, Ph.D…..coming next year to the EBookstore!) that teaches world history by focusing on the great ideas that have shaped society. Vicki is teaching, and Jonah is really enjoying this one.
I have a board on Pinterest for this class if you’re interested in the books I’ve chosen and what literary focus I’ve chosen for each. The board is complete for the Fall semester; I’ll pin the spring selections as I get time in the next few weeks.
Study guides for the books I teach in lit. classes at Mt. Sophia have been published by 7 Sisters, and the guides for World Lit. will be available after the first of the year (2013). Antigone is already in the EBookstore, along with a number of British classics and our Great Christian Writers selection; Antigone is one we read just a few weeks ago.
Latin I rounds out the list of day-school classes Jonah’s taking this year. I teach this one to him and two of his friends (Vicki’s son Seth is also conjugating amo, amas, amat with us).
That makes Math, Science, Social Studies, Literature (1/2 of his English credit, with writing assignments I track independently following the curriculum for Essays, Creative Writing and Research Papers in the 7 Sisters EBookstore), and Foreign Language all day-school classes for our homeschool this year.
I love the accountability of day-school classes. Jonah loves the social interaction.
There are several nice opportunities to be smart with our time and double-log credit hours for assignments that fit both World Lit and World History and Philosophy. If you’re not sure what that’s all about, check out this vlog for ideas to help your high-schooler work smarter instead of simply harder.
I’ve shared with you a lot of references to others of my “sisters” and curriculum we have all created. That’s not because I want to use a week-in-the-life blog post series as a commercial. It’s because our homeschool — real-life, real-kid, real-mom — really uses the curriculum and expertise of the homeschool moms here at 7 Sisters. This is our real life we are sharing with you via the internet.
We are homeschoolers; we are all in the same challenging, rewarding, exhausting, joy-filled boat!
Anyone else using a day-school for classes for your homeschooler this year?