This year, my youngest son will start 12th grade (and my 27th year of homeschooling).
He loves music and languages. He has many of his credits for graduation, so has space in his studies to lean into his gifts and interests. Here are our homeschool plans for the year (Lord willing):
He will work on an honors credit in American Literature and C.S. Lewis Space Trilogy. Sounds like a strange combination, I know . He wants to take our sister, Sabrina’s, American Literature homeschool group class. AND I don’t think ANYONE should graduate high school without a full semester studying the Space Trilogy- SO much theology, philosophy, and wisdom!! (BTW- We’ll be releasing the Study Guides for the Trilogy in late fall.)
He’ll write an APA-style research paper, study business and technical writing, and compose essays and song lyrics (all the etexts for these courses are soon to be released by 7 Sisters).
He’ll do some vocabulary at freerice.com.
He has no desire to head for a competitive college (or study math/sciences) so he doesn’t need pre-calculus this year. He’ll do an intense year of Financial Literacy studies with the help of our sister, Sara.
He only needs one semester Economics for graduation. He’ll be using Globe Fearon’s Pacemaker Economics (simple, no wasted time) along with R.C. Sproul Jr’s Economics for Everybody dvds. He’s not going into this field in college, so we’re keeping it simple.
Social Sciences year. He will do a full year of Psychology, because I want him to. (I mean, I work as a counselor so it just has to be so.) He’ll use 7 Sisters Intro to Psychology and complete the full credit option.
Astronomy- just half-credit. His dad’s a farm boy and star gazing is an important thing to him. The guys will log 68 hours out under the stars and also studying 365 Starry Nights by Chet Raymo and Signs and Seasons- Field Journal and Test Manual by Jay Ryan.
He already has 3 years Spanish and 1 year Latin. He’ll do Latin II and French I. This is simply because it is fun for him. He uses Glencoe Latin and French in Action.
He’ll log his final 68 hours of fitness and hiking.
This is our big one for the year. He’ll do Music Theory II, and log hours studying recording industry under his brother-in-law, he’ll work on music business with his band, In Retrospect- studying entrepreneurship as well as playing shows, and LOTS of practicing. He’ll be studying the History of Church Music and playing on the church worship team. He is taking voice lessons, singing in a competition homeschool men’s choir and madrigals choir as well as the large local homeschool choir.
After studying World History and Philosophy last year, he’s ready for an intense year of Philosophy in Four Questions. This comprehensive text is written by his big brother, Dr. Micah Tillman, as a follow up for WHP. (Lord willing, this will be released within the year.)
In my opinion, no one should graduate without knowing what is good research and advertising, how to spot logical fallacies, and basic hermeneutics. (7 Sisters text being released soon.)
Our sister, Sabrina, loves drama. She just finished drama camp with the local homeschoolers doing Search for the Solution. She’ll direct the local homeschool high schoolers in Huckleberry Finn this fall.
We’re looking forward to this year homeschooling at home and in community. Hope you have a blessed year!
Here’s In Retrospect latest You Tube: