There are many options when it comes to choosing
curriculum for your high school student. If you want to
design your own CM-type High School program you will need to start
with a good book list. There are oodles of these online, but
I prefer this one.
This is the same book list you will find if you read Mortimer
Adler's book, "How to Read a Book." It is a true
classical book list, with some of the finest books of history,
philosophy and literature of the Western Civilization.
In my opinion, if your student plans on attending
college, they need to make sure they have a solid foundation in
math and science. There are a number of very good resources
out there, so pick one and stick with it. My best picks
For college-bound students, plan on taking four
years of each discipline:
Math> Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry and Advanced
Science> Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry
Humanities - The Best for Last
Once you have your math and science curriculum
chosen, all you really need to do is sketch out a four-year plan
for your high school reading list. Once this is finalized,
you can start picking and choosing your books. Remember,
that all the books are considered to be "literature" so
you don't have to over load your student on novels when they are
already reading other books. Pace your students books,
choose fewer titles, spend more time on them, and enjoy the
Four Year Plan
The four year plan is probably the easiest and
works well for students just coming into a CM or classical type
program. There is a good Great Books list here
or you can simply use Adler's list above.
Six Year Plan
The six year plan is what Ambleside
Online uses. It suggests reading through history twice
over the course of 12 years of schooling. Some people like
this approach as it breaks out each historical period into a
smaller unit. However, some people find that it reduces the
study down to such a small unit, that it makes the study less
interesting. However, you dice it up, choose a plan that
suits your needs and that of your student's interest.
For writing instruction, I like the following
The Elegant Essay (IEW)
Jensen's Format Writing
For Grammar, I have had good success with Wanda
Phillip's curriculum, Easy Grammar. Ambleside Online
recommends Jensen's Grammar or Nancy Wilson's Our Mother's
Tongue. Other people seem to favor Winston Grammar.
Which ever program works for you, choose one and try and complete
it before Y9.
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