Tuesday, September 8, 2009

School Days



Back to school time! Actually, since I homeschool my daughter, it's back to school at home. This year it is bittersweet since she is a senior and will be graduating this year. Over the years we have tried many different schooling methods and curriculum. In the early years we loved Five in a Row. We used it like a unit study and both children were able to enjoy it and learn so much. As they became older we found Sonlight was the best fit for us. We explored wonderful literature for history and English and we still have fond memories of curling up on the couch reading Little Britches, Johnny Tremain, and Shadow Spinner. When they entered high school we have enjoyed classics like The Great Gatsby, The Hiding Place, and The Metamorphosis.

As this is Elizabeth's senior year she will be studying government and British literature, which I have been looking forward to for a long time.:)
For government she will be using Exploring Government by Notgrass. She will also be reading a few other books and studying some economics as well.
For English she will be using Sonlight's Core 530 - British Literature. Since she intends to graduate in December, we couldn't possibly read and analyze all the books so we have had to pare it down a bit. Sound and Sense is a wonderful book on poetry and we have already started that one - I couldn't wait - lol! She will be reading Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Night, Pride and Prejudice, Hamlet, Pygmalion, Frankenstein, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and Lord of the Flies. She can read the other books included in the Sonlight package, but I don't think we will have time to analyze the others.
Since the economy has been such an important part of current events this year, she has been studying the subject informally for awhile. Ever practical, we decided she really needed to study consumer math to learn important things like budgeting, saving, buying cars, insurance, and loans.
When I went to high school the two most influential classes I had were interior design and art history. We covered art history last year, but this year she is learning interior design as her senior project. At the end, she will have to pick a house design and decorate at least 3 rooms. She will have to pick colors, furniture, flooring, etc. I also wanted to cover the history of housing design in the United States. I haven't found one book that covers everything so we are using various resources - including Interior Design for Dummies. Ya have to love the Dummies series!
It should be a great school year. And once we get through our first day, we can enjoy some brownies. Chocolate is always a great motivator!
Have a wonderful day.

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