March 9, 2010

Planning for 12th Grade

I have finalized my planning for 12th grade. It is always so difficult when I have to figure out what we are going to do each year. I prefer to follow a set curriculum (like Ambleside Online), but always end up creating our own individualized program instead. This year (Y12) will be the same. I have used some of the AO resources, but have also incorporated video and unit study (mini-units of study by term) into the mix. The overall effect should be a concentrated study into one specific aspect of history, with both biography and non-fiction as well as some video and DVD content. A good mix.

Bible Lessons

For Bible, we will continue to read through the Bible using Charlotte Mason's own approach: alternating study days in the Old and New Testaments. Bible commentary, dictionary, atlas, as well as word study will be included. On Wednesdays, we will focus on what CM called "Morals." She had her students read from Plutarch's Lives as well as her own story (a la Pilgrims Progress) called "Ourselves." We have read through both, so our moral/ethics study will be gleaned from several devotional books:
  • The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
  • Knowing God by J. I. Packer
  • The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer

Math has been going well with Thinkwell ( We will finish Precalculus and then enroll in College Algebra. We are working backwards a bit, but should have no problems completing Year 2/3 of Algebra now.


We have already completed enough science for our transcript, but we lack some laboratory work. Next year, we will read through Apologia's Advanced Physics course and complete the labs.

Literature and Composition

For Literature, we will use A Beka's Introduction to English Literature textbook along with several British novels (David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, and The Once and Future King by T.H. White). For Composition, we will work through IEWs' Student Intensive Writing Workshop.

Government and Economics

We have already read quite a bit of both subjects, so our focus next year will be to cover the basics. To do this, we will use Power Basics US Government course along with A Beka's Economics: A Work and Prosperity in Christian Perspective.

US History (Mini-unit focus 1800-1900)

We skipped the US Civil War in favor of completing Modern History, so we will dip back a century and read through this period for 12th grade. Our course will be divided into 3 12-week units:
  • Slavery
  • The Civil War
  • Reconstruction and the West
Our textbook for this course will be BJU's US History. In addition to this text, we will read several supplemental books along with biography and period speeches. We will also view some online video from A Biography of America ( In addition, we will watch three movies: Amistad, Gettysburg, and Dances with Wolves

Supplemental and biographical books include:
  • Michael Shaara's Civil War diary/novel, "Killer Angels"
  • Dee Brown's, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee"
  • Stephen Ambrose's "Undaunted Courage"
  • Two Albert Marrin biographies, "Commander in Chief" and "Virginia's General"
  • "Geronimo: My Life" by Geronimo
  • "Up From Slavery" by Booker T. Washington
  • "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" by Frederick Douglass
Foreign Language

We will continue our language study with Pimsleur's Russian, Level 1.


Music study along with some art (if we can fit it in) will be continued as well.

Our Goals

My main goal for Y12 is to accomplish writing. My son is simply not a writer. He loves poetry and often writes creatively. He doesn't like to write expository papers at all. I really need to make sure he can write essays and reports. We have worked on this since 9th grade, but the progress has been so slow. My hope is that he is ready to handle the demands of college-level writing now that he is 17. Our secondary goal is to finish both levels of Russian. He has a lot of language study credit, but we haven't really studied any language for two years. It would be good to have some recent language credit on his transcript.

Other than these two goals -- finish some labs so we have a portfolio to show. That is it. Our Y12 in a nutshell.


Pam said...

You are one thorough and organized teacher. An excellent tribute to homeschoolers! (Have you met those who don't take homeschooling seriously?)

Carol Hepburn said...

He he he...I wish! I am more of a control-freak when it comes to our home schooling. I would love to be really organized. I have some friends who run their home school with such perfection. I am so amazed. We are lucky to get the basics done...but the good news is...that it all seems to come out OK in the wash, kwim?

And, yes! I have been told that home schooling is so easy (by people who don't have a clue about it) and then on the flip side, that I am unqualified to teach my child at home! LOL!

There for the Grace of God go I...without His Grace...none of this would be possible!!