My youngest, Raven, decided this past summer that she wanted to return to public school, so I made the decision to allow her to return. She's in 6th grade and doing very well, making strait A's. The only advanced classes in 6th grade offered at our local public school is advanced math, so she is currently taking that. Last six weeks, she made a 97 in that class. Her lowest grade was a 90 in Social Studies, because she doesn't really like the subject.
Antionette is now 17. She will be starting college courses this January and is working towards a physical therapy degree with child development. She wants to specialize with children with physical and mental challenges.
Grant is still being home schooled. Recently, he has been going through testing for autism. We know he is on the high functioning autism scale, but we will not know if it is Asperger's Syndrome until he is completely done with testing.
Grant still struggles a bit with his writing, but is at level or above level in his other subjects in comparison to some other 9th graders. Below is a list of what subjects he is currently studying and the books we are using.
Economics- Contemporary Economics
By, William A McEachern
Interactive Study Guide CD-ROM - ISBN 0-538-44281-6
Contemporary Economics workbook- ISBN 0-538-43703-0
Grant seems to really like the way the information is presented in this book. If you use this curriculum, you really need the interactive study guide cd-rom and workbook to complete the curriculum.
BJU Biology- ISBN 1-57924-932-9
There are actually two books to this curriculum, but we chose to do the second book first due to not having a microscope. The second book focuses on animals and anatomy, so at least we could do the dissection labs. We should have a microscope around January, just in time, because by that time he should be done with book 2. The only issue I find with this book is that because of being a Christian based curriculum it does not explain some aspects in completeness, because the writers obviously felt that it contradicted Christian beliefs. So, if you are like me and prefer curricula that is not biased then, you will need to find other non-biased materials to counteract it.
World Geography- Published by Glencoe
Since this book is only about 7 years old, the online study resources and activities for this book work on the Glencoe website.
World Literature- Published by Holt Rinehart Winston
I was lucky enough to find this curriculum complete, except for the student edition, from a teacher that was selling it for only 20 dollars. It came with the hard cover teacher's edition textbook, Teacher's notes workbook (has suggested activities for every section), Fine Art Transparencies workbook (comparing art to literature worksheets and transparencies from artists from different eras throughout the world), 2 books of instructional transparencies for teaching all sections in the book and understanding how to analyze literature, 2 workbooks full of worksheets to complement all the literature presented in the book, and 30 CD's which include all the stories in the book on audio. I had to buy the student textbook for 10 dollars used, so I got this whole set for a steal at 30 dollars. It would cost hundreds new.
American Government- Published by Prentice Hall
This book is new enough for all of the interactive tools to still be accessible on the Prentice Hall website, which is really helpful.
Algebra 1- Teaching Textbooks
This curriculum new is close to 200 dollars, but well worth the money. I was lucky to find it used for 70 dollars, but after using it, I believe that it is well worth what they charge. Grant previously struggled with math using the Saxon curriculum, but with this curriculum he is advancing quickly. He loves this curriculum. For anyone who is currently home educating or planning to, I would suggest you buy this curriculum. It makes all levels of math look easy to understand. On the website, for each math, they have a few free lessons for you to check out.
Removing the liver of the fetal pig
Dissecting a starfish with dad
Currently Grant has dissected 8 specimens. We still have two more dissection labs to complete, which include a sheep's brain and cow eyeball.