Well, we did it yesterday. We traditionally wait until the day after Labor Day to start school, and although last year Jeremy, who is a junior in high school this year, wanted to begin a little early early, this year we were somewhat busier so we had our first official day of school on Sept. 4. This year Jeremy is studying the following:
1. Bible–we’re going to read and study our way through the four gospels.
2. Literature–the books that Jeremy will read are all from American literature and include all five Leatherstocking Tales ( The Deerslayer, The Last of the Mohicans, The Pathfinder, The Pioneers, and The Prairie) by James F. Cooper, Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stow, The Red Badge of Courage by Henry Fielding, Penrod by Booth Tarkington, The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings, and perhaps some other shorter works.
3. For language arts, he’s doing the One Year Adventure Novel by Daniel Schwabauer published by Clear Water Press, along with the McGuffey (revised) Fifth Reader for vocabulary.
4. Right now, we’re doing PSAT Prep, but for math he’ll do practical math/personal finance using Larry Burkett’s Money Matters for Teens this semester, and then hopefully do Algebra next semester through dual enrollment at our local community college.
5. Chemistry is Exploring Creation with Chemistry by Jay Wile from Apologia Educational Ministries.
6. History is A Patriot’s History of the United States: From Columbus’s Great Discovery to the War on Terror by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen.
7. Jeremy will be studying keyboarding using Typing Instructor Delux.
8. He will be learning Japanese using Rosetta Stone.
9. Once a week, he will be studying music appreciation using my own Homeschooler’s Guide to the Great Orchestral Music of the Western World.
We hope that your school year will be pleasant and profitable.