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Homeschool HIGH SCHOOL Curriculum Choices 2018-2019 | Sonlight, Biology, Japanese, Art & More!

– Hi there, friends. In the last vlog, I shared our 2018-2019 curriculum choices for the younger kiddos. And today, I am sharing
our homeschool high school curriculum choices for
this 2018-2019 year. Zion just turned 15 and he is
doing homeschool high school, technically grade 10,
and so what that means is this year he is doing
Sonlight Level 320, which is 20th Century World History. He is using this for history,
literature, and the Bible. We also have over there, gonna
show you fully in a second, we have all of his
biology program goodies, and way down at the end, we have some art elective curriculum. Now what is not shown here is, he’s doing Saxon Math this year. I got a bunch of that and
all kinds of extra add-ons at the last used homeschool
curriculum sale that I went to. So, I don’t have that
laid out on the table, ’cause this is all the new
stuff that just came in. My new Sonlight order that I just opened and pulled out of the box today. So, he’s doing that for math. Also, in this Sonlight order, I bought a 24-month
subscription for Rosetta Stone. So, for foreign language,
he’s still doing Japanese, and he’s going to be using
Rosetta Stone for that. So, of course, during the 20th century, there were many achievements and advances. But, as we all know,
during the 20th century, there were just so many
dark times and wars and conflicts and just very
hard things to deal with. So, this is just going to take
him through a focused year. I never mind talkin’ about hard topics with our children because, of course, life is full of hard things to deal with. Zion, at 15, has been exposed
to many of these stories that he’s going to dig
through even deeper this year. So, this is a collection
of the chapter books that he’ll be reading for history, also for literature study,
and then also for Bible study. This looks excellent, When
Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. I read the back of that earlier, and I thought, “Man I want to read that.” Then this is a book on Winston Churchill, The History of the Modern World. We have a book of poetry
up there and American art. Then down here we have
some Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, many classics. We’ve got The Tempest. We are again getting ready to head out on a huge 12-day road trip, so I’m not going to assemble
these guides right now. You can see these are the
binders that they go in. But, I am going to just rip the plastic and give you a glimpse of what the inside of these guides look like. So, in this guide, this is
the 20th Century World History level 320 and I just opened
to, this is week 17, day one. As an example, for Bible and apologetics, he’ll have pages 38 through
44 in Know Why You Believe. He’ll have Bible reading of Judges 21. For Bible memorization this
week, he’ll have Isaiah 6:1-3. Then, for history, he’ll
be working on the year 1954 in The Visual History of the Modern World, which is up there. For current events,
he’ll have three reports to do for that week. Biographies and historical fiction, he’ll have chapters 12 through 14 of When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. So, there’s that book again. Then, just turning the page, if these were, of course,
assembled in the nice binder, you could see it better. But, there’s details to go through for every assignment for every day and additional information. Then, this is the student guide for the 20th Century Literature. I just opened up to week 15
and we’ll just say day two. So, for Parallel Journeys,
he’ll have chapters 18 and 19. Robert Frost poems. He’ll read In a Disused Graveyard and then there’s nothing
else for that day. However, there’s more directions
on the pages that follow. There’s a parent guide to also go along with the 20th Century Literature. A lot of Sonlight, from my experience by the high school years, is set up to where the parents, of course, set the kids up for their work. But, it’s intended to be done
as independently as possible by the students with the parents overview and then checking in and
being there for support, questions, answers, further
discussion, et cetera. So, I mentioned in my last video, I got the Artistic Pursuits curriculum for the elementary-aged kids. I also, I was inspired and I thought, “Oh, we can have an art
time every week together.” So, this is high school grades
nine through 12, book one. Then, he also got this supply kit that has drawing pencils and
various types of charcoal and stamps and just
many, many, many goodies in that kit for him. Here’s a look at the curriculum. So, here we have a study
of a particular artist. Here, he has a lesson
on drawing in charcoal. This is the new microscope. I just invested in for him. We’ll have it for other kids as well. This is supposed to be
a very nice microscope that we can get, it’s very heavy, we can get a lot of use out of. Here is the book of which one I bought if that helps at all. This is from Apologia, the
biology that we’re doing. We have RNA and DNA, lots
of good lessons in there. It makes me feel like
nursing school again. So there’s his biology textbook. This is the CD that came with it. This is the guide for his
science lessons each day. We can follow through it,
he’d be done in a year. This box, in here, look
at this, in formaldehyde. Yes, that is a real bull frog and a fish. Let’s see here if it says… Yeah, there’s a real bull frog and a fish. Then, we have a worm. We have some other
little creatures in here, in Formaldehyde, just waiting for Zion to get to his experiments. Then, over here, this is everything. It has some microscope
slides in it already. It has what he needs to do
more slides through there. Now, here is some reality, though. I knew when I did these
homeschool Ikea shelves, I would have to reorganize this when all of our new curriculum came. So, I’ve just been pulling things off. Right now, with you guys in this video, I’m going to get this reorganized, get Zion’s stuff on here
and our curriculum we need. When we get back from our road trip, I’m gonna actually do
a binder for each kiddo with what they need for each day. But, I’m going to set up a shelf with all the curriculum we need for each core for this year. The organization continues. Right now, I’m going through Zion’s Artistic Pursuit curriculum. I was gonna use these book bins to organize his art supplies
and get those on a shelf, too. So, here is how Zion’s
homeschool high school shelves are shaping up. We’ve got the core binders
that aren’t put together yet. He’s got a history book and science and then his art supplies there and then chapter books here. I still need to grab his
math and that notebook and get that slid in as well. So, I finished it up and
I reorganized it all. Somehow in my head, I
feel like it looks better. But, you know what? Here, once we are back
from our big two week trip, I’m going to organize even deeper. It’s like I organize in layers. Once we actually start using everything, that’ll be another layer
of homeschool organization based on what really meets
our needs for the day. So, to recap, top two shelves there are Zion’s high school shelves. We have our reader shelf. We have our elementary all the way up until now middle school shelf. And at the bottom, I
have puzzles and games that kind of go in that direction now. I moved our writing books, Draw Write Now, other elementary level materials in there. There’s our Math-U-See blocks
and the individual notebooks I’ll make for the kids once school starts. The elementary kiddos, that’s
their Artistic Pursuits at the top. So, there we go. Those shelves are reorganized. So, it was a high school curriculum haul and a shelf reorganization haul. So, I’m gonna go guys
so I can find my words. But, I’ll see you next time with another brand new video, bye-bye.

76 thoughts on “Homeschool HIGH SCHOOL Curriculum Choices 2018-2019 | Sonlight, Biology, Japanese, Art & More!

  1. First like and comment ☺️ I am Scottish and only have one child who I don’t homeschool but still watching xx

  2. Hello from Vermont. You guys should take a trip up North and see how beautiful it is in Vermont. Always look forward to seeing your family in the videos. God bless you and your family.

  3. My sister hated our high school so she did Klan laura? spelling. I had that much reading in high school, so home school might not have been better for me. I'm such a slow reader, I spent all my time studying, and I was sleep deprived. I was stuck in remedial math and I barely passed science. I did not have fun. I was better at English, but like I said I was a slow reader. I did graduate though.

  4. Too bad you cant do a video interviewing your husband and older kids about being in a large family homeschooling and ect.

  5. This is going to be another fun learning school year for you and your children. Your curriculum is great and your enthusiasm will be infectious to your kiddos, they will be so eager to learn. Great video Jamerrill. You are a wonderful, excellent mom/teacher!

  6. Is your home schooling connected to a teacher or virtual teacher in your school system? How does the testing happen? This is fascinating.

  7. Those shelves are looking so good. Full of some great books. Lots of fun projects & lots of learning to be had. Great Job MOM

  8. I finished sophomore grade last year at my school so it’s interesting to see the comparison. Thanks for the video!!

  9. Your family isn’t even that big like why do you do meal prep like my family is bigger and we don’t do that and it doesn’t matter.

  10. Looks great! Love how independent it allows him to be. Also, the sonlight curriculum for bible looks awesome. I bet he’s looking forward to working on that bull frog! Haha 🐸

  11. Love love love the video as always. I ordered the same science textbook for my oldest cause she is entering 10th grade. Japanese is a hard language to learn that's commitment on Zion part. I'm trying to find books on the Gaelic language cause of our heritage. Like I said before you can never have too much for homeschool. Have a blessed school year!!!

  12. Jammerrill, I just retired from teaching. I used to arrange my chapter books on the shelf by making towers. I would place a book on its back cover and then place another book on top. The titles are easy to read without craning your neck and you utilize the space all the way to the shelf above. I was able to fit many more books in my shelf this way and the children enjoyed being able to easily read the titles.

  13. I honestly wish we were allowed to just put together our own curriculum and lesson plans, but unfortunately, here and California, we don't have the liberty to do that because they require more accountability(eg, government watchdogs)..We go through a charter school, which does not lend us the privilege of choosing the curriculum.. it's a shame because I feel my son would do so much better with certain curriculum..for instance, I believe he learns better with Saxon Math rather than Primary Mathematics (Singapore)..I would love to have the option to choose..Looks like SonLight would be a vendor we wld love.

  14. I have a question! Does the Sunlight history/bible curriculum leave anything out that is in public school textbooks, or have anything other than bible study added to it?

  15. Holy Guacamole! That's A Lot Of Amazing Work For Zion! And I Like That You Didn't Sugar Coat It That He's Learning About History. Good And Bad. I Just Love Your Gracious,Kind Spirit! And I Always Love When You Say Real Life Happens! As It Does. Can't Wait To See Upcoming Vlogs Of Your Vacation! And P.S I'm Working On Getting All My Girl's Stuff Ready For School! We Don't Homeschool,I'd Love To But Unfortunately I Have To Work Fulltime! God Bless And What An Amazing Haul!

  16. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom is AMAZING. You have to read it (if you haven't already.) One of my favorite books ever.

  17. Would love to see how you implement Sonlight lessons with your younger children. It seems overwhelming to me.

  18. Do you use sonlight with your younger kiddos? Do you have any experience teaching children with special needs?

  19. Oh gosh I remembering doing disection in highschool. I was in an advanced math, science, and technology program so we had to disect baby pigs and a squid. Ugh the smell was so bad it made my eyes burn.

  20. Love your videos! I was part homeschooled, and I'd love to homeschool our future kids! My oldest is a social butterfly and I'm thinking he'd enjoy traditional school, but we shall see when he's older. 🙂

  21. Thanks for sharing this Jamerrill. This is my first year homeschooling a high schooler and I've yet to use sonlight but I am really eager to try it.

  22. Can you reuse the years with your other kids that reach the same age or do you need to buy new stuff every year for each child? On average, how expensive does it get for each child for everything you need yearly? Do you give them tests on certain chapters or pages as you go along?

  23. That looks like a neat year of studies. Did you know that Ikea sells extra shelves for those units? I just picked some up to fit more books in on my set!

  24. Love it! Real life organizing! You just gotta do it that way sometimes (in multiple rounds) but it's ALWAYS worth it ❤❤❤

  25. I fell in love with Fahrenheit 451, A Clockwork Orange, and the Catcher in the Rye when I was 13. You should definitely check those out! 💕

  26. Hi thanks for sharing just love watching you it’s so interesting you’ve inspired me to go to Ikea to do a little study as one of my kids have moved out your such a lovely lady xx

  27. My daughter LOVED her 1st year using Sonlight (10th grade) she's a huge bookstore. She has already put in her request for Sonlight again this school year.:-)

  28. Sonlight looks like a great curriculum for beginners to homeschooling as well. It gives the outline that looks achievable each day so it's not so overwhelming when you see all the books and subjects they have to work through 😊

  29. "Organize in layers"…..I feel like I'm constantly doing that as well. Great video! Very helpful as I gear up to school my two oldest.

  30. I'm down to homeschooling only my youngest son, who is also in high school this year. He's in 9th grade this year and I was really interested in your son's 10th grade science. We are doing an "Earth" science course this year, but my son is really interested in Biology for next year! That is an amazing Biology kit! I'm scared to bits over the critters, but understand dissection is part of learning Biology. (The gross out factor for me is pretty high! lol) Thank you so much for showing us what you are using!

  31. So many items for homeschooling, especially with so many children/grade levels.  It looks to be very expensive..

  32. Do the books and the curriculum change each year for each grade? Such as when your next child goes into 10th grade would you get different books and a different curriculum or would you reuse the books and the curriculum they gave you in this order?

  33. My 11 year old is struggling bad in math. She is at a 3rd grade level. I am lost on how to help her. We pulled her out of public school and put her in a private school for 2 years. And now we are homeschooling her because she just kept getting farther and farther behind. Should I do a 3rd grade math curriculum with her this year and just go from there?

  34. Hey, girl! I am new to your channel, (which I absolutely love) ❤️ and I have wanted to homeschool my boys, grades 7 & 8 but I have no idea where or how to start and more importantly how to find affordable and godly inspired curriculum. I’d appreciate any advice you have to offer. TIA ☺️

  35. What a wonderful homeschool haul! A world history fiction book that I love is called Days of Terror by Barbara Smucker. So good. Have a wonderful time on your road trip!

  36. Sincere question for all the homeschooling moms…. I’m a teacher in Canada. I have 2 university degrees. Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education. I am fluent in both official m languages, and qualified to teach junior kindergarden to grade 12. Education is publicly funded here. Why do so many people in the US homeschool their children? Not trying to be rude, but genuinely interested. Homeschooling here is very rare. Please share your thoughts.

  37. I am loving these videos! I have three girls who are almost grown who went through public school. I also have a two and a half year old and a "due in December" that we have decided to homeschool. I believe this curriculum will be perfect for us, as I also love the literature base. I had originally planned on designing my own curriculum, but I absolutely love the structure of the textbooks, the planning pages, and the teacher's guides! Thank you for the terrific idea!!

    Eta: do they not offer a math portion, or do you just like others better?

  38. Are you familiar with the Preschool Prep materials? I ordered their ten dvd set for my son. He already knew his colors, shapes, and numbers, and we had started working on letters, but he was getting some of them mixed up and could only name about 20% of the lower case letters. He's had the dvds for about 3 weeks, and knows all 52 letters and has memorized the first 15 sight words – and he won't be 3 until November ☺ it's a great program for your younger ones! I ordered the flash cards for the sight words and the easy reader books yesterday. We LOVE this program!

  39. Witch homeschool organization are you useing? I have heard of many but yours sounds very interesting

  40. Why is it you are using both sonlight science and apologia together? Is there one you prefer more? I haven't used either yet but am looking into them.

  41. catching up with ya , i homeschool my chronically ill son , this will be my 5th year homeschooling,,,,( didn't do this till he hit 6th grade) some great ideas of course he is various due to so many health disorders , autism and more …you give us single parents some great ideas thank you so much for your time and effort

  42. Looks very similar to our high school year! I love those packages of sonlight books. They make my heart happy. 😂

  43. I wanted to share with you I have a 15 yr old sophomore and this yr I decided to enroll her in Dule credits at our community college. She studied for the TSI ($25.00) entrance exam and did amazing I might add. However, Dule credits count for HS credits and college freshman credits👍. Also Dule credits are half the cost. They also print out the transcript showing (English 1301) was completed with the grade. Also this yr in HS they have the PSAT testing in October ($18.00). Be sure to check on how many college credits you can have B4 it's counted as a transfer student and wouldn't qualify for the scholarships with the SAT/PSAT in a 4 yr college.

  44. How long does it take him to do the Literature and history together each day? I’m trying to gauge if this is a good fit for my daughter in the next year or two. I may only do the history and then purchase on my own a couple of the literature selections because it just seems like so much!

  45. HI! I just found this video, coming to the tail end of this school year. I'd love to see a review on "how it went," as I'm prepping for 10th grade and 9th grade boys.

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