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Well-Trained Mind: Grade Nine

Updated on March 13, 2015

Tapestry of Grace for High School - Classical Homeschool

We are a family that homeschools for high school! In this lens you will find a list of all the resources we pulled together for our ninth grade year. Our family combines The Well-Trained Mind approach or Classical approach to homeschooling with many of Charlotte Mason's educational methods. We are using Tapestry of Grace plans and adapting them to meet the needs of our high school age boys. We are attempting to tackle a Great Books list this year and you will find those listed below. There are many of our extras included here for you to pick and choose from too.

History Resources - These were the highlights of our Ancient History study!

Some of these are Tapestry of Grace selections and some are ones that I decided we should use to be the base of our ancients study. We have thoroughly covered this time period in the logic years but this time we were gleaning new information and making so many connections. My boys were expected to read, ask questions, and then research the answers. They would respond either in oral discussions at the end of the week or prepare written responses for their notebooks.

Trail Guide to Bible Geography
Trail Guide to Bible Geography

Excellent supplement to your history and Bible reading. The map work and gleaning of details about the Holy Land in ancient times makes your history study come alive. The notebook pages are valuable as a follow-up tool to your weekly assignments.

Holman Bible Atlas: A Complete Guide to the Expansive Geography of Biblical History (Broadman & Holman Reference)
Holman Bible Atlas: A Complete Guide to the Expansive Geography of Biblical History (Broadman & Holman Reference)

Our family loves this book as an enrichment to our Bible history reading. Excellent maps and so much additional information that you could build a complete plan around this one book.

Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egypt

This refreshing account of ancient Egypt was a pleasant surprise. Even after thoroughly covering this time period before, we are gleaning so many excellent facts and ideas from the pages in this book.


Standard Greek mythology in a narrative style. Enjoyable.

These Were the Romans
These Were the Romans

This is more of a complete humanities book about the Roman empire. A bit scholarly but still readable and interesting.

Tapestry of Grace Planning
Tapestry of Grace Planning

The Overall Plan for Ninth Grade

Using The Well-Trained Mind and Charlotte Mason

This year has been a leap of faith for us. We were not sure that our plan to use a combination of The Well-Trained Mind and Charlotte Mason's ideas would work for our family but the first semester has been a huge success.

We have been following the Well-Trained Mind outlines in our homeschooling for the last few years and have now decided we are much more of a Charlotte Mason sort of family. I decided to make the best of both worlds and use the outline of a classical school but use a Charlotte Mason style for teaching. We also have taken up notebooking as a serious and practical way of recording our learning in high school. See my blog entry here for my top five reasons to notebook in high school.

I have found the mix a very ideal method for our family.

Ancient History

We use the discussion techniques described as "Socratic Discussions" by Tapestry of Grace. This is a way to discuss history, literature, art, or any other subject by drawing the student out with skillfully crafted questions. You can read more about it in the pdf file from Tapestry of Grace I printed this out and put it in my planner so I can read it before our weekly meetings.

We also supplemented with this DVD course from The Teaching Company -Ancient Civilizations before Alexander the Great.

Ancient Times Notebook Pages-

Ancient Times Notebook Pages-
Ancient Times Notebook Pages-

Literature or Great Books

I started with the list in The Well-Trained Mind and mixed in the plan from Tapestry of Grace and came up with a reading list.

Great Books for Literature

This list is a mix of assigned reading and what we call "free reading".

The assigned reading is the list we work from that is scheduled out for us to read and discuss each week. They will respond either orally or in a written form. The writing pieces are either informal notes and quotations or they are formal essays.

The free reading books are to be read on their own, at their own pace, and there is no assigned discussions or written follow-up. I find that they informally will tell me about the books as they go about their reading. They keep a list in the front of their literature notebook of the year's books to be read and then record the finishing date for each book they complete.

You may be interested in reading my comparison of

Tapestry of Grace Vs. The Well-Trained Mind (literature)

  • Bible: Genesis to the Book of Job
  • Ancient Egyptian Literature
  • Gilgamesh
  • From Distant Days (Tapestry of Grace literature)
  • Iliad (With the Teaching Company DVD series)
  • Bible: Book of Daniel
  • Last Days of Socrates
  • Beyond the Desert Gate (Tapestry of Grace literature)
  • God King (Tapestry of Grace literature)
  • Hittite Warrior (Tapestry of Grace literature)
  • Bhagavad-Gita
  • Caesar's Gallic War (Tapestry of Grace literature)
  • Bible: Book of Galatians
  • Life of Alexander the Great
  • Ben Hur (Tapestry of Grace literature)
  • Bible: Book of 1 and 2 Thessalonians
  • Bible: Book of Ephesians
  • Plato - Apology
  • Augustine - Confessions

Algebra - Math U See

We are finishing up Math-U-See Algebra and then moving on to geometry. This book has been a perfect fit for our family. We enjoy the DVD lessons and the pace at which this book moves along.

I have had some fellow homeschoolers criticize the Math-U-See program but for our family it is a perfect fit. One page per day and we move right through the lessons. I know the boys are understanding their math and I love the DVD for teaching and then reinforcing the concepts.

We actually like using the blocks with algebra and I think for my one son it has made him "see" his math as never before.

Language Arts - Vocabulary, Writing, Grammar, Spelling, Dictation

We are polishing up our skills in this area.

Language Arts Materials on

Art History resources - These are planned out in Harmony Fine Arts 9th grade plan

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    • LLMom27 profile image


      7 years ago

      Great resources for classical education. I am always looking for more.

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      7 years ago

      Hello we found your classical lens today.

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      Barb McCoy 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: You are welcome to read my homeschooling blog where I talk about schedules and planning. You might be interested in reading this page:

      You can click the "planning" tag at the bottom of the post for more ideas too.

      Thanks for visiting my lens. Barb

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      7 years ago

      I was admiring your 9th grade plan, and noticing the volumes of reading. Can you share what your week looks like for assignments? I am trying, unsuccessfully so far, to find the right balance of work and reading. My son loves to read, but we struggle getting all his work done in a 4 day environment from 8:30 to 2:00 with an hour for lunch. Would you share what you do? thank you, sincerely, Tawnya R.

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      7 years ago

      Stopped by because of looking for more resources for Apologia Biology. Enjoyed reading through your lenses.

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      8 years ago

      Great lens. My daughter is in the middle of her first year of home-schooling.

    • DeannaDiaz profile image


      8 years ago

      What an awesome lens! KonaGirl recommended your site and I'm glad she did! I also home school and this is a great resource.

    • jadehorseshoe profile image


      8 years ago

      Perfect Resource.

    • TeacherSerenia profile image


      8 years ago

      I heartily approve the Great Books method. I wish I had known that this method of education existed 30 years ago when I was in high school. I could have learnt so much more about the classics.

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      8 years ago

      blessed by a Squid Angel. Good job.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Truly admire the work you do. I am happy to see the Bible studied as I think you miss out a lot leaving this great literature aside.

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      9 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      My 10th grader wanted to do Abeka Academy this year (and wants to continue), but I think I need something different for my 8th grader. One of our local homeschool co-ops bases their studies around Tapesty, so it is something we are looking into for next year for him. (Then there is my little guy who I get to do fun unit studies with still!)

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for sharing. Lensrolled to my Homeschool Questions and Why Homeschool lens. In the future, will post to my Homeschool Preschool thru High School facebook page. Keep up the good work.

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      Barb McCoy 

      9 years ago

      @anonymous: You are welcome to read my blog where I document how I have been able to incorporate classical and CM ideas together with my boys. I have no formal classical education and we just take it one year at a time.

      Hop over to my blog and see what you can find.

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      9 years ago

      I will BEGIN homeschooling my daughter next year... she will be in 9th grade. She is coming out a Classical, Christian school. I have only homeschooled one year so far, my other two daughters: 5th and 3rd. I am doing okay with my two younger girls, but am very worried about schooling my 9th grader. I like the "idea" of CM, but I just can't see how I can do it with a high schooler. I only have a high school education and she is already way past my education in the school she is in. I imagine that I will be enrolling her in quite a few classes in homeschool learning centers. I wonder how much she could actually do at home? I am starting to get anxious about this and thought I'd post this and see if I got any response.

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      Linda Pogue 

      9 years ago from Missouri

      Great information. As a former homeschooling mom (my kids are both grown, now), I know how difficult and time consuming it can be to pull together a curriculum. You might be interested in The site is primarily for adults returning to college after years out of school, but the links to study helps are good for high school students, too. Thumbs up!

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      Laura Schofield 

      9 years ago from Chicago, IL USA

      This is an excellently compiled lens. I've included it as a featured lens on my page on back to school planning at . My oldest son is getting ready for 8th grade in a highly competitive school district: We'll definitely be revisiting this in the future. Thanks!

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      10 years ago

      This is exactly what I was looking for! I am bookmarking this!

      We will be doing 9th gr. w/ our oldest and have always used Well Trained Mind, but I too have been leaning more toward Charlotte Mason. We started Spelling Wisdom last year after many curriculums that I was unhappy with. We LOVE it!

      Do you happen to know the approximate cost for this? Do you buy all books or depend on library books some?

      Thank you so much for compiling this information!


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      10 years ago

      this is such great information. thanks for the great lens.

      geography information source

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      Stephen Carr 

      11 years ago from Corona, CA

      Terrific Lens! Liked the information. Will come again!

      Be an Unforgettable Teacher!


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      11 years ago

      Thanks, Barb, for all your work in putting together this curriculum for your boys. I am LOVING this site & your blogsite! We have 3 girls (little ones), and we plan to homeschool in a WTM/CM/LCC sort of way. You have combined WTM & CM very beautifully! Thanks! Now all I have to add in the Latin. :) -- Sahamamama from WTM Boards

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      11 years ago


      Can you go into detail about how you use Vocab From Classical Roots? How do you schedule that out on a day to day or weekly basis?


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      11 years ago

      What a wonderful resource. Many thanks for sharing your inspiring studies.

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      11 years ago

      Wow, a lot of ninth grade resources that can benefit others as well! I salute you in your homeschooling efforts and I can see it has been successful. You, and others who homeschool their kids, might take an interest in online studies for future adult courses. It shies away from traditional studies (like a classroom setting) but still quite similar to homeschooling. You could combine old homeschooling methods with some online studies plan and see how it works. Good job on the lens!

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      12 years ago

      Thanks--we're looking forward to next year with Apologia biology--you've given me lots of food for thought!

    • HeartsAndTreesA profile image


      12 years ago

      Looks great. You put a lot of work into this page.


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