Well-Trained Mind: Grade Nine
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.
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.
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.
- Tapestry of Grace Year 1
This thorough plan for history has been the foundation of our history program. We are using the rhetoric stage plan for history as well as some of our literature. I love the structure but also the flexibility to pick and choose how to use the materia
Ancient Times Notebook Pages- NotebookingPages.com
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
- Bible: Genesis to the Book of Job
- Ancient Egyptian Literature
- 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)
- 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.
- Vocabulary from Classical Roots
Our main text for vocabulary. Each workbook lasts us about a year. We cover a lesson a week. My son completes the workbook pages and then I correct them. We go over any words he missed or was unsure about and I verbally quiz him to see if he needs fu
- English from the Roots Up
We have been slowly making our way through these roots for the last three years. I use only the box of cards and we cover one root per week.
- Institute for Excellence in Writing
This is the gem of our year. We have thoroughly enjoyed working through these DVD lessons each week. I take the concepts from the DVD lesson and apply them to my son's writing assignments in history, science, and literature. You can read my complete
- Science Roots
This is a new program for us this year and it has been a little rocky getting started. We have used it alongside the Apologia Biology and have found it very useful with all the vocabulary. I would suggest starting this before you do the Apologia Biol
Language Arts Materials on Amazon.com
- The Easy Spanish
We have struggled with several different Spanish programs before landing in this one. I love the Charlotte Mason approach to learning and my son is making so many connections with this program and is able to have conversations in Spanish now. You can
- Rosetta Stone
We have been going through the Rosetta Stone Spanish program for two years but this year it has really clicked and I hear a big difference in my children's confidence in Spanish. I think the combination of The Easy Spanish and the computer work with
- Free Harmony Fine Arts plan for music
I offer my ninth grade music appreciation program for free as a download from my website.