Another year of homeschooling has come and gone and — onward and upward — I’m now preparing for the next year of high school! Now that I’ve nearly finished gathering resources, I want to tell you about our Charlotte Mason-inspired 10th grade homeschool plans.
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For the most part, our 10th grade homeschool plans don’t look too different from 9th grade. That said, it’s kind of nice to have found a sweet spot and not have the need to constantly change things up.
Our 10th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices
Here’s a look at our lineup for this second year of high school:
10th Grade History
We used Early American and World History from Beautiful Feet Books for my teen’s 9th grade year. He enjoyed that course so much that he asked to continue using Beautiful Feet Books in the new year.
I showed him the remaining highs school options and his face lit up when he saw the Ancient History Senior High Pack. That alone determined our history selection for 10th grade.
Our order arrived a few weeks ago and now that I’ve had time to look through everything, I can honestly say I’m excited to dig into this with him next year. This course looks like it will be everything we love about Beautiful Feet Books, but taken to the next level.
The literature selections are fantastic and the individual lessons are the best I’ve seen from Beautiful Feet thus far. That’s based on our experience using their curriculum for teaching geography, character, and American/world history through literature, but worth mentioning nonetheless.
10th Grade Science
Our move to Sabbath Mood Homeschool for high school science last year was a great call. My big kid loved his first year using this Charlotte Mason science approach and asked to keep going with it.
Like last year, he’ll dig into one topic once a week through the year while rotating through three other topics on a quarterly basis.
This year he chose biology with an anatomy focus for his primary science topic and physics, chemistry, and electronics for the quarterly topics. Along with the Living Science Study Guides, he’ll rely on the following spine books:
- Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
- That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles
- The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe
- For the Love of Physics, and
- Electronics for Kids.
10th Grade Math
Life of Fred is on the lineup again to help us tackle math. My kiddo will finish Beginning Algebra in the early part of his 10th grade year and then move on to Life of Fred’s Advanced Algebra. And, as always, we’ll add the corresponding Zillions of Practice Problems for extra practice.
9th Grade Language Arts
If you’ve been with us for a while, it’s no surprise that Learning Language Arts Through Literature will be our primary language arts resource for the upcoming year.
We’ll jump into The Gold Book: British Literature this year and explore the following titles along with some wonderful British poetry selections:
See our review to learn more about Learning Language Arts Through Literature and the Gold Books in particular.
While Learning Language Arts Through Literature is a comprehensive choice for all areas of language arts, we’re also adding WriteShop to our language arts plans.
My teen loves writing and plans to study creative writing in college. Because of that, he genuinely enjoys the instruction these options bring to the table and wants to incorporate them both in his 10th grade year.
10th Grade – Everything Else
My teen will continue turning to our co-op for Spanish. He greatly benefited from in-person lessons in that area, so I’m grateful he’ll have that option again for 10th grade.
For fine arts, he’ll turn to Music in Our Homeschool’s Charlotte Mason-Inspired High School Fine Arts course. This will give him an opportunity to study poetry, music appreciation, and art appreciation under the same umbrella.
That said, we’re an arts-loving family, so he’ll join me and my younger kiddo for the following components:
Art Instruction/Art Appreciation
We’ll continue to let our go-to for all things art, Masterpiece Society, do the heavy lifting for our family-style artist study and art instruction.
We selected Vermeer, Matisse, and Cezanne for artist study in the upcoming year and we’ll use a mix of Masterpiece Society art appreciation units and Mixing with the Masters lessons to guide us as we study each of them.
As for art instruction, he’s asked to continue working through Masterpiece Society’s Art School offerings so he can hone in his skill with specific techniques. This will give him a chance to work on watercolors along with acrylics and oils and will add a technical, yet creative component to his art plans for the year.
Along the same lines as last year, my teen will join my younger kiddo and me as we work through the second year of A Year of Charlotte Mason Music Lessons. He enjoyed the combination of composer study and folk songs/hymns included in this course and is happy to sit in with us again.
That’s all for our Charlotte Mason-inspired 10th grade homeschool plans. If you can offer tips about these resources or have questions about them, leave them for us in the comments below! 🙂
Lastly, take a look at the following posts if you’d like to see our curriculum choices for past years: