I’m excited today to share about another great idea for helping your child (and you!) start homeschooling 9th grade. It’s to use 4-year planner for high school. Why is this helpful?
- It will keep the student organized
- He will know what assignments are due and when
- Even if due dates are easy now, they get more complicated in college, so he gets used to keeping track of them now
- It provides a place to write down other important information like books read, volunteer hours worked, test scores, field trips, clubs, accomplishments, etc.
- Grades and attendance are listed
And most important:
- All the information is in one place when it’s time to put it all on the High School Transcript!
(By the way, continue to follow this series since I will be explaining about how to write a high school transcript next!)
I have found two great planners to recommend, and have done thorough reviews on both. See the review on the HEDUA Well-Planned Day 4-Year High School Planner here.
Both have different features I like. The 4-year planner is awesome because all four years’ worth of work are listed in one place. It also has lots of articles to guide you through the high school years. The downside is that it’s bigger and heavier.
My Student Logbook is much thinner and simpler–and less expensive. There are lots of different pages to list any kind of information you’ll want to keep track of (attendance, books read, test scores, project, awards, presentations, etc.) You can get it as a physical product or a digital download.
Look into both of them and see which would work best for you and your student.
We decided to go with the Well-Planned Day 4-Year Planner for High School with my first student. It’s dated and I bought it a year late, so I got it on clearance. We realized that several of my son’s classes this year in 8th grade are high school level, so he’ll most likely be able to graduate early. This week we started looking through it. We wrote in the information for what he has done this year–his accomplishments, books read, and volunteer activities. I love that it gives us “assignments” to do each year–such as looking into colleges to see what their requirements are for SAT or ACT, finding a summer job or internship, and finding a PSAT course to study so you can take it in October of your sophomore year.
**There is a sale on next year’s Well-Planned Day Planners through the end of March!
Using a planner for high school is going to be a great help for my son and me. I’m feeling much more prepared for high school now!
Posts in this Series:
Post #4: Writing a Transcript
Post #5: Great Curriculum Choices
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I am so glad that I was able to review the second audio theater CD-set of the series “The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty.” This time the story is “In Freedom’s Cause: The Real Story of Wallace and Bruce” by Heirloom Audio Productions and teaches about the exciting lives of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, who worked to bring freedom to Scotland. It is adapted from the book In Freedom’s Cause by G.A. Henty (which was written in 1885).
This is a physical CD set with other digital downloaded components. I received the In Freedom’s Cause Single Package which includes the 2-CD set in a nice case with a booklet explaining about Heirloom Audio Productions and giving the link to the study guide. Inside the case is printed “The Prayer of William Wallace” (from the sacred song for King David, Psalm 23).
Also a part of the Single Package are links to some digital downloads: In Freedom’s Cause Study Guide (pdf file), In Freedom’s Cause Soundtrack (MP3 download), and Printable copy of The Prayer Of William Wallace (digital download).
We listened to the CDs in our car, and it played really well there. The story is 2 1/2 hours long. They recommend it for ages 6-adult. I will say that you might want to listen to it yourself to see if you think it would be ok for your younger kids. There is quite a bit of fighting and violence in the story.
I found the story fascinating. I really haven’t studied William Wallace or Robert the Bruce very much. It’s so easy to listen to since it’s told as a story using 2 main characters Ned and Gerald (who were also in the first story we listened to.) These boys go through the events and battles so we see first-hand what is happening in Scotland. You really feel the time period, the oppression, and the drive of the people toward freedom.
One of my favorite parts was the focus on the Psalter. Wallace and Ned’s mother speak about how wonderful reading the Psalms are. It’s important to know and follow God’s Word.
Watch a trailer of “In Freedom’s Cause” here:
The quality is top-notch! The soundtrack (which we also listened to separately through MP3 downloaded on our computer) is really nice–excellent instrumentation and adds to the excitement of the story. The actors are professionals. You’ll hear Joanne Froggatt from Downton Abbey, Billy Boyd from Lord of the Rings, Skandar Keynes from Chronicles of Narnia, and James Cosmo from Braveheart.
One thing that homeschoolers will really like is that you get access to a study guide along with your CD-set! It’s 49 pages long and nicely graphically-designed including some color photographs and pictures. There are Listening Well questions, Thinking Further questions (including some history links and study on geography), and Defining Words for each of the 37 tracks of the story (you could use these for vocabulary building or spelling words). It starts with short biographies of G.A. Henty, Sir William Wallace, and Robert the Bruce. After the questions and definitions, there are “Some Notes on the History of Scotland”, 3 Bible Studies, and a bibliography for further study.
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The next story coming out will be “With Lee in Virginia” (a story about the American Civil War). We started trying to read this particular Henty book and couldn’t get very far because the reading level is difficult. I know we will love it in the audio theater version! Help them out by following these new pages: Facebook , Google+, Twitter
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It’s pretty obvious by how we spend our time and money that we feel that being a good public speaker is important in our family. Our kids have just spent 3 jam-packed weeks doing drama, as well as a speech and debate tournament. Enjoy the pictures!
“Hairspray” presented by Spotlight Youth Theater. We had 2 kids involved in this musical, which played for 9 performances. My oldest son B and oldest daughter M performed in it. My 2nd son J worked backstage, and I worked in costumes.
Here is a promo video about it. B is at the very beginning and M at the very end.
My son played Harriman Spritzer, the owner of the Hairspray company, as well as a policeman. My daughter was in the “cutest kids” chorus.
At the strike party, the directors give out awards, and B received the “Outstanding Actor” award!
Along with doing musicals, six of our kids are in Spotlight’s drama, dance, and singing classes. I had the wonderful privilege to suddenly take over the auditioned singing class, which is focusing on a cappella music for two sessions. There are 4 boys and 7 girls in the class, and they are so talented. They performed 2 songs by Pentatonix and an arrangement of “You Are My Sunshine” that they made up themselves.
Here is my 6 yo daughter’s class. One of the moms made these cute skirts.
My oldest son is one of two boys in the advanced dance class called Project Dance. It has really stretched his dancing abilities!
J was in a class where they learned how to act for film. The movie premiered at our showcase, and the kids dressed up for the occasion. (I think I’ll have a link to the movie online sometime soon, so I’ll share that!)
My older boys did public policy debate for the first time ever this past weekend. They have been working on the resolution for a month. It was a great learning experience for them! I can see them only improving in it in the coming years. The resolution they debated was: “Resolved, that travel restrictions have little impact on the spread of serious communicable diseases.”
My oldest daughter is now in the advanced level of ICC (Institute for Cultural Communicators), our speech organization. Here she is doing her first speech, “Hello, My Name is. . .” She was able to do this speech at our Tournament this past weekend, along with limited prep (receiving a topic and having a minute to think about it before presenting it), and a literary interpretation of the poem “The Minstrels” by William Wordsworth.
Along with debate, my sons participated in the speech part of the tournament as well. B did a speech called “The History of Musical Theater” which he wrote, a duo interpretation of Tadd and Todd by Dr. Seuss with a friend of his, and radio broadcasting (an impromptu competition). J did a speech called “My Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16″ which he wrote, a literary interpretation of the book The Remarkable Farkle McBride by John Lithgow, and radio broadcasting. B qualified for the national tournament in his Duo and Radio Broadcasting, so we’ll be heading out to Virginia in June!