9th Grade Reading List

We have used visual reading lists in our homeschool for years now! I spend lots of time each summer creating these lists for my kids and they really help throughout the school year. Today I am sharing our 9th-grade book list, for my son.

I used many sources to find books I thought he might enjoy and that I wanted him to try. He dislikes reading and would rather be up and moving around {he’s my gymnast} so I really try to choose books I think he can get into.

Assigned Books

This year I chose a few books and created printables for them.  You can find our printables for all of these books and more here on our Read for a Reason webpage! I am not actually assigning specific books to him but will require him to read at least 4 books, hopefully, more.

Click here to see these books on Amazon!


Downloads & How-To…

I have a few downloads you are welcome to use if you’d like. First, here is a PDF copy of the book choice page featuring the books I chose for him. If you want to create your own visual list, it is easy! I have a video tutorial here!


Booklist Video…

I have a Facebook Live video sharing about these visual booklists, and why we love them! You can watch that here!


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11th Grade Homeschool Year-End Review

11th Grade Year End Review

When we adopted the motto – one year at a time, one kid at a time, I knew it might someday bring me peace when plans changed right before my eyes! When presented with the opportunity to take classes at our community college, for free, for dual credit, we enrolled our oldest son! He took all but 2 courses at the community college for 11th grade through a program called Career and College Promise. It was a learning experience for all of us and wasn’t always easy. I missed him while also feeling the freedom of having only 2 kids to teach. He loved his new freedom while learning that the classroom experience is majorly different, especially at the college level for your very first experience!

Below is a list of the courses he completed for 11th grade

1st Semester

  • English – Writing and Inquiry
  • Math – Precalculus Algebra
  • Music Appreciation
  • Intro to Sociology

2nd Semester

  • English – Writing/Research in the Disciplines
  • General Psychology
  • College Transfer Success – required course for the program he is in

At Home

  • Literature portion of English
  • US History – Notgrass  

Some of the courses are by choice and some are required for the program he is in. We had to choose a pathway and within the Associate in Science Pathway, he was given courses that fulfill the requirements.

Moving forward…

For the upcoming year {12th grade} he will take the following at the community college for sure:

  • Biology 1
  • Biology 2
  • Math – Precalculus Trigonometry
  • American Literature

He has also decided to give the technical pathway a try and take a course in the electrician path to see if it’s something he likes. I love that he is not set in stone on the college path and is exploring all options of what the best journey might be for him. We are huge fans of finding the right fit for each person. It just isn’t the same for all!

He may end up at college, he may decide to be an electrician. He may go away to college, he may complete his bachelor degree online. His options are still open at this point, but we are still making sure he is prepared for the go-away-to-college route if that’s what he chooses in the end. If he does that, his top choice is still Charleston Southern University. Decisions will need to be made soon, so I bet you will see things unfold on Instagram as we walk this final year together!

Outside of School…

He does many other things besides school! He has worked at Chick-Fil-A for over a year now and loves it. He is spending several weeks of his summer volunteering at camps for adults and kids with special needs {which he has done for the past few summers also}. It brings me so much joy to see him enjoy serving others! During the school year he volunteers with the special needs ministry at our church.

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It seems just yesterday I was starting this blog and he was in Kindergarten.

Before Now…

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10th Grade Year-End Review

10th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Year End Review

The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose! I will be sharing a series of posts with you; evaluating our choices in each grade level from this homeschool year.

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We shared our 3rd grade year-end review here and 6th grade here. Next up, 10th grade!  Here’s a reminder of the original 10th Grade Curriculum Choices post.

10th Grade Subjects

Below I will give a small review of each subject, if you have more specific questions about anything, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer!

10th grade homeschool

Math ~ Teaching Textbooks Algebra 2

Teaching Textbooks is a perfect for us. Seriously, math was my most feared subject and TT has made it so easy. He completed Algebra 2 this year and is officially done with his Teaching Textbooks journey. They do have Pre Cal, but he will be taking his math for 11th grade at the community college {dual enrollment}. His placement test scores were VERY high in math, even the administrator pulled me to talk about how well he did on the test! I feel we owe this to Teaching Textbooks!!!!

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Government/Economics ~ Notgrass

We both love Notgrass and this year was no exception. He completed their Government and Economics and learned a lot!

English ~ IEW Windows to the World / Teaching the Classics

We used Teaching the Classics for the first month or so of school, to familiarize both of us with the content. It was very helpful. We then completed Windows to the World together. I must be honest and say that literature analysis is not our favorite subject but IEW made it bearable. I definitely recommend IEW!

Elective ~ Graphic Design

This was a great elective for Pac and he enjoyed it. I love that we were able to get this great course through our SchoolHouse Teachers membership {which we did renew for this year too}.

Elective ~ Human Development

I loved this Human Development course. It was simple, to the point and a great introduction to this topic from a Christian worldview!

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Stay tuned, I will be sharing our curriculum choices for 11th grade,7th grade and 4th grade.

See all of our Homeschool Curriculum reviews and features here!

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices

10th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

10th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices


My oldest son is 15 and going into 10th grade this year, below are the 10th grade homeschool curriculum choices we have made!

Curious to see what he did in the past {since I’ve been blogging}?

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10th Grade Subjects

The Visual Version…

TT Algebra 2Notgrass Exploring GovernmentDiscovering Design with ChemistryIEW Windows to the WorldNotgrass economicsTeaching the Classics

human-development Graphic Design


Figuring high school credits – He is coming into 10th grade with 8 1/2 high school credits and will earn 6 more this year. We may add an elective 2nd semester, depending on how these first two go. He is pretty busy outside of the home with activities also. He is on a year round swim team and he also volunteers with the special needs ministry at our church on a weekly basis. He spent his summer doing the same – spending 3 different weeks as a volunteer counselor for people with special needs. It is definitely his passion and we are trying to allow him to fully develop this calling.

There may be more to come, or some changes, but this is our list for now and all of this has been purchased! We will see what the year holds!

See our 3rd Grade Choices here and 6th here!

See all other grades here!

Homeschool Curriculum Reviews and Choices

Stick around and see our homeschool year unfold!

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Homeschool High School on a Budget

We are on a pretty tight budget right now and as you probably know, homeschooling can be expensive.

Recently I bought Human Development {$30} for my son to use for his Health credit in high school. This is a great deal at only $30.


I also have a membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com mainly for the high school courses. I am currently looking at {and deciding between} the classes shown below. We haven’t nailed down our final decisions for 10th grade yet.

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