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2017-2018 (9th grade, 15 years old)

MATH
- Geometry, Harold Jacobs

LANGUAGE ARTS
- Wordly Wise, book 9
- Analytical Grammar, seasons 1-2 plus reinforcements
- Writing & Rhetoric, book 6
- WordSmith
- selected reading

BIOLOGY
- Science for High School

WORLD GEOGRAPHY
- Prisoners of Geography, Tim Marshall

HISTORY OF SCIENCE
- The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way, Joy Hakim
- The Story of Science: Newton at the Center, Joy Hakim
- The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension, Joy Hakim

HEALTH
- Our Whole Lives

PE
- Karate (twice a week throughout the year)
Karate demo team (1-2 practices/week plus roughly monthly performances) 
- Gymnastics (once a week)  

 

 

2016-2017 (8th grade, 14 years old)

MATH
- The Art of Problem Solving, Algebra 
- A-Plus Notes for Beginning Algebra 

LANGUAGE ARTS
- Wordly Wise, book 8
- Reading Detective
- Don't Forget to Write
- Caught Ya: Grammar With a Giggle 
- Writing & Rhetoric, books 1-4
- self-selected reading 

SCIENCE
- The Story of Science: Aristotle & Newton
- How to Teach Nutrition to Kids 
- Science Olympiad (events: Dynamic Planet, Optics, Wright Stuff, Write it Do it, Fast Facts, and Reach for the Stars)

HISTORY
- creating our own timeline for early modern & modern times
- supplementary readings, including Shakespeare 

GEOGRAPHY
- Around the World in 180 Days 

PE
- Karate (twice a week throughout the year)
Karate demo team (1-2 practices/week plus roughly monthly performances) 
- Gymnastics (once a week)  
- swimming laps (once a week) 

ELECTIVES
- Signing Online program to learn ASL
- US government (unit study) icivics.org
- cursive 
- violin lessons (weekly, began February 2017) 

OPTIONS (one day a week enrichment program)
- PE
- Art: Meet the Masters
- American History
- Digital Art
- STEM
- Science in the Lab

 

2015-2016 (7th grade, 13 years old)

MATH
Dimensions Math 8
Beast Academy 3D thru 4D (review)

READING
- self-selected reading

SPELLING
All About Spelling, reviewing all 7 levels

GRAMMAR
- Sentence Composing for Middle School

WRITING
Write Like This
- Middle School Writing Toolkit

HISTORY
- creating our own timeline for ancient & medieval times
- supplementary readings

SCIENCE
- CPO Middle School Science (earth, physical and life science)
Tinker Crate

GEOGRAPHY
- reviewing both world and US geography

KOREAN
- Korean From Zero
- flash cards 

PE
- Karate (twice a week throughout the year)
Karate demo team (1-2 practices/week plus roughly monthly performances) 
- Gymnastics (once a week) 

ART
- Drawing in 3-D
- Doodle Crate 

OPTIONS (one day a week enrichment program)
- PE
- STEM
- Animation
- Robotics 2
- Physical Science
- Mad Science Mix 

 

2014-2015 (6th grade, 12 years old)

MATH
- Dimensions Math 7
- Key to Algebra

READING
- self-selected reading

SPELLING
- All About Spelling, level 7

GRAMMAR
- Jr. Analytical Grammar & Mechanics

VOCABULARY
- All About Homophones
- Word Roots, A2

HISTORY
- Story of the World, Volume 4
- The Story of US, books 7-10
- supplementary readings

SCIENCE
- miscellaneous units, including materials from Real Science 4 Kids (astronomy), Maker (lockpicking), Ellen McHenry (physics labs) and Tinker Crate

GEOGRAPHY
- Mapping the World With Art
- 50 States and Where to Find Them

MUSIC
- guitar (weekly 1 hour class at Options) 

PE
- Karate (twice a week throughout the year)
- Karate demo team (1-2 practices/week plus roughly monthly performances) 
- Gymnastics (once a week) 

ART
- You Can Draw in 30 Days

OPTIONS (one day a week enrichment program)
- PE
- Lego Storystarter
- Animation
- Robotics
- Guitar 2
- Mad Science Mix 

 

2013-2014 (5th grade, 11 years old)

MATH
- Teaching Textbooks, Math 7 & Pre-Algebra
- Life of Fred, Decimals

READING
- assigned monthly reading

SPELLING
All About Spelling, levels 6-7 

WRITING
Cover Story

VOCABULARY
All About Homophones
Word Roots, A1

WORLD HISTORY
Story of the World, Volume 3 

US HISTORY
Story of US, books 4-7
Critical Thinking in US History, New Republic to Civil War 

SCIENCE
Human Body Detectives, Circulatory & Nutrition units 
Ellen McHenry, The Elements
- Ellen McHenry, Carbon Chemistry 

GEOGRAPHY
US State Abbreviations 
How The States Got Their Shapes  

MUSIC 
- Clarinet (weekly 30 minute lessons + practice on his own)
- Guitar, piano & drums (on his own)

PE
- Karate (twice a week throughout the year)
- Karate demo team (1-2 practices/week, plus about monthly performances) 

ART
Art is Fundamental

ECONOMICS
Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? and study guide 

WORLD VIEW
Sacred Stories & supplemental materials 

TYPING
Type Fu online program 

OPTIONS (one day a week enrichment program)
- Road Trip USA
- PE
- Art
- 21st Century Technology
- Forensics
- Ameritowne

 

 

2012-2013 (4th grade, 10 years old)

MATH
- Teaching Textbooks, Math 6
- Life of Fred, Fractions

READING
- assigned monthly reading 

SPELLING
All About Spelling, Levels 5-6 

GRAMMAR
Michael Clay Thompson, Level 2
Growing With Grammar, Level 4 

WRITING
Winning With Writing, Level 4
Writing Magic 

WORLD HISTORY
Story of the World, Volume 2 

US HISTORY
Story of US, books 1-3
Critical Thinking in US History, Colonies to Constitution 

SCIENCE
Elemental Science, Earth Science & Astronomy, Intermediate Level 

GEOGRAPHY
Expedition Earth 
US State Abbreviations  

MUSIC 
- Guitar, Bells & Drums (once a week classes at LEAP)

PE
- Karate (twice a week)
- Karate West Demo Team (practices 2-3 times/week, with performances ~monthly)

LEAP (one day a week enrichment program)
- Drumming
- PE
- Ameritowne
- Bells
- Spanish
- Guitar