Bookworm is in 8th grade, and in typical homeschool fashion, he’s right where he should be in some subjects and ahead in others.

While we considered sending him to school this year, in the end, we all decided that wasn’t the best option, so he’s home and, unless unforeseen events arise, he’ll likely be home throughout his high school career.

At this time, Bookworm does plan to pursue a college degree, but we realize plans may change.  However, we’re trying to prepare him with a strong education, which will serve him well whether he goes to college or not.

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Here are the courses he’s taking:


Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology

Bookworm does great in science, but it’s not his favorite subject, so we’re adding in most of what Apologia recommends.  He’ll be using the Student Notebook, and we also plan to get him the microscope and slides as well as the dissection kit.  I’m going to have him work on the class for a few weeks before I decide if we should buy the Biology Video Instruction DVD.  I’m thinking it will be helpful.  This course will be an investment financially, but the good news is that most of these items can be used again when PB & J Girl and Cuddle Bug get old enough.

This is a high school level course, so rather than completing it in the 34 weeks it’s scheduled to be completed in, we plan to stretch this out over a year of study.  He’ll earn one high school science credit for this course, and he’ll also be doing the labs at home so he will be completing one science class with labs.  (Our state requires that a student complete 3 science classes with labs, so we’ll have one down after this year.)


We’re using Heart of Dakota’s Resurrection to Reformation program for these subjects.


For history, he’ll be doing map work and reading these books:

Peril and Peace by Mindy and Brandon Withrow

The Story of the Middle Ages by Samuel B. Harding

Monks and Mystics by Mindy and Brandon Withrow

Famous Men of the Middle Ages by John Haaren

Mystery of History Vol. III by Linda Lacour Hobar

World History Atlas


Since his schedule is already hectic, we’re not doing a formal writing program this year.  Instead, he’ll be using the notebooking pages that come with HOD.  He’ll do notebooking pages for history and reading as well as Shakespeare.


We’re using the boy selection of books from HOD’s Drawn into the Heart of Reading.  He’ll be reading the following books this year:

Stonewall Jackson by Charles Ludwig

Salt in His Blood: The Life of Michael De Ruyter by William R. Rang

The Winged Watchman by Hilda Van Stockum

The Quest for Thunder Mountain by Ed Dunlop

Sparrows in the Scullery by Barbara Brooks Wallace

Caught in the Act by Joan Lowery Nixon

Sir Knight of the Splendid Way by W.E. Cule

Candy Bomber by Michael O. Tunnell

Orphan Train Rider by Andrea Warren

Stories of Don Quixote Written Anew for Children by James Baldwin

Winter Holiday by Arthur Ransome


We reviewed UnLock Math Pre-Algebra earlier this year, and Bookworm really liked it, so we’re sticking with that one. (Interested in UnLock Math?  Sign up with my link, and you’ll get $50 off an annual purchase.)

Foreign Language

He’s taking an online Japanese class.  This will count for one high school foreign language credit after he’s completed an academic year’s worth of study next April.  He’s using two books:

Japanese Hiragana and Katakana for Beginners

Japanese from Zero! 1

Bookworm went to a Japanese immersion school from ages 3 to 6, but he’s not used it and forgotten most of it.  We’re hoping this class will help him refresh his memory.  We’re planning to go to Japan next year, so it will be nice if he can communicate with his relatives who only speak Japanese.


One of Bookworm’s hobbies is learning the history of the Catholic church and studying the catechism (more than one person at our church has suggested he should become a priest), so it’s difficult finding a religion text that keeps his interest.  Instead, we’re taking Bible study classes at our church.  This summer we did a 10 week study of James, and in a few weeks we’ll begin a study of Kings I and II.  We take this class with about 20 other people from our church.

I am counting our hours for both the class time and homework time.  When we reach 60 hours, Bookworm will have .5 high school credit in religion or Bible study.


At our local co-op, Bookworm will be taking an art class–sculpture–using Sculpture Technique Model book as the text.


Bookworm rides his bike for an hour every day, so that is his P.E.

If all goes well, by the end of this year, Bookworm should have 2.5 high school credits before he’s a high school freshman.

If you homeschool, what curriculum are you planning for your middle school/high school kids?





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