Saturday, October 14, 2017

Future Software Engineer & Coding

Our daughter has decided that she wants to gear her high school courses towards being a software engineer.  She has always been strong in math and then had a fascination with all things technology and robots.  I thought she would outgrow it but evidently that is what she sees herself moving towards as we enter high school next year.  Software engineers average $93,000 a year, so I think we can rest assured this isn't time wasted!

We are looking into her earning college credit while in high school as our state offers that and it is free!  She wants to work from home until she gets married and she is in the right field to do so.  I will be spending the remainder of this school year laying out just how we will go about this.

She started coding a few months ago and absolutely loves it.  Most recently she is using Python but she did other programs before moving to that one.  Here are some book she has used to self-teach herself and some of her coding.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Update On Us

I haven't taken the time to catalog all of our journeys with homeschool the past few years or so due to surgeries, miscarriages and a cross-country move!  Yes, it has been a busy time and my main goal with homeschool was just to keep pushing forward despite all the setbacks.  I'm happy to say that we finally "caught up" this month in several areas but there is no time to slow down because we are changing some things with our original long-term plans for K.

K has always been strong in math and then the past few years showed a great interest in science and technology.  She is gearing toward a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) high school plan.  Her desires for more technology courses and a life-long interest in space have me rethinking our high school plan.  This school year that we are getting ready to start next month is the year before high school (8th grade) and will determine the path for the last 4 years.

8th Grade Renaissance & Modern Book List

We will only be choosing about half of the books (poems) from this list for the year.  Also, I haven't screened all of the books either, so I won't have a final book list of what she read till the end of this school year.

Late Renaissance/ Early Modern 
  1. Adventures of Don Quixote - Dover
  2. The Complete Fairy Tales - Perrault
  3. Robinson Crusoe - Defoe
  4. Favorite Poems - Wordsworth
  5. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Coleridge
  6. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle - Irving
  7. The Pied Piper of Hamelin - Browing
  8. Grimm's Fairy Tales - Grimm
  9. Benjamin Franklin: The Autobiography and Other Writings
  10. Goblin Market and Other Poems - Christina Rossetti
  11. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Twain
  12. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Verne
  13. The Raven - Poe
  1.  Kidnapped or Treasure Island - Stevenson
  2. The Man Without a Country - Hale
  3. Little Women - Alcott
  4. Sherlock Holmes stories - Doyle
  5. The Jungle Book - Kipling
  6. The Time Machine or The War of the Worlds - Wells
  7. The Call of the Wild - London
  8. The Scarlet Pimpernel - Orczy
  9. Short Stories - O. Henry
  10. Anne of Green Gables - Montgomery
  11. Murder on the Orient Express - Christie
  12. Gone With the Wind - Mitchell
  13. The Yearling - Rawlings
  14. The Song of Hiawatha - Longfellow
  15. The Road Not Taken - Frost
  16. Collected Poems - Cummings
  17. Poems 1919-1934 - de la Mare
  18. The Dream Keeper and Other Poems - Hughes
  19. Pygmalion - Shaw
  20. The Hiding Place - Ten Boom

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

7th Grade Medieval History Book List

  1. Beowulf: A New Telling - Nye
  2. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Tolkien
  3. The Canterbury Tales - McCaughrean
  4. The Inferno of Dante - Alighieri
  5. Saint George and the Dragon - Hodges
  6. The Sword and The Circle - Sutcliff
  7. Shakespeare Stories - Garfield