My younger daughter will be doing a modified version of Year Seven. She is my asynchronous child and we sometimes moved books around over the years to allow her to combine in books used with her older sister. I've spent most of today trying to sort and organize what we may be studying this fall. I tend to overschedule, but I like to have options to adjust to whatever unfolds over the course of the year.
Here is what I think we will be using:
Medieval History-The Middle Ages and guide with all of the supplemental readings
Ancient History-In the Land of Ur and the remaining books listed for Year Seven
Science and Natural History:
Physics-Aristotle Leads the Way, The Wonders of Physics and Hewitt's Conceptual Physics along with a few other nonfiction related books and biographies (This is her area of interest, so we are going a bit heavy this year.)
Genetics-The Code of Life and other books listed for Year Seven
Astronomy-Exploring the Sky and The Stars and additional books as well. (This too is her area of interest.)
General Science-Science Matters
Natural History-The Sea Around Us, The 2nd Book of Botany and Hungry Hollow
Poetry-narrative poems by Longfellow, Dickinson and Tennyson. We're picking up Dickinson and Tennyson as she's already read/heard Beowulf and Sir Gawain recently.
Canterbury Tales Retold, Bulfinch's Mythology, English Literature for Young People, Pyle's King Arthur and Robin Hood, The Scottish Chiefs and Ivanhoe. She has read the remainder of the list. We're adding North and South (as she wanted to read this after finishing David Copperfield), Robinson Crusoe, Irving's Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, The Trojan War and The Wanderings of Odysseus. She is also into Jane Austen and asked to read Emma after finishing Sense and Sensibility.
Shakespeare-we traded these out for The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth and one more if we get to it later.
We are behind in our geography books and so will be doing the Beautiful Feet maps with Minn of the Mississippi and Tree in the Trail, but she has read all of the suggestions for Year Seven, except He Went With Marco Polo and Genghis Khan, which she will read as well. We also complete map work to coordinate with history. We will start The Book of Marvels next year.
In art we will cover many of the same suggestions for Year Seven but we will go a slightly different path with music, studying Stravinsky (as listed) but also Chopin and Petipa to give my ballet dancer some ballets to study. It doesn't hurt that her ballet school is doing Giselle this fall. :) We may add an opera too. She is a serious classical piano student and so is already exposed to great composers.
We'll follow the suggestions listed for Year Seven.
She will also finish Jacob's Algebra I and then start Jacob's Geometry, continue with Essentials in English II, Dictation (Level 2), keeping a commonplace book, an active reader notebook, a literary terms notebook and narrations (oral and written). I plan to add some focused composition /writing lessons for her (such as introducing the formal essay) this year using multiple resources, including my new purchase of The Lost Tools of Writing. She is also studying French 2, Latin 1 and possibly German 1. We will try to be better with our Book of Centuries and recitations this year. Last year we were overscheduled with outside activities (yes, too much time at the dance school) and need to stay focused this year.
I hope everyone here has a great school year! :)