One of the most challenging aspects of homeschooling is trying to decide on what curriculum to use. There are so many choices out there it can be overwhelming, to say the least. This is what led me to write this post for you. Read on to find out the curriculum we picked for our 10th Grade Curriculum choices.
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If you homeschooled last year, you may be feeling a bit more confident in your ability to choose and teach a 10th grade home school curriculum, and you should.
If 10th grade is going to be your first year homeschooling high school, you may be freaking out a bit, or a lot.
The good news is, you’re not alone!
Since homeschooling high school is completely different than homeschooling lower grades, even a seasoned homeschooler can use some help.
Take note and remember – High School is the time where keeping thorough records become vital.
You will need these records in order to create a high school transcript. A transcript is needed to apply for college.
Keeping a list of courses taken and credits earned is all part of this process.
I know it can seem overwhelming. It is a lot of information to think about and plan.
If you need help figuring out courses and credits, check out my post Determining High School Courses and Credits – A Complete 4-Year Planner where you can download a free planner to guide you through the process.
Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
Below you will find a list of the curriculum we used for 10th grade. Including what we liked and what we didn’t like about it, and where you can get it.
10th Grade Course Schedule
- World History
- Computer Science
- Home Economics
Geometry – CTC Math
A complete online curriculum including printable worksheets and quizzes
- easy to use
- the parent can decide exactly what lessons to assign and can assign lessons from any grade level – helpful if your child needs extra help in an area or is ready for a more advanced lesson
- can assign lessons at any grade level
- can check on your students progress anytime
- includes a weekly progress report sent directly to your inbox
- video instruction is concise and to the point, examples are given and if problems are missed, you can see how it was done.
- even though the version we bought was for the U.S., the curriculum still included verbiage for Australia which was confusing.
Some examples: exponents = indices parenthesis = brackets and a really crazy and confusing one is for the order of operations, instead of PEMDAS(Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiply, Divide, Add, Subtract or Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally) it’s BIDMAS (Brackets, Indices, Divide, Multiply, Add, Subtract)
You can subscribe to CTC Math on their website at ctcmath.com they have a homeschool program option that will save you some money too.
Despite the verbiage issues, I actually really liked CTC Math and will likely keep using it.
If you are looking for something more affordable, Khan Academy is awesome and free! Although they ask for donations to help them keep things going, so if you’re going to use them, consider donating.
English – Pieced Together
We didn’t use a set curriculum for 10th grade, I pieced together this curriculum using some free resources as well as some paid resources. I like to buy curriculum supplements from teachers pay teachers and I find others for free online.
Here is a list of topics we covered:
Non-fiction analogy – J.F.K. Memoir
Tone, Mood, Setting, Irony
6 Traits of Writing
Narrator and Voice
Short Story Analysis’ – Of Mice and Men, The Lottery, The Bet, Monkey’s Paw, Beware of Dog
Large Unit Study – Romeo & Juliet
Novel Study – The Outsiders
Writing Analytical, Descriptive, Figurative, and Expository Essays
Biology – Biology Curriculum Bundle – Mel & Gerdy
I purchased a complete curriculum from Getting Nerdy with Mel and Gerdy.
I also bought their paper dissections from teachers pay teachers which were pretty cool.
- complete curriculum
- extensive curriculum covering all topics
- engaging activities and labs
- planned out completely with lesson guides
- the website offers a list of all materials need for each unit – super helpful
- missing information
- too many typos – made some lessons distracting
- expensive – I paid over $400
I see now that they have an updated version of their Complete Biology Curriculum and I hope that means they fixed some of the issues. I still will recommend Mel & Gerdy’s Biology Curriculum if you’re looking to study life science. It offered all the bones and most of the meat for a great biology course.
World History – Students of History
This is a complete world history curriculum. I actually really enjoyed the Students of History curriculum. They offer World History, U.S. History, and Civics – Gov’t.
- very extensive – covering every topic
- include slide presentations, worksheets, PDFs, videos, activities
- offers quizzes and tests
- has project suggestions
- a lot of files to download
- difficult to keep all the files in order
- maybe too much information
- lacks a teacher key for filling in gaps during slide presentations
- felt like I needed a textbook to refer to often
Overall, Students of History is a great curriculum. Although, you may want to consider having a textbook for reference as well as narrowing down some of the topics covered to avoid burnout.
Computer Science – Code.org
Code.org offers a wide selection of coding options to fit your needs. We actually took two of their courses to stretch the course over the entire year. We used CS Fundamentals and CS Discoveries. CS Fundamentals is a great beginner course and they recommend you start with it. CS Fundamentals is a more in-depth look at coding and is great for high school.
- it’s free
- a complete course
- includes instruction, teaching guides, lesson plans, videos, worksheets, more
- it’s easy to use
- some of the early coding can become repetitive
Home Ec. – Pieced together from multiple resources
This right here is why homeschooling is so awesome!
I got to teach my kids home economics. No way they would have had this opportunity in public school.
I sat down and decided all I wanted them to learn, here’s my list.
- Cleaning and Household Chemicals
- Tools & Auto Care
This course was so fun!
We did an extensive culinary course that ran for one entire semester. It covered everything from food safety to running a restaurant from the front and back of the house as a final project.
For sewing, I bought a booklet from teachers pay teachers and we watched YouTube video tutorials.
The kids practiced sewing by hand and with a machine. They made a pillowcase and their final project was to make an apron.
They learned about household chemicals and alternatives to dangerous chemical cleaners.
We went through each room in the house and learned how to properly clean everything, from blinds to toilets.
PBS has a great lesson you can grab on chemicals right here.
Knowing how to do your laundry is a must.
Now they know how to use the machines, what settings to use for different types of clothing, and how to separate lights, darks, colors.
My husband got to join in on the homeschooling fun with our tools and auto care unit.
He showed the kids all types of different tools and their uses.
They even got to build a birdhouse.
He then taught them basic auto maintenance, like how to check your fluids and tire pressure.
I definitely recommend teaching a home economics unit in your home school. These are skills for the real world and your kids will thank you for it.
Spanish – Rosetta Stone
Finding a complete, affordable language curriculum is tough.
I looked for a long time before deciding on Rosetta Stone Homeschool.
I went into it believing(based on information online) that it came with parent tools and a printable workbook. After signing up, I found out that those features were no longer available in the new version.
So, I had to supplement quite a bit. I bought Practice Makes Perfect Basic Spanish, Second Edition workbook as well as used many other resources to teach the basics before starting Rosetta Stone.
- teaches listening and speaking skills
- teaches words and phrases commonly used
- is easy to use
- promises fluency once the course is complete
- not a complete curriculum
- no parent/teacher reports on progress
- doesn’t include any writing
- skips the basics – doesn’t even cover the alphabet
- the program had difficulty recognizing voices
Overall, I wasn’t happy with Rosetta Stone as a complete curriculum. You can read my review of it here. I would recommend finding a different curriculum for your home school.
My hope is that by sharing with you the curriculum we used for 10th grade, you are better prepared to plan out your own school year.
Be sure to check out my post Determining High School Courses & Credits here to download your free copy of my courses and credits planner good for all 4-years of high school.
What curriculum have you used in the past?
Comment below and tell me all about it.
Until Next Time…
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