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 series of posts for you. Read on to find out what we picked for our 11th Grade Homeschool Curriculum.
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11th Grade Homeschool Curriculum
Maybe you’ve been doing this high school homeschool thing for a couple of years now.
Perhaps you’re feeling like you got this and that you don’t think you need any help.
Let me tell you, this is my fourth year planning out our high school schedule and I still look for any advice I can find when looking for the right curriculum.
If 11th grade is going to be your first year homeschooling high school, you’ve come to the right place.
I’m here to help.
Since homeschooling high school is so different than homeschooling lower grades, oftentimes even seasoned homeschoolers can benefit from others’ experiences.
Just remember, High School is the time where keeping thorough records become muy importante.
You’re going to need records in order to create a high school transcript that is needed to apply for college.
Keeping a list of courses taken and credits earned is all part of this process.
It’s a lot of information to think about and plan, I know it can seem overwhelming.
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.
Below you will find a list of what we used for our 11th grade home school curriculum. Including what we liked and what we didn’t like about it, and where you can get it.
11th Grade Course Schedule
- Consumer Math
- Forensic Science
- U.S. History
- Video Production
Consumer Math – Pieced together
For math this year, I decided to piece together different topics from a few resources. The topics we covered were:
- Basic Accounting
- Personal Finance
- Consumer Math and Financial Literacy
- Career Exploration
- Minimum Wage Project
- Food Truck Business Simulation Project
I purchased most of these units from teachers pay teachers.
All of the resources were great and I would use them again.
English – Writeshop 2
This year we decided to focus mainly on writing.
Writeshop is a great curriculum that focuses on writing along with improving upon some more basic skills like grammar.
It is available in 2 levels for high school-aged students.
We went with their Writeshop II program because I felt like my kids were ready for a more advanced writing curriculum.
Writeshop includes important skills needed to be an effective writer such as brainstorming ideas, pre-writing activities, editing, dictations, copy work, and more.
It includes a very extensive teacher’s manual which helps show you how to analyze and grade works of writing.
- clear and concise instruction
- is flexible – allows you to use for one year or more
- offers additional writing opportunities to dive deeper or to change things up
- easy to use
- complete curriculum for writing
- too many religious references – wish they offered a secular version
Overall, we loved it and will use it again for our younger student this coming year.
I used two different resources for our Forensic Science curriculum this year, Forensics Illustrated – Under the Tape(online) and the book Crime Scene Investigations: Real Life Science Labs for Grade 6-12.
This is an online version of the print copy of the textbook.
There were certain parts of this that I found useful and others that I did not use.
The author is available by email if you have questions which was great.
- complete curriculum
- extensive curriculum covering all topics
- has a nice outline of information
- easy to read and understand
- some outdated information
- labs were difficult to understand, set-up, and/or to buy the materials for
I purchased this book from Amazon used for a great price.
It is filled with labs and activities to supplement what is lacking from the Forensic Illustrated text.
- labs and activities for all topics of forensic science
- most labs required little preparation
- lists all materials needs at the beginning of each section
- fun and engaging
- some labs were just about impossible to do because of the materials needed
- some activities didn’t give the expected results
- not geared towards home schools so some altering and creativity was needed
My kids really enjoyed studying forensic science this year and I would use these resources again.
For materials, I bought mine either from Amazon or from Home Science Tools.
U.S. History – Students of History
This is a complete U.S. 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.
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 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
- 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.
Photography – Foto Finch
It was difficult to find an online photography course for high schoolers that had any reviews at all.
I took a big chance on this curriculum and it payed off.
Foto Finch offers photography courses for all ages and even has an advanced course.
I wrote a review about Foto Finch that you can read right here.
- Easy to use
- Clear and concise
Dislikes – none
We really liked Foto Finch Photography and highly recommend it.
Video Production – Film School 4 Teens
Film School 4 Teens is an online course that includes a workbook.
It is a really fun course full of fantastic information.
It not only teaches the steps to creating a short film, it engages your students in conversations and turns them into film critics.
- the instructor Damon is very funny and we really enjoyed him
- the course uses many different and engaging ways to grab your students attention
- is easy to use
- in depth information
- students learned and made a short film by the end of the course
- watched and analyzed some great films
- a bit religious, but easily adapted
Overall, we enjoyed Film School 4 Teens and recommend it for anyone looking to learn more about how films are made.
We had a really fun year with these courses of study for 11th grade home school curriculum.
Hopefully, this has helped you in determining your course plan for your home school.
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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