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 9th Grade Curriculum choices.
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I remember when my daughter was starting high school and me spending countless hours trying to figure out the best 9th-grade curriculum for her. I mean high school is where homeschooling gets real. It’s 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.
Phew! That’s a lot to think about. 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.
Let’s get to the good stuff…
Below you will find a list of the curriculum we used for 9th grade. I will also explain what we liked and what we didn’t like about it, as well as where to find it.
9th Grade Course Schedule
- Algebra 1
- Physical Science
- Art – Ceramics
- Art – Drawing
Algebra – Teaching Textbooks, CTC Math
I am listing two different curriculum choices here because we used Teaching Textbooks when my oldest was in 9th grade and CTC Math for when my youngest was in 9th grade.
Teaching Textbooks – CD-Rom or Online Complete Curriculum
- easy to use
- includes a parent grade book for quick access to student progress
- has animation along with content to keep students from getting bored
- offer a placement test on their website for free to help you with deciding which curriculum to purchase.
- content covered wasn’t advanced enough for the grade level
- graphics and animation geared towards younger students
- explanations don’t always cover all types of problems within each lesson and no other resource to find help
We ended up having to go to Khan Academy for help with these problems.
You can find Teaching Textbooks at teachingtextbooks.com
The cool thing now is that they have all their curriculum online rather than on CD-ROM like we had to use.
CTC Math – Complete Online Curriculum with Worksheets
- easy to use
- a 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) its 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 and Mythology Teacher
We didn’t use a set curriculum for 9th grade for my oldest. 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:
GrammarPunctuationExpository WritingPersuasive WritingNarrative WritingEssay Writing10 Short Story Analysis’ – including perspective, themes, story structure, etc. Novel Study – To Kill A MockingbirdNovel Study – The Hunger GamesVocabularySpellingDaily JournalsCiting Sources
For my youngest, we used a Mythology Curriculum from MythologyTeacher.com – this is taught by using scripts in a play format. We adapted it for homeschooling by just assigning it as a reading passage rather than acting it out.
- engaging stories were rewritten by the mythology teacher to make it easier to digest
- extensive curriculum covering all topics and stories
- vocabulary is included with each story
- fun art and games included with each textbook
- the website has additional activities available for a more extensive learning experience.
- no answer keys
- books don’t include a test – they must be purchased separately
I recommend Mythology Teacher Curriculum if you’re looking to study mythology. We used it along with teaching grammar as a full year 9th grade English course.
Physical Science – Pieced together – sort of
I pieced this together too – using a resource I bought from the Kesler Science Store at teachers pay teachers and the book 365 Simple Science Experiments With Everyday Materials I bought from Amazon.
- controlling what we cover and how
- piecing science together takes a long time
Kesler Science is a fantastic resource and the unit studies are put together very well providing everything you need to teach physical science. I would recommend buying a textbook to help you explain concepts since this information is not provided.
Geography – North Star Geography
Created by a home school dad, it’s a complete geography curriculum.
- it’s a complete course, it covers all topics needed, it’s easy to use
- can become repetitive after a while
- could use some videos to add interest
- is obviously geared toward a Christian point of view and these views are included within the text
North Star Geography is a great core curriculum. That being said, I would recommend supplementing materials from other sources to keep things interesting.
Try these sources for a more complete experience:
My kids love watching these geography videos on YouTube from Geography Now just keep in mind these are meant for older kids.
You can add in some games, quizzes, and other activities at neok12.com
Health – Pieced together from teachers pay teachers
For health we used the following curriculum from Teachers Pay Teachers:
3-week CPR/First Aid Unit
Drugs & Alcohol Unit
4-Week Nutrition Unit
4-Week Stress, Depression, and Suicide Unit
4-Week Sex Education Unit
You can follow the links to check out those resources.
- planned out for me
- ready to go
- easy to use
- fonts and graphics could have been better, it was a little bit messy
I liked the Nutrition one the most by far, it was extensive and very interesting. I was happy with this curriculum and would buy it again.
For P.E. we did a few different physical activities throughout the year depended on the weather.
Unit 1: We started out by swimming at our local parks and rec 3 days a week for about 3 months.
Unit 2: After that, we indoor cardio exercises at home using our treadmill, stationary bike, and trampoline, 3 times a week for about 2 months. During this time we also went ice skating once per week.
Unit 3: Once the weather started to improve, we went on bike rides twice per week and began some skills stations. The stations included skills like kicking, throwing, passing, jumping, etc. We did this unit for about 4 months.
Unit 4: The final month we played volleyball and frisbee golf.
Art – Drawing – Art Achieve
We used Art Achieve at artachieve.com
They offer a unique art curriculum focused on art from around the world.
- easy to use
- video instruction
- printable worksheets
- gives you a plan for cross-curricular ideas
- could have used even more advanced projects for older students
This was an interesting take on art.
We ended up using each art project as a mini-unit study of the country using the ideas listed within the lesson as well as creating a food dish from that area.
I would definitely use this again, especially for middle school-aged students.
Art – Ceramics
For ceramics, I signed my kids up for a local ceramics class near where we live.
It was a great experience and I highly recommend it.
I hope by sharing with you the curriculum we used for 9th grade, it has helped you along your way to planning out your 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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