A Beka Book Homeschool English 11

Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Forgive us, O God we pray, that we so often neglect to start from the very Foundation that is found in Your Word. Enable us to diligently seek Your Will, Your Wisdom, and to learn from Your Teaching. Help us so that we are able to give great effort to teach our children in the Way that they should go. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

This year I’m working with the A Beka Book Homeschool English 11 again. The difference is that, even though I’m making use of the whole set of books, for time’s sake I will not be going through all the lessons of the curriculum. The plan is to pick and choose what is needed to close learning gaps so that I can move on to the 12th grade English later on in the year.

On a high school, level I could have started this student in 9th grade first and then work through all four years of books, but I have chosen to do the 11th and 12th grade instead. Why? I will give you a short overview of my reasons:

Handbook of Grammar & Composition

Learning to use a handbook for the English language is a great skill. The student will be able to continue to make use of this book later on in college as well.

Grammar and Composition V Worktext

The Grammar worktext, which refers to and goes along with the handbook, provides plenty of exercises for the whole year. I have, however, ordered an additional workbook that contains supplementary exercises.

I have recently bought and added the English 10-12 Digital Teaching Aids to the curriculum, and I’m finding them quite helpful so far (especially during an independent study). As I have discovered, while watching some of Abeka’s video lessons on demand, the teachers in the video streamings are using them as well.

Vocabulary Spelling Poetry V

There are lists of prefixes, roots, and suffixes found on the inside of the cover pages of the Vocabulary Spelling Poetry V worktext. The student will refer to them a lot to find out the meaning of words and to do the word analysis exercises which are in the worktext. Again, a skill not to be neglected and very helpful for any student who is thinking of attending college classes.

American Literature

The Literature for this grade level is American Literature. That is great for the homeschool family which is living in the States or for whoever is interested in American Literature. (If you want a student text, too, along with the answers, go ahead and buy the Teacher’s Edition. I’m fine with one Literature book to be used by student and teacher, so I just bought and added the Answer Key for American Literature to our curriculum package.)

We will not be studying all of the book. Instead, we will use bits and pieces of the literature package. We are planning, for example, to read The Scarlet Letter, study some of the lovely poetry inside the American Literature book, and do a couple of exercises and essays throughout the year.

A Beka Book Homeschool English 11 Parent Guide/Student Daily Lessons

We are not using the Abeka Academy Video Lessons enrollment for English 11, which would come with a video manual / lesson plan, so I’m using the English 11 Parent Guide/Student Daily Lessons to go along with our independent study this time.

I will share more about Abeka Academy enrollment and videos in the near future, so please stay tuned.

Happy Homeschooling!

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Curriculum for the Christian Homeschool Family

We began our homeschool journey in the 1990s teaching K4 & K5. Finding a good selection of Christian curriculum in the US was no big task. Later on and back in Europe, while homeschooling our highschooler, the search for homeschool materials revealed to be more difficult. So we ended up ordering our books from American publishers again.

Choosing the curriculum for different grade levels and year after year can become a bit overwhelming. Should I order a complete package or pick and choose textbooks and workbooks? Would audio and video lessons be a good choice this year? Which one is the best publisher to order from?

If you are new to homeschooling do not pressure yourself while choosing the materials. There is no such thing as the perfect homeschool curriculum. Choose the one that, to your best knowledge, could work for your family. Then stick to it — at least during the first year.

Be flexible, though, in the way you are working through the material. Meaning, you might prefer to go at a slower or faster pace — depending on how fast or slow your child/ren is/are learning the contents of the lessons. I will talk more about that in future posts. Let’s get back to the curriculum for the Christian homeschool family.

How much Bible and doctrine do you want? This is an important question to ask before ordering from any homeschool publisher. You see, there can be major differences in teachings as there are textbook suppliers from different denominations. Also, books which contain Bible verses here and there have not necessarily been built on a biblical foundation.

There are some really fine materials and correspondence schools for homeschoolers out there, and I will review a couple of them here on my blog in the near future. So, please stay tuned.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2021

(Reblog — Original found at Abletoperform.com)

And whatever you do,
do it heartily,
as to the Lord and not to men,
knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance;
for you serve the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You are the Creator of the heavens and the earth and everything in it. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we look at all the wrong places for answers. Enable us to worship and serve You and not any creature or dead thing. Help us to believe in the everlasting God who is above all above all powers and above all created things. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

People celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, in Ireland and all around the world. This is not just a day to wear green, but this is a holiday when we remember the Saint who has come from Britain to Ireland to bring the Gospel to the Irish people. Hallelujah!

Who was Saint Patrick?

To find out more about a person it is best to meet with and get to know the person. That is not always possible, of course, and then an autobiography is a great alternative. So why not read his story in his own words? It’s available to read online or to download at Christian Classics Ethereal Library —  The Confession of St. Patrick

If you and your children would rather read a story about him I would highly recommend this 7th-10th grade reader, published in 2010 and has been since updated (ISBN: 978-0-9822848-6-5) which is found at Christian Liberty Press — The Life and Legacy of Saint Patrick

You will also find an audiobook (of an earlier released version— 2005) of this reader Christianaudio.com — Saint Patrick: Pioneer Missionary to Ireland

No matter if you are reading his autobiography or a story about him, remember to keep this Saint at his right place.

Worship and serve God today.

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