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Curriculum Choices For My Teen

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My Curriculum Choices for My Teens. This post  should have been written and shared a long time ago, but just like you, I am always running to catch up and guess what? I don't think I will every catch up.

Being caught up..... What does that really mean anyway? When raising a family, or empty nested there is always something to clean, cook, buy or plan!

Plans in the future, like trips, sports practices and games, recitals, plays, church activities, family time, field trips, the list goes on an on and it should because we are living life!

But now I am here, sharing with you all class that my four children took in their teen years. (Some I have forgotten exactly what they took! Seventh grade for my first child was fifteen years ago! I can't be that old!)

To make it easy, I am going to list all my curriculum choices by subject and grade. Listed below each subject are the suggested credits needed for high school graduation.

With four children, I changed the curriculum and the years that they took these classes to best fit their needs. I did not use all of these listed with every child. We did not finish every book. We skipped around sometimes. I added extra or fun resources to mix it up every now and then.

So here goes....


3 Credits

Algebra 1- 8th grade or 9th grade Math-U-See

Geometry9th or 10th grade Math-U-See 

Algebra 2- 10th grade or 11th grade Math-U-See 

Review and ACT Prep- 10th or 11th grade

I did not use College Prep Genius because I did not know about it but I definitely would have used them!

Math 1010 (concurrent enrollment) -12th grade

Took classes through the local public high school

Other math courses that I did not use but available through YHBR or partners

Life of Fred- textbooks

Saxon Math- textbooks

School House Teachers- online courses for middle school

School House Teachers- online courses for high school

Multiple choices at Homeschool Buyers Co-op



2-4 Credits

Health and Nutrition- 7th or 8th

Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition

Physical Science- 9th grade

Apologia Exploring Creation with Physical Science

Biology- 10th Grade

Apologia Exploring Creation with Biology

Apologia Exploring Creations with Marine Biology

Chemistry-  11th grade

Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry

Advanced Biology- 12th grade

Exploring Creation with the Human Body

Child Birth Education-

One of our daughters, who was interested in being a labor and delivery nurse, shadowed a Doula (friend) for a semester. 

Other science courses that I did not use but available through YHBR or partners

Homeschool Buyers Co-op- multiple choices for middle and high school science courses

School House Teachers online science courses for high school

School House Teachers online science courses for middle school   

Language Arts

4 Credits

Grammar and more

Easy Grammar Plus- 7th/8th/9th grade

Daily Grams- 7th-9th grade

Wordly Wise 7th-10th grade

Classical Roots- 8th-10th grade

WriteShop- 7th-9th (WriteShop now has a video course too!)

WriteatHome 10th grade

Spelling Power- a little pricey but works for all your kids! 3rd grade through high school. I loved this. And yes, some of my kids still needed spelling help in hgih school 😄

ACT English and reading prep

I did not use College Prep Genius because I did not know about it but I definitely would have used them! I highly recommend it.

English 1010-fall semester(concurrent enrollment) 12th grade

Took class through local high school

English 2010 (concurrent enrollment) spring semester 12th grade

Took class through local high school


Part of Sonlight Core 300 10th,11th or 12th grade

Part of Notgrass Exploring Government and Exploring Economics 11th or 12 grade

Other language arts courses that I did not use but available through YHBR or partners

School House Teachers online language arts courses for middle school

School House Teachers online language arts courses for high school

Homeschool Buyers Co-op- multiple choices for middle and high school language arts courses


2-4 credits

World History 

Sonlight Core G- 7th 8th or 9th grade

20th Century World History- 10th or 11th grade

The Mystery of History Vol 1,2,3,4-  9th through 11th grade. I did a little Mystery of History scattered throughout Sonlight. Both are so good!

American History 

Sonlight Core 100- 7th grade
The Mystery of History Vol 4 has a large amount dedicated to American history
U.S. History 1700 (concurrent enrollment) 12th grade
Taken though the local high school as an online course
Notgrass Exploring Government  10th, 11th or 12th grade
Notgrass Exploring Economics  10th, 11th or 12th grade
U.S Constitution 10th grade
I've done all the work for you in my HSMA resource ebook. I have matched Science and History curriculum with Music and Art resources to help your child enjoy and remember what they learn. Only $1.97!

Fine Arts

1-2 Credits

Depending on the child and their gifting's and interests I used a variety of the following to fulfil their fine arts credits.

Chalk pastel art lessons

Dance classes and competitive dance

Piano, Guitar, Voice lessons 

Worship team

Music Theory AP class

Online course

Dance studio- opened their own studio and taught dance and tumbling- 10th- 12th grade

We did private voice lessons, but a great alternative and money saver is Singing Made Easy online course for all ages

Chalk Pastel art courses for all ages

Below- other courses available that we did not use but are available through our affiliate partners

Music in Our Homeschool

Fine Arts in Our Homeschool Plus: the High School Membership Experience

 How Your Teen Can Earn an Art Credit for High School 

Foreign Language 

1-2 credits

Spanish- 7th -12th grade

Rosetta Stone and  Duolingo

Beginning Sign Language

Course taken at our local library and an online course

Below- other courses available that we did not use but are available through our affiliate partners

Homeschool Buyers Co-Op Foreign language options

School House Teachers Foreign language options

Physical Education

1-2 credits

Depending on the child and their gifting's and interests I used a variety of the following to fulfil their physical education credits

Dance, Snowboarding, Soccer


5 credits

Drivers Ed- 9th grade

Class taken at local high school. Online option here

Bible Class

Taken at our local high school


Equipping Minds Critical Thinking

Equipping Minds

Career Planning 11th or 12th grade

Personal Finance

Foundations in Personal Finance

YouTube Filming and Editing

Online course

Overseas internship with Y.E.S.- intense dance and ministry, 3 weeks- 12th grade

Learning how to be a great entrepreneur- I used a different book but If this was available I would have used Teen Entrepreneurial Tool Box

School House Teachers electives options for high school

School House Teachers electives options for middle school


Concurrent enrollment courses

All of the following courses were taken at Unbound


Principles of Supervision

Intro to Computing

Information Management

Principles of Marketing

Foundations in Personal Finance- Through Dave Ramsey as a college course

Shakespeare Plays- taken through our local university

More online semester course options at FundaFunda Academy

  • Computer
  • English
  • Electives
  • Science
  • Foreign Language
  • Social Studies

    I urge you to remember the freedom you have in homeschooling and choosing the curriculum and best time to teach it to your teen. Find their passions and add as many courses as you can to help them grow in their God given gifts. You can homeschool your teen successfully!

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    Enjoying the journey,


      Michelle Osborn is the owner and founder of Yellow House Book Rental, specializing in providing homeschool curriculum for rent or purchase, as well as counseling and guidance for homeschool families. She is a wife, a 22-year homeschool veteran, and mom of four amazing children and five adorable grandchildren. Three of her children are now entrepreneurs, running their own businesses and doing quite well. Michelle’s passions include serving by leading worship at her church and encouraging homeschool moms through one on one, social media and speaking engagements. She has found her niche in helping parents homeschooling their teens through the high school years and on to pursue their dreams

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    • I don’t have teens yet but I’ve sent this to my bestie who does. Thank you for sharing such a comprehensive post with us!

      Angelica on
    • I like the list above for teens. There were several curriculum that I have not heard of before. thank you

      nicole on
    • great information!

      Stephanie Rhodes on
    • This was a very helpful list as we look at the next few years of high school. Thank you.

      Gail on

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