For the third post in our series highlighting the resources our Homeschool Compass Team is choosing for their own students, today we hear from Venus. Venus is a long-time homeschool mom who graduated her firstborn in 2018 and has a tenth grader (and a cat or two) still schooling at home. Here’s what Venus has selected for curriculum this year:


Life of Fred Math has been a good fit for us. This year my son will be doing Advanced Algebra.


For spelling I like All About Spelling. We’ll be using Levels 5 and 6 this year.


This year we’ll be using Apologia’s American Literature course along with Sharon Watson’s writing textbook, The Power in Your Hands: Writing Non-Fiction in High School. We might scale back the amount of work if it gets to be too much, or I might pick and choose assignments since these are both full-year courses.


For science we will use Life of Fred Chemistry supplementing with labs from Apologia.


We’re using Notgrass for history, not the literature component which we’ve done in the past.

Foreign Language:

We love Visual Latin! The teacher, Dwayne Thomas. is really funny, which my son likes. This year we’re on Level 2.


Depending on what is available, my son might participate in Gymja warrior, Boy Scouts, possibly Sea Scouts or an art class.

For more curriculum picks, check out:

Alene’s Homeschool Curriculum Picks for 7th Grade

Aimee’s Homeschool Curriculum Picks for 2nd and 4th Grade

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Venus is a former pre-school teacher now homeschool mom. Her oldest graduated this past summer and enrollment at her house has dropped 50%. Venus has a heart for struggling readers and the teachers who love them. Last year she began a home improvement project with an amazing friend who is teaching her everything short of how to hold a hammer. When not teaching, driving mom’s taxi, or working, Venus enjoys a good novel, long chats with friends, and watching her favorite movies.