Year 9 Homeschool Curriculum Summary
Stage 5 NSW Syllabus
The Year 9 Homeschool Curriculum offers a course that supports your teenager in these more challenging high school years. It also provides guidance to homeschooling parents for this stage of learning, including a Parents Reading Room to help you understand the allocated books better.
By Year 9 most students are working independently. This is facilitated by the delivery of My Homeschool courses via the Moodle platform, so parents can expect to act as more of a guide than act as a classroom teacher. You’ll need to check written work, help your teen to get organised, and discuss topics and books. There are also read alouds and Enrichment subjects for families to enjoy together.
Students study great novels, Shakespeare, poetry, and drama each semester and there are plenty of good books to read and love, including historical fiction. Cross-curriculum resources teach students how to apply key English skills across all subjects.
Semester 1 features a comprehensive poetry study, while students are taught how to analyse a range of texts and authors in Semester 2.
Most homeschooling families like to use the maths program that best suits them, so we provide a considered shortlist of the best options for homeschoolers at this stage of their studies. You can select which one you wish to use.
We also include exclusive discounts to My Homeschool families for some great Maths programs.
All strands of Science are taught, including our Science Hub, which offers a range of living books, resources and hands-on explorations that don’t need expensive equipment and Living Science Books are included. Teens learn about Ecology and Biodiversity, Physics and Radiation (Semester 1) and are offered a thoughtful approach to understanding climate change (Semester 2).
Students in Year 9 study the period from the 1750’s through to the 20th Century. Each semester students complete two In-Depth Modern History Studies, including learning about World War I (Semester 1) and a comprehensive study of Australian History (Semester 2). Writing activities, reading captivating Living Books, and preparing Book of Centuries records are included in each lesson.
Year 9 students learn about biomes and agriculture (Semester 1) and aspects of place and connection through a modern approach to social geography in Semester 2. Helping to raise global citizens, teens also will discover some of the lesser-known places on earth that will get them interested in Geography and our world (Semester 2).
Civics & Citizenship and Economics
Semester 1 sees teens learn about commerce and trade while Semester 2 focuses on citizenship in relation to the Australian system of law. This helps them understand how laws are made and enforced and the different courts in Australia.
Reading Plutarch’s Lives not only adds rigor to the course, but will also prompt various discussions about the characteristics of good leadership and citizenship with your curious teen.
We provide extensive Elective Extension Subject Guides in our Year 9 and Year 10 courses. These allow you to curate a tailor-made program suited to your child. We show you how to do this in a simple and easy way so your student can devote more time to the subjects that interest them.
Our Year 9 course includes extensive Enrichment Activities. This includes Art and Music Appreciation resources designed especially for teenagers, and, in Semester 1, an exclusive online museums fieldtrip.
To help with assessment and review, end of term exams are provided. There are plenty of support materials for parents who wish to use these.
The My Homeschool Year 9 course packs a lot in!
It gives you the confidence that you can teach these upper grades of high school and features all the beauty of a Charlotte Mason program.
How Can I Actually Teach High School?
When it came to teaching my eldest child Year 9 I was frustrated and disappointed with what was on offer. The advice on how to do this well seemed so sparse compared to what had been available for younger grades.
There were fewer recommended booklists available for Year 9 and they didn’t match what was required in the Australian Curriculum or NSW Syllabus since most came from America.
Others recommended using textbooks for this stage, but I’d taught at university for long enough to know I didn’t want that either.
All too often parents were deciding to send their teens to school or enrol them in Distance Education, fearing that it was all just too hard to homeschool Years 9 and 10.
Yet, I knew there had to be a better solution.
So, I worked my way through suggested booklists. I read a lot of books. Some were so terrible that I couldn’t even finish them. (I began to wonder whether the people recommending them had even read them, let alone given them to their teen.) Others weren’t bad books, but they weren’t great either.
Michelle and I had already been talking about the possibility of offering a Year 9 course through My Homeschool, so when I saw how little was available for parents who wanted to homeschool well at this level, it prompted me to get started.
I knew how much work I’d put in to help my own children. I also knew that if I found it challenging, then other mums must too.
I worked out a way that My Homeschool could offer a broad feast of education that actually suited students at this level while also supporting the parents guiding them through their studies.
My Homeschool is happy to offer a course that’s designed to reflect the Australian Curriculum and NSW Syllabus while embracing a Charlotte Mason approach to education for teenagers. It is rigorous and delightful. It has some great books and even shows you how to help your teen pursue their own skills and interests.
Most importantly, it shows you that it is possible to homeschool well in these higher grades.
Story by Jo Lloyd, My Homeschool Year 9 Course Creator
My experience of the My Homeschool Year 9 course has been wonderful. The broad range of literature and the resources that Michelle, Jo and the My Homeschool team offer is exceptional. My daughter has thoroughly enjoyed the course. Her love of History has been definitely well watered.
I am so grateful for this learning experience with my daughter, it is such a wonderful gift for both of us.
Thanks Michelle, Jo and all of the My Homeschool Team
This was our first year of using a complete curriculum through My Homeschool (we purchased 4 different year levels) and it has lived up to my expectations and been a good fit for our family. We have used a few different curriculums and are excited to find an Australian course that shares our Christian worldview and aligns with the requirements for Australian students.
Year 9 spreads a broad mind feast for the student. The subjects are cleverly integrated and the course is structured and paced in such a way that still allows our son plenty of time to pursue other interests, while at the same time being academically rigorous. The course material is well written in an engaging way and utilises excellent literature and carefully considered web links. This course seems to strike a good balance between traditional methods of education while at the same time embracing online learning. It covers Ancient History and Shakespeare alongside modern literature with internet links to current events and the latest research available. I feel confident our son is learning what he needs to and importantly he is developing a broader worldview and critical thinking skills.
Previously, this Mama keenly felt there were some gaps that needed to be addressed and was spread thin herself. We are thankful that Jo has been willing to share the knowledge gained in her studies and her professional expertise in education combined with the lived experience of being a home educating Mama with the homeschooling community. This course has been a blessing for our family particularly as the level of academic study increases. It means we can continue to home educate through high school with confidence.