Joshua Carson

Grade: 11

DOB: May 14, 2004

Parent: Mindy Carson

Phone: 407-810-8151

County: Lake County

Address: 21702 Rollingwood Trail Eustis, FL 32736

Our homeschool curriculum is very eclectic.  I try to follow my son's interests.  We will use a curriculum as long as I see him progressing and the work does not become laborious.  I try to supplement many subjects with newspaper articles, magazines, Teachers Pay Teachers resources, and videos.  My main goal of homeschooling is to teach skills rather than subjects.  I always focus our work around research, problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity. 

Student in Library

Math

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Saxon Advanced Mathematics

Saxon Advanced Mathematics lessons provide in-depth coverage of trigonometry, logarithms, analytic geometry, and upper-level algebraic concepts. Includes continued practice of intermediate algebraic concepts and trigonometry introduced in Algebra 2 and features new lessons on functions, matrices, statistics, and the graphing calculator.

More Saxon Examples


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Thinkwell College Algebra

-Linear equations, inequalities, and functions
-Linear systems in two and three dimensions
-Matrix operations
-Quadratic functions and complex numbers
-Polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions
-Rational and radical functions
-Graphing functions
-Conic sections
-Probability and statistics
-Arithmetic and geometric sequences and series
-Trigonometric functions, graphs, and identities

Traditional Library

Language Arts

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Literature

Book read & Discussed:

Alas Babylon

The Great Gatsby

The Grapes of Wrath

Brave New World

The Catcher in the Rye

I am Malala

Poetry

Read, discussed and wrote about a new poem every week.  Several poems included:

Several Poems included:

Still I Rise

Nothing Gold Can Stay

The Raven

The Jabberwocky

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Writing

Writing:

Narrative Essay

Expository Essay

Persuasive Essay

Personal Essay

Link to example paper

Grammar

Reviewed grammar by reviewing various Michael Clay Thompson books

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Classical Guitar:

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Koyunbaba

21 page piece with 4 movements

Recuerdos de la Alhambra

Showcase piece with a challenging guitar tremolo

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History & Science

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Thinkwell Chemistry Honors

Students advance their knowledge of chemistry:
-Atoms, molecules, and ions
-Stoichiometry and the mole
-Reactions in aqueous solutions
-Gases, liquids, and solids
-Modern atomic theory and quantum mechanics
-Electron configurations and periodicity
-Chemical bonding and reactions
-Properties of solutions
-Acids and bases
-Thermochemistry, electrochemistry, and biochemistry

Thinkwell American Government Honors

Students advance their knowledge of American government:
-Constitutional principles such as federalism and the checks-and-balances system
-Civil liberties and rights
-Modes of political participation
-Political parties and elections
-Federal political institutions: Congress (the House of Representatives and the Senate), the presidency, and the Supreme Court
-Economic, social, and foreign policy
-Citizen participation in the new century
-Key Supreme Court cases like Marbury v. Madison and Korematsu v. United States

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Open Book

Electives

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Microsoft Office

This course covered the fundamentals of computers and computer nomenclature, particularly with respect to personal computer hardware and software used in today's business environment.  Students survey and use business applications programs utilizing pre-written programs that include word processing, spreadsheet, databases, presentation graphics, and Web browsers. Students completing the course will have a solid understanding of computer concepts, how to use computers and software in today's business world, and how to access information on the World Wide Web.

Created own website:

http://joshcarson.com/index.html

Introduction to Business

Fundamentals of business organization and procedures to acquaint student with management, business terminology, organization and control of a small business.

We worked together to create Vegetarian Homeschooler:

https://www.vegetarianhomeschooler.com/

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Arduino

Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs - light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message - and turn it into an output - activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online. You can tell your board what to do by sending a set of instructions to the microcontroller on the board.