• Deborah Verga

Our 10th Grade Secular Homeschool Curriculum

I've received some messages asking what curriculum we're using in our homeschool for high school this year.

So today I'm sharing our 10th grade secular homeschool curriculum!

It seems there just aren't that many reviews out there covering secular high school curriculum.

I've said this before, and I'll say it again because it still holds true... choosing curriculum can be daunting, especially for high school, and even more so if you're looking for secular curriculum.

Personally, I don't want regurgitated "public school" curriculum in our homeschool. I want new and fresh secular materials, geared towards homeschoolers.

And, as always, I gear our homeschool, and our curriculum, to my daughter. Not to her age. Not to her grade. But to her.

Some of the materials we use are below grade level, some are at grade level, and some are above grade level.

Sometimes we use the curriculum as suggested, or intended, by the author. Other times, I tweak it to fit our needs.

This is why we love homeschooling!

We've homeschooled through elementary, all of middle school, and now into high school.

And this year marks our 6th year doing so! Dang, where'd that time go?!

State Educational Standards

I want to touch on State Educational Standards for a minute...

While each state has educational standards for each subject and each grade level, they don't mandate how to meet those educational standards.

Or, what you can and can not use to teach your child.

States want to make sure your child has an understanding of a percentage of the overall subject. Usually 80%.

If you're new to homeschooling, or need a refresher on the educational State Standards, you can read more about that, here.

10th Grade Secular Homeschool Curriculum By Subject

I've broken down our 10th grade secular homeschool curriculum by subject.

Our core areas are:

  • Language Arts: English 10

  • Math: Algebra 1

  • Science: Biology

  • Social Studies: World History

  • Elective: Geography

Let's get into it...

Language Arts: English 10


For 10th grade we're using our favorite literature program: Essentials in Literature.

This program has a student workbook, a resource book / teacher's manual, a novel, and online program access for instructor-lead video instruction.

Essentials in Literature uses a variety of short works, recent works, and classics in American, British and World literature to help your child learn the elements of literature.

Assignments include answering comprehension and connection questions, short essays, and light writing assignments.

We like the way Mr. Stephens presents this material. He makes literature interesting and not overwhelming.

My daughter did very well with this program and we will continue to use Essentials in Literature throughout high school.


For 10th grade we're also returning to our favorite writing program: Essentials in Writing.

This program has a student workbook, a teacher's manual, and online program access for instructor-lead video instruction.

Essentials in Writing is a complete grammar and composition curriculum.

Just as with Essentials in Literature, we like the way Mr. Stephens presents this material. He makes writing and grammar fun, not overwhelming, and the material sticks.

My daughter did very well with this program and we will continue to use Essentials in Writing through high school.

Math: Algebra 1

We're using Math U See Algebra 1 for 10th grade.

We've been using Math U See since elementary and just love it!

It's a math mastery program.

Mastery means you work one concept until mastered then move on to the next, in a logical order.

That doesn't mean your child is a master in any of the material, it just means they've worked each concept enough to retain and recall the material in some capacity.

This helps to work through the next concept.

You can purchase this program in pieces depending on what you need: student workbook, test book, dvds, teacher's manual, and manipulatives.

Or you can purchase the Math-U-See Algebra 1 Universal Set which includes everything you need.

We purchased Math U See through Rainbow Resource.

Each lesson teaches using multi-sensory tools such as instructor-lead videos, manipulatives, and worksheets for a full sensory approach. It feeds right into my daughter's learning style.

We thoroughly enjoy the way Mr. Demme explains each lesson and key math concepts in a logical and engaging way.

Mr. Demme's approach really helps to make math fun and less intimidating, especially at the high school level.

Science, Social Studies, & Elective

For 10th grade we're using homeschool curriculum packages from Holt McDougal.

We purchased 3 packages: Holt McDougal Biology, Holt McDougal World History & Holt McDougal Geography

Each program includes a hard copy student text plus an "Interactive Online Edition".

The interactive editions include the student and teacher editions, worksheets, labs, assessments, and various tools and videos.

When you purchase this curriculum it comes with an online code to access the interactive materials. Once you activate the code, it stays active for one year.

You can repurchase just the online activation after one year, if you need to have access after it expires.

We're super excited about these materials!

The textbooks are full color and beautifully illustrated. Each one is packed with content and rabbit holes to explore!

The online portion is fully interactive.

And, for World History and Geography, Holt McDougal partnered with The History Channel to provide additional video content for both courses!

*You can just purchase the textbooks pretty inexpensively on Amazon (all linked here for you). If you want exactly what we're using, I recommend you purchase the entire homeschool package for each subject to get interactive online access with all of the materials. We purchased our packages from Rainbow Resource.

Parting thoughts...

That raps up our 10th Grade Secular Homeschool Curriculum!

This covers just our core secular curriculum for 10th grade.

Regardless of what you choose to use, make sure it meets your child's needs, interests, and learning style.

Make sure it's engaging and they enjoy it. And make sure you enjoy using it, too!

And, lastly, don't be afraid to experiment and try new things.

If something isn't working for you or your child, don't be afraid to ditch it, even mid year, and move on to something else!

That's another beauty of homeschooling!

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