Online Resources for Homeschool High School
Online Resources for Homeschool High School Students
Homeschooling high school is not for the faint of heart, but I believe anyone can do it if they have the desire and motivation. I homeschooled my son from the 7th grade through high school. Unfortunately, online resources were not available back then.
Now that all of my grandchildren are homeschooled, with four in high school, I spend a lot of time researching resources to help their parents. While researching for curriculum information for my grandchildren, I have found some great online resources to make teaching teens easier.
Please note that we are not yet using most of these sites, but this is the list of sites I have put together for my children to use in teaching their children over the next few years. I hope you find something that will help you in your teaching endeavors.
The most important thing that I think needs to be kept in mind while homeschooling teens is to take your time. "Poli, poli, di umbuendo" (Slowly, slowly we will get there). You don't have to do everything everyday, and you don't have a set timetable to learn the material. Just take it one day at a time, and you will get there.
My favorite homeschooling quote:
"Poli, poli, di umbuendo"
(Slowly, slowly we will get there)
Should Homeschools be Accreditted?
Actually, accreditation for homeschools is not necessary. It will neither help nor hender your child's entry into college.
Online Course Helps
Below, you will find some links I have located for using with my grandchildren. We have not used all of them, as yet, but I did do enough research that I believe they will be helpful. Some will require you to set up a free account. For instance, each child that uses the goodtyping.com site will need his or her own account, since the grades will be automatically calculated for each student.
Higher level math courses are the bain of many homeschool parents. It has usually been a while since the last time the parent has used most of their math skills, so this can be extremely intimidating. Here are some links where you can get some help:
This programmable graphing calculator has been around a while and proven its worth. For high school pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, and calculus classes, this calculator is worth its weight in gold.
This is the calculator I was required to have in college, and I love it. I find it helpful when shopping, too, since it keeps the numbers on the screen, and I can see if I miss-keyed a number when adding up my purchases.
Most of the classic literature you might want to include in your homeschool lessons is online and freely available for download, both in text and in audio form. Here are the links I found that I think will be most helpful for literature:
Science is another subject that some parents don't think they can adequately teach. With resources like these below, though, you can have confidence that your student will learn what is needed for college entrance:
Earth Science & Geography
Language Resources (Alphabetical Order by Language)
All students in the United States should master English grammar, but it is important to study at least one other language if your student is planning to attend college.
American Sign Language
ASL--American Sign Language Level 1 and Level 2 Self-Study (This site may take a little time to open.)
Some people think art should no longer be taught in schools, but it is important to allow students to explore their more creative abilities, too. The links below offer some guidance and lessons for art instruction:
Everyone needs to be computer literate these days. Here are some free training and tutorial sites to learn more about computers in general, or even to learn specific applications or programming languages:
Free Online Access to SkyDrive and Microsoft Office Applications (If you do not have a Microsoft account, you will be given the opportunity to obtain a free email account from www.outlook.com.)
Windows Movie Maker--Free movie making software from Microsoft.
Office 365 Home is a yearly subscription cloud service that allows you to download and install Microsoft Office 2013 onto up to 5 computers in your home. It includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access, and OneNote. If Microsoft puts out a new version of Office during the year's subscription, you will receive the upgrade as part of your subscription service without additional cost.
Learning history helps us learn who we are and where we came from. Here are some United States history helps. Unfortunately, much history has been rewritten after the fact. Revisionist history is common in the United States. You might check Project Gutenberg (link in Literature section) for some older history textbooks.
Some families join a home school co-op. By doing this, they can teach their children the subjects they are comfortable teaching, and have a more competent person teach those subjects they may feel uncomfortable with. Subjects that are often available in co-ops include the sciences, junior high and high school math classes, programming and computer science, and foreign languages.
Be sure when developing the curriculum for your college-bound high school student to check courses required of incoming freshmen. If you need to add courses to your child's curriculum that you do not feel you can adequately teach, consider joining a co-op. Your local library or your state homeschool association can help you locate a co-op near you.
Learn or Teach
If you are looking for some specialized lessons, such as beading lessons for art class, how to use formulas in Excel or how to use insert images in HTML for a computer course, setting up your digital camera for a photography course, or many, many more topics, try out Curious.com. I recently found this site when looking for a beading tutorial for a woven beaded bracelet. I was pleased to find that I could take many of the courses for free, and others were low-cost--most less than $5 per lesson.
If you enjoy teaching, you can earn by creating and posting your own lessons for others to learn from.
Disclosure: I am not currently affiliated in any way with curious.com, but plan to create some video lessons in the future.