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Online Resources for Homeschool High School

Updated on December 28, 2015
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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.

Favorite Quote:

My favorite homeschooling quote:

"Poli, poli, di umbuendo"

(Slowly, slowly we will get there)

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Accreditation?

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

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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.


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Math Resources

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:

algebrahelp.com

Math Resources (This is a good one!)

Purplemath

yourteacher.com

freeMATHhelp.com (Basic Math through alculus and Statistics)

Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator
Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator

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.

 
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Literature Resources

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:

Literature Lesson Plans

Project Gutenberg--Free Classics for Download

Authorama Public Domain Books

Literature.org--The Online Library of Literature

Suggested Reading for High School (Grades 9-12) (Note: Most of these titles are available as free downloads at previous links)

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Science Resources

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:

Biology

biologyhelp.com

Brainmass Biology

Biology Animations

Chemistry

Chemtutor

Chemistry Lecture Notes

Chemistry Games

Cavalcade o'Chemistry

Chemistry Freeware Links

Earth Science & Geography

Earth Science, Weather, Climate, and Energy

The USGS and Science Education

Earth Science Books Online

Physics

Brainmass Physics

Physics Helps

The Physics Classroom

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Art Resources

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:

Free Online Art Lessons

Free Online Art Classes

Teaching Clay Art and Pottery

Drawing techniques: using carbon, charcoal, and graphite.

25 Free Art Tutorials and Online Art Courses for Artists

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Photo credit: Petr Kratochvil | Source

Computer Resources

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:

Microsoft Office Tutorials

Free Online Typing Course (I have used this with college students who needed to learn to type.)

4 Ways to Learn to Code Online

Javascript Tutorial

HTML5 Tutorial

Learn Computer Basics Online Free

Netiquette: Online Manners

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.)

Free MIT AppInventor Software and Tutorials

Windows Movie Maker--Free movie making software from Microsoft.

Microsoft Office 365 Home | 1-year subscription, 5 users, PC/Mac Download
Microsoft Office 365 Home | 1-year subscription, 5 users, PC/Mac Download

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.

 
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Photo credit: Vera Kratochvil | Source

History Resources

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.

Free Online History Courses

100 Free Courses to Teach Yourself World History

Learn History Online for Free

Homeschool Co-op

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.

Curious.com

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.

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Do You Have Other Online Resources for Homeschool High School Students? - Please share!

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      @PocketfulofParis: Thank you for commenting and leaving helpful information!

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      @Ladyeaglefeather: Thank you for commenting!

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      PocketfulofParis 4 years ago

      NROC algebra 1 and 2 are two free online courses that work very well. You can find more online courses bye googling : hoagies gifted online courses

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      Ladyeaglefeather 4 years ago

      What a wonderful lens.

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      @Corrinna-Johnson: You are welcome. I have wished I always homeschooled my children, too, but it is never too late to get started. One of the best pieces of advice I got from a veteran homeschool mom was to give my son about a month to adjust before getting too driven with assignments and things. The adjustment period varies for each student, but most of the homeschool kids who were previously in public school need the time to get comfortable with the new situation. Thank you for commenting!

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      @Merstarr: You are welcome. Thank you for commenting!

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      Corrinna Johnson 4 years ago from BC, Canada

      Thanks for sharing these great resources. This year, I made the choice to homeschool my son who is in Grade 10 and I wish I would have done it sooner.

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      Merstarr 4 years ago

      Wow. Thank-you for sharing the wealth of you experience. I really appreciate the research steps done for me. :)

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      @anonymous: Hi, Tipi! Living skills are very important. Thank you for commenting and for blessing this lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You are providing some excellent resources here for high school homeschool curriculum and I especially like that you are including the living skills that are so important to pick up before moving out on your own. I love "Poli, poli, di umbuendo"!

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      oktalBlizzard 4 years ago

      Amazing! I think you missed one of the best resources though: khanacademy.org

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      @blessedmomto7: I'm happy I could help. Thanks for commenting!

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      blessedmomto7 4 years ago

      Great list of resources, thanks so much. I have tried some of them, but will be checking the rest out.

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      @cgbroome: I think the positives and advantages outweigh public schools, too. Thank you for commenting!

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      @jarajelissa: Thank you for commenting!

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      @anonymous: Thank you for commenting!

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      cgbroome 4 years ago

      Great lens! I homeschooled my two youngest children for their last 3 years of high school. Not only did they get the usual subjects, but I was also able to teach them how to prepare tax returns, understand payroll deductions, rendering service to the elderly, to name just a few. Having a teacher's degree myself helped some but for subjects that were beyond my capacity, we used online courses, especially advanced math and, of course, driver's ed which they needed to get a discount on insurance rates. I loved those years of homeschooling and now all my kids say that they will only do homeschooling for their kids. There were some positives for the conventional schooling but the advantages of homeschooling far outweighed anything public schools could offer.

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      jarajelissa 4 years ago

      Nice work. Lens contains lot of choice of different resources.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You have put together a terrific list of resources. Thanks for sharing this lens with us!

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      @Gayle Dowell: Thank you! I believe both lenses will be of value to homeschool families.

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      Thanks for adding my home school lens to your wonderful lens. I'm adding yours to mine to return the favor!

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      Robert Zimmerman 4 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      Check with your local library. Have THE STUDENT ask a reference librarian to SHOW them what is available on the library's website. The stuff we subscribe to at our library would cost an individual over $300K! That's how good the databases are!

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      Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

      SquidAngel blessings and an "A" from a former homeschooling parent of 3 kids.

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      catbehaviors 4 years ago

      @Linda Pogue: Oops! I should have looked a little harder! You're welcome.

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      @bushaex: Thank you so much for commenting and sprinkling SquidAngel dust on this lens!

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      @catbehaviors: The Kahn Academy was already listed in the Open Education/OpenCourseWare section, but I totally agree with your assessment of it. It is a great site and has lots of different courses. Thank you for commenting and blessing this lens!

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      catbehaviors 4 years ago

      As a highschool homeschooler myself, I'm grateful that you put together such a wonderful list of helpful sites. I wanted to mention another great website that I don't think you mentioned here, though. I've recently started using http://www.khanacademy.org/ , which has a wonderful collection of helpful videos and online practice. You can find information on almost every subject!

      Another feature I like about Kahn Academy is that the teacher can easily track all of their student's progress and see what they've been doing. :)

      You should suggest it to your grandchildren!

      Eileen

      *blessed*

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      @Gayle Dowell: I added a link to your My Top Picks for Homeschooling Curriculum and Projects lens to the list below. Thanks again!

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      @Gayle Dowell: I am happy to have provided something you may find useful. Thank you so much for the blessing.

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      @Cari Kay 11: I know what you mean. The only classes my son didn't make an A in are Drivers Ed and Spanish. Spanish he didn't like and wouldn't focus on. Drivers Ed was taught by a driving instructor who told me he didn't like home school students. He made a C in Drivers Ed, but aced the written and driving test at the DMV. Some people just can't get past their preconceived ideas. Thank you so much for the blessing!

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      @aesta1: I agree! Thanks for commenting!

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      @srsddn lm: Thank you for commenting!

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      @TreyKay: Thank you for commenting and dropping a new link. I appreciate the resource.

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      Linda Pogue 4 years ago from Missouri

      @atlanticheart: Thank you for commenting!

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      Great resource. I have just graduated one from home school. My youngest is a junior in high school (home schooled also). These are great resources that even I after 8 years of teaching at home had not found. Blessed~

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      Kay 4 years ago

      Homeschooling a high schooler as we speak! Every once in awhile people look at me a bit funny when I say he earns all As but he does. The great thing is that we are hybrid homeschoolers. He has actual teachers for many of his classes so I just point out that even with other teachers he gets great grades. Great resources here. Blessed!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a very good resource here even for teachers in schools.

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      Very useful information. Lens contains lot of choice of different resources.

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      TreyKay 5 years ago

      The Internet has been a terrific resource for me, especially for my high schoolers. I've compiled (and continue to add to) a subject-by-subject list of free online high school courses. The list follows a college prep course of study: http://www.examiner.com/article/a-high-school-cour...

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      atlanticheart 5 years ago

      Very informative, with lots of good links for learning resources.

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      @Kumar P S: Thank you for visiting and commenting.

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      Kumar P S 5 years ago

      Great lens ! Useful and informative.

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      @anonymous: I was not aware of the Facebook page for high school students. Thanks for commenting!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      There is a new Facebook page for high school homeschool students: http://www.facebook.com/pages/High-School-Homescho...