Homeschooling High School Math

As I was growing up, I loved math. I loved all there was to do with math. I could figure out word problems and algebraic expressions were not that hard for me. I was the 6th grader on the bus helping her 9th grade friend figure out her math homework before school started! I was excited to be able to teach my kids math, and it wasn’t hard at first.

But, the good times didn’t last long. I figured out that my boys didn’t enjoy sitting down and figuring out math problems. They just didn’t want to. Moe Man does not like numbers, they confuse him. Adding letters into the numbers and you might as well just throw him a life vest! We have spent some time trying to find just the right program that works with him and not against him.

We have tried a few different things for Moe Man over the last couple of years. Some were great, others worked for a time, but became too hard and others we just wished we could get a refund on! But this is something that I enjoy about homeschooling. When changes need to be made, we are able to make those changes with our children in mind, even in high school!

I love finding a math program that allows Moe Man to build on what he learned, while doing a refresher on the previous lessons. But at the same time, I want him to master the current lesson before moving onto something new. So, what have we tried, what have we loved and what will we pass on?

Honestly? The one program we are in love with right now? No-Nonsense Algebra! We are currently working on our review of this book with The Homeschool Review Crew, but so far this has what I want and makes the learning a little easier on Moe Man! But we haven’t always had such luck with math.

Another favorite of many homeschoolers is Teaching Textbooks. I love this idea. I may use it for Ray Ray in the future, but Moe Man tired it earlier in his homeschooling career and didn’t like it. I personally think it moved too fast for him without enough repetition for mastery. This is a must for Moe Man, his ADHD and his FASD.

Life of Fred is another great option for a math option. This is another one I am thinking about for Ray Ray. Moe Man also did the Pre-Algebra of this. We loved it! This was such a fun program and a fun way to learn about math. Once again, there was not enough repetition for him to cement it into his head before moving on to the next topic.

Math Enrichment

We have tried many other things to help with the learning of math for Moe Man. There are some that worked great, some that were good for a time and some that just didn’t click. We love extra resources to help us with our learning like Khan Academy and Algebra for Breakfast. Now this resource…while not a full curriculum is a great hands-on way to practice what is being learned. Hands on is a plus in our books and we have been able to use the hands-on materials for the other kids with their math as well. This is one we love to come back to!

What are some of your favorite math programs for High School Math that has a lot of mastery involved?

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Language Arts for High School – 10 Days of Homeschooling High School

10 Days of Homeschooling High School

Wow, what a week it has been. I had ever intention to share with you about curriculum this week. And I dropped the ball! I had some things come up, and I feel bad that I let you down for the week. To make that up to you, I am going to start and continue to finish my 10 Days of Homeschooling High School…a little, but still here!

10 Days of Homeschooling High School

Today I want to talk a little about Language Arts. When it comes to high school language arts, there are so many extras you need to think about. Not only do you want to make sure your high school student is able to figure out their grammar, but you want to add in writing, speaking, listening, and some great literature as well.

You can have your options of what to pick when it comes to homeschooling your child. You can get the boxed curriculum where everything is there for you, all you need to do is open and go. This is great for some families, but others need more independence when it comes to school and curriculum. There are a lot of great options for whichever way you want to attack the Language Arts curriculum.

We have tried a few different things for Language Arts in our homeschool. We have had some good experiences, and some that we have learned from. I don’t say bad, because we learn from it and either find a way to make it work or move on. I want to share some of our favorites with you.

We have had the chance to check out the Easy Grammar Ultimate Series for Moe Man. This is a great book that went over simple topics each day to build on what your child has already learned and the new things they are to learn. We loved adding this in to the beginning of our lessons and didn’t mind that it only took a few minutes.

If you want to find some great ways to study literature with your high school child, there are many programs that work. We have tried Hewitt Homeschooling. Hewitt Homeschooling is a full credit in Literature and is about 4 books per program. Your child will not just read a book and answer comprehension questions, they will also learn about the styles of writing and work on writing papers themselves.

If you want a full curriculum, there are lots of options available. We have used a couple and plan to use more in the next few years with Moe Man. We have recently started Monarch online for Moe Man. While this is a full curriculum, I have found it lacks in the great literature. Adding in the Hewitt Homeschooling has given me what I want when it comes to finishing this curriculum with a little added reading and writing.

Another full curriculum that we have tried is Easy Peasy Homeschool. This one was great! I love it, and would love to do it myself if I had the time. However, for Moe Man and his learning, this was a little above him. The writing and reading assignments are great and require your child to do some real thinking. They way this is set up, you would have to grade the assignments, or trust your child that they were doing a good job at correcting their own papers the right way.

We have tried many different curricula when it comes to Language Arts. Moe Man loves to read, but the other things that come with the subject trouble him. Finding that just right one is sometimes hard, but knowing that you have the option to change when your child needs to is a gift.

What is your favorite Language Arts curriculum for the High School age?

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Record-Keeping for the High School Homeschooler

I started homeschooling Moe Man later in his school years. He was half way through his 6th grade year. This meant that high school crept up on us faster than I thought it would. That first year was tough, but I learned a lot during that year! Most of all, record keeping is important and you need to make time for it.

While Moe Man is still unsure of what we wants to do after high school, I have to plan for anything. This means that I must be on top of the record keeping and make sure I have documentation on everything that he has done. If he wants to go out and get a job right away, so be it, but if he wants to further his education, I need to make sure that he has what he needs to make that happen. I am not a person who wants to spend hours, or days figuring it all out at the last minute, so I have started record keeping from the get go, in hopes of an easier time down the road.

When it comes to record-keeping, you do not have to be overwhelmed. You are able to break this down just as anything. The first thing I did was look to see what credits Moe Man would need to graduate. I love the High School Course of Study Checklist from Donna Young for this. I put in the required credits for each of the subjects and wrote my ideas for the courses we might use. I printed up a second one and have been writing down the courses we actually do on this one.

More than just the names of the courses, when it comes to record-keeping for the High School level, you will want to keep the course descriptions all in one place. There are different ways that you can do that. Some online grade programs like MyHomeschoolGrades lets you add in a description for each of the courses your child will be taking. This keeps them safe in one place for future reference, like when you need a transcript for a college!

Your course descriptions should include a quick idea of what your child learned during that course. You should also list the books that were used, textbooks or reading books, as well as any reports that were written for that course.

I love the use of The Home Scholar from Lee Binz when it comes to getting my record-keeping in order. When I can’t get to one of her awesome courses, I find one of her books on Amazon and read while taking notes. Lee has helped me ease the stress of homeschooling my high-schooler, especially when it comes to record-keeping. She has a course or book on every aspect of it!

Over the past two years, I have learned a lot about homeschooling a high school student. I have learned that I need to space myself. I write up the course descriptions at the beginning of the year. I update the grade every quarter and make sure to print them out. I love to keep samples of some of the daily work and a copy of each report written. Using the resources I have found helps make it a little easier, by simply breaking it down and not stressing has helped me make sure I know what I am doing and doing the best of it!

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What I Wish I Knew Before Homeschooling High School

Homeschooling alone is hard. When your child is in preschool, they have lots of fun and crafts. Once they reach elementary school, you are able to help them learn, you make the learning as fun as you can, find books and unit studies to make the learning hands on and fun still. But when you get to high school, panic sets in. How will you make this learning fun? How will you teach the subjects you had a hard time learning? What in the world were you thinking taking the homeschooling this far? Let me tell you what I wish I had known before I started homeschooling the high school years in my house.

How Fun It Would Be

Homeschooling is fun, it doesn’t matter the age. Watching your kids learn is fun. Even when they are grown, when you see them learn something new, you get excited. Even though they are in high school, you can still have fun planning unit studies and hands on activities for them. This is a joy of the homeschool life. Your child wants to know more about something, take a break from the curriculum and get some hands on happening for them. This is something that you can write into their transcripts. This is a learning experience for them, it is a hands on experiment or field trip, whatever you want to call it. It doesn’t matter that they are older, they can still have fun like the younger ones, and when they are busy having fun, so are you!

How Hard It Is

Yes, it can be fun, but it can also be hard. You are talking about harder subjects, which means some struggles with the learning. Not only that, but you have teenagers! Did you know that teenagers think they know more than we do? It is almost like they think we skipped that age in life and just got “old” and we don’t understand them. I don’t think they will realize the truth until they are our age, but until then, we have to deal with the attitudes that come with the age. The kids want to be independent, but they still need us. Not only are we the parent who is struggling to help them become independent, but we are the teacher that has to say, nope, you need to listen now.

How Much I Would Learn

Wow, who would have thought I would be learning as much as Moe Man! I never thought I would be in high school again when I thought about teaching high school at home. Only, I need to know what the kids are learning in case they need my help, so I am learning alongside them. Most of the time I end up sitting next to them as they work on their independent lesson so that I know what is happening when it comes to the questions and I need to help them answer them. Not only am I relearning the subjects I learned in high school, but I am learning a lot about my children in the process. I see how they learn and learn to adapt their learning to their styles. Four kids in our homeschool, and four different learning styles. Yes, some are similar, but they are each different in their own way and I have learned to adapt to that, especially in high school!

The Amount of Resources There Are

The amount of resources that you are able to find for your younger age homeschool kids is ridiculous. Everywhere that you turn you can find something for preschool up to grade 3. Have you seen that? I notice that all the time. But you know what? There are some great resources available to the high school age as well. You just need to know where to look. Tina Robertson has some great planning pages that I showed you yesterday, as well as Donna Young. SchoolhouseTeachers.com has some great classes as well as planners and parents helps to get you on the track you need to be. And if you haven’t heard of Lee Binz, The HomeScholar, you are missing out on a huge resource! The resources are out there, you just need to look for them. You are not alone in homeschooling your high school student.

The Adventure I Would Take

I thought this would be a journey, but the adventure that I have been on is something I did not expect. I did not expect to get so emotionally involved in what was happening with Moe Man. I didn’t realize how much I would stand back and watch him pave his own path as I wanted to run and catch up to him. Having a high school student is one thing. Watching and being the teacher of your high school child is something different. You are in charge of what they become. You have the control of making sure they learn what they need to learn. This alone is an adventure. No matter where this adventure takes me, I am willing to go on it for my children!

What are some things that you wished you knew before you started homeshooling the high school age?

I am joining other bloggers over these next few days to talk about homeschooling tips, want to find other tips? Check them out right here:

 

 

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Planning for Homeschooling High School

Planning, oh the joys of planning. There are many things that come to mind when it comes to homeschooling high school and planning for it! There are many things to think about, between scheduling what classes will be when and how many credits will be needed to graduate! These take some extra time to make sure you are not overloading your child the last semester before they are to graduate.

So, what was the first thing I did when I realized that I would be homeschooling Moe man through High School? I found a way to make sure I knew what classes he would need and how many credits he would need to graduate. A great place to find that, would be on your state’s education website. Donna Young has a list of all the states and their websites. From my state’s site, I found out that Moe Man will need 21.5 credits to graduate High School. This is split up between Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies the Arts, and Electives.

Now that you know how many credits your child needs to graduate, it is time to plan it out. Once again, Donna Young has some great pages to break it down. This helps you to see what your child will need to do each year. Tina Robertson has also put together a great set of papers to help you plan what your child will need to complete each year to allow your child to graduate. But what if you like the Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling? There is also a packet put together on Simply Charlotte Mason that will help you plan the school from the very beginning!

Once you decide what your child will be learning and when, it is time to decide HOW they will learn it. Will you do a typical schedule of multiple classes each day, or will you opt for block scheduling? I personally love block scheduling, but Moe Man likes to keep the variety up and do multiple classes every day. This is something you will need to sit down and discuss with your child. They know how they like to learn and listening to them will make them happy with learning. Having them happy with learning will in turn make you happy as well!

During this time, you do not need to plan every day of the next four years. All you need to do is make sure your child will cover the required classes before they graduate. Take the time to make sure that you have looked over everything, write in pencil the classes you want your child to take, and change them each year as needed. The only time I write something in pen on these forms is once Moe Man is done with the class. Times change, curriculum changes, and kids change. Therefore, plans will change.

Have you found out what your state requires for graduation? Is there a planner that you love to make sure your child will accomplish all of this before it is too late?

I am participating in the 10 Days of Homeschooling Series. Here is where you can find all my posts. And when you get bored of me, check out some of these other bloggers who are also participating in the 10 Day Series!

 

 

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Homeschooling High School

Welcome to the first of 10 Days of Homeschooling High School! I am so excited to spend these next 10 days with you! I am also excited that it is only Monday through Friday this year, giving me the weekend to recoup, and spend time with my family!

Homeschooling high school is fun, it is hard, it is rewarding and challenging. It is all these things all at the same time. You either have a teen who loves to be homeschooled, or you have a teen who will fight you all the way. Sometimes you are lucky enough to have the teen who will give you both ends of this experience!

Moe Man is my only high school student this year, and I have a few years to recoup after this before Ray Ray will be ready. Moe Man has given me a taste of everything when it comes to homeschooling him through the high school years. He fights me as a teen who wants to pave his own path, but pulls back to me when given the option to go to public school.

Over these next few days, I want to talk to you about planning and schedules, record keeping, different curriculum and just a few things that I want to add in to help you out. No, I have not had a child graduate from our homeschool yet, but we are right in the middle of it right now, experiencing it head on as I write about it!

This first week I will spend time on the extras, next week I will talk about different curriculum choices. We have used a few different curriculums since we started homeschooling and we have a few more in mind. I am excited to see where they take us!

So, to start off the week, what are some of your greatest fears of homeschooling high school? What are some of the things you look forward to? I still have fears, even finishing up our second year, I still have fears. But I love looking at what we are learning. I love seeing my child grow in more than one way! Having them learn at home lets me make the learning a fit for him. I can change things as needed, This makes it a win for him and seeing him learn makes it a win for me!

I am not the only blogger who will be spending ten days talking with you homeschooling. I hope you enjoy what I have to share, and I hope you check out these other blogs and see what they have to share as well!

Check back here to see what the newest post will be!

Day 1: Homeschooling High School

Day 2: Planning for Homeschooling High School

Day 3: What I Wish I Knew Before Homeschooling High School

Day 4: Homeschool High School: Record Keeping

Day 5: It’s Not THAT Hard to Homeschool High School

Day 6: Homeschool High School Language Arts

Day 7: Homeschool High School Math

Day 8: Homeschool High School Science

Day 9: Homeschool High School History

Day 10: Homeschool High School Electives

I hope you will join me and the other bloggers over these next 10 days! Look at all these fun topics that will be covered!

 

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