Friday, December 28, 2012

Can I Homeschool High School

When I started homeschooling my children, they were in Kindergarten.  I was excited to be able to stay at home and teach our children.  We decided we would take it one year at a time.  Each year, though, we got more and more involved as we joined homeschool support groups, met other families that homeschooled, got involved in co-ops, joined our local homeschool P.E., and began to participate in different homeschool events.  All was going smoothly and we were enjoying homeschooling...with the few bumps in the road that occur from burnout every once in a while.  We dealt with those by taking a break to the beach or taking a mini vacation.

I look back on those elementary and middle school years with my now high school kids with fond memories.  I also remember that as my kids came closer to the high school years, I started to have doubts.  The doubt that I had not experienced in our earlier years of homeschooling but had plagued some of my friends, was now whispering in my ear.  Can I homeschool high school?  How was I going to teach my kids higher math, or physical science, or chemistry?  These are the subjects I feared.  And then there's the planning for college, and record-keeping, transcripts.  Ahhhhh!  Those elementary years were a breeze.  The high school years are serious!

Well, now I'm a few years into high school.  It isn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.  We're learning together.  I have picked up some high school planning tools, that are making these years easier than I expected. My kids are learning all the subjects required, and more.....even if I need some help from a tutor for that higher math.  Yes, we can do it!!

Monday, August 06, 2012

Homeschooling High School

There’s a great new site focused on helping students and parents think about how to homeschool highschool. The community site caters both to students and parents.  There is a directory of homeschool highschool curriculum.   And there's a great of information on college applications by homeschoolers.  

And I quote:  With my son’s recent decision to attend the University of Mary Washington, now seems like a good time to brain dump on what we learned getting our first homeschooled kid into college....

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    Even though summertime is often spent at camp or in the pool, it's important to make sure that your child doesn't backslide on his or her studies. By signing up for an 8-week Time4Writing course this summer, you'll be keeping their education front and center. They can review their writing mechanics or maybe even start learning to write for the SATs. Thy also have all sorts of free materials to learn or practice writing. Time4Writing offers: Courses for elementary, middle and high school students Certified teachers who provide timely feedback on writing assignments A certificate of completion for each student with their final grade Have a family vacation planned? No problem! Just follow our 4-week suggested scheduled to finish your course in time before you hit the road. Not sure which course to choose? Check out the course catalog or use the course placement tool! Make this summer as productive as possible for your child and keep the learning momentum going by registering for a Time4Writing course today. Yours in Writing, John Founder of Time4Writing

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Non Religious Homeschooling

 I just read a great article about secular or non-religious homeschooling. The idea is that there is an underserved community of people who do no want their schooling to come mixed in with their religion.  There are now full communities of secular homeschoolers.

While not godless or even necessarily people not of faith, they (we) just prefer to have our children educated in two ways.  One is the secular standards based education that our country has defined.  the other is the religious, ethical, and spiritual beliefs of our family and chosen community.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Homeschool Literature Reviews announces a FREE ONLINE BOOK CLUB for homeschoolers! 

The website is the ONLY directory that features literature in which homeschoolers are featured.  Why read about Dick and Jane going to school when you can read about families like yours!?!

You can join the club as an individual, family, homeschool coop, class, or whatever.  The book club will feature: 

  • fiction books with homeschooled characters
  • club ideas for all ages and grade levels
  • mixture of printable, online, and hands-on activities
  • additional resource links for book extensions

    HomeschoolLiterature Book Club

I'm going to go register. I know some of the Moms who have organized and just to hear their humor and wisdom, it's easily worth the time. Tell your friends too.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Building Vocabulary

I'll tell you right now that I am not impartial or fair-minded when it comes to  I love and am deeply involved with this online service. For instance, I think their tools for writing practice, Hangman game online (HangMouse), Crossword Puzzle, WordSearch, vocabulary, and compound words are the BEST! With that disclaimer, let me tell you how understated I think this statement about some of their capabilities is:

It's Now Simpler to Write Your Own Sentences and Definitions!January 2012
While parents and teachers have literally written millions of their own sentences, the fact is that it was hard to do because of the character limit. We've received thousands of requests to extend the limit.

You asked for it - you got it! Now your custom sentences and definitions can be up to 127 characters long.
Users were thrilled when we launched the ability to customize sentences in 2010 and add their own words in 2011. Many teachers and parents told us that creating custom content really helped engage their students, but they felt the 50-character limit was too restrictive.With more than double the number of characters to work with, it's easier than ever to write your own sentences!
Create custom content to:
  • Personalize sentences using students' names.
  • Make activities and tests based on books your students are reading.
  • Make your own word games, like the Analogies games in Teacher Resources.
These materials would be useful for any homeschool curriculum