High school curriculuum?

Lisa - posted on 05/27/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Is anyone homeschooling a high schooler and if so what curriculum did you choose?

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Linda - posted on 06/07/2010

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I have graduated a homeschooler from high school. I used Saxon math and Apologia science. I had difficulty with foreign language so I used the Potter's School for that--it's an online Christian school with live classes once a week. (www.pottersschool.org) It's more expensive than doing it youirself, but you have to know your limits. (It's about $425/class/year) They used Bob Jones material for foreign language, but I liked having an actual teacher teach for that! I used Smarr Publishers for high school English, which I really liked. I used Beautiful feet for history, but I didn't really like that--it was too unstructured for me. For my next child, I'm looking into Tapestry of Grace--which you could actually use for all children all the way through high school. Another good choice is Sonlight. My son also took classes in computer science, Latin, and government from the Potter's school. He did his senior year at the local community college which is very homeschool friendly--so he just received his Associate's Degree at age 18 and will be entering University this fall for his Bachelor's in Computer Science.

I will tell you the hardest thing is not teaching high school--they pretty much can do that by themselves if you've been homeschooling all along. The hardest part is keeping up with the correcting! Especially if you have younger children.

Andrea - posted on 05/29/2010

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I don't have a high schooler yet but we use A Beka. https://www.abeka.com/HomeSchools.aspx
That is the website. They are a wonderful Christian based home schooling program. Let me know how it turns out.

Cheryl - posted on 05/29/2010

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I'm not there yet either but a few questions to help your search: What is your style of teaching? Will your child be mostly on their own and you fill in where they're struggling or will you participate everyday? Do you have other children that you are homeschooling as well? How does this child learn best: auditory, visual, kinestic, etc?? Do he/she have career interests/ goals?

Those answers will help you narrow down the tons of options that are out there.

Gene & Erin - posted on 05/27/2010

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I don't have a high schooler yet but it has come to my attention that I soon will (sigh).
Here are a few blogs/websites that I have found that may get you started.

weirdunsocializedhomeschoolers.com - I believe her oldest is 15 and she reviews different curriculum and blogs it. She recently did her picks by grade level.

thehomescholar.com - I am learning a lot here that I never even thougth about, like transcripts and credits (ugh!)

homeschoolingbooks.com - they sell stuff and you can look/shop by grade/subject

Right now I plan to stick with Apologia Science and doing history together (we are switching to Story of the World for next year and as my oldest gets older I plan to have her help "teach" more of that). I have a little time to think on the rest - its a good thing I LOVE pouring over homeschool catalogs.

Have fun! Happy schooling!

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Christy - posted on 02/06/2011

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Well, this appears to be about a year behind and maybe you've found something that works for you. You could also check out Foundation for American Christian Education: www.face.net. I think they have some awesome curriculum (though I've only researched it, but not used it). I am more involved with teaching my three children using the Heart of Wisdom curriculum (www.heartofwisdom.com). Another great site I've been researching is Advanced Training Institute (the curriculum the famous Duggar family uses). That website is www.ati.iblp.org. That definitely takes time to plan and study (the Word does say to study and show yourself approved). Hope this is helpful.

Tam - posted on 06/26/2010

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We were using LifePacs, but as we just pulled my high school daughter out of public school, she's not quite where she needs to be, so we are rethinking her schedule this year.

We are using Teaching Textbooks for algebra this year and we will do some LifePacs but will also interject other information. We are considering different curricula right now. As for Bible, we are seriously considering doing mother-daughter studies for her Bible. Her dad teaches the boys their Bible.

Linda - posted on 06/08/2010

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One more note: the Potter's School is a school just for homeschoolers and Missionary kids. It's not a regular Christian school--I don't think my post made that clear. All the classes are rigorous academically, and all the teachers are Christians. Students log on for an interactive class with their teacher for 90 minutes/week, and then they give assignments for the rest of the week. Students can email or phone with any questions.

Lisa - posted on 06/01/2010

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Thank you all for your help! I will definitely be checking out those websites and I also love pouring over homeschool catalogs - not to mention all the free stuff I find online all the time! It does help so much to narrow things down by my teaching style/their learning style/schoolday structure/etc. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by the thought of high school that I forget to calm down and just listen to the Lord's direction! We have used Abeka for many years in the past, and it is a wonderful curriculum but its just not my daughters learning style. We have gone more with Charlotte Mason type learning and it seems to work wonderfully for her. Happy summer to you all!

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