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Old 08-04-2010, 02:18 PM   #1
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Anyone homeschooling a HIGH SCHOOLER???

If so...... talk to me We have decided that Naomi will not be going back to the Christian private school she went to last year and will be back to homeschooling! Only thing is.... she is starting NINTH GRADE!!!! I am a little intimidated!
Over the years I have became a little bit of an eclectic unschooler/Charlotte Mason/just whatever...

However, this year with having so many kids to school, I have decided to go back to a pretty well liked favorite of our homeschooling past: ACE School of Tomorrow. I figured that would be easiest being that there will be a baby born in the middle of this school year while I have three in kindergarten, one in 1st, one in 4th, and one in 9th. Naomi is familiar with ACE already as is my one in 4th grade, so the two of them will be able to assist the kindergarteners and the first grader if I am dealing with the 2 year old or the baby! Plus, I won't have to actually 'plan' anything... I can just play it lazy this year LOL!

I am worried about schooling Naomi though, regardless of what I use. This is when everything really counts and I am nervous! Thankfully I have some help from my old college English Professor. She and I have remained friends over the years and she has already emailed me some tips, guidelines, and ideas to help her develop her writing skills (an area she lacks in). I have a lady at church who homeschooled her son through high school... but she did everything VERY structured and had a daily lesson plan (not my style). Everyone else that I know is still in elementary years of homeschooling.
I just need some tips, reassurance, etc. I would especially like to know how and when to have her do any state testing (we live in Alabama).

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Old 08-04-2010, 02:29 PM   #2
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Re: Anyone homeschooling a HIGH SCHOOLER???

My kids are all still elementary ages but I was homeschooled and honestly I think it was easier on my mom when we were all older. We weren't super structured, we had work that had to be done but no real schedule. As for writing, we used Learning Language Arts Through Literature and I really liked it. I plan on using it for my kids when they get a little older.

Good luck, I'm sure you will both enjoy it so try not to stress too much.
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Old 08-04-2010, 02:36 PM   #3
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Re: Anyone homeschooling a HIGH SCHOOLER???

I will have an 8th grader this year and am looking forward to high school in the future. I will say that we have decided to stick with an accredited program for high school to hopefully minimize any issues when it is time to consider college. So yes, structured and lesson plans but I'm also big on independent work at they get older. I've watched many families homeschool through high school and it can be tough but very much worth it. We plan to do testing of some sort once a year but you can count the PSAT, SAT or ACT as your yearly testing in our state. Good luck.
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Old 08-05-2010, 02:02 AM   #4
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Re: Anyone homeschooling a HIGH SCHOOLER???

We're eclectic/unschooly learners here, which for us means we use whatever curriculum works for ds and then supplement with tons of fun stuff. Our situation is a little odd because although ds does some high school work (he ranges from 6th to 10th grade), he's only 9. This means that I am constantly on the hunt for cheap, engaging materials.

I don't know how you feel about online resources. This year we signed up for the Plato Curriculum through the homeschoolbuyersco-op.org. We have used the Plato middle school science curricula for the last few years and used the HS biology over the summer. We've had such good success with the science progras that we decided to finally take the plunge into a *gasp* complete curriculum. It's nice because you have access to all of the materials from 6th to 12th grade.

Of course, we still supplement with the fun stuff. (Today we dissected a worm as a follow-up to the annelid lesson in biology).

If you're not keen on spending money, I've also collected the links below which offer free high school curricula.

http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/online_hs.htm
http://www.courserepository.org/index.html
http://www.learner.org/courses/mathilluminated/ (for advanced mathy kids or adults)
http://oli.web.cmu.edu/openlearning/
http://www.historyguide.org/
http://majortests.com/ -- link for SAT practice tests(and other)
http://highschoolace.com/ace/ace.cfm
http://www.hippocampus.org/ -- the only site we've actually used

In terms of writing, I've heard raves about IEW (http://www.excellenceinwriting.com/) and Brave Writer (http://www.bravewriter.com/) programs.

From what I understand from another list that I belong to, the most important issue in homeschooling high school is the transcript that you generate. You can use an umbrella school, or you can track your ds's progress yourself and make a professional transcript. Because this isssue is so far away for us, I really didn't pay attention to the sources that everyone was buzzing about. :-( (sorry!) I think the two main ones were "Transcripts Made Easy" which is here: http://www.everyday-education.com/tme/index.shtml and the "Well-Planned High Schooler" which is here: http://www.wellplannedday.com/plannerswgh.html. I think the unschoolers on the list were talking about how the Well-Planned resource helped them to organize all of their kids' activities into a course of study format. I found some more information about transcripts here: http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/...ranscripts.htm ; http://www.homeschooltranscripts.com/.
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Great Info Cwilliford!! I'm taking notes! My eldest is going into 9th grade.

I took a class this summer about how to prepare for college transcripts. I unschool here too and laws in MI are, well, open to whatever interpretation. (I'm in the hometown of the beginning of the homeschool movement!!) The gal told us to track and convert what we do according to how we grade their work. The main thing is to keep track of everything. You can write what you do by each year or what you do by subject, that way if you do something in grade 8, you can still count it.

To get my kids into writing more, we started a magazine and they are actually loving it and fighting about what articles and stories they get to write. We've done farmer's markets to teach economics, money, etc. Lotsa fun things can be done to get them learning. I'm pretty sure that my kids' gardens are part of biology/science, and with 5 kids we learn a LOT about first aid! LOL! My goal is to get them interested in learning and they will actually remember it when they get older.

I'm definitely looking into some of those links above!
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Old 08-05-2010, 03:13 PM   #7
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Re: Anyone homeschooling a HIGH SCHOOLER???

My friend used Abeka's video program this last year. She really liked it a lot, but is going to do something different this coming year. (This has a lot to do with the co-op classes they are going to be taking.) It is very structured, but might work for your daughter if she has done well in the traditional setting. I see that structured is not your style, so I am responding in case it is your daughter's style and it would meet both of your needs at the same time. It is accredited (or that option is available - I think it might be required at the 9th grade level), so you have to send in the work on a scheduled basis. My friend and her husband both work full time, and this didn't require as much time from her as other options. It is also expensive, but I imagine quite a bit less than the private school costs.

Abeka is not particularly strong on writing skills (they are fantastic with grammar). If you go that route, I'd ask the college teacher/friend of yours if she knows someone who could tutor in this area. Acutally, I'd consider private tutoring or a class with whatever program you choose. My son will begin taking a homeschool essay writing class this year from a PhD with high expectations. She teaches a sequential series, including research reports and SAT prep.
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