I’m excited to be talking about homeschooling high school for the next ten days (this week and next, Monday through Friday).
In some ways, it feels a bit like the blind leading the blind because I’m still in the midst of homeschooling my firstborn guinea pig (isn’t that always true for the firstborn?) for high school.
However, I figure if you’re just approaching high school, I’ve probably got at least a little insight that might be helpful…and, I’ve called upon a couple of really great bloggers, Barb and Samantha, to guest post and share some of their wonderful tips as well.
We’re going to be talking about some great topics over the next two weeks, such as:
- Course planning
- Credits and transcripts
- High school science
- Teaching upper-level math and other scary stuff
- Nature study in high school
As an overview, I wanted to share some resources that I’ve found helpful in navigating the high school years.
Home School for High School seminars by Kathleen Duncan. Kathleen Duncan, homeschooling mom to seven children, has taught the Home School for High School seminars across the southeast and surrounding states for over eight years.
The four-hour seminars, along with the huge binder of information you take home, are a very affordable wealth of information. I attended my first seminar when Brianna was in 7th or 8th grade so that I could start getting prepared for the high school years. I came away feeling much more confident in my ability to homeschool high school.
Once you’ve attended one seminar, you can attend future seminars at a reduced (or free…I can’t remember and it may vary from location to location) rate. This is a great option for those who’d like a preview a year or two before high school, then, a refresher course or a chance to answer more specific questions once high school has actually begun.
Upper-Level Homeschool by Terri Johnson. I really enjoyed Terri Johnson’s Upper-Level Homeschool course. I went through it summer before Brianna’s 9th-grade year. I felt like it really complemented what I’d learned in Kathleen Duncan’s course and I loved that each “lesson” in the course was delivered to my email in bite-size chunks, one per week over the course of 13 weeks.
It had been a year or two since I’d done the Home School for High School course and that big binder was looking a bit intimidating. Terri’s course broke everything down into manageable pieces that kept me from feeling overwhelmed. I probably would have done as well doing a refresher of the Kathleen Duncan course, but there wasn’t a seminar in my area at the time, so the Upper-Level High School course was a great option.
Total Transcript Solution by Lee Binz. Another resource I’ve really found useful is Total Transcript Solution. It’s a wealth of information, which includes an ebook that answers tons and tons of questions and covers such topics as:
- Determining high school credit (including info for those whose kids may not be at grade level in certain subjects)
- Assigning grades
- Calculating credit value
- Delight directed learning in high school
- Making a high school transcript
It also contains dozens of transcript templates in both MS Word and Excel. It’s one of these templates that I’m currently using for Brianna’s transcript.
Reading List for College-Bound Students. This book has been a great resource for ideas on reading lists to assign for high school. Granted, I haven’t used it as extensively as I probably should, but it’s nice to have on hand when Brianna needs some encouragement on what to read or I’m looking for something to round out a literature course.
I hope you’ll come back tomorrow when we’ll be talking about figuring out high school level coursework.
Be sure to visit these brilliant women during our 10 days adventure between November 7th-18th!
- 10 days of Character Studies | Confessions of a Homeschooler
- 10 days of Christmas Countdown Ideas | Milk & Cookies
- 10 days of Creative Writing | Chocolate on My Cranium
- 10 days of Crockpot Meals | The Happy Housewife
- 10 Days to a Godly Marriage | Women Living Well
- 10 Days of Growing Leaders | Mom’s Mustard Seeds
- 10 days of I Wish I Had Known | Fruit in Season
- 10 days of Keeping Your Marbles | The Tie That Binds Us
- 10 days of Kid-friendly Food | Planner Perfect
- 10 Days of Language Arts Lesson Planning | Jimmie’s Collage
- 10 Days of Learning Apps | Daze of Adventure
- 10 Days of a Mason Jar Christmas | Cajun Joie de Vivre
- 10 Days of More JESUS in Christmas | Preschoolers and Peace
- 10 Days to a Peaceful Home | Raising Arrows
- 10 Days of Raising a Life-Long-Learner | Bright Ideas Press
- 10 days of Science with Math | Blog, She Wrote
- 10 days of Teaching Values | Our Journey Westward
- 10 days of Winning your Child’s Heart | I Take Joy
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