January 28, 2014
Homeschooling High School - Part 1 - The Free Stuff
I realized the other day that I have posted very little about homeschooling my high school kids. Most often I follow the same things I do with the younger kids BUT the lessons are MUCH more involved.
There are, however, lots and lots of different FREE sites that we use. Yes, FREE!!! And I am going to list all of those for you here. ;)
Khan Academy - Most awesome site EVER!! We would never have made it through some of the upper math without it!! They also have lower level math, as well as science, history, art, economics.....
HippoCampus - Another site with higher maths, sciences, social sciences and humanities
Coursera - I have actually taken a couple of courses on Coursera and HIGHLY recommend it. A lot of the classed will give you a certificate of accomplishment at the end of the course. These are all college level courses but my kids have been able to follow along quite well.
Saylor - This site has just added a K-12 option. Math seems to be the only course they have so far and that is 6th - advanced statistics. They do have a variety of college courses, though.
All in One High School - This site has it all mapped out for you, day by day. It's isn't quite complete yet as far as I can tell, but it's getting there. And everything is ONLINE!!!! I believe they may ask your child to read certain books that aren't available online BUT they are always available at the library.
Ambleside Online - Another site that has everything laid out for you. BUT not quite everything is available online for free but there are options given.
An Old-Fashioned Education - Tons of free resources, almost all of them from yesteryear and for every subject.
Homeschool Share - Yes, I know, this site is geared more toward the younger set BUT you can still use a lot of the lapbooks and unit studies to get you started. All you have to do is ask for more details and add more reading, projects, etc.
Practical Pages - Notebooking is great for ALL grades, except for the very youngest, of course. ;)
Donna Young - Printables for every occasion!! Even DIPLOMAS and forms for transcripts!!
So, how do WE use these sites?? Well, all 3 of my older kids use Khan Academy A LOT for math. A LOT. The other sites they use as their interests direct them or if they feel like going deeper into a topic.
We do a ton of reading. Lots and lots and lots of living books. I'll give you some examples.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Elements of Style
Lots of Isaac Asimov's non-fiction
And pretty much anything in the non-fiction sections of the library that catches their attention.
I wish all my books were unpacked then I would have a better list for you.
Anyway, we also rely a lot on Netflix documentaries, YouTube and stuff we DVR.
Don't forgot those field trips! Art museums, history museums, state parks, etc.
My advice? Give them a topic and set them loose to research the heck out of it. OR see what they are really interested in, then set them loose to research the heck out of it. LOL
And RELAX!!!! It's OK!! They are learning and that's what REALLY matters!!
HAVE FUN LEARNING!!!