high school

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Mon, 07-01-2013 - 5:35pm

HI,

Help! This is our first year starting on our own. We have been in an online charter school the last five years and decided to go out on our own for 9th grade. We have always had everything sent to us never needing to choose our curriculum and new feeling very overwhelmed. I think we know what we are doing for math and history but not sure where to begin with language arts and science. My daughter loves to read and write and I want to make sure we are doing the right things with her. Any advice welcomed and appreciated!

Thank you,

Andi

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In reply to: mom2mae98
Tue, 07-02-2013 - 3:00pm

Hi Andi!

Welcome to the boards.  I have found homeschool conventions a great place to go look at different curriculum packages.  Those are spread throughout the year.  In our area, right now is high season for used curriculum sales.  Each of the homeschool groups seem to have their own.  I would see if you could find anything like that in your area and go physically thumb through some books to see what you like or don't like.

I have also found good resources by googling the subject matter and DC's learning style or your teaching style.

Another place that has good ideas is well trained mind.  It's a blog type medium that has been very informative.  Again, google "well trained mind" and it should pop up.

Hope that helps.

K

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In reply to: mom2mae98
Wed, 07-03-2013 - 10:09pm

Hi Andi. So exciting...venturing out on your own Smile  I like to "cross-shop".  I look at the same piece of curriculum on various websites so I can see a good variety of samples and get a feel for what it's like.  (My usual websites are the actual publisher's site, Rainbow Resource, Christianbook.com, and Amazon.)  

I'm not sure if you're looking for Christian or secular materials, so I'm sorry if my recommendations don't work for you.  We've been using BJU language arts and literature.  They are both quite complete and my daughter hasn't requested a change so they must be working for her, LOL.  In fact, she's doing 11th grade materials over the summer so she can start as a senior this fall.  For science, we've used both BJU and Apologia products, with equal success.  They are creationist, so if that doesn't meet your needs, disregard.  You can find secular materials to peruse at Rainbow Resource, if needed.


Sue
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Tue, 07-09-2013 - 2:54am

Thank you for the help! I am looking at apologia for biology, are all the labs necessary or is the book work enough? I'm not sure where to start and feeling overwhelmed!

What has been successful for writing And literature?

Thank you for all advice :)

Andi

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Tue, 07-09-2013 - 10:46pm

We picked and chose what labs to do.  Some of them duplicated experiments we'd done in previous years.  If my daughter could adequately explain what was going to happen, she didn't have to do the lab.  You could probably find videos online (youtube, Khan academy) that would show at least some of the experiments, if you prefer to watch someone else to do it.


Sue
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Thu, 07-11-2013 - 12:04pm

Haven't been on since iVillage changed the format.  I have issues with logging on.

We go the charter school route but the choices of curriculum is left to me.  The school will buy the secular textbooks and materials for me.  We do Saxon math (Algebra I; first half of the book last year (9th grade) and the second half of the book this year).  Science is a classroom at the campus so I order the books (student and teacher's editions; biology last year, chemistry this year) that the teacher is using.  For literature this year, I'm using Movies as Literature (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_2_9?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=movies%20as%20literature%20by%20kathryn%20stout&sprefix=movies+as%2Caps%2C161) since Dylan is an audiory learner who needs practice in writing.  We still do spelling and use Spelling Power (http://www.amazon.com/Spelling-Power-Edition-Beverly-Adams-Gordon/dp/188882719X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1373558505&sr=8-2&keywords=spelling+power)  For history, I use a college level textbook on World History that we started last year.  We did 1500 to 1900 last year; this year we will od 1900 to present (end of 20th century).  I use a lot of movies and documentaries, especially in history.  I get them from the library, Netflix, the school, or we buy them on Amazon (if we want to keep them).

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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In reply to: mom2mae98
Mon, 07-15-2013 - 3:35pm

Thank you all for the help! I was told we need to keep a detailed lab binder with all our work because colleges need to see it. This sounds very overwhelming and I'm not even sure we are going to do all the lab work. We are probably going to go the community college route and does anyone know if these same things are required. How do some of you keep records and is it necessary?

Thak you, I lifeless like I have hundreds of questions!

Andi

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Thu, 07-18-2013 - 12:44am

I've never heard of needing a detailed binder showing the nitty gritty details.  From what I understand, colleges like to see a transcript of the courses the student has taken in high school, but they don't need to know every single textbook used and project done for that.  You can take a look at some college websites to get a feel for what they're looking for.  Most sites have a page specifically on homeschool admissions and what is needed.  It can vary from school to school, but you'll at least have a ballpark idea of what to expect.


Sue
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Tue, 07-23-2013 - 4:11pm

Hi, Andi. I'm so excited for you! Welcome to homeschooling. My first advice is to get connected with a local homeschool group and to get acquainted with your state laws for home educators. We've been homeschooling 12 years, and the homeschool support groups have been a great help for us. We've also made many lifelong friends with so many families.

The curriculum that we use for our youngest daughter has just added high school curriculum to their program. Time4Learning. This is huge because so many of us have been asking they extend the program to high schoolers too. You don't have to sign up for all the courses. You can choose to just take Language Arts, if you wanted. They even offer electives, which I plan to sign up my kids for, along with Geography. Geography is a subject that is just not taught in the mortar schools and I think is so vital.

Anyway, I hope you find just the right curriculum for your daughter.  :)