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SassyPinkDaisy
10-17-2011, 09:19 PM
Hi,
We have just moved into the Home School arena and have no idea where to start. My son is an incredibly smart young man. We have him doing the Thinkwell online Pre-Calculus and plan to get him going on the Chemistry from them in the next few weeks. But we are having a difficult time finding the courses for him for English Lit, History Spanish III. Any suggestions?

dbmamaz
10-18-2011, 11:36 AM
I dont know why you are homeschooling or where you are, but you might want to consider dual enrolling him at a community college - they are reasonably priced and a very different experience than high school. Language for homeschoolers is often done using software, like Rosetta Stone. Its pretty $$. Often you can find home school coops or private teachers who will offer spanish.

One thing to keep in mind is that, if you are home schooling, you dont have to follow the same curriculum the schools are following - he's not going to get a diploma from them, so he doesnt have to take what they teach. If you want him to take English Lit, you could just have him read some classic english lit and write papers on it. Since this is national novel month (or something like that), you could have him participate in nanowrimo - http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/ There are also many lists on line of recomended books: http://ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1004?locale=en , http://www.collegeboard.com/student/plan/boost-your-skills/23628.html

http://www.montereyinstitute.org/nroc/nrocdemos.html this site has some free online courses for AP high school history. You can also check out the Great Courses videos - often libraries carry them. Or consider great books - such as Lies My teacher Told me.

High school is a very different beast than elementary, and there are a lot more elementary aged homeschoolers than there are high school aged. And really, at that age, he may be ready to take some control of his own education. Does he have an area of history he is specifically interested? Let him research it himself. Does he enjoy writing or literature? Let him work where he's passionate.

Shoe
10-18-2011, 12:06 PM
Hi,
We have just moved into the Home School arena and have no idea where to start. My son is an incredibly smart young man. We have him doing the Thinkwell online Pre-Calculus and plan to get him going on the Chemistry from them in the next few weeks. But we are having a difficult time finding the courses for him for English Lit, History Spanish III. Any suggestions?
We've been using Teacher's Pet Lit Packs (http://www.tpet.com/) for our English literature-they have a wide variety available for high school level. They are designed for public school teachers, but I've found them easily adaptable for home education, and they seem to work for us.

We're using Rosetta Stone for Spanish (http://www.rosettastone.com/homeschool-spanish/level-1-2-3-4-5) and we like it, but, as Cara said, it is pricey.

You might want to check out Rebecca Rupp's book, Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool through High School (http://www.amazon.com/Home-Learning-Year-Homeschool-Curriculum/dp/0609805851), as a good introduction to one approach to home education. I've found it very helpful.

[And, separate from curriculum, make sure you check your state's (or country's, since I don't know where you are located) laws and regulations for homeschoolers to make sure you're compliant with them.]

mommykicksbutt
10-18-2011, 08:20 PM
I have a high schooler as well, here is a source to check out...

www.teach12.com Lecture style courses on DVD. lots to choose from, not a curriculum per se but it can easily be make it into one by using the "for additional references" section and assigning one of the question from the guide book that comes with every course. Here you will find courses for American Lit, British Lit, Shakespeare, Imaginative Lit, Greek Classics, etc. World History, American History, and very specific historical periods in length detail via a course. The Teaching Company may have what you're student is interested in for both Lit and History.

Browse their online catalog but don't let the prices scare you. Find the courses you want, than take your list to your public library and see if these courses are in the system. If they are not at your library but are in the system then all you have to do is have the library order them for you. Some libraries charge a fee to cover shipping but it is small compared to the cost of the course. Where we live (in Spain) none of these courses are available in the library system. So I buy them, sometimes I find them on eBay, at other times I plan ahead and buy them from the Teaching Company (I think they're called Great Courses now) when they go on sale. Every course goes on sale once per year so keep your eyes open their sales are 70% off, a course that is normally $520 will go on sale for about $130!

There are three courses I highly recommend from them. Two of them are high school history courses by Linwood Thompson, world history and American History. He teaches at Bellflower Highschool in LA, it's a rough school, but they are in the state's highest assessment for history. He is also the school's drama teacher and teaches most of his classes dressed up as a character form the period of history being studied. His lectures are from a first person eye-witness perspective of some who was there! Very engaging, the student isn't studying boring history - about dead people from the past, no, they are listening to a story told by someone who saw it happen. The third course is My Favorite Universe taught by Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ph.D. of Columbia University Hayden Planetarium. We LOVED listening to this one, we just wish there was more, 12 30-min lectures were just not enough! They need to have Dr. Tyson so more courses.

Tayonoss
11-04-2011, 11:23 AM
We use http://www.khanacademy.org/ .My daughter is in the 11/12 grade and is a pretty smart cookie. she loves the videos on this site as it helps her with a lot of her info. hope it helps

Teri
11-04-2011, 11:56 AM
Some universities have open sourced some of their older classes....MIT http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/#media-arts-and-sciences

Tayonoss
11-04-2011, 05:01 PM
Thanks Teri that MIT site is great. My daughter says ty as well...more stuff for her to learn :)