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Staysee34
09-19-2012, 12:37 PM
Here's a little background. My oldest DD bombed her PS sophomore high school year. At this point, she was living with my mother and stepfather who both have substantial medical issues and everything became too much for her. Her grades suffered tremendously and she failed to earn some of her sophomore credits. I stepped in and brought her back to live with me. I tried to convince her to let me homeschool her like I do her sisters but she was completely against it. She opted for K12. She sat with me last night and said she hates K12. I knew she would. Now, she wants to finish school my way. Only problem is I don't know what my way is. I don't know the first thing about homeschooling high school other than what the law requires for graduation. She said she would like me to set it up so she can see what it looks like but not make it official yet. She wants to school year round so she can finish on time. So, where do I start? I don't have a lot of money and with the holidays right around the corner what money I have will really have to stretch. Any curriculum suggestions you could make would be most helpful. I'm desperate!

Stella M
09-19-2012, 05:28 PM
There are lots of free, quality resources out there. What subjects will she be doing ? It would be easier to make suggestions with a subject list.

Staysee34
09-19-2012, 08:05 PM
Alright, I needed to consult with her a little more before coming up with a subject list.

What she needs to meet requirements for a local home school diploma program:

Math: Algebra1 and Geometry

Language Arts: Literary Analysis/Composition (American and British Lit); she would also do well with a grammar refresher

Foreign Language: she needs one credit and I'm wondering if Latin would suit her better. She has tried French and is currently doing K12 Spanish. She isn't crazy about either and spelling is a weak subject. I thought maybe a beginner's Latin would help.

Science: She definitely wants to do A&P with a lab but she'll need one more science and I have no clue what it will be.

Soc.Studies/History: She had American Cultures 1 (8th grade) and 2 (9th grade credit). I'm not sure if it counts as American History. Anyway, she's very interested in Wars. Aside from that she needs: State History, Civics, and World History

Her areas of interest: Photography, Animal Care, Singing, Jewelry Making, Mythology. I told her we could look into volunteering at one of the local animal shelters and a choir/ vocal group for her to join. She wants to coach girls softball in the spring and it would suit me fine to throw together some sort of life skills class. She's very disorganized with day to day tasks and irresponsible with money.

Her wish is to go year round until she's finished. So, it's important for me to know where to start and what's next. I would like to have the next course lined up and ready to go in advance because with both her younger sisters being Special Needs, my time is limited. She just wants to be done and move on to college but at the same time she wants a high school diploma. The child is impossible but driven. I love her for that!!

Stella M
09-19-2012, 08:20 PM
Impossible but driven ? Yeah, I have one of those too! :)

OK, I will need to go and look through my bookmarks but I'll post back here if I find anything that fits the bill.

Stella M
09-19-2012, 08:26 PM
OK< I"m keen on the MIT stuff.

MIT OpenCourseWare | Literature | 21L.006 American Literature, Fall 2002 | Home (http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/literature/21l-006-american-literature-fall-2002/)

http://www.openculture.com/literature_free_courses

Loads of stuff here. It depends though whether your student is able to set about writing essays on what she reads with minimal assistance.

Here's some more free stuff.

http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nap/Poetry_Workshop.htm

Lots of courses including AP http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/online_hs.htm

This one is really good, scroll down to see all the different categories.



Fwiw, I wouldn't start Latin in a final year. I'd plough through with Spanish.

Consider virtual labs ? I know lots of ppl don't think they are sufficient, but virtual labs that get used are better than irl labs that never happen, kwim ?

I also wonder if you can get hold of a copy of The Well Trained Mind, not so much to learn about classical ed, but because in SWB's section on high school, she has some great suggestions about major projects for high school. A little bit IB style. It might give you an idea, quickly, about what work to require from your dd, at least for the humanities subjects.

Whatever $ you have for her I'd spend on math. I'm sorry, but our math system is different to yours in the US, so I don't have any suggestions for you there.

dbmamaz
09-19-2012, 08:31 PM
Alright, I needed to consult with her a little more before coming up with a subject list.

What she needs to meet requirements for a local home school diploma program:


First of all, for local home school diploma program . . . ? does that mean the courses have to be certified in some way? I've never heard of a homeschool diploma program.

The typical science program for high school is biology/chemistry/physics. and its AP (advanced placement), not A&P. And i'm curious why she wants AP courses . . . the main purpose of those is to learn huge amounts of facts to pass the AP test and probably get to skip the first level science classes in college.

For math you could always start with Khan aCademy - free. Kiss grammar is free. You could see if there are any Coursera courses which would work for her.

idk, it seems like much of the free stuff is not very independent? hopefully someone else will have some good ideas

Stella M
09-19-2012, 08:54 PM
Most of the free stuff just needs you - the parent - to be aware of the course outline and to grade essays etc and to make sure the student has access to course materials, including study guides. There are grading rubrics you can use.

I assume that final year students don't need much hand holding.

Staysee34
09-19-2012, 08:54 PM
Sorry, Cara, I should have written it out. I meant Anatomy& Physiology as a science. I don't know that she could handle AP stuff other than Literature. She's a strong reader. This is the diploma program I was referring to: Erie County Home School Diploma Association (http://www.echsdiploma.org/)

Stella and Cara: Thanks so much, I'm off to have a look!

Stella M
09-19-2012, 09:01 PM
I had a look around, and if you think your dd needs a refresher, or extra work in essay writing, there are plenty of resources out there. It might be different in the US, but here a 12th grader would need to be able to produce good essays for LA and History/Civics. Maybe that's the first thing to get up to scratch ? Math and strong academic writing skills ?

Stella M
09-19-2012, 09:05 PM
The High School Essay Planner - Bronwyn Hall|The Co-op Bookshop Online (http://www.coop-bookshop.com.au/bookshop/show/9781921486142)

Your library might have something like this to help dd with essay writing.

Gabriela
09-20-2012, 09:38 AM
There are a bunch of free textbooks here (http://www.ck12.org/teacher)

Epiphany
09-20-2012, 10:08 AM
Hey, I checked the libraries in your area and the city library has access to mango languages which are free to use if you have a library membership. I have not had a chance to check them out myself, but know people who use and like them. Check out mangolanguages.com and use the library locater. Then you click on your library and find out what to do from there. Good luck with everything.

Staysee34
09-20-2012, 02:03 PM
There are a bunch of free textbooks here (http://www.ck12.org/teacher)

I checked out the Algebra 1 course and it looks promising. I'll take a look at some more just as soon as we get this pesky science experiment finished!!

Staysee34
09-20-2012, 02:04 PM
Hey, I checked the libraries in your area and the city library has access to mango languages which are free to use if you have a library membership. I have not had a chance to check them out myself, but know people who use and like them. Check out mangolanguages.com and use the library locater. Then you click on your library and find out what to do from there. Good luck with everything.


Awesome, I'll definitely look into this and let Liv take a look. Maybe she'll find something that sparks an interest. Thanks!

Rainefox
09-21-2012, 07:59 AM
You might want to check out ck12.org
They have free science and math courses, and a few other things.

Topsy
09-21-2012, 08:50 AM
Complete curriculum (http://www.completecurriculum.com/) is certainly an inexpensive route to go. ($19.95 a year) You have to do a lot of resource supplementing, but if you are willing to find websites that go along with the lessons, it's actually a pretty cool and open-ended way to homeschool. Check out the growing list of options over at LHSHS (http://letshomeschoolhighschool.com/homeschool-high-school-curriculum-directory-2/#.UBUx9LSwyZg) too...we're trying to include plenty of free options as well on that directory.

Staysee34
09-21-2012, 09:05 AM
Thanks, Topsy, I'm off to have a look!

ETA: I looked at Complete Curriculum and I love it!!!