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    I'm looking into biology and history high school courses. Want to know if anyone has used or seen courses by both ck-12 and stydy.com, which one is better for high school?
    Also want to know how to make sure that a course provides a credit for high school?

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    Saadia, I forget where you are located. In my state, Indiana, homeschool law is very general, in that we are to provide "equivalent instruction."

    To make sure we did that, I looked at course descriptions and/or syllabi of local, or at least in-state high schools. Then we covered similar topics. When my kids applied to college, I had course descriptions of our own to supply, if requested (only one college out of 7 did).

    We did not use either ck-12 or study.com. For biology I purchased Campbell's high school biology text and unused lab books, purchasing any needed lab materials through Home Science Tools.

    For US history we used A People’s History of the United States, 1492-Present by Howard Zinn and Reading Like a Historian website, Stanford History Education Group (History Lessons | Stanford History Education Group). My kids had spent two years in US history in middle school using A History of US and documentaries, so I wasn't too worried about using an "official" text in high school.

    For other history, be creative. My kids had a semester of history of religion (from a secular viewpoint!!), history of meso-America, and history of Western Culture Through Music that connected music with visual arts, political and economic history, and Western culture from 1600 to 1914. If you'd like to know what we used for texts and sources, just ask!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I'm located in Maryland and our state is homeschool friendly. Actually my daughter is a middle schooler but an advance student so wanted to try high school history, geography and science for her. She is my first one into middle/ high school so I have very little knowledge of how it works.
    I would be very thankful to you if you can provide me with all the resources for each subject. Looking into biology, US history and geography.
    For ELA I'm still keeping her at middle school level. Going with literature units of her favorite novels with some British poetry, Analytical grammar mechanics and for writing some independent writing. Any reviews on worldly wise 3000 series ?

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    For this history/music-themed course, we used 300 years of Interaction in Western Music, Arts, History, and Culture by Reynolds, Silver Age
    Music
    , which you can find here: https://www.professorcarol.com/

    For history of religion, we used:
    Primary materials:
    Great World Religions: Christianity, Professor Luke Timothy Johnson, The Great Courses, 2003
    Great World Religions: Buddhism, Professor Malcolm David Eckel, The Great Courses, 2003
    Great World Religions: Islam, Professor John L. Esposito, The Great Courses, 2003
    Great World Religions: Judaism, Professor Isaiah M. Gafni, The Great Courses, 2003
    Great World Religions: Hinduism, Professor Mark W. Muesse, The Great Courses, 2003
    Supplementary Books:
    World Religions by John Bowker
    Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction by Kim Knott
    The Case for God by Karen Armstrong
    Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction by Damien Keown
    Buddha by Karen Armstrong
    Islam: A Very Short Introduction by Malise Ruthven
    Islam: A Short History by Karen Armstrong
    Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet by Karen Armstrong
    Judaism: A Very Short Introduction by Norman Solomon
    Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I
    Read Every Single Word of the Bible by David Plotz
    Supplementary Videos:
    The Buddha: The Story of Siddhartha – PBS documentary
    Inside Mecca – National Geographic documentary
    Faith and Reason: Bill Moyers – PBS documentary

    For some reason, I can't find the resource list for meso-American history. I do recall that there was not a lot out there, other than trade books I found used. My son was just really interested it, so I let him have at it!

    Give me some more time, and I'll come up with some helpful websites for biology.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Thanks a lot, much appreciated. Actually I was looking into Stanford History Education Group, the content is great, but problem with these sites is that there are so many links in a single lesson that you start a lesson and it takes you from one page to the other. How to be organized and move smoothly? I have seen this problem in almost all website resources, they get overwhelming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saadia View Post
    Thanks a lot, much appreciated. Actually I was looking into Stanford History Education Group, the content is great, but problem with these sites is that there are so many links in a single lesson that you start a lesson and it takes you from one page to the other. How to be organized and move smoothly? I have seen this problem in almost all website resources, they get overwhelming.
    Yes, some of these sites take time, as the parent, to wade through. I also had to make changes to some of the lesson's questions as they sometimes depend on group work. I would sit down and modify a week's worth of lessons at a time to make it more manageable. The uniqueness of the Stanford History Project, with original documents, was worth it, though.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Helpful biology links to supplement:

    A homeschooling mom's complete bio curriculum for her kids: Quarks & Quirks


    Biology teaching and learning resources


    Biology concept maps

    Prentice Hall virtual labs
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Thanks a lot. Another question, how to assign credit hours/score for high school to a course that is not divided into lessons (e.g. literture based, research study, etc.)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saadia View Post
    Thanks a lot. Another question, how to assign credit hours/score for high school to a course that is not divided into lessons (e.g. literture based, research study, etc.)?
    There are a variety of ways to do this--# of hours, textbook read, etc. She's a bit Xtain, but Lee Binz has lots of tips for homeschooling high school and documenting it all. This link contains some freebie info and blog posts that may help. In the past, on Facebook she would occasionally offer her ebooks for free.

    These are meant for parents new to homeschooling because of COVID, but there are some free webinar replays available.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    There are a variety of ways to do this--# of hours, textbook read, etc. She's a bit Xtain, but Lee Binz has lots of tips for homeschooling high school and documenting it all. This link contains some freebie info and blog posts that may help. In the past, on Facebook she would occasionally offer her ebooks for free.

    These are meant for parents new to homeschooling because of COVID, but there are some free webinar replays available.
    Thanks a lot.

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