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    Published on 07-07-2016 08:09 AM
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    4. Homeschooling High School
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    by SHS Admin, Aandwsmom

    Eeeek! Your cute, sweet smelling, little preschooler has turned into a giant-footed, food-scarfing, moody teenager(I swear it happens overnight!) and you just wrapped up Middle School. Now what??

    What lies ahead? High School. What to do? So many choices. Do you send them to public school because you have heard that teaching high school is hard? If you had trouble in high school, you may be feeling that you arenít qualified to teach the subjects you struggled with yourself. So, do you throw in the towel and stop homeschooling?

    You Can Do This!

    Guess what? You can totally homeschool high school and do it with ease! Take it from someone who towed the line when it came to high school. I either had classes that I did fantastic in or I had classes (read: chemistry and algebra) that haunt me still to this day. Was I nervous when it came time to homeschool high school. Yep. Did I want to send them to public school? Nope. They didnít want to go, and I didnít want to send them when they were doing so well with homeschooling.

    The great news is that homeschooling high school doesnít have to mean ďteachingĒ every subject yourself. There are so many outside resources for homeschooling high school. For some reason, outsourcing is overlooked as a key benefit of homeschooling. Iím here to help break through that barrier and show you the incredibly diverse ways you can pull from your community and other places ...
    by Published on 05-17-2016 07:40 AM
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    2. Homeschooling with Technology,
    3. General Homeschooling
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    Teaching science is one of the hardest subjects for most homeschoolers for many reasons, one of which is that the parent feels inadequately prepared to teach science because it was so hard and/or boring when they took science in school. This is exactly why I hate teaching English/grammar/Literature and unfortunately my hatred for writing has rubbed off on my oldest. But you are not too old to learn science along with your children, and with the resources available on the internet, particularly youtube, it can be very entertaining. When people ask me if I feel like Iím wasting my degree in physics staying at home with the kids, I say NO! Iím still learning, in my first year of homeschooling alone, I learned more history than I ever learned in school. Iíve also learned Japanese, some basic piano (before my child shot past me on the learning curve), and a whole lot of science which I did not know 10 years ago.


    Even though I have a degree in physics, that does not mean Iím equally comfortable teaching biology, earth science or chemistry. So last year when I taught high school biology using a college textbook, I was basically one week ahead of the kids. I had never had biology in college and my high school biology class??? I guess I had one but I have absolutely no memories of it. So I was learning as I went and youtube was my hero. The text we used was really good and I understood most of what I read, but it was nice to go to Youtube and watch Hank Green, the Amoeba sisters or Khan Academy explain the concepts as well, not to mention its more fun to watch Crash Course than to read a textbook. Youtube is also a gold mine when looking for labs, especially labs you canít or donít want to do in your kitchen. We actually did quite a bit of dissecting in our biology class and I would watch ...
    by Published on 01-28-2016 11:19 AM
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    3. Homeschooling with Technology,
    4. General Homeschooling
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    As humongously popular as Minecraft has become, itís not surprising that people are cashing in on everything from subscription-based servers to themed accessories to homeschool curriculum. But that doesnít mean there arenít still plenty of Minecraft-related goodies out there with no price tag. Thatís right... this list is for highlighting all the completely FREE Minecraft resources for kids, broken down by category.

    Free Minecraft Servers



    Free Minecraft General Education Resources

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    by Published on 06-15-2015 08:29 AM
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    When we moved to our current state we decided to homeschool our oldest. We were already homeschooling our youngest and felt she wouldn't thrive in the public school system here. We started out with traditional homeschool curriculum. It was an epic failure for many, many reasons. Ultimately she wanted an outside ...
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