Homeschooling High School – How Much Math For College Admission?

Parents with home-schooled children struggling in math sometimes ask what minimum level of math is necessary for high school graduation and college admission. 

One parent asked me if Algebra I and Geometry was sufficient.  She wanted to know whether Consumer Math would be OK to take instead of Algebra II for the last year of high school.  Her daughter was interested in starting an online business and felt she needed a consumer math class.  Mom wondered how this would look to a college, especially when it seems like everyone else includes Algebra 2.

If your child wants to go to college, then Algebra 2 is very important.  It’s extremely helpful to take Algebra 2 before taking The SAT, to increase their score on that college admission test.  Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry are important to most colleges, although there are some colleges without a math requirement.

There will always be time to fit in other math classes, like consumer math, either before or after Algebra 2.  This may help your child feel more comfortable before moving on to the next level of math.

For a child interested in starting an online business, you may want to point toward a business degree, just to increase interest in college.  Try to encourage her interests in a home business so that you can encourage her to develop the talents she will need to run the business herself.  Even home businesses have a LOT of math (believe me, I know!) and it will help her to have a good understanding of math and communication skills that a business degree requires.

Homeschooling High School – The Importance of Junior Year

Junior year is one critical moment in time when you are homeschooling high school. In freshman and sophomore year you can kind of “fly by the seat of your pants”, but in junior year there are certain tasks that you need to do. On the first day of senior year you really want your child to start to apply for colleges. This sounds easy enough and only applies to senior year except for one minor detail. If you don’t know where you’re going to apply on the first day of senior year, it’s kind of hard to actually do the applying.

That is why much of junior year is spent figuring out what colleges your student is going to apply to. You do that by making sure that your child takes the PSAT, and the SAT or ACT. These tests will tell them the approximate test score that they have so that they will know which college they will fit with. You can also go to a college fair so you can get an overview of colleges you may want to attend.

Another important task of junior year is to identify a school that you want to visit and then actually visit the college. Otherwise, you may discover it is not anything like the name that they have on the side of their buildings or what you see in their marketing brochures. You have to make sure that the college is a good fit for your child.

When you are homeschooling high school, pay attention to the college search during junior year and then you can be really successful.

Homeschooling High School: Finding the Best Curriculum

One very common question among homeschoolers is “where do I find the best curriculum?”

There is not one curriculum that’s the best. There is only the curriculum that’s the best fit for your child. This is why I don’t think anybody can tell you what the best curriculum is, because it may not fit your child at all. So, one of the things you want to be thinking about is what has worked for your in the past because that’s the kind of thing that’s likely to be a successful curriculum in the future.

The other thing you want to be thinking about, especially during the high school years, is whether the curriculum was made for homeschoolers. The reason this is important is because there’s a lot of curriculum out there, even sold at homeschool conventions, that was originally developed for public and private high school teachers. These books assume that you are in a classroom setting and includes lots of repetition. It also assumes that the teacher knows the subject. This means if you were to buy a French book that was intended for a public school French teacher, it would assume you know French.

In contrast, if you buy curriculum that is intended and written for homeschoolers, it’s going to assume that you know nothing. It will assume that you don’t know the subject and that your child doesn’t know the subject. This is how you get through, especially those difficult subjects like chemistry, physics or algebra. You will want to choose a curriculum that is made for homeschoolers and this will help you be much more successful.

I have a suggestion for you if are looking for curriculum for the very first time and you have no idea where you are going to start or what you are going to do. Usually, I point people to Sonlight curriculum because I find that it has the best hand-holding and can help you kind of ease in to a homeschool curriculum a little bit. So, if you are completely flummoxed and you don’t have a clue where to start, look at Sonlight curriculum. Other than that just make sure that your curriculum choices are made for homeschoolers.

Beginning the Journey of Homeschooling High School!

Homeschooling high school–are you nervous or excited? Or a little bit of both?! High school is a rewarding time to be homeschooling, as your children mature and grow and engage you in more complicated conversations. Along with the fun, though, are some important things you should be thinking about as you enter these high school years, and now is the time to start work!

Your child’s freshman year is the time to begin learning about high school testing. One of the reasons it is so important to start thinking about this during freshman year is that some tests are best administered to a child immediately after they finish a class. For instance, if they’re taking chemistry and you decide you want them to take an AP test in chemistry, they should take the test when they’ve learned the content.

You also need to decide whether your child should take an SAT, AP, or CLEP subject test. Some colleges only accept certain tests, so it’s important to find out which ones will be accepted by the colleges your child will most likely be going to.

And don’t forget to register for those tests so they can actually take them, because all of the research in the world isn’t going to help you if you don’t actually register for the test! To register, all you have to do is call your local public or private high school and say, “I’m a homeschool parent, and would like to know if my homeschooled child can take the SAT or the AP subject test at your high school, and how do I register for that”?

The next thing you want to do during your child’s freshman year, if you’re feeling pretty confident in where you are, is to think about colleges for a minute. It doesn’t hurt to begin looking at colleges with your teenager now. You could identify a primary list of colleges that you might consider. If you’ve always thought, “probably these four are the ones that we’re going to apply to,” or “my child has always mentioned an interest in going to Harvard” or something, then you should begin to look at those colleges.

If you do have some colleges in mind, it’s a good idea to look into their application requirements now, because if the college your child wants to attend is that one college in a million that requires four years of foreign language or something, you want to know that earlier on in Freshman year. You could also consider a college visit in the spring. Most college visits are done during the spring of Junior year; but it’s perfectly fine for you to take your children for college visits in Freshman year or even earlier.

How Parents Could Better Their Methods In Homeschooling High School Math

Homeschooling is a pleasant activity if there is a good accord between the parents and their children. It brings families together and helps parents understand their kids’ attitudes and skills in academics in a better perspective.

As Grades go up, both parents and children come across many academic challenges especially in the realm of Math. High school Math with its Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry concepts would prove incomprehensible many a time. Parents need to focus lots of attention on the courseware and pay heed to the methods that could make their kids learn high school Math with ease.

There are many resources that help parents get over their children’s difficulties in learning Math. Video lessons, tablet programs and online study guides help parents home school their children with efficient methods and measures. The practical examples for solving Math problems from online sources could be a booster for many parents.

Be it Pre Algebra with formulas to solve equations or Geometric angles, choice of curriculum plays a major role in teaching the children at an advanced level. Algebraic concepts and geometric proofs and theorems could tantalize even the well read people. Further, they need to devote lots of time to solve problems and understand the concepts behind them. Also, it is a major transition period proving to be a gateway for college entry through high school curriculum.

Parents need to pace their children’s learning and choose a courseware accordingly. They could skip some topics, jump on to some and get back to the skipped ones later. It is the parent’s perfect understanding of the kids’ attitude towards Math that could make the process of high school Math learning smooth. Some children would struggle with Algebra concepts while some others would be baffled by Geometric properties. It is for the parent to set the right pattern of learning for the kid.

Many online tutorials come handy for parents with personal guidance in high school Math issues. Math tutors online who are experts in the field understand the missing gaps of the homeschooling kids and help them get over the issues in a short span of time.

Many parents would be best in their mathematical outputs but may not be that efficient in explaining the concepts to their kids. Teaching is an art which might overtake them at an advanced level of homeschooling their kids. Online Math tutoring helps them lots in such a situation with tutors rendering exclusive help for the struggles of the students in doing high school Math topics and for their preparing for tests and exams.

If students get expert guidance from online Math tutors further to their parents’ teaching, their efforts would prove awesome. The one to one sessions, whiteboard interactions, practice sheets, multimedia lessons and tips and shortcuts for solving problems through online tutoring make things easy for them and help them enjoy their home learning at its best.