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.

Homeschooling Is A Beautiful Thing

As a parent educator, you have the freedom to weave your family’s values, your educational goals, and your children’s passions into the living journey of homeschooling. You get to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. You do not need to become entangled or even burdened with what the school down the street is up to, because you have the ability to design a program that is perfectly suited for not only each of your children, but your entire family as well.

To be a successful homeschooler you need a foundation, a plan, and sheer determination.

Foundation

This is the most essential piece to the homeschooling puzzle.

You need to lay a solid foundation for your children and your family.

  • What does your ideal homeschool environment look like?
  • What do imagine your daily routine to look like? How will the house run in the midst of your homeschool day?
  • Will your children help around the house?
  • What part will both you and your spouse play in their education?
  • Will you incorporate your faith into the school day?

If you are a new homeschooler, you should take a few days to consider what your foundation should look like. If you are a brand new homeschooler, understand you may laugh at your ideas a few months from now, but that should not stop you from laying an idea of your foundation.

Plan

It is true, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

The good news is, in homeschooling the plan is fluid and changeable. You do not need to stick with plans that are failing, but you do need a plan.

  • What grade levels are your children?
  • What subjects are required in your state?
  • What topics would you like to teach your children?
  • Will you design your own teaching materials or acquire them from a big curriculum company?
  • How long will your school day/year be?
  • Where will you find coaching, mentoring, and encouragement?

Sheer Determination

Homeschooling is wonderful, but it is also wonderfully hard. It is a huge undertaking to not only educate your child, but keep your home from falling apart simultaneously. There will absolutely be days when you question everything. There will be more than one day, week, or year that you fear that you are ruining your child’s education. This is normal.

Before you go any deeper into this thing called homeschooling, you should:

Determine that you will stay the course.

Determine to never quit out of frustration. When those days come that cause you to believe you should quit, declare it a free play day, go to the library, visit a veteran homeschooler, or go to the zoo.

Just determine to never quit out of frustration.

Understand that homeschooling is hard, but that just because it is hard does not mean that you are unqualified. Honestly there is no one more qualified to teach your children than you are. You know their strengths, weaknesses, and passions better than anyone else.

Homeschooling can be extremely fun, rewarding and exhausting. It is worth every bit of effort to be able to see your child blossom into a curious learner.

If what you are currently doing is not working, go back and look at your foundation and plan.

As a veteran homeschooler, I can assure you that it is very common for homeschoolers to go on tangents. It is also common to throw out topics or whole curriculums that are not a good fit for your family.

Change is good.

Homeschooling is good. It is not for everyone, but it is good!

Setting Up Your Homeschooling Room – Lighting Is Extremely Important

Perhaps you didn’t realize it but lighting in the classroom is a crucial part of learning. It was discovered through research that fluorescent lights, when they flicker, could cause severe challenges to students trying to learn. Often fluorescent lights are uneven as one wears out over time, this blinking causes distractions and disrupts eyesight and thus, slows the learning process. It can cause nausea, drowsiness, and even tax the immune system.

Obviously, that’s not good for schools, but what if you are homeschooling? Have you considered your home lighting, shading, level of light? At the 2013 “Strategies in Light” symposium and conference there was a workshop on Interior Lighting and one of the questions considered was the challenges we have in our schools, not only the costs associated with changing the lighting, or the power requirements of various types, but the effect all this had on the workplace and in classrooms.

Look here is the deal, if professionals in education are so worried about this, and if businesses and corporations realize that they lose productivity with poor lighting then perhaps you as a homeschooling parent ought to also take immediate notice. You might think you are saving money with those special light bulbs or with LED lighting, but if it is not done correctly, you’ll cause eyestrain and drowsiness, and well, your child will not be learning at optimum, and perhaps lose concentration, comprehension, and/or retention by over 50%.

The first thing you should realize is that natural lighting is the best of all. If you are homeschooling try to use a room with the most natural lighting during the day. As the sun goes down or during a cloudy or overcast day use UV lights, not fluorescent, and not LED. No, LED lights are not that bad, but they’ll get enough LED lighting from their computers, laptops, tablets, and perhaps future flat screen TVs. UV light bulbs are the closest to natural lighting.

Your child should be sitting near the light, and not across the room in a shaded area, as that makes the eyes tired, and your child may have some trouble concentrating. It is also worthy to ask your child how they like the lighting. Does it fluster them? Does it annoy them? If so, that is a good reason to lower the intensity a bit or adjust the closeness of the light source. All of this matters and an annoying light or poor lighting will make the difference in the quality of your homeschooling progress. So, please consider all this and think on it.

Why Would I Want to Use the Internet For Homeschooling?

If you’re like me, you always thought that you had to use books or workbooks in order to homeschooling your child. This summer I started reviewing websites that could be used for homeschooling, and boy was I surprised at what I found! The internet has grown and developed so much and I believe that it is going to get even bigger and better in the future.

Here are some of the resources available to us on the internet:

1.You can go places you wouldn’t be able to go yourself unless you were a world traveler and had unlimited wealth. On the internet you can tour foreign countries, museums and parks all over the world!

2.You can see things that you wouldn’t be able to see. A picture of practically every species of animal or plant is now available to view online. You can also go on video tours of many historical places and see many science experiments and scientific phenomenon that most people don’t even know exist.

3.You can take advantage of resources not available in books or on television. There are many interactive quizzes and courses available online. You can learn a foreign language, play an instrument, work with interactive maps and more.

Using the internet can also reduce the cost of homeschooling because you don’t have to spend as much money purchasing curriculum. Many of the courses and programs available online are free and fun. So throw away all your old ideas of the internet being too complicated or limited for you to use. Start exploring it with your child and see how much fun you can have together.