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.

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.

Want Your Child to Be Smarter at Math?

Who doesn’t want their child to be smarter at math? Who wouldn’t like to see an A on the report card, rather than that one legged version called an F?

Interestingly, it is REALLY simple to make this happen.

Before I tell you how to make this work, however, before I tell you the one step method for making your child’s math grades shoot up to an A, let me tell you the secret: you have to get your child to appreciate math as a game.

Hey, they can play video games like a world class champ! And they can program your smart phone like it is an abacus! And the difference is that they want to. And by getting them to play with numbers in a games fashion, they will want, and they will excel, and their grades will go up.

To begin with, I taught school for a number of years. First as a teacher, then owning my own private school. I used the method I am about to tell you with great success, and I got the kids to use this method during ‘play time.’ That’s right. Instead of them going out and actually playing, I got them to do math and ‘think’ (he he) they were playing.

Now, the biggest lack in math schooling, in my humble opinion, is the lack of basics. This is the times table, the addition table, the basics of how to manipulate numbers.

When I was in school (had to walk 20 miles, uphill both ways, through the driving snow) we had to do a page of tables every single day. Rain or shine, all the way through grade school, we did basic math.

Nowadays they don’t. They give a few pages in a book and think it is sufficient. It’s not. And for the simple reason that it doesn’t make math intuitive. It remains, even through high school, something they have to think about. Think. Long and hard and laborious. Any wonder why they don’t do well? The basics are TOTALLY out.

So, a page from the Case family larnin’ book. Cards.

Yep. Mama Case brought out a few decks of cards and we played. We learned how to play solitaire, and in group fashion. To this day I feel a profound happiness swell when I remember four of us, my brother, myself, my mother, and even granny! slapping those cards down, trying to beat one another, and laughing hysterically. Or crying foul when we was beat!

But the point is that we learned to look at numerical symbols and understand them. The speed at which we could differentiate a 4 from a 6, or a 9, or whatever, enabled us to win the game. So we wanted.

And, when the group wasn’t spending a night slapping cards down, we learned other games. Several forms of individual solitaire. Hearts, Rummy, whatever!

And here was an interesting bonus: when we played monopoly with the kids in the neighborhood, we became adept at reading the dice, at adding those cubes littered with one of six digits face side up!

What, you think it won’t work? HA! That’s like saying your child is immune to games. But if there really is a lack of enthusiasm, take another page from Mama Case’s book.

‘Oh, you don’t want to play? Shucks, I was going to bet a cookie. But that’s okay. I’ll eat that cookie myself, and you can watch those delicious crumbs dribble down my shirt front.’

Guaranteed. Those kids of yours are going to be making math a game, they will become adept at manipulating numbers, and when it comes time to learn a new math concept they are going to be LIGHT YEARS ahead of the curve.