Over the past few months, I’ve had quite a number of people contact me, asking if I had the Homeschool Resource Guide for High School, Grades 9-12, ready yet. It is now available and like the other Curriculum Resource Guides for younger students, this is FREE to download! I hope it’s helpful!
This free Homeschooling in High School Resource Guide for grades 9-12 will help you and your student figure out what subjects and topics to cover in the high school years.
First, I want to mention that we live in the United States. If you live in Australia, Canada, the U.K. or elsewhere, you will probably want to look more closely into the requirements of the universities in your country.
Second, this is a guide is meant as a starting point. You will want to spending time exploring the options, opportunities and interests with your teen. Your student’s interests and future plans can influence the level and type of course-work he or she chooses.
It is important to have some open-ended conversations with your teen. What do they plan to do after high school? Do they plan to go to a 2-year college? a 4-year college? If your student plans on attending college, they will need more traditional course-work under their belt. The requirements for gaining admission to a university can be as varied as there are universities in the U.S. The earlier you start this discussion with your teen, the more information you can gather.
What classes to take in high school:
Don’t forget to keep in mind the rules and requirements of your state.
In general, most colleges would like to see certain core subjects. Here are some common requirements. (But remember, I’m making generalizations here. Take this as a starting point and then look into the requirements of the schools your teen might want to attend!).
- 4 units of English (ie. one year of English for 4 years)
- 3 units of math, but often 4+ units are recommended (including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
- 2 units of lab science (biology, chemistry, physics), but sometimes 3+ recommended
- 2 units of social science (history, government courses)
- 2-3+ units of foreign languages (often highly recommended)
- 4-5 elective units
On pages 4 and 5 some of the course options you student might choose to do over the course of their high school years. This is not an exhaustive list, but can serve as a starting point. These are some of the basic courses that colleges/universities expect on a traditional transcript.
Science & History Units/Topics:
I included some of the units/topics that are included in typical high school class. Again, this is just a general guideline. Courses often vary!
High School Planning Pages:
Depending on the grade/age of your student, you might want to use these pages to map out the courses your student has taken and/or might take in the coming years. Be flexible, though. Your student’s interests may change!
Literature Reading Lists:
I included some of the novels that we’ve read (or might read). You can use that as a starting point. Don’t forget that you can listen to some of these books on audio. We did this with both The Great Gadsby and the Grapes of Wrath and really enjoyed listening to that as a family!
Foreign Language Topics:
These are some of the basic vocabulary units your student will start out learning when he/she first starts learning a foreign language.
Where to Find Curriculum or Courses:
There are so many options! It can be overwhelming! This last section provides some avenues you can explore… from tradition homeschool curriculum, to co-ops, tutors, community college classes and more.
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What Math Curriculum are we using for high school? We started using Thinkwell‘s math courses beginning with Geometry. We LOVE Professor Burger! The video lessons are 5-8 minutes long and the professor will explain a new concept and do a example problem or two. Then, they can go to the book and do practice problems that he has just described on the video. My daughter is currently doing Algebra 2 and my son is doing PreCalc. If you are interested, my Thinkwell referral link will give you 15% off. Note: you can do a two week free trial with any of the Thinkwell courses to see if it would be a good match for you. And of course, if you have any questions you can also send me an email!
You might want to grab our FREE High School Math Posters here: I made these as reference sheets as my kids were going through Algebra 2, Trig and PreCalc.
Homeschool Planning for Next Year (Free Planning Pages)
These are some free Homeschool Planning Pages that I use as I try to figure out our long-range homeschooling goals. This post shares share the process I go through… and also will share the planning pages that I’ve been using the past few years. I like having colorful planning pages to work on. This isn’t really a weekly/monthly planner, but rather a homeschool vision planner. This 30+-page pdf is currently FREE to download! Let me know if it’s helpful! ~Liesl
And, if you are looking for some printables to create your own Homeschool Planner, you might want to check out our free Homeschool Planner. This unique homeschool planning packet is currently FREE to download! It is nearly 100 pages! Not only does this packet include daily and weekly planning pages, checklists and record keeping pages, but it also includes various homeschool journaling pages… think gratitude journal meets homeschool goal setting! Again, you’ll find it at this post: Free Homeschool Planner and Discovery Journal. I tend to change up my homeschool planning pages regularly as our needs change, so this packet of materials has steadily grown in size! There might be something you can use there! ?
If you are new to our blog, you might want to check out these free resource guides, which I put together to help answer questions like… Where do I start? How do I know what to teach? What units did you kids do when they were in __ Grade?
Creating Your Own Homeschool Curriculum: These are some resources I made that might be helpful as you create your own homeschool plans. These are somewhere between 30 and 50 pages and are FREE to download:
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