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Due to some medical issues, I am wanting to enroll my daughter in online or homeschool this next school year. She will be entering eleventh grade. I'm overwhelmed, where do I start? I'd prefer homeschool but not sure what I need to do to get started. We live in Indiana. Any help or suggestions would be most appreciated.
This site is a pretty good reference for laws/requirements like # hours /year you need to be "in school".
High school was pretty fun... my mom said we were doing math and grammar & comp, but we could pick out our own history, language, and other subjects' textbooks.
You will need to find out what the requirements for High School graduation are for your state, get a copy of her transcript so far, and see what is left that she will need. By the Junior year, at least half of the requirements should already be done. Find out if your state requires some sort of accountability requirement as well. Ours requires yearly ITBS or Stanford testing until high school, but each state is different.
She'll probably need at least one more math, possibly two, depending on college interest, so pick up where she left off. We like Math U See the best (DVD lessons), but Teaching Textbooks is also good (computer lessons on CDrom, provides the answers to every problem in the book)! Online choices are Aleks and Thinkwell.
At least one more Science topic will also be needed. In our state, college bound students should have four years of science, but they don't specifiy which science topics, which leaves you with lots of creative options. One of my kids is heading for a Biology major, so she's taken Biology, Marine Biology, Chemistry, and will be doing Anatomy & Physiology for her senior year. But, one of my other kids will likely be doing Robotics, Meterology, and Physics! Curricululm choises are varied, we've used Apologia (there are DVD lessons available), and the kids go to local co-op classes as well.
Kahnacademy.org has a lot of video instruction in math and science as well.
A good option for literature is the classes from The Great Courses, lots of choices in topics there.
For US or World History, we have used The Great Courses, All American History, Beautiful Feet curriculum, and Bob Jones curriculum. They all have their strong points, it really just depends on whether your student loves to read historical fiction as they learn, or if a textbook/workbook combo is best.
Don't forget to have her take the PSAT in the fall of her Junior year (I think it is in October). Find a school that will allow her to take it with their students, pay the fee, and get her there. National Merit scholarships are handed out based on this test.
Has she gotten the foreign language requirement yet? We have Rosetta Stone which is great, but one of my children took French at a co-op for two years. She's planning on taking the CLEP this year to hopefully fulfill that same requirement for college.
In fact, use the next couple of years to CLEP many of the courses that she'll have to do all over again in college, if the college she's thinking of will accept them. Check that out on the college website. Most that we've looked at have that information available online.
Begin working on SAT/ACT test prep as well. Register online with the college board, and get sample test questions emailed to you and her daily.
Doing some dual enrollement for things like college algebra, freshman comp, speech, US history, and world history is also an option when you homeschool.
Keep up with the transcript as you go, don't wait until the end of Senior year to try to remember what all you did. A big help for me in this department is Lee Binz, her website is http://www.thehomescholar.com/. She has sample transcripts and lots of great advice. Find her on Facebook as well.
Hope this helps! You can do it!
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In Indiana, you have the option of online schools. Plus, there are the college high schools like IU's online high school.
I really think jumping into "traditional" homeschooling high school would be tough on your own. There is so much to worry about with graduation requirements, etc. I started HS'ing in kindergarten and even then it took me a good year or two to get settled. I've done a lot of my son's high school with private online instruction and it's been great. Now he's heading to an early college charter school (B&M) and will attend community college as a dually-enrolled (high school and college) student for high school. He'll graduate H.S. with a diploma and a B.S. degree at 18.
Online schools are not for everyone, but I would really look into them in this situation. Thankfully you have many options in your state.
BTW, HSLDA is very anti-online public school. Just a heads up.
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But HSLDA will support and defend homeschoolers no matter their religion. And it is not anti everything that is not fundamentalist- anti is a bit extreme...They may recommend certain curriculums, etc that are very biblical worldview for good reason.
Please look into it for your family if you decide to homeschool.
We are members and it gives me a sense of peace that I can call and get someone immediately if we need them to help us legally with something.
As much as the tide is turning to homeschool there is just as much opposition (not only from government institutions).
I pray God guides you in your decisions.