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Subject: Totally New and a Bit Lost, Updating Progress
Date Posted: 2/8/2012 4:10 AM ET
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It seems that I will start homeschooling a High School Junior within a month.  I have taught elementary school for 29 years but never above the sixth grade.  I need suggestions of what kinds of things are used for high school homeschooling.

This young lady is coming out of the school environment for her own safety, mentally and physically.  Both are brought on by her own behaviors, not the behaviors of others toward her.  She is a follower who will whatever the people she hangs with are doing at the time.  At this time, it seems best to take her out of the this environment for intensive counseling and homeschooling to get back on the right track of life.

At one time, school was very important to her and she always tested in the 95th or above percentile, however, attitude and behaviors have sabotaged all self-confidence in her own abilities.

 

Any suggestions will be appreciated and helpful, I am sure!  Thank you for taking the time to respond.  Vicky



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Date Posted: 2/8/2012 9:59 PM ET
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Are you looking for curriculum options?  There are so many to choose from it can be overwhelming.  If she did well in the school environment she would probably do well with Abeka or Bob Jones.  Cathy Duffy has a great book called 100 top picks for homeschool curriculum.  She takes you through learning styles and then suggest top choices for the student and teacher including a rating on how much work it takes from the teacher.

Other suggestions for you:   Check into the laws in your state.  Homeschool Legal Defense (HSLDA.org) has state law information.  You may also want to try to get to a Homeschool Convention.  There you can learn from leaders and actually thumb through some curriculum to see if you think it will work for you.

HTH

Date Posted: 2/9/2012 8:04 AM ET
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Thank you Sharon,

 

She is very intelligent but absolutely hates the school environment and is having many panic attacks each week where they send her home.  I looked at the laws and see that I can come up with a plan of curriculum to meet the necessary State CSOs for the remaining credit she needs to graduate.  I can't wait to go to a book store this weekend and see about getting the Cathy Duffy book.  THANKS so much for the information.  I am a bit overwhelmed at this time.

 

Vicky

 

Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 2/9/2012 1:40 PM ET
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There are a lot of websites that you can use to build curriculum. I think the best approach is finding out what about the school environment makes her panic. Once you know that, you can design the curriculum to meet her needs. Since she is in highschool, you could check out book sites and the library for text books. YOu can print off lesson plans and worksheets at many sites such as:

http://www.pppst.com/

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/g912.html

http://www.randomhouse.com/teachers/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/teachers/

http://www.lessonplanspage.com/?s=%25&searchCat%5B%5D=6

http://www.math.com/homeworkhelp/Algebra.html

http://www.kutasoftware.com/freeipa.html

http://www.phschool.com/webcodes10/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.gotoWebCode&wcprefix=adk&wcsuffix=0099

http://www.internet4classrooms.com/k12links.htm

http://www.pbs.org/americanfieldguide/

http://www.tpt.org/newtons/

http://www.teachersdomain.org/browse/?fq_hierarchy=k12.sci.life

 

I hope some of these are useful,

Kat

Date Posted: 2/9/2012 6:10 PM ET
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Kat,

 

Thank you so much!  I will spend some time this evening looking at these sites.  I really appreciate the help!  Vicky

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Date Posted: 2/9/2012 6:57 PM ET
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Anytimesmiley You are very welcome.

Let me know if you need something specific. I know there is a website around that tracts attendance and progress/grades. Since I am using a Cyber school this year, I didnt use it and now I cant remember what it is called. I am sure someone else on here, may know it.

Good luck!

Date Posted: 2/9/2012 8:19 PM ET
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Is this the tracker you were talking about?  I haven't used it, but I have heard good things about it.

 

www.homeschooltracker.com

Date Posted: 2/9/2012 9:24 PM ET
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You can't even imagine how much I appreciate all the help and offers of more help!  Thank you so much!  It is going to take me all weekend to read through figure out what I feel will work best for this situation.  I also have a meeting at school to find out what credits are needed so she can graduate.  At the moment she is enrolled in Honors Geometry, Chemistry and Honors English

 

Again thank you for all the help!  You guys are amazing!

 

If you are doing elementary students and need kids books, ask, I might have them since I have taught for 29 years at the end of this year.  I would gladly help with books for those students.

Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 2/10/2012 11:28 AM ET
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Sharon, no that isnt the one I was talking about, though that would work. The one I was going to use if I didnt use the Cyber school, was free and you entered your lesson plans into and than entered grades and such. It then printed a report to be sent to the school. Of course if anyone is good with Access, they could create one themselves.

Vicky, Thanks for the offer. My kids are in Middle School and High School, (I have a JR as well. We just moved in OCtober from WV to PA) but thanks for the offer. I am sure there are others here who could use them.

Date Posted: 2/29/2012 2:24 AM ET
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I am a HS graduate. I recommend Apologia's science textbooks. I used the Chemistry and Physics. Dr. Wile was very thorough in his explanations, and he was interesting as well! Also, Apologia provides phone/online support.

For English, I basically did research papers, interspersed with a little poetry and creative writing. I also loved to read, especially history and biography.

Since I have younger siblings, I have seen many different math curriculums. I used Saxon, which was perfect for me, because I tend to manipulate and solve the problems very quickly without fully understanding why. My sister, however, needed to understand the why behind each step. She used Singapore Math up to Algebra 2, then Teaching Textbooks for Precalculus.

I used Rosetta Stone for my foreign language. I think that it was great for vocabulary but had no training in the grammar of the target language. I think live immersion--with live feedback-- is the best way to go. Second best would be to find someone near you that speaks it fluently and practice speaking and listening at least half an hour per week.

Geography: http://www.knowledgequestmaps.com/Globalmania.html



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Date Posted: 3/12/2012 6:02 PM ET
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We are about to finish up the Literature component of Kiana's homeschooling.  Her novel is finished, her research paper is in the final revision stage, the grammar work is about 90% done, and the actual literature from her high school book is lacking 2 poems and 1 story at this time.  Next we are going on to Fine Arts and History.  I was hoping to use the adopted text from her school, however; the Fine Arts text that was adopted was not purchased and no one can seem to remember the name or author of the book.  The history book is also not used in class but I asked for a borrowed copy to use as a reference and of course the school can not find a copy to let me borrow. 

Since I teach 2nd grade in the public school system during the day and then homeschool during the evening hours with an 11th grader, I am becoming very overwhelmed with the lack of support from the public HS.  In WV, homeschoolers have the right to use the books from the school if copies are available and over the number needed in the classroom.  I don't know why if the books are not being used it is so hard to get one for a resource.

I am working about 16 hours a day to keep up with my 2nd grade classroom and the homeschooling. I will be more than burnt out by the end of the year.

You ask why am I trying so hard to use the school textbooks - Kiana is determined to get on the right track and go back to school next for her senior year.  I truly hope this happens as I am the only one who will even attempt the homeschooling with her.  (She is my stepdaughter.)

 

Any recommendations for references for the fine arts and history for an 11th grade student??  I have the state CSOs and am trying to follow them to be sure we are getting everything done that is needed. 

 

Now for a giggle - Kiana tried to turn in work that a friend of hers did for her.  I commented on the writing and how nice it was, Kiana constantly shakes, knowing it wasn't hers.  She said, "Well,  ---- did it for me."  I then told her she had two choices a 0% or to redo the assignment.  Cheating even happens in homeschooling here.  Kiana did choose to redo the assignment.  Thank goodness.

To those of you who homeschool as a norm - my hat is off to you!  I teach but this is tough and the little help that you get from the public schools is ridiculous!  If you need me and I can help, let me know.

Date Posted: 3/12/2012 9:11 PM ET
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Another good place to go for solid advice is www.thehomeschoollounge.com "homeschooling high schoolers group"

I am Homeschooling my high school girl that I pulled out of junior high, I'll tell you one thing I find most difficult is the detoxify period, she still fights the public school mentality and bad habits. 

I thought she had pushed pass the "just get it done" bad habit but she had not, (she was sitting in our classroom writing two word sentences for spelling and using bold type method to answer end of chapter q's but not reading the chapters) talk about discouraging, so this year I am focusing on reading and writing (I like the step by step approach of Writer's Express & Reader's Handbook by Great Source 9th grade) quality not quantity. We are working through these handbooks together and committing to each assignment we come up with. I am also reading out loud, fiction and nonfiction to help build vocabulary and reading comprehension for both my daughters. My other daughter is 3rd grade.

I now have her in the room with me, showing me not just telling me what she is working on, and we walk through assignments together. I encourage independent learning but she needed more accountability and more me involvement this year.

It may take a lot of time and patience to teach her good learning habits. Some books I've read say it can take two years to detoxify your child. Detoxify: meaning finally having child realize that in homeschool there is time to enjoy learning and learning is a good thing not a chore, or a way to be controlled, or punishment, or a time filler, or mere regurgitation, negative, negative blah, blah, blah etc. 

If attitude and behavior is south during this transition I suggest removing media distractions, such as internet, music, cell phones, get her outside and active (clear the mind of media junk). Media can really over stimulate and distract/disrupt any progress trying to be made in this new learning environment. Also friends could be negatively undermining what you are trying to accomplish (a positive learning environment) so limiting this would also be helpful.

Your situation sounds familiar; my daughter was very reactionary in school, her reactionary behavior caused things to be magnified and intensified, instead of faculty seeing who did what they would only see my daughter over reacting to the situation (small or big). This was affecting everything to the point that my very smart girl was flunking every class. Seeing and knowing her today no one would know that. She is starting to love learning again, reading tons of books, writing independently, caring about her future, it’s amazing when all the drama and distractions from school were removed she could learn.

I also make sure she has opportunities to build out of the home experiences, like volunteering, youth group involvement, being a coffee barista at church, bike trips, etc. I hope that is helpful!