In addition to learning from our travels, our teens learned through the following curricula during their high school years. You can also read the complete overview of our homeschooling and roadschooling.
I have a background in science, so when it came to the kids high school years, I knew I wanted to find a good resource. Apologia fit the bill for us.
Both Harrison and Miranda worked through the Biology course using a wonderful online teacher at Virtual Homeschool Group.
Harrison began working through the Chemistry course using Virtual Homeschool Group.
He began the course as part of an online class. We had to switch him to VHSG’s At-Your-Own-Pace due to our traveling schedule and lack of internet access.
Apologia: Marine Biology
Harrison and Miranda did this course together. It was a great science topic for them to study during our months traveling the ocean coasts.
Apologia: Physical Science
Miranda started her journey into high school science with Physical Science. Her online teacher through Virtual Homeschool Group was a great fit.
I must confess that this subject was my least favorite of the Apologia sciences that we studied.
Harrison has always been interested in sports, especially baseball. When we found a course for Sports in Society on Coursera, we signed him up.
He really enjoyed this course. The only “downside” was he was under 18 at the time so he could not participate in the live Google+ chats. He had to watch an interview with a great baseball player after the fact.
Miranda cringed every time I said the word “algebra.” I found this app that slowly introduces the concepts of basic algebra through a game. Miranda played Dragon Box for a while before we started her more formal Algebra class.
We learned of this beginner language program from some traveling friends. I chose to work on my Spanish. Harrison chose French and Miranda chose Dutch. No wonder we don’t always communicate well. ;)
My kids choose to use the website based version, but the free app is available for iPhone and android.
IEW: The Student Writing Intensive, Level C
Harrison wanted to finish up his high school years with a more formal writing program. I asked some friends about starting with IEW this late in the game and they suggested starting with Level C.
I did not purchase the Teaching Writing portion since my students were older. Harrison, Miranda and I just watched the DVDs together and were able to figure it out.
Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra
Miranda is my writer and prefers to learn her math using story problems. We used Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra text and practice problems book to supplement her algebra class.
Math-U-See: Algebra 1
The Math-U-See system worked for Harrison since the beginning of our formal homeschooling years. It made sense for him to continue using Math-U-See for the secondary years.
For Algebra 1, I was pretty much hands-off. Harrison watched the DVD lessons, worked through the practice problems and took the tests. I helped him when he had difficulty with concepts and graded his tests.
Math-U-See: Algebra 2
Harrison continued using Math-U-See for Algebra 2. I was mostly hands-off while Harrison watched the DVD lessons, worked the practice problems, took the tests, and graded his work.
Harrison followed the traditional math pattern of Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2.
Again, I was mostly hands-off and Harrison worked through Geometry using the DVD, practice booklet and testing materials.
Instead of going on to a higher math, I decided to prepare both kids for “life on their own” through personal finance. We used the Math-U-See Stewardship text and workbooks for a basis for this topic.
I did need to supplement quite a bit, though, because our text was a bit out of date.
The Math-U-See website states that a student needs to complete Algebra 1 before starting Stewardship. We found that Miranda was able to work through this text before completing Algebra.
Miranda and Harrison both participated in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Young Writer’s Program for many years.
Miranda especially enjoys writing creative fiction. This November she will again take the challenge, although she may choose to participate at the adult level, since she usually writes close to the 50,000 word goal every year.
Notgrass: Exploring America
Both Harrison and Miranda worked through this program while we were traveling the United States. I loved when what they were reading corresponded to what we were seeing and experiencing. The additional assigned literature books led to some great discussions.
Notgrass: Exploring Government
We worked our way through this Government book while traveling the United States.
One of our visits to Washington DC included a trip to the Capitol building. While there we had the opportunity to sit in on a voting session in the House of Representatives. It was great that my kids knew what was going on and what would happen next to this passed bill.
Notgrass: Exploring World History
This World History program based on a Christian perspective was a great fit for Harrison and Miranda. In addition to learning about issues, events and cultures around the globe, they also read related literature books.
We dabbled in some of the writing assignments and projects, but not all of them.
We found this book to be a great fit for Miranda to gain an overview of American Government.
Share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.
For homeschoolers it’s a business education in a weekend.
Math is not Miranda’s favorite subject. It took us a while before we found that Teaching Textbooks was a good fit. The practice reviews helped her get a grasp on the concepts being taught.
When Harrison was interested in building a blog, we signed him up for a Wordpress course on Udemy. The course was at your own pace and Harrison flew through it.
Udemy offers tons of courses on all different topics and is affordable.
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