Are you qualified to teach high school?

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Resources for teaching high school at home

“I‘m just not qualified to teach high school.”

Have you ever thought this? When someone says these words, they often carry in their minds an image of the stereotypical high school, believing they must duplicate every aspect of it from pre-calculus to biology lab.

It’s enough to make a homeschooling parent wave the white flag of surrender before even getting started.

But thankfully teaching upper level grades is not at all like this anymore! A TON of resources now lie at our fingertips–incredible options like online math and science, foreign language with native speakers via Skype, and early enrollment in community college.

I haven’t reached the high school years yet, so I asked for backup on Facebook from those of you who have. Many of you chimed in with the resources you’ve found most useful along the way, creating an excellent thread to bookmark for later reference.

As you approach the high school years, here are a few resources that can help you teach with confidence.
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Becoming brave writers: A review of The Writer’s Jungle

Becoming brave writers: A review of The Writer's Jungle
Written by contributor Lora Lynn Fanning of Vitafamiliae

Last semester, I determined my third grade twins should do a writing project. I requested a paragraph from each about their history studies. Simple, right?

A week later, we were all in tears and only after much angst did they eke out their boring four sentence paragraphs. I was baffled. I’m a writer. I love to edit. They like to write. Why was this so painful???

I spent my Christmas vacation evaluating our writing program. Or lack thereof. Apparently, my kids weren’t going to learn to write or to love writing just by living with their blogging mama. I needed something else.

I stumbled across the Brave Writer website and the correlating book The Writer’s Jungle by Julie Bogart. By the time I finished it, my copy of the book looked like this:

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In The Writer’s Jungle, I found the tools to make writing pain-free:
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Exploring Online Learning in our Homeschool

Written by Heather Bruggeman of beauty that moves

I’m not sure I would have been a very good homeschooler fifteen years ago. You see, the internet is such a valuable, expansive place for us. I’m amazed nearly every day by the endless variety of resources available, both free and paid.

We love our home-based and in town libraries, but there came a point in my daughter’s development where she craved something more formal. She wanted accountability beyond mom and dad. Lacking the right fit (so far) with a good homeschool co-op, we started looking around online for classes.

At fourteen years old, she is naturally ready for more.

This year we’ve had the opportunity to explore three different online learning tools/courses, each with varying degrees of formality and expense – I’d love to tell you about them today.
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