Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Homeschooling High School: Maths, Sciences, and History

Okay. I have to admit. The deadline for this post really sneaked up on me. So, here I am, Tuesday evening, writing this post. What do I write?

We're to talk about high school maths, sciences, and history.

Let's start with math, and "get it over with." This is the one subject in our home that most of the kids and I always have that attitude about: Let's just get it over with! A "necessary evil." Ha!

I don't remember what I had Tim using for math in high school. I never found a math program that worked for him; poor guy. Then when Jen started high school, we discovered Life of Fred. She used Beginning Algebra, Advanced Algebra, and Geometry. It was a good fit for her.

Botanist Boy began using Life of Fred in junior high. He used Fractions, Decimals, and the pre-algebra books (he did pre-algebra for ninth grade). About a week ago, he told me he didn't think Life of Fred was working for him, and he wanted to switch.

His friend in Florida is using Teaching Textbooks. Little Bit is using Math-U-See. So he was trying to decide between the two. I went to the Teaching Textbooks website; we listened to a sample of one of the lessons. We looked at each other and he said, "I think I'd rather listen to Steve Demme!" As I type, his Math-U-See Algebra 1 books are on their way. I think at this rate, he'll only be covering Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Geometry.

We might try to fit Stewardship math in, or personal finance somehow. He hopes to get a job, perhaps next summer. That will certainly teach him personal finance practically.

At this point, I foresee Little Bit continuing with Math-U-See all the way through. I regret that I didn't try MUS for Tim. I think it would have been a good fit for him, too.

Moving on to science. Frankly, for our high school sciences, I've stuck with Apologia sciences all the way. Tim and Jen both enjoyed science, which is almost amusing, since there is so much math in science!

If I remember correctly, Tim used biology, chemistry, and physics. He also covered a ton of science by watching Discovery channel, National Geographic, the Weather Channel, and lots of science documentary videos.

Jen used biology, marine biology, and advanced biology: the human body. She even did all of the dissections, with an audience of her younger brothers each time!
Botanist Boy isn't as much in to science as his older siblings. He did physical science in 9th grade, using living books as suggested on Simply Charlotte Mason. This year he will be using Apologia Biology. Currently he plans to also use physics and the advanced biology: human anatomy.

The kids also had quite a bit of hands-on science, while we were raising rabbits, chickens, and goats. We also have bird feeders, and I keep attempting gardening. Ha!

Ah, now my favorite subject to teach: history. It's also the favorite subject of Tim and Botanist Boy.

Again, a large portion of Tim's history education was through History channel, and history documentaries and historical videos. We do use a large number of videos in our homeschooling, as well as numerous living books for history. Don't forget field trips!

As for resources we've used, thanks to being part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, we have reviewed several things. Some I can think of are: TruthQuest History; Z-Guides to the Movies, by Zeezok Publishing, a couple times; and Heritage History.

We've used Simply Charlotte Mason lesson plan guides for ancient history the past couple years. This year for world history, I plan for Botanist Boy to use a book list I've prepared for him using books from Heritage History. We'll also be using videos, through Netflix and Amazon Prime, as well as ones we already have on hand. I might even purchase a few Z-Guides. I also have several living books on hand that I'll make available for him to read.

To be honest, I am really looking forward to American History in Botanist Boy's 11th grade year. We'll definitely be adding in a lot of field trips, especially to Civil War battle sites, including Gettysburg, if possible. I'd also like to get to Jamestown and Williamsburg.

What are some of your favorite resources for high school maths, sciences, and history? Please share. And be sure to check out the rest of my Crew mates' blog posts.

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1 comment:

  1. We've been using Life of Fred for my youngest, and it's a good fit for her. I think she'll continue using that throughout high school.

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