“Where do your children go to school?” the gentleman bagging our groceries asked my husband. “My wife homeschools them,” he answered, pointing to me. The man turned toward me and said, “If you can pull it off, I’d homeschool them all the way through high school.”
We have accomplished a lot of things this year and I have blogged about most of them. But the most important message the Universe, or God, if you will, has sent me starting this summer is that I should homeschool through high school. Several people have suggested it, prophesied it, encouraged it, and provided guidance and products for it. They have come to me. I have not come to them. The grocery store man represents the latest example of such messengers.
When we decide we will homeschool all the way, we all feel some trepidation. Do we have everything we need? What support can we lean upon?
If you recall, I recommended UniversityReady.com and their counseling services. They help you prepare for college – isn’t that what high school is all about? I have also mentioned Khan Academy here and there. Everybody knows about them. They are free and they offer all sorts of courses if you should run into problems with a particular lesson in math, English, science, etc.
Recently, I have discovered yet another resource for when the going gets tough: Study.com. We can all hope and pray that we can cover all the subjects with the help of our chosen curricula, but I think extra help comes in handy.
As you can see, Study.com has many subjects for all grades. Math seems to be the one culprit homeschooling moms complain about over and over again, so I linked directly to the math worksheets for you. You can try this product risk-free for 30 days and see if you like it.
Yes, they require a credit card up front, but that is because they are protecting themselves. How many times have you taken advantage of free worksheets online? Were they any good? I know. Some are, but they do not have a follow-up. So it is like doing one thing and having no plan to continue. You get what you pay for.
If you are looking for a cute one-time project with your kids, free worksheets from this or that blogger is OK, I suppose. But if you are serious about having a plan and keeping up learning in an organized fashion, then you should probably think about investing $1 per day in Study.com.
Personally, I would go with the Teacher Plan, which is $29.99 per month. That way, you have access to 25,000 streaming videos; 10,000 lesson plans, activities, games, project ideas; 650 English Language Learner Resources; 1 teacher and FREE student accounts; practice exams; a mobile app and other goodies.
I like how you even have access to the transcript of the lesson. For example, here is a transcript for 30-60-90 triangles. As I was saying in the beginning of the post, the prospect of teaching through high school can be daunting. A resource like Study.com can make you feel like you have partnered up with serious backup.