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  • The Most Important Word to Remember as You Homeschool High School The Most Important Word to Remember as You Homeschool High School: Proactive“Homeschooling through high school”- just speaking those words out loud can strike fear and trembling in the most seasoned homeschooling parent. It all seemed so simple when you were teaching phonics and math and doing science experiments in the backyard. Time flies by and all of a sudden you are there, or almost there, and you wonder: “How can I do this?” “Can I do this?” “How do I do this?” Over the past five years I have had the incredible privilege of helping families navigate homeschooling through the high school years. As we have given our “Help for Homeschooling High School” ... Read more
  • Homeschooling in Highschool & University Admissions Information One of the questions I’m asked the most is if I’m planning to keep homeschooling through high school. I think most people wonder if students homeschooled through high school and don’t have the official diploma can actually go to University. Well, have no fear! Sarah is here! Sarah Rainsberger calls herself the “homeschool guidance/university admissions counselor.” She has spent countless hours learning the ins and outs of post-secondary admissions – specifically for homeschoolers. Generously, she has compiled all her information and knowledge together in a couple of websites. I have to quote her here: “There’s nothing wrong with going to high school, earning a high ... Read more
  • The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award: A First Hand Experience I, Mark, first heard about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award from my Air Cadet Squadron I was in. After hearing about it I came home and told my sister, Jacqueline, she loved the idea of it too! So we decided to work on it together to be able to motivate and help each other along the way. The award was created by The Duke of Edinburgh for youth between the ages of 14-25 to promote the attributes that he felt helped him grow and develop when he was young. These include: community service, learning a new skill, a residential project, physical ... Read more
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Duke of Edinburgh's AwardThe Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was founded in 1956 by His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to help young people ranging in age from 14 to 25 develop a sense of responsibility to themselves and to their communities. “The Award Programme is about challenge. It is also about providing the opportunity to accept a challenge. The Award offers young people the opportunity to set a personal goal and achieve it. Along the way, they learn about qualities like responsibility, trust, and the ability to plan and organize themselves. There is no competition between participants. The only people with whom ... Read more
  • Homeschooling High School in Alberta Homeschooling High School in AlbertaThere are a few times that people panic when they homeschool: 1) When they first start, 2) Sometime during their homeschool journey when they worry if they are “doing enough” and, 3) High school!! High School sends even the most confident veterans of homeschooling to their knees and why is that? We all still “think” that without a high school diploma our kids’ opportunities will be limited. High School “requirements” require a degree of “interpretation” and someone formally “accrediting” marks in order for them to formally count towards a diploma. Most kids don’t really care whether they get a diploma or not – and this bothers us. ... Read more
  • Emerging Entrepreneur The Emerging Entrepreneur CourseRunning a business – especially the financial side – offers a lot of  hands-on, life skill opportunities for students of all ages. Learning the foundations to be successful is important. That’s why I recommend The Emerging Entrepreneur by Leanne Seel, CPA. Leanne is a Canadian, homeschooling mom as well as a certified accountant with a passion for teaching others about money sense. Designed for middle school to high school, this course walks students through the world of business in a very thorough but not too overwhelming set of lessons. There are three distinct books for this program – a main text, and two workbooks – ... Read more
  • Khan Academy Sal Khan - the founder of Khan AcademyYou can learn anything. For free. That’s the premise behind Khan Academy – a free learning platform that originally started as tutoring videos intended for Sal Khan’s cousin in math and has grown to a global enterprise to bring learning to anyone who wants to learn. Since the beginning, homeschoolers all excitedly got behind this project because it allowed their kids to learn math from another voice, in a visual and audio manner. These days, Khan Academy offers video instruction in math from the very beginning (1+1=?) to complex calculus equations. Each lesson includes a video explanations and practice questions which you repeat ... Read more
  • BC Math: Homework Depot Trigonometry. Quadratic Equations. Radicals. Oh my. Once you get to math in the higher elementary and high school ranges, it can get complex and sometimes even challenging to teach and understand. Having a way to visually show and explain concepts is very helpful. BC Math is a website for students (and teachers) in Grades 8 through 12, offering PowerPoint tutorials for a large selection of subjects that allow for easy, repeatable learning opportunities. In addition to the lessons, there are also optional assignments / worksheets for many of the topics, and even a few test quizzes. (However there are no answers provided that I’ve found.) Subjects ... Read more
  • Creating History Creating History - A Canadian high school history courseHomeschooled high school students looking for a program in Canadian history or social studies might want to consider looking at Creating History. Designed by Canadian teacher and history enthusiast, Mike Zeitsma, this history program covers WWI to 2000, and involves listening to lectures to take guided notes, watching videos, reading articles, referencing a website that explores maps through out history, analysing photos and other media to study the time period. It sounds like he built the course around a book called Spotlight Canada, which he recommends using as a backbone to the lessons. There are 3 ways to order this program: 1. A Digital copy on CD ... Read more
  • Learning Bird Learning BirdLearning Bird is a web-based education tool that provides students with lessons presented by teachers on subjects covered in the curriculum through videos, slideshows, printables, and more. Designed for kids in grades 6 to 12, the thing that appeals to me is that it’s not just one person doing the teaching, but includes lessons from a variety of different teachers on a selection of varying subjects, such as: Computers and technology English Science History Math Government Economics and more. You can search for lessons by individual subject, keywords, or by grade (where you can see exactly how each lesson fits into the curriculum outline.) There’s also different textbooks that you can ... Read more
  • Solaro solaro study guidesBased out of Edmonton, Alberta, Castle Rock Research, has created Solaro – a learning tool that is available in both a print and digital format. I’m excited to be able to share with you a great new partnership with this company to offer you an amazing discount on either option! The Print Books These books are study guides – designed to teach and reinforce lessons learned. Completely aligned to the Canadian curriculum, these books cover math and science for grades 3 though 7, language arts in grades 3 and 6, and a variety of subjects throughout the high school years. When I saw these ... Read more
  • Canadian Unsolved Mysteries Everyone loves a good mystery, and the lure to be the next Sherlock Holmes is hard to resist. What if you could help solve a Canadian mystery from long ago? Check out Great Unsolved Mysteries of Canadian History – a website dedicated to getting research together to solve some “cold” case mysteries like: Where is Vinland? The Redpath Mansion Mystery Who discovered Klondike gold? Death of a Diplomat: Herbert Norman and the Cold War There are 12 mysteries in total, each with it’s own dedicated page to help teach students to research, examine historical facts, and to pull the puzzles together. There are also teachers’ guides which you ... Read more
  • Let’s Talk Science: The Energy4Travel Project Energy4TravelHave you ever thought about the amount of energy you consume in your daily travels? Starting in February, Let’s Talk Science‘s high school site (Gr.8-12) – CurioCity – will be starting a new research project called Energy4Travel.  Information about this project: “CurioCity is a free, web-based program developed by Let’s Talk Science for Grades 8-12 students. Register your students to participate in CurioCity’s Energy4Travel action project. This citizen science project enables students to gather individual data about their personal transportation usage, generate results using CurioCity’s online energy calculator, and compare results with groups of students across Canada and special guests like race car driver ... Read more
  • Canadian Citizenship Challenge Citizenship Challenge How much do you REALLY know about Canada? What about your high school aged student? Think they are up for a challenge? Check out this opportunity. Historica Canada is hosting a Canadian Citizenship Challenge for students in grades 7 – 12 (Secondary I-V in Quebec) until the end of December 2013. It’s open to both teachers with large groups of students and also individual students. Here’s what you have to do: 1. Download and read/study the available STUDY GUIDE all about Canada. This book offers a brief synopsis of Canadian history, geography, government, and more. There is a set of study questions in ... Read more
  • Progressive Discover-e Today’s post is from Ann Cook, the Principal of Progressive Discover-e, to share more about their online program. — We’ve all been there as homeschoolers. We’ve taken on this great responsibility of educating our children. It doesn’t matter what our reasons for homeschooling are – the responsibility is the same. We all feel the pressure to make sure our children are learning what is necessary and appropriate. We don’t want them to miss out on any opportunities or information that can help them down the road. Sometimes we question our ability to keep up, whether we are using the correct curriculum, whether we ... Read more
  • Peppermint Stick Learning Co – High School Last year, I shared with you a company called Peppermint Stick Learning Co – a Canadian Christian curriculum company based out of Ontario that creates and compiles a variety of curriculum resources for grades K – 8. Well, they are excited to have shared with me that they have been working hard to put together a curriculum for high school and have finally finished updating their website with their new materials. Peppermint Stick Learning Company Take a look at their catalogue’s high school section for their secondary school planning guide and grade by grade outline for details of subjects and materials – ... Read more
  • Maple Tree Publications If you are looking for some Canadian content for your homeschool, check out Maple Tree Publications – a homeschool resources store run by homeschooling mom, Cori Dean. In her store you can find the series, Come Sit By Me, a Canadian version of the popular Five-In-A-Row program that follows a unit study approach through literature, designed for children ages 4-7. You can also find a series all about Canadian art appreciation and artists by the same author. Other products include Life of Fred math books for both elementary and secondary aged students, resource materials covering the Charlotte Mason method, journal prompt workbooks, ... Read more
  • SEVEC If you are looking for a unique way to learn about a different area of Canada, I recommend checking out the SEVEC (Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges in Canada) student exchange program.   For over 75 years, SEVEC has been hosting exchanges between groups of youth across Canada. Groups of 10 or more students ages 12-17 can request an exchange with another group of similar size. I contacted them and was told that absolutely homeschooled students can participate. Funding of an exchange is based on identifying twin groups with compatible demographics (ages, gender balance, size of group, etc.), similar themes or interests, and a ... Read more
  • Rendez-Vous Canada Homeschooling groups who are looking for something adventurous might be interested in trying out Rendez-Vous Canada – a tour of one of 4 cities of Canada: Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa & Quebec City. Rendez-vous Canada Educational Programs (RVC) are affordable, curriculum- or theme-based trips to select Canadian destinations. Developed as hands-on cultural experiences for groups of all ages, RVC trips are educational, fun and affordable. As a youth group leader or teacher, you can bring your lesson outside of the usual milieu with RVC trips.  Knowledgeable staff will help you plan every step of your educational visit, starting with identifying the perfect itinerary ... Read more
  • Virtual Highschool I know many homeschooling parents wonder how to handle high school education and I’ve been out learning what I can for options. Today I came across a website called Virtual High School (Ontario). After a brief email exchange with the Principal of the virtual school, I’m actually pretty excited about this option for my homeschooling friends. Realizing that many of the struggles parents have with transitions into a formalized education program, given that homeschool has such a wide range of curriculum options, I made sure to ask how homeschool friendly this program is. The principal, Steve Baker, was immediate in his ... Read more
  • Ontario: ILC – Independent Learning Centre The ILC is Ontario’s Distance Education program, specifically focusing on high school education years, but also providing curriculum plans for the elementary school. Students who take their courses and programs through the ILC can recieve an official high school diploma. After hearing several complaints from readers about this program choice, I had decided to remove the ILC  from the suggested resource list. First off, one reader informed me that the ILC has pulled the teacher evaluation support from the elementary aged programs – leaving students without the liason to the Board of Education that was the reason many people used this resources in the first ... Read more