100 BEST Frugal Resources for Homeschooling High School



This article is full of frugal homeschool high school curriculum and resources that we loved and many that we used ourselves in BJ's Homeschool.  #frugalhomeschoolcurriculum #frugalhighschoolcurriculum This post may include affiliate links to products that we used or would use in our homeschool.  Please see my disclosure policy here.



When I was homeschooling high school, just a few years ago, I always was on the lookout for the "best" resources that I could find that were a fit for my daughter and our homeschool. The ones that engaged her, motivated her to do her best work, and that were well put together.  


And the ones that were FUN!  Those count for high school credit, too!!


Today I'd like to share 100 of our favorite resources for high school.  This list includes a wide variety of resources, such as some gift ideas for teens, favorite curriculum that we have used, fun elective ideas, leadership activities, and even resources for doing drama activities with your teens!

I hope that you will find ideas, gifts, or new curriculum that fits your homeschool to a "T".  And I wish for you that you find something that gives you encouragement and joy, to help you treasure these precious years with your high schooler... at home.

I hope that you have fun browsing around on this list!  I organized it into the following categories:

1.  Art, Drawing and Chalk Pastels
2.  Career Exploration
3.  Creative Writing
4.  English Resources
5.  Planning High School at Home
6.  Leadership Activities
7.  Math and Financial Literacy
8.  Physical Education
9.  SAT Prep
10. Science Resources
11. Social Studies Resources
12. Speech and Drama


Let's start with some great resource for art, whether you have an artist in your home, or a would-be one, or just want to make time for a creativity break in your homeschool afternoons. (Don't miss the kindle sale below!)




1.  ART, DRAWING, CHALK PASTELS 



Nutcracker Video Art Lessons

History of Art Workbook

Christmas Video Art Lessons

Harmony Fine Arts 

Art for All Ages Chalk Art Bundle.

200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills

Chalk Art Video Art Course - Semester 1

Artistic Pursuits - High School


2.  CAREER EXPLORATION



7 Sisters Electives and Career Exploration

What Color is Your Parachute for Teens

Career Exploration Curriculum Bundle

EarlyChildhood Education 

Career Exploration for High Schoolers


3.  CREATIVE WRITING


National Novel Writing Month Site

3 Ways to Build Strong Writers - Through 
Creative Writing

Writing Fiction for 
High School -

Your Stories to Life

One Year Adventure Novel

No Plot No Problem

Learn to Write the Novel Way from www.christianbook.com


4. FRUGAL HOMESCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH 




Introductory Guide to High School Poetry Writing
7 Sisters Homeschool English and Writing

They offer many choices for full year English courses at less than $30.00 for the whole course.

In addition, there are different levels of high school writing courses, at the same frugal price.

7 Sisters Homeschool courses avoid busy-work and build good critical thinking skills, along with developing strong writing skills.

Or if you want to put together your own course, you may like to read this - Making Your Own High School English Course

7 Sisters Literature Guides - More than 40 to choose from and all are well done in my opinion.

Time 4  Learning English

Writing Skills - Essential Skills for the College Bound



5.  PLANNING HIGH SCHOOL AT HOME






Homeschooling High School with Confidence

Making a Study Space for Your Teen

Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling High School

Your Homeschool Grad and Diplomas

Have you seen my NEW book yet, with all my best tips for planning to homeschool high school? It's called Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd Edition



Homeschooling High School with College in Mind - 2nd edition
 
Paperback is at Amazon $11.99 
Kindle at  Amazon 


*******SALE through September 30th on KINDLE 25% OFF!******


After my daughter graduated from our homeschool, I wanted to write a guide for other families coming after me.  I knew how daunting it was for me when I started doing high school for my teen. So I gathered together my best tips for high school, for teens who were headed to college, or not.

My goal is to make doing high school at home easier and less taxing as far as details, to allow moms to concentrate on making the high school years fulfilling and a growing opportunity for their teens and their families.

The 17 Chapters include:

>Chapter 1 - How to Start Homeschooling if you are a Newbie
>Chapter 2 - 101 Reasons to Homeschool High School
>Chapter 3 - Researching and Getting Started
  Chapter 4 - Planning High School and Making a 4 Year Plan
>Chapter 5 - Choosing Your High School Curriculum
>Chapter 6 - Three Ways to High School Credit
>Chapter 7 - Making Your Teen's Transcripts
>Chapter 8 - 100 High School Electives
>Chapter 9 - Making Homemade Courses
>Chapter 10 - Writing a Winning College Essay
>Chapter 11 - Course Descriptions and Reference Letters
>Chapter 12 - The Common Application - Your GUIDE
>Chapter 13 - Preparing Your Teen for College Writing
>Chapter 14 - Dealing with College Testing SAT/ACT
>Chapter 15 - Top Sources for College Scholarships
>Chapter 16 - Dealing with “Those Questions” from Others
>Chapter 17 - Don’t Forget the FUN!

>The downloadable high school planning printables are designed to make your record keeping easier.  There is also a transcript form for you to just fill in. The kind of transcript form that the colleges are used to seeing.



If your teen is College Bound, here are some Articles:

What to Think About When Making Your College Choice

How First Quarter Went at College

And there are more if you scroll down here.


6.  LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES 



My daughter at Mock Youth Legislature Events



7.  MATH AND FINANCIAL LITERACY


Financial Literacy from a Christian Perspective (Revised Edition 2017)


Switched On Schoolhouse 9th - 12th

Aleks

Jacobs

Teaching Textbooks

Algebra 2 A - Teaching Textbooks


8.  PHYSICAL EDUCATION 



Homeschool Sports Network

YMCA – www.ymca.com  
They have a link that will list all of the YMCAs in the US and will give you a guest pass to one to visit nearby.


9. SAT/ACT Prep

  



10.  SCIENCE RESOURCES HANDS ON!



Switched On Schoolhouse 9th - 12th - With Labs

Home Science Tools

Oak Meadow 
High School Science Courses

Frugal Curricula by a Science Educator who is also a homeschooling mom:

Botany - Plenty O'Plants - EvaVarga - Great for a science elective, or part of a Biology class.



11.  SOCIAL STUDIES HANDS ON!


Oak Meadow American History,
 World History, and more

Frugal Resources for American History

A Beka Books - 
State and Local Government Online

Exploring World History - 
Vol 1,
by Notgrass

7 Sisters Social Sciences 
Browse their courses here

Time 4 Learning
Online Social Studies

Lesson Plans for Constitutional Literacy


12.  SPEECH AND DRAMA FUN!



A Successful Approach to Teaching Acting & Directing



Speech 1 - Public Speaking and Practical Life Skills 

Speech 1

Speech 1 includes everything you need to help your teen develop the confidence to speak publicly, including 15 lessons which can easily be expanded to make it a full English credit.

Colleges look for speech in their applicant's transcripts.  Here's a frugal way to get that done for your teen.

Stoa – Christian Homeschool Speech and Debate – This national organization offers Speech Events, Debate Events, and Tournaments here http://www.stoausa.org/  State Organizations are here.  http://www.stoausa.org/about/stoa-state-links

Youth and Government 

Speech, Leadership, and Government High School Activities, by the YMCA

Including a role playing event - Mock Youth Legislature


That's all for now!

Please share your favorite resource for high school in the comments!

If you would like a guide that is full of all of those important high school details, like transcripts, assigning credit, and more, you might like my new book mentioned above.  Did you miss the KINDLE sale?


It is recommended by Lessa Scherrer, a Certified College Counselor: 

"Betsy has a wealth of understanding and knowledge to share with the parents of college bound homeschoolers.  She provides support, encouragement and step-by-step advice on homeschooling high school and the college application process; A must-read for parents considering homeschooling high school and for parents in the thick of the application process."


Homeschooling High School with College in Mind - 2nd edition 

Kindle at Amazon 


*******SALE through OCTOBER 2nd on KINDLE 25% OFF!******



To reach all the other posts on for the "100 Things" iHomeschool Network blog hop, just click here.



You are invited to join my encouraging group for high school moms, called at Homeschooling through High School.  

Lots of moms just like you there, sharing triumphs and challenges.  Get your questions answered there, too.  



Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,
Betsy

Betsy is mom to her now college grad, whom she homeschooled through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshighschool
collegegifted/2e and wrote -Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd Edition,   She offers homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting and has had some of her articles picked up by the Huffington Post.


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