100 BEST Resources for Homeschooling High School




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Summary:  Frugal Homeschool high school curriculum for Art, Drawing and Chalk Pastels, Frugal Career Focus Class Ideas and Frugal Career Exploration, Frugal Creative Writing, Frugal English Literature Guides, Frugal Literature and Composition Courses, Christian Psychology, 4 Easy Steps to High School Planning, Drama and Speech, High School Writing, Babysitting Course, Leadership Activities, Math and Frugal Financial Literacy, SAT Prep and more This post may included affiliate links to products that we love and have used or would use in our own homeschool.  These make it possible for me to continue to blog and maintain this site.  Please see my disclosure policy.


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. 

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 other things that fit 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 catagories:

1.  Art, Drawing and Chalk Pastels
2.  Career Exploration
3.  Creative Writing
4.  English Resources
5.  Favorite Electives
6.  Getting Started with High School at Home
7.  Homeschooling to College
8.  Leadership Activities and Resources
9.  Math and Financial Literacy
10. Physical Education
11. SAT Prep
12. Science Resources
13. Social Studies Resources
14. 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.

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


Career Exploration Curriculum BUNDLE
7 Sisters Electives 
and Career Exploration

What Color is Your Parachute for Teens

Career Exploration 
Curriculum Bundle

EarlyChildhood Education 
from 7 Sisters

Career Exploration for High Schoolers


3.  CREATIVE WRITING



One Year Adventure Novel

National Novel Writing Month Site

3 Ways to Build Strong Writers - Through 
Creative Writing

Writing Fiction for 

High School -

Your Stories to Life

No Plot No Problem

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


4. OUR FAVORITE  ENGLISH RESOURCES


Oak Meadow American Literature, Literature and Composition and more

7 Sisters Homeschool English and Writing
Including Full Year Long Literature courses in American Lit and many more choices.  Plus individual courses in high school writing, beginning, to advanced.

We liked 7 Sisters courses so much better than IEW.

British Literature and Writing - 1 full credit high school English course and not intimidating.

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.  HIGH SCHOOL ELECTIVES 



Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective Lesson Plans
Introduction to Psychology - A Christian Perspective


Building Relationships Through Mini-Road Trips

Music – Music lessons, composer studies, Squilt - http://www.homegrownlearners.com/squilt/, playing in a band or orchestra, singing in a choir, performing, attending performances call all lead to a high school credit in music.  Our area had a homeschool choir available.

Music Appreciation - My friend, Tricia Hodges, from Hodgepodge used this course and recommends it 20th Century Music Appreciation Course.

Incredible Creeks  Nature Study for older kids and teens

Our Homemade Course in Video Production - We made our own course in video-making, a true joy to do with my teen.  It became a one-half credit elective on her homeschool transcript and was tons of FUN!


Philosophy in 4 Questions - A whole credit of philosophy, by 7 Sisters, highly recommended.  No busy work, from a Christian perspective.

Photography – I taught my daughter photography, from age 8, and we did this together for many years, and it later became a homemade elective.  There are also online courses in photography, and some parks dept’s offer classes as well.


6.  FOR NEWBIES - GETTING STARTED WITH HIGH SCHOOL AT HOME



Homeschooling High School with Confidence

Making a Study Space for Your Teen

Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling High School

The FUN of Homeschooling High School

Celebrate Your Homeschool Grad


7.  HOMESCHOOLING TO COLLEGE


Planning High School with College in Mind

6 Tips for Going from High School to College

High School Electives and College

Are You Homeschooling High School with College in Mind?
Our always homescshooled daughter got into each of the colleges on her list, including a tier one U.  It is not hard to homeschool to college and admissions is getting easier for homeschoolers at most colleges.  That is the trend.

Here's my book by that name - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind 


Kindle on SALE @ $3.49 and also in print - Amazon    

My book is a do-it-yourself guide to high school and how to apply to college, with helpful forms that go along with each chapter. 

It lays out everything from making your homeschool transcript, finding curricula, writing course descriptions, assigning high school credit, dealing with references as a homeschooler and much more.

More info is here:  Homeschooling High School  with College in Mind 

Here are the chapters in my book:

Researching College Entrance Requirements
Planning High School with College in Mind 
Choosing High School Curriculum
Assigning High School Credit Transcripts & GPA, 
Electives and College
Writing the College Essay
Course Descriptions and Reference Letters
Preparing your Teen for College Writing
Don't Forget the FUN!
WITH 12 DOWNLOADABLE High School Planning Printables 


More College Articles:

What to Think About When Making Your College Choice

Helping My Daughter Prepare her Heart for College

How First Quarter Went at College

A Homeschooler Goes to College...Again!


8.  LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES 




My daughter at Mock Youth Legislature Events

Homeschool Girl Scouts 

1. Youth and Government is a hands on way of learning about state government, gaining speech and debate skills at the same time.  They meet in small groups, as delegations, then compete in district events, while learning about state government and how a bill becomes a law.  Meanwhile they practice debate skills, leading up to the statewide Youth Mock Legislature.  All the teens gather together at the youth legislator and enact the roles of legislators and vote on mock bills, written by the teens themselves.  This program is available in 33 states across the country, and is sponsored by the YMCA.  They even elect their own youth governor each year!

SSee 100 High School Electives above for many more leadership activities for teens.


9.  MATH AND FINANCIAL LITERACY


Financial Literacy from a Christian Perspective (Revised Edition 2017)


Switched On Schoolhouse 9th - 12th

Aleks

Jacobs

Oak Meadow

Teaching Textbooks

Algebra 2 A - Teaching Textbooks


10.  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.


11.  SAT PREP 




Here's some of our favorites for SAT Prep but more on in the article above.

 Daily Practice for the New SAT - One question a day, from College Board

 SAT Preparation  This was recommended to me by a homeschooling mom who also is a college professor.

Free e-books from Prep Scholar They offer many free e-books on the SAT, including 200 vocabulary words to study, and much more.


12.  SCIENCE RESOURCES


Switched On Schoolhouse 9th - 12th - With Labs

Home Science Tools

Oak Meadow High School Science Courses

Frugal and by a Science Educator: 
Botany - Plenty O'Plants - EvaVarga 





13.  SOCIAL STUDIES RESOURCES


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




14.  SPEECH AND DRAMA 


A Successful Approach to Teaching Acting & Directing



Speech and Debate - NCFCA – 
National Christian Forensics Communication Association – 

This is a nonprofit organization that offers speech and debate activities for homeschooled high schoolers.  They meet locally in chapters, compete regionally, and hold a national championship yearly.  Lots of my teen’s homeschool friends participated in this, and loved it. 

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 Activties, by the YMCA

That's all for now!  Please share your favorite resource for high school in the comments!  I joined in with the other veteran homeschool bloggers for this week's blog hop!

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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 yearshigh school & college. gifted/2e and wrote - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting and has had her articles picked up by the Huffington Post.

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