Tired of the same old baking soda and vinegar science experiment? Here is a cute experiment for making elephant toothpaste that makes lots of colored foam and is fun for kids. It uses stuff you probably have sitting around the house anyway, and while it is not as explosively fast as baking soda and vinegar it produces quite a bit of colored foam.
Some parents are intimidated by the idea of homeschooling through high school, but it really isn’t that much different from the younger grades.Â I have graduated two children from 12th grade so far, and they have had no trouble getting into and succeeding in college. From my point of view the one big difference between high school and younger grades is that in high school you have to keep good records of schoolwork.
High School record keeping for homeschoolers is important, because as a homeschooling parent you are also serving as an administrator and guidance counselor. At the end of high school will need to produce information for transcripts and college applications, and good high school record keeping will make that whole process much easier….
Last school year my 10th grade son took an engineering class from Catapult Engineering Academy. The class was Introduction to Solid Modeling and Engineering Design, and was my son’s favorite class of the year. The 2014-2015 school year was the first year this was offered, so I wanted to write a review to help other homeschool parents learn about the classes.
About the Program
The classes offered are based on the Engineering Academy at Hoover High School, in Alabama, where the same curriculum has been used in a traditional school setting since 2004. The idea is to take these classes and transfer them to online course so that more students can benefit from them. Right now there are two classes offered, the Solid Modeling class my son took and an Engineering Computations class which teaches MatLab and Labview. Eventually two more classes will be added, Engineering Instrumentation & Analysis and Engineering Design & Entrepreneurship. The classes are designed to prepare students for the kind of classes they will encounter in a college engineering curriculum.
There is a huge push to encourage high school students to learn about and consider STEM careers. Students with STEM skills are in high demand in the workforce, and the jobs tend to be well paying. Â But preparing for these careers can be hard for homeschoolers because of the technical knowledge required. Â These classes help provide access to engineering curriculum and trained teachers with expertise in the subject matter.
I received a copy of The Aeneid to review, all opinions are my own.
The idea of the curriculum is to have an integrated Humanities curriculum which covers literature, history, philosophy and more all in one course. Â The Aeneid is the first unit in The Romans course, and it studies the great classic from Vergil, a poem which shaped and influenced Roman society and Western culture….
I recently had the chance to review the new vocabulary program from Compass Classrom, WordUp, and found it a fun way to learn Greek and Latin word roots. This program is a dvd or downloadable program designed for ages 10 and up.Â I had my 15 year old son try it out to help him expand his vocabulary and get ready for standardized tests.
The set I received consists of 10 lessons, each of which features a 12-15 minute video starring Dwane Thomas.Â Thomas is amusing and makes a subject like vocabulary that can be kind of boring fun.Â He narrates the video segments, but there are lots of different sets and backgrounds, and Thomas plays different characters during the segments which keeps things interesting, without being too silly.Â …
One of the big changes in homeschooling since I started doing it 15 years ago is the amount of online material that is now available. New online curriculum is released all the time, and I recently had the chance to try out an online high school science curriculum from Fascinating Education.
Fascinating Education has three high school science curriculum, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each course is available with one year access for $79 per subject. These courses are designed for middle school through high school. I received the Fascinating Biology series to try out with my 10th grade son. The developer of the series, Dr. Margulies, recommends starting with Chemistry, and then doing Biology and Physics, because of the large amount of Chemistry involved in Biology. While this is not the standard sequence followed by most schools it is the sequence we have been following for my son’s science classes, which worked out well for this review….
I recently had the chance to review a high school language program from Middlebury Interactive Languages and I thought it was an excellent way for a student to learn a foreign language.
Foreign language has always been the most difficult subject for me to cover in homeschooling, and I have tried many different things over the years.Â Before this review started my 10th grade son had been doing French for two years, and during that time we had managed to (poorly) cover the material in a standard French I high school class.Â So I jumped at the chance to review one of the Middlebury French Courses.
Middlebury has a quite a few classes available for children in grades K-12 in four different languages, Spanish, French, Chinese and German.Â At the high school level the French offerings include standard High School French at Levesl I, II, and III, French I and II at a Fluency level, and AP French.Â Â The fluency classes are designed to have more of a discovery based approach than the standard classes. I received the first semester of Standard High School French II for my son.
High School level courses cost $119 per semester for independent learning and an additional $175 per semester with a teacher.Â The teacher provides support and feedback on speaking and writing assignments.Â We did not receive the teacher support….
I have found that as my son gets older we are using more online and video curriculum. There are so many more things available for homeschoolers online than there were just a few years ago! So I was interested to review the new courses from Standard Deviants Accelerate.
Standard Deviants has been making educational videos for over 20 years, and now they have put them together into the Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses.Â These classes cover a huge variety of subjects for students in grades 3 and up, which includes:
- Arithmetic – Grades 3+
- Fundamental Math – Grades 4+
- Earth Science – Grades 6+
- Nutrition – Grades 6+
- Algebra – Grades 7+
- Biology – Grades 7+
- Chemistry – Grades 9+
- English Comp. – Grades 9+
- U.S. History – Grades 9+
- AP Biology – Grades 11+
- AP Chemistry – Grades 11+
- AP U.S. Government & Politics – Grades 11+
- AP U.S. History – Grades 11+
- AP Eng. Composition – Grades 11+
These classes are designed to be complete courses that use videos, quizzes and written activities to guide a student through the topic….
My Student Logbook is a company owned by a homeschooling family that is trying to help homeschoolers organize and record their days.Â I have been homeschooling for 15 yearsÂ now, and one thing I have found is always true is that theÂ more organized I am the more smoothly our homeschooling day runs. So I was glad to have the chance to review a Daily My Student Logbook.
When people find out we homeschool one of the things they are always curious about is college.Â Many people know someone who has homeschooled for a few years, but homeschooling all the way through and sending a child to college is still unusual.Â I have sent two kids to college from homeschooling, and have learned a lot.
One of the first decisions to make was what kind of college to apply to.Â At first my daughter was planning to go to a community college for the first two years and save money.Â Then she started attending the local community college part-time, and realized she wanted something different.Â We live 45 minutes from the closest community college, and the drive gets tiring fast.Â Every day she goes it takes at least 1 1/2 hours out of her day for the commute, more if the weather is bad.Â Plus with the price of gas going up daily it isnâ€™t as cheap as it seems at first….