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Resource Roundup: High School Courses
Category: Academics
Tags: free high school homeschool high school

The following list highlights some of the free high school resources featured in my Homeschooling High School Newsletter. Included are full courses, or materials that, when combined, could make for a full high school course.

New links to high school resources can be found in the August Newsletter. Sign up to continue to receive monthly updates; and be sure to check out the newsletter archive for links to even more resources.

Math

              Algebra 1 - Full course in Algebra 1 from SAS Curriculum Pathways.

Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 complete courses feature warm-up exercises, lessons consisting of documents, videos and PowerPoints, additional worksheets, and quizzes.

Investigating Geometry Online  Presents 12 units in Geometry; includes video lessons, interactive examples to solve, worksheets, and online quizzes

Math TV  Short video lessons on math topics; includes basic math, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus; you can also pull up videos that correspond to particular textbooks

Literature/Writing

English 10Complete course from Curriki includes units on grammar, essay writing, fiction and non-fiction reports, short stories, and specific literature titles, such as Julius Caesar, and Antigone.

High School Lit Roundup: List of sites with full courses, free books, and other resources. 

Science:

Exploring the Way Life Works  online textbook; eight downloadable chapters

Companion Website includes assignments and activities, Powerpoints, practice tests, and additional links

            Geology Labs Online: earthquake; dating rocks and artifacts; virtual river

History

             Bridging World History  Annenberg Learner site presents 26 units in world history; each unit has a 30-minute video and online text chapter; there's also a course guide with suggested activities and assignments

Electives:

             Personal Finance CoursePractical Money Skills is offering a new financial literacy curriculum for grades 9 - 12. The curriculum is comprised of 22 lesson plans and accompanying teachers guides that can be downloaded separately, or altogether as a zip file. The lessons are free, but registration at the site (also free) is required. Also available at the site are lesson plans for Pre-K through grade 8, college level, and special needs students

              Additional Financial Literacy Resources

Multiple Subjects:

            Free, At-Your-Own-Pace Courses: Offered by the University of Washington at their website, OpenUW.  Courses include: The American Civil War; Greek Mythology; HTML Basics; the History of Jazz, and others.



Self-Directed Animal Classification
Category: Academics
Tags: classification of animals animal classes animal types animals with vertebrates

I came across an article (10 Pairs of Commonly Confused Animalsthat reminded me of when my two youngest children (7 and 10) and I were learning about the five classes of vertebrates (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish). We talked about classification in general, putting things into groups based on different criteria, and we learned about the characteristics that put animals into their respective groups. (Our study developed into a rather strange game we called the "Dharma Initiative," in which talking animals assist scientists in preserving the various species due to some impending, yet unknown cataclysm). 

Anyway, from that, my daughter decided she wanted to learn about animals that she classified in her own way as “kind of the same but different, like frogs and toads.” For the next few days, she would come up to me with a new pair of animals: alligators and crocodiles, hares and rabbits, octopuses and squids, etc. Each time, we would look them up, compare and contrast them, and she would make drawings of some of the animals. Voilà. Her own unit study. ("Dharma Initiative" is still one of her favorite games).

Here are some free resources on animal classification: 

 

Free Books:

Animal Classification Cards: 

 

Free Courses for High School
Category: Academics
Tags: high school courses online courses high school online course high school online classes for high school free online high school

Back in 2011, I wrote an article that provides a list of free online high school classes that can be used to build a college prep course of study. The checklist of courses is based on North Carolina's requirements (similar to other states) for students to graduate with a public school diploma. But it also serves as a valid guideline for homeschoolers who want to go on to college or university, as these institutions want to see certain requirements fulfilled in high school. 

I tried to list mainly those sites with complete courses, in other words those with lessons, course materials, and assessments all presented as single, in effect, electronic curricula. It's a good list that breaks the information down into all the core subjects and electives. (You can read the article here. I also wrote a Kindle e-book of similar content you can access here).

I've had to continuously update it, since there are so many new sites and courses that become available all the time. At first, I was doing the updates at the article itself, but it's a bit cumbersome. Now, instead, I send out a free monthly newsletter highlighting the new stuff I find. You can read my past newsletters in the Archive and sign up if you want to receive them. 

Here's a sample of resources culled from the past 8 months or so of newsletters: 

MOOCs Can't talk about free online courses these days without mentioning MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses),  being offered by many prestigious universities. (For a brief overview of MOOCs, watch this video).Three established companies providing platforms for these courses are Coursera, edX, and Udacity. For additional sites, click 200 free online coursesmany of which offer certificates or statements of completion.

Algebra 1 - Visit SAS Curriculum Pathwayssubscribe for free and access their complete Algebra 1 course.

English 10 - Head over to Curriki for free access to a large and growing library of curricula and individual learning units. Here's a full course for 10th grade English.

Biology - Exploring the Way Life Works is an online textbook with eight downloadable chapters. Visit the companion website and you can access assignments, activities, PowerPoints, practice tests, and additional links.

Personal Finance - This Financial Literacy Curriculum is comprised of 22 lesson plans and accompanying teachers guides that can be downloaded separately, or altogether as a zip file. The lessons are free, but registration at the site (also free) is required.

For additional high school links, visit the Homeschooling High School Newsletter Archive.

 

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