Homeschooling is awesome, just sayin’ – but sometimes it isn’t easy to make sure that you are covering everything that your child needs. I have to admit that I have had a rude awakening in the last year and a half. Once my daughter hit 11th grade it was serious crunch time for college. We were just coasting along – doing a good job – but still not really thinking about details of what we would need once we hit college years. So, here we are and needless to say we are finding out alot of great information. I’d like to share some of what I’ve been learning, but I think I’ll start with English. Here is a sample of what you should be teaching your highschooler for Language Arts.
Vocabulary and Spelling
100 Most often misspelled words
Daily Grammar Exercises
English Grammar and Mechanics Free
Guide to Grammar and Writing Free
Indepth and overview study of literature
Overview – texts from BJU press or ABEKA work great
free classic ebooks
texts or workbooks from major homeschool publishers work well!
Essentials of Good Writing Course
Comparing and contrasting – helps students understand how to write this type of essay
Spelling and Vocabulary
High School level spelling
Literature study and Literature Analysis
Classic literature study guides
Classic pieces of literature online
Printable English worksheets
SAT Grammar Practice
Free Pass Grammar Texts
Spelling City – use this to enter your lists and it will help you drill
Writing – Essay and Research – poetry writing
Voices and Visions (poetry unit)
Old English Literature
Middle English Literature (Medieval to Restoration Period)
Elements of a Story
How to write a research paper
Grammar quizzes -great for CLEP prep
Grammar Practice sheets
Collegiate spelling words
American Literature Guide
En 102: American Literature
Writing and Research
Write a research paper
Georgetown explains writing
Here’s a sampling of final exams for the different grades.
You may want to consider a serious SAT test prep class in the Junior year.
Preparing your child for college isn’t an easy task. In fact, preparing for the college entrance SAT or ACT test is a feat in and of itself! We are facing that uphill battle right now. My daughter is in eleventh grade, and just took the ACT as a practice run. It definitely opened our eyes to several things. I knew we needed to be preparing in advance, but I didn’t know just how we measured up. Taking the test early is a great help in planning your final college preparations. Here are a few things that we are trying to put into practice, and a few things that we are learning along the way!
1) Begin preparations early. Plan your high school courses to meet your preferred colleges’ requirements. At our house, we are depending on scholarships. In turn, scholarships depend on the ACT / SAT score. So, (no stress) a good test score will really help in this area.
2) Don’t be afraid to take the test several times. You can take each of these tests several times, we chose to take the ACT as practice this past month. We also elected to NOT send the scores to any colleges. This test this time -was just for our information only. We will review the scores, do some practice and then retake it for REAL!
3) Begin test prep a year in advance. Begin reviewing ACT SAT vocabulary and essay strategies well in advance. Don’t think that you can prepare for this test a few weeks before you take it!
4) Use a test prep book or an online test prep. I use A Major Tests.com for my tutoring sessions. This site has great vocabulary prep, good practice tests, essay prompts, and even some great strategy tips.
5) Become an avid reader. Readers are learners… the more you read the better you will test.
To be honest, I really don’t agree with how our country bases everything on “test” scores. Yet, to successfully navigate these high school/college waters we have to fit in this box… no matter how tight or disagreeable we find it!