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.
Distinguishing between action and being verbs can often be challenging for young learners. Try this action packed game to help your grammar students get a grasp on the types of verbs.
1. Have 40 index cards. Write action verbs (like hop, skip, jump, walk, run, twist, clap, leap, etc.)on 20 of them, and being verbs on the others.
2. Have kids line up in two lines like a relay race. Have a start and then a finish line.
3 Mix up the index cards, and then you stand on the side. When it’s time to go flash the cards, and the children who are first will have to follow the verb on the card to get to the finish line. When there is a being verb, the students will just stand still… when there is an action verb they will do that action. If you only have a few children, have them go through the stack of cards – going back and forth between the two lines… whoever finishes first is the winner!
Those beginning years as your child is developing his/her language and using it to create imaginative stories and interesting drawings are amazing. Those are the teachable moments to use as a springboard for the future. If you can get your very young child to create literary works and present them to an audience at a young age, then speaking to an audience as they get older won’t be such a big deal.
Research has also shown that children who read and write creatively as well as learn grammar and syntax are more competent in grammar, vocabulary, and spelling. However, children who learn grammar, vocab, and spelling separately without reading and writing don’t show the same levels of competency.
The goal is to encourage a well rounded experience within the language arts. Encourage reading and then express the “inflow” by creatively expressing themselves with writing. Here are a few tips to help you effectively encourage your primary learner in language arts.
- Use English precisely, don’t talk baby talk or talk down to early learners.
- Early learners are ready to compose stories way before they are capable to write them down on their own. You can use this as a fun way to give them experience. Let them dictate a story to you as you write it down.
- Don’t require extensive amounts of written work from your early learner. Do some of the work orally, or help them with their writing.
- Help your children create their own books. Some of the most amazing books are ones that have been created from scratch. Hand sew several card stock pages together, and use cardboard to make a cover. You can even cover this with really interesting scrapbooking paper for an awesome little book.
- Provide and audience for you children’s play. I can remember as a young child getting my sisters and dog together to put on a circus for my parents to come and visit… complete with tickets and “wild beasts.”
- Allow children plenty of time for inventive play. Imagination is so important. In our modern technological age, children are daily being robbed of their imagination by television, video games, and computer. Shut off the electronics and go play!
- Don’t purchase elaborate resources for your early learner. Simple handmade workpages that present single letters of the alphabet or ones that you and your child draw picture representations of are highly effective. Allow play even while learning. Keep your child interested and motivated, seatwork and intensive books and writing requirements will give them a tedious view of school. Keeping homeschooling interesting is a vital part of teaching the early learner.
Check out the book – The Power of Play by David Elkind