Category: High School and Beyond

Sonlight: Literature Based Curriculum for K-12

Sonlight is a literature-based homeschool curriculum provider. Families around the world enjoy the literature-rich, internationally-focused curriculum. The goal of Sonlight curriculum is to empower parents to nurture enthusiastic, life-long learners who are motivated and equipped to follow Christ wherever He leads and in whatever He calls them to do. The curriculum has an Evangelical Christian perspective. Sonlight offers complete curriculum in all subjects for Preschool through 12th grade. Their specialty is the Core Programs, which are literature-based packages that weave together History, Geography, Bible and Literature. All your lesson plans are done! Discover Sonlight’s complete homeschool curriculum packages. But...

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Will My Homeschooled Child Be Able to go to University?

© Beverley Paine The other day I was asked: “One of my concerns is that if I decide not to register and my children decide to want to pursue tertiary studies, can that still happen?” This is a slightly different version of a question that comes up frequently in the Homeschool Australia online support group. Homeschool registration during the primary and/or high school years is not a prerequisite to entering any kind of tertiary educational institution. Unregistered homeschoolers have gained entrance to courses of their choice at universities across Australia, as well as at TAFE or other colleges. And homeschooled students as young as eleven are enrolled in Open Learning University subjects, with or without registration as homeschoolers. It is worth remembering that tertiary entrance selection criteria may change considerably between now and when your six year old will be ready for university. I know the wheels of change turn slowly, even in this electronically aided world and that not a lot has changed in the last couple of decades, except perhaps that more universities are open to the idea of accepting home educated students, and some overseas institutions actually advertise for them… There is already a private university based in Sydney actively seeking homeschooled graduates. Homeschooled students who wish to gain entrance to tertiary studies at the moment consider the options available to them and take the path...

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Teenage rebellion in the homeschool?

This post was in response to a thread on an email group. The discussion was about the high incidence of teenage rebellion in homeschooled children. Sadly,I think there is a lot of myth and fear surrounding the teen years, especially amongst home schoolers. We don’t need to stick our heads in the sand and only discuss that which we want to hear- we need to know what is happening. I believe that there comes a time in everyone’s life where they start to examine and question the big issues of life: why are we here? Who put us here? What happens when we die? Our answer or thoughts to these questions make us do the things we do. We want to teach our children these things that we have taken on as belief and faith. We do teach them. We homeschool so we can spend more time with our children, building the relationship, instilling values, etc I think that there comes a time when a child starts to question those big issues of life. I don’t necessarily think this is a wrong process- actually I think it is necessary if one is to grow and be an individual person (a child of God), rather than a sheep. I see this as a transference of faith– where the child may start to take responsibility for their relationship with God. They...

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Homeschooling High School by Terri Johnson

Homeschooling High School When it comes to high school, most homeschooling parents approach these years with fear and trepidation.  I will admit that I did, as well.  But I am so pleased that we decided to take the plunge and continue home schooling our oldest daughter rather than pursuing private or public school for these final four years.    Are the high school years approaching in your home?  I encourage you to stop, take a deep breath, and consider the possibility that homeschooling your high schooler might be a tremendous boon for you, your student and your whole family.  Here are some reasons why…   1. This is when homeschooling really begins to pay off.  Your student has become an independent learner and can schedule and manage his own work load.  High school level work should not require a great amount of your time (although more of his than he might be used to!).   2. Ideally, your student, who is approaching high school, has become a real helper to you and her younger siblings.  This is a wonderful time to have your teens home by your side, learning to cook, garden, manage a home, build a deck, balance a checkbook, etc.  Often high schoolers enrolled in public or private school do not have time to learn practical life skills because of the excessive class time and increased home...

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Top 10 Mistakes of Homeschoolers

======================================== INSTRUCTED by the Scriptures, LED by the Spirit Bold Christian Living E-Mail Newsletter, Issue #129 Top 10 Mistakes of Homeschoolers Copyright 2005 Jonathan Lindvall Permission to re-post in full is granted. ======================================== Top 10 Mistakes of Homeschoolers I am very thankful the Lord spoke to my heart, as a single man back in 1972, that when He gave me children I was to teach them myself. At the time I thought I was unique. I had never heard of anyone besides foreign missionaries without access to schools teaching their own children. It didn’t occur to me that the Lord might be speaking the same word to many others. Later, after marrying and having our first child, my wife and I encouraged a few other families to teach their own children. We even started a Christian School ministry to facilitate this (we have never had a campus–all the students are taught at home by their own parents). We didn’t call it homeschooling for well over a year–we hadn’t even heard that term yet. We thought we were the only ones in the world doing this, and only knew we were to disciple our own children rather than send them to school. We were amazed to later begin meeting many others in diverse places who reported that they, too, had thought they were the only ones the Holy Spirit was...

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