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Algebra the foundation of a high school math program. It all starts here whether you begin in 8th grade or 9th algebra is needed for most high school graduation required credits.

No sweat right?!?

No, not really. Most of us stress, break out in a cold sweat, and twitch as we think about how can I teach my teen algebra. Thankfully others have gone before and are sharing their best experience and curriculum choices with us!

Whether you are looking for a video, online, or text oriented curriculum option you can find what you are looking for in the following Top 10 list. Our number 1 winner Teaching Textbooks has online and a textbook option. Lessons that are taught through short pithy lessons to your teen. This can be a wonderful way for you teen to learn when you feel unsure or overwhelmed by teaching a high school level math.

There is no shame here nor should there be stress in high school math. It takes time yes but you can do it! Look below and check out examples and samples for the math programs. When you find one that clicks for you and your teen embrace it.

We asked our fellow homeschooling Teach Them Diligently families what do you recommend as a High School Algebra curriculum choice? We compiled their choices about this and 39 other levels and subjects of curriculum in our FREE Homeschool Family Favorite Guide .

TOP 10 choices for High School Algebra Curriculum

  1. Teaching Textbooks Algebra Teaching Textbooks is an online/downloadable curriculum. You watch the lesson, then do the problems. It is an easy to use program that does all of the grading for you.
  2. Math-U-See Algebra  Math-U-See is designed to teach students specific skills that build as the student progresses. This systematic and cumulative approach uses a definite, logical sequence of concept instruction. The Math-U-See system is structured with step-by-step procedures for introducing, reviewing, practicing, and mastering concepts. Each lesson teaches using multi-sensory tools such as videos, manipulatives, and other resources, designed to appeal to any type of learner. With these resources, we are able to adapt to a variety of homeschool styles.
  3. Life of Fred Algebra  Never again hear the question which many math students have: “When are we ever gonna use this stuff?” or “Math is boring!”
    No other textbooks are like these. Each text is written in the style of a novel with a humorous story line. Each section tells part of the life of Fred Gauss and how, in the course of his life, he encounters the need for the math and then learns the methods. Tons of solved examples. Each hardcover textbook contains ALL of the material – more than most instructors cover in traditional classroom settings. Includes tons of proofs.
    Written by Dr. Stanley Schmidt with the intent to make math come alive with lots of humor, clear explanations, and silly illustrations that stick in the mind. The student will learn to think mathematically.
    Completion of this series prepares student for third year college math.

Help Things are Going Wrong

Have you started Algebra and things aren’t working well? Your teen is taking a lot of time needing refresher lessons? Homeschooling gives us extra time. Not just a little bit but a LOT. This might be the perfect year to homeschool all year round. That will give your teen extra time to finish Algebra and not just have hit some bare minimum test result but truly understand it.

  1. Saxon Algebra
  2. Jacob’s Math Algebra  From the website, “Master Books® is the world’s largest publisher of creation-based material for all ages including apologetics, homeschool resources, reference titles, and quality children’s literature.”
  3. Abeka Algebra  “Each grade will give you lessons for 170 school days. Your child will have engaging books written and edited by skilled, experienced Christian educators. You’ll have teaching aids, clear lesson plans, and the option of expertly taught lessons on video.”

Keeping The Scrap Paper

I know this sounds strange if you teen is working via an online or video option but scrap paper is important. I have my teens keep a working notebook for all subjects including their online math. This helps me see upon review where things might be a problem, such as not being detail oriented, columns aren’t being carefully used, toward the end of a problem their attention waivers and they get the problem wrong. Scrap paper helps you see and correct those problems promptly.

  1. DIVE into Math Algebra
  2. CTC Math Algebra
  3. Video Text Interactive Math Algebra
  4. BJU Press Algebra

Algebra is an important stepping stone to a high level math learning. Yes, you can homeschool not just algebra but all the way through high school math! Find what works for you and your teen then plunge right in. Take the time you need to accomplish true understanding not just a passing test result. Homeschooling through high school can be done and this wonderful Top 10 list will help you along the way!

Check Out the Outstanding list of runners up!

On Core Mathematics Algebra

Key to Algebra

Mr. D Math

Learn Math Fast

ACE Math PACE Series

Chalk Dust Math Algebra

Horizons Math Algebra (Alpha Omega Program)

Singapore Math Algebra

Khan Academy

A+ Interactive Math Algebra


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Do you want your teen to succeed in life? There is proof that the better your teen’s vocabulary the more successful they will be. They are seen as intelligent, thoughtful and a person to trust. Think about that. Those annoying pretests and spelling tests we slog through week in week out are creating a foundation of success.

Our teens might not see it now but we do. It’s important to keep pushing spelling and vocabulary in the high school years. Thankfully you no longer have to teach the rules of spelling so your time on this subject will be greatly diminished. A short but intense teaching and follow up through out the week is often all that spelling at high school level calls for.

These Top 10 Spelling and Vocabulary Curriculum Choices are superb options for your high school student. We asked our fellow homeschooling Teach Them Diligently families what do you recommend as a High School Spelling and Vocabulary curriculum choice? We compiled their choices about this and 39 other levels and subjects of curriculum in our FREE Homeschool Family Favorite Guide .

TOP 10 choices for High School Spelling and Vocabulary Curriculum

  1. Wordly Wise 3000 Wordly Wise provides engaging, contextual vocabulary instruction. A fantastic homeschool vocabulary curriculum from Educators Publishing Service, this bestseller is a top vocabulary pick!
  2. Spelling Power  From the website: “Spelling Power has everything you need to teach spelling words and skills to your entire family to the college level. With Spelling Power, your children will master the 5,000 most frequently used words and key spelling principles at their own pace – in just 15 minutes a day—using research- proven strategies.”
  3. Abeka From the website“Each grade will give you lessons for 170 school days. Your child will have engaging books written and edited by skilled, experienced Christian educators. You’ll have teaching aids, clear lesson plans, and the option of expertly taught lessons on video.”

Working Towards Higher Test Scores

As a parent of a high school student the high stakes testing like SAT, ACT and AP courses were always looming. Tests results all around are higher for teens with a large vocabulary even in areas that are not language arts based. If your teen knows the vocabulary going in then they don’t have to struggle with the wording of questions and can focus just on the answers.

  1. All About Spelling
  2. Excellence in Spelling: Phonetic Zoo (by Institute for Excellence in Writing)
  3. Spelling Wisdom (by Simply Charlotte Mason)
  4. Spelling You See

College Admissions, Scholarships, and Better Jobs

Then there is the whole adult world that looks kindly on those with a wider vocabulary base and good spelling. From college essays that may dictate whether or not they get into a preferred college or get a scholarship. To employment paperwork where employers have been known to simply throw out those with misspelling immediately. Grumbly teen angst or not our teens need to continue learning spelling and vocabulary through their entire education.

  1. Sequential Spelling
  2. BJU Press Vocabulary
  3. ACE

Whether your teen loves new words or struggles finding the joy in spelling & vocabulary we need to urge them to keep learning. There are serious and notable perks to having a strong foundation in language they can pull from. Their adult job prospect go up. Their possibilities for college is broad and scholarships could be in the picture. In general our teens will become articulate educated Christians that shine into the world.

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This is just the beginning of many home education curriculum recommendations. Here is our FREE downloadable Homeschool Family Favorite Guide with many other top 10 recommendation by fellow homeschooling families.

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You CAN Homeschool High School

Does the idea of homeschooling high school fill you with dread?

Take heart. You can homeschool high school.

Here’s the deal, there are so many more options than there were several years ago and they are expanding. Homeschooling high school is easier and more effective than ever before. My two cents about planning high school at home:

  1. Maximize your resources.
  2. Don’t switch around if you have something that works well (unless you have an amazing opportunity).
  3. Give your kids a lot of exposure to various opportunities (help your kids find them, interview, be selective).
  4. Pick subjects that teach what they claim to teach.
  5. Be realistic about your abilities.
  6. Be realistic about your kids abilities.

My son was involved in co-op (chorale, art, history unit study), on-line classes (pre-law and copy writing), private tutoring (creative writing, Latin, Algebra. II), classes at home (history, science), Great Courses & other DVD’s.

He also had the opportunity to travel to GA to campaign, go to Challenge and back to D.C. and is going to TP Nationals and Challenge staff training in the next several weeks. He was involved in drama camp, Shakespeare camp and the Festival of One Act Plays for 2 years. He worked one day a week as a farm hand and went ballroom dancing twice a month, and even helped with house rebuild projects and gardening, while doing a serious work out schedule.

He worked to fund his traveling, and travels to fund his sense of adventure. The drama is a great rhetoric exercise (public speaking/performance, memory work), not to mention fun, and was used to supplement literature. Ballroom dancing/working out equaled gym. Challenge, TeenPact events are great because they are serious apologetic/faith building programs in addition to exposure to politics.

Tips for Making a Plan

My plan for my kids was always to give them as many opportunities as made sense that we could afford and to have a clear college prep program. We did pass on some opportunities, and we didn’t participate in every single social event. Our kids didn’t do youth groups. That is part of the challenge of high school, determining where your time and energy should be, and what opportunities you have where you live. Our life in NM (activities for our older girls) was very different that the activities/opportunities our 3 younger children had.

If you have areas of weakness (for me sophomore and up, math and science), it can be helpful to bite the bullet and hire a tutor, get online classes, or take classes at the local high school. We tried program after program for math for our older girls and the result was that they felt inadequate about math and didn’t get a solid, sequential scope of upper level math. It would have been far less expensive to have just hired a tutor every week than switching around.

I see true value in finding something and sticking with it. We used Life of Fred for math. You can find lots of discussion online about the adequacy of it (or not), but we stuck with it. Our math tutor thought it was just fine and our son moved forward. If we had changed the curriculum again, that would have been time not spent moving forward.

I think the idea that every subject needs to be “Christian” is a bit odd. I have always taken the approach that I want the curriculum to teach the subject it claims to teach; Bible verses at the top of the math page just seems odd to me and confusing. The vote is in and multi-tasking does not work. I stay away from vendors that integrate their doctrine in the curriculum. It’s not that I don’t have a doctrine, it’s just that I don’t really want it taught pedantically. The exception to this, for us, is Rod and Staff grammar.

Do What Works for Your Family

My kids are not brilliant, but they are all pretty smart. They may not go to Ivy League. Most of them have more linguistic ability than symbolic. I focused heavily on writing/speaking, lit, history, while my husband does a lot of science exploration, apologetics, strategy focus with them. If my husband was homeschooling, they would probably all go into the science field because his love and passion for science is catching.

I do look at catalogs each year, but the siren song of “new, new new” can outweigh common sense so I stick with a few vendors that fit with my pedagogy and choose from them. For me, that limits choices, saves money and gives me a piece of mind because I am not always second guessing and wondering what we are missing.

I am also over switching mid year if things don’t work out or don’t fit with my kids learning style. I believe in learning styles, ages and stages and all of that, but I also believe that kids need to shore up areas of weakness. This might take more time on my part, but switching curriculum’s catering to a child is costly too. I have found that generally things don’t work when I am not directing, discussing or involved in what the kids are doing. In other words, it’s rare to find a truly awful curriculum and common to find homeschoolers who want the curriculum to work magic for them. The reality is, in order for homeschooling to work, you have to show up.

In conclusion, I am doing some things just the same for my younger kids as for my older with lots of opportunities, great literature, college prep classes, and totally different with more outsourcing of academic courses with my younger kids. It is exciting to see the homeschool world expand and grow and the opportunities that we can offer our kids, and afford, and grow with it.


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Article contribution by, Lisa Nehring whom has 1 husband, 3 graduate degrees, 5 kids and a black belt in homeschooling. She blogs regularly at about faith, family, and education with tons of book and curriculum reviews thrown in for good measure.

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Many homeschool families make a drastic change when their children hit middle school or high school–they stop homeschooling.

Some make this change based on well-thought-through decisions and preferences. The choice is what they’ve determined is best for them, and that’s wonderful! Those families are not who I am writing to today.

I’m addressing those who really want to continue homeschooling but don’t think they have what it takes to homeschool into the upper grades, those who are fearful they might “mess up” their child’s education or chance of getting into college.

You DO have what it takes, and you won’t mess up anything!

One of the reasons I know this? RESOURCES. Resources abound, online and off, to help you through and lead you along the path.

Resources for Homeschooling Middle School and High School

Homeschool Guidance Counselor– Teach Them Diligently has set up a FREE homeschool guidance counselor program that is designed to give you all the information you need to homeschool your children all the way through high school. Starting with a downloadable road map for each year and continuing with monthly email reminders of what you can expect and weekly office hour videos, and culminating in onsite helps and information at Teach Them Diligently events, the Homeschool Guidance Counselor program is the most comprehensive help for high school available. Sign up today and get started homeschooling high school with a lot more confidence.

Homeschool Guidance Counselor Facebook Group— Through the free guidance counselor program, we also make available a private homeschool high school Facebook group, moderated by Matthew Bullington, the TTD guidance counselor. This is a great place to watch the weekly office hours videos live, interact with others who are homeschooling high school, ask your questions, and more. Join us there today!

*HSLDAThere is a ton of general homeschooling information here, but they also have links for specific state education websites where you can find graduation requirements. Very important stuff to know!

*The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens by Debra Bell–Inside this incredible resource you will find: tools for developing critical and creative thinking skills, study-smart strategies for maximized learning, what to do if your child is behind or ahead, how to prepare your child for high school during grades 6–8, all the forms, charts, and resources you will need to teach your child through high school, and much more”. This is a fabulously detailed and encouraging book!

*Let’s Homeschool High SchoolThere are ways to connect with other high school parents here, ways for your kids to connect with other homeschool high schoolers, and an amazing amount of practical helps and tips. This is a great place to start if you’re just beginning to look into homeschooling through high school. They’ve got a beginner’s guide that is quite helpful.

*Lee Binz, The Home ScholarLee is a fantastic source of information and has answers for pretty much any question you might have about homeschooling into the upper grades.

*Homeschool High Facebook PageThis is a group on Facebook for homeschooling parents of high schoolers. Have questions? Ask away! Searching for curriculum ideas? Get a feel for what others have used. Not sure what subjects to include for what year? Hear from those who have tried different methods. This is a wonderful support community.

*Online Schools and Curriculum–If you prefer for your child to be accountable to someone other than you for their work, there are many options available for online schools and classes. Here are just a few: MorningStar Academy (an online Christian school), Apologia (offers online science and Bible/apologetics/worldview classes for grades 7-12), Alpha Omega Academy (an online Christian school), BJU Press (online distance learning). and Liberty Online Academy (online distance learning.)

*People who have “been there”–One of the great resources available to you is someone who has walked the path you are just stepping foot on! And there are many of them out there! Here is one, for example: Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Kris has lots of curriculum posts and ideas, plus great encouragement for how to raise teens, homeschool them, and LOVE DOING IT!

*Your student–An exciting component to homeschooling your upper grade students is tailoring their education to their interests, passions, and strengths. As your children mature and get a clearer picture of where they may be headed after graduation, you can gear their years at home toward those goals and desires. Lee Binz who is mentioned above, really focuses on this aspect of homeschooling your older children.

*Yourself–Yes, you! You know your child and are still his or her best teacher, even into the middle and high school years.

Will you, as the homeschool parent, need to do your homework, a.k.a research and plan? Yes. Will you need to know the requirements? Yes. Will you need to keep track of curriculum and credits? Yes. Is all this really doable? Absolutely.


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Applying to colleges can be a long and exhausting process. Most schools require an application, standardized test scores (the ACT or SAT), high school transcripts, and some universities may even require essays. These essays generally involve asking the student to answer questions about their lives and are used to measure writing ability, communication skills and personal development. We at Ohio Christian University have put together seven tips to help you write an awesome entrance essay to help you get into the school of your dreams!

Tips for writing
  1. Brainstorm—Find a creative way to link your personality traits to the essay question. Be sure to fully answer their prompt while also making a distinction from other applicants.
  2. Structure the Essay—Create an outline and begin writing a first draft, knowing that changes will be made.
  3. Hook the Reader—Admissions counselors read many essays at a time. Find a way to get them interested in your essay from the start.
  4. Be Honest and Concise—Do not simply write what you think they want to see. Answer each question honestly and to the point.
  5. Proofread—Reread the essay carefully and make corrections.
  6. Ask for Feedback—Essays can be improved by being reviewed by other eyes. Ask your parents, teachers or friends!
  7. Proofread Again—Now that additional changes have been made, read through the essay carefully once more and make any final adjustments.


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When should you start preparing your children for the transition from homeschool to college? What classes should they take? How do they apply for scholarships? How will they adapt when they make the leap from homeschooled high-schooler to college student?

With answers to these and many other questions, Liberty University is taking the lead in providing homeschool families with helpful and pertinent information to help them prepare their children for success in college and beyond.

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As a mom of a rising sophomore, I am very excited about this season at Teach Them Diligently. We are working with our friends at Liberty University to bring you a lot of information (and fun ways to deliver it!) about how to ensure your children will make a smooth transition from homeschool to college should that be the path that God has laid out for them. (Honestly, though, whether you have a teenager in your home yet or not, it is never to early to start learning what you will need to know when you do!)

Last night, we kicked-off a series of events, articles, ebooks and more that will help you prepare your children for whatever God has in store for their education in the days ahead. We will be discussing issues pertinent to high-schooled homeschoolers, how they can best plan and prepare for college, and have a lot of fun as we learn together along the way.

Would you like to get a sneak peek of what you can expect to learn along the way? Click here to download some of the questions and answers from our Facebook chat last night.

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About David and Leslie Nunnery

Leslie Nunnery and her husband David founded Teach Them Diligently, the nation’s premier source for gospel-centered homeschool events. With seven years of homeschooling experience from preschool-high school and a passion to encourage and equip homeschool families, this mom of 4 shares her know-how and insights weekly through Teach Them Diligently media and on

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