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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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It’s time for high school science and first up is biology. Homeschooling through high school can be a challenge but it’s worth it! There are great curriculum options out there to help carry your load and teach your teens the in-depth material they need to graduate and go on to college.

Are you afraid you are going to fail your teen? Don’t be! Other families have already worked their way through these teen years and do so successfully! (I have graduated one and another due to graduate this year!) Teaching your teen high school level science is possible.

Finding the curriculum you are comfortable with teaching and one your teen will engage with is important. The Top 10 Homeschooling High School Biology curriculum choices gives you a wide variety of options so you can find the one that fits your family.

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We asked our fellow homeschooling Teach Them Diligently families what do you recommend as a High School Biology 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 Homeschooling through High School Biology Curriculum

  1. Exploring Creation with Biology (by Apologia)  From the website, “Apologia Educational Ministries offers a full range of homeschool science (and other core subjects) curriculum, from elementary courses through advanced high school materials, founded upon a biblical, creationist viewpoint. Apologia’s direct conversational style textbooks and household labs are perfectly tailored to homeschoolers’ needs!”
  2. Exploring the World of Biology (by Masterbooks)  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. Biology 101 From the website: The 101 series was created using rich visuals in video presentations to help high school students easily understand the sciences. Easy to use, understandable and visually rich; Teachers, students and their families will enjoy this learning experience.
    The series includes: Biology 101, Chemistry 101 and Physics 101.

In talking with other families I find many are concerned about how to do experiments. Fear not there are several ways to help you with that. You can do some dissections online. This is a great option if mom or your teen are squeamish (not judging, my teen would pass out if she had to actually cut into something real).
If you are ready to do a dissection there are kits for you. Everything in one place. Here is a kit commonly used in high school science:

BJU Press Biology Dissection Lab Kit with Specimens

  1. Science Shepherd Biology
  2. Abeka Biology
  3. Bob Jones University Press Biology
  4. Biology from ACE Science

Examples of Biology Experiments

As I looked at each of these wonderful products I found several freebies and lesson plans I could look at. I thought you would appreciate and could use **free biology labs!** from ACE Science!

  1. DIVE Interactive Education
  2. LifePac Science (by Alpha Omega)
  3. Exploring the World of Biology Curriculum Switched-On (by Alpha Omega)

There are so many options that this might be a perfect time to have your teen join you in picking the right curriculum. The Top 10 list allows you to give some independence of choice to your teen without overwhelming them. Teaching Biology to your teen might be daunting but with the right support and curriculum your teen will succeed.

 

 

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Are you ready to teach your homeschooling high schooler about the ins and out of government, civics, and economics? Homeschoolers excel in this area. The curriculum choices available for your teen are excellent and varied. Whether you are looking for a full online series or more of the living books ideal this top 10 list has you covered.

Teaching our teens to be independent and responsible is one of the many reasons to continue homeschooling through high school. We have the great joy of teaching our teens how to be responsible Christian citizens. The joy of seeing my teen walk into a voting booth for the first time brought tears to my eyes.

Helping our teens become an integral part of the community and active citizen means we need to lay a firm foundation of knowledge. Also one of the requirements for graduation is often a government or civics course. The upcoming Presidential election makes this year perfect to fit in that semester course and be prepared for the election.

We asked our fellow homeschooling Teach Them Diligently families what do you recommend as a High School Government & Economics curriculum choice. We compiled their choices along with 39 other levels and subjects of curriculum in our FREE Homeschool Family Favorites Guide.

Here are the top 10 choices for High School Government & Economics

  1. Exploring Government and Economics (by Notgrass History) (from the website- Textbooks generally provide context and comprehensiveness. Unit studies generally provide depth and richness. In our courses, we attempt to bridge the gap between these two approaches by giving you tools that help you teach the heart, soul, and mind of your student. Our curriculum is easy for parents, requiring little planning or preparation. Our curriculum is rewarding for students, helping them learn to analyze the present by understanding the past.)
  2. Uncle Eric Books (by Bluestocking Press) (from the website- The Uncle Eric series of books is written by Richard J. Maybury for young and old alike. Using the epistolary style of writing (using letters to tell a story), Mr. Maybury plays the part of an economist writing a series of letters to his niece or nephew. With stories and examples, he gives interesting and clear explanations of topics that are generally thought to be too difficult for anyone but experts.)
  3. Constitutional Literacy (by Michael Farris published Apologia)  (from the website- Prepare your students to begin their voting careers as informed citizens well versed in the content and meaning of the United States Constitution. This 25-part lecture series is engaging and approachable, combining high quality video and music with hundreds of beautiful photographs, timelines, and special effects. The course features over 500 minutes of engaging video instruction by Farris, who has argued cases before the United States Supreme Court.)

Would you like to get a feel for what an online course is like? Apologia has posted part of a lesson and here is the video so you can see for yourself.

 

  1. Words Aptly Spoken: American Documents: A study guide to the documents that shaped the United States (by Classic Conversations) Main page, High School Curriculum
  2. American Government and Economics (by Abeka)
  3. Bob Jones University Press Economics and Government
  4. Constitutional Law for the Enlightened Citizens(by HSLDA)Home School Legal Defense Association Main Page

These courses are often a full semester of learning that takes the place of history in your course plan. These wonderful in depth curriculum option can be listed in your teen’s high school transcript as a 1/2 credit if used for one semester. If you choose to partner the government/civics with American History or Economics for the second semester then it becomes a full credit. To really spice up your teen’s learning and the transcript for colleges have your teen work at a poling station or for your political party of choice.

  1. Life Pac Civics(Alpha Omega Publishing)
  2. Accelerated Christian Education United States Civics
  3. The Land of Fair Play (by Christian Liberty)
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Soon our teens will be transitioning from their youth into adults with a strong christian perspective. For us parents what a reward for the years of teaching and parenting that will be. Seeing our teens learn how to be citizens that know the foundations of our great country and how to be part of a brighter future for all.

 

 

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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 TeachThemDiligently365.com.

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