Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The High School Years

It's that time of year again to start looking through the catalogs and determining what we want to use to challenge us in another high school year.  This will be my tenth year of teaching high school, not to the same student mind you.  Because we are winding down our homeschooling, only three years left to go, I find myself wanting to do something different, challenging and educational, but fun.  I've been looking at blogs and websites to see if I could find anything new to use.  I have found that I am interested in the note booking style of learning.  This is a Charlotte Mason approach which is new to me.  I have used similar styles of curriculum over the years, but not so much in the high school years.  We tend to stick to the text books in high school.  Although this is important, in a way, it can be boring, and it takes away from my involvement except for correcting.  Since I don't wish to end our home schooling years on a sad note of boring and uninvolved, I really need to find a way to make it exciting and educational at the same time.  Another idea I have been tossing around is to use the Boy Scout's of America Merit Badge books.  This would also work nicely with note booking and for my son it would be a big benefit, for he is a Boy Scout.  These Merit Badge books are very nice and cover many topics. They provide the foundation for each subject and we can add on from there.
So these are some ideas that I'm working with.

What are some curriculums that you've enjoyed using in high school?

Happy homeschooling!


  1. We are using BJU Science on DVDs for high school. One son will do all of the Notgrass History series, and the other son plans to work through Biblioplan; both boys are in high school. We are switching to Character Quality Language Arts (CQLA) this year for all of the kids. We use BJU Spanish on DVD for high school, as well, and Teaching Textbooks for Math.

    I am going to look into the Boy Scout books you mentioned as I'm thinking my boys would really like them.


  2. Thank you for your comment Mrs. Hearts. Sounds wonderful. We will be using the Notgrass Economics program. I have never used this curriculum before and I'm anxious to see if we like it. I hope you do check into the BSA Merit Badge books, you can find all of them on the BSA website. There are lots of them! Blessings

  3. My son used the Notgrass Economics and Government books last year. He really enjoyed them and so did I! We tried out a curriculum called Tapestry of Grace last year with my 3 girls and WOW would be an understatement. Excellent, Christ-centered program that has been a perfect fit for us. I did the opposite. We left the "text book" approach, except for math and science, starting in high school and went to a Charlotte Mason - classical approach. My kids have really blossomed. But isn't that the wonderful thing about homeschooling? So many wonderful options!