A. Additional parent helps specific to the age range 14+ years old:
Homeschooler’s High School Journal is an inexpensive way to keep track of what you have done or to plan your the week’s work for your child. Extremely helpful to keep track of your student’s high school work. Makes creating the student’s high school transcript easy. We used these journals to write out our expectations for each child so they would know what to do during the week.
Scaling the Ivy Wall in the ’90s: 12 Essential Steps to Winning Admission to America’s Most Selective Colleges and Universities. An older book but still containing great information for breaking through the barriers of Ivy League college admissions. Even contains examples of both good and bad college entrance essays which are worth the book’s cost by themselves.
The Blessing. An important little paparback book for every parent.
B. Language Arts and Literature specific to the age range 14+ years old:
Honey for a Teen’s Heart is the companion volume to Gladys Hunt’s Honey For a Child’s Heart. Help Your Teen Catch the Lifelong Reading Bug. Honey for a Teen’s Heart spells out how good books can help you and your teenager communicate heart-to-heart about ideas, values, and the various issues of a Christian worldview. Sharing the adventure of a book lets both of you know the same people, see the same sights, face the same choices, and feel the same emotions. Life spills out of books–giving you plenty to talk about! But Honey for a Teen’s Heart will do more than strengthen the bonds between you and your son or daughter. You’ll also learn how to help your teen catch the reading habit and become a lover of good books. Gladys Hunt’s insights on how to read a book, what to look for in a book, and how to question what you read will challenge you and your teenager alike. It’s training for life! And it’s fabulous preparation for teens entering college. Includes an annotated list of over four hundred books.
The WIN Program: The Essay Handbook. How to Write an Essay. Grades: 5-12. Writing mastery is important for a high school student, and is critical if the student will attend college. Whereas the Writing in Narrative: A Comprehensive Story Writing Program for Grades 3 through 12 (which helps the student write a story), this book teaches the student how to write Essays, the type of writing most required in college.
Writers INC: A Student Handbook for Writing and Learning (Write Source). The process of organizing, researching and writing a paper is laid is out in easy-to-understand normal-speak. The chapters on grammar and usage are very user-friendly, and lots of extras (suffixes, parliamentary procedure, periodic table, metric system, the U.S. Constitution, world maps, etc.) make this an extraordinarily popular and useful household item.
English from the Roots Up, Vol. 1: Help for Reading, Writing, Spelling, and S.A.T. Scores Give children a firm foundation in English vocabulary which will stay with them all their lives! You can teach the Latin and Greek root words which are so vital to mastery of English – and you can do it whether you studied Latin or not! English from the Roots Up gives you 100 Greek and Latin root words which you can teach to students from elementary school through high school. You don’t even need to have a background in Latin and Greek to teach these words. Get the book today and start teaching tomorrow! Book requires that students make flashcards for various root words or a boxed set of flashcards may also be ordered: English from the Roots Up Flashcards, Vol. 1. If this program works well for your children, order Volume 2: English from the Roots Up, Vol. 2: Help for Reading, Writing, Spelling, and S.A.T. Scores. Consider using this program in place of a traditional foreign language for your child’s high school transcript.
The Sound of Your Voice. As a speech communication consultant and speech pathologist, Dr. Carol Fleming has helped people work on their voice images for many years. In this remarkable audio program, Dr. Fleming helps you identify your “voice image” and provides techniques for correcting any communication problem. The Sound of Your Voice takes you step-by-step through the fundamentals of good vocal technique.
Italic Letters: Calligraphy and Handwriting Italic Letters: Calligraphy & Handwriting by Inga Dubay and Barbara Getty is the most comprehensive how-to workbook available on learning italic, with 128 pages of step-by-step, beautifully illustrated instruction. The teaching method is hands-on, containing page after page of examples to trace and letters to copy. Each letter is presented for use with both a monoline pen for informal and rapid writing, and an edged pen, for an elegant, more formal hand, often used for invitations and special correspondence. Dubay and Getty take you through basic italic, formal italic, chancery italic and cursive italic, four classic hands that will earn you a lifetime of compliments in both your formal calligraphy and everyday handwriting. Once you have mastered the letterforms, the authors show you how to use your calligraphic skills to design and produce posters, invitations, letters, cards, booklets, and envelopes.This resilient book is for serious calligraphers and those who simply want better penmanship. Italic Letters is for professional and amateur calligraphers, art teachers, pen enthusiasts, and those interested in the book arts. It’s also for students, business people, homemakers; virtually anyone who wants to learn calligraphy and improve handwriting legibility. In this age of computer-generated letters and forms, more than ever, people admire the beauty and personal impact of handwritten communication.
Build your library of great literature. “The one constant that can be found among the best students is the number of good books in the home.” (see other age groupings for more great literature recommendations):
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- Cheaper by the Dozen (Perennial Classics). True story of the Gilbreth clan of 14. Hilarious and touching.
- Gladys Aylward: The Adventure of a Lifetime (Christian Heroes: Then & Now) was made into the beautiful movie Inn of the Sixth Happiness starring Ingrid Bergman. It is the story of Christian missionary Gladys Aylward and is an amazing, true story of courage and total surrender to God’s call.
- Great American Short Stories
- The Mentor Book of Major American Poets
- The Old Man and The Sea
- The Pearl
- The Red Badge of Courage
- Little Women (Bantam Classics)
- Animal Farm
- A Tale of Two Cities
- The Time Machine
- Lord of the Flies. A frightening tale that should be discussed after it is read. To quote Rob Shearer, “Lord of the Flies is a key book for high schoolers to read. It explores key issues about the nature of man and the function of government. And it’s the best answer I know to the question about socialization. Just pause, look them in the eyes, and ask, ‘Have you read Lord of the Flies?'”
C. Science specific to the age range 14+ years old:
Brock Magiscope Basic Microscope, 20X Magnification. This is the best microscope for homeschoolers. Rugged! Basically unbreakable. Can be taken outdoors and used to magnify many objects including those microscopic. Ever stronger lenses can be added for ever greater magnification. A great science tool for homeschoolers!
Apologia Science Resources by Dr. Jay Wile:
- Exploring Creation with Biology Set 2nd ed. (Student and Solutions)
- Exploring Creation With Chemistry Full Set with Solutions and Tests
- Exploring Creation with Physics Including Solutions & Tests (Hardback) – Common
D. Thinking Skills and Logic specific to the age range 14+ years old:
Mathematics, a Human Endeavor: A Textbook for Those Who Think They Don’t Like the Subject. Just what the title says. Written for the lower high school student who needs to understand the “whys” of math. Great logic book.
E. History, Geography and Economics specific to the age range 14+ years old:
One historian has commented that history is driven by evil men imposing their wills on those who simply want to be left alone to live their lives in peace.
Others have said the study of history tends to follow one of 4 approaches:
What happened?: Facts and dates of historical events
Who made it happen?: Men and women who caused the events
Why did it happen?: Local and worldwide environment that caused the events
What were they thinking?: Worldview of individuals and societies that caused the events
Beautiful Feet Books offers a comprehensive history curriculum inspired by the Charlotte Mason (Living Books) Approach to learning. For 30 years, families have learned their history reading famous historical novels and historical fiction all while following BF Books’ study guides. All grades are covered. Topics include Ancient, Medieval, Early American, Modern US and World, Science, and Classical History. Learn History Through Literature.
TruthQuest History covers both World and American history with levels appropriate for each age. The program is written to look at history—not as a mere litany of human deeds—but as a way to help students probe for the beliefs which drove kings, artists, thinkers, warriors, scientists, and everyday citizens to behave in ways that affected the world and changed the future. Since God is the truth, spiritual principles should be placed at the center of every action, and history should be the study of how God is the central Figure as Initiator, Creator, and Establisher of the singular truths which alone bring security, strength, opportunity, and blessing. People may or may not believe in this Truth; however, one thing is certain: how individuals and societies respond to Truth always affects their impact on history. Thus, in TruthQuest History, we see the kings and commoners, wars and paintings, buildings and books, scientific discoveries and social issues, all in their rightful context: as indicators of the great issues at the core of life…which not only shaped the historical past, but are shaping our present and future! GO HERE to view this company’s many offerings.
There are many remarkable things about The Narrated Bible in Chronological Order (NIV) This is the complete text of the NIV Bible but arranged historically/chronologically so it reads like a history book! The historical narrative is combined together and the prophets are interspersed into the text where they actually lived and wrote which causes their prophecies to make greater historical & spiritual sense. The gospels are combined and the New Testament letters are interwoven into the Book of Acts historically. Historical notes accompany each section to help the reader better understand the times in which each section was authored by the Bible writers. The paperback version is titled The Daily Bible but we think its font is too small making this hardcover version worth the small extra cost.
Kingfisher Illustrated History of the World : 40,000 BC to Present Day. Don’t confuse this with the newer version Kingfisher History Encyclopedia. Also, don’t be put off with the book’s beginning (history began 40,000 years ago). This is a beautifully illustrated book.The main reason I choose to use this book as our main world history resource is because I wanted my sons to have a broad overview of world history, to know the names of each of the 10 historical periods and to know why each began and what happened that brought about its ended. I first read it through it myself and highlighted the most important points I thought my sons should be acquainted with. If someone mentioned the Renaissance would you know what he was talking about? Renaissance means rebirth. Do you know what the Renaissance rebirthed and why that is important? Take a look at this if you can find a copy as it is now out or print.
Streams of Civilization: Earliest Times to the Discovery of the New World (Vol 1) (79555). This hardcover world history text provides a comprehensive overview of ancient history from Creation through the 1620s from a Christian perspective. Extensive vocabulary questions and suggested projects are listed throughout the text. This text contains numerous illustrations, sidebars, and maps. (Christian Liberty Press).
- Streams of Civilization Vol. 2: Cultures in Conflict Since the Reformation follows after Vol 1.
- Streams Of Civilization, Vol. 2: Teacher’s Manual. Teacher’s Manual helpful for Vol 2, though we don’t think it necessary for Vol 1.
A History of US: Eleven-Volume Set: Paperback Set. As soon as this series began to appear, it became instantly popular among homeschoolers. Hakim is a former teacher, editor, and writer who won the prestigious James Michener Prize for this series which has sold over 4 million copies nationwide.
The Dreyfuss Initiative: Academy Award winning actor Richard Dreyfuss has left acting to create a new way to approach the study of American Government and History. Feeling that schools have abandoned this all-important subject, Dreyfuss has devoted the past 4 years studying ways to interest young people in this area. You may want to check out what he is doing and join his initiative.
Build a library of great literature for the study of History:
- The World of Columbus and Sons
- The World of Captain John Smith
- George Washington’s World
- Abraham Lincoln’s World, Expanded Edition
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin: (Complete and Unabridged)
- Across Five Aprils
- Rifles for Watie
- The Red Badge of Courage
- Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman? (Scholastic Biography)
- Around the World in 80 Days
- The Jungle (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
- Bully for You, Teddy Roosevelt! (Unforgettable Americans)
- All Quiet on the Western Front
- Stalin: Russia’s Man of Steel
- The Yanks are Coming: The United States in the First World War
- Virginia’s General
- Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Dover Thrift Editions)
- Up from Slavery
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- No Promises in the Wind
- Hitler: A Biography
- Escape from Warsaw (Original title: The Silver Sword)
- The Story of the Trapp Family Singers
- The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition
- The Hiding Place
- The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia
- The House of Sixty Fathers
- So Far from the Bamboo Grove
- Number the Stars
- Journey To Topaz: A Story Of The Japanese-American Evacuation
- Victory in the Pacific
- The Yearling (Aladdin Classics)
- The Grapes of Wrath
- My Glorious Brothers. This is my sons’ favorite historical novel. In fact, it is my sons’ favorite novel, period. Following the death of Alexander the Great, Jews were ruled by the powerful Syrians. This book is based on the true story of how one priestly peasant family led a bloody and successful revolt against their oppressors in 167 BC. The holiday of Hanukkah derives from this story. This is definitely a boys’ book and the battle scenes are amazing. My youngest son gave his copy of the book to Mel Gibson in the hope Gibson would make a movie of the story. Still waiting…
F. Math specific to the age range 14+ years old:
Life of Fred: Why do we have to learn math from a book? Here is a radical thought: Why can’t math (and any other information for that matter) be learned in Context? By context I mean, learn something because you have a practical need to know that information.
For instance, we learned the Pythagorean Theorem by fencing in part of our backyard. Voila, an actual reason to know a math concept!
My next favorite way to learn a math concept (if you are stumped with creating a context) is to find a math game that will at least make learning the math concept fun.
My next favorite way to learn a concept is this: create a series of stories around a fictional character and put that character in situations where he must use math to make it through life.
Well, guess what? A fellow homeschooling family from Michigan just introduced me to Life of Fred. Fred is the brainchild of math professor, Stanley Schmidt, PhD who presents math concepts through the mind of a 5-year-old math genius and professor at a make-believe college. Fred is faced with all sorts of crazy situations in which he must use math to solve the problems faced by a typical (?) 5-year-old. This course begins with the most basic concepts of number recognition and ends with advanced Calculus. Filled with wonderful Fred adventures, one mother wrote that her child wanted his Fred books read to him at bedtime!
The books are large, hard-bound, and, compared to other hard-bound math books, cheap. The most expensive in the entire series (at over 500 pages) is Life of Fred, Beginning Algebra Expanded Edition: As Serious as It Needs to Be ($39.00).
The author recommends the titles listed below for this age/grade range.
- Life of Fred Beginning Algebra Expanded Edition (Life of Fred) All that is necessary for first year High School Algebra (contains answer key)
- Life of Fred Advanced Algebra Expanded Edition 10th grade (contains answer key)
- Homeschool Kit in a Bag Life of Fred Geometry and Geometry City Answers 11th grade (Fred recommends Advanced Algebra before Geometry).
- Life of Fred Trigonometry Expanded Edition 12th grade (contains answer key)
College level math for those haven’t gotten enough of Fred!
- Life of Fred 2-Book Set : Calculus, Calculus Answer Booklet
- Life of Fred 2-Book Set : Statistics, Statistics Answer Booklet
- Life of Fred 2-Book Set : Linear Algebra, Linear Algebra Answer Booklet
Math resources by Harold Jacobs (this is the Jacobs’ math program about which I speak in my book and seminars):
- Mathematics, a Human Endeavor: A Textbook for Those Who Think They Don’t Like the Subject. Just what the title says. Written for high schoolers who need a little more “understanding” of they “why” of math. An excellent and fun book.
- Elementary Algebra
- Solutions Manual for Elementary Algebra
- A Teacher’s Guide to Elementary Algebra
- Test Masters for Elementary Algebra. May not be needed.
- Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding, 3rd Edition
- Enhanced Teacher’s Guide for Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding
- Improved Test Bank for Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding
Saxon Math resources:
- Saxon Algebra 1: Homeschool Package
- Saxon Algebra 2, 4th Edition: Kit with Solutions Manual
- Saxon Geometry: Homeschool Kit with Solutions Manual
- Saxon Advanced Math Kit and Teacher CDs 2nd Ed.
- Saxon Calculus: Homeschool Kit w/Solutions Manual Second Edition
G. Computer Programming specific to the age range 14+ years old:
Computer programming skills have become essential in today’s modern age. A love of computers starts early and many computer programmers write their first programs in middle school. A homeschooling couple with computer science and electrical engineering backgrounds (as well as years of software experience) founded Homeschool Programming so homeschooled students can have access to the basics of programming at their appropriate age level. This course has already won many awards. Two levels are offered: KidCoder is for pre-high school; TeenCoder is for ages 14+. Click on TeenCoder (below, in bold) to be taken to the publisher’s website to view details of this course.
TeenCoder is for ages 14+ (approximately high school). This self-study computer science course teaches students how to create their very own websites, computer programs, video games, and apps! No programming experience necessary. The younger level (KidCoder) is not a necessary prerequisite for using TeenCoder. Free tech support provided. Purchase the Textbook Kit (comes with student textbook & accompanying CD or DVD). Everything your student needs to begin programming is included in the kit.
H. Music and Art specific to the age range 14+ years old:
I. Entrepreneurship specific to the age range 14+ years old:
I am thoroughly convinced that we do our young people a disservice when we assume they are headed only for a life of employment. Our students at least need to be exposed to entrepreneurship while growing up in our homes. One of the best ways to accomplish this is for Mom and Dad to become entrepreneurs, themselvesRich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! doesn’t whet your appetite to become an entrepreneur, probably not much will! This autobiography of Robert Kiyosaki is filled with humor and insight for the entire family to read aloud and enjoy.
Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant: Rich Dad’s Guide to Financial Freedom. Talk about insight! This is one of the most practical books ever written on the reasons for entrepreneurship. If we are only raising our children for employment, we are showing them only a small part of their options.
Conversations with Millionaires: What Millionaires Do to Get Rich, That You Never Learned About in School!. How do financially successful people think that others do not? The author asked and their responses are in this book.
The New Entrepreneurz: Changing the Way You Play Life was written by two, young Israeli entrepreneurs who believe the world of business is changing from one of competition to one of collaboration. I find their worldview refreshing and worthy of teaching our entrepreneurial youth. The audio version is very well done for those who would rather listen: The New Entrepreneurz: Changing the Way You Play Life
J. Miscellaneous specific to the age range 14+ years old: