Among us we have taught 26 kids of our own plus the many kids we have homeschooled in community in learning co-ops and homeschool day school programs. When you homeschool for that many years, you find some favorite curriculum options and strategies.
How to Homeschool High School English
This post shares each sister’s favorite resources to successfully homeschool high school English.
(If you’d like to learn more about each sister individually, just click on her name.)
In general terms, a high school English class should include literature, writing and vocabulary.
Here’s a quick video overview to get you started:
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* Literature: 7 Sisters study guides are our pick, used in classes with Mrs J (that’s Sabrina!), the best Lit teacher I know! This subject has been challenging for one kid, my very literal thinking child, and exciting for all of us when those light bulbs go off! Some of my kids have been able to just run with literature and not require help. Others have required help for some of the works. The most exciting part is when they eventually list one of their most challenging works as their favorite.
* Writing: Again – Mrs J rocks! Since I am a better editor than writer, I have put my kids in classes with teachers who are passionately great writers and who love sharing that passion with others. We have done a combo of classes and 1-1 with mom according to the needs of each child. Two youngest will be working in a very small co-op this year.
* Vocabulary: Love using Free Rice for both English and other vocab! We also use works of literature they are studying and what is going on in our lives – relevant vocab is so much “stickier” for the brain. Again we have done a combo of classes and 1 -1 with mom. We’re all pretty fascinated by the some of the Free Rice and all of the relevant words. The assigned stuff is neither an issue nor a joy. We just do it.
* Literature: Co-ops and dayschool classes were our method of choice for all three kids. They used study guides and group discussion. They got a lot out of the passion of other teachers and the discussion groups.
* Writing: Essays and short paper assignments were pulled mainly from literature, either from
the co-op lit class teachers or from mom. We also used SAT prep essay writing prompts found on-line. Research paper topics were drawn from the kids own interests with mom directing. This is the type of writing I feel the most confident teaching.
* Vocabulary: We used Jensen’s Vocabulary books for the first 2 kids, then dayschool literature class for the third. Vocab was pulled from the books assigned. We also supplemented with SAT question of the day. Third child really hated vocab….oh well!
* Literature: We love literature. We have done co-ops and group classes. My oldest kids first learned literature with their mom, but we found that we liked the group feedback. In the groups, there is discussion and good feedback. We tended to use teacher-created materials as study guides. 7 Sisters literature study guides are the direct result of many happy years with books in our homeschool literature groups.
* Writing: We love to write. My kids are good with capturing words and thoughts. Again we tend to do writing projects in group settings. That way my kids receive peer feedback and teacher guidance. We used study guides (some of which I wrote).
* Vocabulary: Vocabulary is important to us. We enjoy learning and using new words together as a family (mostly in silly and natural ways). We have used A Beka vocab when the kids were in elementary school. We tried a couple of years with Wordly Wise, too. In high school, my youngest is now using words from his lit study guides, SAT word lists, and freerice.com. He does this official vocab on his own.
* Literature: Day-school and co-op classes have been a great format for discussing literature
with others as we read. One year each of British Lit, World Lit, American Lit and a specialty year (Shakespeare, Great Christian Writers, CS Lewis, etc.) made for well-rounded high school English. We read each book with a study guide and have lots of great discussions. Literature is a passion for me. 3 out of 4 of my kids are slow readers. One of those is also a word-geek, however, who loves to read and write, he just reads slowly. 2 of my 4 don’t really like to read all that much, but they enjoy class discussions and projects based on books they are assigned to read.
* Writing: We have integrated writing with our literature somewhat. Essays about topics and characters in our lit books, a research paper every year (ideally working with Allison as the teacher for that), and creative writing of various kinds inspired by the type of lit. we are studying or by subjects that the kids are interested in and passionate about. Being passionate about the subject always seems to produce better writing.
* Literature: We’ve used a lot of Progeny Press Study Guides at home, as well as co-ops and homeschool day-school literature classes. Some books were just for ‘reading,’ not for ‘studying’ per se. I read aloud to my boys through son number 3’s graduation; then sons #4 and #5 were in day-school Lit classes and worked independently.
* Writing: We used Format Writing by Jensen for five-paragraph essays. We liked co-op assignments, day-school class assignments, and wrote research papers at home and at our day-school (I much preferred Allison teaching it for me!).
* Literature: This has mostly been handled through co–op or homeschool classes. In high school
* Writing: In high school, most writing was handled in co-op or day-school classes. This would be a combination of Creative Writing, Essay Writing, and Research Paper.
* Vocabulary: This has mostly been done with Wordly Wise and word roots (Latin and Greek).
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How to homeschool high school English
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