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Is the idea of homeschooling High School math enough to break you out in a cold sweat??
I can’t lie… with one entering 8th grade this year the knowledge that high school math is looming in the near future makes me nervous!! It’s probably when Anthony was in 10th grade I found myself literally hitting my head with his geometry book out of sheer frustration!! Thankfully Nathan is a completely different kid, and I’ve learned a few things along the way.
Since I know this year is the year we’ll start the transition from middle school into high school math concepts I’ve already started thinking about the ways to prepare, so when the text-book to the head frustration starts we can nip it in the bud!! Hopefully with laying some foundation this last year of middle school and then make the leap into high school next year more of a little step!
#1- Review (even the super easy stuff!) – One thing that you want to make sure of is that there are no gaps in your child’s learning, or that they haven’t forgotten completely some of the easy stuff from early on. I know with Anthony he got to geometry and had no idea how to convert an improper fraction… something he had learned years ago! It’s a great idea to break out those old math books, print up some review sheets, and go over those concepts to make sure they’ve been mastered. If you have a younger child at home let your older one help teach them… if they can teach it, they’ve mastered it! Making sure their math foundation is super solid will be key when moving through the difficult math that lies ahead.
#2- Have a Tutor in Mind– I have a friend who was a high school math teacher before she started homeschooling her own kids. Knowing that I can call her if we’re having an issue is a huge help! I remember my uncle who is a surveyor helping my sister with geometry one year when we were visiting for Easter. Maybe you have a parent, a friend, a neighbor who can help your child with something when you can’t. Sometimes it’s just having someone who isn’t mom explain something and suddenly it becomes clear. So start thinking about who you might have that can help along the way.
#3- Look Into Online Classes- When it comes to high school math sometimes it’s better to delegate the whole deal! If you have a child that you butt heads with or that is easily frustrated an online course can be a life saver. Look for a course like Mr. D Math, one that offers live instruction, lots of levels, and covers everything needed for full high school credit. Mr. D is the program we’ll be using for several reasons. The courses can be done self paced which is great for a child like my Nathan, but the addition of live instruction is amazing for asking and answering questions. Courses cover everything from Pre- Algebra to Pre- Calculus. They even offer a life skills class that includes time management and financial literacy… so important for teens! Find an online course that fits your child’s needs and goals and it can make all the difference in their math success.
#4- Consider a Co-Op or Study Group– Another great alternative to teaching everything yourself is to find a co-op or form a study group. If you can find a co-op with classes weekly it can help tremendously to supplement what you’re doing at home. Or gather a group of homeschool friends who are learning the same things and encourage the kids to help each other. It’s all about finding who can help your child understand, and sometimes another teenager can speak their language better than you can!!
#5- Keep Working Toward Mastery- I don’t know about you, but I don’t grade my kids… I don’t really give them tests either. I wait until they get it and then we move on. With math especially it’s so important not to just power through and move on to the next concept just because it’s next in the text book, or you feel a time constraint. Believe me…mastering those pre-algebra problems is going to make algebra so much more manageable. Don’t move on until your child can do the problems with ease… maybe even be a little bit bored with them, that means they really understand and are ready to move on!
#6- Start Thinking About the SAT & ACT- Oh my… the SAT the ACT… did you hate taking them?? Well not much has changed, some kids start as early as their 8th grade or freshmen year with the PSAT and then move on from there, taking the test multiple times to improve their score. Then once they’ve taken them they still may be faced with a college entrance exam packed with even more standardized test questions! But don’t worry you don’t have to face test prep on your own, there are books you can get, or online courses like Mr. D Math offers, that can help prepare your child for those big important tests so when they graduate they’ll be college ready!
Just like in all homeschooling the biggest key is to relax, take a deep breath and realize that you’ll figure it all out! Having the right resources, and plan before hand can really make a huge difference! I hope these ideas help you and your teenager as you make the transition to high school!!
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