I embarked on a journey to find out what I would need for a top-notch, university bound, high school student.
I used a free program called Ambleside Online for most of Luke's school career. I didn't follow it exactly, but it was what I used for my spine. I pulled in a lot of extra books, timelines and projects for him.
We were in the heat of the battle as foster parents and I felt like I needed something that was more laid out for me.
I wanted something I could open up, and create a lesson plan for, and hand it to Luke for completion.
I looked at so many programs.
I really wanted to stick with a literature based program, but I was having a hard time finding something that didn't utilize the books he had already read in the elementary years.
I found what I was looking for by suggestion on one of my email loops.
It is called Beautiful Feet Books. I was able to modify, remove very few books that were previously covered, and still feel like Luke was getting a solid high school education.
It wasn't easy for him by any means. He had to think through the questions, and when he was intrigued by a topic, he looked up further information on the internet. He kept a solid timeline, and completed as many map projects as possible, as well.
The beauty of homeschooling, is the ability to tailor your child's learning to their learning style.
Luke needed to be challenged, but still have flexibility.
We went the traditional route for science. A little bit of text books, but mostly I designed it myself. It was a bit nerve wracking wondering if I was covering everything, but it worked. He is doing well in college.
He studied Human Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, and Physics. Chemistry and Physics were text book based because he needed more material than I was able to provide with the two younger boys in tow.
I had him use the Apologia books. They were thorough, and he learned. I used the CHEM 3000 chemistry kit to supplement the chemistry text. He needed more experiments than the text provided. Most days I was more than frustrated. It was my first go round with chemistry, and it was hard for me to navigate and make it through the experiments sometimes! It is one subject I did not enjoy :( I still had to go through it two more times! UGH!
Physics was Luke's favorite science. It made sense to him. He accomplished most of the experiments with no help from me, as well as the book work. I also supplemented with a physics book I found on the free table at our co-op. It was full of additional projects that went into the "why" of physics.
Math was the go-to for many homeschoolers. Saxon. It wasn't easy and I shed many tears over high school algebra! When I couldn't figure it out, or when Luke couldn't grasp a concept, we would have heated moments. This was the same time I heard about Khan Academy.
Life saver, tear-ender, happy place web site that specializes in math and science. Luke enjoyed it so much he would sometimes watch the science videos for "fun".
I Think it has more available now, but we still mostly consult
Khan for math and science concepts.
The internet became my best friend when high school hit.