I want to tell you about some resources that have blessed us big time as we moved into the high school homeschool years. I had never really considered adding video courses for high school until Compass Classroom Visual Latin came along. We’ve shared a love of Visual Latin for years. Then…
Then, we were introduced to WordUp! Latin and Greek root words and Economics for Everybody. Another homeschool year we loved Dave Raymond’s American History – as an elective. Yes, we’ve had plenty of American History, we simply loved this so much we counted it as an elective. We learned The Grammar of Poetry and Western Culture: A Christian Approach to The Great Books. We have been so very blessed, pleasantly surprised and absolutely tickled at how these resources have stepped in to meet needs in so many ways.
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Learning with Dave Raymond’s American History (have I mentioned how much I am learning? And isn’t that one of the blessings of homeschooling? Continuing education for mom!)
High School Homeschool Video Courses for Classical Learning
Now, some homeschooling families are involved in a co-op or other homeschool organization to fill out those high school graduation requirements. Others pay a tutor or sign up for online courses. These are all wonderful ways to meet the needs of homeschooling high school. And I think that is yet another beauty of homeschooling – meeting the needs in the way that works best for our family and the ways that our children learn best. All the while – helping mama!
For our family, we have found it is such a huge blessing to invite master teachers in each of these subjects – into our own home! We can tailor our schedule and pace. We can pause, take notes, go back and review. It may not be for you but it is perfect for us.
Plus, if you think about it, the one time purchase can be used for all of our children. So it is a wise investment in the long run. We have high school courses for our elementary-aged children already!
Guess what? Our eldest three children are each visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners. Each one learns a different way. AND yet these video courses step up and meet their learning needs. It has been amazing to be a part of. I share about that in more detail in each of my reviews.
I have full reviews of most of these resources at The Curriculum Choice. My Grammar of Poetry review will be coming up in November and the Great Books in the spring. (updated with links below) Here’s a little preview of each, below, but you can also head over to Compass Classroom and try a few free lessons…
American History – I believe it says a great deal about a homeschool curriculum when we are doing night school on a Saturday night. In the summer. They ask, “Are we doing American History tonight?” That would be Compass Classroom American History. Dave Raymond’s American History! And my high school senior says, “It’s awesome because it always brings everything back to Jesus and is done with a Biblical perspective.”
Modernity – Here I am again. It’s summer and we are enjoying learning history on a Saturday night! True statement. See, Dave Raymond’s Modernity is now available. And since we enjoyed American History so very much (as an elective even!) last year, we find ourselves soaking up another volume of this fantastic curriculum. Yes we do. It is digital homeschool curriculum we love.
Visual Latin – Warning. The free lessons you may download and watch will have you hooked. Watch them with your children only if you want to hear… Laughter. Soon followed by, “Can we watch another?” Then after the second introductory lesson, “Can we watch just one more?”
WordUp! Vocabulary from Latin and Greek Roots – “Dwane Thomas of Visual Latin fame stars in a zany new show teaching Latin and Greek roots, as well as hundreds of English words. Utilizing a new approach to learning, WordUp! seriously expands a student’s grasp of the vocabulary used in literature, science, and standardized tests.”
Economics for Everybody – we took a brief look at this course last year. This homeschool year we are gaining that 1/2 credit needed for graduation. We are impressed and appreciative of the Biblical worldview. Since we are in a routine of Visual Latin and WordUp! in the afternoons and/or evenings, this fits nicely into our weeks. Of course, us parents sure wish we learned economics this way!
Homeschool Made Simple – This is a video series for the homeschool mama – for me! And let me tell you, it came at just the time I needed it. Are you thinking about homeschooling? Are you starting your first year of homeschooling soon? Maybe you have homeschooled a couple of years and hit a bump in the road and need a new approach. Maybe, like me, you are close to graduating your first and have homeschooled for nearly 15 years?
Watching Constitutional Literacy by Michael Farris and Apologia Ministries.
How We Use High School Homeschool Video Courses
How do we fit these fantastic courses in? I’ve been sharing now and then how and when we enjoy these resources via Instagram and my homeschool wrap ups. Last year I shared a detailed explanation of how we worked these courses into our days in Night Classes and Other Benefits of Homeschool. We have also found that they work well as older children are waking up in the morning. They work well to watch the lectures in the afternoon too. It simply depends on the day!
Do you do night school with your older ones too? Apologia’s Constitutional Literacy was just best for us in the evenings last school year. The younger ones were in bed and we could focus on the tougher subject material. Plus have the time to do follow up discussion. Other subjects we’ve done in the evenings? Tapestry of Grace reading and movies, Visual Latin and WordUp! Even a math lesson.
The Grammar of Poetry – We have a love of poetry. Robert Frost, Shel Silverstein, and many of those in 100 Best Loved Poems by Dover Publications. Yet I felt – and our older children asked if – we could dig deeper and study about poetry. The art of poetry to be exact.
Great Books Video Courses – This year my high school junior and senior tackled one of the more challenging courses, Old Western Culture. This is a course on the Christian Approach to the Great Books. We paired this course as a supplemental resource with our ancient history Tapestry of Grace studies. This has made for an incredibly rich year and the equivalent of two full high school credits for each of my students.
What about Tapestry of Grace, you ask? I thought you were doing Tapestry of Grace? Yes! We are. Western Culture is helping us through those classic books that are included in Year 1 of Tapestry of Grace. Epic books like The Iliad and The Aeneid. Discussions of the great philosophers. It is a richness I’d always hoped for my children and couldn’t quite offer. With our age range and all the work load of high school, special attention needed by my younger ones and the hands on types of learning my middle girl needs, I felt like we simply weren’t getting to the discussion and levels of learning that my high schoolers craved. Western Culture meets that in so many ways (and this is only after using it for two weeks!).
The Grammar of Poetry is defining and clarifying all the beauty of writing. The artistry of words put to music – oh it works so well and blends with all we are studying. These two courses complement and enrich and meet needs. Even the younger two find their way around and listen in.
More Homeschool Video Courses We Recommend
Video courses we’ve loved through our 15 years of homeschooling:
Constitutional Literacy – an extensive, high school level resource from Apologia and HSLDA’s Michael Farris. Constitutional Literacy is something we are passionate about as a family. We are raising future voters! We love that Constitutional Literacy is led by an authority in this area of history and government. And the course presents with the tools needed – a student workbook and a DVD series on the history, theory and application of the Constitution of the United States.
Triple 1070 Biblical Personal Finance Curriculum – Practical, life skills are so very needed in a high school education. But just how can you teach your young adults about finances without it being BORING? Triple 1070 offers a media rich adventure to Biblical Financial Empowerment. With this DVD-based curriculum, follow four young adults – of various ages, backgrounds and ideas about finance – on a practical learning experience. These young people travel across the country talking with financial experts, visiting banks, learning about job planning, taxes, avoiding debt, government, investments and much more.
Drawing Basics by Thomas Kinkade – I count it a benefit of homeschooling when one of the masters can step in and teach my children. Thomas Kinkade has led my children in Drawing Basics several times already.
InquisiKids Discover & Do Level 1 – This is a resource we found early in our homeschool days when we started with Sonlight. We have pulled this out over and over again with our children as they have hit that ‘sink or float’ fun experimentation stage. Watching the experiments always prompts fun ‘sink’ discovery time.
What else have we been up to the last two weeks?
More Science and Nature 1. When the @oswald.the.dragon show goes to church #beardeddragon #beardiesofinstagram 2.When thro’ the woods and forest glades I wander, And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees; When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur, And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze: Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee; How great Thou art, how great Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee; How great Thou art, how great Thou art! ? (wildflowers for me! from @luci.kelly ? on afternoon walk) #1000Gifts #fall #lifeinthesouth 3. Making ‘craters’ on ‘Mercury’ with ‘asteroids’ – @apologiaworld Astronomy awesomeness #homeschool #science ? #HodgepodgeHomeschool 4. Results of our Apologia homemade ‘lava’ experiment with flour and melted butter.
Homeschool Around the House 1. Eighth grader doing her English up in her room. 2. This #homeschool moment brought to you by 4th grader because sometimes spelling is more comfortable on the table. #HodgepodgeHomeschool ? 3. It’s a rainy day in #Georgia and this #homeschool moment is brought to you by second grader and Saxon math. #1000Gifts #HodgepodgeHomeschool ? 4. 11th grader browsing Learn Math Fast Algebra II.
Fun Things!! 1. The drizzle won’t keep these friends from strolling the mountain! #1000Gifts #fall #friendssincehighschool My friend Jenny and I had THE best time last weekend. And she is the one that introduced me to Young Living Essential Oils (and boy am I thankful for that!) 2. (I love these flowers from my daughter so much that I included them in this collage too 🙂 ) 3. I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. -Anne of Green Gables 4. We love our Jamberry nail wraps! Fall colors – hooray (and I’m having a Facebook party soon. Let me know if you’d like to learn more. Yes – that is the first time my nails have been ‘painted’ in 20 years! Sporting fire engine red and Country Harvest wraps). 4. We just might have an Out of This World Chalk Pastel (in Apologia Astronomy style) tutorial coming soon!
And a hodgepodge of reviews and resources… 1. Eat up and slim down in my mailbox! I ❤️ Trim Healthy Mama and this has come at just a time I need a restart and new recipes. I’m coming up on my two year “trimaversary” and am sure to share an update about my #healthymama journey soon. But first – ALL these recipes! 350…which one to make for supper… Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook #gf #THM 2. Christmas came early! Look what arrived in our mailbox today! Ishtar’s Odyssey is the newest family story for advent in the Jotham’s Journey series from Arnold Ytreeide. Review coming to www.thecurriculumchoice.com in November. #advent 3. My review of Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs at The Curriculum Choice. 4. IKEA Organization for Boys (2nd in our latest IKEA series – next up the girls’ rooms!
*I have been meaning to share the blessings of these video courses on our high school homeschool. Plus a bit of what we’ve been up to the last couple of weeks. It has ended up being quite a long post and you are a real peach for staying around to read this far!
Please let me know if you have any questions about Compass Classroom and other video courses!