School’s in! Literally in. Don’t even have to go outside. That’s one advantage of home school. BUT: even a stay-at-home high schooler needs a little help here and there to get an edge over their competitive little brothers. I’m not just saying that because I’ve always competed with my little brother. Honest.
What? My train was better than his.
That said, here’s an excellent list of online resources for homeschoolers trying to get back “in the groove.”
SparkNotes is my single most used homeschool resource. From high school to college, many classes will require reading old literature, and SparkNotes has theme analyses, character lists, chapter summaries and so much more for every important piece of old fiction imaginable. SparkNotes even covers famous poems and plays. Even if you’re reading an old book and “kind of” get it, I would recommend reading the SparkNotes pages for it before you write an essay or take a test on what you read.
Mathway is a math problem solver for higher and lower math. Actually, I wouldn’t say “solver” because it’s not 100% reliable – don’t use it to do your homework for you. It doesn’t show the steps from question to answer without a paid subscription, but it’s still an excellent way to double check answers you got yourself.
Quizlet is a flashcard resource. More specifically: it’s a huge collection of sets of flash cards that I found really helpful when taking a Literature course recently. It’s easy, and just searching and browsing flashcards is totally free.
Need to find other homeschoolers to hang out with? Don’t fret: it’s easier than you think, and the Internet is here to help out with it.
If you’re not already “in the know,” many homeschool groups manage new members via Yahoo Groups. Just searching for the right terms like “homeschool” and your area is likely to turn up reliable results.
Secularhomeschool.com has a map of local support groups for both inclusive and secular homeschoolers.
LocalHS works as a directory of local homeschool groups. Only groups that have voluntarily added themselves to the directory appear.
If there’s another category of resources you’d like to see, leave me a comment and I’ll add what I know.