For the average homeschooling parent teaching high school can be a bit intimidating. Mention homeschooling the high school maths like Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry and you see their eyes begin to glaze over. Sure, not every one enjoys math, but homeschoolers take heart… even math haters can homeschool their children successfully. Homeschooling math has been made so much easier over the past decade by the numerous high quality resources that are designed specifically for homeschoolers with little or no math background. With that in mind, let’s look at how to homeschool high school math.
The suggested course of study for college preparatory high school math typically begins with Algebra I and then proceeds to Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus. For those that know they will not be attending college, two of their typical four required math credits can be math of a more practical nature such as discreet math or accounting.
There are several ways to go about teaching math in the high school homeschool. Each family has their own experience and training, and therefore each will also have different needs when it comes to curriculum. The following is a list of various methods that can be used to teach math in the homeschool high school.
1) Use a packaged online or textbook and video program. These can be purchased by subscription or as a set and are usually pretty easy to implement in the homeschool. Aleks math, Tablet class, ABKEA video program, and even Thinkwell Homeschool to name a few. Teaching Textbooks curriculum is a favorite by many homeschoolers and also has coordinating video lessons, but is not a content rich course and may not be suitable for science/math college prep. TT is great for students who struggle with math. Saxon math is also another homeschooler favorite, however, for the high school maths the texts present scattered topics instead of grouping and teaching them in broader more connected categories. A good curriculum, but may not present it as it will be studied in college. However, these courses are typically ready for the student to jump right in as independent study, and therefore requires very little help from the parent. Five stars for making it easy on the parent with little or no math background.
2) The use of a regular textbook in conjunction with videos from various sources on the web. Another amazing resource that has come into existence within the last few years is the wealth of information in video form on various free websites. You could choose a solid high school math textbook, and then pair it up lesson for lesson with free videos. Here are a few suggestions…
Textbook | Videos |
Glencoe Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Alg. II, Geometry, Adv. Math) | Khan Academy |
Foerster Maths | HippoCampus |
Prentice Hall Maths | Prentice Hall videos |
Houghton Mifflin Math series | Houghton Mifflin videos by yourteacher.com |
Singapore Math | MathTV |
Video Text Algebra | Brightstorm math has videos that correspond to certain textbooks. |
Video Tutorials | HS Tutorials also delivers videos that accompany most popular math texts |
Please note that only the Prentice Hall has a company matched video option. The texts and videos listed above are not “paired” together, and can be used in any conjunction that fits your student’s learning style.
3) You could go with a completely online textbook. Kinetic books Algebra I is a good example of this.
4) You could use a textbook that you like, and hire a math tutor. This is exactly what I do for homeschoolers in our area. They typically come to me once a week and I teach them the lessons that will be covered during the week. They then do the drill and practice problems each day until we have class again the next week. I will send home any tests and quizzes to be proctored by the parent, or taken online using Schoology.
5) You could also enroll your high school student in a local college basic algebra course.
6) There are numerous other online sources for helping your high school student learn algebra AND pass an exam to earn college credit. A great source for study help is the Math 101: College Algebra site (see below). Some call this dual enrollment or dual study course. Either way, students review these tutorials to prepare to take the College Board’s College Algebra CLEP exam. If passed, your student could earn inexpensive college credit.
7) Finally, here is just a sampling of all the great (mostly free) resources available to help homeschoolers teach their students high school math.
Tutorials | |
Math 101:College Algebra | Analyze Math |
West Texas A&M College Algebra FREE | Purple Math |
MathOps (Free and subscription) | S.O.S. Math |
The Math Store | Interactive Mathematics |
Free Math Help | Visual Math |
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January 3, 2013
I am going to be teaching a small group of students once a week as you said you do. I'm curious what curriculum has worked well for you in doing this. (Algebra, Geometry, Alegebra II)
Michelle,
Definitely post your question in our forum. That way you could get multiple responses and advice...
15 yr is struggling terribly in Alg 1(TT) he is very smart but can't seem to grasp algebra 1. any suggestions??? He needs a program I do not teach it.
I am helping my ninth grader learn Algebra1 through the videos on Hippocampus. He loves it and actually preferred that over the lectures he received in School. Since Hippocampus doesn't have enough practice exercises, I have him go to classzone.com to practice the corresponding lesson and take chapter assessments. Both resources really help facilitate his learning without much gripe.