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What’s New? A Full High School and Middle School Science

Time4Learning Most people in the homeschool world who have spent any time online have now probably heard about Time4Learning.  But, in the fall of 2013, there’s some big news.

Time4Learning Adds a High School Curriculum. Announced in July and available in August of 2013, the Time4Learning high school curriculum for home school students covers the big four subject areas and then some. Time4Learning high school offers an online, interactive curriculum for ninth through twelfth grade that can be used for homeschooling. Courses are parent-supervised, student-paced, and designed to help students achieve college and career readiness.

Time4Learning’s second big announcement came in October of 2013, they added a very solid intense middle school home school science curriculum.   Middle school science is organized into three primary courses:

Earth/Space Science Course
Life Science Course
Physical Science Course
Nature Of Science Supplement

Nature of Science is also provided as a supplement for each of the courses. Materials are taught using a combination of animated lessons, instructional videos, worksheets, quizzes, tests and both online and offline projects. All three middle school science courses are correlated to state standards.

Disclosure. I am not an unaffiliated party and this is not pure editorial. I have a financial interest in Time4Learning so this article should be considered promotional in nature!  I wish everyone disclosed.  I frankly am sick of seeing industry newsletters which claim to have “the top five writing programs” and which sound like an editorial review when in fact, these are just paid promotional spots.  This is an actual example of a newsletter that arrived from an industry leading group this week in my email inbox!

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Ask a homeschooler! Step right up, don’t be shy!

There’s a new feature on LetsHomeschool Highschool that I am really enjoying

Ask A HomeschoolerThey have a highschooler who has been homeschooled for most of his life who will answer your questions.

Are you in school and want to know what it is like being homeschooled?

Are you a parent who homeschools who wants to bounce an idea off someone?

Whomever you are, if you question is legit, here’s your chance to get a thoughtful answers to your questions from an experienced and somewhat witty homeschooler.

But wait, what is my question is a little naive?  What if it’s really a matter of opinion?  The good news isthat you shouldn’t be embarrassed by an question, the more basic, the more interest. And, there are actually three different homeschool students waiting to take your inquiries each with their own opinion. Typical questions.

I’ve been considering giving homeschooling a try and wonder what it is like day-to-day. Is it lonely?

I’m currently homeschooled and I wonder if I will be able to get into a good college…

Are other homeschool parents concerned about supporting their student learning chemistry as you are…

So step right up, don’t be shy! Click through an Ask a Homeschooler!

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Online Homeschool Services and Communities

Homeschooling in 2013 is way different than it was in 2003!

What do I mean by that? I mean that back in the day, say just a decade or particularly 15 years ago, we homeschoolers were still pirates, on the fringes of society and education, trying to piece together  a curriculum. The textbook publishers wouldn’t necessarily sell us the teacher
T4L_Apr_468x60By 2013, here’s the reality. The homeschooling market is well defined and highly sought after. Vendors such as Time4Learning now have a solid decade of serving homeschoolers.  Over the last decade, Time4Learning expanded from it’s initial offering of PreK-3rd grade online until today, Time4Learning has curriculum for elementary, middle, and high school students. It’s a simple monthly fee, no contracts, plenty of tech support, a great community and forum with advice aplenty for new and experienced homeschoolers, and even some sponsored sites that truly enrich the community.copies.  And the digital age sounded good but the speed of the modems and amount of available materials was pretty miserable.

Homeschool writing courses online

Time4Writing is another contribution by Time4Learning to the homeschool learning possibilities. They have a series of eight week writing courses, reasonably priced, with licensed teachers who will work with your student during each course. Their Homeschool Online Writing Curriculum covers the basics in elementary, middle, and high school. It provides both advanced, at level, and remedial writing instruction.  The teachers are supportive, professional, and experienced.  And I quote:

Time4Writing offers a comprehensive online writing curriculum to homeschool students who are looking to build basic writing skills and fundamentals in a one-on-one teaching environment. Courses offered start at second grade and go through high school covering everything you need for a comprehensive homeschool writing curriculum.

 

Books about and by homeschoolers

 

One community sponsored by Time4Learning is the only free directory of literature by and about homeschoolers.

The HomeschoolLiterature.com site gives parents and children the chance to find books that talk about situations they can relate to.  We’re working on lesson plans, author interviews, more reviews, and maybe expanding into other closely related topics. Basically, there’s a decent library of books by and about us homeschoolers.  Lets read and support them. If you know of others, or want to be involved in reviewing or supporting them,   here are some possibilities (homeschool students too can help!):

  • Want to elaborate, agree, or disagree with a review? You can make comments on the bottom of each review. Or, if you’d like to review a book and be “published,” (and this is especially interesting to students who might like to have demonstrations of initiative and involvement to show on college applications), write us an email proposing reviews that you would like to write.
  • Think this site is a great idea? Link to it from your blog, Facebook account, or homeschool group.
  • Want to reprint our reviews in your homeschool newsletters or on your website? You may if you include a link back to us.

Disclaimer. I’m financially and emotional involved in all of these!