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Help! I'm trying to homeschool my 16 yr old

Posted by on Oct. 11, 2011 at 3:02 PM
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I just switched my daughter to homeschool. She is 16 and she has Aspergers syndrome but she is very high functioning as far as academics. They still have her as a 9th grader because she has a lot of health problems and misses school for specialist appointments due to counseling, phyc meds, nerologist for seizures etc. This is the 2nd year in a row they said she could not get credit for the classes she has been taking because she missed too many days. Even though she is really good about make up work and make up tests etc. and she gets A's and B's.  They won't give her credit even though she has doctors excuses for all days missed. So she is 16 and still has only 2 credits for highschool.

I figure I will homeschool her till she turns 17 and then I can put her in the free open attendance GED classes here in town. Then she can take her GED once she turns 18.

The problem I have is that I don't have money to buy a curriculum or text books. I have checked our rediculously small public library here in town and they don't really have much.

I know its a lot to ask but does anyone have textbooks they aren't using anymore for 9th and 10th grade?we need algebra 1 and intro to geometry for math. we need 9th grade english. United States History and/or World History. Biology and/or physical sience. Health. Social Studies. Any art history books would also be helpful, she loves art and is trying to learn everything about it. Also a beginning Spanish course would be great.

I would need teacher additon or answer key for the math ( I am horrible at math so I would be learning to) and teacher addition or answer key for Spanish also.

I am a recently divorced mom with 3 kids still at home (the oldest has moved away) and we are barely making ends meet. We are supposed to be moving into low income housing as soon as they have an apartment available for us.

I really have no money for text books and even if you could help me with 1 of the books mentioned above it would really help us.

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usmom3
by BJ on Oct. 11, 2011 at 6:31 PM

 Welcome to the group. You can use the Internet & make your own curriculum. If you have every intention of having her take the GED you can learn whatis tested on it & make a point to have her learn that information. I will look at my list of websites that my own Autistic teenage son uses & post them on here for you to look at.

oredeb
by on Oct. 11, 2011 at 6:35 PM

 what about using online stuff? theres some free sites for older kids

did you ask if the school will give you curr ??

math- http://www.khanacademy.org/ its free

these people are free in some states  http://www.k12.com/

i think this is free  http://www.connectionsacademy.com/home.aspx

your dd cant take her ged now that shes 16? in our state (oregon) the age is 16. and its cost 75 dollars!

FlyHippie
by on Oct. 12, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Hey, also...for math..my kiddo is doing algebra, too...look at:  www.artofproblemsolving.com they have problems to work, a forum, etc. he likes it!

FlyHippie
by on Oct. 12, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Also, why the GED? why not graduate?

doodlebopfan
by on Oct. 12, 2011 at 11:01 AM

 I do!!!! I home-schooled my niece her last 2 years of high school as she was failing too many classes and would have not graduated on time. She passed her GED the first time. I have since learned, however, that depending on your state, a GED may not even be required. In our state, colleges have to accept a home-school diploma. Anyway, I had bought the School of Tomorrow curriculum for Algebra 1 (some call them "paces") for a student that I did not end up tutoring and I never used it. I have the score keys as well, all new in the plastic. I also have them for Algebra 2, but those are filled in by a student that I tutored. I've had these for the past 10 years and just could never throw them away knowing how much they cost. I did offer them to any home-schooler that needed them this year in my community, but no takers. My 4 y/o won't need them for a "few" years, and I'd rather see someone get some use out of them that really needs them.

If interested, PM me your address. :)

mem82
by Platinum Member on Oct. 12, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Check your libraries, too. They often have textbooks. Good luck!

usmom3
by BJ on Oct. 12, 2011 at 1:03 PM
donnadea
by on Oct. 13, 2011 at 11:54 AM

WOW!! thank you all so much I never knew there were so many free online homeschooling resources.

and the reason I'm thinking GED instead of going thru and graduating is because she hates school work even though she is smart and gets A's and B's and it would take a while to go all the way through a complete highschool curriculum. In a year when she is 17 she can take free GED classes here in town and they are open classes, it doesn't matter if you attend every day so if she has Doctor appointments she can go and not worry about being behind. They test them to see how much they know and then work with them on whatever areas they need to learn more so they can pass the GED. She can start that class at 17 and then take the GED when she turns 18.

donnadea
by on Oct. 13, 2011 at 11:55 AM

doodlebopfan... I sent you a pm

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