Getting Started with 9th Grade Homeschool

9th Grade Homeschooling Overview

The beginning of the high school years can be a time of anxiety for parents of homeschoolers. They wonder if they will be able to serve all the functions of parent, teacher, guidance counselor, and high school administrator. It’s true that a successful 9th grade homeschool year requires some planning and preparation, but the truth is that no outside person is more dedicated to your child’s success than you, which already puts you ahead of the game!

If you are looking ahead to college, one of the most important facets of your high school homeschool years will be keeping an accurate high school transcript. Unless you are enrolling your ninth grader in a virtual or online school, this important document is the responsibility of the homeschool parent. LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com hosts valuable advice for creating and organizing a homeschool transcript.

A typical course of study for ninth grade homeschoolers includes English 1, Algebra 1, and a high school level science and social studies course. In addition, many students homeschooling in 9th grade will take a physical education course, and at least one elective such as foreign language, fine arts, or career and technical education courses.

Ten Tips for Homeschooling 9th Grade

  1. Credit hours, which are the normal way of tracking a high schooler’s coursework, can be fulfilled in a myriad of ways. In addition to traditional coursework, don’t forget to include time spent on field trips, free reading, online research, personal projects, and discussions with family and friends.
  2. In general, a one-year course (120-180 hours of work) equals one credit. A half-year course (60-90 hours of work) equals a half credit.
  3. One of the most powerful advantages to homeschooling is its flexibility. Your ninth grader’s interests, passions, and personality can dictate much of the content of his or her coursework.
  4. Because teenagers have such varying natural sleep schedules, it’s common to adjust a homeschooling schedule to whatever time of day he or she works best – – even if it’s after midnight!
  5. Parents of high schoolers need not be anxious about whether they are qualified to teach all the subject matter. Homeschoolers taking advanced coursework can access online tutorials, homeschool cooperatives or qualified local tutors for those subjects.
  6. Your state’s department of education website can be an invaluable resource for what a typical course of study for your child’s grade level includes. This should only serve as a comparative tool, however, since ultimately, a homeschool student’s coursework is determined by the student and parent.
  7. 9th grade homeschooling can include a large variety of extracurricular activities including local homeschool athletic leagues, volunteer opportunities, summer camps, fine arts classes, ROTC, homeschool support group activities, and more.
  8. Homeschooling high school doesn’t have to break the bank. Many of the books and resources needed to homeschool a 9th grader are available for free or at minimal cost online, at your local library, via used bookstores, or by trading off with other homeschool families.
  9. If you are homeschooling a 9th grader with a learning difference, you may still have access to resources from your local public school system. Check with your state and regional laws to see if your student qualifies for supplemental services as a homeschooler.
  10. Because homeschooling has become mainstream, many artisans and teachers now offer both public and private classes geared toward homeschoolers. Check local newspapers and online for notices about offerings near you that might fit your student’s interests.

9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

For parents looking for standards-based curriculum for their 9th grade homeschool, Time4Learning’s high school program is designed to help students achieve overall college and career readiness.

Time4Learning courses are presented within an automated, student-paced system that teaches the lessons, reinforces concepts, time-stamps online activities (for attendance), tracks progress, and keeps printable reports that can be turned into student transcripts or included with homeschool portfolios. The lessons combine multimedia lessons, instructional videos, printable worksheets, quizzes, tests and both online and offline projects that focus largely on developing higher order thinking and writing skills.

With Time4Learning, 9th grade homeschoolers have access to up to four courses at once. A typical choice of courses for 9th grade might include English 1, Algebra 1, Physical Science, and World History, although parents and students can choose to customize their course choices based on skill level, interests, and overall high school goals. In addition to the core and elective courses offered by Time4Learning, parents will also want to ascertain whether other courses such as foreign language, career and technical education, physical education, or other electives will be needed to help their 9th grade homeschooler reach his or her overall high school goals.

Have other questions about homeschooling 9th grade? Visit our homeschool high school information page for an overview of everything Time4Learning has to offer your student.

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