Getting Started with 10th Grade Homeschool

10th Grade Homeschooling Overview

As your student edges closer to the end of high school, it’s natural to wonder whether you are adequately preparing them for life after graduation. The 10th grade homeschool year should certainly have plenty of focus on academics, but your high schooler also needs to enjoy the best parts of being a teenager. A well-rounded homeschool year will include not only the high school courses that will help your teen reach their college and career goals, but will allow them time to stay physically fit, follow their personal interests, and spend quality time with the people they love.

As the parent of a homeschooled high schooler, your role in the 10th grade year is wide reaching. In addition to helping your student plan his or her course load, you will be choosing the appropriate curriculum for those courses, staying on top of their progress in their courses, and keeping accurate records of grades and credits for their high school homeschool transcript. Also, if your state homeschool law requires, you may need to keep an accurate portfolio and schedule a standardized test for your student.

Speaking of testing, 10th grade is often the year high schoolers first take the PSAT if they are preparing for college admissions. The test is offered every October and helps to prepare students for the SAT/ACT test they will likely need to take as part of college admittance. The PSAT is offered to homeschoolers through their local high school, and homeschoolers should contact the PSAT coordinator at their local high school several months prior to the October test dates for more information.

A typical course of study for tenth grade homeschoolers includes either an algebra, geometry, or integrated math course, an English course, a civics or economics course, and either a physical science or biology course. In addition, many students homeschooling in 10th grade will take a physical and/or health education course, and at least one elective such as foreign language, fine arts, or career and technical education courses.

Ten Tips for Homeschooling 10th Grade

  1. 10th graders appreciate as much choice as possible in their coursework. Teens who have extensive input on the curricula and courses they take during high school are much more likely to apply themselves and do their best with their studies overall.
  2. Students at this grade level can benefit greatly from some sort of study skills course. Not only can this improve their current homeschool performance, but could enhance their future success at college as well.
  3. Homeschooling high school doesn’t have to break the bank. Many of the books and resources needed to homeschool a 10th 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.
  4. Your 10th grade teen should be able to take on the responsibility for making sure that assignments are completed on time. An offline or online planner with checklists might be a great addition to their homeschool tool kit.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. If your student is looking ahead to college, this is a great year to begin researching the requirements of various colleges your teen might consider – – both public and private. This information can be a great guide as you choose courses for the next three years.
  8. Homeschool doesn’t have to be boring! There are so many different types, styles, and levels of curricula for homeschooling high school. Make sure to explore as many as possible to see which ones line up with your particular student’s learning style and homeschooling goals.
  9. 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!
  10. 10th 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.

10th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

For parents looking for standards-based curriculum for their 10th grade homeschool, Time4Learning’s high school program is designed to help students achieve overall college and career readiness.

Time4Learning helps high schoolers build interesting, diverse days. By shifting from computer-based lessons to discussion, or from paper and pencil exercises to art projects, homeschooled teens can stay engaged and benefit from different teaching methods. Today’s families have many choices for homeschool education: different curriculum, websites, programs, lessons, assessments, and worksheets. The Time4Learning online learning system combines interactive lessons, multimedia reinforcement activities, printable worksheets, learning games, and assessments with reports into one homeschool curriculum.

With Time4Learning, 10th grade homeschoolers have access to up to four courses at once. A typical choice of courses for 10th grade might include English 2, Geometry, Biology, and U.S. Government/Civics, although parents and students can choose to customize their course choices based on skill level, interests, and overall high school plans. 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 10th grade homeschooler reach his or her overall high school goals.

Have other questions about homeschooling 10th grade? Visit our homeschool high school information page for an overview of everything Time4Learning has to offer your student.

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