Are you going to start homeschooling in the middle of the year? It’s not as hard or scary as you might have once thought! In fact, there are actually a few homeschool programs that are VERY easy to dive right into right now!
Learning Language Arts Through Literature
This is a fantastic choice for low-key language arts instruction. Learning Language Arts Through Literature is available for grades 1-12 (you could probably use the 1st grade for Kindergarten as well). It’s pretty “open and go” and doesn’t really require advanced preparation. For high school, parents may want to try reading along so you can help the student understand the literature.
Time4Learning is an online homeschooling program that offers a complete curriculum in math and language arts with bonus science and social studies programs included. In other words, you won’t need to add anything except whatever electives you may choose. This program has all lessons pre-planned and built-in, which means there’s no lesson planning involved. It also tracks student progress and parents are free to generate reports of data at any time. What could be easier?
If you’ve got language arts covered for the most part but just need an add-on for spelling and vocabulary, it really doesn’t get any easier than simply creating an account at VocabularySpellingCity.com and getting started! One of the best features of this site is that you can import spelling and vocabulary lists. So, if you’re using something (maybe ABeka’s 3rd grade program or you’d like a list to complement Apologia’s General Science Module 4, etc.), simply type those words into the search list for importing and see if someone has already created what you want! Since this company has been around for awhile, the chances are actually very good you’ll find what you need. Why reinvent the wheel? Within the platform, each list offers activities, games, and even the test/quiz to move on to the next list! It’s incredibly easy to implement right away.
Khan Academy offers a plethora of courses to choose from, all for FREE! They are, perhaps, best known for the math programs they offer. Students and parents create an account, then students simply log in and complete lessons for the day. Simple! There is a diagnostic test students can take when they first sign up to ensure they’re at the right level.
Apologia offers science courses for Elementary through high school. They currently have enough courses to provide science every year through Advanced Levels of science in high school. The thing that makes it super easy to implement is that each course comes with some sort of planner if you purchase the accompanying notebooking journals. For Elementary students, the course is planned for two days each week. For Middle and High school, courses are on a 5-day school schedule. However, the days are planned as “Day 1, Day 2, etc.” so there are no actual weekdays. That alone makes this a very flexible program.
Starting something mid-way through can cause anxiety if it’s something you’re unfamiliar with. Homeschooling, whether you’re new or a veteran, isn’t something that should scare you! With these and other easy-to-implement programs, you can pretty much get started the day they arrive in the mail!