Ages fourteen to eighteen/High school

This is where “the rubber meets the road!” You have cared and tended your child through childhood, and now you are in the final stretch of getting that child ready to launch into the big, wide world! When you put it that way, it sounds intimidating doesn’t it? And many parents do find the the idea of homeschooling high school to be intimidating. However, if we compare it to how you have met your child’s ongoing nutritional needs throughout childhood, you can see that it has always been a process of taking the next step.

In high school we expand the depth of all the previously added subjects, but more specifically we add Mythology to the study of Literature. Much of our world communicates through the use of allusion, so only by understanding the world’s stories can we understand each other. However, Mythology is often “other people’s religion,” and while most of these religions are no longer practiced, some still are. Ani VeAmi believes that they need to be handled with the same respect we would want others to give to Judaism, which is why many families choose to wait until this point to really study it.

More than just Mythology, Humanities plays an important role in a solid high school level education. It has been said that when you teach STEAM subjects without Humanities, you get Spiderman villans, and when you teach Theater without Humanities, you get Batman villans. It is not enough for our children to leave home having a solid grounding in Mathematics and Sciences. They must understand their ethical responsibilities as human beings as “with great power comes great responsibility.”

The Other Side of the Story by Yehudis Samet

Above the Bottom Line: Stories and Advice on Integrity by Hanoch Teller

Give Peace a Stance: Stories and Advice on Promoting and Maintaining Peace by Hanoch Teller

Courtrooms of the Mind: Stories and Advice on Judging Others Favorably by Hanoch Teller

Videos

Aleph Beta offers video lessons on Jewish holidays, weekly Torah portion, and other topics.

Torah Live offers video courses on many Jewish topics.

Chabad.org offers many educational materials for all ages.

Jewish Holidays

And Rachel Was His Wife

Akiva by Rabbi Meir Lehmann

The Harp by Rabbi Meir Uri Gottesman

Chains by Leah Gebber

On Your Walls, O Jerusalem by Meir Lamberski

The Complete Story of Tishrei by Nissan Mindel

Choose Light! by Libi Astaire

The Complete Story of Tishrei by Nissan Mindel

Choose Joy! by Libi Astaire

The First Hebrew Primer: The Adult Beginner’s Path to Biblical Hebrew, Third Edition is a great introduction to the Hebrew of the Tanach for high school age students.

The Guide To Lashon Hakodesh, Vol 1: Mastering the Basics and The Guide to Lashon Hakodesh, Volume 2: Mastering Hebrew Verbs is another set of books on Biblical Hebrew for older students.

Ha-yesod: Fundamentals of Hebrew (English and Hebrew Edition) is a textbook on Modern Hebrew for older students.

Mango Languages offers courses in both Biblical and Modern Hebrew. A comprehension of Hebrew letters is necessary before starting the course. Good for ages 6+. The courses focus on speaking, reading, and grammar. Many libraries offer a free membership for the service. They also offer a homeschool option where you can pay one price for all your students.

Duolingo is an app that teaches Modern Hebrew.

Migdalor offers both Biblical and Modern Hebrew resources for all ages.

My Hebrew Books offers Modern Hebrew resources for all ages.

 

If you’re not familiar with trope, a nice introduction can be found on the Wikipedia page on Cantillation.

Trope taamim — brief explanation of cantillation marks and their pronunciation.

Interactive Torah reading trainer at chabad.org — teaches the basics of trope.

Daf Yomi Review Torah readings provides recordings of Torah, haftorah, psalms, and other traditional texts in Ashkenazic, Sephardic, Chassidic, and Yemenite styles.

Tanach

Original Texts and Classic Commentaries

Study Aids

Lshon Hatorah High School Edition, workbook 1

Lshon Hatorah High School Edition, workbook 2

Lshon Hatorah High School Edition, workbook 3

Mishna

Mishnayot Meirot by Avraham Cheshin (Hebrew only)

Gemara

Beginners
Bonayich Gemara for Beginners Curriculum by Rabbi Dr. Pinchas Hayman
Rabbi Nosson Lomner’s Gemara Series (Aramaic with English linear translation), available from Torah Umesorah Catalog

Study Aids for Advanced Students
The Practical Talmud Dictionary by Rabbi Yitzhak Frank
Aramaic-Hebrew-English Dictionary by Ezra Zion Melamed
Aiding Talmud Study by Aryeh Carmell
Understanding the Talmud by Rabbi Yitzchak Feigenbaum
Charting the Sea of Talmud by Dr. Yisrael Ury
Reference Guide for the Talmud by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz
Gemara Steps and Structure by Rabbi Yechezkel Norman
Jastrow Dictionary

Literature recommendations can be found on the Time Period pages, corresponding to the time period you choose to study.

In addition, you can choose books from the Jewish and secular lists of recommended books.

Stylized Writing

The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition — for older children who are ready for a challenge

Brave Writer

You can choose a math curriculum from the following list, taking into account your child’s interests and learning needs.

Life of Fred is a literature-based math curriculum that covers elementary through college level math. The books are engaging and humorous. (Note: they are written from a Christian perspective, with occasional religious references, which can be skipped when reading aloud.)

Art of Problem Solving follows Beast Academy and offers curriculum for upper grades aimed at mathematically inclined students.

Math Mammoth is another popular self-study curriculum.

Math U See is another hands on approach which covers elementary through high school and includes DVDs with thorough explanations of the material (be aware that MathUSee has extra Bible songs on some of their DVDs).

Khan Academy offers online instructional videos on many math topics for elementary through high school age.

Jacob’s Elementary Algebra is a mastery-based high school level math textbook that uses stories, cartoons, and comic strips, as well as a lot of visual material.

Jacob’s Geometry is a mastery-based high school level math textbook that uses stories, cartoons, and comic strips, as well as a lot of visual material.

Depending on your child’s interests and learning needs, you can choose one of the full curricula listed below or build your own science education based on living books, also listed below.

Elemental Science for high school

Ellen McHenry — science materials for grades 3-10

Online courses

Science at Khan Academy

Science courses at MIT Opencourseware

Science Living Books

A longer list is in the works. Meanwhile, enjoy the following books.

Genesis and the Big Bang: The Discovery Of Harmony Between Modern Science And The Bible by Gerald Schroeder

The Science of God: The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom by Gerald Schroeder

The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth by Gerald Schroeder

The Torah Encyclopedia of the Animal Kingdom by Rabbi Natan Slifkin

Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher by Richard Feynman

Michael Faraday’s The Chemical History of a Candle: With Guides to Lectures, Teaching Guides & Student Activities

Geography is covered with any book you read. As you read about different places and landforms, take time to find them on a map or look up a picture. However, the books listed below lend themselves especially well to geography.

A Book of Discovery by M.B. Synge

SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere by John Wiseman

Calligraphy

Learn Calligraphy by Margaret Shepard – start here! Explains how to do calligraphy and a brief history of the art.

The Calligrapher’s Bible: 100 Complete Alphabets and How to Draw Them by David Harris – a more intermediate guide. Has many calligraphy alphabets, including more modern styles.

Calligraphy and Illumination: A History and Practical Guide by Patricia Lovett – goes deeply into the history of calligraphy in Britain. Includes some information for the beginner, but dives more into advanced calligraphy.

Calligraphy Black Pen Set – traditional black calligraphy pen (made with beginners in mind) with a variety of nubs

Cooking

The New Basics Cookbook by Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso

Sheila Lukins All Around the World Cookbook by Sheila Lukins

Bais Yaakov Cookbook by Bais Yaakov of Chicago – simple kosher recipes

Gardening

All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew

Leathercraft

Get Started in Leather Crafting by Tony and Kay Laier

Introductory Kit – make 6 different crafts. All supplies for crafts included. Recommended for ages 10+

Moccasins Kit – introductory kit to leather sewing while making yourself a pair of moccasins

Woodcarving

The Little Book of Whittling by Chris Lubkemann – beginner level

Complete Starter Guide to Whittling by Editors of Woodcarving Illustrated – intermediate level

Beginning Woodcarving DVD by Ellenwood Arts

Cutting Knife

Carving Tool Set 

Safety Gloves