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
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.
The Complete Story of Passover by Nissan Mindel
The Complete Story of Shavuot by Nissan Mindel
Let My Nation Serve Me by Rabbi Yosef Deutsch
Five Glorious Brothers: The Chanukah War As Told In The Ancient Sifrei Maccabim by Rabbi Pinchas Stolper
Hidden Lights by Rabbi Pinchas Stolper
Inside Chanukah by Rabbi Aryeh Pinchas Strikoff
Through Your Hands by Meir Lamberski
36 Candles (Chassidic Tales for the Jewish Holidays Book 2) by Libi Astaire
The Illuminated Megillah by Rabbi Yonah Weinrib
Complete Story of Purim by Nissan Mindel
Let My Nation Live: The Story of the Jewish Deliverance in the Days of Mordechai And Esther by Rabbi Yosef Deutsch
Inside Purim: Fascinating and Intriguing Insights on Purim and the Megillah by Rabbi Aryeh Pinchas Strickoff
The Gilded Cage: Queen Esther’s untold story by Sorele Brownstein
Purim and the Persian Empire (English and Hebrew Edition) by Rabbi Yehuda Landy
Al HaNissim: The Complete Story of Purim by Meir Lamberski
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.
Daf Yomi Review Torah readings provides recordings of Torah, haftorah, psalms, and other traditional texts in Ashkenazic, Sephardic, Chassidic, and Yemenite styles.
Mishnayot Meirot by Avraham Cheshin (Hebrew only)
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
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.
Ellen McHenry — science materials for grades 3-10
Science Living Books
A longer list is in the works. Meanwhile, enjoy the following books.
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
Am Olam: The History of the Eternal Nation, Vol. 1 by Rav Shlomo Rotenberg
Am Olam: The History of the Eternal Nation, Vol. 2 by Rav Shlomo Rotenberg
The History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer (chapter 1 thru 67)
Study and Teaching Guide: The History of the Ancient World by Julia Kaziewicz
Original Tanakh Period Texts
The Living Torah (English & Hebrew)
The Living Nach: Vol 1- Early Prophets
The Living Nach: Vol 2 – Later Prophets
The Living Nach: Vol 3- Sacred Writings
Interpretations of the Original Texts and Study Aids
People of the Book: From Adam to Yehoshua by Osher Chaim Levene
The Navi Journey Sefer Yehoshua by Rabbi Ilan Ginian
The Navi Journey: Shoftim by Rabbi Ilan Ginian
The Navi Journey, Shmuel 1 by Rabbi Ilan Ginian
Navi Journey, Shmuel 2 by Rabbi Ilan Ginian
The Navi Journey, Megillas Rus by Rabbi Ilan Ginian
The Navi Journey, Sefer Yonah by Rabbi Ilan Ginian
Books about Tanakh Period
The Young Moses: Prince of Egypt by Asher Lehmann
Uncovering Sefer Yirmiyahu: An Archaeological, Geographical, Historical Perspective by Rabbi Yehuda Landy
The Gilded Cage: Queen Esther’s untold story by Sorale Brownstein
Purim and the Persian Empire (English and Hebrew Edition) by Rabbi Yehuda Landy
The Decree; A Historical Novel Set During the Persian Rule by Rebbetzin Sarah Feldbrand
Books About Early Ancient Period
National Geographic The Greeks: An Illustrated History by Diane Harris Cline
Additional Resources: Jewish
Additional Resources: Secular
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
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
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
All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew
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
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