I meet so many young people these days who are begging their parents to homeschool them. They are dissatisfied with the government schools for one reason or another. The sad thing is that many of these families just think they “CAN’T” homeschool. I have been able to tell many of them how truly easy it is to homeschool – and not just homeschool but homeschool with excellence!
One of my most amazing discoveries has been the vast wealth of information available from American Ivy League schools for free! Yes, you heard me correctly. These courses come in the form of what many call “open courseware” and they are truly available for free. The university or college will place their video lectures for particular courses on the web, and anyone is able to view them and gain knowledge. They do not include any tests or quizzes nor do they offer college credit for these courses. However, students can use these courses as their high school lectures and receive a top quality education for free.
Another option to even further your investment (FREE goes a long way) is to encourage your children to complete open courseware courses on subjects that are available through CLEP. If you haven’t heard of CLEP it stands for College Level Examination Program. Students can take tests through the College Board (makers of ACT/SAT) and then receive up to a certain amount of college credit based on their test score. This is a great way to get your highschool homeschool courses for free and get a jump on college!
I have started this process with my two oldest children. We purchased the CLEP study guide, and have been using several of the free open courseware courses as our high school homeschool curriculum. When we finish these courses this spring we will be off to take the CLEP tests. I’ll be sure to let you know how it goes.
Of course, if you’ve already had experience in this area… please share and let us know how it went for you.