Welcome to the month-long series “Homeschool HIGH SCHOOL Made Easy,” a follow-up to the popular “Homeschool Made Easy” series (now published on kindle). I’m sharing tips from my experience as a homeschool graduate and homeschool mother, showing YOU how easy and enjoyable these high school years can be for you and your teen. Be sure to sign up for the entire series so you don’t miss a thing!
Now we are halfway finished with Homeschool High School Made Easy. We’ve looked at why we homeschool our teens, how to prepare for the high school years, and how to simplify things with our teaching style and our student’s learning style. And we talked about all the classes our teens will take and how to get those requirements in for graduation.
YOUR Homeschool High School Made Easy
Are you ready to simplify your own homeschool? Is it time to make high school easy again? Let’s take action on what we’ve learned this week:
1. Remember your why. Have you thought through and listed all the reasons you are homeschooling? Are you and your spouse on the same page in your homeschool efforts? Can you tell yourself, your student, your friends why you are homeschooling through the high school years? Take some time to list your reasons and share them with someone.
2. Research your state’s graduation requirements. Bookmark them, print them out, or copy them into your homeschool lesson planner. Can’t find your state? Try this list.
3. Calculate the number of credits your student should take the first years of high school. Use the handy math problem I gave you here.
4. Pencil your student’s four years of courses. Fill in the required courses first, starting from the freshman year with each one. Just write in general names, not exact curriculum: “English 1” not “American literature.”
5. Pat yourself on the back. Don’t you feel better? Your student likely needs less than you were about to cram onto his plate. If your student has already completed courses, go ahead and write those in or cross them off. See how little is left? You got this!
6. Let your student chose any remaining courses. Do you have one credit of science left with no specific requirement? Hand your student a homeschool catalog or two and let him choose! Left with a couple empty credits in the senior year? Ask your student what he wants to do with them!
How did it go? Have you planned how to make YOUR high school homeschool easy?
Next week, we’ll be taking a break from academics to talk about that dirty word in homeschooling: socialization. During the teen years, social issues become of primary importance, offering tremendous opportunities for us to train our young people for the relationships they will nurture for the rest of their lives. How we handle these issues determines the quality of our relationship with our young people at this critical life stage and the development of their young adult relationships, careers, and ministries. So we’re talking about all the biggies: friends, parents, dating, work, ministry, the whole nine yards. You won’t want to miss it!