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How to Graduate Your Homeschooler

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How to Graduate Your Homeschooler

In this show, True North Homeschool Academy Director, Lisa Nehring talks about the pragmatics of How to Graduate Your Homeschooler!

We’ll cover:

  1. Who creates the Transcript
  2. Who issues the Diploma
  3. What is required to Graduate
  4. How to make graduation official
  5. Who oversees it all
  6. Are homeschoolers required to take the GED?


    1. First things first  make sure you have legalities in order.
    2. Determine What Type of Transcript will you create – Vocational, College Prep or Honors
  • Where’s Your Student Headed- think through post High School Options

Ending Well  Once your students have completed the necessary ….they are ready to graduate!

Let’s Get Graduated! Listen in as we talk about the legal stuff:


  • Is it legal for your to create a High School Transcript?
  • Is it legal for you to create a High School Diploma?
  • Is the Homeschool Diploma considered an official document?
  • Are homeschoolers required to take the GED?


We’ll also cover what should be included in a Diploma?

And that’s a wrap, my friends! You’ve graduated your high school student as as homeschooler! And that’s something you can both be proud of!

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Why Do YOU Homeschool?

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Why do you homeschoolWhy Do YOU Homeschool?

Why do we Homeschool? Homeschooling, for me, has always been a way of life. I was homeschooled from K through 12th grade and loved the experience. I decided to pursue higher education and graduated in three years with honors. It wasn’t just the opportunities I had but the loving surroundings in which I was able to grow and flourish with love, stability, and Christian spirituality. I attribute my homeschool experience as an excellent springboard for my life and events that took me well into adulthood with fond memories.

My brother and I were not concerned about how other students would treat us as we learned. My brother was “disabled” in the sense of the word, but I didn’t think it was odd that I, two years his junior was on the same grade level. We were free to learn at our own pace, gleaning information on topics that interested us (it seemed) at every turn during school hours or not. I later learned that my mother planned our year ahead of time and often switched topics as our interests became fine-tuned to a particular subject. It appeared to us as if the world was our school, and on many days we were excited to begin.

We were free to learn at our own pace, and often, testing was a form of a game where mom asked us questions and we bunny-hopped, jumped, or skipped to the end, signifying completion. When testing became more formalized, it still was a contest where we tried to beat last time’s score or asked for unique “extra credit” answers that would bring us over the 100 mark. Mom was always sure to comply. My mom didn’t like testing us, but I enjoyed the tests.

Homeschooling my own children was an easy choice, especially since I have the loving support of my husband, who was not homeschooled but had cousins who were through high school. We both want to offer our children an excellent education both academically as well as with the foundation of Christianity. Homeschooling, we both agree, will accomplish that desire for our family. I am excited knowing my children will experience the same things that I had growing up: the freedom to talk and discuss profound religious truths, question when those teenage years come up, and know that my parents never discounted our questions as childish or rude, but listened and directed with love and concern. I also love having a flexible schedule, except for offering my young children a little more structure than my mom gave us. Mom is almost perfect in the proverbial “Mary Poppins” sense, is an icon of the homeschool movement, and is well-loved…But I can’t do everything just like her! In fact, I learned that from her. She told me to think for myself, stand my ground, and always cheer me on when confronted with tough decisions and whatever life crisis crops up.

I have only just begun my journey with my young children; the oldest turned five in January. With almost a year of schooling completed, I have come to realize what a tremendous undertaking homeschooling can be for the entire family. We have had the most incredible year in terms of growth, enjoyment of each other’s company, and of course, the element my mom used, “fun.” We have learned much and had a few ups and downs along the way. Homeschooling is not for the faint of heart. It takes commitment and dedication. It takes a totally unselfish love for your children that supersedes what the world says is “normal” in regard to traditional schooling.

I remember a story recounted by my mom. She had us in a high-end preschool where academics were stressed, thinking that was important for my speech-delayed brother. I went along for the ride, so to speak, and made friends quickly, as did my mother. When it came time for school, Mom decided to homeschool my brother, and of course, I followed suit. She received a call from a friend one morning (I was too young to remember), who felt “sorry” for my mother. You see, she had rushed through the morning, gotten her child on the school bus, and was sitting down in a wrecked kitchen with a cup of coffee before she tackled the day. She told my mom she was sorry for not getting a “break.” My mom recounts, “I told her that I was sitting in bed, with my second cup of coffee, still in pj’s with two kids flanked on either side, pillows fluffed, and reading. We had completed our religion books, Bible, and history. Breakfast was long done and washed and put away, and we would soon dress and do a few more chores before we headed upstairs to our school room to tackle some math, writing, and other activities.” This friend didn’t call again, feeling sorry for my mom. In fact, we felt sorry for ourselves if we did not complete school by noon, so we had the day to explore our world!

For the success of a lifetime homeschooler, I believe it is a decision, not something to revisit every year. It is similar to reviewing your marriage and deciding yearly if it works out for you! Marriage is a commitment, and for my family, so is homeschooling. We will give it our all. We don’t micro-analyze it looking for an out, looking at what they are “missing” in the school bazaar, fund-raisers, track and field events, or the like.

We feel it is ordained by the Word of God, and we know, by His grace, we will continue with the tradition of raising a mighty people who love and will serve Him in thought, word, and deed! If you are considering homeschooling, I ask you to prayerfully consider what the Lord wants for you, for your life, and for your family. Do not look left or right; look straight ahead. If the Lord ordains it, He will give you the blessings and grace to continue. Don’t take my word for it; take His.

Christina Gerwitz Moss is a Christian, wife, and homeschool mom of four precious blessings, and she is the daughter of Jeff and Felice Gerwitz (Media Angels). While still a homeschooler, Christina desired to be an author. She urged her mom to write a series of novels. However, her mom turned the tables and urged Christina to try her hand. The results were a mother-daughter team, and the highly successful novels are loved by many and sold on many online venues such as Christian Book Distributors. The Truth Seekers Mystery Series was born, three action-adventure, mystery, and suspense novels. Christina completed the last one as a college freshman.

Financial Literacy for Homeschool High Schoolers- Special Replay

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Financial Literacy for Homeschool High Schoolers- Special Replay

Financial Literacy for Homeschool High Schoolers

Financial Literacy for Homeschool High Schoolers

How do you go about preparing homeschool high schoolers for managing money throughout their lives? Financial Literacy is a life skills math credit that many teens will use WAY more often than their high school math. Join Sabrina, Vicki, Kym and Eagle, the Seeing Eye puppy for a fun discussion of Financial Literacy curriculum.

Lots of us homeschooling parents did not have Financial Literacy courses in their high school days. Remember back then? The emphasis was taking lots of rigorous academic maths and sciences so that we would look competitive to colleges. Consumer Math or Financial Literacy was looked down on- a waste of credit-earning time. Often, those practical courses were reserved for non-college bound peers.

Then came 2008, when the economy crashed! Some economists believed that poor personal financial management (including too much mortgage debt) was part of the problem. Education officials realized that many teens graduated from high school with no financial training. In reaction to this, many state education departments began to require that high school transcripts include Consumer Math so that teens could be ready with at least basic life-preparation, money-management skills.

But Consumer Math might not be enough for many teens. If they want real-life preparation for not just money, but for:

  • making financial decisions that will work for them, not against them
  • wisely planning for the future
  • other financial considerations

Teens need more than Consumer Math for a financially successful future. They need Financial Literacy!

A penny saved is a penny earned is just the beginning. Give your teens financial skills for a lifetime.

So, what is the difference between Consumer Math and Financial Literacy?

  • Consumer Math covers the basics such as creating a budget and balancing a checkbook.
  • Financial Literacy covers Consumer Math PLUS planning for the future, finding the right insurances, banking, credit and more.

Where do you find Financial Literacy courses

There are several good financial training courses. We, of course, like 7Sisters’ Financial Literacy because it covers all the bases of Financial Literacy courses but also trains students on how to find information (and where to avoid information). It is a fun, interactive, internet-based, practical curriculum that teens love…and actually use. Homeschool high schoolers finish the course with a life financial plan.

As soon as 7Sisters’ published our Financial Literacy course, our teens began using it and teaching it in our local homeschool co-op and group classes. The curriculum was vetted by the teens, who gave valuable feedback on how they learn best. Many teens are now adults and still using the skills they learned from their Financial Literacy course.

Vicki shares that her youngest was one of the first students to use this curriculum. He started budgeting and planning for the future in eleventh grade and is now grown with a solid job, marriage, home and reasonable lifestyle. This is because he started learning and applying Financial Literacy skills in his youth.

You can also find online Financial Literacy courses that are presented by schools such as:

Is Financial Literacy a Math credit or an Elective credit?

That’s a good question. Financial Literacy can be either a Math or Elective credit, according to your teens’ goals. For non-college-bound teens, or for teens who are not aiming for a competitive college, they can usually use Financial Literacy as a Math credit (after all, it employs a LOT of math, right?). For teens aiming for a more competitive college, it is a good idea to count Financial Literacy as a Life-Skills Elective.

Want some fun when your homeschool high schoolers are learning Financial Literacy?

Check out these posts with lots of cool, practical ideas for learning about money.

Start off with sharing few blog posts that explain the benefit of learning Financial Literacy.

Then, you can add some fun to your Financial Literacy course with games. Here are some favorite Consumer Math games.

Your teens will benefit from taking Financial Literacy, but don’t take our word for it. Check out these posts from 7Sister Sara’s sons Luke and Joel. You’ll also enjoy this Dollars and Cents Podcast episode on How to Teach Kids about Managing Money.

Financial Literacy for Homeschool High Schoolers

Streamline Your Homeschool

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SStreamline Your Homeschool | How do you streamline your homeschool when you have so much to accomplish each year? With these three tips Felice Gerwitz will share with you in this episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms, it's relatively easy | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #Blessingsfromheaven #StreamlineYourHomeschooltreamline Your Homeschool ~ Episode 503

How do you streamline your homeschool when you have so much to accomplish each year? With these three tips Felice Gerwitz will share with you in this episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms, it’s relatively easy!

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Today, we will discuss streamlining your homeschool, and I have to tell you that homeschooling for many years has allowed me to try different things. Some years I decided to be super organized. In other years, I decided to do more of a go-with-the-flow. Unfortunately, that never really worked for me, it would have been simpler if it worked. In other years, I decided on outcome-based goals. I would have goals that I wanted to achieve. I would work toward achieving those goals with my children.

Check out the Streamline Your Homeschool Self-Paced Class here.

Homeschooling Journey

Well, in the last few years of my homeschooling journey, I feel I finally got it somewhat right after the last child graduated! I ended my homeschool journey, clocking in at about thirty-two years of homeschooling, and I believe all my children are successful as young adults. As an aside, I think parents sometimes want to use their child’s success as part of their own success. I’ve seen this happen too many times. Once I started speaking at homeschool conferences, I tended to be recognized, even locally. I remember one mom asking me which Ivy League college my child would attend and what my goals were. I’m not sure if my notoriety, big fish in a small pond, so to speak, encouraged her to think that was my goal.

In her defense, at that time, a homeschooling family put homeschooling on the map because three of their four sons had reached this distinction. Still, that was not my goal for my children or theirs. Even though three of my children graduated from college with honors, that is all on them. My husband and I were their cheerleaders, encouraging and advising, but that was not our end goal. I think we must look at our motivations as homeschool parents and try as much as we can to streamline our homeschooling rather than putting undue pressure on ourselves or our children, especially to achieve goals that are for vanity and pride rather than necessity and need.

Homeschool Takes Planning

Within our home, I did get the credit if things worked out, but I also received the blame when it didn’t. Truthfully, some years were not great, and our household did not run as I hoped. My children had different personalities and ways they learned, as I suspect yours also do. It would’ve been easy to compartmentalize and put them in little boxes, but that also didn’t work for us, so I had to take a look at how I wanted to homeschool and also take into consideration my children’s personalities, as well as the way that they learn best.

Having said this, I also had to look at what were some of the things that the children needed to learn each year, and I found that no matter what we used as far as curriculum went or how I planned my days or my year, there were some considerations I must make. One was a look at my year, midyear. And looked at our progress. This came on after talking to my husband, and I was complaining about how I felt like our kids were not learning a lot that year, so he recommended that I look at our current progress mid-year.

Mid-Year Evaluation

At the time, we were still on Christmas break, and I took his suggestion to heart. There is a link for the Mid-Year Evaluation in podcast form on my website you can listen to for free. This was the best advice I can give you, and it worked so well for me. Each year, I evaluated our progress and made changes as needed. I didn’t go through an entire school year and then feel horrible. Best of all, you will find you are doing well, for the most part, which is an ego boost!

Taking this idea one step further.  I did the same thing at the end of the year and the following year at the beginning of the year. I made some firm plans, and it worked. It worked so well that I created a self-paced set of three audios and a set of handouts for the beginning, middle, and end-of-year evaluations. The audios are available on my website if you want this help.

Three Tips To Help Streamline Your Homeschool:

Looking over my homeschool years, I found I did three things well. What are they? Well, this helps streamline your homeschool!

  1. Routine
  2. Consistency
  3. To expect the unexpected

Streamlining my home school was easier if I had a routine in place.

This consisted of:


  1. Things that we did each day. This allowed not only some free time for me in the morning
  2. Allowing my children to become self-sufficient.
  3. Getting up, dressed, eating breakfast, doing simple chores.
  4. School day routine:


  1. Homeschool
  2. Household
  3. Discipline and following through

Expect the Unexpected

  1. Have a plan, a person to call to watch the children
  2. Fun activities for times you need to keep little ones quiet or engaged
  3. Quite activities: puzzle books, games, or other entertaining items

Streamlining your homeschool takes planning. Sometimes, we get these grandiose plans and want to do these elaborate activities. What has worked for me with the theme of streamlining is that I will do some of these activities during the holidays. For example, I always wanted to do lessons on composers, so I use that as a Christmas activity. It’s still a learning assignment, but one the kids will enjoy. Try to complete school a few before Christmas. Use fun activities for times when other more pressing situations are happening.  Things happen! We remodeled our home twice while homeschooling and planning for a wedding. We had many birthday parties and family gatherings at our home. No matter the month, I am sure you will have disruptions in your home; therefore, school tends to go by the wayside.

Plan ahead. 

1. Yearly Planning Calendar – one month at a time here.

2. Homeschool Goal Setting Bundle – here.

3. Character Planner for the entire family here

Whatever it is, remember routine, consistency, and expecting the unexpected, and you will be well on your way to streamlining your home school this year. I pray these ideas are helpful for you, and I am blessed you took the time to spend it with me! In the next few weeks, we discuss fall and how to fit learning in during a busy season.

Scheduling Your Homeschool High School Year Successfully- Special Replay

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This week on Homeschool High School Podcast: Scheduling Your Homeschool High School Year Successfully- Special Replay!

Scheduling Your Homeschool High School Year Successfully- Special Replay

Scheduling Your Homeschool High School Year Successfully

We know that many homeschooling moms love scheduling…and many DON’T. Whether you enjoy scheduling, it is a good idea to employ some scheduling skills! High school needs organization and scheduling if you are going to achieve your goals (and your teen graduate in four years).

We often receive questions about the right way to plan and then create schedules for homeschool high schoolers! What is the one right way to schedule your homeschool high school year?

There’s NOT one right way to schedule but there are some tips for developing a schedule that works for you!

Based on what has worked for our 7Sisters families (along with our teens), here are some tips for successfully scheduling your homeschool high school year:

Start with the end in mind.

  • Write out your vision or mission statement (click here for a writing your mission statement guide). For our purposes right now, vision and mission are pretty similar.
    • A written vision or mission statement really does help you keep your homeschooling family on task.
      • It helps you choose curriculum (will it advance the vision or mission? or am I experiencing peer pressure to buy curriculum that just will not fit our needs?)
      • When you remember your vision or mission, you can best choose activities that fit the family’s needs. (These days there are SO many options for our homeschool high schoolers that we are often faced with having toooo many activities to choose from.)
      • It helps you imagine and create an idea of the kind of homeschool environment you want.
        • Do your want a quiet, serious, by-the-book homeschool or a rollicking, spontaneous homeschool (or a mix of both)?
        • When you feel stressed, a vision or mission statement can actually help you keep calm and homeschool on.
  • Next, set four year goals.
    • What do you want your teens to have accomplished by the time they graduated (on the transcript and in real life).
      • When they walk across the stage at graduation, what kind of person do you hope your teens will be?
      • What kinds of experiences  (academic or otherwise) do you want them to have had?
      • Life preparation- what do you want them to definitely know how to do?
    • Read this post on how to set goals.

Organize your homeschool year by scheduling backwards.

Schedule backward for your homeschool

Remember: stay flexible! As Vicki always says:

A mom’s mind plans her way, but God directs her steps.

When life happens or things go wrong, give yourself grace and breathing space! Then get back to the schedule as soon as possible OR choose the create a NEW schedule based on the family’s current needs. (For instance, if a chronic illness has developed, you will probably need a whole new schedule. Thats’s okay! Realistic goals and flexibility are key!)

Remember to include teens in the planning process, so that they can own their education.

  • Be sure to write your goals down.
  • Have an accountability partner.

If you need some support, you might enjoy some coaching from Vicki at

Join Sabrina and Vicki for this helpful discussion.


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Keep Calm and Homeschool On, Interview with Carla Fuller

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Keep Calm and Homeschool On, Interview with Carla Fuller.

Keep Calm and Homeschool On, Interview with Carla Fuller

Carla Fuller: Keep Calm and Homeschool On

Do you always have calm days? I doubt it. That’s why we’re diving into the important topic to keep calm and homeschool on!

Because let’s face it, sometimes we all need a little injection. Vicki is excited to day to chat with our friend, Carla Fuller, about the topic of calm homeschooling!

Besides holding double Masters degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as Child and Family Studies, Carla is a high school educational consultant for HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association). Carla’s calm and wise demeanor is truly infectious, and she shares her homeschool journey, tips for reducing anxiety, and advice for homeschooling high school with grace.

About Carla Fuller

Carla Fuller’s homeschool journey began in a serendipitous way. As a marriage and family therapist, she worked on a radio show called Teen Talk, a show that was all about providing a platform for teenagers to call in and talk about their struggles. It was a way to prevent risky behaviors and promote mental health. On the show one day, Carla met a homeschooled teenager who completely blew her away with her maturity and calmness. This encounter sparked Carla’s interest in homeschooling, and she tucked the idea away for later.

Fast forward to meeting her husband and starting a family. They decided to give homeschooling a shot. Little did they know that this decision would shape their lives in incredible ways.

Initially, they took it year by year. However, as they saw the benefits for their boys and their family, they continued homeschooling all the way through high school. Now their sons have graduated and are in college. Their oldest son is pursuing political science while their youngest is studying engineering at a Virginia University. Talk about an amazing journey!

Unfolding the Homeschool Journey

Now, let’s get down to business and talk about that sense of calm and homeschool on that Carla brings to the table. Homeschooling high school can be a nerve-wracking experience:

  • The fear of messing up our teens
  • Or the pressure to cover everything
  • And the worries about college and the future.

It’s enough to make anyone’s blood pressure skyrocket. But Carla is here to save the day with some tips to lower that blood pressure and bring back the calm.

First and foremost, Carla reminds us that our teens are still works in progress.

Carla emphasizes the importance of observing and including with our teens in planning their homeschool years. Development of their unique selves (personality, interests, gifts) takes time, and it’s a process of unfolding. 

She encourages parents to detach from the pressures of gotta’s and should’s.

Instead focus on understanding their teens’ needs and interests. Watch what’s developing in your teens, listen to what they are telling you, and partner with them in their journey. It’s all about discovery and exploration.

By cultivating a strong relationship and engaging in conversations, parents can alleviate the pressure they put on themselves and their children.

Discovering Passions

And here’s a little secret: parenting is all about discovery too. We have no idea who’s being sent to us when we become parents. It’s a wild ride of surprises and unexpected twists. 

Carla’s homeschooling approach involved exposing her sons to various activities and observing their natural interests. From tinkering with Hot Wheels tracks to creating imaginary countries on maps, her sons’ passions became apparent. (Our friend, Anita Gibson, calls this “finding their star”.)

When high school arrived, Carla and her husband focused on incorporating these interests into their curriculum. Her oldest son was interested in political science, even traveling abroad for mission work, while her youngest delved into robotics and engineering studies.

Transcripts and Resumes

When it comes to capturing these unique experiences on transcripts, Carla explains that some activities are best suited for resumes. She suggests focusing on the core academics and listing the rest on a resume. 

For instance, her son listed mission trips, robotics camps and music performances on his experiential resume, showcasing his diverse skills and interests. The resume can come in handy for college applications and even job applications down the line. 

Remember: All of life is education

Advice for Homeschooling High School

For parents starting their homeschooling journey with a 9th grader, Carla has a few sage suggestions:

  • Begin with the end in mind
  • Create a basic academic plan together with your child to help set goals and expectations 
  • Understand your state’s requirements and explore potential colleges early on to alleviate stress later

Carla emphasizes that it’s impossible to cover everything, but by focusing on the tools of learning and fostering a sense of curiosity, your teenager can continue their educational journey beyond homeschooling.

Letting Go and Enjoying the Process

But here’s the thing: you can’t do it all. Carla reminds homeschooling parents that they are not in control of the outcomes. Putting pressure on ourselves to control every aspect of our children’s education is unnecessary. Remember: All of life is education (learning takes a lifetime and there’s just no way to cover everything during high school). 

Let go of that pressure and focus on giving your teens the tools to learn for themselves. And if there are any gaps, don’t fret. Dual enrollment can be a lifesaver. Colleges often have resources that we humble homeschoolers may not, so take advantage of them. 

And remember, you’re not in control of the outcomes. Trust the unfolding process and in the plans that God has for your kids. Have faith that the plans God has for their children will come to fruition. 

Reflecting on her own life, Carla acknowledges that our trajectories are rarely straight, and unexpected detours often lead us to where we need to be.

Embracing Support and Community

Homeschooling can sometimes feel overwhelming, but Carla reassures parents that they are not alone.  Organizations like HSLDA and supportive homeschooling communities exist to provide guidance, resources, and a sense of camaraderie. 

Building a community around you, linking arms with others who understand the journey, can make all the difference.

Carla Fuller: Keep Calm and Homeschool On

Homeschooling high school can be a beautiful and rewarding experience, filled with opportunities for growth and discovery. Carla Fuller’s wisdom and calm demeanor remind us to observe, partner with our children, and trust the unfolding process. To keep calm and homeschool on!

By focusing on the tools of learning, embracing flexibility, and building strong relationships, we can navigate the homeschooling journey with confidence and joy. So take a deep breath, remember that you can do this, and enjoy the adventure of homeschooling high school!

Thank you to Richie Soares with Homeschool and Humor for writing this blog post and to Seth Tillman for editing the podcast.


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Dos and Don’ts of Buying Homeschool Curriculum

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buying homeschool curriculum How to Avoid Curriculum Pit FallsDos and Don’ts of Buying Homeschool Curriculum Episode 334

In this episode, Meredith and Felice share their secrets to buying homeschool curriculum. Both homeschooled their five children (each) from K-12 and have now graduated their children. You will be blessed by this helpful episode.

Homeschool Curriculum isn’t perfect but you can have a successful homeschool journey with some of these insider secrets from Meredith Curtis and Felice Gerwitz. Both Meredith and Felice had five children that they homeschooled K-12. (We have some experience!)

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Do’s and Don’ts



Do pray before you buy homeschool curriculum! Don’t buy homeschool curriculum without praying
Do evaluate your year, what went well, what didn’t – if something works, why? Don’t buy just because someone says it is great. It may not be great for your family.
Do use samples from the curriculum providers. Brand new homeschooler? Start simple, used ready-made homeschool curriculum, add fun activities or extracurricular.
Do make sure your homeschool curriculum is Christ-focused and has a Christian worldview. Character & Bible is important. Is your homeschool curriculum focused on your world view?
Do enjoy yourself when you study and use a curriculum that fits your worldview. Review before buying homeschool curriculum. Time to think — do your kids have time to explore their likes? Do they have a new hobby they enjoy? Allow your children time to develop new interests.


Additional Show Notes for Buying Homeschool Curriculum


– Welcome back to another episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms, the podcast where we delve into the world of homeschooling and provide valuable insights and tips for homeschooling parents.
– In today’s episode, we’ll be discussing one of the most critical aspects of homeschooling: Curriculum. Join us as we explore the different types of homeschool curriculum available, how to choose the right one for your family, and valuable resources to enhance your homeschooling journey.

Understanding Homeschool Curriculum
– The hosts kick off the episode by explaining what homeschool curriculum is and why it’s crucial for homeschooling families.
– They highlight the benefits of using pre-packaged curriculum packages versus creating a custom curriculum based on individual needs and preferences.

Types of Homeschool Curriculum
– The episode explores the various types of homeschool curriculum available, such as traditional textbooks, online courses, unit studies, Charlotte Mason method, unschooling, and more.
– Each type is explained in detail, including its strengths and weaknesses, to help parents make an informed decision.

Factors to Consider When Buying Homeschool Curriculum

Factors to Consider When Choosing Curriculum
– The hosts delve into the essential factors parents should consider when selecting a homeschool curriculum for their children.
– Topics covered include learning styles, grade levels, subject interests, budget considerations, and flexibility.

Top Homeschool Curriculum Picks
– In this segment, the hosts share some of their top homeschool curriculum recommendations across different subjects and age groups.
– They discuss popular choices and their personal experiences using these curricula, helping listeners get a better idea of what might work for their families.

Supplementing and Customizing Curriculum
– Understanding that no curriculum is perfect for every child, the episode discusses the importance of supplementing and customizing curriculum to meet individual needs.
– The hosts provide creative ways to enhance learning experiences and cater to each child’s unique learning style.

Online Resources and Communities
– To wrap up the episode, the hosts share valuable online resources and communities that can aid homeschooling parents in their curriculum selection and implementation process.
– They discuss forums, websites, and social media groups where parents can seek advice, find support, and exchange ideas with other homeschoolers.


Homeschool Do-Over

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Homeschool Do-Over ~ 500th Episode!

homeschool do-oversDo you wish you had a homeschool do-over? What would that look like? After over thirty-two years of homeschooling, there were many things I wish I had done differently. Join your host, Felice Gerwitz, as she celebrates her 500th Podcast Episode for Vintage Homeschool Moms.

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Well, here we are, episode 500, and the topic today is Homeschool due over. If I could go back and begin my Homeschool journey again, which began in 1986-87, I would do so many things differently. But isn’t that the way? How many of us are truly happy with something as precious as a homeschool journey? Our children are the most precious things in our lives, probably after our faith in God and or spouse. Our children are important, as they should be. In all aspects of their life, not just in schooling. What is amazing is at home. Schooling is all-encompassing. It isn’t just about academics. It’s about spiritual growth, mental growth, and of course, physical growth. As parents, we want the best for our children, and there is always room for improvement. 

But I want to assure you that a bad day of homeschooling is better than a bad day in public or private education.

In addition, I have talked to hundreds of homeschooling parents for many years as a Conference speaker, and I know that their hearts are in the right place. Sometimes our execution could use improvement, but for the most part, you, Mom and Dad, and Grandparents are doing it well!

But again, the topic of this podcast is Homeschool Do-Overs, so here goes! If I were homeschooling my five children over again, I’d do many things differently. However, there were some things I would not change. 

So what would I do differently? I decided to break it up into sections first, faith, family second, household third, and lastly, homeschooling.

Why? Due to the many different dynamics of homeschooling. I want to share a synopsis rather than a play-by-play of everything I would have done differently! Especially since I started homeschooling in 1986. We’d be here all day, if not longer, since I finished my homeschool journey in 2018, clocking in at 32 years. Yes. I know. 

Truthfully, I was not passionate about homeschooling until a full year or two into my homeschool journey. Once I realized the benefit of homeschooling and saw the caliber of my new homeschool friends and their passion, I was sold. Tip number one, find like-minded friends! Once I found like-minded friends and those who shared my faith and family values, I knew I was in it for the long haul.

I started strongest with my two oldest, and I could tell you I continued at that pace with my youngest three, but I didn’t. In essence, I had a chance to do it over with the three youngest, but if I had to pick a time I was a better homeschool parent, I’d say it was with the oldest two. I was more relaxed once I embraced homeschooling.

What is Homeschooling?

Homeschooling is a chance to combine faith, family, and education. It is a chance to encourage your children to love the Lord, family, and school! It allows us to raise independent thinkers, and it is a chance to spend time with our children that we can never get back if they are in traditional education.

All of my children are now adults, and they live faith-filled and productive lives, yet I believe it is by the grace of God. There were many prayers said during our homeschool years and still today. I prayed about everything related to family and homeschooling, which helped our journey.

A synopsis of faith and homeschool do-over:

This is an area that I feel good about, in that we had the freedom to practice our faith and delve into good spiritual books that we used as read-aloud that focused on character traits of the saints and other godly men and women of God. We had good Bible studies, used Bible timelines, and participated in First Fridays with our homeschool community. The area I would have improved upon was assigning more books in the high school year, such as all of the C.S. Lewis books, not just Mere Christianity and the Screw Tape Letters. I would have included a course on Relativism which permeates our world today. The idea that it is “all good” or “your truth” comes from a lack of education and focus on the real truth, not some made-up version. My children have shared difficulty articulating beliefs, and we could all improve in this area.

A synopsis of my family dynamics homeschool do-over:

Now let’s look at family. I do wish I had been more disciplined to follow through and back up, “No means no, and yes means yes.”  Let’s face it, parents, we are typically swayed by our children. It’s just the nature of parenting. We feel worse for the discipline we give out often than they do. Sometimes I went overboard; for example, my poor second child had to endure one year of no sleepovers! Yes, and the entire year. For one reason, I didn’t like them. I was never a big fan of sleepovers in the first place, especially when my children were younger. However, it turned out to be a good thing, and my daughter has followed in my footsteps, even though she was the one who suffered at the time. In other words, God uses those times for good, even during our worse or over-the-top decisions.

I wish I had worked on one of my children’s attitudes and focused on some of the things that would carry him forward in life. All are self-disciplined except one. [There is a class in the works about cultivating a climate of good attitude within families.] This brings me to another point. I wish I had realized what worked for one does not work for all of them. Even the good methods or ideas! We are a close-knit family, and having family meetings occasionally worked. 

A synopsis of my household management homeschool do-over:

As far as a household goes, that is an area I struggled with; at times, I could not balance a perfectly clean home and well-educated children. I had to pick one! Sure, we had both somewhat in hand at different times, but more times than I can say, the house suffered. We did not have a perfect home where I could feel that people could stop by and we would be willing to host them at a moment’s notice.

I read all kinds of blogs about having meals planned ahead, schedules for cleaning, and having the kids picked up before the day’s end or before dad came home, as well as having a home that could take visitors anytime without worry.  My in-laws often receive company from up north, and they love to show off the house which their son built, and rightly so. Our home is not fancy but well-built, and I love it! We lived about thirty minutes away.  At this point, all learning stopped, and all hands were on deck to get the house in some semblance of order before our visitors came. Sometimes I said no, and I had a good enough relationship with my husband’s parents that they understood. Still, it was something I wish I did better. I put pressure on myself. We all have insecurities, and this was one of mine! As the years progressed, our homeschool moved upstairs, which was wonderful! The mess was contained in one place, and we could keep the downstairs neat enough.

Friends, sometimes it takes time or years, but your family takes precedence. Even so, our house was never dirty – I can’t handle dirt or dishes in the sink, but it wasn’t my mother-in-law’s standard of neatness.

Now as far as planning meals and cooking, that I had it down pat and excelled at doubling recipes to freeze one for an upcoming meal, yet laundry and keeping things picked up could have used improvement.

Celebrate what you do well and let the rest go – that is the older and wiser Felice’s advice!

A synopsis of my education component to the homeschool do-over:

What would I do regarding my home education? I would not duplicate private or public schools at home. As a certified teacher, it was natural to teach in a way that was comfortable, but that did not work, and I soon learned my kids did not like school at all. OUR SCHOOL IMPROVED once I learned to relax and incorporate outdoor activities, field trips, and unit studies. I would use unit studies all the way until middle school and perhaps a bit longer, yet always supplement with math or reading if the children needed additional work.

I would ignore many of the curriculum suggestions of my friends. Everyone’s kids are different, and I know I used some books that didn’t fit our family’s needs. Another thing, I would use textbooks sparingly in the younger years and focus on learning based on my children’s interests. I am too uptight to unschool but I would have done more child lead learning. My children love the outdoors, and I live in a temperate place that allows us to utilize the outdoors all year. The children were very interested in nature, astronomy, and oceanography. W took many trips to the beach, nature centers and had access to a conservatory for star gazing. I wish I had capitalized on the educational aspect of those situations, using them as a basis for deeper and further study. There is so much that you can do in order to facilitate learning with field trips.

I tried to turn some of our vacations into education. My children said I could turn any vacation into school. But can you imagine if we were doing this in reverse? Using field trips as part of our homeschool curriculum? The kids would be very happy to go on home-school field trips and turn that into school during the school year. I was never comfortable with unschooling, but I was very impressed with those who could keep up with that teaching method. As the children became older, I ended up panicking more, especially for those that were college bound. I may be panic is too strong of a word. However, I feel like I did my children a disservice. My second oldest was very interested in writing, and I feel that that was one good thing I did and that I encouraged her to write, and we published three novels. You can check out the Truth Seekers Mystery Series on our website for more information.

However, the focus should have been on trades for my oldest son and the thirdborn. Both ended up working in the vocational field, some area of construction. It helps to own a construction company, but only one son works for us. I insisted that both sons do college-bound work.  It was stressful, not necessarily that he couldn’t accomplish the work but that he hated it! If I could do it over again, my two boys would have a vocational-focused education in various fields. My son taught himself mechanics and has rebuilt or repaired many cars, trucks, and trailers, although his job is in construction with my husband. 

Three of my children attended college. Two graduated Magnum Cum Laude and one Cum Laude, and one with a master’s degree. The youngest, an earlier reader, did not have a problem with school, yet I wish we had focused more on mathematics with him because English and writing can easily. Sometimes we focus on our children’s strengths and forget to shore up their weaknesses, but don’t worry!

After his freshman year of college, he asked me to order him a math curriculum for the summer to brush up on some math skills he felt he didn’t know. That, my friends, is one of the fruits of homeschooling and encouraging your children to learn! So even if we mess up, those motivated kids will keep us in line! I mean, seriously, whose kid asks for a math curriculum to do during the summer when they are on a break in college? What a blessing, right?

My youngest three children played sports in high school, and then the youngest two in college; we had some major scheduling that needed to take place to fit all the practice times. This sometimes threw our homeschool out of balance, but it was a great incentive for the children to complete their schoolwork. It was not a given that they had to play. It was school first, then sports. (Share the story of a teammate whose dad benched him.)

One other thing I wish I had done more college prep work regarding testing. Yes, I know many colleges say they will not focus on test results, but studying for testing when you are college-bound teaches you skills needed for analytical thinking, taking the test, and making decisions. I believe that it is important, and you can check out Jean Burk is a Podcaster on this network and provides a wonderful curriculum for college prep at a reasonable cost. I know I don’t get paid to say this. My children benefited from her class, and I am forever grateful that I found her in time for the youngest two. 

The two youngest also participated in dual enrollment. College and high school credits combined. This was a highly successful time for my children.

In subsequent podcasts, I will address some of the comments from parents who participated in a survey where we asked about their homeschool do-over ideas. Here is a synopsis. 

  1. Do not duplicate school at home.
  2. Be more relaxed and flexible.
  3. Prayed more, seek God’s wisdom.
  4. Relationship within the family rather than the 3 R’s
  5. Focusing on reading, writing, and arithmetic (math) rather than other things.
  6. Consider unschooling, child lead learning, and adding field trips.
  7. Some specific curriculums they enjoyed or did not enjoy.
  8. Avoiding the “all in one” curriculums. 
  9. Stop using a curriculum that isn’t working for the child.
  10. Not starting school so early delay learning with some kids.
  11. Identifying learning issues and remediation.
  12. Adopting the idea of “there is plenty of time for that” and running out of time!
  13. Not buy into the idea of the day (one has a farm and would rather have a smaller property and added travel).
  14. Combine subjects within the family.
  15. Don’t stress the house over the kids.
  16. And so many more comments!

Others discussed keeping prayer front and center of their homeschool decisions; one stated, “God’s to-do list and my to-do list are often two different things.”

Friends, we all have regrets, and in our ideal “homeschool do-over world,” we probably would do things we’d want to do differently! Please know homeschooling your children is a blessing. Build relationships, memories and spend time with the Lord. Thanks for joining me on my 500th episode! I pray a blessing on you and your family today and always.

What to do Senior Year for College-Bound Homeschoolers- Special Replay

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What to do Senior Year for College-Bound Homeschoolers

What to do Senior Year for College-Bound Homeschoolers- Special Replay

You and your homeschool teens have been working diligently all through high school. They needed a college-attractive transcript. Not only that, they needed the college-prep study skills and safety skills that college students will use. However, they also needed to be teenagers and have some kind of fun and balanced life. You all have made it this far….to SENIOR YEAR!!


Senior year is different from the earlier years of homeschooling high school. We are always getting LOTS of questions about what to expect from senior year for college bound homeschool high schoolers. What are the rhythms of senior year?

What needs to happen and when during senior year?

Of course, as we always say: There’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school, so you and your teens need to decide what is best. However, it is nice to have some guidelines that can help you set your own goals. These are the senior year goals we set for our college-bound teens.

June, July, August goals:

July goals:

  • Plan the academics for the year, include your teen in the process. It is SO important to have your teens’ buy-in for their final year of high school!
  • Order your curriculum if possible.

August goals:

  • Have your senior write their college application essays.
    • Most of the online applications have the essay topics posted by August (and sometimes they are the same essay topics as the previous year).
  • Check out this Homeschool Highschool Podcast episode on how to apply to college.
  • ALSO: Please, please, please: Discuss with your seniors how to politely ask for their college recommendation letter!
    • That letter may not be due yet, but when seniors have written that college application essay, they can imagine how much time it will take the person they have chosen to write that recommendation letter.

September goals:

  • Work with your senior to narrow the college choices down to three to five good-fit schools.
  • Make sure your teen has toured those schools.
  • If the school has rolling admissions, your teen can start the application process.
    • Otherwise, find out what the early application timeframe is. Discuss with your teen if they want early or regular admissions.

October goals:

  • If early admissions is open for your teens choice schools, you can probably apply now.
  • Have your seniors take their time and do a good job.
  • Get the reference requests done, if they have not already done so.

November goals:

  • See if your seniors can wrap up the college applications and recommendation letters.

Holiday goals:

  • Have a nice holiday season. Keep those academics on target.

January goals:

  • Keep an eye on status on the online essays….IF you are not obsessing about it. Remember, it is your teen who is headed to college, not you!
  • You really can trust God to open and close the right doors.
  • Please do not share everything cool that your teen with all your social media.
  • Ask you teens first! Remind your teen to be compassionate with their friends who are in different places in the process.

February goals:

  • Send mid-year grades to colleges.
  • Start working on graduation. (Some homeschool graduates do not want an official graduation, that is okay, too!)
  • Are senior pictures done?
  • Pick graduation date.
    • Start organizing your ideas for graduation party and ceremony.

March goals:

  • Financial aid packages have arrived.
    • Time for your teen to make that college decision.

April goals:

  • Plan the schedules to finish off academics and activities to finish in time.

May goals:

  • Wrap things up. All the things!

June goals:

  • Graduation!!! Congratulations!!

After graduation, many people celebrate with a graduation party!

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for an encouraging, empowering talk about senior year for college bound homeschool high schoolers. In the meantime, enjoy these posts and resources:


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Scheduling Senior Year for Career-Bound Homeschoolers, Special Replay

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Scheduling Senior Year for Career-Bound Homeschoolers, Special Replay

Scheduling Senior Year for Career-Bound Homeschoolers

There’s not one right way to homeschool high school and there’s not one right way to prepare for life after graduation. After all, some homeschool high schoolers graduate and go to college. Some teens need a gap year (or two) before they go to college. They want to work or serve for a time before heading to college. At the same time, MANY  homeschooling high schoolers graduate and go right into the workforce!

It is NOT WRONG to not go to college! Not all young people are called to go to college.

There are lots of options for homeschool graduates. But FIRST they need to finish senior year. Senior year is such a wonderful opportunity to truly prepare your non-college-bound teens for life after graduation. Let’s talk about it! Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for Scheduling Senior Year for Career-Bound Homeschoolers.

Scheduling senior year for non-college-bound teens

Help your teen be ready for adulting:

  • Preparations for career
  • Practical life skills that will prepare them for a responsible adulthood

Summer before senior year

July: Plan out the academic year.

What is left of the academic requirements for graduation in your state and/or supervising organization?

Think about practical courses. Has your career-bound teen had courses like:

BTW- Make sure you include your teen in the process. This is especially important as you prepare for senior year. Teens need to be empowered to think and give opinions about what needs

  • to happen after graduation
  • still must be covered in academics in order to graduate
  • how best to fulfill all these

Also, include your teens in choosing curriculum. Lastly order textbooks, supplies and whatever you need for the school year.

August: Work on career readiness skills

There are several ways to approach building career readiness skills. Here are a few:

Fall semester of senior year

September through December: Career preparation for life after graduation.

Of course, you must finish off the academics for graduation between now and June. Try not to overdo the academics (unless there are topics where your teen has definite interest- then, in that case, have at it!)

Instead of killer academics, concentrate on skills that will help them in the job hunt, career preparation and life in general. Here are a few our non-college-bound teens have learned and appreciated.

Winter semester of senior year

January through May

Work on graduation plans like senior pictures, graduation date and location, announcements while things are more quiet. Schedule backwards through the end of the school year. What academics need to be completed or caught up? Schedule backwards to the end of the year.

Also, throughout the year, you may need to wrestle with these questions:

Teens do not always have a clear understanding about what life will be like after graduation. They may experience anxiety (here’s a post to help). Or they might have some totally unrealistic dreams.

How do you deal with students who are struggling or have some unrealistic dreams?

  • Help them discover Plan B’s and let them know how long you will support them as they try for professional gaming, sports or some other “big dream” career.

Join us this week for encouragement for career-bound seniors and their moms. For more thoughts on senior year for non-college-bound teens check this post.


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