Planning for High School Success

Planning for Homeschool High School Success with Homeschool High School There’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school, but planning is such an important part of setting yourself up for success! Let’s talk about how to choose courses that will help mold teens’ character while giving them excellent life preparation, then how to plan to implement them over the 4 years of high school.

Homeschool high schoolers must be ready to face adulthood: educationally, spiritually, emotionally, physically, socially. As a homeschool parent, YOU get to help them prepare for the independence of adulthood. Here are tips for planning for high school success!

1) Set Long-Term Goals

Prayerfully think about what kind of young adulthood God has called your homeschooler to. Can you write a “wish list” describing his/her educational preparation, spiritual maturity, health, and social/relational skills? Keep it in perspective, of course:  a homeschool mom may plan her kids’ path- but God will direct their steps. You don’t want to get in His way, but thinking about the long-term picture will empower you to pray and help you make wise decisions.

2) Create some Short-Term Goals

Short-term goals are one-year-at-a-time goals for each year of high school. These will be the areas that you want to cover educationally each year with your homeschoolers. Here are some general thoughts about what to include:

Language Arts/Literature

Think about covering the common literature categories over the 4 years of high school. These common categories are typically recognized as British Literature, World Literature, and American Literature (in no particular order). Then add other categories that interest you and your teen, like Great Christian Writers, C.S. Lewis Studies, or why not blend topics for more general studies? Be sure to include vocabulary study, but incorporating that into your literature study is fine; using literature study guides is a great way to do that AND build a basic skill set for literary analysis.

Language Arts/Writing

Each year needs lots of writing of various types. Be sure to include a Research Paper, several Essays, and varied types of Creative Writing (poetry, short stories,journal entries, letters, song lyrics).

Grammar can either be learned using a stand-alone curriculum or (for students who have already mastered the basics) by editing their writing assignments and learning the nuances of good grammar as they correct their mistakes.

Maths

Include Algebra I, II, Geometry, and Financial Literacy (higher maths or business math may be a good choice according to your homeschool high schooler’s strengths and needs).

Social Studies

Most families study American History, World History (try integrating World History with Philosophy for a meaningful course!), Civics, Economics, Geography, Social Sciences (courses like Psychology or Sociology), and special topics of interest. These don’t need to be studied in any particular order, but make sure you spend time each year earning a credit of Social Studies.

Science

The commonly required sciences with lab experiments are Biology, Chemistry, and Physical Science (or Physics). Additionally, consider studying Health (or Human Development), specialty Courses such as Advanced Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Astronomy, Environmental Science, or others that fit with your child’s plans for college or career after graduation.

World Languages

It doesn’t matter which language you pick, but your student needs 2 or 3 years of the same language for the high school transcript.

Fine Arts

Music, visual art, dance, drama, photography…so many options, and one credit  is the absolutely minimum.

Phys Ed

This can be earned in many ways, but your teen needs at least 2 years of credits.

Career Exploration

This is one of the most valuable AND most-often-overlooked courses in high school. Varied numbers of credits need to be earned according to student needs. Help your homeschooler recognize what God has already done in his/her life and where He might be leading.

Religion

This is material that can be studied in many ways; choose an approach that fits your family.

Drivers Ed

You don’t want to play chauffeur the rest of your life, do you? 🙂

Electives

Elective courses are the ones where you get to choose what will uniquely complement your teen’s personality, areas of interest or passion, calling from God for ministry, and more. Use these to develop skills/talents, explore new areas of development, or add power (SPARKLE) to the high school transcript making it extra-attractive to colleges.

Planning for high school success means considering the generally agreed-upon requirements for a high school education AND considering the unique needs of your teen and your homeschool family. By giving both considerations time and importance, you will find the plan coming beautifully together for homeschool high school!

 


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HSHSP Ep 119: Homeschooling Middle Schoolers Interview with Latonya Moore

This week on HSHSP Ep 119: Homeschooling Middle Schoolers Interview with Latonya Moore.

HSHSP Ep 119: Homeschooling Middle Schoolers Interview with Latonya Moore

HSHSP Ep 119: Homeschooling Middle Schoolers Interview with Latonya Moore

Latonya Moore is a homeschooling mom in Tennessee. Trained as a teacher, she decided to homeschool her daughters after her first teaching experiences. She, along with her husband, decided that homeschooling would give her family a chance at their best lives. With just one year break, she’s been enjoying her ordinary homeschool life. Interestingly, although Latonya loves her ordinary life, she took that one year break when she began to question whether they were too *safe* in their homeschooling. They came back to it when the family decided that homeschooling was the adventure they truly wanted.

Latonya Moore, Joy in the Ordinary

Latonya Moore and daughters. Photo used with permission.

Latonya and her husband have 2 daughters. Their philosophy for middle school is the same as their elementary years: What

  • Be able to find information
  • Be confident
  • Be able to question themselves and make good choices
  • Have a good education
  • Enjoy lectures and read-alouds
  • Build thinking skills
  • Build conversational skills
  • Build independence (not needing to follow the crowd)
  • Explore interests

Her educational curriculum style is eclectic. She likes to use a variety of publishers so that all the bases are covered, since each publisher tends to cover topics from different angles in their core subjects.  Latonya remembers, there’s not ONE right way to homeschool. There’s not ONE right perspective.

We know that many homeschooled middle schooling parents feel pressure to hurry and start high school courses during middle school. Latonya reminds us: there is no rush. She asks her daughters which maths they want to take in middle school, they pray together, then she goes with that. Unless she sees her kids are solidly gifted in a certain subject, then she leans into the high school maths in middle school. Pretty cool idea!

On the other hand, she doesn’t have a problem with her children sometimes struggling with a course. Struggle builds strength in a loving environment.

Here’s a sweet video about Latonya’s upcoming retreat (when you register use coupon code: 7Sisters).
https://www.facebook.com/latonya.moore.52/videos/10215389423035995/

Latonya also teaches popular Outschool courses: Math and Art. Check out these live classes! (We aren’t affiliates, we just appreciate Latonya’s work.)

Latonya’s podcast Joy in the Ordinary.

Joy in the Ordinary Facebook Page

Joy in the Ordinary Facebook Community Group

Don’t miss Latonya’s refreshing, relaxtion retreat for homeschool moms: https://joyintheordinary.com/retreat/?rq=retreat.  Use coupon code for discount: 7Sisters

Join Vicki and Latonya for an encouraging discussion of middle school and her family’s middle school philosophy. Also check out this episode:

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 66 Preparing Middle Schoolers for High School

And these blog posts:

5 Workable Ways to Homeschool Middle School and Still Have Fun

Homeschooling Average Middle Schoolers: High School Can Wait!

HSHSP Ep 119: Homeschooling Middle Schoolers Interview with Latonya Moore

HSHSP Ep 118: Annoying Questions for Homeschoolers: What About Socialization?

This week on HSHSP Ep 118: Annoying Questions for Homeschoolers: What About Socialization?

HSHSP Ep 118: Annoying Questions for Homeschoolers: What About Socialization?

HSHSP Ep 118: Annoying Questions for Homeschoolers: What About Socialization?

This is THE most often-asked annoying question that we homeschooling parents get. Don’t worry about it, though. We’ve got some great information to equip you to handle it graciously.

First off, people don’t even know what socialization means. SO start off clarifying the definition!

Definition of socialization: Passing on the norms, customs, ideologies and skills from one generation to the next.

Isn’t homeschooling the BEST way to accomplish socialization??

So, when you encounter the annoying question about socialization, put yourself in the questioner’s shoes and think about what they are worried about. Then answer. Here are a few common worries, along with good answers.

People are often worried our kids won’t learn: How to play with peers

Answer back:

  • You only learn how to communicate with peers from other peers?
  • Our kids aren’t isolated. Homeschool parents very intentionally exposing their kids to different social situations such as
    • church
    • sports
    • homeschool groups
    • service
    • drama productions
    • community classes
    • dual enrollment classes
    • Civil Air Patrol
    • dance programs
  • Our kids are usually trained in manners, communication and social intelligence. We make it part of our life skills curriculum (in other words, we practice it in real life).

People are often worried our kids won’t learn: How to communicate with anyone who isn’t an adult

Ask them back, do kids learn to communicate with all kinds of people in:

  • Age segregated classrooms
  • Classrooms who aren’t allow to experience discipline, thus are often chaotic

Rather, they learn the skills best in a loving, supportive, age-integrated atmosphere where communication skills and politeness are modeled and practiced.

People are often worried our kids won’t learn to have self-esteem because they aren’t around peers in a classroom

The truth is, homeschoolers score better on tests of socialization and self-esteem. (Check out Vicki’s graduate research publish in National Home Education Research Institute.)

Remember: There’s not ONE right way to socialize our kids. You handle socializing your family in the way that meets YOUR family’s goals.

However, we should be sure to cover a few socialization tasks with our kids, so they are well prepared for life. This is because there are certain settings our kids are going to encounter without us as they grow through adolescence that they will need specific, intentional training! 😉

  • Don’t ask questions to people who aren’t interested or qualified, teach them to ask who to ask. (Just think visiting your local Motor Vehicle Administration building.)
  • Teach them to handle crowds going through college tours and the mall at Christmas, as in teach them to line up or walk on the *driving lane* as they navigate mall foot traffic.
  • Teach your teens to follow directions.
  • Teach them to form a circle.
  • Teach them to take one paper and pass the rest.
  • Teach them to laugh at themselves (not take themselves too seriously).
  • Teach them to be gracious to people who have other ideologies.
  • Teach them to be curious and how to ask questions about all kinds of things. (Teach them Apologetics- see 7Sisters FREE Apologetics course and delightful Philosophy in 4 Questions.)
  • Teach them the 10 basic social skills. (Take at look 7Sisters Social Skills.)
  • Teach them to model the walk of grace (and model it ourselves).

What about socialization? Here’s a simple answer to that annoying question: “Homeschooler are socialized and successful, now tell me all about your kids.”

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for an intelligent and FUN discussion on the answers to the annoying question: What about socialization?

Also, enjoy these related posts:

5 Ways to Teach Teens to be Thinkers, Not Parrots

How to Answer the Common Question About Homeschooling: What About Socialization?

HSHSP Ep 118: Annoying Questions for Homeschoolers: What About Socialization?

HSHSP Ep 117: Create a Great Transcript Using Levels in 7Sisters Curriculum

This week on HSHSP Ep 117: Create a Great Transcript Using Levels in 7Sisters Curriculum!

Create a Great Transcript Using Levels in 7Sisters Curriculum

HSHSP Ep 117: Create a Great Transcript Using Levels in 7Sisters Curriculum

You’ve probably noticed that there is a LOT of difference in homeschool high schoolers. They have different:

  • Interests
  • Abilities
  • Goals

Teens have different goals:

  • Teens who are headed to competitive colleges or state universities, need competitive transcripts.
  • Teens who are headed to community colleges or smaller, less competitive colleges need solid transcripts.
  • Teens who are headed into the workforce need life and career preparation more than competitive core classes.
  • Teens who needed remedial work needed to concentrate on that.

We also know that our teens have different interests. We need to put emphasis on the areas they want to explore by increasing the *levels* of their interest courses. You can’t *Level 5* every interest area, but you can choose some. Talk to your teen!

You can tailor the homeschool transcript to meet each individual needs by teaching courses at the *level* of your teen’s needs. This doesn’t mean that you haven’t allowed them to face challenges. It simply means you are wise enough to find your teen’s sweet spot in education to have a well-rounded transcript with challenges in the appropriate areas for them. If you haven’t listened to Episode 116: What Are Levels on the Homeschool Transcript, be sure to catch up!

7Sisters Literature Guides include instructions for enjoying our popular Literature Guides at Level 1 (Remedial), Level 2 (Average), Level 3 (College Prep), Level 4 (Advanced), Level 5 (Honors). Each guide covers only one or two literature themes so we don’t kill the book. There is also vocabulary, a little background information, comprehension and inferential questions. Use higher levels for college bound teens who are English, Communications, History, Humanities majors. Use Level 2 for a workforce-bound teen, adapt by using questions as discussion rather than writing (see each Literature Guide for more Level 2 information). Level 1 (Remedial) is for teens with learning difficulties, so do the guides together choosing which questions and vocabulary are useful to them; also use adaptive technology for listening and writing.

7Sisters Elective Courses:

Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective. The text includes a grid that tells you how to handle each level. The text is written at Level 2, so it is fun and comfortable to read for most homeschool high schoolers. Each chapter includes extra activities and exercises that will enrich the course and help level-up the course (or come up with your own). The higher the Level the student desires, the more meaningful activities the student will complete.

Human Development from a Christian Worldview. The text includes a grid that tells you how to handle each level. The text is written at Level 2, so it is fun and comfortable to read for most homeschool high schoolers. Each chapter includes extra activities and exercises that will enrich the course and help level-up the course (or come up with your own). The higher the Level the student desires, the more meaningful activities the student will complete.

Check out Cathy Duffy’s Review of American History. It is in-depth and helpful.

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for more details than you can capture in words here! Also, enjoy these posts:

An Authoritative Guide to Literature for Homeschool High School

Create a Great Career Pathways Credit for Teens Interested in Psychology

Fun & Useful Elective: Combining Human Development and Early Childhood Education

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HSHSP Ep 117: Create a Great Transcript Using Levels in 7Sisters Curriculum

HSHSP Ep 116: What Are Levels in Homeschool High School?

This week on HSHSP Ep 116: What Are Levels in Homeschool High School?

HSHSP Ep 116: What Are Levels in Homeschool High School?

HSHSP Ep 116: What Are Levels in Homeschool High School?

In life there are all kinds of levels in life, but we are interested in *levels* for the homeschool high school transcript.

What are levels in homeschool high school? Many moms tell us: “We didn’t have levels on transcripts when WE were in high school!”

That’s so very true….BUT levels have come into vogue on high school transcripts (in traditional high schools and in homeschool high schools). That’s because colleges want to know the level of rigor at which a teen’s core courses were completed. Teens should *level-up* in courses of strength, giftedness or interest. These should be rigorous and provide academic stretch.

Here is a brief explanation of levels and some links to help.

Level 1: Remedial

These are courses for teens with learning issues who cannot do average high school course work. These courses are completed using materials and experiences that are appropriate for the teen. Teens earn credit using Carnegie credit hours and earn a transcript and a high school diploma that should be noted: Developmental Diploma. Still valid and useful.

Level 2: Average

Most high schoolers are average. Don’t harbor guilt trips because your teens are average! God gave everyone varying gifts, average academians are just fine.

Average high school textbooks have shorter chapters than the College Prep textbooks, with simpler vocabulary, short problem sets and short reviews. Homeschool high schoolers can work on courses at average level in areas where this is appropriate. They earn credit for their courses and transcripts show: Level 2 beside the name of the course.

Level 3: College Preparatory

Most high school textbooks are written at College Prep level. There is some rigor but not at stay-up-all-night-working-level for most teens. Record these courses on the transcript as *Level 3*.

Level 4: Advanced

Advanced courses are rigorous. They look attractive to college admissions officers. Level 4 course credit is earn by completing a College Prep course PLUS .5 credit again, combined for ONE credit. This should be rigorous and an academic stretch. Record these with *Level 4* beside the course name on the homeschool transcript. Be sure to include a key or legend on the transcript that briefly explains how the level was earned.

Level 5: Honors, AP, College Courses

These are very rigorous courses. Level 5 courses are College prep course DOUBLED for ONE credit. Students who complete an AP course are doing Level 5 work. College courses are Level 5. Don’t just double the textbook, you can mix textbooks and logging Carnegie hours and reading real books. Check out the post below for more information.

Be sure on the homeschool transcript, you include a key that explains how levels are earned in your high schoolers courses.

7SistersHomeschool.com’s curriculum is design to be easily level-able and has been vetted for years by homeschool high schoolers. Check out the Literature Study Guides, Writing Guides, Psychology, Financial Literacy, World History, Human Development curricula and get busy leveling for the rigor that is appropriate for your teen.

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for a helpful discussion of levels on the homeschool transcript. AND check out these helpful posts.

Homeschool High School Transcript: How to Earn Credits

Homeschool High School Transcripts: Recording Course Levels

How Many Books Should MY Homeschool High Schooler Read?

3 Ways to Create a High School Psychology Honors Level Credit for Your Homeschooler


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HSHSP Ep 115: How to Plan Language Arts for Homeschool Highschool

This week on HSHSP Ep 115: How to Plan Language Arts for Homeschool Highschool.

HSHSP Ep 115: How to Plan Language Arts for Homeschool Highschool

HSHSP Ep 115: How to Plan Language Arts for Homeschool Highschool

How can you know what to plan for when organizing your materials for your teens’ homeschool highschool Language Arts credits.

  • Reading (Literature)
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Public Speaking

Reading

There’s not one right way to choose books for homeschool highschool. For students with learning disabilities or career-bound teens they may need more practical reading and/or audiobooks. Think at least one book per month with a literature study guide (follow guidelines for ability level usage in each 7SistersHomeschool.com’s Literature Study Guides). Then fill out the list with Bible reading, magazines, poetry, etc that interests them. Discuss this with you supervisory advisor for exactly what can be counted.

Writing

Writing is as important as reading. Everyone needs to be able to write efficiently.

Grammar

Grammar is necessary for homeschool highschool. However, teens who have a practical mastery of grammar rules may find that editing their papers is enough grammar (proof that they understand grammar usage).

Vocabulary

Vocabulary is part of being well prepared for life. All homeschool highschoolers need some vocabulary study each year. However, teens who are headed to college need to lean heavily into vocabulary. 7Sisters literature study guides include vocabulary but more can be added with specific courses or online games like FreeRice.com.

Public Speaking

Public Speaking needs to be part of your homeschool highschooler’s yearly experience. It can be as simply as prayer at a large family gathering. However, for teens who are willing to stretch, they can do a full-year course or a speech team or any variant of that. 7SistersHomeschool.com has a curriculum that is popular with speech teams, co-ops and group classes.

Join Sabrina and Kym for fun and encouragement about planning high school Language Arts!

Also, enjoy these encouraging posts:

An Authoritative Guide to Literature for Homeschool High School

Why is Language Arts Such a HUGE Credit?

 

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HSHSP Ep 115: How to Plan Language Arts for Homeschool Highschool

HSHSP Ep 114: How to Homeschool Highschool When You Don’t Know Everything

This week on HSHSP Ep 114: How to Homeschool Highschool When You Don’t Know Everything.

HSHSP Ep 114: How to Homeschool Highschool When You Don't Know Everything

HSHSP Ep 114: How to Homeschool Highschool When You Don’t Know Everything

No homeschool mom wants to leave holes in their teens’ education.

EVERYONE has holes in their education. No matter where you were educated or how much you are educated you have holes somewhere in what you know.

Holes are everywhere! Even the most expert professionals in long careers still have holes somewhere in their knowledge base. But don’t worry, your teens are learning to explore interests and become independent learners. Many teens will let you know what holes are important to them and help you explore how to fill those holes.

Know that some holes don’t matter! These holes are information your teen will never need in their future careers. (For example, a teen who will become a hair stylist or a Communications major don’t really need Calculus in homeschool high school.)

Our homeschool highschoolers learn to be lifelong learners. Homeschool highschool is a foundation of their life-learning. It is just a start. You can’t handle everything in the world in 4 years.

Sciences often make moms nervous. Who remembers their last Science course? It was a LONG time ago! But there are LOTS of ways to solve the problem of teaching the required Sciences to homeschool highschoolers.

Remember: There’s not ONE right way to tackle topics you don’t know. Look into one or more of these:

  • Pray
  • Co-ops and group classes
  • Swap courses with a mom-friend
  • Community college
  • Video courses and online courses (Here’s an episode on digital learning.)

You might enjoy these episodes on labs and ideas for non-science learners.

Higher Maths often intimidate homeschool moms. Here are some tips:

The tips listed for Sciences also apply to higher Maths. Also, try:

  • Working with a tutor
  • Find a homeschool highschool study-buddy

Language Arts/Writing is intimidating to many homeschool moms (especially grading writing):

  • Make peace with the subjective parts of writing…really mom, you can handle subjectiveness
  • Use a rubric (that’s why 7Sisters’ writing curriculum includes rubrics)
  • Have a friend of friends grade papers
  • Send your homeschool highschooler to co-op, group classes or online classes (This often includes the important experience: peer review.)

Language Arts/Literature can be frustrated to some homeschool teens:

World Languages are so intimidating for homeschool moms. Here are some workable ideas:

History is so much fun to teach in homeschool highschool! You and your teen can learn together or they can usually easily handle independent learning.

  • Often, if a textbook is engaging, teens can do the text independently. (Independent learning is a goal for 7Sisters’ Psychology and Human Development courses.)
  • Group classes and co-ops are marvelous for discussions.
  • Online courses
  • Video courses

Phys Ed sometimes takes some creativity!

Fine Arts is intimidating to moms who aren’t artsy. Remember this:

Join Sabrina and Kym for TONS of ideas on homeschooling highschool when you don’t know everything!

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HSHSP Ep 114: How to Homeschool Highschool When You Don’t Know Everything

HSHSP Ep 113: Job Hunting Skills for Homeschool Highschoolers

This week on HSHSP Ep 113: Job Hunting Skills for Homeschool Highschoolers.

HSHSP Ep 113: Job Hunting Skills for Homeschool Highschoolers

HSHSP Ep 113: Job Hunting Skills for Homeschool Highschoolers

Join Vicki for this quick, concise coaching session on job hunting skills for teens. It can be really stressful for teens to look for their first jobs. They are stressed because they’ve never done this before and often don’t know where to start! And face it, it’s been a LONG time since we moms have had to search for a first job!

So as a quick, encouraging review on what to do. Here are 10 tips.

Tip #1

Develop an experiential resume. Experiential resumes highlight skills that teens have been developed through their volunteer work, travel or other experiences. By the time a young person reaches highschool, they have lots of skills. We highlight those on an experiential resume rather than showing a job timeline (since teens don’t have a job timeline yet).

Tip #2

Develop a cover letter. A cover letter explains why your teen wants a job at a specific job at a specific place.

Tip #3

Ask reference-givers permission to list them as references. Reference-givers need to have a politely-worded request ahead of time and a follow-up thank you afterwards.

Tip #4

Make a list. Make a list of people your teen knows: youth pastor, friends’ parents, relatives, co-op teachers, coaches.

Tip #5

Make the ask. Have your homeschool highschooler tell each of those people they are looking for a job. Have them ask if they know anyone who needs help. Here is a Great episode on how this worked for our friend Angela’s son.

Tip #6

Look for help wanted signs. Tool around local businesses and the mall. See if you see any. If so: have your teen run in, drop off the resume. They may be given an application to fill out right then and there. Tell them to take a breath, be calm and write neatly.

Tip #7

Fill out online applications from bigger corporations for local grocery stores or businesses. Your teen can look on job sites like Indeed or Monster OR simply look at local stores’ websites.

Tip #8

Work on interview skills. Practice questions and non-verbal. Have questions ready to ask in return. Here are some links to interview skills handout and article.

Remind your homeschool highschoolers to: Show up early, dress professionally, bring a copy of their resume along with pen and paper for notes.

Tip #9

Got the job! Remind your teens to: Show up early for work with a smile. Give everything 100%.

This builds the resume for the next job!

Tip #10

Make sure you include Career Exploration on the homeschool transcript. These first jobs can count as a Career Exploration elective. Here’s a how-to for that. And if you homeschool highschooler has not completed a comprehensive Career Exploration course, you might want to consider it as an important part of the upcoming year’s curriculum!

Hope you get some encouragement with this quick, helpful chat with Vicki!

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HSHSP Ep 113: Job Hunting Skills for Homeschool Highschoolers

HSHSP Ep 112: Adapting to Unexpected Changes for Your Homeschool Family

This week on HSHSP Ep 112: Adapting to Unexpected Changes for Your Homeschool Family.

HSHSP Ep 112 Adapting to Unexpected Changes for Your Homeschool Family

HSHSP Ep 112: Adapting to Unexpected Changes for Your Homeschool Family

Sabrina and Kym have allergies. Life happens. Not a very big happening but it does have an impact.

But sometimes life happens and it is more serious or time consuming than an allergy attack.

  • A family move
  • Your oldest graduating and moving out on their own
  • Starting a business
  • Grandparents moving in
  • A new baby
  • A big opportunity for one of the homeschoolers
  • A divorce or death in the family
  • Some things are life shattering, some are so very positive!

Whatever the change, change happens and new systems must be devised and put into place in your homeschool.

Look at your schedule. What are your deal breakers (what will save mom’s sanity because she’s the one who *drives the boat*)?

There’s not ONE right deal breaker but some we’ve seen are:

  • No matter what, we are getting math done.
  • No matter what, we are having supper together.
  • No matter what, we are getting reading done.
  • No matter what, we are getting to co-op.

Beware, though, of sacred cows. They are not actually deal breakers…we just can fall into thinking they are:

  • Homeschool co-op (especially a high stress co-op)
    • If you need a break, politely explain that you need to withdraw for the year.
  • Family devotions
    • We all love devotions but maybe there might be other formats to have spiritual formation during a big life-change time.
  • Mom teaching every subject
    • Do you need to revamp? Farm out a kid for a subject? Get an online course?

Remember this: Difficulty brings opportunity.

  • What is the opportunity that God is inviting you and your family to?
  • What do you need to do for self-care at this time? And your family’s self-care?
  • What do your teens need to step up for?

SO always:

  • Pray
  • Ask what is a deal-breaker or a sacred cow?
  • Involve your teens in the planning, decision-making and tweaking process?

Also, check out these helpful posts:

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Episode 46: When Life Happens

5 Steps for Catching Up When Your Homeschool High School is Behind

3 Steps for Getting Life Right All the Time VickiTillmanCoaching.com

How to handle life realistically from Vicki Tillman Coaching.

 

 

HSHSP Ep 112: Adapting to Unexpected Changes for Your Homeschool Family

HSHSP Ep 111: What Are Your Teens Surrounded By? Empowering Them

This week on HSHSP Ep 111: What Are Your Teens Surrounded By? Empowering Your Teens.

HSHSP Ep 111: What Are Your Teens Surrounded By? Empowering Them

HSHSP Ep 111: What Are Your Teens Surrounded By? Empowering Your Teens

What and who influences your teens?

What and who are influenced by your teens?

Sabrina, Kym and Quella (the VERY vocal Seeing Eye puppy) have a meaningful discussion about empowering teens to make wise choices, to choose who they are surrounded by and to become influencers in their world.

By the time that your homeschool highschoolers reach these years they need to be empowered to noticed that they are always

  • influencing or being influenced
  • leading or following
  • learning or teaching

As homeschool parents we want to shelter our teens to keep them from *catching sin* from the world around us. This is good until we think we must be God to our teens and control every aspect of their lives. Sometimes an over-controlling, over-protective parents unwittingly teach teens to:

  • Be afraid
  • Sneak or rebel in order to explore

Don’t buy into a one-size-fits-all formula for what your teen should be exposed to. Every teens is different in personality and maturity. It takes grace, humility and LOTS of prayer to know what to allow as an influence and how to teach teens to be healthy influencers.

Here are some tips for knowing how to choose what and who your teens are surrounded by:

  • Examine your goals for your teens and your family
  • Examine your own fears (parenting based on fear makes a mess)
  • Teach Human Development course to teens to help them learn to understand themselves and their phases of life

Homeschool High School Electives: Human Development, A Life-Skills Course

Here’s a great idea, teach homeschool parents can teach their teens:

  • Critical thinking
  • Value (God values our teens, they can value themselves and value others)
  • Understanding themselves
  • Understanding their callings

Join Sabrina, Kym and Barking Quella-Dog for a rousing and encouraging chat. In the meantime, enjoy these posts:

5 Ways to Teach Teens to be Thinkers, Not Parrots

 

HSHSP Ep 111: What Are Your Teens Surrounded By? Empowering Them