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 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 108: Helping Non-College-Bound Teens Find Success

This week on HSHSP Ep 108: Helping Non-College-Bound Teens Find Success!

HSHSP Ep 108: Helping Non-College-Bound Teens Find Success

HSHSP Ep 108: Helping Non-College-Bound Teens Find Success

There’s not ONE right way to homeschool highschool AND there’s not ONE right way to do life after highschool.

Many teens are gifted by God to go into a career without going to college. That’s good. Why spend tens of thousands of dollars and 4 years of life on college, when a young person was created to do something else?

Join Vicki for an interview with Angela O’Shaughnessy (who also joined us in Episode 16) whose two sons are loving successful lives that did not require college!

Angela O'Shaughnessy used by permission

Angela and her husband concentrated on helping her sons:

  • Explore their interests
  • Develop their strengths
  • Enjoy hard work
  • Learn networking skills
  • Take opportunities when they come
  • Get technical training if they needed it (one of her sons needed training for his desired machining career)
  • Interviewing/job hunt skills

One of the most important skills her sons learned was networking. Networking has helped Brian and Kevin in:

  • Finding mentors
  • Asking for help or opportunities
  • Getting help to develop skills or compensate for weaknesses

Angela and her sons looked for mentors at church, volunteer and small jobs. Shewho had:

  • Skills that she wanted her sons to explore
  • Character

When Angela worried about the future for her son who struggled with learning disabilities, her husband would remind her,

“Life is long, he has plenty of time to figure it out.”

Both Brian and Kevin are experiencing success in their different careers AND in their interests AND in church AND in other adulting areas. Your homeschool teens can, too!

Join Vicki and Angela for an inspiring chat. In the meantime, check out these posts.

Explore Careers That Don’t Require College

 

10 Fundamental Soft Skills for Relationship and Career Success

What is Career Coaching and Who Needs It?

HSHSP Ep 108: Helping Non-College-Bound Teens Find Success

HSHSP 107: How a Homeschool Athlete Made it to Harvard

This week on HSHSP 107: How a Homeschool Athlete Made it to Harvard.

HSHSP 107: How a Homeschool Athlete Made it to Harvard

HSHSP 107: How a Homeschool Athlete Made it to Harvard

Join us for a fun interview with homeschooler, Jake Johnson, and his mom, Suzanne, Sabrina and Kym (who have been Jake’s teachers at the local homeschool group classes).

Jake gives brief explanations for:

  • Swim ranking in high school
  • His recruiting adventure
  • His experience choosing Harvard (and Harvard choosing him)

His mom tells their homeschooling stories:

  • Their choice to homeschool highschool after some years in a private school and why
  • The ways homeschooling gave Jake more time to train in his swimming “career”

How did they recognize the gift and that they needed to invest in it:

  • Early love of swimming (even at age 3, Jake loved swimming)
  • Early showing of potential/naturalness/speed at swimming
  • Developing passion and work ethic from early childhood through high school
  • Recognition on national leader boards
  • Continuous love of the swim-meet and networking process (peer swimmers and coaches nationwide)

Why homeschooling gave Jake time to develop his swimming skills:

  • It gave him flexibility to travel
  • It gave him better time to balance academics and 6-9 practices/week
  • It helped him develop time management skills
  • It helped him develop communication skills as he worked with homeschool group classes’ teachers when he needed to be absent
  • It helped him develop self-management (knowing when to give his phone to teachers, so he didn’t
  • It helped him manage priorities (balancing academics/swim/friends/church)
  • It helped him learn to “tough through stuff” when necessary

Jake and his mom’s tips for NCAA swim athletes:

  • Travel to national and junior national competitions through high school
  • Work to be on national leader boards
  • Keep feeding the passion
  • Keep having fun
  • Make sure all courses are Level 3 (College Prep) and up
  • Set up a portal at NCAA eligibility center
  • Make sure all courses are NCAA approved
  • Learn how the recruiting process works, talk to NCAA and to coaches BEFORE high school
  • Keep up with NCAA communication promptly
  • Do research on the schools that are watching your athlete
  • Visit interested colleges, at least by sophomore year

Need info about levels? Read these posts on how to handle levels for your homeschoolers.

Homeschool High School Transcripts: Recording Course Levels

Watch this interview with Jake on Swimming World

Join Sabrina, Kym, Jake and Suzanne for a helpful chat!

HSHSP 107: How a Homeschool Athlete Made it to Harvard

HSHSP Ep 96: Scheduling Senior Year for Career-Bound Homeschoolers

This week on HSHSP Ep 96: Scheduling Senior Year for Career-Bound Homeschoolers.

HSHSP Ep 96: Scheduling Senior Year for Career-Bound Homeschoolers

HSHSP Ep 96: Scheduling Senior Year for Career-Bound Homeschoolers

Some homeschool high schoolers graduate and go to college.

Some homeschool highschoolers graduate and go right into the workforce. It’s NOT WRONG to not go to college! Not all young people are called to 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.

There are lots of options for homeschool graduates. But FIRST they need to finish senior year. Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for HSHSP Ep 96: Scheduling Senior Year for Career-Bound Homeschoolers:

July: Plan out the year. What is left of the academic requirements for graduation in your state and/or supervising organization. Think about practical courses like Career Exploration, Financial Literacy and think about Professional Writing. Make sure you include your teen in the process. Order curriculum.

August: Have your teen write an experiential resume. Help them search for an apprenticeship or job. Help them practice interview skills.

September: Teach your career-bound teen networking skills. Teach them how to ask for a reference. See if you can find some training classes for trades at your local community college or unions.

Winter: 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:

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’ll 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. In the meantime enjoy these posts:

What are “Values” and Why are Values Important in Career Exploration?

Homeschool Graduate and Entrepreneur Talks about Success and Financial Literacy

HSHSP Ep 82: Writing Happens, Make it Useful- Professional Writing Skills

HSHSP Ep 96: Scheduling Senior Year for Career-Bound Homeschoolers

Dual Credit on the Road

Dual credit at home is all the talk in Episode #153 of Roadschool Moms. The replay is a live recording by the Roadschool Moms team from the road. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Familiesbroadcasts from the Lone Star State. Across the country, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher calls in from historical southern Indiana. The OTR duo are joined by Becky Muldrow, veteran homeschooling mama and creator of the Dual Credit at Home study program. This episode uncovers all the details of the quest to obtain high school and college credit for core subjects. Hit the replay to hear more about how homeschoolers can find this important piece of the college puzzle.

What is Dual Credit

Becky is a homeschool mom with an impressive portfolio of her own. Hear more about the Muldrow family and the story behind Dual Credit at Home.  Her passion for homeschooling is transparent as well her knowledge of successfully homeschooling high schoolers. First of all, she shares the facts about dual credit and exactly what it is. Consequently, she reveals that dual credit is more easily obtained by high schoolers in the homeschool community. In addition, the Dual Credit expert lays out the time frame for this high school journey. More info in this interview includes:

  • Who can benefit from dual credit?
  • Why the time frame for beginning this journey is so important?
  • How to study and achieve dual credit for high school and college?
  • What subjects qualify for dual credit?
  • Where to start for mastering the jump start to college?

Dual Credit at Home for Roadschoolers

Moreover, Becky talks about all the facts for graduating high school roadschoolers. She sheds light on many other important topics of the road to homeschool success in secondary education. For example, she details the facts on creating a high school transcript. Listeners get the inside scoop on how CLEP exams save thousands of college dollars . Further, Becky reminds listeners what’s really important during these all important years of a student’s final years of home education.

More about Roadschool Moms

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 150 podcast replays.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. As a result, more and more families are moving into a home on wheels. Further, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

Roadschool Moms:  Season 11


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Homeschooling High School Made Easy

Homeschooling high school is the hot topic with Cheryl Bastain on Episode #151 of Roadschool Moms. The replay is a live recording by the Roadschool Moms team from the road. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families,  broadcasts from her location after wrapping up the FtF Hangout at the Balloon Fiesta in Albequerque, NM for the last time this year. Across the country, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher calls in from the beautiful Parke County, Indiana. The OTR duo are joined by Cheryl Bastain, homeschool veteran mama of seven . This episode sheds light on the challenges and rewards of homeschooling high schoolers. Hit the replay to hear more about this season of a homeschool mom’s journey as uncovered by the Roadschool Moms team.

Homeschooling High School Highlights

Follow the journey of Cheryl Bastain who has successfully graduated high schoolers from her homeschool tribe of seven kiddos. A veteran homeschooling mom for more than two decades, Cheryl admits that she doesn’t live in an RV but has used road trip as a tool for awesome learning adventures. She gives new roadschool moms advice on where to start if high school is on the horizon. Moreover, she reflects on homeschooling high school as a celebration, a season to cherish with high school aged children. Consequently, this engaging interview also reveals:

  • How to easily integrate roadschool experience into high school credit
  • Why math and science naturally are easily woven into roadschool
  • What methods of homeschooling high school are best
  • Where to start if writing is a struggle in this season of homeschool
  • Favorite roadschool experiences with her own high schoolers

Homeschooling High School on the Road

Hit the replay for this engaging hour of homeschooling high school on the road even when it seems a daunting task. The interview is sprinkled with great ideas to grow your high schoolers portfolio over these important years. Finally, Cheryl even touches on keeping transcripts and submitting college applications but promises to return for another show all about these subjects.

More about Roadschool Moms

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 150 podcast replays.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. As a result, more and more families are moving into a home on wheels. Further, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

Roadschool Moms:  Season 11


Special Thanks to our Network Sponsor!


We’d like to thank our Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network sponsor Sony and their new movie, The Star, the Story of the First Christmas – Coming in Theaters November 17th!

Visit TheStarMovie.com to learn more.


HSHSP Ep 73: Bringing Your Teen Home for Highschool

This week on HSHSP Ep 73: Bringing Your Teen Home for Highschool.

HSHSP Ep 73: Bringing Your Teen Home for Highschool

HSHSP Ep 73: Bringing Your Teen Home for Highschool

There are tens of thousands of homeschooling highschool in the US today. Many of them are just starting the homeschool adventure at grade 9. We get lots of questions from those parents who are just starting homeschooling highschool after their kids have been in regular school grades K-8.

What are the reasons families have from bringing teens home for highschool? We often talk to families:

  • who have a teen with a chronic illness
  • who have a teen with social anxiety or other mental illnesses
  • who have a teen who has some learning difference
  • who have a teen who is gifted and motivated
  • who have a teen who has asked to homeschool

What are some tips for handling the transition from traditional to homeschooling highschool?

  • Decide on format (we’ve got ideas for you)
  • Remember to communicate
  • Be aware of need for de-toxing from regular school
  • And more

Join Sabrina, Kym and Marilyn for helpful how-to’s and enlightening encouragement about Bringing Your Teen Home for Highschool!

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How to Plan and Schedule Your Homeschool High School Year

HSHSP Ep 42: Highschool Goals and Planning

HSHSP Ep 73: Bringing Your Teen Home for Highschool

 

Bigs, Middles, and Littles – Homeschool Children Across The Ages

Bigs, Littles, and Middles - us how we homeschool children across the ages

Jamie, Arlene, and I had so much fun recording our podcast for last week, we decided to keep the party going and record a second one. At every conference people ask us how we homeschool children across the ages. We figured it might be something the podcast world would want us to talk about as well, so we did.

Every homeschooling family is unique. Some people homeschool year round, some 3 days a week, some 8-12 everyday. It is hard to tell others exactly HOW to homeschool, but we all agreed on the following for those homeschooling different ages at the same time.

  1. Find the rhythm for YOUR family, don’t compare.
  2. Make sure your youngest gets some quality time by creating an engaging environment for them.
  3. Partner children up to work together. For example, while you are working with the middle child, have the oldest and youngest work together. While you work with the oldest, have the middle and youngest work together, etc…
  4. Don’t be afraid to seek the help of tutors, enroll some children in a hybrid, or partner up with other homeschooling families to meet the needs of your children.
  5. Take advantage of early mornings and naptime. Be willing to change your schedule and remember this is just a season. Flexibility is KEY.

 

 

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HSHSP Ep 69: Homeschool Highschool Co-ops Nuts and Bolts for Starting One

This week on the HSHSP Ep 69: Homeschool Highschool Co-ops Nuts and Bolts for Starting One.

HSHSP Ep 69 Homeschool Highschool Co-ops Nuts and Bolts

HSHSP Ep 69: Homeschool Highschool Co-ops Nuts and Bolts for Starting One

Until you’ve started your own homeschool highschool co-ops you might have NO idea all the details that go into it!

Co-ops are lots of fun but lots of work. They work much more smoothly if you handle the details up front during your planning. What are the many things you need to think about?

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Marilyn for an amusing chat (and “we’re ditzes” bloopers). We we’re discussing the nuts and bolts for starting a homeschool highschool co-op such as:

  • How to do signups
  • How to decide fees
  • How to organize age groups
  • How to handle who teaches what and when
  • How to handle weekly setup
  • How to organize cleanups
  • How to handle absences and sicknesses
  • How to arrange for substitute teachers
  • How to use syllabii
  • How to adapt for teens with disabilities
  • How to handle bad-weather days
  • How to plan for special events
  • How to handle grading

Help your homeschool highschoolers have a great educational year, make some great friends and have lots of fun by planning for the details as you set up your co-op!

Homeschool Co-op: How to Use College Application Essay Writing Guide

7 Engaging Activities for Financial Literacy in Homeschool Co-op

And when you or your teen need some wise guidance for the next steps in life, visit Vicki’s life and career coaching site for great information and personal coaching.

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HSHSP Ep 69: Homeschool Highschool Co-ops Nuts and Bolts for Starting One