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5 Tips for Homeschooling in High School

Homeschooling through high school: the very words used to make my knees knock. I knew that I wanted to homeschool through high school. I believed we were called to continue homeschooling through high school. But there were all those scary ideas that swirled in my mind as the actuality of homeschooling in high school loomed closer: "SAT," "college," "transcripts," "credits." I was so afraid that I would irrevocably mess up my children and cause them to not be able to get into college which would mean they could never have a career which would set them up to be failures in life and they'd probably hate me and always wish I had let them just go to school and, and...

As we actually headed into the high school years, however, I stepped back and took a breath. I took some time to do some research, and I spent time with other homeschool families who had successfully crossed the high school hurdle. As parents we prayed, and we also thought about the whole "why" of homeschooling again. I now find myself as the mother of a high school junior. I can see the home stretch. And many of those things I was afraid of have, of course, been proven pretty senseless. Instead, we see over and over the benefit and blessings of homeschooling through the high school years.

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I've found myself over the last year writing more about our homeschooling through high school experiences, and I hope that reading it will help you to lay your fears of homeschooling in high school to rest. Here are five tips for homeschooling through high school in the form of five past posts all about the subject.


Tip #1 Plan, plan, plan.

Yes, there could be such a thing as over planning. But, often, I think we go into something new with less fear when we take time to research it and plan it out. This post is all about planning for homeschooling in high school.

Tip #2 Just read.

You can't go wrong when you fill your high schoolers with good books. You can't possibly teach your student everything he might possibly need to know about science or history or about any subject he may need to know for a job some day. But, you can raise a reader who can read and understand for himself what he needs to learn. This post has a good reading list for your high school students

Tip #3 Manage your time well.

Homeschooling high school students can be a big job- especially if you have other students in the mix as well. Learn some management strategies that can keep you from losing your mind in this post.

Tip #4 Choose electives well.

Electives can give your high school student the opportunity to try out a variety of interests so that she can more easily determine a lifetime path. I believe that God will direct our kids in the direction that He wants them to go. And I think that trying a variety of electives while in high school can give kids the opportunity for those "Aha" moments when they find a perfect fit. This post is all about different electives your high school kids can try.

Tip #5 Don't be afraid.

There can be many reasons people don't decide to continue to homeschool through high school. And if that's you and this isn't the direction God is leading you, that's okay. But don't let fear of "getting it right" keep you from homeschooling in high school. God's got this, my friend. This post is about taking that deep breath and facing those fears.

Bonus tip Great resources for homeschooling through high school:

  • HSLDA has an awesome page of free resources for homeschooling in high school. From finding out the laws in your state to researching college requirements, you can find help here.
  • Embark: Homeschooling Through High School is an audio course from Bright Ideas Press. This course has audio instruction as well as a handbook of resources and more to help you navigate the waters of homeschooling through high school. I haven't taken the course, but I've come to love and trust the materials I've used from Bright Ideas.
  • High School Prep Genius is a book that I reviewed when Kathryne was entering 9th grade. It's an awesome resource for knowing exactly what kinds of things you're going to need in high school in order to prepare your student for college. It helped us set up a high school notebook to keep all our information in one place. The book has some great information!

I would love to know what you think. Are you homeschooling a high school student? Do you have any tips of your own? I'd love to hear them. (I'm not out of the woods yet!)

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I'm linking up this week with more tips from the Schoolhouse Review Crew. Visit the other Crew bloggers below for more tips for homeschooling parents.
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