Before Homeschooling High School Do These 3 Things

“I’m homeschooling high school.” Gulp!

The realization hit me hard and fast when someone asked me what grades my children were in.

All of a sudden I realized my little babies were no longer…little nor babies.

I mean, I knew that they weren’t little as they both tower over me. But knowing and realizing the impact on our life and homeschool is a little different.

When facing homeschooling high school, FEAR is a common emotion.

Fear is also amazing. It can either freeze you in place or it can drive you to find the solutions you need.

Thanks to Jen of Practical, By Default for this article in the Ready, set, homeschool! blog party.

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3 Smart Steps To Do Before Homeschooling High School

Now that I have survived homeschooling high school, I want to share with you a few things you can do to make it easier for you and your family to not only survive but thrive in the high school years!

1. Before you do any planning at all, talk to your child.

This is the first piece of advice I always hear and I highly recommend you take it.

After all, some children have a very clear goal of where they are heading when they are finished with school.

Others have a slight idea but want guidance on how to get there.

And then there are my kids who have no sweet clue.

All in all, it is okay. Really. You’ll figure this out.

Ask questions such as:

  • What are you interested in?
  • What do you want to learn?
  • What do you NOT want to learn about?
  • What format did you find the easiest to understand, videos? Audio? Written? Or a mix?
  • What goals do you want to reach for this year?
  • What dreams do you have?

Knowing the answers to these questions will help narrow your focus and help you plan your homeschool year.

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2. Make a plan and be willing to throw it out the window.

Even if the answer to every question above is “I don’t know,” you still need some sort of homeschooling plan. You’ll want this plan to be flexible enough for changes in life and choices.

For example, in the first year, my son decided to skip Algebra and go straight to Geometry. He was confident he had the skills to do it.

About a month in, he realized he was struggling big time. We sat down and after some conversations decided he needed to do Algebra first. No big deal.

We had a plan in place and I had a program I knew that would work with his preferred way of learning.

Even though my son still doesn’t know what he wants to do when he grows up, we need a plan to keep us on track.

Make sure the plan suits your family and your lifestyle.

I’m a working mom. I don’t have the luxury of sitting by my kids each step of the way. We choose to do projects and hands-on learning on my days off. The kids do independent learning while I am at work.

You’ll get advice to plan all 4 years at once. Others will say to plan each semester at a time. My advice? Do what works for you.

We plan one year at a time by choosing the subjects — both core and electives — and where we want to be at the end of the year. After that, I leave it up to them how much work they need to do each week.

Don’t be afraid to change it up! Do what works, until it doesn’t.

At that point, sit down and find out what isn’t working and try something new.

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3. Educate yourself.

One way to overcome the fear of anything is to learn more about it.

The same is true for homeschooling high school.

Find out the requirements your child will need to meet. I called the local Colleges and University and asked. Learning the answers gave me a huge sense of relief.

Once you know this, plan to meet these requirements.

Learn about credits and transcripts.

Learn about exams they can take to make getting into College and University faster and more affordable for you and them, such as the CLEP and DSST.

Arm yourself with knowledge and kick fear to the curb.

Homeschooling high school is one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had so far.

Yes, the role has changed, but it is a nice change to watch my kids step up and take more control over their own learning.

I get to sit back and enjoy the ride 😉

Are you homeschooling high school? What do you wish you had done before you started?

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5 replies to Before Homeschooling High School Do These 3 Things

  1. Thank you for this homeschooling high schoolers post. The tips are very practical and encouraging!

  2. We are currently looking for a high school level Business Math course for our soon-to-be Senior this year. Do you have any suggestions or recommendations that you could offer us to help us in our search?

    • Hi Mary, I am not totally sure but I did find this Accounting course on (affiliate link). It’s high school level and covers quite a bit! Since this is from a membership site, you may find some other high school resources that will be a good fit. You can always do the monthly plan since your child is a senior. 🙂

    • I really struggled to find a great business math course for my son (not including the one Andrea shared above). We used one found on a Canadian Tax site, you may want to check there for taxes and then we gave our son a bank account and modeled some of the learning steps such as how to create a budget. I am sorry! It can be hard to find what you need.

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