BJ's Homeschool - Through My Teen's Eyes




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When my daughter was a senior in our homeschool, she decided to make a video about her homeschool.  She had been studying video making as an elective, and wanted to put together something that would tell her friends and family about her high school years.


I just provided the video camera, and she did all the rest.  Well, I got to help with some of the filming, too.

So today, I am sharing her video....then some of the highlights of her high school years and graduation.  Those I took, but they were some of her special memories of high school at home.



LINK -  My Homeschool Adventure Video - We are a small family, with an only, so we did a lot of extra-curricular activities. That's because we had an only child, and my husband was often able to help with the transportation to and from.  I hope it gives you encouragement and ideas for your homeschooling journey through high school.

Now for some high school highlights, here's one of the best parts for my teen - her homeschool prom.  Here' s the story of that....She found this dress at a thrift shop.





She also loved participating in a speech and debate program called Youth and Government.  Here's a selfie with some of her Youth and Government friends....


Her group won best delegation one year....


 She volunteered at a local museum during the summers, which led to a summer job after graduating.  Here's her friends from that....


She loved reading on our deck....


and doing science experiments at our local river, related to salmon and spawning....


and entering into photo contests at our state fair.


This gave her outside feedback on her work.  But best of all were 
our study breaks at the beach, and it didn't have to be a sunny day to be fun...



Finally, here are the photos of her homeschool graduation, sponsored by our state homeschool association.  


Celebrate Your Graduate has photos from the ceremony and a link to graduation ceremonies around the US.

So that gives you a peek into our high school years at home, from my daughter's eyes. Every homeschool is different.  That's the beauty of homeschooling.

Does your teen like to do photography too?  What do you like best about homeschooling teens?  What is your biggest challenge?  I really do enjoy chatting with you here, through the comments.


My daughter is in college now.  She received acceptance letters from a number of colleges with scholarship offers,...... and that could be your teen....  It really is not that hard!  My goal is to make the whole college thing more simple and easy to understand.




Click to read a sample  chapter. ("look inside") or to buy my frugal ebook.  Downloadable printables included for every chapter.


Kindle is on Amazon 
In print on Amazon Create Space 

"A Must Read for Homeschool Parents"

"I wish I would have had this book when I homeschooled my children.  This is an amazing tool that is a must read for homeschool parents!" 
 ..........................Rhonda Nunez, mom with 3 homeschool grads 


"A Terrific Resource for Homeschool Parents."

"As a homeschool advisor, I can attest that the information is spot on.  Also the book is chock full of resources with links and lots of helpful forms."
...........................Vicki Tillman @ 7 Sisters Homeschool Blog


What does your high schooler's day look like?  I really do love reading your comments.




This post is a part of the 8th Annual Back to Homeschool Blog Hop.  Check out all the other great posts from iHN homeschoolers and more.

If you would like to follow me on Pinterest, I have many high school and college posts there: 



Homeschooling high school yielded us so many gifts, for my daughter, for our family, and for her high school education.




Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool, 


Betsy



Betsy is a veteran homeschooler who blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school and college too.  She offers homeschool help and free messages at BJ's Consulting.  


Want to stay in touch? 

This post was shared on my favorite linkups here.

Copyright, 2016  All rights reserved.



BJ's High School - A Week in the Life





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Do you wonder what homeschooling your teen might look like?

Today, I'd like to share how we did our days (and weeks) during my daughter's senior year...fitting in core studies, but also making time for other important things like..cookie making, homemade electives and not to forget, nature study to refresh and renew us.


Usually, my teen and I would meet on Sunday nights, and make a schedule for the following week, based on what was needed to be accomplished for each core subject.  Then my daughter would write out a rough schedule for her week. 

We always met in the mornings to go over the studies for the day. My teen would decide, then, what she wanted to do when.  Once she was a senior, she scheduled her week herself, based on a list of assignments that I gave her each Sunday. 

Core studies were usually done in the mornings through the early afternoons.  After that we often had science experiments, time for writing, or elective projects to do. 

Then evenings were for outside activities a couple of days per week.  Sometimes evenings were used to finish up work, as needed.  Yes, that's a lot of study time.... 

Just in our backyard.

However, when we got behind, we could do a catch up week, and take a whole day to do each core subject, like english on Monday, math on Tuesday, etc.  And we always built in a LOT of fun things to do, too.

So, here's one of our favorite catch up weeks, from my teen's senior year.  

It was in the spring, a few weeks before her homeschool prom. We had just bought this dress....


We got this at a thrift shop.

After all the excitement of the prom dress...we did some catch up work, but also a lot of goofing off, too.


Monday, my teen focused on her chemistry course, at the coffeeshop. We are using Switched on Schoolhouse.  I love how it is self graded!  

If there is a question that I can't answer (btw, I am not a science person!), my teen could have tutoring from SOS, by the half hour, which is easily arranged, and has been a great help to us.  There are also a number of online tutoring options available, for help, as you know.


Tuesday, it was warm enough to study outside....so nice!! So my teen studied outside and made it an english day. Afterwards, we drove together just for fun and for her driving practice.
Studying outside makes it so much better!

Wednesday, she worked on her online Government course.  Taking a lot of time at once, really helped her to catch up on this course.  Then she had an irish dance practice, getting ready for this recital...

A chance to hang out with her teen friends.

Thursday was math day. We went to the library, where I worked on some computer projects, while my teen did her online math course, also from SOS.


Later we stopped by our local farmer's market and picked up some favorite veggies, for a easy to prepare dinner for that night...
I love the farmer's market.

We also picked up some veggies starts at this market, can't wait until I can plant them!


Friday morning, a friend came over to study. They worked together on one of my daughter's electives, videomaking.  I think making cookies and was just as interesting, though...



After she left, there was one assignment and an essay to finish for the weekend.  
But we both needed a break, so we decided to head out... into a beautiful, sunny day!  We drove to our most favorite beach... and were treated to this gorgeous blue sky!  Yes, I am a photography mom.


I think that 1-on-1 time is so important to our children as teens, especially as they begin to widen their horizons.

Enjoying nature means a lot to me, and I am so glad to be passing that onto my daughter.  She has become quite a photographer, too.  What hobbies do you like to do with your kids?


My daughter had a busy senior year, to finish her college entrance requirements to finish for English, science, social studies, and her elective.  It was a lot of concentrated work to be done, so we also built in concentrated FUN, too.  You gotta play!

Especially when there is such a nice sunset.....


And, most importantly, my daughter has developed a true appreciation of nature.


High School does take a lot of study time, but we made sure that we not only worked hard, we played hard. too.  And all of our electives were teen-led.  Plus my daughter got to choose her curriculum from the options that we had researched. 

Are you curious how our days looked when my daughter was younger?  We homeschooled all the way, and here's how we did it in the elementary years.

My daughter is in college now.  She received acceptance letters from a number of colleges with scholarship offers,...... and that could be your teen....  It really is not that hard!  My goal is to make the whole college thing more simple and easy to understand.




Click to read a sample  chapter. ("look inside") or to buy my frugal ebook.  Downloadable printables included for every chapter.



Kindle on Amazon @ 20% off - $7.17  
In print on Amazon  & Create Space @ 20% off @ $7.95

 It is available to read for free on Amazon Prime and Kindle Unlimited.  


"A Must Read for Homeschool Parents"

"I wish I would have had this book when I homeschooled my children.  This is an amazing tool that is a must read for homeschool parents!" 
 ..........................Rhonda Nunez, mom with 3 homeschool grads 


"A Terrific Resource for Homeschool Parents."

"As a homeschool advisor, I can attest that the information is spot on.  Also the book is chock full of resources with links and lots of helpful forms."
...........................Vicki Tillman @ 7 Sisters Homeschool Blog


What does your high schooler's day look like?  I really do love reading your comments.




This post is a part of the 8th Annual Back to Homeschool Blog Hop.  Check out all the other great posts from iHN homeschoolers and more.

If you would like to follow me on Pinterest, I have many high school and college posts there: 



Homeschooling high school yielded us so many gifts, for my daughter, for our family, and for her high school education.




Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool, 


Betsy



Betsy is a veteran homeschooler who blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school and college too.  She offers homeschool help and free messages at BJ's Consulting.  


Want to stay in touch? 


This post was shared on my favorite linkups here.

Copyright, 2016  All rights reserved.