The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens Through High School






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Are you thinking about homeschooling your teens through high school?  Or are you already doing that at your house?  I am delighted to be given the opportunity to put together an ultimate guide for you, all about homeschooling high school.  Besides preschool, being home with my daughter through the high school years was my most favorite time in our homeschool.  Not that it was all rainbows and roses, but it was so worth it!

Homeschooling our teens gives us so many benefits, not the least of which is how it builds up family relationships.  It also gives us a chance to be there, side by side, which our teens are reaching out, exploring the world as almost young adults, and beginning to find their own paths.

Homeschooling high school is so much easier with all the resources that we now have on the web!  All it takes is an understanding of the special requirements of high school, such as making transcripts, doing regular record keeping, and figuring out how to assign our teens their high school credit.

Once the particulars are figured out, then it is all about encouraging our teens, choosing their curricula with them, and helping them get going with their studies, which is what we homeschoolers are already so familiar with.

So today, let's start with the particulars, including: planning, record keeping, assigning credits, choosing curricula, and making homeschool transcripts.  The nitty gritty of high school.

Then we are free to look at the fun of the high school years, by discussing things like making our own courses, doing high school electives, and celebrating graduation.

Then, at the end of this guide, I saved space for encouragement for us mamas, and also some for our teens, as they work to develop their self esteem.  And for those who have college bound teens, the last section of this guide is for you.

So let's get started with some tips for planning, from myself and so many other veteran homeschool moms with tons of experience in the high school years.

1.  PLANNING FOR HIGH SCHOOL

Knowing a few key tips will make your high school planning easy!  Here are a number of posts that will help you in your planning.



Using 8th Grade as a Prep Year by Kris

5 Key Steps to Help Prep for Homeschooling High School by Susan & Megan

Homeschool High School Planning by Midway Mom


Abundant Life Archives/ 10 Day Series on High School  by Marinne, mom to 7 teens with dyslexia

Homeschool High School - Curriculum, Organization, Planning by Tricia

4 Steps to High School Planning by Betsy

Planning the High School Years by Midway Mom

Curriculum Choice High School Board  by Curriculum Choice Authors

Homeschool for High School - Posts and Helps by Jimmie

High School Archives by Tricia

Preparing for Homeschooling High School by Curriculum Choice Authors

Homeschooling High School with Confidence by Betsy, and I have 13 planning printables for high school in my book mentioned below.

Next, let's talk about record keeping and high school credits....

2.  RECORD KEEPING AND HIGH SCHOOL CREDITS

As homeschoolers, we already are familiar with record keeping, as we already do that when planning our learning activities.  In high school, recording those activities is important, as they then become high school credits.  It is not hard to do!  There are 3 simple ways to assign high school credit.  And below that, bloggers share how to met the record keeping needs for their teens.


3 Ways to High School Credit by Betsy

How to Keep Records in Your Homeschool High School by Meridith

How to Tackle Grading by Heidi

Keeping Homeschool Records with Homeschool Minder by Mary

How a Homeschool Mom Grades a High School Essay by Tina

Online Planner Archives by Heidi

Now that you know how to assign high school credit, let's look at curriculum...

3.  CHOOSING YOUR HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM



High School Math Resources for Homeschooling by the Homeschool Scientist

Choosing High School Curriculum - High School Resources - Curriculum Choice authors

Choosing High School Curriculum by Heather

The Easy 2nd Step to High School Curriculum by Annie

High School Homeschool Curriculum Choices by Tricia

Teaching and Mentoring High School Math by Heather

High School Homeschool Video Courses by Tricia

Geography Resources by Heidi

How I Teach Reading and Language Arts by Heidi

Our Favorites for High School English - Living Literature

Of course, there are those transcripts to make, but doing that doesn't have to be daunting.....and here is some help for doing just that... 

4.  HOMESCHOOL TRANSCRIPTS

Now that you have mastered the important details of high school at home, let's look at some of the fun things that can be a part of it too, for sure.  Another great option for high school courses is to make some of your own!

5.  MAKING YOUR OWN HOMEMADE COURSES

One of the most fun memories I have are doing our own homemade courses.  Below are some articles on that, and assigning credit for them was not hard to do.  I have forms for your homemade courses in my book, mentioned below.




Our Favorites for US History by Betsy

Romeo and Juliet for High School by Heidi

Teaching History Through Movies by Heidi

Using Picture Books to Teach Expository Writing by Cindy

Literature Guides by Tina

Student Led High School Courses by Cindy

High School Science for the Horse Lover by Cindy

Our Homemade Course in Video-Making by Betsy

Being a Legislator for the Day - Youth and Government  by Betsy

Another way to switch up your homeschool is to use resources that were made by other homeschoolers, for homeschoolers...

6.  HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM BY HOMESCHOOLERS

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Have you seen all the courses that are offered at the 7 Sisters Homeschool Site?  They have high school courses in English, History, High School Electives, Career Exploration, Health, Consumer Math, Literature Guides, and Speech and Drama.  Each of the courses is written by a homeschool mom who has homeschooled all the way through high school.

Do you have a teen who is interested in art?  Or one who just wants to try their hand at it for an elective?

Tricia Hodges, at You Are An Artist, offers a large variety of art courses, taught by a professional artist, including video courses as well.  This year, she has released two semester long courses, perfect for an art elective for your teen.  Most colleges require a fine arts credit, and here's an easy way to get that done, while having lots of fun, too!
Below is her course called "Video Art Course - Semester 2."  


She also offers Semester 1, all set up for fall subjects, like autumn leaves, holiday scenes, etc, plus lots of art books, on a variety of subjects, like historical sites, etc.  Now that we are talking about art, that leads right into looking at more high school electives....

7.    HIGH SCHOOL ELECTIVES
100 High School Electives


Being a Legislator for the Day - Youth and Government by Betsy

Photography As A High School Elective by Heidi

Homeschooling a Horse Lover by Cindy

Getting Creative with High School Electives by Tara

There is more on how high school electives can help your student get into college, in my book below.

Our Homemade Course in Video-Making

8.  A DAY IN THE LIFE - HIGH SCHOOL





High School Homeschool Parent Teacher Conference by Tricia

The Usual Hayhem by Middle Way Mom

A Day In the Life at Hodgepodge by Tricia

A Day in the Life by Shelly

A Day in the Life by Jamie

Handwork, Bird Watching & Video Making by Betsy

Finding the Play in our High School Days by Betsy

What Kid #5 Had On His Transcript by Vicki


Growing a Leader
Well, I can't forget to mention graduation.  Awe, the fun of looking back on  my daughter's senior year, and all the fun of watching her graduate at our state homeschool graduation ceremony.  Below is more on that, and also a bunch of ideas for ways to mark this important milestone in your high schooler's life.

9.  CELEBRATING GRADUATION


Celebrate Your Graduate  
A Rooster and a Prom Dress by Betsy

10 Days of Planning a Homeschool High School Graduation by Tina

Homeschool Graduation Favorites by Tricia

Homeschool Diploma - Quality Graduation Products

Homeschool Graduation - Let's Homeschool High School

Six Part Graduation Party Series by 7 Sisters:
 How to Plan Ahead
Graduation Party, part 2 - Delegation and SetUp
Graduation Party, part 3 - Having Fun and Cleaning Up 
Part 4 - Announcements or Invitations 
Part 5 - How to Be a Good Guest 
Part 6 - More on How to Be a Good Guest
 
And now, here's some encouragement from those of us who have already graduated teens...  

10.  ENCOURAGEMENT


The Value of Homeschooling High School

Homeschool High School is Worth it! by Cindy

Mom's of Teen's - Its' Not Just Babies Who Are Time Consuming by Heidi

Preparing my heart for Graduation by Betsy

A Teen's Guide to the 4 Love Languages by Heidi

Have you seen the great resources at Finishing Strong?  That was my favorite place to get encouragement for the middle and high school years.  It is a gathering of bloggers who are homeschoolng their teens, and each week I always learn something new. 
I hope that this guide will be a help to you whether you are beginning high school, or just about to finish it up.  One last thought - If your teens are college bound, I'd like to leave you with some resources and encouragement for that, too.

12.  THE COLLEGE OPTION

A Homeschooler Goes to College - Again!  
Do you have a teen who is thinking about college?  I did and you probably know that mine is in college now.  Boy, did I worry way too much about that, when she was in high school.  That is why I wrote my book on homeschooling high school with college in mind, to encourage other families.

The colleges are getting more homeschool friendly each year.  That is the trend.

Here's more about our story, going from homeschool to college, with updates from my daughter's college experiences so far.

Going from Homeschool to College - This is Our Story

7 Tips for Showcasing your Student to the College 

Our First College Acceptance

Another College Acceptance - And How We Got There

 How First Quarter Went at College 

How to prepare your teen for college and help them get in, is something that the bloggers mentioned below have also already tackled.  And lived to tell the story!

Tackling the New SAT by Heidi

The Scoop on Earning AP Credit in High School by Heidi

Homeschooling High School with College in Mind - Review by Heidi 

This post is something you might like to save for later reference.  I hope that it is a help and something that you could get out now and then, to click around on and get encouragement from these many bloggers and sites.

Are you looking for a handy reference for doing high school at home?


Homeschooling High School with College in Mind 

No Need to Worry About Forgetting Anything!

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......Heidi from Starts at Eight


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What would you add to this list?  Please share your favorite high school resources in the comments.  Because homeschooling high school can be hard, and we are here to encourage you as you homeschool your teens.  This post is a part of the Ultimate Guides for Homeschoolers, where you will find wonderful resources all organized for you on a bunch of interesting helpful topics



Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,

 Betsy

Betsy is mom to her college student whom she homeschooled from day one.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool about the early yearshigh school and college, and is the author of "Homeschooling High School with College in Mind".  She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting.

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