Homeschooling High School with Confidence



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Homeschooling high school is really not that hard!  But you have heard that before....and what does that really mean?  

Are  you still a bit nervous about continuing to homeschool all the way through high school?  I was, when contemplating it during the middle school years...

Today I'd like to share how I became confident as a mom who was homeschooling her teen.  It had to do with the following:

There were four key pieces of information that were key to me planning for high school confidently....And they are probably familiar terms to you all:

Credits, Curriculum, Core Studies, and Transcripts.... oh, my! You know, like the saying goes...Lions, Tigers and Bears.......

But really, if you have these 4 tools under your belt, you will become confident.  I have listed them below:

- an understanding of high school credits
- resources for choosing your curriculum
- an understanding of what core studies are
- and how to's for making your teen's transcript.....

....then you will have all the basic info that is needed to start your high school journey....with confidence!

My 2e daughter was doing so well with her homeschooling, that we wanted to continue all the way, to allow her to explore her interests and prepare for the next step in an individualized manner.

First of all, let's talk start with high school credits.


1.  Assigning High School Credit





You probably saw my post on credits last week, but in case you didn't, here is a bit about that. 

It is not that hard to assign high school credit.  Here are 3 ways to do just that.

I call them ...................1.  the Textbook method
                                         2.  the Hours method
                                         3.  the Mastery method

All of the work that your teen does can earn high school credit!   This includes courses that you make yourself, volunteer and paid work hours, internships, time spent reading, etc.  

The textbook method is the traditional way.  The hours method involves keeping track of the amount of time spent in learning activities.  The mastery method refers to assigning credit based on demonstrated mastery of a subject or a skill. That could be video making, playing an intrument, etc.

We did a lot of different kinds of learning, and all of it counted! 

Secondly, let's talk curriculum.....

2.  Curriculum Search Resources

First we started with our favorites from middle school.  I wanted to keep whatever was working  best for my daughter.  For example, we used SOS from www.aop.com for math in middle school, and just continued with it for most of high school.  That was a no-brainer.  

My daughter was a big part of this process.  Together, we searched the internet, our favorite blogs and homeschool catalogs, and talked with our homeschooling friends, to find new ideas.  

Here are my favorite resources for your search:


------ There is a great CURRICULUM DIRECTORY at Let's Homeschool High School

This curriculum directory for high school is the most complete one I have ever seen!  And it includes TONS of links, too! 

------ THE CURRICULUM CHOICE




This site is full of curriculum reviews, written by a team of authors (me, too!) who have used the curriculum, at home with their families.  There are reviews of curriculum such as Tapestry of Grace, IEW for literature and writing, Oak Meadow, a number of Charlotte Mason options, and tons and tons of many more reviews, too. 

 At BJ's Homeschool, we used a combination of faith based and secular resources.  My book on homeschooling high school with college in mind, has lots more information on choosing curriculum, and what we chose to use in our homeschool.  Along with many other options, too.



Thirdly, you want to be familiar with what exactly we mean by high school core studies.....

3.  High School Core Studies

Core studies are just the basic high school courses, in math, english, social studies, and science.

What your choose for core studies is most often up to the individual homeschool family.  Did you hear that?

Most states do not list what is required for a homeschool diploma. If you are unsure of this, just check with your local homeschool organization.

So in most states, you can shape your teen's high school years around their needs, depending where they will be heading.

If your teens might be going to college, then you will want to do the core studies that are outlined by the colleges, ie the college entrance requirements.  Checking likely college websites is essential for college bound teens.  I have much more on that in my book, mentioned below.

If your teen is headed to community college, check with them.  In our state of WA, the students take an entrance test, which evaluates their math and english skills.  It is usually much less complicated to apply to community college or a vocational training program.

ALSO - You do not have to follow the public school graduation requirements....those are for public school kids!

Now that you have the resources for finding your curriculum, and you understand what core studies are, you are ready to search for your own high school curricula.

But wait!  Before we ordered anything, we spent time talking about my teen's special interests. Those influenced our choices for core studies and also became my teen's high school electives!  



What is your teen passionate about?  How do they spend their time, when they have free time?  What are their gifts?What is your teen passionate about?  The beauty of homeschooling high school is that you get to build and nurture your teen's interests and help them to discover their strengths.

Now that we finished talking about credits, curriculum, core studies and a bit about electives, let's talk transcripts. 


4.  Making your High School Transcripts

Volunteering is a great leadership building activity and the colleges love to see this on their applications.

Compiling your teen's transcript is really not that hard!  Really! Here is a post that includes frugal resources for compiling your transcripts, called of course Frugal Help for Transcripts.  My book below also has a full chapter on how to put your transcripts together, with lots of planning forms to make it easier for you.  You can also search my blog for "transcripts" and you will find some guidance there.

High School was my favorite time, of all of our homeschooling years.  Watching my daughter blossom and grow, during the teen years....was priceless!

So here's the high school book that I keep mentioning...I put it together so that you and my other readers would have all my best tips for high school planning in one place.



Kindle is $7.17 on Amazon  
In print on Amazon  

Heidi from Starts at Eight says: 

"If you are planning on homeschooling high school then Betsy Sproger's guide is the one you want on your shelf.....It is an affordable and manageable quick reference to help you plan and navigate homeschooling high school......"


Thanks for stopping by, and I hope that this post will help you in your important work with your teens.

Thanks for stopping by,

Betsy


Betsy is mom to her 20 year old daughter whom she homeschooled from day one.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote a new book on high school..   She offers free homeschool help and messages at BJ's Consulting


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2 comments:

  1. My son is Jr in high school but wanted homeschooling during his Sr. Can that be possible?

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    1. Yes, homeschooling is legal in all 50 states of the US. The first thing you would want to do would be to find out the homeschool regulations in your state. The site at www.hslda.com has a list of that for each state. Then the next step would be to begin your planning. I have a post on that here - https://betsyhomeschoolconsulting.blogspot.com/2016/07/how-to-plan-high-school-at-home-updated.html. I encourage you to browse around my blog, and look at some of the articles under High School/College if you like. Then feel free to send me a facebook message @ BJ's Homeschool facebook page. You have already done the hardest thing - You took the initiative to ask! I would be happy to chat with you further on my page just click the pic of my site that says - "Like BJ's Facebook" Nice to meet you!

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