You can homeschool high school! Really! You can do it! Think about all the things you would like to teach your child in high school. Go ahead and make a list of your dreams.
My list for each child will include things that are the same and things that are unique for each child. For instance, I want all my children to read Communist Manifesto in high school so that they can understand the socialist agenda in American universities and colleges. I also want them to study worldviews so that they can recognize the different worldviews that are predominate in our culture. Most of all, I want my children to know God's Word and apply it to all of life.
Here are some examples to put on the list:
Now it's your teen's turn. What do they want to learn in high school? Some of them may have a career goal in mind. Others may have a dream of playing sports at a particular college.
When Should You Start Planning?
Eighth grade is a good time to plan the high school years with your husband and teen.
I recommend reading a few books on homeschooling the high school student and talking to other moms who have (or are!) successfully homeschooled teenagers. Other homeschooling moms can lead you by the hand and help you through the questions and decisions.
I sit down and make a five-year flexible plan for each child.
Realize that your plan will change over the years, but it is good to have a rough idea of what you want to accomplish.
What is Your Goal?
Think about what you want your teen to know and what skills you want them to have when they graduate. You have already made a list. Use that list so you don't forget anything.
What fun it has been to design my children's high school classes! It has been one of the greatest joys of homeschooling for me because I love planning, learning, and planning to learn.
My philosophy is to keep things as simple and happy as possible. I want life to be enjoyable for the children and for me. Learning is fun! Even in high school.
At this point, let's assume you have an overall high school plan and you understand high school credits. (If not, read "High School Credits" and "Homeschooling High School Create a Five Year Plan.")
Let's start with your goal. Why do you or your teen want to study this subject? No matter what your purpose is, make the most of this class. Enjoy learning and make sure the material is makes learning the subject fun. Jenny Rose had an interest in songwriting. I wanted to help her to grow as a songwriter and help her to grow in other musical and vocal areas that would impact her songwriting.
What is your purpose of this course? Is it general knowledge like Math or Biology? Is it exploring an area of interest like Ancient History, British Literature, or Oceanography? Is it cultivating a gifting like Watercolor or Songwriting? Is it preparing for a career like Anatomy and Physiology or Economics? Is it to fulfill a college admission requirement? Keep this mind so that your course includes what is needed to fulfill your goals. Julianna came to me right before her senior year and asked me to design a class that would improve her writing so that she could be successful in college. While she was a good writer, she did not enjoy it, but she was motivated with a goal to grow in certain areas of writing. We designed the course together.
Ingredients of a Course
Florida is a great state to homeschool in!
We register with the county and have enjoyed a great working relationship with everyone we have communicated with here in Seminole County.
We have graduated five homeschoolers who have attended Stetson University or UCF on Florida Bright Future scholarships. Our experience with college administrators, state government bureaucrats, and local country officials has been pleasant.
Everyone has been kind, helpful and supportive. Many people took went out of their way to help me in the sometimes-confusing maze of applying to colleges and searching for colleges.
We started in eighth grade mapping out a flexible high school plan. There were changes and adaptations each year as we took advantage of opportunities that arose and sharpened the focus for each teen.
You determine the requirements for homeschool graduation if you are registered with the county. If you homeschool under an umbrella school, the umbrella school will have its own graduation requirements. Many parents like to know what public and private schools require to help them with their planning. Colleges also have expectations and requirements for admissions.
After graduating three homeschoolers and sending them to Stetson University or UCF on Florida Bright Future scholarships, I have had the privilege of dealing with college administrators, state government bureaucrats, and local country officials.
I have not had one negative experience.
Everyone has been kind, helpful, and supportive.
Many people took time to help me through the maze of the college application process and the grand scholarship hunt.
Why do colleges love homeschoolers?
Colleges see homeschoolers as innovative thinkers. Homeschool grads arrive on campus with a lot of experience working independently on schoolwork, as well as projects. Hey, they are just awesome! Who wouldn't love a homeschool grad?
"History is cyclical. It is doomed to repeat itself."
"History is linear, with a beginning and an end."
Which statement is true? One statement represents a secular humanist worldview and the other a biblical worldview.
Do you know why?
In the Bible we read that this world's history has a beginning in the Garden of Eden when God spoke the world and everything in it into existence. In the last book of Scripture, there is an ending, after a great battle, Satan is destroyed and there is a new heaven and a new earth.
History has a starting point and an ending point. At the center of history is Jesus Christ, God Incarnate, who was born in Bethlehem, lived a sinless life, died a sacrificial death on the cross, rose again from the dead, and ascended bodily into Heaven. Though there are similarities in historical events, we realize that history is marching on to its final destination in a linear fashion.
Does everyone believe that?
"Coloring to learn in high school? You've got to be kidding! Young adults don't want to color—that’s for little kids!"
Hold on; just hear me out! I want to introduce you to some wonderful coloring books, yes coloring books, that high school students can using as effective learning tools. No, they won't be using crayons for these coloring books, they will need colored pencils.
I said this when I wrote this review nine years ago. Now, coloring is popular for teens and adults. Coloring to learn has always been popular in our house.
The teen years are an amazing adventure that can be filled with joyful exuberance one minute and angst the next.
So much is going on in the heart, mind, and life of a teen.
While there can be challenging moments, parenting teens is awesome! We can enjoy a deep friendship with our beloved sons and daughters while we pass the baton of faith to the next generation.
Let’s explore the teen years so we can understand and enjoy our teenagers.
A Time of Fluctuating Emotions
There are so many ways to teach high school courses in your home school.
We have had a blast learning about all kinds of things in all kinds of ways. My teens have learned independently and learned in group settings. We love both options!
The sky is the limit when it comes to options. If I forgot something, please add it to the comments below.
Okay, are you ready? Here are some great options to teach high school courses to your teenager.
Mom or Dad-Designed Classes Taught by Mom or Dad
It’s graduation time. You are planning a party for your amazing son or daughter, feeling quite emotional. What about food? What should you serve your guests?
Start with your graduate. Is there something special that he, or she, would like on the menu. Maybe he likes Mexican food and you can have a menu of burritos, tacos, and fajitas. Or maybe she likes old-fashioned teas and you can serve tea sandwiches, lace cookies, and scones with clotted cream.
After nine high school graduations and six college graduations between us, we have planned our fair share of menus. Here are some of our guests’ favorites. Enjoy.
Graduation Party Appetizers & Punch
Fresh Fruit Platter
Raw Veggies with Dip Platter
Hummus with Pita Chips
Spicy 7-Layer Mexican Dip with Tortilla Chips
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Graduation Party Hearty Feast