This Fall begins dual enrollment college for my high school Junior. So in her honor, let’s look at the three ways we can homeschool for college credit in high school.[Read more…] about Homeschool for College Credit
Have you thought about homeschooling for high school? Many parents are intimidated by trying to do high school at home. Between homeschool class plans, the increased workload and the college or trade school application process it can be daunting. But homeschooling high school doesn’t have to be difficult.
If you know about a few key areas and prepare ahead, you can homeschool through high school. Even if your child wants to gain admission into a competitive university, the military or a trade school program. In fact, homeschooling can give your child the time necessary to do the extra activities. Volunteer work and extra-curriculars really shine on an application for education after high school.
Here’s what you need to know to pick homeschool class plans, whether your child will be going to college, trade school or the military.[Read more…] about Homeschool Class Plans – The Ultimate Guide!
Finding ways to homeschool a distracted child can be a challenge, no matter their age! Do you have an easily distracted homeschooler? The truth is that I believe to some extent, all children are easily distractable in childhood and into their teens. Even normal children deal with distraction. Today we’re going to discuss how to deal with normal (sometimes called ‘neurotypical’) kids who are struggling to stay on task.
We have a culture that likes to distract through constant cell phone dings, flashy signs, playthings and the like. Other times, the child doesn’t find the curriculum interesting, or the lessons are too long. Trying to teach something a child finds boring means the child isn’t going to retain information well. Between distractions and a lack of interest in the subject, children have a hard time staying on task to get their work finished.
With normal children, distraction can happen while schooling at home from toys, games, pets, cell phones, and online access. While I have homeschooled my children through high school, I found five strategies that worked well to help us homeschool a distracted child.[Read more…] about Homeschool a Distracted Child, No Matter Their Age!
A homeschool syllabus is a wonderful tool for you and your high schooler to use throughout the year. Combined with a bullet journal, these are the two tools I recommend every college-bound homeschooler keep and use for time management and record-keeping.
If you are creating a course from scratch, using a homeschool curriculum that does not provide one, piecing together a class using multiple curriculums, or if your child is college-bound and the curriculum doesn’t provide one, you might choose to write a homeschool syllabus to help smooth the process of getting into college.
I write a homeschool syllabus for every high school core course my teens take that isn’t taught by an outside teacher. Teachers normally provide a syllabus for you so I keep a copy of theirs. I don’t normally write a syllabus for an elective that doesn’t use a curriculum and focuses on a skill. Examples of this would be guitar or music performance.[Read more…] about How to Create a Homeschool Syllabus for Your High Schooler
In my last post, Seven Tips to Prevent Homeschool Mom Burnout, I discussed using a bullet journal to plan our homeschool year. Today I’d like to expand on how we keep a homeschool bullet journal for my two high school teens. You can also use this method for dual enrollment, college, or students who attend classes outside of the home.
We keep homeschool bullet journals for each of our high schoolers to keep them on track, allow us to see grades and work progress at a glance, and to provide a record for college admissions. Here is how we bullet journal for homeschooling, step by step, including directions and pictures.We keep homeschool bullet journals for each of our high schoolers to keep them on track, allow us to see grades and work progress at a glance, and to provide a record for college admissions. Click To Tweet
We have chosen to document everything we do for school to help make the college admissions process easier. This also makes it easier for the student to see and track their work, helping to prevent lower grades. They can see problem spots quickly.
Our 11th grader starts dual enrollment this year. I will likely be doing little to no teaching with her. This gives her a critical opportunity to track her grades and keep up with her assignments. This is the final step in learning how to navigate the world of college and being fully responsible for all of her school work before entering a university.
For my other child, who starts 9th grade this year, this allows him an opportunity to successfully manage the increased workload of high school and to track his progress. He is seriously considering engineering, so good grades are a priority for him.[Read more…] about Keeping A Homeschool Bullet Journal
Homeschool mom burnout is a very real problem in our communities. I often hear the discussion, but the solutions offered don’t really help. I often hear ‘push through’ or ‘just stop, you don’t have to complete anything.’ Neither piece of advice is good advice, especially for high schoolers.
Being a homeschool mom is wonderful and amazing. But because you are both teacher and mother while trying to run a home, you can easily get burnt out. So often, homeschool moms see a lack of breaks and downtime. I see more burnout among homeschool moms than I do among moms of public/private schooled children in my social circles.[Read more…] about Seven Tips to Prevent Homeschool Mom Burnout