Three Easy Steps that will make you feel better about Homeschooling High School

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What is your go-to strategy for dealing with tasks that you hate or that are overwhelming to you? Or both, lol?

How to create a homeschooling high school plan the easy way.

For instance, cleaning out my double-door fridge and freezer. This is a job I truly HATE. I’ve found the only way to motivate myself to even begin the task is to break it into smaller parts and tell myself that all I have to do today is the first one. So that means that today I will get rid of all the moldy fridge food and wipe down the fridge shelves. Tomorrow I will tackle the fridge and freezer doors. And on the third day I will throw out old freezer food and wipe down its shelves. That way I get the whole job done with the least amount of frustration. And even though it takes three days, it’s better than trying to do the whole thing in one day — because chances are that I will get two-thirds done and be so sick of it that I give up and don’t come back again at all. Am I right?

As readers of this blog, you probably know all about this technique. That’s a large part of what snail-pacing is, after all — breaking large jobs down into smaller, manageable tasks that actually get done, hello. And done well and thoroughly, because you’re not frustrated and stressed by the thought of the big huge thing that you’ve stupidly taken on. (Not that I would know what that is like, or anything… :-))

Believe it or not, the same thing can be done for homeschooling high school. OK, I know that’s a large jump, but think about it: often people are scared to death at the thought of educating their teens, because it seems like a big, scary project that is overwhelming and impossible. But I’m here to say that it is actually very doable, especially if you break the planning process down into manageable steps. Once the plan is created, the rest seems much less daunting!

How to create a homeschooling high school plan the easy way.

Here are the three easy steps you can use to plan your homeschooled teen’s high school coursework:

1. Do your research.

Step one is simple but mucho important. You need to research what your state requires of homeschool graduates, and you need to find out what colleges require of their freshman applicants. Unless you know those things, you will never feel secure in whatever plans you make.

2. Set your goals.

Step two is a little more difficult, because it requires thought, lol. But it follows naturally from step one, as you use what you learned in your research to determine exactly what you want your teen to have accomplished, in terms of credits and life skills, by the time they graduate.

3. Create your plan.

Step three is where the rubber meets the road and you write down exactly which courses and curriculum your teen will work through during the high school years. This involves more research to get ideas and see what curricula is available, but with your initial research from step one and your goals from step two as a basis to work from, you can eliminate a lot of options that won’t be helpful, thus making the process go faster than it might otherwise.

How to create a homeschooling high school plan the easy way.

Here’s the beautiful thing: you can take as long as you want to work through these steps. You can start when your kid is in elementary school and snail-pace it until they are ready to enter ninth grade, or you can do it all in one weekend, if you’re up against a deadline. In either case, looking at the process as three smaller steps to complete will make the whole thing less intimidating.

Here’s another beautiful thing: I’ve written an ebook that covers these steps in complete detail! 🙂 If you are frightened that you will miss something, then following my thorough instructions and filling out my printable forms for each step of the way will erase that fear. There is no better way to make a large job more manageable than by doing it with a friend! Let me be that friend! 🙂

You can read more about my ebook here: Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School: How to Be Sure You’re Not Missing Anything.

If you are a homeschooler who is still making curriculum decisions for next year, you might find my Curriclum Review Form helpful. It provides an organized space to record all your research about curricula, including what others have to say and who has the best price. Get yours here: Curriculum Planning Made Easy.

How to create a homeschooling high school plan the easy way.

I think snail- pacing your way through these three easy steps for planning high school is perhaps the best way to gain confidence about homeschooling high school right now, even if your oldest kid is only in first grade! It’s never too early to begin researching and gathering data, so you know what to expect further down the road. So high school doesn’t seem so big you don’t even want to think about it. So you can help other moms when they express their own worries. So you know you are making the best decisions for your children during each step of your homeschool journey.

Since you are an intelligent individual who reads Victoria’s amazing blog, you already know how much simpler life is when you break it down into digestible bites. Well, what is true with decluttering, cleaning, finances, etc. is also true when it comes to homeschooling high school. Three easy steps — and maybe my book to help you through them 🙂 — and then you’ll be ready to tackle homeschooling high school with confidence and success.

 Guest post by: Ann is the (very) middle-aged mom of five who writes at Annie & Everything about calming the chaos of homeschool life. She says, “I don’t do complicated!” and is known for her down-to-earth common sense about all things homeschool and the homeschool lifestyle. Having graduated four children (with one more to go), she has a heart for helping families choose to homeschool all the way through high school. To that end, she has written the ebook Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School: How to Be Sure You’re Not Missing Anything, and she admins the popular FB group called It’s Not that Hard to Homeschool High School to give encouragement and support to moms of homeschooled teens. She and her family, including two dogs and three cats, live in rural Missouri.

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Welcome to Our Not So Pinterest Worthy Homeschooling Room

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Once upon a time I dreamed of having a homeschooling room, and then we moved and I had one. It was beautiful with huge cabinets to store books and a long table that could fit all two of my students, plus plenty of room for a desk for my third student. There was a place for a small couch to cozy up with books and great sunshine pouring in the windows all day long.

A real life homeschooling room, plus a major tip for creating your own!

We used  that ideal homeschooling room for about two months. Actually, to be completely honest I think it was really about two weeks.

You see, my oldest child just didn’t do well having 2 siblings in the same room as him. He got too distracted and got very little done each day. Another child ended up memorizing both his siblings’ memory work, but never did seem to get much else done.

Eventually I ended up letting my oldest do his school work in his room and I let the other two move to the bigger and more comfy couch in the family room.

And so the homeschooling room sat empty except for a cupboard full of books. Eventually even those were removed when we converted it to a 4th bedroom so that our boys no longer had to share a room.

Welcome to Our Not So Pinterest Worthy Homeschooling Room

A real life homeschooling room, plus a major tip for creating your own!

My children are teenagers and don’t often allow me to post photos of them on the blog anymore. They did, however, approve of this photo exposing their blanketed legs for your viewing. (eh, whatever this is truly what homeschooling looks like most days)

And this is what homeschooling now looks like.

That is me working on the apple laptop and those are two kids wrapped  up under blankets.  All of us use handy fold away tables for desks. My oldest son is in college now so it is just the three of us.

In this photo my two children are working on their Time4Learning subjects. Currently they are doing both English and History through Time4Learning. I love how I can set up a daily timeline for them to follow with just a few clicks inside the parent section of the website. I also love that most of their school work is marked for me. I just have to grade the writing assignments.

At the end of the year record keeping is a breeze. I simply print out the report that shares with me their grades on all their tests and quizzes and then I perform a simple math equation to create a course grade average and BAM! I have a final grade for their transcripts.

With both children now in high school this is what really sold me on using Time4Learning–record keeping is so simple.

High school level courses at Time4learning are currently $30 a month for up to four subjects. Elementary level courses are $15 a month for up to four courses.

We could use Time4learning for math and science and not pay a dime more, but the children really enjoy Apologia science and Teaching Textbook math–plus this means they are not on the computer all day.


A real life homeschooling room, plus a major tip for creating your own!

Which brings me to the second part of my homeschooling room tour

This is the laundry basket that holds the books needed for Apologia science and Teaching Textbook math.

I had grand plans of getting these at least onto a bookshelf, but halfway through our first year without a homeschooling room to store our books they were still on the floor and at that point I decided that they were really handy right here so why change things.

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But wait–there is more. We use one desk drawer to hold all the disks needed for science and math.

I am horrible at pronouncing scientific words so I decided a long time ago to get my children the books on MP3 CDs so they could listen along as they read and learn how to properly pronounce their science terms as a result.

I have the children store the disks in the desk drawer so they don’t get crushed by the weight of the school books.

Yes, our homeschooling room isn’t very Pinterest worthy. I don’t think you could really even call it a homeschooling room. It is really our family room with homeschooling books in it.

But it works for us and that is what matters most.

Homeschooling mama, create a homeschooling room that works for you and your family. And if you create the one of your dreams and it doesn’t work–well, go with the one that does and convert that room space into something more usable.

our family uses time4learning.comOur family has used Time4Learning for several years now and we are very happy with it.

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Learning With Homer: The Reading Skills App I Wish I Had When My Kids Were Young

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As I have mentioned before I have 3 visual learners in my home who often make me wonder why in the world I even spend money on textbooks. For instance one time during a bike ride through corn field lined streets with my 12 year old son  (now 14 ) he explained in great detail how Ethonal was made. I was so excited thinking that $50 science book taught him something when he said “yeah mom I learned it all off this  documentary I found on Netflix”.

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His answer made the $7.99 I spend on Netflix  each month  worth every penny and had me wondering why I spent $50 a year on a science textbook. Which is one of the reasons why when I saw a  Learning With Homer  ad recently it caught my eye and drew over to check out the site.  When I did I started wishing I had something like Learn With Homer  available for my children when they were pre-readers.

Learning with Homer  is a comprehensive learn to read app that costs $7.95 a month and gives you a tonne of features for your subscription fee.

Here are just a few of the benefits of Learn With Homer

  • A Reading curriculum that currently contains 150 step by step lessons and more lessons are being added regularly.
  • A Story Time Area that contains a large library of folk tales, fairy tales, first stories and original stories that you and your child can enjoy together.
  • Printable activities to work on fine motor skills needed for writing as well as Printable progress rewards.
  •  A secured Homer’s Pigeon Post area that allows your child to send drawings and notes to loved ones.
  • A parents area where you can check on your child’s progress.
  • An art area where you child can make unique creations.

When my children were the ages Learning with Homer caters to (prek to 7 years old) I spent money each month on workbooks and DVDs to help them with  reading skills and I am pretty sure those purchases added up to more than $7.95 a month.

Among other great features I  like that since Learning With Homer is  an app you can take learning on the go with you. Your child can be working on their pre-reading skills while you are waiting at the Dr. Office, or traveling to grandmas, or where ever life takes you.

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Best part Learn With Homer offers a 30 day free trial period (must cancel subscription before end of trial should you decide you don’t like the service in order to avoid subscription charges) . The free trial period allows you to fully explore the site and decide if it is a great fit for your child or not.

Sign up today for your free trial