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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?
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!
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.
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.
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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