Top 5 Tips For Homeschooling High School {HomeSchool High Link-Up}

Having reached the homeschool graduation of my oldest child {and all the transcripts and course decriptions that come with it}, I now approach homeschooling high school with my remaining teens a little differently.

Having the benefit of experience now, I'd like to share my best tips for homeschooling high school.


tips for homeschooling high school


#1~ Document as you go.

At the end of each semester, write course descriptions for the work your student has completed that semester. It is much easier to remember all the details of learning (activities, field trips, educational programs, etc.) when they have happened recently rather than 3 years earlier. {Ask me how I know.}


#2~ Move your students toward independent learning.

You don't have to know everything that you need to teach your teen. One of the best things about homeschooling high school is that you can learn the topic as you teach it. You can learn right alongside your student, but in the process you will be teaching him how to learn a topic and find information. This is the single greatest skill you can give your teen to prepare him for college and life beyond college.


#3~ Relax a bit.

Yes, he is in high school. Yes, he needs to get in all his credits. But you also have time. You will most likely be surprised at all he learns in this four years– probably more than you will plan for him.


#4~ Write. Lots.

It doesn't have to be all papers and research and assigned writing. He just needs to write his thoughts, his feelings, his experiences. He needs to be comfortable writing. All the formal stuff will be easier with a good, comfortable foundation.


#5~ Don't be afraid to branch out away from pre-packaged curriculum.

Let your student study what interests them, then create a course based on those interests. You really can even just let him learn and engage the information how he wants, and then just write the course description based on what he actually learned and how he learned it. It's really okay. Some of the best learning happens without a preorganized plan.


What are your best tips for homeschooling high school?





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4 thoughts on “Top 5 Tips For Homeschooling High School {HomeSchool High Link-Up}

  1. This is a great post. I (sadly) am finished homeschooling my two, and I was initially absolutely terrified I’d ruin their lives if I homeschooled through high school. Documentation is truly critical but, after that, high school definitely can be a real time of transformation into areas where the students are the most interested. Because they had greater freedom then, my daughter wrote a trilogy during those years (complete with its own language), and my son taught himself advanced videography.

  2. Thank you so much for hosting…I’m so looking fwd to reading the others’ links:)
    Loved your post…such practical advice.
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    Be well and God bless!

  3. These are great tips! #1 is SO IMPORTANT. It’s easy to get bogged down with their work (especially if you’re like me and didn’t formally grade work before high school). One thing we learned early on is that Mom has to fail some assignments when things get a bit crazy. I have to let her fall sometimes so she’ll learn to pick herself up. Things have been going so much better since I stopped nagging as much, and just grade things as they are done.

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