5 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started Homeschooling High School {HomeSchool High Link-Up}

Hindsight truly is 20/20. Having homeschooled high school with three teens so far, there are a few things that I know now that I wish I would have known when I started homeschooling high school.


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5 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started Homeschooling High School



1- Transcripts aren't as scary as they seem.

I was petrified of messing up a transcript. While I was putting together Judah's first transcript, I realized there was nothing hard about it. After all, it's just a list of classes, when each one was completed, the grade for each class, a list of extra curricular activities, and the GPA. It's just a list! And it wasn't scary.


2- Course descriptions are really scary… and more important than the transcript.

As I was writing all of Judah's course descriptions {during his senior year, of course}, I realized that I should have written them at the end of each semester. It would have been so much easier to write a description of each course and the types of things we did and how their grade was determined if I had been writing it soon after the class was finished rather than 3 or 4 years later. Moral of the story: Do yourself a huge favor and write course descriptions at the end of each semester. You'll be glad you did.


3- Homeschooling teens is lots of fun!

I was really concerned that homeschooling high school would be difficult and feel like drudgery. In reality, it has been quite fun! Sure, teaching or facilitating learning for some courses is challenging, but some are just pure fun. You have much more freedom in creating courses, so they can be just as much fun for you as they are for your teen.


4- You don't have to teach the exact subjects that are taught in traditional high schools.

Sure, the basics need to be covered, and colleges will want your student to have taken certain courses. However, electives are a whole different story. If your teen is interested in film making, you can study film making. If you want to study marine biology, environmental science, fiber arts, fashion design, or missiology, you can absolutely create a course for your teen or set him loose and let him create his own independent study course.

Other posts with examples of outside-the-box courses:

Homeschool High School Electives: Ideas for Inspiration

High School Field Trips

Photography as a High School Elective

10 Ideas for Career Exploration in High School


5- Even in the moments when you feel like you are failing, God is in control and has a plan for your teen's homeschool education.

Many times God even uses our failures to build good things into our teens. Even our moments of failure or less than perfect homeschooling will be used by God.

We can always trust Him… even when we can't see what He is doing.





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3 thoughts on “5 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started Homeschooling High School {HomeSchool High Link-Up}

  1. What do you include as a course description? I recall some college course catalogs. Some of those were vague, but it did help if someone was changing majors or transferring to another school.

  2. Yes, the transcript is just a list! So helpful! However, I don’t understand course descriptions. Can you elaborate? Why do we need to write these up and how do schools use them? I thought they just needed a transcript? Do you attach them to the transcript or are they a separate document? Or do they go ON the transcript? Do public schools do this? Thanks!

  3. I appreciate this article and I am homeschooling my high schoolers now. However, honest question: What is the purpose of or need for course descriptions? If one’s state homeschool law requires them, fine…but that’s not true everywhere. And colleges just ask for transcripts. They don’t seek course descriptions from schools so we shouldn’t feel we have to provide them either. Important principle: Never volunteer anything outside the exact letter of the homeschool law.

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