Homeschool 101: Join a Support Group!

It’s helpful to have a network of support as you forge your homeschooling journey. In the high school years, other homeschooling parents are especially helpful. I leaned heavily on many of my friends as my children passed through middle school and high school. They gave me advise in regard to curriculum, college preparation, and building…

Homeschool 101: Hand Over the Reins!

Homeschool Help for High School: Hand over the reigns to your high schooler! Let your high school students take ownership of their education. This is a simple statement which takes quite a bit of time to finally accomplish. What I mean to say is, the process of handing the responsibility over to your student is…

Reading through the Holidays

So many of my favorite home school memories involve reading good books aloud. For many years we began our days with me reading both devotional books and historical fiction to the children and ending the days with Daddy reading classics to all of us. When the books were riveting, the children often persuaded me to…

More High School Tips: Parenting Young Adults

High school is a time when children struggle for more independence and parents expect to see more responsibility in their children. The problem is this exchange is a slow and inconsistent one. There are times when parents are not willing to give up their tight hold on their student’s life and education. Perhaps they do too…

More High School Tips: Preparing for SAT II Tests

SAT II tests in science, math, and foreign languages evaluate skills which take more than one year in a subject to develop. In other words, if your student is required or desires to take a SAT subject test, my advice would be for them to take at least two years (or the equivalent) in that…

Day 28: High School Tip – Register with the State

For Florida homeschooling parents: Make sure your high school student is registered as a homeschooling student their junior and senior years. Even if you registered when they began kindergarten and keep an active portfolio and submit annual evaluations, verify that your student is registered in their last two years of high school with a call…

Day 26: High School Tip – Share the Teaching Load

Have your high school students teach their younger siblings! We homeschooling moms know how much we learn when we teach, our students will find that they do too. Not only does this help to lighten the teaching load, but it teaches the elder brother or sister responsibility. When the older student teaches it reinforces what…

Day 24: High School Tip – For the College-bound Homeschooler

Not all colleges have the same entrance requirements for homeschoolers. Some schools require SAT II tests in the major subject areas or 2 classes in an accredited institution for entrance. Others want a detailed syllabus for each class taken throughout high school. Universities may require other hoops for the home schooled senior to jump through….

Day 22: High School Tip – Tailor Your Student’s Education

The beauty of homeschooling is that we don’t have to fit into the public school system’s box! But sometimes we forget how freeing this fact is and how it can make our student’s high school experience extraordinary! In Florida, the requirements in high school are no different from the elementary grades – an annual evaluation and an…