Our Sherlock Curriculum (and other unconventional homeschooling ideas)

I often say how important it is to incorporate your child’s interests into their #homeschool curriculum, especially during the teenage years. While some kids may naturally take to a self-directed way of learning, some kids really do need or want the additional structure of a more formal learning style. If you have a child like this, no need to worry! You can still incorporate your child’s interests into their learning (no matter the topic). It simply takes a bit of brainstorming and planning.

10 Reasons to Homeschool High School

In my humble opinion, far too many homeschooling families throw in the towel when it comes to the high school years.

Why?? This is a crucial time for teenagers, and the benefits of allowing them to learn on their own terms far outweigh any positives that may come out of sending them to school.

If you’re torn about homeschooling (or are just genuinely curious), watch my latest video.

Assigning High School Credits in a Relaxed Homeschool

There are two times that homeschooling parents most often seem to doubt themselves – at the start of their homeschooling journey, and then the high school years.

Calculating credits can seem tricky at first glance, especially to a family not using a school-at-home method. Take heart, though! It’s much easier than you might think. 😉

Let’s Be Honest About High School

I’m sitting here at the hospital with my daughter, and I realized I never posted about today’s video here. Ack!

It’s very common for homeschool parents to panic over the high school years. I have a completely different perspective, and I’m sharing that with you today. 🙂

3 Practical Hacks for Homeschooling High School

Over these past ten years, I’ve realized something about homeschooling high school:

It is way too easy to overcomplicate things.

Honestly, though, it’s understandable. It’s a big deal! What if we mess up?? The fear is all too real.

So what do we do to ensure that won’t happen? We overcompensate. We overschedule. And worst of all – we start trying too hard to look like school. Continue reading “3 Practical Hacks for Homeschooling High School”

Don’t Make This Mistake When Homeschooling High School

Homeschooling high school is a scary thing. Believe me, I get it.  I’m going to cut to the chase today because I need to address someting that I see happening quite often. You see, this very fear is what I honestly believe is at the root of a mistake many homeschooling parents make once their kids reach those last four years of “school.”

It’s a mistake that many people wouldn’t even consider to be a problem in the first place, and therein lies the problem.  Continue reading “Don’t Make This Mistake When Homeschooling High School”

Discouragement and Isolation in the Name of Education

(The Case for Homeschooling High School)

As someone in the homeschooling community who is very vocal in my criticism of the public education system, there are pretty many comments I hear time and again.

One of these comments is the notion that parents may, indeed, be capable of homeschooling elementary age children, but they just couldn’t possibly be equipped to homeschool high school.

I beg to differ.  Continue reading “Discouragement and Isolation in the Name of Education”

Helping Your Teen Find Balance Between Work and Homeschool

The answer might surprise you!

Homeschooling through high school can seem like a pretty intimidating prospect. Add in a homeschooled teen with a job, and you’re opening a whole other can of worms.

Homeschooling a teen with a job opens a whole other can of worms.

Fear not!

I’m going to offer you a bit of advice today that goes against the grain of your typical homeschooling circles.  Continue reading “Helping Your Teen Find Balance Between Work and Homeschool”

Our 2018/2019 Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for High School

Well, here it is – my final post dedicated to presenting next year’s homeschool curriculum.

As with our chosen curriculum for the littles and middles, my teenagers’ (who will be in grades 9 and 11) learning remains as relaxed as possible, which I know really goes against the grain when it comes to most homeschooled high schoolers.

The thing is, last year I graduated my first homeschooler, and that experience really helped me to realize that I’m far more interested in preparing my kids to become adults than I am in stuffing them with trivial facts and dates. So if you’re looking for a vast array of textbook selections, you won’t find that here. 😉  Continue reading “Our 2018/2019 Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for High School”

The Surprising Truth About Homeschooling High School

This post wasn’t in my plans for today.

You see, earlier this afternoon, I was actually mentally preparing to record a video presenting next year’s relaxed homeschool high school curriculum. It suddenly dawned on me that, at first glance, most people will likely think my teenagers won’t be “doing enough.” After all, isn’t high school the time to start cracking down on academics and getting “serious” about learning?

A few years ago, I would have said yes. But that was before I actually had a homeschool graduate.

Like most homeschool parents, the thought of educating my kids through high school was pretty intimidating. I had the resolve to do it, but I wasn’t sure how. By default, I decided to follow the traditional school model of education. (Looking back, I honestly don’t know what I was thinking.)  Continue reading “The Surprising Truth About Homeschooling High School”