Over the past few months, I’ve had quite a number of people contact me, asking if I had the Homeschool Resource Guide for High School, Grades 9-12, ready yet. It is now available and like the other Curriculum Resource Guides for younger students, this is FREE to download! I hope it’s helpful!
This free Homeschooling in High School Resource Guide for grades 9-12 will help you and your student figure out what subjects and topics to cover in the high school years.
First, I want to mention that we live in the United States. If you live in Australia, Canada, the U.K. or elsewhere, you will probably want to look more closely into the requirements of the universities in your country.
Second, this is a guide is meant as a starting point. You will want to spending time exploring the options, opportunities and interests with your teen. Your student’s interests and future plans can influence the level and type of course-work he or she chooses.
It is important to have some open-ended conversations with your teen. What do they plan to do after high school? Do they plan to go to a 2-year college? a 4-year college? If your student plans on attending college, they will need more traditional course-work under their belt. The requirements for gaining admission to a university can be as varied as there are universities in the U.S. The earlier you start this discussion with your teen, the more information you can gather.
What classes to take in high school:
Don’t forget to keep in mind the rules and requirements of your state.
In general, most colleges would like to see certain core subjects. Here are some common requirements. (But remember, I’m making generalizations here. Take this as a starting point and then look into the requirements of the schools your teen might want to attend!).
4 units of English (ie. one year of English for 4 years)
3 units of math, but often 4+ units are recommended (including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
2 units of lab science (biology, chemistry, physics), but sometimes 3+ recommended
2 units of social science (history, government courses)
2-3+ units of foreign languages (often highly recommended)
4-5 elective units
Here are some of the things you’ll find in the Homeschool High School Resource Guide pdf:
On pages 4 and 5 some of the course options you student might choose to do over the course of their high school years. This is not an exhaustive list, but can serve as a starting point. These are some of the basic courses that colleges/universities expect on a traditional transcript.
Science & History Units/Topics:
I included some of the units/topics that are included in typical high school class. Again, this is just a general guideline. Courses often vary!
High School Planning Pages:
Depending on the grade/age of your student, you might want to use these pages to map out the courses your student has taken and/or might take in the coming years. Be flexible, though. Your student’s interests may change!
Literature Reading Lists:
I included some of the novels that we’ve read (or might read). You can use that as a starting point. Don’t forget that you can listen to some of these books on audio. We did this with both The Great Gadsby and the Grapes of Wrath and really enjoyed listening to that as a family!
Foreign Language Topics:
These are some of the basic vocabulary units your student will start out learning when he/she first starts learning a foreign language.
Where to Find Curriculum or Courses:
There are so many options! It can be overwhelming! This last section provides some avenues you can explore… from tradition homeschool curriculum, to co-ops, tutors, community college classes and more.
Homeschool Planning for Next Year (Free Planning Pages)
These are some free Homeschool Planning Pages that I use as I try to figure out our long-range homeschooling goals. This post shares share the process I go through… and also will share the planning pages that I’ve been using the past few years. I like having colorful planning pages to work on. This isn’t really a weekly/monthly planner, but rather a homeschool vision planner. This 30+-page pdf is currently FREE to download! Let me know if it’s helpful! ~Liesl
And, if you are looking for some printables to create your own Homeschool Planner, you might want to check out our free Homeschool Planner. This unique homeschool planning packet is currently FREE to download! It is nearly 100 pages! Not only does this packet include daily and weekly planning pages, checklists and record keeping pages, but it also includes various homeschool journaling pages… think gratitude journal meets homeschool goal setting! Again, you’ll find it at this post:Free Homeschool Planner and Discovery Journal. I tend to change up my homeschool planning pages regularly as our needs change, so this packet of materials has steadily grown in size! There might be something you can use there! 🙂
If you are new to our blog, you might want to check out these free resource guides, which I put together to help answer questions like… Where do I start? How do I know what to teach? What units did you kids do when they were in __ Grade?
Creating Your Own Homeschool Curriculum: These are some resources I made that might be helpful as you create your own homeschool plans. These are somewhere between 30 and 50 pages and are FREE to download:
Learn the vocabulary about your family with these fun, colorful Spanish worksheet sets!
There are 4 packets in this Spanish Worksheet Set: 1) ¿Quién es mi familia? Who is my family? 2) ¿Cómo se llama mi familia? What is my family called? 3) ¿Cómo es mi familia? What is my family like? 4) Saludos y despedidas greetings and farewells
Let me tell you about how/why these Spanish Worksheets were created!
Sra. Morato, a native Spanish speaker and Spanish teacher with more than 20+ years of teaching experience, and I have worked for the past two years building the Spanish Elementary Program. This is an online course that builds progressively from topic to topic, using vocabulary from previous units. The Online Elementary Spanish Program includes videos, online flashcards, online games, and face-to-face classroom/speaking time with Sra. Morato. These worksheet sets are found within Sra. Morato’s Spanish Elementary Spanish Course. (See more about Sra. Morato’s Online Homeschool Spanish Program in the Spanish Store!)
Sra. Morato and I have also been receiving emails and requests to see if the Spanish Worksheet Packets are available for purchase. Some of you speak Spanish, but want the support of a worksheets geared for kids. We have decided to make these worksheets available for purchase. Eventually there will be 12 Spanish Worksheet Sets!
Spanish Worksheet Set 1: Mi familia – My family
Spanish Set 1: Mi familia – My Family This set includes 4 pdfs:
As homeschoolers we wrestle with a lot of questions, issues, and challenges: planning, preparing, organizing, scheduling, juggling, managing (moods/squabbles) AND getting things done. Plus, we have the added challenge of having our kids watching us and learning from us every moment of the day!
“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” ~John Cotton Dana
As we look at a new year (or even when we look at the current year)… it starts with what should we teach? What age should they be when we cover a certain topic? What curriculum will work with our kids?
Another equally important challenge is organization: How do we manage meals, house work/chores, outside activities, doctors appointments, lessons, sports, repair work and all the other things that life throws at us?
The next set of questions has to do with scheduling: How do we fit everything into our homeschool day? What does our day-to-day schedule look like? How do we organized/accomplish things during the day? How much independence can/should the kids handle? Will they work on their own for a short period? Do they need us right with them (even as moral support or to help them move more quickly through the material)? Are we consistent – learning/reviewing from day-to-day and week to week?
Finally, there are the homeschool teaching strategies: How do my kids learn best? What activities will help them learn? What teaching strategies will challenge them, excite them, motivate them, help them learn & accomplish a lot academically? Are they working on the skills they need? (writing skills, the ability to multiply/factor quickly and easily so the kids will succeed in algebra, geometry and beyond).
Yet through all this we have to keep growing as homeschooling parents: Chances are you are going through a first… Perhaps you are homeschooling for the first time. Perhaps your kids are struggling in a new way? Perhaps you have a unique set of challenges (a new baby, a new move, a sick family member)? Perhaps you have a new pre-teen or teenager? This is the first time you are dealing with this unique set of challenges, right?! These are hard… and require us to learn and cope… while still being kind, generous, and understanding homeschool mentors and parents.
Each of these topics is huge, so I want to lead you some of the posts I’ve written over the years that may help as you think about your own homeschool life!!
Homeschooling: What should we Teach
The curriculum question is HUGE, right? There are so many amazing homeschool curriculums out there, it’s hard to know where to start! I have some free curriculum resource guides that share some of the topics/subjects we’ve covered. I also have a general plan in my head of what I want to cover over the years (so I know generally where we’re going).
Get advice and input from others: I also suggest that you talk to friends both in person and online to see what curriculums have worked for them. When you can thumb through books that your friends have used, you can make better choices about what will work for your kids. So while the Story of the World (the set of 4 history books written by Susan Wise Bauer) may have worked really well for my kids when they were in elementary, they might not appeal to your kids.
Homeschool conferences also give you a chance to glance through various publisher’s materials. Used homeschool curriculum sales are also a great place to browse for materials that will work for your kids!
I was surprised by how many unique approaches there are to educating children! I’m even more fascinated by how much I agree with all of them! I have found that we take elements of most everything into our homeschool!
This post talks about some of the different homeschool styles (Classical, Montessori, Waldorf, Traditional, Online) and how we’ve woven elements of many of these into our homeschooling!
Homeschooling – Keeping Organized:
I have written SO many posts on this topic! I am constantly thinking and re-thinking how things will run best in our homeschool. I can tell you, it changes all the time!
This post talks about 7 different areas of our life we have to keep top of:
1) Organizing the homeschool space
2) Organizing each homeschool day (ie. planning each subject and keeping everything running smoothly)
A paper planner (like our 150+ page FREE Homeschool Planner)?
An online homeschool planner?
An app like Google Keep?
Workboxes? Shelves? Crates?
Keep things in your head – and just do it! (I wind up using this “method” quite a lot, especially towards the middle and end of the semester!!!)
Whatever method you settle on, just try to be consistent, but don’t beat yourself up when things don’t go quite as planned!
Homeschool Teaching Strategies
We want to try to keep things fresh and interesting for our kids, right? We want them learning and growing! We want them to remember the experience and pleasure of academics… diving deep into books, having amazing experiences together, doing experiments (and failing!). We want our relationships to stay strong. We want our kids to be come independent learners. We want them to have all the skills they need to be successful adults.
That’s a tall order, right? We have a lot of adjusting to do over the years as our kids grow and mature!
In the early years, we did a lot of hands-on activities. Here are two posts you don’t want to miss, if you want to expand your teaching repertoire!
I had a questions from a Homeschooling Mom who had a number of kids from 8 down to 1. In this post I gave her some pointers on where I would begin if I had that age range and were starting to homeschool for the first time… Homeschooling Multiple Ages and explains where I might start if I were homeschooling these ages for the first time.
Homeschool: The Daily Schedule
As for our daily schedule, that has varied a lot over the years! Here are a couple of posts from when my kids were younger… this will give you a glimpse into what homeschool life has been like for us from time to time!
For quite a long time, we used a homeschool checklist to help us keep on track each day. This is the version my kids used for a very long time. Each of the blocks is one week (so there are 3 on this page). Each of my kids had their own checklist page. They would color in the block under that day of the week as they finished each subject. This is in our free planner:
Learning & Growing as a Homeschool Mentor and Parent
I am always growing and learning as a homeschooler and as a parent. There is such joy in the homeschool journey, but also times of deep growth and learning.
Just as we challenge them to be better, our kids challenge US to become better too!
“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” ~John Cotton Dana
Let me leave you with these few thoughts
Know and live your values! Are you living up to your own expectations? When we spend so much time focused on our children and their education, it’s easy to forget a) that they are watching how we treat ourselves and b) that we are imperfect people and need to work on our own weaknesses!
Be kind to everyone around you (even at the hard parts of the day!)
Be respectful (of their time, challenges, space).
Don’t nag, but do challenge them!
Instead of lecturing, discuss things with the kids.
Don’t be hard on yourself; you’re doing the best you can.
Talk to the kids. I mean really talk! Tell them what scares you. Be vulnerable. Be real.
Listen to the kids. I mean really listen! Ask them good questions – What do you think? How did you come up with that? Would you like to talk about it? What can you do about this? What can I do to be a better parent?
Make sleep a priority!
Focus on progress, not perfection!
Be sure your kids know how proud you are of them!
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.” ~Goethe
I was inspired to write this post because of a question a reader sent me. Do you have any specific questions about homeschooling in general or about how to find things on the blog? Feel free to drop me an email any time! ~Liesl
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Happy Homeschooling! ~Liesl
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