This article first appeared at LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com and is reprinted here with permission for High School Homeschool Month.
YOU asked, WE answered!
I know, summer's not quite over... so... why are we talking about planning already? Yuck... I'm thinking I want summer to last a bit longer. But, as most veteran home schoolers know, itís time to face the music. If you want your books and supplies here in time to start schooling, this monthís for you!
So, to get everyone motivated and in the spirit of things, weíre gonna answer home schoolís top 10 planning questions. Letís get startedÖ
1) Simply put - How do you get started?
Well, thatís a different answer for each of the 50 states. Your first step as a self-declared homeschooler is to check out your stateís regulations and make sure that you comply. Second, explore your kids. Make sure you know how they learn, what makes them tick, and their favorite way to learn. Third, explore your options. Find out the various methods and ways other people homeschool and decide what would fit your needs. Fourth, explore your philosophy. What is it that you want from homeschooling? Write it all down, then when youíre wondering why your doing thisÖ pull it out! Finally, explore your resources. There are so many absolutely awesome tools for homeschoolers now. Find resources that line up with your kids, methods, and philosophy.
2) CAN I even teach my highschooler if Iím not qualified in the subject matter?
I can honestly answer a resounding, YES! Like I mentioned before, there are so many amazing resources for homeschoolers that make it possible for anyone to homeschool. If you are worried about teaching the class yourself, you can find a tutor, join a homeschool co-op, use an online course
, online resources
, online teacher directed course
, or video based course. In each of these methods, your student is getting the information from a different source and doing the work at home.
3) Am I alone in this? How can I find support?
This is an amazing question, there are many places that the homeschool family can find camaraderie in their endeavor. A few places to start would be your local home school group, a local co-op, an online home school parent forum
, or even state homeschooling conventions.
4) How do I plan a high school course of study?
I would sit down with my highschooler and talk about what their interests, strengths, and passions are. Once youíve got an idea of those you can help guide them into exploring career choices that will support those. All the high school electives and courses can be brought into alignment with their future career. You can even explore apprenticeships and dual credit programs
to enrich their high school studies, and fully prepare them for the future.
5) How do I know which courses are needed to meet graduation requirements?