Homeschooling can be an adventure, a roller coaster, and sometimes, a bit of a circus act all rolled into one. As homeschool moms (and dads), we juggle teaching, cooking, refereeing sibling squabbles, and occasionally sneaking into the pantry for some chocolate therapy. It's no surprise that as your kids grow, you might start worrying about their future, especially when it comes to getting into college. But fear not! We've got the perfect recipe for preparing your homeschooled kiddos for college success. And we promise, it won't require you to teach calculus (unless you want to)!
The first step is to embrace your child's individuality. Homeschooling offers the perfect environment for tailoring education to your kid's unique needs and interests. So, forget the rigid, one-size-fits-all approach. Let your child explore their passions and talents. Whether it's foreign language, writing, coding, or interpretive dance, encourage them to dive deep into what makes their heart sing. Freedom is one of the great gifts of homeschooling. And by following your kids' interests, you just might help them develop a stand-out factor (think college scholarship money).
Pro Tip: If they become a world-class interpretive dancer, they'll have a leg up on their college application!
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While spontaneity is a homeschooling hallmark, you'll need to document your child's educational journey for college applications. Create a portfolio that showcases their achievements, including projects, assignments, and extracurricular activities. Keep records of grades, standardized tests, and volunteer work. Make it colorful, creative, and a true reflection of your child's personality.
Pro Tip: Add a section titled “Creative Problem Solving” where you describe how you once used algebra to figure out how much toilet paper you'd need for the year. Or, encourage your budding novelists or film maker to start a Youtube or Blog to document their journey. Again, think scholarship dollars!
Explore Your State's Requirements Homeschooling and Graduation Requirements (the results might surprise you)!
Each state has different homeschooling requirements. Check with your local homeschooling association or education department to ensure you're meeting all necessary criteria. You don't want any last-minute surprises when applying to colleges.
Pro Tip: Connect with your local homeschooling association and join your regional FB group. They're like a secret society of homeschooling ninjas.
Test the Waters
Standardized tests like the SAT and ACT can be intimidating, but don't worry; you don't need to turn your dining room into a testing center. Many colleges now offer test-optional admission policies. If your child is a great student, their grades, essay, and portfolio can shine without standardized test scores.
Pro Tip: Practice with “pretend” tests and chocolate chip cookies as a reward for each completed section. Great test scores create a clear pat
The moment of truth! When it's time to apply to colleges, help your child choose a mix of “reach,” “match,” and “safety” schools. Review their application essays, make sure their portfolio is in tip-top shape, and remind them that rejection is just one more way to learn and grow.
Pro Tip: College admissions officers love to see applicants with unique stories and experiences, so don't be afraid to highlight the quirkiest aspects of your homeschooling adventure.
Homeschooling is an incredible journey, and the destination doesn't have to be a mystery. By embracing your child's individuality, documenting their achievements, keeping up with state requirements, approaching standardized tests with confidence, and applying to the right mix of colleges, you can prepare your homeschooled child for a successful college experience.
Remember, homeschooling is a unique and wonderful experience filled with laughter, occasional chaos, and a whole lot of learning. And, who knows, maybe someday you'll be reminiscing about these homeschooling days while enjoying your child's interpretive dance performance at their college graduation! So, keep calm, carry on, and enjoy the ride!