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What Does It Take To Homeschool High School?

Are you ready to homeschool high school?

You may have already scoured the internet for help, asked all of your homeschool friends, joined all the Facebook groups, etc., but I hope to give you the confidence you need to get unstuck from research mode and start homeschooling high school.

Many people believe that, as parents, we lack the knowledge and skills to homeschool the high school years, but that may be holding you back.

If you’re struggling with the confidence you need to do the thing, this is the place for you.

Ready to dive into a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into what it takes to homeschool high school? Let’s do this thing.

Always Remember to Keep Things in Perspective

If you’ve been finding yourself overwhelmed at the thought of homeschooling high school, and consider yourself as less than the ideal person to do it…

Ask yourself, why do I think this way about my abilities to homeschool high school, and who benefits from my being stuck in that place of fear and overwhelm?

Let me assure you, it’s not your kids that benefit. It’s the educational system that counts on parents as outsiders to their children’s education. It’s that way by design.

So, of course, if you don’t have a teaching degree, or maybe a degree of any kind, you’re going to feel “less than” by comparison.

It doesn’t need to be this way, and I’ll share some stats with you to give you confidence.

And you just might find that with this confidence, most of the overwhelm in other areas take care of themselves.

My Quick Tips for Homeschool Teacher Mom Confidence

Let me start out by saying that, even with my background, I felt JUST LIKE YOU. I mean, c’mon! Who did I think I was homeschooling my kids? And high school? Forgetta’ ’bout it! So, how did I pivot? How did I get the gumption to do it? Here’s how:

I looked at my track record so far:

Honestly, making a to-done list regarding my own experience raising my children gave me a huge boost in confidence when deciding to homeschool high school.

  • Respect: We taught our children to respect us, one another, and people in general. We’d built a relationship with them.
  • Best Interests: I was their mom! Who else would have their very best interests at heart, both academically and spiritually? I’d managed walking, talking, and basic skills so far. I KNOW my kids like no one else.
  • Resources: This is not complicated (whew!). We had a computer, a library card, educational resources and so much more at our fingertips. One resource I didn’t need? $4800 per student to educate my children. Not even close. As in, nowhere near close!

This simple combination of respect, best interests, and resources was a real eye-opener to me. It gave me the confidence to do just one thing. Try.

How is your mindset regarding what’s truly needed to homeschool high school?

Don’t be afraid to simplify what you really need to make the choice. Perfection doesn’t exist anyway (at least not IRL homeschooling). Decide. Pivot when you need to.

Let go of the fear, put the work into your family, and trust God with the results.

Whatever works for you is what will work best for high school students. You’ve got this. 

Some Advice from IRL Homeschool Moms Who Homeschool High School

I like to shake it up with info from all over the web. My friend, Pam Barnhill of Your Morning Basket has some critical advice for you. She says the fear of homeschooling high school is a heartbreaker for her. Listen here.

Never Let Those Who Have Never Homeschooled High School Be Your Guide

Your great-grandma means well when she says, “You don’t have a degree! They’ll never get into college. You’ll ruin your life!”, but it’s another thing that’s holding you back.

Instead, look for experts like No That Hard to Homeschool for guidance.

When you’re running out of steam working on getting your mind around homeschooling high school, this quote from Anne Campbell may spur you on: 

“From the day you became a parent, you also became a teacher, and you are equipped to teach your child.”

You Do Need a Plan to Homeschool High School

Now, just because you currently don’t have a plan in place to homeschool high school, doesn’t mean you can’t get started right away.

This does mean you need to do some research before you can make a decision about a plan that’s right for you, but I am confident you can do it.

Let’s be specific in planning how you’ll get started homeschooling:

  • Step 1: A Personalized Learning Plan | This is just a fancy way of saying that you need to think about what your student already knows and what they need to learn. I’ve got a FREE one you can download right here.
  • Step 2: A Typical Course of Study | This goes hand-in-hand with the Personalized Learning Plan, and can help you fill in those blanks. Discover that here.
  • Step 3: List Your Resources | Pull out a piece of notebook paper and list all of the resources you currently have at your disposal. See how that can fit into Steps 1 and 2.

Because I know how important planning is, I put together this free until 10/31/23 (really free!) guide for you. Use it to build your confidence and create a high school experience for your students to be proud of. 

Click here to download Survive Homeschooling Through High School

Wrapping it up! 

I hope this has been helpful to you, and will give you the confidence to homeschool high school.

Did you follow any of the tips from this post? 

You are well on your way to homeschooling high school.

Be sure to join me in the Homeschooling Looks Like Tribe or the Not That Hard to Homeschool High School groups.

Remember, you can download my eBook Survive Homeschooling Through High School to help you get started right here.

I hope this post has been helpful!

Any questions? Comment below or shoot me a DM on Instagram and check out my favorite peeps.



PS. Get even MORE CONFIDENCE with my Don’t Panic! Plan! High School Boot Camp Challenge

Exploring Foreign Language Exploration for Homeschool Teens: Tips for Homeschool Moms

Foreign language exploration is a rewarding journey that can greatly enrich a homeschooled teen's education.

Homeschooling offers a unique and flexible educational experience, allowing parents to tailor their children’s education to their individual needs and interests. One area where homeschooling can be particularly advantageous is foreign language exploration. Learning a foreign language can open doors to new cultures, enhance cognitive skills, and boost career prospects. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the benefits of foreign language study for homeschool teens and provide valuable tips for homeschool moms when choosing an online option for language learning.

The Importance of Foreign Language Exploration:

  1. Cultural Enrichment: Learning a foreign language exposes homeschooled teens to different cultures, customs, and traditions. It fosters an appreciation for diversity and broadens their horizons, making them more globally aware and sensitive.
  2. Enhanced Cognitive Skills: The process of learning a new language sharpens critical thinking, problem-solving, and memory skills. Research has shown that bilingual individuals often excel in academic tasks and adapt more easily to new challenges.
  3. Increased Career Opportunities: In our interconnected world, employers value employees who can communicate in multiple languages. Proficiency in a foreign language can open doors to exciting job opportunities, both at home and abroad.
  4. Boosted Confidence: Mastering a new language is a significant accomplishment that boosts self-esteem and confidence. Homeschool teens can take pride in their language skills and apply them to various aspects of life.

Choosing an Online Option for Foreign Language Study:

  1. Identify Your Goals: Before selecting an online language program, clearly define your homeschool teen’s language-learning goals. Are they learning for personal enrichment, academic credit, or future career prospects? Understanding the purpose will help narrow down your options.
  2. Research Curriculum: Look for online language courses that offer a comprehensive curriculum. Ensure that it covers speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Read reviews and seek recommendations from other homeschooling parents.
  3. Interactive Learning: Effective language learning involves active participation. Choose a program that provides opportunities for your teen to practice speaking and listening, not just memorizing vocabulary and grammar rules.
  4. Flexibility and Adaptability: Homeschooling schedules can be flexible, so choose a program that adapts to your family’s needs. If your teen needs extra accountability, look for online options with set times/days. Need more flexibility? Look for options that allow your teen to learn at their own pace and access materials 24/7.
  5. Cultural Components: Language is closely tied to culture. A program that incorporates cultural elements, such as traditions, festivals, and customs, will make the learning experience richer and more engaging.
  6. Trial Period: Many online language programs offer a free trial or a money-back guarantee. Take advantage of these offers to ensure the program aligns with your teen’s learning style and preferences.
  7. Teacher Support: Some online language programs offer access to qualified instructors or tutors who can provide guidance and answer questions. This can be especially valuable for teens who may need extra help.
  8. Progress Tracking: Look for programs that offer tools to monitor your teen’s progress. This will help you track their achievements and identify areas where they may need more assistance.

Foreign Language Exploration for the Win

Foreign language exploration is a rewarding journey that can greatly enrich a homeschooled teen’s education. With the wide array of online language learning options available today, homeschool moms have the opportunity to choose programs that align with their teen’s goals and learning style. By considering the tips mentioned above, homeschooling parents can help their teens embark on a path to language proficiency and cultural enrichment that will benefit them for years to come.

Be sure to check out Foreign Language Exploration (semester class) from True North Homeschool Academy & our Self-Paced Spanish!

Helping Strategies for Anxious Students in Your Homeschool

Nurturing Mental Health: A Guide for Homeschooling Parents

Nurturing Mental Health: A Guide for Homeschooling Parents

In recent years, the well-being of our young learners has taken center stage as we witness a surge in mental health issues among students. Anxious children and young people, ranging from young children to college students, are grappling with a wide array of symptoms, from separation anxiety to panic attacks. As homeschooling parents, it’s imperative that we recognize the signs of anxiety and equip ourselves with the tools to support our children effectively.

Understanding Anxiety and Its Types

The first step in helping anxious students is gaining a clear understanding of anxiety disorders. According to the National Institute of Mental Health and the American Psychological Association, anxiety disorders encompass a variety of conditions, including social anxiety disorders, panic disorder, and selective mutism. These conditions can manifest in physical symptoms such as racing hearts and negative thoughts, severely impacting a student’s daily life and academic performance.

Recognizing the Red Flags

Anxiety levels can vary from child to child, but certain signs of anxiety are universal. Frequent meltdowns, disruptive behavior at home, and a reluctance to engage in social situations are all potential indicators of an anxious child.

Creating a Homeschooling Environment that Supports Mental Health

Creating a homeschooling environment that promotes mental well-being is critical. For younger students, visual schedules can provide a sense of security. Middle school and high school students may benefit from stress-relief techniques like deep breathing exercises.

The Power of Prayer in Homeschooling

As homeschooling parents, many of us turn to our faith and spirituality for guidance and support. Integrating prayer into our homeschooling routine can be a powerful way to address anxious feelings and promote mental well-being. Praying with our children before starting the day or during stressful situations can provide a sense of calm and reassurance.

Involving Family Members and Building a Support Network

In the quest to help our homeschooled children, collaboration with family members and fellow homeschooling parents is essential. Keeping lines of communication open ensures that everyone is on the same page when it comes to providing support.

Professional Support for Homeschooling Parents

While we may not have school counselors readily available, it’s important to seek professional help when needed. Mental health professionals can offer guidance and therapeutic techniques to help both parents and children cope with anxiety effectively.

The Good News: Progress is Possible

The good news is that with the right support, anxious children can learn to manage their anxiety effectively, even within the homeschooling environment. By incorporating prayer, maintaining open communication, and seeking professional support when necessary, we can make a positive impact on the lives of our homeschooled children. Together, we can create a homeschooling environment where children thrive academically and emotionally, while also nurturing their spiritual well-being.

A Well-Rounded Education

In conclusion, the mental health of our homeschooled children should be one of the most important things we focus on in our homeschooling journey. By recognizing the signs of anxiety, incorporating prayer as a source of comfort, and building a strong support network, we can provide our children with a well-rounded education that nurtures their minds, hearts, and spirits.

Lisa Nehring

Lisa Nehring and her husband, Dr. David Nehring, a Clinical Psychologist, and Biblical Scholar speak together on a wide variety of topics, including education, classical education, vision, mission, parenting, marriage, and more.

True North Homeschool Academy recognizes the unique God-given abilities and differences in children and offers live, online classes to accommodate a variety of learning styles. Online schooling is an excellent option for students who struggle with anxiety. Book a consultation today, and let’s see how we can help you.

Teaching Psychology from a Christian Worldview: A Vital Component of a High School Transcript

Homeschooling offers parents a unique opportunity to tailor their child’s education to their values and beliefs. One subject that is often overlooked but holds immense potential for personal and academic growth is psychology. Let’s explore the importance of teaching psychology from a Christian worldview and why it can be a valuable addition to a high school transcript.

Understanding Psychology

Before delving into why psychology is essential, it’s important to understand what psychology is. Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behavior, seeking to unravel the mysteries of our thoughts, feelings, and actions. While it’s often associated with secular perspectives, integrating a Christian worldview into psychology can provide a richer and more holistic understanding of the subject.

Why Teach Psychology from a Christian Worldview?

  1. Alignment with Christian Values: One of the primary reasons for teaching psychology from a Christian worldview is to align the subject matter with your family’s values. A Christian perspective offers a moral and ethical framework that helps students analyze human behavior and make informed decisions based on Biblical principles.
  2. Moral and Ethical Development: Psychology provides insights into various aspects of human behavior, including ethics and morality. Teaching psychology from a Christian perspective helps students develop a strong moral compass by examining how Christian principles apply to real-life situations.
  3. Integration of Faith and Learning: Incorporating a Christian worldview into psychology allows students to see how their faith connects with their education. This integration fosters a deeper understanding of the world and encourages students to view their studies as part of their spiritual journey.
  4. Critical Thinking and Discernment: Psychology equips students with critical thinking skills, helping them evaluate and discern the messages they encounter in a secular world. A Christian perspective encourages students to question and analyze the world around them while grounding their thinking in faith.
  5. Preparation for a Faith-Based Career: For students considering careers in counseling, social work, or ministry, a foundation in psychology from a Christian worldview is invaluable. It equips them to provide compassionate, faith-based guidance to those in need.

Why Include Psychology in a High School Transcript?

  1. College and Career Opportunities: Colleges and universities look favorably upon applicants who have a well-rounded high school transcript that includes a variety of subjects. Psychology demonstrates a student’s ability to engage with complex topics and think critically.
  2. Preparation for Higher Education: Psychology is a subject that can prepare students for various college majors, including psychology, sociology, and counseling. A high school psychology course provides a solid foundation for future academic pursuits.
  3. Life Skills and Personal Growth: Beyond academics, psychology offers valuable life skills such as effective communication, empathy, and problem-solving. These skills are transferable to numerous aspects of life, including relationships and careers.
  4. Character Development: Studying psychology encourages self-reflection and personal growth. It can help students develop empathy, compassion, and a deeper understanding of themselves and others, all of which are valuable qualities for life beyond high school.

Teaching psychology from a Christian worldview

Teaching psychology from a Christian worldview not only aligns with your family’s values but also equips your child with valuable life skills and a strong foundation for future academic and career pursuits. By including psychology in your high school curriculum, you can provide a well-rounded education that fosters personal growth, critical thinking, and a deeper connection between faith and learning. Ultimately, this approach can help your child thrive academically and spiritually, making it a vital component of their high school transcript.

Crafting a Comprehensive High School Plan: A Guide for Success

Crafting a Comprehensive High School Plan: A Guide for Success

I don’t know about you but I saw my high school guidance counselor a total of 3 times during high school when she signed off on the classes I was going to take. But, in public (or private) school, most students are following a typical lock step method of education, and the classes are in place for whatever track the student happens to be on, vocational or college bound based on test and performance scores. Easy peasy for the guidance counselor. Plus, they don’t have parental investment in the kids or hopes and dreams for their future.

Educational Freedom

With homeschooling, as we’ve said so many times before, you have so much freedom. Freedom to choose what to study and when, and to personalize as little or as much as you want to. Like I point out in my workshop What a Homeschooling Parent Actually Does, being a Guidance Counselor is one of the roles of the Homeschooling Parent. And what a great role it can be with some simple parameters.

Personalized Learning Plan

Crafting a Personalized Learning Plan can be so helpful. It’s like a map that you can follow to the letter or take fun little detours from, but regardless of it still keeps you on track. A Personalized Learning Plan can provide a clear path toward academic achievement and personal growth.

Start with the End in Mind

Where do you see your kids going post high school? You know them best and you have great ideas about what they are capable of, the cost of many things, including vocational and college training and also what it takes to support certain lifestyles. Start talking with your kids while their young about the lifestyle that they want and how they’ll pay for it. 

Set Clear Goals and Objectives 

Before diving into the nitty-gritty details of planning, take some time to establish clear goals and objectives for your child’s high school years. Consider academic aspirations, personal interests, and potential post-secondary paths. Are there specific subjects your child wants to excel in? Are they considering college, vocational training, or other career paths? Defining these goals will serve as the foundation for creating a tailored plan. Consider serious hobbies or areas of interest as well. How important are they to current and future plans, what will it take to support those interests? 

Academic Coaching

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Understand Graduation Requirements

Research the educational and graduation requirements for your state. This includes necessary credits in subjects like mathematics, science, English, social studies, and electives.

Plan a Four-Year Program

Divide the high school years into four academic years, each focusing on a balanced curriculum that aligns with your child’s goals. Incorporate core subjects, such as mathematics, science, English, and History, and include elective courses that cater to your child’s interests. Also consider subjects like computer science, foreign languages, Art and Music, Bible, Career Exploration and Entrepreneurship. And look, just because you plan a 4 year program, doesn’t mean it has to be accomplished in 4 years. I’ve worked with students who have finished high school as young as 13 and as old as 21. So, again, you have freedom to work with your kids and your lifestyle.

Plan by Year 

Using a Typical Course of Study as a guide, plan by year, taking into account any prerequisites or sequential learning paths. Be sure to include Middle School Courses that are high school level hours and rigor and don’t forget to include CLEP, DE, Honors and AP courses if you choose to go that route. 

Include Extracurricular Activities High school isn’t just about academics. Factor in extracurricular activities such as church,  sports, arts, community service, and clubs. These activities play a crucial role in personal development, building social skills, and enhancing college applications.

Take Advantage of Amazing Opportunities 

Each family, locale and season presents unique opportunities. Be flexible enough in your schedule that you can take advantage of them as they pop up! And remember, parents, YOU are your kids very best resource. Include them in your hobbies, activities, business, dreams and big ideas! You never know where they’ll lead!

Keep Your Student Involved in the Process

Involve your child in the planning process. Their input is valuable as they’ll be more engaged when they have a say in their education. Discuss their interests, strengths, and preferences to tailor the plan to their needs. Again, talk to them about the kind of lifestyle they want and how they’ll support that. Help them understand that how they’ll support that lifestyle goes beyond money and can include social, familial, spiritual, physical and mental resources!

Monitor Progress and Adjust as Needed

Review your high school plan and schedule to monitor progress. Are your student’s goals being met? Is the schedule realistic and manageable? Make adjustments as necessary, considering any changes in goals, interests, or circumstances.

Foster a Love for Learning 

While planning is crucial, remember that fostering a love for learning is paramount. Incorporate projects, hands-on activities, and real-world applications to keep your child engaged and excited about their education.

Embrace Flexibility and Growth

As your child progresses through high school, they may discover new interests, strengths, and passions. Embrace flexibility in your plan to accommodate these changes. The high school journey is a time of growth and self-discovery, and your plan should reflect that evolution.

Crafting a high school plan is a collaborative and dynamic process. It requires careful consideration of your child’s goals, a well-structured curriculum, and a flexible approach. With dedication, open communication, and a commitment to fostering a love for learning, you can craft a high school experience that equips your child for a great high school experience and future success!

7 Big Differences You’ll Notice about True North Homeschool Academy

We Don’t Buy into the Same Old Same Old

We don’t buy into the same old, same old.  Relying on outdated materials and methods can stifle innovation and engagement. Embracing new technologies and teaching strategies ensures that education remains relevant and exciting. At True North we utilize the SAMR Hierarchy of online education as well as gamification, Socratic Discussion and more to keep interest level high and student learning optimal.

Time Tested Educational Pedagogy

On the other hand, you won’t find us throwing out time tested educational pedagogy. You know, teaching in a way that actually works. While innovation is important, there’s value in retaining effective elements of time-tested pedagogy. Blending the best of both worlds can create a balanced and impactful learning experience. True North homeschool academy teachers are constantly working to find great curriculum and classroom experiences that reimagine education for students’ progress and benefit. 

Utilizing Technology to Reimagine Education

You won’t find a lack of classroom interaction, In the digital age, classroom interaction has taken on new forms. Virtual discussions, online collaborations, and interactive platforms can enrich the learning experience beyond the traditional classroom! Students around the world work collaboratively on projects together, create and deliver presentations, and solve problems collectively. They’re learning real world skills that will set them up for future success!

Faith Based, Creative Educators

You won’t find former public-school teachers who are fed up with teaching, distrust parents and are burned out on student interaction.  Our teachers are faith based, creative educators who have homeschooled or worked in alternative education and love nurturing a positive learning atmosphere for each student. We require videos on so that we can get to know each and every student by name to provide a wholistic learning environment geared to personal and academic success. 

Variety of Assessments

Speaking of innovation, you won’t find dry and dusty assessments limited to quizzes and tests.: Relying solely on one type of assessment can hinder a holistic understanding of a student’s capabilities. Embracing diverse assessment methods can better capture a student’s true potential and skills so you’ll find our teachers using a variety of assessments, including quizzes and tests as well as papers, projects and presentations, group projects, escape rooms, challenges and more!  

Educational Freedom

At True North Homeschool Academy we don’t put up with mind numbing conformity. We believe in educational freedom that allows for parents and students to determine what fits best with their family, schedule and lifestyle. That’s why you can choose ala carte classes or choose a full program, purchase live online classes, or self paced, connect with one of our experienced educational coaches or purchase our helpful diagnostic test. 

People of the Book

At True North Homeschool Academy we are people of the book, committed to a decidedly Judeo- Christian point of view. Teachers, students and families commit to an Honor Code that provides a milieu of mutual respect and a firm foundation to ensure optimal learning and growth. 

So, while we’re different than other online class providers, it’s a difference that you can count on. True North Homeschool Academy is your trusted academic partner.

Enroll today, classes begin the week of August 28!