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Essential Tips to Homeschool High School

Essential Tips to Homeschool High School

You Can Homeschool High School

Homeschooling High School can be intimidating, to be sure. But, for some reason, you are or have considered it, and you are ready to take the plunge! Many people are intimidated by homeschooling High School because they feel like they can’t cover all of the subject areas adequately.

Why are we so afraid?

Well truthfully, for most of us, it HAS been years since we took Algebra.  We might never have been that good at writing, or we don’t have a good handle on history or science. And seriously, WHAT is a credit and how do we create a Master Plan of Action to get through these next couple of years with our strong-willed, bored, lazy, overly compliant, non-compliant, willful, just wants to read all the time, hates math, never wants to read ever, delightful, funny, sleeping all the time, hungry ALL the time teenager?!  Honestly, it’s enough to make anyone’s head spin!

The good news, actually the GREAT news is, that homeschooling high school has never been easier. Resources and materials for homeschooling High School have exploded in the last couple of years, making it possible to craft an academically rigorous, delight-directed, interest-led, affordable program for your teen!

So what are these resources, and where do you find them?

Online Learning

Online resources are more diverse and range from free to expensive, with amazing content and quality. Some classes are live, some are pre-recorded, and some are animated. We’ve done our fair share of online courses ranging from Latin National Exam prep, Math, Greek, Pre-law, Marine Biology, Chemistry, and more. Online classes can fill in areas that you aren’t prepared or qualified to teach.

Local Homeschool Groups

Closer to home, most cities have a plethora of homeschool class days, co-ops, and academic programs that are inexpensive to participate in and easily accessible. Our regional Homeschool Facebook page lists area groups and contact information. Many of us are involved in more than one group at a time, depending on our schedules and kids’ interests.  Additionally, area points of interest have begun to offer homeschool-specific programs, such as our local Outdoor Campus.

Having homeschooled in different areas of the country, it’s been my experience that the local homeschool community usually develops its own culture and unique offerings. We know of one large city that hosts a huge Homeschool Prom. Our smaller city hosts a yearly dinner dance, and we also have a rich and diverse theater program for kids of all ages, with Drama Camp,  a yearly festival of One-Act Plays, and a Shakespeare Camp, where kids perform a full-length Shakespeare Camp!

Online Support Groups

Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Then there’s probably a group online that can help you out. Other homeschooling moms are extremely helpful, and more than likely there’s one out there who can answer your questions. A simple Facebook (or Google) search will likely lead you to a wide variety of online homeschooling groups.  There all your questions can be answered. Don’t skip this valuable resource!

(Are you looking for a fantastic online support group?  Check out the Help Homeschooling High School group on Facebook.)

How does one take advantage of all of the amazing possibilities open to homeschoolers these days?  You create a learning plan.

In my opinion, having helped hundreds of homeschoolers from around the world as an Academic Advisor, the most straightforward way to get through high school is to create a learning plan. This plan should include academics, family values, extracurricular, sports, and more!

If you need help with this, check out our Academic Advising package! We provide credit evaluation, a Personalized Learning Plan, standardized testing, vocational testing, and more!

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Homeschooling High School can be such a rich, rewarding experience with the right plan and resources. Lucky for all of us, they are more available than ever before!


Get your homeschool high school plan on track with our Homeschool Highschool? HELP! Bootcamp Challenge. With a daily email with a video from Lisa Nehring, a workbook, and a Facebook group for support, you’ll be confident you can homeschool high school in no time. 

Considering Military Service

Considering Military Service

Considering Military Service

Considering Military Service

We have had many family members serve in the Army and Air Force Active Duty and National Guard. We are proud to be a military family! Recently, our oldest son returned from Basic Training and shared some tips and helps for those considering going into the military after high school, for or during college, or after college graduation.  Here are his thoughts.

Considering Military Service?

There are some items you need to address before undertaking such a large venture.

First, pick which branch of the service you are interested in.

  1. Air Force and Air Force Reserves, Air National Guard,
  2. Navy and Navy Reserve
  3. Army and Army Reserves, Army National Guard
  4. Marines
  5. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve
  6. Space Force

Then, do an in-depth examination of your choices.

Talk to recruiters.  Do some research. What do you want to do? Would you like to fly, sail, run, or crawl through the mud?  Each branch has its specialty that it’s known for, as well as its own ethos- identity, philosophy, and sub-culture.

Also, consider your job.  How do you pick your job? Get on the Corp’s website; there is a list of all jobs, talk to your recruiter- ask about sign-on bonuses which vary by job and place (particularly the Reserve and Guards)

Ask yourself if there is there a branch (subcomponent) that you want to go into.

Some options include:

  1. Active Duty (National),
  2. Reserves (National)
  3. Guard (State)

Consider your deployment when considering military service:   Deployment differs by troops, reserves, and units sent by the state.

Examine how long are you signing up for. Look at that before you sign anything:

  1. Reserve, Guard = minimum 6 yrs.
  2. Active Duty = minimum 4 yrs.
  3. Some positions could require a 2-3 year commitment, which includes training.
  4. Specialty jobs vary. For example, pilot training is extensive and expensive, so commitment is long.

Is your Home School High Schooler Considering Military Service? Will you choose to be enlisted or an officer and what are the differences?

Enlisted – high school graduate. Signing on will provide job training, sign-on bonuses, and a time commitment to the military.

Officer- college graduate.

Some features unique to officers include.

  • ROTC – all your training while you are in school so when you graduate you can commission. Scholarships available, as soon as you contract with them, you get paid. Get your training sooner; you get paid, you don’t get to pick what job you get – it’s based on the needs of the corp.
  • OCS – graduate and sign on as an officer; talk to a recruiter about job positions, sign-on bonuses, and commitment. You pay for college, determine major, and what job you’d like.
  • Military Academy slot; highly competitive; provide college at an academy, military training, bonuses, and commission upon graduation. Begin preparing early in early high school
  • Training
    1. Enlisted – will go through Basic and AIT (Advanced Individual Training and Tech School) except for Infantry, who will go through extended Basic or Combat School.
    2. Commissioned Officer – you go through Basic, then OCS Camp or Field Camp.

Where is Training Held? Research various Training Bases as each base is different. Look it up, ask your recruiter. Your recruiter can put you in touch with people about different locations.

Now that you’ve made your decisions, how do you prepare?

First, you will complete basic training: Marine, Navy, Coast Guard, Army, Air Force

  • Expect to be bored, shouted, and cussed at, tired, hungry, flu shots, and desensitized to “everything!’
  • Start swimming, endurance swimming, and get comfortable in the water if you go into the Navy, Marines, Coast Guards, and if considering Special Forces.
  • Practice push-up endurance (males- do 50 push-ups before you get there, females- 30 before you get there).
  • Running (male 16 min. 2 miles, females 18-20 min 2 miles)
  • Exercise muscles around hips/girdle, shins/Ankles – shin splints, and plantar-fascitis are cause for recycling or even chaptered out on a regular basis.
  • Powerlifting if available (building muscle mass and strength); gain muscle mass as you are able.
  • Research how to eat to work out well and build your health, strength, and endurance before you get to Basic.
  • Plan to be sweaty, smelly, and uncomfortable
  • Clean up your diet! Clean carbs (brown rice, whole grain flours, beans, etc), protein, vegetables, cottage cheese, nuts, yogurt.
  • Drink Water- start hydrating and flushing out impurities. You’ll be drinking a minimum of 3 L a day; maybe more.
  • Cut down on sugar, soda, caffeine -they won’t have available and they decrease bone density.
  • Build Strong bones- cal/mag – stress fractures and getting recycled are a real thing. When they talk to you about hip fractures and bone stress- take that seriously.
  • Do some research on self-calming and breathing routines- important for not getting stressed out during “shark attack” and “marksmanship”
  • Don’t talk back to the Drill Instructor – they are in charge.
  • Don’t tell the Drill Instructor it’s an easy summer camp- you might find your self doing lunges to every meal.
  • Sleep up before you get there because you’ll be plenty tired once training begins!
  • Keep aware of your own health and safety.

Buckle in – you can expect 10-12 weeks of tedium and stress!

  1. Weeks 1- 3/4 boring, stressful, tedious, and hard.
  2. Weeks 5-7 quick -really busy.
  3. Weeks 8-12 fairly easy, boring.

You made it and have graduated! From Basic you’ll go to your Tech School, Combat School, AIT, etc. and learn how to do your specific job. Job Training differs in terms of time, training, housing, locations, etc.

What to take with you when you are considering military service:

  1. Pack really light as you go – the clothes on your back.
  2. Write down contact info before training begins because you won’t have access to your phone contacts.
  3. Bring a power cord for your phone so you can use it when you get access to it.

Is your Home School High Schooler Considering Military Service? Examine what you will gain.

You will learn to make friends/ get along with the people around you. You will get job training, a pay-check, college money, and many perks and benefits, including the knowledge that you are serving your country well.

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At True North Homeschool Academy we appreciate and honor our Military men and women with 10% off of every program and service that we provide.

Is your Home School High Schooler Considering Military Service? We have classes specially geared towards their success! Check out Strategy: War and Peace along with Politics, Philosophy and Economics!

Please contact us for more information about your discount and thank you for your service!