7 No-Fail Steps in Choosing Curriculum for Homeschool High School

Here are 7 no-fail Steps in choosing curriculum for homeschool high School.

Choosing Curriculum for Homeschool High School

7 No-Fail Steps in Choosing Curriculum for Homeschool High School

Stressed about what curriculum to use for each subject in your homeschool high school? We can help with these 7 *no-fail* steps for curriculum choice.

Back in the early days of homeschooling, when I was homeschooling high school with my oldest, there wasn’t much curriculum to choose from. That made the choices easy!

But as each of my kids entered high school, there were more and more choices. It is a good problem to have! Here are my 7 steps in curriculum choice:

1) Remind yourself of your 4 year goals. Is my homeschool high schooler college bound? (You’ll need college prep or higher level for your core-subject texts). Career bound (you gave much more flexibility)? Busy developing an interest or talent (you must balance rigor and time needed for extracurriculars)? Curriculum choice is affected by these goals.

HSHSP Ep 42: Highschool Goals & Planning
Click here to listen to goals and planning on the Homeschool Highschool Podcast

2) Write down this year’s priorities and goals. Written goals are much more powerful. Here’s a post about homeschool goal setting.

3) Write down your budget. Then stick to it!

4) Invite your teens to join you in choosing curriculum for homeschool high school. In helping you choose and manage the budget for curriculum, they gain great life skills. You might want to start with 7Sisters’ interactive, inspirational Financial Literacy curriculum. Here’s a post on including teens in the choice making.

financial literacy

5) Consider the best format for this year’s courses. Is this year a good time for some online courses, co-op courses or should some or all of the courses be at home?

Homeschool Highschool Co-ops Nuts and Bolts
Listen to this episode of the Homeschool Highschool Podcast for co-op how-to’s.

6) Download this helpful PDF. How to Choose Homeschool High School Curriculum has even MORE ideas!

choosing high school curriculum

7) Pray about it. (Well, this should have been first on the list AND last on the list…) Prayer about our daily-life issues like homeschool curriculum is as important as praying about big things like our nation’s leaders. Model this for your teens, it will be a help! Here’s an economical but fun prayer journal for moms or teens.

Prayer Journal 1

Here’s a secret: The reason why these 7 steps are no-fail, is that there is no failure in choosing homeschool curriculum! When you do your best and give it prayer, you can relax. Then remember, even curriculum that doesn’t work for your family isn’t a loss, it’s a learning!

And if you need to toss a curriculum you bought, that’s okay! Get started by reading this post about 50 Ways to Scrap Your Schoolbook!

This post also deals with evaluating whether you chose the wrong curriculum – and what to do if you did!

Read about 7Sisters’ curriculum philosophy.


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7 No-Fail Steps in Choosing Curriculum for Homeschool High School

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at 7SistersHomeschool.com, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

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