Character Development: Teach Your Teen to Time Audit

Here’s a great idea for homeschool moms working on character development: teach your teen to time audit!

Character Development: Teach Your Teen to Time Audit

Character Development: Teach Your Teen to Time Audit

Homeschooling is serious business. Homeschooling high school is seriously serious business.

I mean, there are those 26 credits to be earned. And enough of those must be at powerful levels so that your homeschooler is college-attractive.

So, your teen studies and writes and reads and calculates and studies and writes and reads and calculates. All good unless that is ALL that is going on. An out-of-balance lifestyle leads to burned out and bitter homeschoolers.

Time to do some character development! Help your homeschool high schoolers character development by doing a time audit in order to discover if they are living a balance lifestyle.

Ask yourself and your adolescent to write down the number of hours that he/she spent last week:

  • Studying history and science Character Development: Teach Your Teen to Time Audit
  • Writing papers
  • Reading
  • Completing math assignments
  • Sleeping
  • Having personal devotions
  • Attending activities
  • Relaxing
  • Serving
  • Exercising

Now have your teens make a pie chart of the hours spent on each activity. Decide with your homeschool high schoolers if they are spending WAY too much time on school work, help them do some restructuring quickly.

Remember: Colleges are looking for students who can show these on a transcript (a balance, you see):

  • Good academics
  • Involvement in the community (church, sports, choirs, interest groups)
  • Service to others (through organizations and/or individual projects)
  • Drive (this can be accomplished by entering competitions appropriate for the teen and completing some high level coursework in their field of interest)

One Year of High School English Language Arts a good fit for 9th grade

Is it time to make adjustments to your curriculum so that there is time for a balanced lifestyle and transcript?

Do you need to lighten some non-essential curriculum? or level up (do advanced or honors work) in a practical way?

You can take useless busywork out of your homeschoolers schedules when they complete their homeschool Language Arts credits with 7Sisters’ popular no-busywork literature guides or writing guides work with 7 Sisters’ literature and writing combination bundle study guides. We don’t bore our students because we have filled every moment of our texts to feel focused, useful, interesting, and inspirational.

God's Smugglers Literature Study Guide

For instance, one of our most popular study guides was written for God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew. This 16-page downloadable resource  includes:

  • background material
  • vocabulary
  • comprehension questions
  • life application questions

It also includes accessible leveling-up activities so that families with learners of various abilities can work together. Average high schoolers complete basic text, college prep, advanced and honors activities can successfully be completed with little to no parental help.


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Character Development: Teach Your Teen to Time Audit



Vicki Tillman

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

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