Planning and Personalities. That’s the pressing topic of this week’s Homeschool Highschool Podcast. This post is running concurrently on Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.
Planning and Personalities: How to Individualize Homeschool High School
One of the best parts of homeschooling high school is being able to choose curriculum and learning experiences that fit your teens’ unique needs! As we always say:
There’s not ONE right way to homeschool highschool. There’s not ONE kind of homeschool highschooler!
When we allow ourselves to enjoy our teens’ uniquenesses, we find that homeschooling high school years are the best years of all. That’s because God made each our our teens with different interests, abilities, gifts and callings.
With that in mind, we have the blessing of planning a 4-year program for our teens that makes the most of their personalities. But HOW do you do that?
First, take into consideration your teens’ uniquenesses:
When you pray and spend some intentional time noticing, you might be surprised at the many unique qualities and quirks each of your teens have been given by God. However, be careful to avoid comparing your teens to other teens! So, grab a journal and jot down some of the things you see in each of your homeschool high schoolers.
Each teen has a different personality. Some teens love to:
- be active
Also each teen has a different learning style. Some teens are:
- hands-on learners
- like to learn in groups or classes
- love online courses
- prefer to read textbooks
As homeschooling parents, we have the blessing of choosing instructional styles, choosing curriculum and even choosing courses that build up our teens, develop their interests and abilities and are more interesting for them.
When you appreciate and respect your homeschool high schoolers’ different personalities and learning styles you can develop a course load that develops academic giftings by increasing rigor of the coursework. For more information, check out our Authoritative Guide blogpost on planning homeschool high school.
Do not forget that homeschool parents have personalities, too!
Each homeschooling parent is different, perhaps even different from your teens as far as personalities go. You may LOVE textbooks but your teens may prefer online courses. On the other hand, your teens may LOVE homeschool co-ops and group classes at the local umbrella school. However, you get tired of driving everywhere, all the time!
When planning your homeschoolers’ high school years, take your personality into consideration. Also, be sure to include your teens in the decision-making and planning process. If you do so, you will have more engaged teens.
For more helpful posts and interviews, check these out:
- Here’s a post that discusses rigor on the homeschool transcript
- Also, 7 Tips for Showing Rigor on the Homeschool Transcript
- Download a complete guide to homeschool transcripts, along with an editable template here.
- College Planning Timeline for Homeschool High School
- For non-college-bound teens, you can adjust their course levels and focus on career building. Here’s an HSHSP episode to help you: Helping Non-College Bound Teens Find Success
Join Vicki, Sabrina and Kym for a lively discussion on ways they have planned with and for their homeschool high schoolers based on their personalities.
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