How to Homeschool High School: How to Choose High School Curriculum

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How to Homeschool High School: How to Choose High School Curriculum

How to Homeschool High School: How to Choose High School Curriculum

There are so many different curriculum and course choices out there for homeschooling high school. This is a blessing and a curse! The blessing is that there are choices so we are more likely to find a good-fit curriculum for our teens. The curse is: how do you decide which texts or courses to buy?

Could I give you two bits of advice?

There’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school.

  • So, if you feel pressure from someone who says they have THE right way for everyone, you do not have to pay them any mind. You might end up liking their curriculum, but do not be guilted into thinking their right way has to be your right way.

There’s not a mistake when you buy curriculum and it is not the best fit.

  • Even curriculum that doesn’t work for your family isn’t a loss, it’s a learning! It can be a learning on:
    • How to develop self-discipline and work through a text even if you do not like it.
    • How to file texts away for the next teen (who has a different personality).
    • How to give grace to yourself and role model resiliency.

That said, let’s concentrate on choosing curriculum so hopefully you get it nailed with the first try.

Finding a good-fit curriculum for your teen: You can do this! Tips for choosing homeschool high school curriculum.

How to Choose High School Curriculum

Get your teens’ buy-in and ideas

One of the most valuable things you can do, is get your teens’ buy-in on the whole process. A teen who feels like part of the process with usually be more engaged throughout the year.

  • Ask your teens about their goals
  • Ask what they have liked and disliked in their educational experiences in the past

Determine the goals for high school (college-bound, career-bound, military-bound)

That brings up the point that during high school, we want to help our teens explore their goals for after high school graduation. It is good to listen to them and meet them where they are at.

  • Either goal will help you and your teen in choosing curriculum.
  • If a teen is not interested in (or not a good fit for) college, you can help them plan for career readiness during high school.
    • In this case, you can aim for simpler (“average” level of rigor) texts for core courses (English/Language Arts, Maths, Sciences, Social Studies)
  • If a teen is college-bound, you can help then develop a college-attractive transcript.
    • In this case, you want to aim for at least college-prep level texts on core courses such as English/Language Arts, Maths, Sciences, Social Studies. They may need to level up the rigor for these courses according to their major and colleges of interest so that your teens have college-attractive transcripts.
  • Keep in mind, our minds may plan our ways but God will direct our paths.
    • In other words, if we do not exactly agree with our teens’ current plans for the future, try not to stress and allow God to do some directing of paths.
  • If your teens do not have a clue, think about checking out this Homeschool Highschool Podcast episode and include Career Exploration in this year’s curriculum.

Clarify this year’s goals

Sometimes this year’s goals might be influenced by unusual events such as:

In years like that, you might want to discuss with your teens that they will need to do more independent learning and choose online courses or texts that are understandable to most teens but give the opportunities to level up rigor if desired (oh yeah, like 7Sisters’ texts and study guides).

Use this year to develop your teen’s interests and strengths

Every year is a good year to help your teens recognize and appreciate their God-given strengths and their current interests.

Know your budget

If both you and your teens know the budget for curriculum, it can guide in choosing curriculum. It’s a great introduction to Financial Literacy, too.

Explore formats and settings

If you have not had a chance to check out our posts on how to earn credits and course requirements, start there. There are so many formats these days and so many settings, too.

Remember there’s not ONE right way to homeschool and you never have a wasted curriculum.

Join 7Sisters Facebook group, where you can ask questions and get support. We would love to have you be our 7th Sister there!

For more on choosing curriculum, check out this post by our friend, Betsy at BJ’s Homeschool. 

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How to Homeschool High School: How to Choose High School Curriculum

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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