What is Goal-Driven Homeschool High School?

People sometimes as us about our philosophy of education. We informally call it: Goal-Driven Homeschool High School.

What is Goal-Driven Homeschool High School? Inspire your teen to want to learn by helping them set goals and match curriculum to the goals. 7SistersHomeschool.com

What is Goal-Driven Homeschool High School?

Before we even start, I want to reiterate our favorite maxim: There’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school!

I know that sometimes new homeschoolers can be fearful that they are not homeschooling “the right way”. Let me tell you from our decades of experience homeschooling our own teens and helping homeschool others through our local co-op and umbrella school: There simply is not one right way to homeschool! Why?

  • There’s not ONE kind of homeschooling teen! They vary in:
    • Needs (some need lots of support, some are already independent learners, some are highly driven)
    • Interests (some are interested in sciences, arts, literature, fixing things, etiquette, helping others, etc)
    • Goals (some are college bound, some will join the workforce or learn a trade, some will join the military, some will take a gap year for service or personal growth)
    • Abilities (we believe every teen is gifted, only in very different ways, because God created each child)
  • There’s not ONE kind of homeschooling mom! They vary in:
    • Needs: (some have multiple children, some have paying jobs outside of homeschooling, some have families with varied needs such as taking care of an elderly parent or disabled child; or managing a recent crisis)

So rather than try to fit all our teens (and ourselves) into one kind of curriculum, we raised our teens and helped our local homeschoolers to understand themselves and set goals. Then they could tailor curriculum to enhance those goals.

We 7Sisters (btw- there are six of us 7Sisters. Who’s the 7th Sister? YOU are!) had all kinds of teens: college bound, workplace bound, some with learning disabilities, some with strong preferences for curriculum styles. We had to create curriculum that was flexible to meet their needs.

That’s how 7SistersHomeschool.com began. Over the years our teens and local teens helped us vet curriculum that adapted to their goals and needs. Our curriculum could be said to be goal-driven curriculum.

Rather than fit your teen to a curriculum, find curriculum that fits your teen.

Goal-Driven Homeschooling

When teens learn goal-setting in high school, they have an important tool for success. They will need to be able to set goals through college, career, and life in general!

Not only that, teens who have a hand in setting their goals are often more motivated than teens who are handed a pile of textbooks and told what to do.

Teens like to know where they are headed!

Most of us feel better when they know where they are going and how they are going to get there. Think about it this way:

Homeschooling high school without goals is kind of like deciding to go on a big trip. You and the family pile into your car and start driving but have no plan about where to go for your trip… If you don’t know where you’re going, you end up somewhere you don’t know!

We believe that homeschooling high schoolers benefit by learning to set goals, so we work alongside our teens to help them set 2 types of goals:

Long term goals:

What they want for themselves (along with what we would like for them) by the time they graduate. Ask them questions like:

  • What kind of person do they want to become?
  • What do they need for graduation?
    • Career preparation?
    • College preparation?
    • Life-skills preparation?
  • What special interests, career interests, talents or causes do they want to explore?
  • What experiences would they like to have?
  • What kind of people would you like them to meet (friends, mentors, apprenticeships, causes)?

Short term goals:

What they need to accomplish each year in order to meet those long-term goals. Help your homeschool high schoolers set goals by teaching them SMART Goals and Scheduling Backwards.

More on goal-setting:

Okay, you have the basics. Now, let’s look at the ways 7Sisters can help you and your homeschool high schoolers meet their goals.

How 7Sisters’ curriculum fits a goal-driven model:

  • Our curriculum is not boring

    • Our texts and study guides have been designed for students who prefer reading textbooks that are not stuffy. 7Sisters texts are vetted by homeschoolers high schoolers, and believe me, they have opinions!
  • Our curriculum is adaptable

  • Our curriculum contains NO busywork!

    • We want to inspire students to LOVE the things they are learning! 7Sisters texts, literature study guides and writing guides do not kill the topic!

    • You may have run across curriculum that turns a teen off because it overwhelms them with busywork or unnecessary information. Rather than kill the subject, we include meaningful activities that homeschool high schoolers can choose to extend their learning in a useful way.

  • Our curriculum is affordable

  • Hey, we Sisters are all on a budget and we bet you are, too! Our texts and  guides are all e-curriculum, which means they are downloadable. Many of them are also editable.

    • This saves printing and shipping costs and keeps the price down. The books and study guides are in PDF format so can be stored on your desktop and shared between siblings (please don’t share outside the family).

    • We also have a lovely discount for co-op and group-class ordering

  • Our curriculum helps prepare students for life

  • Our curriculum is written from a Christian worldview

    • While NEVER preachy or forced, a Christian worldview is integrated into all of our curriculum. Occasionally a theological concept or Scriptural idea is specifically mentioned. The worldview is implicit but clear.

  • Our curriculum has a 10-day, no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee

    • ‘Nuff said about that. It’s a good guarantee!   🙂

7Sisters curriculum: no-busywork, adaptable, affordable, meaningful

What curriculum does 7Sisters offer?

Want some more help with homeschool high school resources and ideas?

Make your plans and download some 7Sisters curriculum and have a great year!

 

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What is Goal-Driven 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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