Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. ~ Proverbs 19:21 NIV
Today I want to talk a bit about planning for high school homeschooling. Today, my children are 25, 17, 17, 16 and 7.
Right now I am homeschooling one child through high school and honestly, I wish I could go back in time and have taught them all at home. What I have learned is that there are so many opportunities to support who your child is while teaching them at home.
And, there are so many resources available that make planning to homeschool high school easier than it sounds!
For me, my number one resource has been the HSLDA website. I just really like their Homeschooling thru High School section. I have used their “Developing a Plan for High School” information and found it very concise and easy for me to use.
I like to see the “big” picture of what needs to be accomplished in four years. Then, I take it year by year and then course by course. I add in when my son needs to take the SAT. Big things like that.
Each year, I have adjusted courses and switched out things, like one math for another. But, overall I have a plan that has us on a college track, and we should have no bad surprises when he begins applying for college.
Once I have a feel for the overall plan, I begin thinking about what my son’s special gifts are. What do I want to help him develop? Do I want to steer him into an elective playing guitar or an internship with a chef? Should I add astronomy as an elective? Things like that.
I also think about his emotional needs and strengths. What bible studies would fill requirements and also really benefit him? How can we adapt for needs? We need extra writing practice…etc.
My rough draft plans look pretty good!
Then, I talk to my son and his Dad. We narrow down our focus to the upcoming year, keeping in mind the general idea of what needs to be done to stay on track for college. I ask my son to plug in his ideas into his schedule. I ask him for help on what courses he really likes and wants to actually do. My husband looks at everything. He will give his opinion and advice, which often leads to a specific curriculum. We will pray together over it all. I like that this way, we are all aware of what is being done.
The one thing I have learned as a Christian and a Mom is that I cannot control everything. I can try. I can be assertive and stubborn…and sometimes get what I want. But, what I want does pale in comparison to what God gives us. I pray for God to give me leading and direction and he always does just that.
Here is a good short video by Lee Binz of the HomeScholar on what courses your high schooler should take:
Here are a few favorite picks for planning homeschooling through high school resources: