Last Updated on November 9, 2023 by Sarah McCubbin
When creating a plan for high school, it is important to think about the life skills and social skills your teen needs to thrive beyond the four walls of your home. As parents, we have so many things on our plate that it is easy to become hyper-focused on meeting the academic requirements but give less attention to non-required “subjects.” No worries! I have been there too!
In this series, I want to share the skills your teen needs beyond the books and give many practical tips on getting them ready for independence!
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Creating a Plan for High School Begins With a Big Picture
Oftentimes when families begin creating a plan for high school, they are looking at what educational steps their child needs to qualify for the next step of their education or for a job. And of course, that is absolutely necessary.
However, when creating a plan for high school, you should look past the technical graduation requirements and consider what social-emotional skills and life skills your teen needs to FEEL CONFIDENT as they prepare for the next season.
In this series, I want to share with you a spectrum of ideas that will help you launch your teen into the next season.
10 Day Series of Tips for Homeschool Moms
June 13-23rd, I’ll be bringing you tips to prepare your teen for high school (and beyond) with social and life skills!
The high school years should begin with a good plan. Whether you have used traditional homeschooling or unschooling, a solid plan can help everyone stay on the same page. Your plan can include a mix of classes and courses, school and homeschool..and even college or trade school. Use your high school plan to help you figure out what life skills and social skills your teen needs to succeed!
As part of your high school plan, you should plan to begin a transcript. Did you know you can begin your teens high school transcript in middle school? You can! Don’t wait until they are a senior. A transcript can be written in 5-10 minute per year of school making it an easy part of your record keeping.
Before your teen steps of into adulthood, there are some non-negotiable skills they need. Begin when they are early teens learning how to handle money, get and work a job and plan for the future.
If you are trying to help your teen become independent and successful academically, you may want to take a look at their study skills. This is a list of 30 study skills…plus a checklist and a review of my FAVORITE study skills curriculum. It really works!
One of the best ways to build your teen’s confidence is to look for ways for them to learn to lead. Sometime we think that teens are naturally born to be leaders or followers. But leadership is a set of skills that can be learned by anyone regardless of their personality type.
Are you wondering if your teen should have a job? What are the pros and cons of a teens having a job. Here are the reasons we have found jobs beneficial for the teens in our house.
And of course, when you are thinking about getting a job, it’s also important to understand what social skills are needed. Prepare your teens to know what kinds of questions to answer in an interview and how to present themselves for their best chance at landing the job they want.
Summer is a great time to work on people skills. Schedules change and it marks the turning over of a new chapter for most kids. It is often when we decide to drop some activities and try others.
In the homeschool world, there can be a lot of dogmatic language. (You SHOULD do this…or that.) But it is helpful to hold a lot of those suggestions in tension with the needs of YOUR family. I was homeschooled myself many years ago…and then I chose to homeschool my kids for the past 16 years. However, when things were not working, we realized we needed to tune into the needs of our family and not just go with the flow.
Do you have unmotivated students? It can be the hardest part of homeschooling…or sending your kids to school. Here are ways you can tap into your kids motivation!
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More Tips for Homeschool Moms!
Regardless of where you are at in your education journey with your family, there is SOMETHING below for you! This summer, be encouraged that you have the skills, abilities and ideas you need to education your child well!
- Homeschool Planner Printables by Living Life and Learning
- Hands-on Preschool Learning by Teaching with Faith
- History & Geography Resources by The Homeschool Breakroom
- Keeping Homeschool Flexible by Fearless Faithful Mom
- Teach Kids Healthy Wealth Habits by The Homeschool Cafe
- Self Care for Homeschool Moms by Just A Simple Home
- Summer Skill Building by Schooling with Grace
- Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum by Special Needs Homeschooling
- Organizing the New Homeschool Year by Homeschoolin’ Mama
- All about Lapbooking by Heart and Soul Homeschooling
- Free Summer Printables for Kids by The Art Kit
- Fun Food Activities for Kids Learning by How to Homeschool My Child
- Homeschooling the Subjects While Traveling by With the Huddlestons
- Help for Homeschooling Mompreneurs by Thrive at Home