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How to Create a 4-Year High School Plan for Your Student

By | Homeschool Planning, Free Printables

The idea of forecasting your child’s course of study four years before he or she graduates can feel like an overwhelming task. You still may see your child as too young and immature to be wrestling with the ideas of Aristotle or delivering a convincing speech on the
impact that homesteading has on the environment. The one thing we can rest assured of is that our children will grow whether we as parents are prepared or not. Equip your child for the future by preparing for the challenges ahead with this tutorial on how to create a 4-year high school plan.

Parent Guide to Creating a 4-Year High School Plan

It is important to think about high school before it happens. It is important to create a 4-year high school plan for your student. This exercise will help your child know what to expect and it will keep you as a parent from scrambling your child’s senior year to cover credits you missed. Being strategic, will bring both you and your student peace and confidence during these crucial years.

These are your final four years homeschooling this child. I know you don’t want to be stressed. Plan to be strategic so that you can enjoy these years and not dread them.

Ask Questions

As you prepare your 4-year high school plan, you should include your student in the process. You will have much more success in getting your child to complete the necessary tasks to finish high school strong, if he or she is part of the process of choosing those tasks to be completed.

Homeschooling is different from classic, public schooling in so many ways. It allows for a greater flexibility in schedule and in content. Here are just a few strategic things that parents must keep in mind while preparing their child’s 4-year high school plan.

  1. Flexible High School Credits: Many states allow for creativity in which sciences you choose to complete in high school. You may have a child that would thrive taking a science in forensics but would find physics boring.
  2. Completing College Credits Early: Some states have programs that make testing out of college courses very affordable if completed in high school.
  3. Career Aspirations and Scholarships: As a parent, you will need to keep both your child’s future career aspirations in mind, as well as scholarships necessary to pay for the education to get your student in that career field.

The FREE Homeschool Parent’s Guide to Creating a Strategic 4-Year High School Plan will walk you through these pertinent questions and more!

Parent Guide to Creating a 4-Year High School Plan

Stay Flexible

The Homeschool Parent’s Guide to Creating a Strategic 4-Year High School Plan is free to download. This tool will instruct you as you process what the final four years of your child’s education will look like. You will take into account both state standards, your personal standards, and what your child’s college course of study will require for entry.

Your student may not have his or her career chosen yet, and that is perfectly natural at such a young age. We have included a career exploration mind map to help explore what career fields might fit his or her interests and skill sets currently.

The best thing about creating a 4-year high school plan is that it is meant to be flexible. You are encouraged to revisit your 4-year plan annually at a minimum in order to keep your student on track or change course if necessary. The 4-year plan is meant to serve you and your child. It is not written in stone. It can change as much or as little as you need it to in order to set both you and your student up for success.

Download the FREE 4-Year High School Plan Parent Guide

What can you expect? This free, downloadable parent aid includes the following:

  • Guidance for strategic planning
  • Career exploration mind map
  • One example 4-year high school plan
  • Two blank 4-year high school plans

Complete the form below to receive your FREE copy of The Homeschool Parent’s Guide to Creating a Strategic 4-Year High School Plan.

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Let Your Schedule Guide You, Not Enslave You

By | Homeschool Planning

People plan in a variety of ways.  Some people like lists, some like to check things off, some scribble on sticky notes all over their desks.  Regardless of the way you like to plan or schedule things, most would agree that in order to homeschool successfully, you will need some sort of plan.  The main thing all of us need to start with is a general layout, an overview schedule to guide us through our day, week, month, and year.  Once that is taken care of, each of us can then choose a more tailored, detailed plan from there.

Let Your Homeschool Schedule Guide You

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Your Kids Should Start Coding Early and Here’s Why

By | Curriculum Helps

With coding now predicted to become the new measurement of human literacy, is it ever too early to develop this transferable skill? There are good reasons to believe that children that explore coding early can advance more in complex thinking and thus set themselves up for future success.Guest Post by Yasser Jilani, COO and co-founder of Code With Us, a fast-growing edTech Silicon Valley organization.

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5 Tips for Homeschool Record Keeping

By | Homeschool 101

Are you left with a stack of unsorted papers at the end of the year? Like many moms, I had to fumble my way through a year’s worth of tests, quizzes and reports, in order to comprise final grade cards and eventually transcripts. In the beginning of my homeschool life, I didn’t want to throw anything away, but I didn’t know hot to go about record keeping.

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4 Tips for Homeschooling Students With ADHD

By | Homeschool 101 | No Comments

Homeschooling students with ADHD is challenging, but as a mom who has graduated two of these amazing human beings from her homeschool, Melissa can tell you that every struggle is worth it. A special welcome to Dr. Melissa Felkins as our guest writer today.

4 Tips for Homeschooling Students with ADHD

Although you can never expect smooth sailing all the time, there are some simple strategies that will keep you in calm waters much more often.

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Free Internet Safety Guide and Social Media Rules for Teenagers

Social Media Rules and Internet Safety Guide for Teenagers

By | Free Printables

The Era of Social Media

I remember the beginnings of Facebook when it still required a college email address to log into the network. Back then it was only about talking with the friends and family you knew. Social media rules and internet safety wasn’t being talked about yet.

Now the world of Facebook has grown exponentially, and the goal isn’t necessarily to keep up with those people you know in “real life.” Facebook is now about interacting with and meeting people you don’t know and will never meet. The world of social media has grown well beyond Facebook. The apps are endless and new are being developed every day.

The Dangers of Search Engines

Search engines may have more educational benefit than social media for students, but search engines come with their own very serious dangers and addictions. It is good to be aware of the pros and cons of the technological tools that we have at our disposal. It is even better to plan how you will train your children or teenagers to wield these tools for their productivity and not to their detriment.

Free Internet Safety Guide and Social Media Rules for Teenagers


We know the dangers of social media and the internet, but we aren’t always sure how to protect our children from these dangers. Some parents choose to not allow their children access to social media until they are adults. Other parents may choose to meter out how much social media access their children have while they are still in the home in an effort to help their children learn how to use social media appropriately under their purview. Each parent must make the decision that is right for his or her family. We have provided you a FREE tool here to help you guide your teenagers as they learn to use the interned and social media.

FREE Internet Safety Guide and Social Media Rules for Teenagers

With so many more teens and kids online for school and having smartphones, internet safety measures are becoming increasingly more necessary. One way to encourage safety online is to have an open discussion and mutual agreement. If you are unsure where to begin or would like a tool to help you out then we have your covered!

Download this FREE Internet Safety Guide and Social Media Rules for Teenagers today and start feeling more confident on your child facing the online world.

If you like this FREE Printable you might also like our FREE 4-Year Planning Guide for High School Students.

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Computer Science Career

Helping Your Students Choose Computer Science Careers

By | Curriculum Helps

Please enjoy this article written by: Chris Yust is President of CompuScholar, Inc.  He has 20+ years of experience as a software engineer and has spent the last 10+ years developing computer science and digital literacy curriculum for middle and high school students.

“Is there any future in computer programming? Aren’t all those jobs overseas now? Is it a bad idea to encourage my student’s interest in a computer science career?”

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