Ever wonder what a day in the life of homeschooling high school looks like? It’s different for all students, but here’s how it looks in our home.
Once upon a time, our homeschool day started with a morning routine of breakfast, a read aloud book, and then helping them each with their school work. I would move from one child to the other according to our schedule teaching them, reading with them, and helping them each step of the way.
Those days are long gone. We have moved from those elementary years, gone through the middle school years (with one child), and are now homeschooling high school. It’s safe to say that over the years our homeschool routine has changed drastically.
Typical Homeschooling High School Day
These days, I hear my high school daughter rumbling around in her room upstairs while I am having my morning coffee. If it is not a volunteer day for her at the zoo or a knitting class day, she starts her school work.
An hour or so later, she will finally come downstairs in her pajamas usually looking for a waffle and orange juice. She mumbles something about having her Algebra 2 and History done already, then disappears back into her room with her breakfast.
A couple hours later, I hear her in the bathroom. I make lunch and she appears dressed and hair done ready for the rest of the day. She is usually done with her school work turns in any assignments that need to be graded. Then, we talk about her courses over lunch at the kitchen island.
If she has all her work completed, we might run errands or take a field trip in the afternoon. She might do something with a friend. It just depends. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, she needs to be at her robotics team meeting at 6pm until 8pm. On Wednesday evenings, she has church youth group.
Now, if it is a volunteer day at the zoo, a knitting class day, or a babysitting day, she gets ready and is out the door by 8:30am. She will get back home in the early afternoon and hit the books.
Homeschool High School Curriculum Choices
I just wanted to add these links here to share with you what our curriculum choices have been so far.
The Joy Of Having An Independent Learner
As you can see, my role has moved from teacher to a guide or counselor. By the time my kids are in high school, my goal for them is to be independent learners.
We started teaching our kids to learn independently in elementary and middle school. It started small and in developmentally appropriate ways. We started with reading. They went from reading aloud and then discussing the book or passage to reading by themselves and answering questions on paper.
Our kids also learned educational independence in nature studies and doing science experiments. If they found something they were captivated by on a nature walk, it was up to them to research it and report their findings back to me. I always had experiment books and supplies on hand for them to do on their own.
By the time we reached high school, my daughter was almost a self-learner. She is responsible for her studies and getting assignments done. She now has the ability to find information out on her own and is learning responsibility. I just grade her work, make sure she is on the right track, and help her make adjustments when necessary.
Tips For Homeschooling High School
Thinking about homeschooling high school? Wondering if you can do it? Looking for resources and encouragement? Check out my Tips For Homeschooling High School post for advice from the trenches.
A Day In The Life
Ever want to peak into the life of other homeschool families? Here’s your chance! Check out the Day In The Life blog hop at iHomeschool Network.
Check out more middle and high school homeschooling resources at the Finishing Strong link up.