As a homeschool mom who has successfully graduated a student, I am here to tell you that you can homeschool high school!!! It takes some prep work, good resources, and organization, but it is totally doable.
Throughout our homeschool journey, I had amazing mentors who walked beside me and helped me navigate the waters. These were veteran homeschool moms who had been there, done that. Let me be that for you and share a few tips that can help you in your own homeschool journey.
When I look back at what made homeschooling high school successful for us, a few things stick out. First, I worked hard to make the kids independent learners, so they could easily transition to college studies or the workforce.
Next, I wanted to give them a good educational foundation. Our homeschool was grounded in good math and science with a healthy dose of student-led learning. This made the kids more motivated to learn.
As high school approached, I looked at where my daughter was academically. I wanted to be sure her educational foundation was stable, so I looked for ways to test this out and fill in any gaps. Luckily, I had used an awesome program on and off throughout the years that was perfect for this!
Time4Learning And Homeschooling High School
In full disclosure, when I told our friends at Time4Learning about how we used Time4Learning for homeschooling high school, they asked me to share it in a post and they compensated me for it. The $$ in no way swayed this article. It’s just part of the business of blogging and I appreciated that they respected me enough to represent them!
Time4Learning is an online, interactive homeschool curriculum that is available for preschool through high school. Both of my kids used it at various grade levels and always enjoyed it. Time4Learning incorporates animation, actual teachers, worksheets, tests and quizzes, and offline projects in a student paced program that includes math, science, social studies, language arts, and electives. You can do all the courses or just one. It is up to you!
Time4Learning served as a great break from traditional curriculum and lessons. The kids actually enjoyed opening the laptop each morning. I found that as they settled into the program, they were becoming for independent learners keeping up with assignments and lessons on their own without me hounding them. This was a great benefit of the program and fit into the educational goals I had for the kids.
What appealed to me about the high school curriculum was the fact that it is standards based and was designed to get students prepared for college, yet it still was not a dry text based curriculum or contain boring lectures. I wanted a resource that the kids would like, was educationally solid, and didn’t make me worry if my kids were learning enough.
How We Used Time4Learning In High School
We are pretty eclectic homeschoolers. We have always been interest-led and student-centered. I was never hesitant to switch curriculum or resources if something wasn’t working or we felt like it was time to try something else. I never wanted education to be boring. That being said, we probably used Time4Learning different than most families.
As I said before, we used Time4Learning through the years as a break from more traditional homeschool methods and as a tool to help the kids develop independent learning skills. So, I knew the quality of the curriculum and what it contained. That made it perfect to use to test my daughter to see if she was ready for high school work.
Near the end of eighth grade, we registered for a Time4Learning subscription and my daughter used it to shore up some of her skills and address possible knowledge gaps. She chose to use the Algebra, World Geography, and English 1 (a high school course with a reading list she was dying to dig into).
The student-paced design of Time4Learning allowed her to move quickly through the Algebra skills she was proficient in and slow down and master those skills she hadn’t quite nailed down. This design also allowed her to really enjoy the books and stories in her English class, get a feel for what high school reading and writing would be like, and feel she was exploring the world through the geography class.
Those classes set her up for success in high school. She had confidence that she was ready for high school work and possessed the knowledge and skills to make it happen.
Although we didn’t use Time4Learning as a core curriculum through high school, we did use it from time to time (this is where the subscription feature of T4L comes in handy!) for electives, as a math help (sometimes having the same math concept explained in a slightly different way makes all the difference), and as ACT test prep (again…the math lessons really helped here).
Benefits Of Homeschooling High School With Time4Learning
The way we used Time4Learning is different from the way most people use the program, but I think this speaks to its strength. I have confidence in Time4Learning’s ability to deliver a solid education. This makes it easy to go back to and to recommend it to others. The subscription-based model is fantastic to use for a month or an entire school year.
Here are some of the other wonderful benefits of Time4Learning:
- Parent dashboard lets parents plan the lessons and see the grades in one spot
- Grades are assigned and recorded for you
- Affordable subscription rates
- Multiple classes can be chosen at one subscription price
- Self-paced classes
- Students can choose subjects at different grade levels
- No parent oversight needed
- Can be used as curriculum or as supplemental help
- Kids think it is fun!
More Info About Time4Learning
Find out how we used Time4Learning throughout the years to help the kids develop independent learning skills in this past post.
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