How Homeschooling Helped Our Teen Make Dean's List

Summary:  How homeschooling helped our daughter not only get into college, but also do well there.  #homeschoolhighschool #homeschoolhighschoolcurriculum #collegeprep #getintocollege

Are you considering homeschooling your college bound teen, but wondering  if they could get into college? 

Do you ever ask yourself, like I did, these sorts of questions...….
  • Will my teen be ready for college level work?  
  • Will they be able to compete with other students, whether public schooler or those from private schools?
  • Can I find the homeschool curriculum that they will need for college prep?

I did worry about those things at first.  

But after seeing our daughter do well in her first quarter of college, getting onto Dean's List (who knew?), I began to wonder why I worried so much.

It is not hard to get into college as a homeschool grad!  Some colleges are even starting to recruit homeschooled applicants.  They want those self motivated teens who know how to find the answers to their questions and know where to look.  

And do so independently.

Our daughter graduated college, after studying for 4 years there.  She developed an interest in political science in high school, and that lead to a minor in that along with a B.A. in Communications.  And she loved it.

We credit homeschooling for not only helping our daughter get into college, but also making Dean's List. 

Here’s 7 ways that it did:

1.  Homeschooling can best meet your teen's individual learning needs.

Homeschooling created an environment that nurtured and prepared our daughter well for college.  It gave us the flexibility to not only challenge her intellectually, but also explore and find ways to accommodate forany learning issues, early on.

If she had been in public or private school, she would have been faced with learning most everything through listening to the teacher, in front of the class. 

 That would not have worked for our daughter.  And if she was tested, with only verbal directions, she would have failed.  In homeschooling, we used visual and tactile (hands-on) approaches, and she loved learning and excelled in it.  

 You get to choose the homeschool high school curriculum that fits your teen's needs.  Some of our favorites include:
As a homeschooler, she was able to learn in the way that she liked best. That is just the tip of the iceberg...

2. Homeschooling builds confidence by providing a strong foundation, and a soft place to fall, so crucial for kids, during the teen years.  

Nothing like knowing that a cozy home is a waiting our teens, when they just finished a difficult day at their part time job, a new activity, or just finished up with the ACT test. 

 She was well rested and able to focus on her test prep.  Later, in college, she is still taking advantage of this, as she commutes to campus.

3.  The 1 on 1 focus of homeschooling catches any learning gaps.

As homeschoolers, we can review, go back, switch up our curricula, or even add another year of high school, if that would help our teen.  

My daughter benefited from the freedom to switch curricula or approaches when needed, gearing our homeschooling to her strengths.  She was a visual learner, and we could set up her learning to focus on that, as opposed to auditory learning, and that made all the difference for her.

She could work ahead on some subjects, take extra time for others. It allowed us to accommodate for her sensory issues easily, day to day. 

4.  Homeschooling allows for time to build special gifts and foster and grow your teen's interests.  

Following their interests motivates our teens so much, even for doing the less interesting work that would be required for their chosen field of study. 

Helping our kids discover their inner-most gifts and interests, not only helps them grow, it also creates strong motivation for them to learn, study those things that will help them in the future.

When my daughter wanted to try her hand at becoming a leader, we found activities that would foster those skills. 

Homeschooling gave her the time, and the resources, to pursue her interests in leadership.  And when my daughter applied to her college honors leadership program, her high school activities helped her get accepted.  

5.  Interest-led learning produces motivated, self-starters.  

Encouraging their interests builds self starters!  That is just what many colleges are looking for, motivated and independent learners,and those are things that makes a college student succeed.

6.  Homeschooling teaches self management skills

Homeschoolers learn how to organize their studies, plan their days, and prioritize what needs to be done first, etc....... all skills that are essential to success in college or a new vocation.

My teen even took our workboxing organization style with her to college!  Organizational skills learned at home were key to her success in her freshman classes at college.

7.  Homeschooling teaches problem solving and researching skills

My daughter watched me search and choose homeschool curriculum each year.  During homeschool, she had often seen me search for resources, as we chose curricula, searched for a dance class, or surfed the net for help in algebra, from Khan Academy.  

Through the years she learned how to problem solve and research things for herself, as she did that every day in our homeschool.

When faced with a difficult class in college, she put her problem solving skills to work.

So her first thought, when faced with this difficult college math 
class was not how she could find a way to drop it.  It was, instead, a question to be answered - What resource would help me to deal with this?

She came to me and we worked out a plan together.  She completed the class and did well in it.  Homeschooling taught her the problem solving skills to do that.  

Those are my top 7 reasons why homeschooling prepares our teens well for college.  What would you add to this list?  

I helped my teen get into each of the colleges that she applied to, then wrote a book,, that tells you how to do the college admissions process for your own teen. 

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Betsy is mom to her now young adult daughter, whom she homeschooled since she was a little one. 

Her mission is to encourage families to homeschool through high school, to get the benefits that her family gained by having their daughter close during the important teen years.  

She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, 
 shares on  Facebookand pins at BJ's Homeschool Pinterest.  You can also reach her on BJ's Twitterand she hosts a High School Facebook Group. 

Get Your Teen into College in 6 Easy Steps

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Do you have a teen in your house who wants to go onto college? Do you worry whether they could still get into college with their homeschool transcript?

The answer to that is YES, they could!  

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How to help your homeschooled high school teen get into college.  I did that for mine, who got into each of the colleges that she applied to, with her homeschool transcript.  This is my series on proven ways to get into college.  #homeschoolhighschool #getintocollege

There are so many questions that we have when we consider how to help our homeschooled high school teens get into college.

So I am sharing my best articles on doing just that.

To encourage you.

Planning Homeschool High School with College in Mind

How to plan your homeschool high school for your teen, in case they decide to go to college.  #homeschool high school #getintocollege This post may included affiliate links to products that we love and have used or would use in our  own homeschool. Please see my disclosure policy.

As homeschoolers, we already know so much about planning. We have searched for, and chosen curriculum each year for our kids.  And we have decided what subjects to focus on and how to teach them to our kids.  

Planning for high school, with college in mind is really no different, except for one important thing.....

BJ's Day in Our Homeschool Life - the Elementary Years

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For more help for the early years, including resources that we loved and frugal ones, too plus other tips for elementary, click here.

Thanks for stopping by,


Betsy is mom to her now college junior, whom she homeschooled from day one.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote the book - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting

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Course Descriptions and College Reference Letters for Homeschoolers

 Summary:  Homeschooling high school to college is not that hard, especially when course descriptions and homeschool reference letters come along for  the ride.  Homeschooling high school record keeping is key to writing good course descriptions.  Reference letters show the colleges what your student is about, and that is important to college admissions.  This article is a guide to making those important documents.

Homeschool transcripts are being well accepted by colleges, especially when two important things come along for the ride - course descriptions and reference letters. 

Course descriptions and reference letters help to showcase your child's accomplishments to the colleges.  Here's how to make them:

Dealing with the Difficulties of Giftedness One Day at a Time

Summary:  We learned that our daughter was 2e when she was very young. Along the way we found ways to deal with some of the typical issues associated with giftedness. Along with sensory processing disorder and ADHD, our daughter struggled with anxiety. That was the biggest hurdle that she faced. Here's our story of what worked and helped her along the way. #gifted #anxiety #2e

We started homeschooling our gifted 2e daughter when she was three. Along the way she encountered some of the typical issues associated with giftedness: including sleep issues, intensities , sensory issues, and anxiety, etc. We tried a variety of strategies to help her.

This article includes a discussion of the things that we found to be most successful and helpful to us. As many of you know, my "kiddo" is now a college grad. Today, I am looking back to the earlier years, when the difficulties of giftedness were more apparent.

News from a Homeschooled College Student

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Life Schooling and Homeschooling High School

with college updates.  See how an always homeschooled teen did in college.

You are also invited to join my encouraging group for high school moms, called at Homeschooling through High School.  

Lots of moms just like you there, sharing triumphs and challenges.  Get your questions answered there, too.  

Lots of moms just like you there, sharing triumphs and challenges.  Get your questions answered there, too. 

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,


Betsy is mom to her now college grad, whom she homeschooled through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshighschool
collegegifted/2e and wrote -Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd Edition,   She offers homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting and has had some of her articles picked up by the Huffington Post.

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Homeschool Early Math - Making a Manipulatives Kit -

Summary:  How to make a Manipulatives Kit for your little homeschool learners, out of things you already have around the house.  #homeschoolpreschool #homeschoolkindergarten #earlylearning

Are you homeschooling your little ones?  Do you wonder how to introduce math to them?  

Did you know that you can do this  through playful activities, using things that you already have around the house?

Homeschooling for Newbies - How to Get Started

Are you new to homeschooling?  This article will tell you how to get started, for your  kids or teens. Included are tips for choosing your own frugal homeschool curriculum and more. From a veteran homeschooler, who graduated her daughter and helped her get into each of the colleges that she applied to. 

Are you considering homeschooling your kids/teens for the first time?  With all the recent changes in the pubic schools regarding covid-19, many parents are considering homeschooling and we welcome you. 

Homeschool High School Help FREEBIE

I am offering a FREEBIE - PDF full of my best articles on homeschooling high school. These include  homeschool high school resources and curriculum favorites, guidance for putting together your high school at home, with those important details to make your record keeping easier.  #homeschoolhighschool #freebiehighschoolhelp

Are you getting started with homeschooling high school, or just thinking about doing that this year or the next?

After my daughter graduated from our homeschool and went onto college, I started blogging and writing about how to homeschool high school.

Homeschool Summer and Fall Arts Online Offerings for your Kids and Teens

This article is about virtual offerings for art, music, drama and more from a very homeschool friendly organization called the Faith Center for the Arts.  #faithcenterforthearts #onlinelearning #homeschoolart #homeschoolmusic This post may included affiliate links to products that we love and have used or would use in our  own homeschool. Please see my disclosure policy.

Are you looking for something new to help make your kids's summer fun and creative this year?
This has been such a hard time for everyone this spring with concerns about covid 19.

A GIVEAWAY $200 and Encouragement for Your Homeschool - CLOSED

This giveaway of $200.00 to encourage homeschoolers during the holidays is now closed.

This is such a busy time for all of us, especially for homeschooling families.

Teaching our kids and teens, while many of us are at home without co-op or activities, due to the COVID-19 issue.  And at the same time we are starting to look at what curriculum we might want for next year.

We at BJ's Homeschool want to reach out to you, in support and encouragement in some way.  So we decided to join Felice in her $200.00 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!  And looked for other ways to bless you, hopefully, as well.

Our Adventures in Homeschool Testing - 2e Style

Summary: This article shares our experiences with annual homeschool achievement testing with our gifted/twice exceptional daughter.  With mention of CAT testing at home, and how we found out that our daughter struggled with auditory processing, and how that impacted her testing. Please see my disclosure policy.

We found out that our daughter was gifted and 2e when she was quite young.  Since I had a background in preschool teaching, we just decided to give that a try, and began homeschooling when she was about 4 years old.

12 Frugal ONLINE Programs for Homeschooling High School

In this article we are sharing favorite frugal online homeschoolcurriculum for high school. #frugalonlinehomeschoolcurriculum #homeschoolhighschoolcurriculum This post may included affiliate links to products that we love and have used or would use in our  own homeschool. Please see my disclosure policy.

Are you looking for an online course or two for your high schooler for next year?  

There are now so many options out there, that it can be overwhelming when you go online and search for these computer based courses yourself.

Holiday Shopping Ideas for Your Family! - Plus a $2.000 Giveaway

Summary:  Join our $2,000 Happy Holidays GIVEAWAY!  Check out some shopping deals as well, for your kids, teens, and some of us mamas, too including my book, your exclusive guide to college for homeschoolers. #HappyHoliday2,000Giveaway Then scroll down to join in the FUN of this Giveaway! #holidaygiveaway  #handsongifts This post may included affiliate links to products that we love and have used or would use in our  own homeschool. Please see my disclosure policy.

Welcome to BJ's Homeschool!

Wouldn't it be nice to have some extra money for the holidays for your family?  I got together with a number of my blogging friends to offer a Holiday $2,000 GIVEAWAY  for you! CLOSED NOW

Before you enter our big giveaway, I invite you to look at some great holiday shopping ideas below.  I did a lot of research to find good offers on gifts for your children or teens.

And some for us moms, too, including my book, which is on Amazon, your guide to homeschooling high school with college in mind!

Recommended by a certified college counselor, Lessa Scherrer, a certified college counselor,

"Betsy has a wealth of understanding and knowledge to share with the parents of college bound homeschoolers.  She provides support, encouragement and step-by-step advice on all aspects of the homeschool high school and college application process. This book is a must-read for parents considering homeschooling high school and for parents in the thick of the application process.

Now let's get started with some gift ideas for your kids!


Christmas Gifts for Young Artists

For your kids who love art, above are a bunch of ideas for all kinds of art activities, great for those on school break during December ---Christmas Gifts for Young Artists.

Christmas Gifts for Young Scientists

Hands-on Learning is the best way for kids to learn scientific concepts.  Included in this list are lots of science kits, box subscriptions and more that will teach your kids about the scientific method and more. --Christmas Gifts for Young Scientists


Our 2019 Stocking Stuffer Blog Hop 

Give a gift that keeps on giving this year! There are more than 12 ideas here - Our 2019 Stocking Stuffer Blog Hop!

Twelve of my friends and I have come together to share their best homemade products with you.  I am honored to be included in this great blog hop, full of homemade fun and educational stocking stuffers for your family.

We also have a well curated list of Stocking Stuffer ideas for your kids and teens.  Each one is both educational and fun.  Plus there are some for us mama's, too.

This is a well curated list for you to enjoy.

Are you looking for something for:

--- Your teen who likes video games or wants to start a podcast?

--- Or your kids who want to do cooking activities?

----Your young teen who loves art or card making.?

----Your child who want to study piano?

----Your young ones who want to learn some easy Spanish?

--- Or something for yourself or for your mom friends?

Click - Our 2019 Stocking Stuffer Blog Hop - and have fun SHOPPING!


There are a number of gift ideas for your mom friends in the article above.  Plus, for moms of teens, check out the Black Friday 50% OFF SALE on my book about college!

Whether your teens are in public school or not, my book on college is full of tips for getting your teen into the college of their choice!

I helped our homeschooled daughter get into each of the colleges on her list, including an ivy.  And with scholarship offers.

Included are 17 chapters, written in an approachable tone, to make the whole college admissions process easier.

My kindle is on SALE started November 29th, at only$3.55! 

My book includes 12 high school planning printables, to make your record keeping easy.

For more information, click here - Frugal College Prep for Homeschoolers or to buy it here - my book on Amazon for only $11.99.  

And this book is included in our $2,000.00 GIVEAWAY Below.


Our Giveaway starts Midnight, November 30th!


This giveaway opens 11/30/19 at midnight and ends December 22nd just before midnight.  Four winners will win $500.00 cash or Amazon GC.  Entrants must complete entries and each will be verified. Void where prohibited.

Enter our $2,000 GIVEAWAY Here!

And thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool, which offers encouragement to families with kids/teens of all ages,


Betsy is mom to her now college grad, whom she homeschooled through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshighschool
collegegifted/2e and wrote -Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd Edition,   She offers homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting and has had some of her articles picked up by the Huffington Post.

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