Why not Homeschool your Teens through High School?

Hi!  This is Betsy, a retired homeschool mom from BJ's Homeschool. I am also the author of Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd Edition Our daughter is now a homeschool grad! (And actually now a college grad, too)  

Many of us experienced homeschoolers ponder to consider whether or not to continue through the teen years.

For us, homeschooling high school gave us that most important special time with our teen.  So many of my favorite memories came from the high school years. 

And you can be alongside them, too, while they are growing up into young adulthood.

The thought of dealing with transcripts and assigning credit can feel so daunting. 

But it doesn't have to be. My mission is to provide free or frugal resources for high school families, to make the record keeping issues easier.


1. Video Workshop

This high school course video gives you the basics for homeschooling your teen, so that you can focus on what your teen and how to continue to build strong family relationships.

Title:  You Tube Video Workshop:
It's Not that Hard to Homeschool High School


1.  First Step - Know The End in Mind - (Where Might Your Student Be Heading?)

     - Your state homeschool law
     - College Freshmen Entrance Requirements?
     - Public School Graduation requirements?
     - Trade School, Community College?

2.   Choosing Your Homeschool High School Curriculum

       - Let's Homeschool High School
       - The Curriculum Choice

3.  How to Assign Homeschool High School Credit

        - The Textbook Method
        - The Hours Method
        - The Mastery Method

4.  Homeschool Transcripts

         - What Goes on Them
         - Accredited Transcripts?

5.  Homeschool High School Electives FUN  

          - Exploring Their Interests
          - Sharing them with the College   

6,  Making Your Own Courses   

2. Free PDF High School Resources 

A.  High School Help -  Tips for homeschooling your teen with frugal curriculum and nature study. This links you to my most popular articles.

TO get yours: Just click here.

B.  How to Homeschool High school FREE PDF

This gives you everything all in one PDF, to cover these important topics:
  • 4 Steps to Planning your High School
  • 3 Easy Ways to High School Credit

  • But the rest of my best tips are easy to get, too.  They are in my ebook below.

3.  Ebook - FREE to Read on Amazon Prime

My book gives you much more info plus planning printables, and covers:
  • making homeschool transcripts
  • calculating the GPA 
  • finding frugal curriculum
  • and more.
  • Plus help for the college admissions process if desired.

I invite you to Follow me on:

 Pinterest and Facebook where I share more about high school and also college.

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,


Betsy is a retired O.T, homeschool blogger, and most importantly is mom to her 2e college grad, whom she homeschooled through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh schoolcollege and 2e 

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Frugal and FUN Homeschool English Resources for Your Kids and Teens - Plus Online Book Clubs

Here at BJ's Homeschool, we are all about frugal and quality resources and curriculum for your kids and teens.

Are you wanting a full language arts program that's fun!

Finding a good language arts curriculum can be tough. There are so many factors to consider: 

  • Will my child enjoy it? 

  • How much prep work is it for me,?

  • Will it teach grammar, writing, and literature?

  • And can it be fun at the same time?

Today I want to share a curriculum that checks off all the boxes for a full language arts curriculum.

That curriculum is Literary Adventures for Kids by my friend, Dachelle, who you know from Hide the Chocolate

What is Literary Adventures for Kids?

  • A full language arts curriculum - All courses include literature and age-appropriate grammar

  • and vocabulary.

  • Each course is based on a book and is approximately a month in length.

  • The book clubs include optional hands-on projects that are sprinkled like Magic Dust

  • throughout the course.

  • Every course includes Rabbit Trails - These are parallel learning experiences that take

  • deep dives into some of the subjects touched on in the book.

  • There are currently 4 different types of book clubs:


  • Nature Book Clubs: These guide your early elementary student through reading

  • picture books while exploring different creatures and plants in nature and leading them on

  • Outside Adventures (nature observations). These book clubs include copywork and

  • beginning grammar lessons.

  • Elementary Picture Book Clubs: These guide your early elementary student through reading

  • picture books while exploring rabbit trails. These book clubs include copywork and

  • beginning grammar lessons.

  • Family Book Clubs: These guide your elementary and middle school students through a novel for kids while exploring history, art, pop culture, geography, music, or other subjects that are parallel to the story. These book clubs include four weeks of copywork, grammar, vocabulary, and a monthly writing project.

  • High School Book Clubs: These guide your high school students through a novel while

  • exploring subjects that are parallel to the story. These book clubs include four weeks of

  • vocabulary, grammar, spelling, literary elements, critical thinking questions, freewriting,

  • and a monthly writing project.

  • And, all courses include a Party School! This is the pinnacle of the Online Book Club experience.

  • At the end of each literature study, students will celebrate the novel with a party. Invite friends or

  • family over for some literary fun! All the ideas for food, decorations, and activities are included.

That's just a quick overview of Literary Adventures for Kids online book clubs. If you want to really dig in and see what some of them are like, check out the free book clubs.n and see what some of them are like, check out the free book clubs.

Click Here for the Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs Book Club for Elementary 

Click Here for the Wonder Book Club for Elementary and Middle School

Click Here for the Call of The Wild Book Club for High School 


And, if you decide these might be a good fit, you can use my code, ??, for 20% off! I highly recommend that you take a look at these English resources, which are frugal and I think, very well put together.

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,


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

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Homeschooling High School - How To's and More


Summary: Homeschool your teen with my guide to high school will give you the resources so that you can focus on your teen's needs and enjoy this special time with them as they grow up.  Kindle now FREE to read on Amazon Prime.  #homeschoolhighschool #homeschooltranscripts  

Are you homeschooling a teen, or thinking about homeschooling 
high school? Or already doing that?

Does that give you pause?  

They did for me, until I found out that homeschooling high school was really not that hard to do.

This step-by- step book can help guide you as you homeschool your precious teens, your way.

It is an easy-to-read guide for homeschooling your teen including:
  • choosing your high school curriculum
  • homeschool transcripts step by step guide
  • assigning high school credits
  • making your 3 or 4 year high school plan
  • creating your own homemade courses the easy way
  • where are the best scholarships?
  • choosing high school electives
  • Common Application guide 
  • reference letters for college apps
  • course descriptions 
  • lots more.


The paperback and the kindle allow you to downloaded them including:
  • Making a high school plan
  •  Curriculum planning
  • Credit recording form 
  • Transcript form with step -by-step instructions
  • College entrance requirements for your student, just in case they decide to go there.
  • P.E. Form
  •  Course descriptions recording form and more.

Frugal Paperback and Kindle and 

This is an easy-to-read book that covers all the basics of homeschooling high school. At around 100 pages long and 17 short chapters it is not a daunting read. The author starts with reasons why you should consider homeschooling through high school and then walks you through curriculum selection, extracurriculars, transcript creation, where to find scholarships, etc.

A nice touch is that the book includes 14 forms that you can use for record-keeping during the high school years which you can either copy from the book or download.

This book will help ensure you do that and don't reach senior year and realize that your child will struggle to get into college or struggle to cope with the work in college.

.....by Meryl van der Merwe, homeschool mom of 3 grads

I homeschooled my teen through high school, then helped her get into each of the colleges she applied to with scholarship offers.  including a tier 1 University. 

Then I put my best tips for high school into this book. And I am honored that Lessa, certified college counselor, wrote the introduction to my book. For more information I invite you to click here.  The video below shares more about the book and how we got our daughter into college.

My hope is that it will be an encouragement to you for record keeping and more, so that you can focus on your teen's needs and have lots of continued focus on fun family activities along the way.

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,


Betsy is a Christian and mom to her college grad whom she homeschooled from the early years onward.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd edition.   She offers homeschool help through BJ's Consulting. 

Let's stay in touch! 

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How to Help Your Homeschooled Teen Get into College - Video by BJ's Homeschool

Summary:  Video based - 8 Tips for Getting Your Homeschooled Teen into College.  And it is not that hard to do. #homeschoolhighschool #gettingintocollege

Hi! I am Betsy from BJ's Homeschool where I blog about high school, college, and frugal resources.

Today I will be sharing 8 tips for homeschooling your college bound teen.  Many of these tips will also apply to teens who are headed to trade school or community college. 

I helped my daughter get into each of the colleges that she applied to with scholarship offers.  
Join with me on Getting Your Homeschooled Teen into College by clicking on the video and follow along with the step by step guide below.

To get started....let's talk about college entrance requirements.

1.  Know your prospective college's admission requirements

You will find these on the college websites.  Check at least 3 colleges in your research.  They are not all the same.  They vary from college to college.

Look for "freshman admission requirements" 

They will list the CORE COURSES required and credits required in:

  •  Math
  •  Science
  •  English
  • Social Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • Electives

FREE download on Getting Started with College Research

2.  Choosing Your Homeschool High School Curriculum

My favorite resources for curriculum searching:

 - CURRICULUM DIRECTORY at Let's Homeschool High School

This curriculum directory for high school is the most complete one I have seen. I invite you to check it out.


This site is full of curriculum reviews, written by a team of authors (I am happy to be one) who have actually used the curriculum.  Mostly faith based options.

Our favorites for high school curriculum, and how they helped us get the college requirements for  done are in my book.

Free PDF on High School Helps - Full of top articles on high school.

--No email needed--

3.  Making Your Teen's Transcript

What are transcripts really?

"Transcripts are a record of the courses your child completed in high school, the credit he earned for each course, and each course's final grade. Transcripts also include personal information used for identification purposes and, usually, a grade point average (GPA).

Transcripts include all courses and studies your student has done, in the home and out.  It is the place to compile all courses, including those from a community college or public school. 

My book has a full chapter on transcripts plus an Official Transcript Form, with step by step directions, to just fill in.  It is the kind of form that the colleges are used to seeing.

4.  Do High School Electives 

Did  you know that your teen's electives can be key to getting into college?  

Colleges want to see what activities and electives your student has completed. Let's talk about:

Special interests and skills
Working with others

More on high school electives and how to share them with the colleges are in my book.  Also included is my list of 100 High School Electives.

5.  Add in an additional credit or 2 in a core course to show rigor  

AP courses?
SAT Subject tests?
Dual Credit?

Another way to show rigor is:

--Adding in an extra core course or two can show rigor.-
Based on your teen's strengths and interests. 

6.  Know the # of high school credits that will be required by the colleges. 

This can vary from college to college.  It will be on the college's page on freshman admissions requirements.  Our prospective colleges asked for 24 credits.  But best to check with the college your teen is applying to.

7. Do the PSAT and Prep for SAT/ACT

Why do the PSAT?

Schedule the SAT or ACT during the junior year of high school. 

Much more on the SAT/ACT and test prep frugal resources are in my book. Including how to decide which test to use.

8. Get the College Application & FASFA in.  

The Common Application

College admission tend to be on a first come, first serve basis, so try to get your teen's college application in early, in the fall of senior year.


For scholarship consideration or financial aid.  

FAFSA comes out October 1st.  Do it in senior year.

The FASFA is the application for financial aid, but it is also used for scholarship consideration by your colleges.  

And don't forget - Memory Making/Don't forget the Fun!

Getting out in nature with your teen.

Sharing your hobbies

Doing projects together
Video Making?

Special Routines
Tea Time?
Book Clubs?
Nature Study?

Special Events
Bird Counts?

My book offers many more tips on homeschooling high school and getting into college. For the Homeschool Summit, the ebook is reduced to $1.99 through Thursday, January 26th.

Free to read with Amazon Prime

17 Chapters including:
  • what is needed for college admissions
  • homeschool transcripts
  • assigning high school credits
  • preparing for college writing
  • make your own homemade courses
  • scholarships
  • my Common Application guide
  • reference letters
  • course descriptions
  • lots more.

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,


Betsy is a Christian and mom to her college grad whom she homeschooled from the early years onward.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd edition.   She offers homeschool help through BJ's Consulting. Follow on Pinterest or Facebook 
for more on high school and college plus frugal resources.

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