Reevaluation for Senior Year - Finishing up College Applications

Awe, the holidays.  Time with family, time to slow down and appreciate all the important things that we have in our lives.

Once January rolls around, we are looking towards the new year and thinking about our goals for our homeschool, and how things have been going so far.  

Some years, we do a re-evaluation more formally. That is what we did one year, when my daughter was a senior in our homeschool.  

 Senior Year Re-evaluation

Homeschool Course Goals - We talked about what needed to get done, in relation to college entrance requirements, for her last semester of homeschool.  

One of my teen's colleges required either Physics or a math related course like Statistics.  My daughter chose to do the physics, and we used SOS from for that.  We liked the lessons in SOS, and the videos that they included in them.  

When questions came up, my teen used their tutoring service, which was available by the 1/2 hour, but this was not free.  We decided to look for other tutoring help online for the rest of the year.  Along with that my daughter had English, social studies, and two electives to finish.

For English, we were doing our own homemade course in American Lit, which I will be sharing about more in another post.  Anyway, it was going well.  The hardest thing for my teen was learning how to do a detailed bibliography for her research paper.  

For social studies, we used Oak Meadow, and we liked their American history course, and then picked activities from their curriculum that interested my daughter.  I like their activities as the are very creative and worthwhile.  They offer used curricula through Amazon, called Oak Meadow Seconds.

Our colleges wanted to see their applicants doing a solid year of study during senior year, so we added in two electives, even though she had enough credits already to graduate.  One of these was video making, which was so FUN to help her with.

The other elective was also homemade, and we called it College Planner.  I noticed that a lot of public school teens had a course by that name on their transcripts, so we decided to make one ourselves.  Our colleges accepted this as a high school credit.

That way, my daughter earned credit for her SAT prep work and other college related activities, like working on her personal essay, filling out her applications, etc.  We just kept track of all the hours, for one semester, and the credit was accepted by her college. 

Balancing it out with PE, bible study, and down time for my daughter was critical.

Curriculum -  Some curriculum we definitely planned to keep, such as our Switched On Schoolhouse (SOS) courses, from  

We had made switches in math curriculum last year, from Teaching Textbooks to SOS.  That helped her with math retention, as SOS had more repetition of key concepts, which was helpful for my teen.

Study Schedule - At this point, my teen drew up her own study schedule, based on a list of assignments that I gave her at the beginning of the week.  This should help her prepare for college studies next year, when she will be even more independent.

Activities - Do we have enough, or do we have too much?  We decided to not do one activity, Mock Trial, as things were just too busy.  She also decided that irish dance was a little too much, and decided to drop that for the rest of senior year.

We continued with Youth and Government (Y and G), as it was my teen's favorite activity, and she loved learning about politics.  She also could list it as a leadership activity on her college application.  

My daughter's Y and G delegation was full of homeschoolers, and most groups meet at their local YMCA. Below, they are meeting to practice their debate skills.

Youth and Government is a YMCA sponsored activity that hosts a "mock legislature" every year, where teens gather at the state capital, from around the state.  

The teens write their own mock bills, debate them, and then work to pass them in their mock legislature in May.  There are lots more leadership activities in my 100 High School Electives post.

After the intensity of all of this planning work, we piled into the car, and headed out for a road trip with our cameras.

It was a glorious, clear, blue sky day, and we wanted to take advantage of it.  And going on a drive has been a great way for us to have 1on 1 "down time" together!  We stopped by this beach....

Have you seen my facebook group called Homeschooling Through High School?  Join us!

After helping my homeschooled high schooler get into each of the colleges she applied to, I wrote this guide:

Paperback is at Amazon $11.99

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
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  1. Great post! We're on a one-month break right now. This is when I decide where we're going, what we'll use and such things. While I'm doing that, we take a month to travel, hike and camp. :D Great post. Thanks for sharing it.

    1. Thanks, Michelle! I hope that you and your family have a great time during your winter break! It sounds wonderful!

  2. Betsy, this is a wonderful post! I see that you linked it up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I think you may have wanted to link it up with "My Week in Review" instead. Here is the link for that: Enjoy the rest of your weekend! :-)

  3. Oh wow! So beautiful. What a lovely summary of what's been going on for you and the trip/scenery to recharge... so lovely.

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely day.

  4. Thanks, Jennifer, from The Deliberate Mom, for your kind comments! I plan on going over to the great #SHINEbloghop very soon, and linking up again. You have a wonderful day, too!


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