Summary:  This article describes my book --a guide to homeschooling high school, which I wrote after helping my homeschooled daughter get into each of the colleges that she applied to, with scholarship offers...

Are you considering homeschooling your teen or are you already doing that?  Many of us considering high school feel overwhelmed with all the details that can be involved. 

Transcripts, GPA, assigning high school credit, course descriptions, etc.  It can feel daunting.  And that is why many families are leery of taking on high school at home.  

So after homeschooling my dear daughter through high school, I put together a guide, full of all those important details for your high schooler.

I want to encourage families to homeschool their teens and get the benefits that we got doing that, for my daughter and our family.

My book makes your planning SO much easier!  With it in hand, you can concentrate on making the high school years at home nurturing and rich.

Then you can keep your own homeschooling style all along the way.  And be able to follow your teen's interests.  

My guide includes over 100 high school electives and activities for your teen to explore.

This book is not just for those who are aiming toward college.  It is for any teen who is learning at home.  

We all want to help our teens grow and give them important guidance and encouragement as they grow into young adulthood.

When I began homeschooling high school I wished that there were ready made planning printables that I could use as a guide for high school, and just fill them in.  So I made my own.

12 Planning Printables

The paperback has them in the book, or they can be downloaded, including:

-  Making a high school plan
-  Curriculum planning
-  Credit recording form 
-  Transcript form with step -by-step instructions
-  College entrance requirements
-  P.E. Form
-  Course descriptions recording form and more.

You can put together a nurturing high school program and it can still be interest led.  Really, even in high school! Our daughter explored hands-on science projects to save the salmon in our local creek.

She also made videos and entered them in a contest, enjoyed Irish Step Dancing, learned to make freezer jam, and made lots of homeschool high school friends.

Check out Video-Making, Our Homemade Elective
My book includes a form for making your own homemade high school courses, too. --> See "Video-Making, Our Homemade Elective"

That's the fun of electives.  And homeschoolers have much more time to do them, than their public school friends. 
There's time to explore new things. And it is a great time for your teen to discover their interests and gifts.

If your teen is college bound, it can be your guide for that, too.  Knowing the details about that can free you up to do high school your way for your teen, like we did.

But how?

My mission is to encourage and equip moms who come after me so that they can enjoy the benefits of homeschooling high school, as my family did.  That's why I wrote this book.

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This book includes planning steps essential for the college bound, college prep and the college application process in 17 chapters as follows:

Chapter 1 - How to Start Homeschooling if you are New to Homeschooling
Chapter 2 - 101 Reasons to Homeschool High School
Chapter 3 - Researching and Getting Started
Chapter 4 - Planning High School and Making a 4 Year Plan
Chapter 5 - Choosing Your High School Curriculum
Chapter 6
- Three Ways to High School Credit
Chapter 7 - Making Your Teen's Transcripts
Chapter 8 - 100 High School Electives
Chapter 9 - Making Homemade Courses
Chapter 10 - Writing a Winning College Essay
Chapter 11
- Course Descriptions and Reference Letters
Chapter 12 - The Common Application 
Chapter 13 - Preparing Your Teen for College Writing
Chapter 14 - Dealing with College Testing SAT/ACT
Chapter 15 - Top Sources for College Scholarships
Chapter 16 - Dealing with “Those Questions” from Others
Chapter 17 - Don’t Forget the FUN!

The good folks at Lit Picka great place to find quality, faith based books for your kids and teens, were kind enough to review my book.    

My Mission

To encourage families to homeschool high school in their own unique way. And keep high school FUN, while making the college process easier to do.

My book shows you how to:

Put together your own unique High School Program


Deal with college admissions without fear.

This book is based on my experience helping my teen get accepted by each of the colleges she applied to with scholarship offers.  That included a Tier 2 University. 

My Background and Skills

Mostly, I am a homeschooling mom, just like you, wanting to be with my child day-to-day, and instill in her our faith based family values.  And encouraging her to develop to be the best that she can be.

  • Staff Writer on the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum 
  • B.S. in Occupational Therapy with Concentration in Education
  • Homeschool Consultant to the Kent School District working with college bound high school families
  • Worked directly with teens and young adults who had learning issues
  • 6 years of creating interest-led homemade courses: for my kiddo, putting together things such as video-making, and turning high school activities, and nature study, into high school credits!
  • Proven ability to prepare teens for college level work, shown by my daughter earning Dean's List status multiple times throughout her college experience.  

BUT the most important thing was being a homeschooling mom for 14 years (includes pre-k and kindergarten).

No need to purchase an expensive course.  I keep my prices low to make my book/ebook available to families who are frugal, like us!

Take it step by step and study it, one chapter at a time.  And my book is not a PDF.  It is bound together, so you can hold it in your hands, and turn to the page that you want to read.

Homeschool your teen while keeping the nurturing homeschooling style that you love.

FREE to Read On  AMAZON Prime

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 years, highschool, college, gifted/2e 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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