Homeschool High School Freebies and MY BOOK SALE

Would you like some freebies to help you get started with your high school at home?  How about a BOOK SALE on my Kindle GUIDE to HIGH SCHOOL?

Hi, I am Betsy from BJ's Homeschool, a long time homeschooler, who homeschooled my daughter through high school, then helped her get into each of the colleges that she applied to with scholarship offers.

 I am so happy to be offering my homeschool freebies from blog at BJ'S HOMESCHOOL, plus my kindle book sale. 


Have you been thinking about homeschooling your teen?

Does the thought of making transcripts led to overwhelm?  It did for me, when I was starting out.  
That is why I put together my guide to making your Homeschool Transcripts, which I offer as a freebie to you.

Making your transcripts are not hard to do with this guide.  I researched top sites to put this together.  And transcripts are really just a record of what your teen has been doing and studying.  

Are you looking for more information on high school?  Do you wonder what kind of curriculum you would need to do high school?  And how to go about getting your teen going doing it?

2.  FREEBIE High School Helps 

Are you looking for more  tips and helps for high school?  To give you more of an idea of what is involved?

 High School Helps 

This FREEBIE is something to check out and save for later reference, too.  More information on this freebie is here - What's in High School Help? - Contents of this Free PDF are explained.

It does take you through all the important things you need to know for high school.

And it really is not that hard!!

It is a easy-to-read guide includes 12+ Downloadable High School Planning Printables, plus chapters on:
  • homeschool transcripts
  • assigning high school credits
  • making your own homemade courses
  • high school curriculum
  • college scholarships
  • my Common Application guide
  • course descriptions

Are you wanting to see what the book/kindle is like? 

4. FREE Chapter of my Book 

For this freebie, no need to sign in.  The link above takes you to the free PDF directly.

It explains how to find and then deal with your teen's college entrance requirements, and also shows you how my book is written.  Easy to read, and full of tried and true tips.

We started homeschooling when my daughter was 4, as she was so ready to learn and we wanted to teach her at home, to give her that extra attention and to teach our family values and more to her.

So my blog also includes articles on the early years, below and also the middle school years, too.

Do you have younger kids in your home, too?

Click the link THE EARLY YEARS for:

  • how to get started homeschooling
  • FRUGAL homeschool elementary curriculum
  • homeschooling kiddos with ADHD, or Sensory Issues
  • and more!
Does your child struggle with handwriting?  Or are you looking for a frugal way to teach it? 

As both a homeschooler and a retired O.T, I put together a bumch of specific, easy to do activities for handwriting.  And they are FUN for your kids!  And made them into a FREEBIE!

Playful ways to help with handwriting!

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool, 


Betsy is Christian, veteran homeschooler, and mom to her now college grad, whom she homeschooled 
since the early years. 

Betsy shares on  Facebookpins at BJ's Homeschool Pinterest.  You can also reach her on BJ's Twitter.

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Life School Your College Bound Teen

Summary:  Life schooling added so much to our homeschool.  It allowed us to follow our child's and teen's interests, helping her to find her gifts and even decide her college major! Life schooling, that is what it is all about! #homeschoolinghighschool #lifeschooling #homeschool #getintocollege

We believe in life schooling. That is one of the reasons that we decided to homeschool.

Through natural activities, we helped our daughter followed her interests and, over the years, find her own unique gifts.

Even in high school, we did life schooling.  

Through high school activities and high school electives, my daughter explored her interests, which even led to her decision re her major in college!

  • to do lots of teen-led learning!
  • make your own homemade courses
  • do lots of high school electives
  • and activities!

Did you know that you do not have to do the public school graduation requirements?  As homeschoolers, we have a lot more leeway.

We just have to follow our state homeschool regs, and most states leave that up to the parent to decide for the most part.

More on that, and college admssions is in my book below, which is offered as a KINDLE GIVEAWAY below.

But first, let's talk life schooling!


In the early years, our daughter was all about art and making things.
Painting, fingerpainting and making things with cardboard and tape were her favorites. 

And that helped her handwriting, by developing her small muscle skills.

Our little one was always dancing around the house and soon asking for a ballet class, like she saw her friends attending. 

She was a shy one, so we thought a little dance class might help her develop her social skills and confidence.

Through ballet, she learned to follow directions, make friends, and yes, develope confidence, too.


We were always at the library, going to read-alouds there and such.  My daughter always chose her books herself.

She loved to pick out books about animals and other science topics.

And she still loved making things! So, after field trips, she often made something out of cardboard, to share with her dad.

One time we went to a local country fair.

Afterwards, she made this structure, to the left, showing all the fun rides there.

And at that fair, we found a children's contest that my daughter wanted to enter.  It was mostly for art, crafts, baking, etc. 

Did you know that many states have these contests at their state fairs, or through 4H?  

Country fair contests often include competitions even through high school in:

  •  animal care
  •  cooking
  •  art
  • writing
  • poetry
  • photography
  • and even knitting.  

My daughter continued with this fair all the way through high school.  She loved it because of the competition and earning awards for her work.  Life schooling....


In the middle school years, my daughter entered a lot of different contests at the country fair, like photography, baking, and even middle school homeschool writing 

Then one year she  entered a knitting contest. 

In that contest, the kids competed to see how could knit the fastest. 

To do this, they were up in front of an audience.

Would our shy daughter want to do that?  She did!

This was a real surprise to us.  It led to her reading her poem aloud, the next year.

Through this country fair contest, my daughter learning that she liked public speaking!  

Little did I know that she would want more. 


My daughter loved science, especially at co-op.  One year, her science teacher asked her if she would like to help teach the class.

She jumped at the chance!   

She learned that she liked talking in front of the group as she helped in that class.

Then in 10th grade, when we were studying government in our homeschool, she heard about a program called Youth and Government.

Did you know that most states have a Youth and Government program, through their YMCA?

It is an activity that teaches speech, debate and state governments.  

They act as if they are legislators and learn all about that, by acting it out!  

Speech and debate is so great for our teens.  More on that is here.

And that is a great way to show leadership in college applications!

Following our daughter's interests through life schooling even helped her decide on her college major!

She decided to study Communications in college.

What do you think your teen may want to study in college?  


Get your FREE PDF
full of tips and articles on 

Don't miss this High School FREEBIE: 

FREEBIE includes top articles on:
  • Frugal High School Curriculum
  • Graduation Requirements
  • 100 Best High School Resources
  • Nature Study for Teens
  • Favorites for High School Math
  • Teaching Textbooks vs Monarch
  • Make Your Own English Course
  • and more!
I helped my daughter get into each of the colleges that she applied to and my book tells you how to deal with college admissions.

  • what is needed for college admissions
  • homeschool transcripts
  • assigning high school credits
  • make your own homemade courses
  • scholarships
  • my Common Application guide
  • reference letters
  • course descriptions
  • lots more.
Are you homeschooling a strong will teen?  That can be a challenge.  My friend, Vicki from 7 Sisters Homeschool has lots of ideas for that in her post Homeschooling a Strong Willed Teen.   

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,


Betsy is mom to her now college grad daughter, whom she homeschooled since she was in K. 

She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshighschool

She shares on  Facebookpins at BJ's Homeschool Pinterest.  You can also reach her on BJ's Twitterand she hosts an encouraging High School Facebook Group.

NOTE: All Rights Reserved @ BJ's Homeschool Revised 2021

How Homeschooling Helped Our Teen Make Dean's List

Summary:  Do you worry that your homeschooled teen would not be able to get into college?  How homeschooling helped our daughter not only get into college, but also do well there.  

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?

Get Your Teen into College in 6 Easy Steps

How to plan your homeschool for your high schooler for college bound.  A simple tutorial of 6 steps, #homeschoolhighschool #getintocollege

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!  

How to Go from Homeschooling High School to College

Planning your homeschool high school, making transcripts, etc, plus helping your teen get into college.  Sharing tips from helping mine who got into each of the colleges that she applied to, with her homeschool transcript.    #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

This post has moved.  

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

Want to stay in touch?  

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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

This article has moved here:

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 and How to Get Started

Are you new to homeschooling?  Included are tips for choosing your own frugal homeschool curriculum and more. From a veteran homeschooler of an only gifted child, who graduated her and helped her get into each of the colleges that she applied to, with scholarship offers.

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. 

Others are finding that their public schools are not meeting the needs of their gifted or 2e kids or teens, and are wanting to provide the 1:1 that homeschooling can provide.  Suddenly homeschooling can be quite overwhelming, so I thought I would share how we went about starting ourselves, when our daughter was younger.

Homeschool High School Help FREEBIE

I am offering a FREEBIE - A PDF full of tips and helps for your high school homeschool. These include homeschool high school resources and curriculum favorites with those important details to make yur 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.

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