I’m a Homeschooler. I DIY Everything.
Just because you are a homeschooler doesn’t mean you have to DIY everything. In fact, I would propose that outsourcing some things is going to keep your homeschool life running more smoothly, keep your housework more manageable and keep your sanity in the sane zone! I’ve outsourced for years and it’s been such a stress relief to know that I don’t have to do or know everything!
Opportunities to Outsource
Testing. While we can get and use testing through our local public school, it comes with it’s own set of challenges, plus I never get the test results back. I found a great solution to that- a test that counts for standardized testing AND gives me access to the results immediately and keeps track of how my student tests from year to year! Check it out !
Academic Advising. What? You might be thinking right now that you didn’t even know your guidance counselor in High School. I saw mine twice throughout my entire high school career and that was for the brief moments it took to get her signature. So, Why, Oh Why, would you want to outsource something like Academic Advising?
As an experienced Academic Adviser who has worked with homeschoolers from around the world, some that were profoundly gifted and some that were profoundly challenged, and many in the middle, I can tell you that most parents who DIY this portion of their homeschool are missing things. Furthermore, it’s been hypothesized that those who struggle with creating Transcripts, often struggle with things like College Scholarship applications. What will a skilled Academic Adviser help you do and look for?
- How to create personalized long-term SMART goals for each student that are do-able and bring peace to your planning
- How to create a personalized learning plan that covers the bases AND takes into account my kids bents, challenges and passions, potential job opportunities
- The difference between Vocational, College prep, and Honors Transcript
- What types of things to put as addendums on your Transcript.
- The Arts as well as Service and Work hours
- How to Create a Transcript that credits your students life experiences and skills
- How to prepare for vocational training or college
- How to incorporate Dual Enrollment and CLEP classes
- How to develop your student’s “otherliness” as they prepare for college admissions and scholarships
- How to incorporate Fun and Free time into your life and the life of your students!
- Utilizing conepts such as Morning Baskets to get serious academic work done while enjoying the closeness and togetherness of a homeschooling family.
- Understanding what colleges really want to see on a High School Transcript
- How to balance the Transcript and test scores.
- Soft Skills
Whether you’ve have chosen this educational path with intention or are a reluctant homeschooler, linking arms with others to attain your vision, just makes sense! It’s a complicated world and expensive and giving your kids a jump-start into adulthood well prepared with little debt is one of the greatest gifts we can give them.
Whatever your situation, you don’t have to go it alone! True North Homeschool Academy has a fantastic Academic Advising program that is going to knock your socks off, and give you the time and space to relax, make the valuable impact on your kids lives you were looking for and give you peace of mind about your plan. And if you don’t yet have a plan, we can help with that, too!
Just because you are a Homeschooler, doesn’t mean you have to DIY everything! And don’t forget, our Academic Advising program includes a Scantron Performance Series test!