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Ever wondered if your homeschooler is prepared for high school? When your homeschooler is about to enter high school you may question a few things:
- Where did the time go?
- How will you get everything “done” before they graduate?
- Will they be accepted to _______ (insert college, votech school, adulthood)?
- Will they be successful?
Yep, everything’s getting real.
How can your homeschooler be prepared for high school success? There is so much to think about and so much curriculum to wade through. Not to mention that perhaps you feel like you have to give up the delight directed or unit study approach you took to homeschooling in the elementary and junior high years. Today I will make it easy for you. Here are some skills your student needs to be prepared for high school.
Writing and Presentation Skills
Regardless of what your child ends up doing vocationally, they will be required to do some type of writing and or presentation skills. Before your student gets to high school, they should be able to write a complete and well thought out sentence, paragraph, and 5 paragraph essay. If not, now is the time to really focus on these skills.
Can your student stand up and do a simple 1-2 minute presentation on a subject of their choice? If not, now is the time to find opportunities for them to do so. (Be sure to check out our Speech and Debate Clubs to help with these skills.)
Honing students math skills in junior high is imperative if they are going to succeed at high school level math. Students should easily be able to add, subtract, multiply and divide, manipulate simple fractions, decimals and percent’s, calculate basic grocery story math such as making change and calculating a tip. Deductive reasoning and simple logic should be manifesting themselves in how your kiddos engage and interact with you and the world.
Health and Wellness
Health and wellness skills are necessary for a student to be prepared for high school. Students should be taking responsibility for basic self-care as well as health and fitness. Engaging in sports or working out should be a regular part of their lives. Kids worn out by hard physical exertion are also less likely to argue and bicker and most people enjoy a challenge. (Check out the Goldilocks Principle to learn more.)
We live in a world where pleasure and ease abound. Teaching our kids to discern between good and right activities and entertainment and what is not can save them from heartache, addiction, and more. Teach them to protect themselves with internet and phone filters, having good definitions of wholesome and life-damaging, and being humble enough to have accountability. Helping them find a tribe and a purpose as they enter high school will take a lot of pressure off of them.
We live in a digital world. Your kids need to know some basics like how to keyboard, make their way around google docs, send email and netiquette. Learning simple programming will open options they wouldn’t otherwise have. Also, understanding how to present themselves online as well as protect themselves online will help them navigate online opportunities and challenges more successfully.
Science is all about observing and viewing the world with wonder and awe. Having a clear understanding of the scientific method, how to really study something well, revealing in the marvel and joy of creation- these are all cultivated skills that will hold students in good stead as they face high school and beyond. In a time when cultivated disinterest seems to be a norm, being intrigued not only cultivates awareness, but also gratitude.
Having a clear sense of history by the time one enters high school is a great gift to the student. It orients them to time and space, gives them a clear understanding of other cultures. It can also save them from the academic sin of anachronism, as well as helping them begin to develop empathy and compassion for cultures, people, and places that are not their own. (Check out our Claritas & More program.).
Bible and Theology
Having a clear sense of who one is and who they are in relation to a living God is a gift. Building on basic Bible stories, delving into Apologetic and Church History gives kids an even deeper sense of who they are, their place in the world, and God’s sovereignty.
Soft skills are another way to ensure your homeschooler is prepared for high school. These are things like manners, executive functioning, problem-solving, time and distraction management. Skills that are not easily measured but will allow your kiddo to survive and thrive in the world, despite their vocation or position in life.
Be sure to check out our Podcast: Soft Skills 101: Life Skills for a Digital Age for great tips and tools to develop soft skills in your kids. Books like How to Win Friends and Influence People, programs like TeenPact, Speech and Debate, Civics, can all contribute to a greater understanding of Soft Skills.
So now, how are you going to make all of this happen?
- It doesn’t have to be all at once.
- Use local resources like local co-ops or class days.
- Check out phenomenal on-line resources, like a live, online class through True North Homeschool Academy.
- Check out our Academic Advising program – We would love to help you create a plan that honors the integrity of how you homeschool while still preparing for your student for what’s ahead.
Need more information on preparing your child for high school? Check out our ebook Survive Homeschooling Through High School.