knew homeschooling was right for us early on, but high school—sure, I graduated high school, but how much do I remember about math, history?

And how will I know what to teach and when?

High school is run by professionals so who am I to think that I can homeschool my kids and have them ready for college?

And who makes transcripts, anyway?

So, let's say I figure all of this out. I don't just want my child to somehow scrape by through high school at home and then go off to college and find out that they are unprepared and flunk out.

My name is Shannen, and I'm a homeschooling mom of 8 years with my oldest currently in community college. Don't worry! Thanks to modern technology, homeschooling high school really isn't as hard as you would think.

You'd be amazed at how many resources there are to support homeschooling families in the high school years. Anything from lesson planners, to online transcripts, online classes that prepare your child for AP exams, and you can earn college credit at home too.

The first resource I want to introduce you to is Homeschool Planet. You can do your lesson plans there.

The first resource I want to introduce you to is Homeschool Planet. You can do your lesson plans there.You can put in all of your assignments, and it will let you know when something is due and when something is overdue. When all is said and done, it creates a beautiful transcript that you can, then, submit to colleges with your application.

What if your kids are in elementary school or middle school? We’ll be able to talk about how to best prepare them for the high school years. Trust me—it's not as hard as you think!

I’m not a hard-core homeschooler in that we are doing drills all the time. We are pretty relaxed, especially in elementary school, but there are some things I keep in the back of my mind to make sure we are sowing the seeds of being ready for those high school years.

Will the journey be perfect?


You have a teenager that will be going through puberty, and all of the ups and downs that come with that.

With these resources, I hope you'll be able to see the bigger picture. It'll make creating that curriculum, buying those books, and setting up those lesson plans a little bit easier going through all of those turbulent times that usually come with the teenage years.

I want you to get ready for the Islamic Homeschool Convention where I can share with you all of these resources, but before that—help me, help you, and share in the comments what your biggest worry about homeschooling high school is, and I'll try to make sure that it's covered!

Shannen Espelien

Shannen is a lifelong learner with a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, and a current student of Mishkah University. She has four daughters, one graduating high school this year, in sha Allah, and the next just starting Kindergarten. Homeschooling is a passion for Shannen, and she enjoys hosting Homeschooling 101 sessions online and locally, plus sharing the ups and downs, and tips and tricks of homeschooling via her blog, Middle Way Mom. When she's not homeschooling, you can find her taking online classes, reading. knitting, quilting, or otherwise generally avoiding housework.

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