Help! When it’s a New Homeschool Year and You’re Already Behind

Feeling overwhelmed? Help! When it’s a new homeschool year and you’re already behind.

Help! When it's a New Homeschool Year and You're Already Behind

Help! When it’s a New Homeschool Year and You’re Already Behind

Sometimes life happens and a homeschool family gets off to a rough start. Maybe it’s because:

  • You didn’t get everything done last year
  • Someone is sick or there has been an unexpected turn of events
  • We way overshot when creating our goals and you see that now
  • Or something else!

Nevertheless, high school academics MUST happen because graduation NEEDS to happen. Here’s how to dig out of the hole:

Step One-Half: Download this freebie. Do it now!

Help! When It's a New Homeschool Year and You're Already Behind Help Way Behind in Homeschool high school
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Step One: Prayer! (First, last and always!)

Step Two: Start asking yourself: How behind are we really? Be honest with yourself.

Step Three: Evaluate the circumstances that got you where you are?

  • Big things, bad things happened?
  • Personal character glitches that God wants to work on?
  • Bad attitudes? (You or your homeschool high schoolers?)
  • Co-op didn’t work out?

Step Four: Talk to your teen about it.

You need his/her buy-in for making changes to their homeschool high school. Here’s a Homeschool Highschool Podcast episode that can help.

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Episode 44 Including Teens in Planning
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Step Five: Brain dump this year.

Sit down with a pen and paper and write down everything on your mind about this year’s homeschool high school.

  • No judgement, just get everything out!

Step 6: Pray again. Ask God’s help with creating a plan for this year.

  • Write out your long-term goals (goals for when your teen graduates).
  • Write out your one-year goal for this year.
  • If you don’t write out your goals, you goals are not achievable!
  • Here’s a post with help for goal-writing.
Help! When It's a New Homeschool Year and You're Already Behind Writing Homeschool Goals
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Step 7: Create a plan.

Homeschool High School Transcripts 26 Credits Needed for Graduation 7SistersHomeschool.com
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Step 8: Ask yourself: How do we need to restructure in order to meet our goals?

  • Are there extracurriculars or fun activities that must be dropped?
  • Do you need to adjust the booklist? Use several audiobooks, find legit books that are short.
  • Do you need to change curriculum.
    • Get something simpler.
    • Use online courses with live teachers.
  • Does your teen need to drop his/her job?
  • Hire a homeschool coach.

Worst case scenarios:

There’s NO way your teen can get everything done by the end of senior year. Face the fact that you will end up with a super-senior (not the best thing but if it must happen, it must happen).

Best case scenario:

Your teen catches up and you both are better people for it!

You CAN do this!

Watch this Facebook Live episode from Sabrina for more tips and encouragement AND download her freebie: Help! I’m Drowning! What to do When You’re WAY Behind.

 

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Help! When it’s a New Homeschool Year and You’re Already Behind

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at 7SistersHomeschool.com, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

One Reply to “Help! When it’s a New Homeschool Year and You’re Already Behind”

  1. The most entertaining part about doing Facebook LIVEs is the way they capture the most awkward frame possible to use as the thumbnail picture! Haha!!!
    Trust me, the info in the broadcast is much better than the ridiculous picture they attached to the video replay file! 🙂

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