Delight-Directed Homeschooling for High School

Can you really continue with delight-directed homeschooling for high school?

Won’t there be learning gaps?

Can you write a transcript and get into college with delight-directed homeschooling in high school?

These are some of the frequently asked questions about delight-directed homeschooling for high school, which I hope to answer by sharing a bit about what we’re doing in our homeschool for the high school years.

Delight-Directed Homeschooling for High School

One of the most important things I recommend to all homeschoolers, regardless of which method they choose, is to be purposeful about their learning. This doesn’t mean you have to plan every single day ahead of time, but it does mean you’ll want to keep your overall vision in mind as you progress through the years. If your child plans to go to college, your approach may look different than if they plan to become an entrepreneur.

With that being said, I’ll share what we’ve done for my oldest daughter (16) in her high school years so far. She plans to get some industry-specific certifications and launch her own business rather than go to a traditional college. This doesn’t mean she’ll be “done learning” just because she’s not taking the traditional college path. She has an eagerness to learn new things all the time because we’ve built a foundation of lifelong learning.

Homeschool High School Curriculum Choices | Homeschooling High School | Delight Directed Homeschooling

This is my daughter’s junior year of high school and these are a few of the things we’re using, based on her interests and future plans. This also covers the credits she will need to graduate high school. It’s all part of our purposeful planning!

Notgrass World History

Notgrass Economics

Apologia American Literature (full review here)

Apologia I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist apologetics curriculum

Poetry and a Movie Horizontal

Literary Adventures for Kids has online book clubs from the youngest readers through high school. I highly recommend the Poetry and a Movie: Study of the Master Poets for high school.

{All of the online book club courses are a great addition to delight-directed homeschooling choices, from picture books through classic literature. You can grab a freebie here to see what they’re like!}

She’s also taking some advanced computer coding and scripting courses through Udemy.

Art will include chalk pastels (this has been one of her favorites for a few years now).

Art Techniques with Chalk Pastels

She’s got a long list of books she wants to read, which I’ll write about later.

Science and math will be done through Khan Academy online. There are some great offerings there and they’re all free!

We’ll use whatever other resources we need — from the local library, local classes/groups, or our own home library — to supplement anything else she needs. With the Internet at our disposal, there really isn’t anything we can’t research or find an answer to when she needs it.

As far as learning gaps go, I don’t believe there really are any. Not in the way people seem to mean it when they use the term anyway, as if to imply that public school doesn’t have learning gaps. Nothing could be further from the truth! My daughter has a great love for learning and a strong work ethic. There isn’t anything she can’t learn if she puts her mind to it. Learning is a lifelong pursuit so it will never have any true gaps that she can’t bridge with determination and the ability to think for herself. She is personally invested in her own education, much more so than if she followed the rote path of traditional public school.

All of these things can be documented on a high school transcript, too. I’ll be sharing a post with a free printable soon to help you do just that.

This is what delight-directed homeschooling for high school looks like in our family.

You can read more in the 10 Days of Delight Directed Learning series here:

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