Ever traveled a road without a map? For the adventurous, it can be a lot of fun. On the other hand, without knowing where you’re headed, it can also be pretty scary, too.
Homeschooling high school requires a road map, too. In ©high schooling terms, we call this a “high school plan”.
Creating and following a plan still means high schooling will be a lot of fun. But, it also means something else that is very important — it helps avoid the time-wasting swerves, curves, and distractions it takes to get to your destination.
In other words, you get there better and faster.
A high school plan is a like a road map in more ways than one: it requires quite a bit of planning before heading out onto the open road; it provides the most efficient route toward your destination (or can help you plan a longer route, if you prefer); and, it also designates the specific roadways, travel markers and exits to spot and follow along the way.
Why take a risk with your child’s future? Following a plan guarantees you’ll all arrive safely and on time.
When I create plans for high schoolers, I use a
road map worksheet, too. You can create one of your own, or print the one I recommend right here.
I don’t wait until high school to create a child’s high school plan, and you shouldn’t either. Middle school is really the optimal time to start. You can certainly start one at any time. But, starting in 7th or 8th grade gives you plenty of time to begin thinking about all the different high school options, and start shopping for opportunities, too.
Homeschooling provides many different roads to graduation, but one thing is perfectly clear: having a road map is the surest way to arrive safely and on time. And though occasional pot holes and detours can’t always be avoided, a plan makes it easy to hop back on course, and lose as little time as possible along the way.
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I was pretty scared as I started to enter this new high school territory. I was asking so many questions, and doing so much research. As soon as I saw this 4 year roadmap/form from Marie Claire, I instantly felt so much more at ease. So…for anyone who has anxiety or doesn’t know where to start, print out this sheet and start penciling in some of the squares! You will be able to say, “Hey, our family can do this!”, and YES! You can!