I'm not there - yet. However, it is sneaking up on me. I have been collecting resources, taking notes, reading books, just general preparing for the high school level.
I have a couple of sources I want to share.
The first one is Central AR Homeschoolers - my local homeschool group. There are wonderful moms in there who have been there, done that and are a wealth of information! In the past, we have done a Homeschooling High School Roundtable event. It didn't go as the presenters had planned, but there was plenty of information. The main thing I took from that event was Scholaric. I also took several notes about how many credits and when they should get them- along with some curriculum recommendations. Another note I have on these papers that stands out is - check with the college and see what their requirements are - but don't forget to check with your state law and make sure you follow it as well.
My next resource is Education Alliance- Arkansas's homeschool backbone. They have a list of support groups, they offer transcripts and they host the graduation each year for the Seniors. I also have a paper labeled Smart Core Information Graduation Requirements 2012-2014 school years. It is a page of general information for homeschool families. I know I will need an update, since we are Class of 2018, but it's a start - surely it won't change much over the next few years. This page- well pages - is basically a break down of the credits and what can count for what. I also have a handout of High School Resources - it is several pages of recommended high school classes, discussion of SAT Dates, and action plans for each grade. The appendix's (is that right?) include selecting your courses, college check list, creating a resume as well as a couple of others.
Somehow, in all of my papers, I ended up with an Order of Planning notes - stating after you find out graduation requirements - 1. make a 4 year plan, 2. Make a course checklist, 3. Make a course of study, 4. Make Lesson Plans - somewhere between 1& 3 chose books/curriculum. I would also like to add to this - include your kiddos! Get their input about what they want to learn!!
The last couple of pages I have in my notes are a pull out from Savvy Kids (a Little Rock Magazine) that is a timeline for preparing for college, a list of a few websites that may help -Well Trained Mind, Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers, and Happy Housewife. TheHappyHousewife.com has a 4 year chart that will help with planning out their highschool years!
One of the last few resources I want to share - High School Prep Genius. A book I reviewed back a couple of months ago. I LOVE this book. A few friends have asked to borrow it, but I just can't let it go. I have written in it - trying to combine all the notes and such I have to ease my mess - I have taken so many notes in it and I use it frequently for reference - it may just be because I am trying to plan school? but I feel like I am in it all the time. One thing it suggests is a binder for their high school years - keep up with their classes, their extras, their volunteer hours, that way when it is time to prepare transcripts, portfolios and whatever else the college wants - it's all right there. This book is one worth it if you have kiddos in 7thgrade and up - yes, it suggests starting at the 7th grade level.
Finally, the reason I felt prompted to write this post. I was able to sit in on a webinar put on by Lee Binz and Heidi St. John - Homeschool Parents Guides to High School Grades, Credits and Transcripts. Lee runs TheHomeScholar and it is PACKED with information. I did get a few things from the webinar, but for the most part it was a lot of repeat of my notes.
If you have any additional resources/ideas that you would like to share - please do so!! Also, if you have any questions about the specifics of any of the resources I listed, please ask!