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Get Creative with High School Homeschooling

by Jessica Parnell | Mar 02, 2018 | 3 min read

High school is an important time in your life. Two of the benefits of high school homeschooling are that you can go at your own pace, and be as creative as you want. Why be creative? Studies show that it increases test scores, provokes curiosity, and encourages project-based learning. One of the marvelous benefits of homeschooling is that a love for creative learning cannot be dampened by the constraints of a traditional classroom. First, we’ll begin with a very simple equation that won’t leave you stumped: CREATIVITY = FUN. Next, we’ve come up with some fantastic activities for you to experience right from your living room, and they are chock-full of A-rated learning potential.

Start a blog.

The art of blogging isn’t going away soon! In fact, it’s quickly becoming the most-read media platform worldwide. You can choose from the traditional written blog, or an art or photo blog. Make it a goal to stick with it on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis! Creating your own blog is actually quite easy because there are web-based platforms that make the management of your blog incredibly simple – Blogger and WordPress are just a few of the services available. Stuck for ideas? Blog about your homeschooling experiences! You never know what valuable information other teens or parents may want to use for their homeschool.

Play with paper airplanes.

Really? Oh yes! Make high school homeschooling instantly more fun with child’s play! Check out the Theory of Flight from MIT and learn about Bernoulli’s Principle in order to construct your airplane. Build several models with different variables, predict outcomes, and have a contest. See if your predictions hit the mark! It’s a wonderful way to spend an hour or two. Homeschooling for the win!

Plan a garage sale.

What does this have to do with homeschooling? It’s Business 101! Handle all the planning, processing, price determination, layout, and marketing and advertising. Hold several boardroom negotiations on cost analysis and the percentage distribution of profits among family members. Your parents will thank you for taking initiative and cleaning out your closets or attic in the process. Check out this article about ideas for how to plan your garage sale.

Write poetry with math.

Yes, you can use math to be creative! Not only will it enrich your vocabulary, it’s a fun way to write. Oulipo (pronounced oo-lee-po), a group of scientists and writers, uses math and patterns in writing. These constraints can create silly, even provocative, works. Nothing is better than learning with laughter. Learn more about how to write poetry with math here.

Role play with history.

Take the game of “Who Am I?” a bit farther with this versatile activity. First, select a historical figure of interest. Research the time period and significant events, then put on a show. Dress up to the hilt, speak in-period, and drop small clues all day long — until the parents or siblings “get it.” Don’t make the answer too obvious right off the bat.
Create a homeschool yearbook Homeschooling is memorable, so why not capture it in a yearbook? Think it through carefully, and make it as official as possible. Hit all the major areas that traditional school yearbooks do. With today’s desktop publishing and scrapbooking supplies, you’ll come up with some very creative stuff. It will become a bit of history and special memories to tuck away forever. For ideas, check out Pinterest for supplies here and a template here.

Fake a job interview.

There is NOTHING that will help your interviewing skills for a future job or college admission like practice. Research typical questions and answers online, prepare vigorously, dress the part, and conduct a formal interview with a friend or family member. Don’t forget to throw in some really tough or unexpected questions as well. On-the-spot thinking is an excellent skill to possess. No giggling allowed!

High school homeschooling allows for some fun and creative learning within the homeschool classroom. You have a unique opportunity to explore life outside of the box! High school is a special time where you can make learning your own. Whatever happens in these years, your success all depends on what you choose to make of it. These ideas should get the ball rolling — so go after it!

Jessica Parnell
Hello everyone! I’m Jessica Parnell — mom, homeschool evaluator, teacher, and CEO of Bridgeway Academy. In my 20+ years of experience as a homeschool mom and evaluator, I have had the privilege of meeting homeschoolers that take a variety of approaches to their education. It is their many stories and successes that inspire me in my own homeschooling and I love to pass on the knowledge that I have gained from them to other homeschooling families. The one constant that always remains true is that there’s no such thing as a “cookie cutter child.” Each child is fearfully and wonderfully made and as a result, learns and functions differently. It’s our job to ensure that we’re raising each child to fulfill their individual purpose and when we can teach in a way that inspires them, we are on our way to homeschool success. When I’m not writing or teaching my children, I like to ski, write and participate in triathlons. I graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in English and I am currently pursuing a degree in Neuroleadership.
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