Making Life Skills In Your High School Homeschool A Priority

We leave in two weeks to take my oldest son to college.

Two weeks.

I have a lot of feelings about this (a lot of feelings).

Making Life Skills In Your High School Homeschool A Priority

As we have been working to prepare all the things for his dorm room, fill out the paperwork, pay all the bills, and register for classes, I have been impressed (relieved?) at how capable my son is with it all.

He negotiated the accommodations he needed – on his own. He set up a budget for the month, knowing he would need to carefully manage his work study income. He even worked through the class registration process and created a weekly block schedule to make sure he was organized and prepared to manage his time.

Making Life Skills In Your High School Homeschool A Priority

Studying Life Skills In Your High School Homeschool Is A Top Priority

I realize now, looking back, that the most important part of homeschooling high school was not what I thought it might be.

It wasn’t the choices we made for math. It wasn’t the endless amount of energy I spend worrying about his transcript. It was none of the things I expected. I believe one of the most important parts of homeschooling my son throughout high school was the emphasis we placed on learning and practicing life skills.

I know it can be overwhelming to know where to start. How does one begin to prepare their child for the “real world”? That’s why I want to recommend getting a little help!

Making Life Skills In Your High School Homeschool A Priority
(Please know, although I was compensated for my time in writing this post, I only share resources that work for my own family. I hope they might help yours as well!)

An Online Life Skills Course For Your High School Homeschool

Voyage is a life skills online course, from Thrive Academics, that prepares high school students for life after graduation.

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I love that students begin by learning about the bigger picture including:

  1. Purpose
  2. Strengths
  3. Vision
  4. Goal Setting

Then, learners begin to explore educational and career pathway options:

  1. Community College/Traditional College/University
  2. Tech School or Trade School
  3. Educational paths
  4. Career forecasts

Additionally, teens develop critical life prep skills for:

  1. Financial responsibility
  2. Independent living

(Voyage even offers a Free “Adulting” Checklist.)

I can’t stress the value of this type of preparation and learning in our high school homeschools. In fact, my youngest is entering high school this year, just as his big brother heads off to college, and we will be using Voyage to support his learning and development in life skills.

I realize now, how valuable this study this really is in our homeschool.

I will be back in the next couple weeks to share more about my son’s transition to college and away from our home (sob). In the meantime, I want to encourage you to take a look at all Voyage has to offer.

You have the opportunity to win a one year subscription to all five modules of Voyage!

Here’s to entering the real world!


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  1. This looks like the perfect solution to the fact that I have been unable to implement a book-based life skills curriculum at home! Can you tell me how many high school credits you would give the online course?

    1. At least a semester’s worth – possibly even the entire year (2 semesters) depending on how fast my son moves through the learning.

  2. Oh! this is such a nice course! We shouldn’t just teach our children book knowledge but also knowledge that they can really use outside. Planning to enroll my kid in this online course on top of his online class in

    Thank s so much! I really havent thought about this.

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