Upcoming Events at the Homeschool House!

This is a come and go event that will feature crafts and baking projects for the various winter holidays. Reservations are required in order for us to have an accurate head count for food and supplies.

Reserve your spot (at no charge) here! Be sure to print out and bring your ticket on the day of event.

One Friday per month for five months….January 17, Feb 7th, Mar 10th, Apr 3rd, May 8th…and a free field trip sponsored by OERB sometime at the end of May / beginning of June.

$10 / kid for entire semester (with possible additional fee for crafts class) – covers the whole semester. Anyone who takes on the commitment of teaching / hosting a class for all dates gets a family fee waiver. No one gets dropped off; parents must stay on premises; Book Shack is open during co-op dates.

Tentative class schedule – 10am – 3pm

  • OERB Science – broken into three groups (Holly – high; Deedee – middles; Nicole – littles)
  • GeoClub geography – middles & high – Heather & Erin – get a country, do research, make a meal and bring in for potluck lunch —- (Littles in circle time)
  • History Bites – Holly & Clay – broken into group by age
  • Arts & Crafts – Erin – broken into group by age
  • Automotive Maintenance – Rob – middles & high — (Littles in quiet time)



Five Best Planners for High School Teens + Mom’s Best Planner!

High school is when we begin to transition our students into college life.  A big part of that transition is learning time management.  As a teen, your student is juggling classes, extracurricular activities, athletics, a part-time job, and friends and family.  It can be difficult to remember all of the details!

A good planner works for you and your needs.  What is right for one person may not be the best option for someone else, so take a moment to investigate each option and find the one that works best for your student.

Two great planners, Clever Fox and Panda, were not included in this list because they are only designed to last six months…which isn’t enough to get you through the school year.


Artfan Planner
Undated planner allows you to start at any point.Smaller size makes it easier to carry.Hourly blocks for every day of the week.Hardcover and band-closure makes it more durable.Includes calendar stickers for quick planning.Includes references with calendar, goal tracking, reflections, and inspirational quotes.Includes a gift box and pens, for use as a nice gift!
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At-A-Glance Planner
Follows the academic year, from July to July.Simple design is more popular with males.Weekly pages have blocks for each hour of the weekday.Weekend spaces for notes.Tips on studying, note-taking, and time management.
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Erin Condren Life Planner
Available in several colors and styles.Months are tabbed for easy navigation.Blocks for each day allow you to see the entire month.Includes folder and pouch for papers.Inspirational quotes and goal-setting pages.Hardcover makes it more durable.
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Freedom Planner Pro
Undated planner allows you to start at any point.Section for reflections and goal-setting.Blocks for planning each hour of every day.Includes inspirational quotes.For both academic and professional use.
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Global Printed Planner
Dated from July to June, this is designed for the academic year.Comes in a variety of colors and styles.One column with blocked hours; one ‘To Do List’ column.Space for reflections and goal-setting.
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Schoolhouse Teachers has a FREE Printable Planner as part of its membership.  There are a few options for planners here, including one specifically for high school students and one for parents.

In addition to calendar planning pages, the parent planner includes:

  • Helpful articles written by homeschooling experts.
  • Interactive calendars, planning pages, field trip logs, and transcripts.
  • Notebooking and Lapbook resources
  • Must-have lists, including common Greek and Latin roots, books of the Bible, grammar and spelling rules, a periodic table of the elements, U.S. Presidents and more!
  • Helpful household forms such as chore charts, grocery lists, and meal-planning charts.

Read a full-length review of Schoolhouse Teachers here.

Homeschool to College Success!

Worried about getting all of the pieces right in the high school homeschool puzzle?

Through the Door will help you with what you need, from a homeschool perspective, to confidently face high school and college.

This book & worktext set will help you and your high school student breeze through the steps of college and scholarship applications, as well as brushing up on study habits and life skills.  The worktext includes activities, worksheets, and planning pages, and accompanies the book.

homeschool high school college

Yes! I want a blueprint for homeschooling high school!

Text modules include:

College Prep–

  • Before Back-to-School
  • What Colleges Want from Homeschoolers
  • Create a Successful College Applicant
  • Choosing a College Major
  • Exemplary Entrance Exams
  • Dual Enrollment
  • AP Exams vs CLEP
  • ACT, SAT, CLT & ASVAB
  • High School Transcripts
  • Higher Ed, Worth the Cost?
  • Scholarships

Study Skills–

  • Become a Study Sensei
  • Best Planners
  • Habits of Highly Successful Students
  • Maximize Your Memory
  • Reading for Real Depth
  • Remembering More from Your Reading
  • Study in Cycles
  • Next-Level Note-Taking
  • Effective Essay Writing
  • Rocking a Research Paper
  • Test-Taking Strategies in the Classroom
  • Tackle Test Anxiety
  • Using Your Old Tests
  • Talking with Teachers & Professors

Life Skills–

  • Get a Leg Up on Summer Jobs
  • Job Application Process
  • Ace that Job Interview
  • Balancing a Checkbook
  • Taxes for Teens
  • Understanding Loans and Interest
FAQ Who am I?
With 20+ years experience in education and counseling, I have a passion for helping other homeschool moms.  I’ve worked in elementary, middle, and high schools in both a teaching and school counseling capacity. For the past seven years, I have been homeschooling our two boys – one gifted and one special needs – and understand the struggles that many moms face.

Who is the online self-paced workshop for? 
It’s for parents and students in middle and high school.  Many of the modules are for the college-bound student, but it is helpful to the career-bound student as well.

How will it be delivered? 
This is a downloadable book and accompanying workbook.

Yes! I want a blueprint for homeschooling high school!