The final years of homeschooling your child will eventually end. You and your child will be embarking on a new journey. It can be a little bit scary, but exciting. Careful and smart planning will make the transition to college a smooth process for your child.
It’s key to discuss with your child often about what they would like to do after high school. Throughout their years of homeschooling, their interests in a career will change many times. It’s important to know and keep track so you can help them choose the right high school courses that will prepare them for college.
When your child is still in high school, it’s possible for them to take advance placement college level courses and exams. This will help your child improve their problem-solving skills, discipline, time management, and studying habits–all necessary to be successful in college.
- Keep accurate transcripts of your child’s grades
- Keep records of completed high school core courses and other homeschool studies
- Start early on finding colleges: community colleges, vocational, career
Most colleges have entrance requirements.
Choose ones that are more favorable towards homeschoolers. With your child, figure out which college would be the best choice for their major. Your child may have to take college prep entrance exams. You can contact the college to find out which exams are required.
It’s good for you and your child to visit the various colleges you’ve decided on. Walk in and around the campus to a get feel for college life. Make an appointment to speak with an admissions counselor. You’ll want to know about course requirements, course load, and other important information for a freshman to know.
There’s no doubt that attending any post-secondary school is expensive. Research scholarship information online. You should be able to find on the college’s website what the requirements are. Have your child apply for each scholarship they are eligible for.
Other college things to prepare your child for are the style of teaching. College professors lecture, and the students are required to do a lot of note taking and learning from a textbook. There will be many distractions at college and your child will be surrounded by people who have different views and beliefs from them.
It can be a hard decision for any child to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Remind them of their special talents, skills, and interests. Make sure they are in prayer and are seeking God’s Will for their future. Then, trust that God will take care of the rest!
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