Episodes 9-11: Homeschooling High School with Younger Kids Around

As you anticipate homeschooling high school with your oldest, it’s natural to wonder how you will make it work with all the younger kids that you still have to homeschool as well.

High school is harder—at least that’s what you’ve been told—and your teen may need you more.

But your youngers still need your help to learn to READ, hello. Or at least to figure out long division. Am I right?

How can you fit it all in? You are only one mom, after all.

In the next three podcast episodes, I’ve interviewed Lynna Sutherland, a mom of EIGHT whose oldest is homeschooling high school right now. There’s still a two-year-old running around their house, and several others in between. Phew, I thought my family life when the kids were home was busy… but this is a whole ‘nother level!

Lynna has some great tips and strategies for homeschooling high school even with a handful (or more!) of youngers around. You’ll find that she’s articulate and interesting and thought-provoking and most of all, relatable.

If you’re wondering how you’ll do it, or you’re attempting it right now and feeling scattered, then listen in on our conversation. I think you’ll be encouraged. :-)

NOTE: These episodes do have some Christian content but they are not exclusively for Christian homeschoolers. There is plenty of information that will be helpful for EVERYONE. :-)






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Part 1 (Episode 9):

Resources mentioned in the podcast: 

Lynna’s Website: Homeschooling Without Training Wheels

My book: Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School: A Step-by-Step Handbook for Research & Planning

Layers of Learning Curriculum for K-12

Video where Lynna discusses Layers of Learning and shows it onscreen (starts at about 5 minutes in): Live Without Training Wheels

Part 2 (Episode 10):

More great stuff from Lynna Sutherland. Listen to find out her opinion on digital vs. paper planners, how to simplify your day, and what project she is working on now — among other great encouragement from this mom of eight!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Lynna’s Homeschooling Without Training Wheels Website

The Psychology of Homeschooling a Toddler

The LIVE Without Training Wheels Show

Sibling Relationships Lab Partners

5 Myths that are Killing Your Multi-Age Homeschool

Lynna on Instagram: hswotrainingwheels

Ann’s Facebook Group: It’s Not That Hard to Homeschool High School

Part 3 (Episode 11):

Get even more strategies, encouragement, and inspiration from Lynna in this episode. She has a real wisdom about the big picture that I want you to hear. Sometimes we have to figure out the logistics for ourselves, but hearing someone else’s experiences and mindset can help with the decision-making process. Ya know?

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Lynna’s Homeschooling Without Training Wheels Website

The LIVE Without Training Wheels Show

Sibling Relationships Lab Partners

Lynna on Instagram: hswotrainingwheels

Kendra Fletcher’s classes on Outschool  (Get free class credit on Outschool here)

Ann’s book that discusses independent learning and how to make decisions about what you need to do and can safely NOT do: Save Your Sanity While Homeschooling High School

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