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Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Resources & Printables

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Resources & Printables

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd we decided to jump on the band wagon and do a small unit ourselves! Rather than try to cover everything, I just decided to use The Lorax. I have actually never read the book myself (gasp)! Here you will find a collection of The Lorax Resources that we found and love!

Also, the movie is now out in theaters and the kids want to see it, and I have this thing about reading the book before you see the movie!

The Lorax Resources

I started by looking for the book at our local library, but alas no luck. Given it is Dr. Seuss celebration time (in honor of his birthday on March 2nd), they were all checked out! If I had thought ahead I would have purchased my own copy the book.

Instead I found what I could on the fly and purchased the interactive book for my iPad instead. Ava just loves it, and it helps out when I am busy with the older two because she chooses the read to me feature and lets the app do the reading (it also has corresponding sounds that she really likes)!

As I dug around for some resources and activities, I decided to compile them together, not only so that I could find them again, but so that I could share them as well!

The Lorax Printables

The Lorax Unit Studies

Project Tree Learning

This package of Project Learning Tree activities was created by PLT in conjunction with The U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) Discover the Forest campaign to encourage parents and children to spend time in forests and reconnect with nature. There are activities from kids from pre-K through 8th grade:

  1. Who Speaks for the Trees? – Students read (or watch!) Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and examine the importance of the sustainable management of natural resources. (Grades 2-8)
  2. We All Need Trees – Students are often surprised to learn how many different products we get from trees. Use this activity to help your students learn just how much we depend on trees in our daily lives. (Grades PreK-6)
  3. Three Cheers for Trees – It’s easy to take for granted both trees and the many benefits they provide. In this activity, students picture how their community would be different without trees and think about how much trees add to people’s lives. (Grades 1-4)
  4. Forest for the Trees – In this activity, students will role-play managing a Tree Farm. By using a piece of land as an example, they will begin to understand the economic factors that influence management decisions for private forest lands. (Grades 4-8)
  5. 400-Acre Wood – In this activity, students will play the role of managers of a 400-acre (162 hectare) piece of public forest. Through this role, students will begin to understand the complex considerations that influence management decisions about forest lands. (Grades 7-8)
  6. Plant a Tree – Never underestimate the power of a tree! Besides giving us an amazing array of paper and wood products, trees provide a host of other benefits—from shading our backyards to assisting in the maintenance of the global climate. Students can express their appreciation of trees by planning and carrying out their own tree-planting project. (Grades 1-8)

The Lorax Unit Study/Lapbook

This is a FREE Lorax Unit Study with Lapbook Printables.

This includes lesson plans as well as printable lapbook components.

Learn about:

  • vocabulary
  • the parts of a tree
  • pollution
  • recycling
  • counting money
  • and more!

Be sure to check out The Lorax Lapbook Activities for more pictures and details!


The Lorax Discussion questions

  1. What was the land like before the Once-ler came?
  2. Did the Once-ler like the trees? Why did he chop down the first truffula tree?
  3. What did the Lorax mean when he said “I speak for the trees?”
  4. Why did the Once-ler keep “biggering and biggering” his factory?
  5. What happened to each animal as he did it? Bar-ba-loots? Swomee Swans? Humming Fish?
  6. What do you think he could have done differently while still ‘biggering’ his business?
  7. Can you cut down trees but still keep enough in the forest for the animals?
  8. How do trees help the earth: plants, animals, air quality, heat, noise, etc?
  9. What could the Once-ler have done differently to help each animal stay there?
  10. Do you think the Once-ler feels good about his decisions? Why or why not?
  11. What does the Once-ler say you can do with the truffula seed?
  12. Could he have done this while the factory was still making Thneeds?

The Lorax Resources & Printables from Starts At Eight

Other Dr. Seuss Fun:

A Preschool Readers List of Favorite Books from Starts At EightOur Favorite Dr Seuss Books from Starts At Eight. "oh the places you'll go!" Dr Seuss takes every little kid on a journey. Check out our favorites and some of the activities to go along with them!

Teaching Seasons and Months Using A Busy Year

Teaching Seasons and Months Using A Busy Year

Teaching seasons and months was one of the things I loved best when the kids were little! There are so many colorful books, songs, and printables available for teaching seasons and months!

Teaching Seasons and Months

{This post was originally from 2012 and has been updated with current links and more resources}

A Busy Year by Leo Lionni ~ Seasons & Months Printables & Resources from Starts At EightAva and I have been reading A Busy Year by Leo Lionni.  This book is a fantastic base for digging into both the seasons and months of the year, as well as a great story to work on story sequencing.  I compiled some fun activities to reinforce these concepts.

4 Seasons Printables:

Months of the Year Printables:

We used a cut/paste activity sheet to match the month to what happened in A Busy Year. (While the one we used isn’t available anymore, I created something similar.)

==>> Get the FREE A Busy Year Sequencing Printable Here <<==

The Spring, Summer, Fall Winter coloring sheet was done separately and just added on. Here are a few free Seasons Coloring Sheets to choose from:

A Busy Year by Leo Lionni ~ Seasons & Months Printables & Resources from Starts At Eight

Months of the Year Song:

A Busy Year Discussion Questions:

Here are some basic discussion questions to use with your child.  Some are straight forward comprehension questions and others rely on the child to think a little bit deeper:

  1. Where do Willie and Winnie live?  (McBarney Barn)
  2. How did the twins feel when they heard Woody talk? (surprised)
  3. In this book what is the weather like in March? (windy and rainy)
  4. Why does Woody like the rain? (Trees need rain to grow)
  5. What is your favorite type of weather?
  6. Woody says that May is “my month!”  What does Woody look like in May? (he has blossoms and leaves)
  7. What is your favorite season or month? Why?
  8. How do Willie and Winnie help Woody in July? (They use a hose to keep the fire from getting to Woody)
  9. Tell about a time when you helped someone.
  10. Where do the twins go in August? (to the seashore)
  11. What does Woody have int September? (fruit)
  12. What type of fruit do you think it is? (any fruit that grows on trees and looks similar, ex. apple)
  13. What happens to Woody in October? (leaves blow off)  How do the twins feel about this? (sad or worried)
  14. What presents did Willie and Winnie give to Woody for Christmas? ( flower seeds to plant, bulbs, manure)

You can also use this A Busy Year Book Companion that includes things like vocabulary practice and a mini tree report.

Fredrick was Ava’s favorite and she was thrilled that it was one of the ones done in the video Swimmy…and more classic Leo Lionni stories.

More Seasonal Unit Studies

SPRING: Homeschool Gardening Unit

Homeschool Gardening Unit from Starts At Eight

SUMMER: Teach Bugs and Insects Using Eric Carle BooksTeach Bugs and Insects Using Eric Carle Books from Starts At Eight

WINTER: 3 Fun Snowman Activities

3 Fun Snowman Activities from Starts At Eight

FALL: Johnny Appleseed Unit

Johnny Appleseed / Apple Unit from Starts At Eight

High School Literature List ~ American Literature

High School Literature List ~ American Literature

While preparing to enter high school and considering the thought of moving on to college, there is often a question of what books to read. What American literature, poetry, World or British literature should you have read? While there is no set answer to this question, I have compiled an extensive High School Literature List to aid in the selection of reading choices for high school and beyond.

High School Literature List ~ American Literature from Starts At Eight

For the ease of reading and finding a great literature choice for your high school student, I have broken this High School Literature List down into 4 separate sections:

  1. American Literature
  2. World Literature (includes British)
  3. Poetry
  4. Popular or Contemporary Literature

American Literature Suggestions

  • A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansbury- Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis and matriarch Lena, called Mama. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans, however: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school.The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. Sacrifice, trust and love among the Younger family and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.
  • A Separate Peace, by John Knowles – Set at a boys’ boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s, by Truman Capote – In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape. Holly Golightly knows that nothing bad can ever happen to you at Tiffany’s; her poignancy, wit, and naïveté continue to charm.
  • The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger – The hero-narrator of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it.
  • Common Sense (paper), by Thomas Paine – Enormously popular and widely read pamphlet, first published in January of 1776, clearly and persuasively argues for American separation from Great Britain and paves the way for the Declaration of Independence. This highly influential landmark document attacks the monarchy, cites the evils of government and combines idealism with practical economic concerns.
  • Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury – Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.
  • Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes – Flowers for Algernon is the beloved, classic story of a mentally disabled man whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. In poignant diary entries, Charlie tells how a brain operation increases his IQ and changes his life. As the experimental procedure takes effect, Charlie’s intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment seems to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance–until Algernon begins his sudden, unexpected deterioration. Will the same happen to Charlie?
    An American classic that inspired the award-winning movie Charly.
  • Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell – This is the tale of Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled, manipulative daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, who arrives at young womanhood just in time to see the Civil War forever change her way of life. A sweeping story of tangled passion and courage, in the pages of Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell brings to life the unforgettable characters that have captured readers for over seventy years.
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou – Maya Angelou’s debut memoir, first published in 1969, is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.
  • Main Street by, Sinclair Lewis – Reflecting his own unhappy childhood in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, Lewis’s sixth novel attacks the conformity and dullness he saw in midwestern village life. Young college graduate Carol Milford moves from the city to tiny Gopher Prairie after marrying the local doctor, and tries to bring culture to the small town. But her efforts to reform the prairie village are met by a wall of gossip, greed, conventionality, pitifully unambitious cultural endeavors, and—worst of all—the pettiness and bigotry of small-town minds.
  • Moby Dick by, Herman Melville – Moby-Dick (1851) is the sixth book by American writer Herman Melville. The work is an epic sea-story of Captain Ahab’s voyage in pursuit of Moby Dick, a great white whale. The opening line, “Call me Ishmael,” is one of the most recognizable opening lines in Western literature. Ishmael then narrates the voyage of the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ahab has one purpose: revenge on Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white whale which on a previous voyage destroyed Ahab’s ship and severed his leg at the knee. The detailed and realistic descriptions of whale hunting and the process of extracting whale oil, as well as life aboard ship among a culturally diverse crew, are mixed with exploration of class and social status, good and evil, and the existence of God.
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass – With freer strictures on slaves in Maryland in the period before the Civil War, writer, orator, advocate and statesman Frederick Douglass was able to become literate and establish contacts with educated free blacks in the area. He would use this later on in life when he escaped north, eventually marrying and settling in Massachusetts, where he became active in the abolition movement. In his autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass defied expectations by producing a work of eloquent magnitude, an instant bestseller so beautifully rendered that many refused to believe a black man had written it.
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey – Here is the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially the tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her. We see the struggle through the eyes of Chief Bromden, the seemingly mute half-Indian patient who witnesses and understands McMurphy’s heroic attempt to do battle with the awesome powers that keep them all imprisoned.
  • Our Town: A Play in Three Acts, by Thornton Wilder – Is considered a classic portrayal of small-town American life. Set in Grover’s Corners, N.H., the play features a narrator, the Stage Manager, who sits at the side of the unadorned stage and explains the action. Through flashbacks, dialogue, and direct monologues the other characters reveal themselves to the audience. The main characters are George Gibbs, a doctor’s son, and Emily Webb, daughter of a newspaper editor. The play concerns their courtship and marriage and Emily’s death in childbirth, after which she and other inhabitants of the graveyard describe their peace.
  • Roots, by Alex Hayley – This is the story of the young African boy named Kunte Kinte, who in the late 1700s was kidnapped from his homeland and brought to the United States as a slave. Haley follows Kunte Kinte’s family line over the next seven generations, creating a moving historical novel spanning 200 years.
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin – Blessed with enormous talents and the energy and ambition to go with them, Franklin was a statesman, author, inventor, printer, and scientist. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence and later was involved in negotiating the peace treaty with Britain that ended the Revolutionary War. He also invented bifocals, a stove that is still manufactured, a water-harmonica, and the lightning rod.
    Franklin’s extraordinary range of interests and accomplishments are brilliantly recorded in his Autobiography, considered one of the classics of the genre. Covering his life up to his prewar stay in London as representative of the Pennsylvania Assembly, this charming self-portrait recalls Franklin’s boyhood, his determination to achieve high moral standards, his work as a printer, experiments with electricity, political career, experiences during the French and Indian War, and more.
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X, by Malcolm X and Alex Hayley – Malcolm X’s searing memoir belongs on the small shelf of great autobiographies. The reasons are many: the blistering honesty with which he recounts his transformation from a bitter, self-destructive petty criminal into an articulate political activist, the continued relevance of his militant analysis of white racism, and his emphasis on self-respect and self-help for African Americans. And there’s the vividness with which he depicts black popular culture–try as he might to criticize those lindy hops at Boston’s Roseland dance hall from the perspective of his Muslim faith, he can’t help but make them sound pretty wonderful. These are but a few examples. The Autobiography of Malcolm X limns an archetypal journey from ignorance and despair to knowledge and spiritual awakening.
  • The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath – Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies.
  • The Call of the Wild, by Jack London – The novel’s central character is a dog named Buck, a domesticated dog living at a ranch in the Santa Clara valley of California as the story opens. Stolen from his home and sold into the brutal existence of an Alaskan sled dog, he reverts to atavistic traits. Buck is forced to adjust to, and survive, cruel treatments and fight to dominate other dogs in a harsh climate. Eventually he sheds the veneer of civilization, relying on primordial instincts and lessons he learns, to emerge as a leader in the wild.
  • The Color Purple, by Alice Walker – Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to “Mister,” a brutal man who terrorizes her. Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister’s letters from her and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend Shug, pushes her finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self.
  • The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair – This 1906 bestseller shockingly reveals intolerable labor practices and unsanitary working conditions in the Chicago stockyards as it tells the brutally grim story of a Slavic family that emigrates to America full of optimism but soon descends into numbing poverty, moral degradation, and despair.
  • The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper – Deep in the forests of upper New York State, the brave woodsman Hawkeye (Natty Bumppo) and his loyal Mohican friends Chingachgook and Uncas become embroiled in the bloody battles of the French and Indian War. The abduction of the beautiful Munro sisters by hostile savages, the treachery of the renegade brave Magua, the ambush of innocent settlers, and the thrilling events that lead to the final tragic confrontation between rival war parties create an unforgettable, spine-tingling picture of life on the frontier. And as the idyllic wilderness gives way to the forces of civilization, the novel presents a moving portrayal of a vanishing race and the end of its way of life in the great American forests.
  • The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett – A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett’s coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a novel that has haunted three generations of readers.
  • The Princess Bride, by William Goldman – Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an “abridged” retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that’s home to “Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.
  • The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane – Henry Fleming is a young private fighting for the Union Army in the American Civil War. His head filled with visions of heroic glory, Henry is eager for the battlefield, but when faced with his first real chance to fight, Henry begins to doubt his resolve and flees the battlefield. Ashamed, he soon regrets his actions, and longs to regain his honour by earning his “red badge of courage” by being wounded in service.
  • The Story of My Life, by Helen Keller – Helen Keller’s story of struggle and achievement is one of unquenchable hope. From tales of her difficult early days, to details of her relationship with her beloved teacher Anne Sullivan, to her impressions of academic life, Keller’s honest, straightforward writing lends insight into an amazing mind.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee – A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father-a crusading local lawyer-risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beacher Stowe – Selling more than 300,000 copies the first year it was published, Stowe’s powerful abolitionist novel fueled the fire of the human rights debate in 1852. Denouncing the institution of slavery in dramatic terms, the incendiary novel quickly draws the reader into the world of slaves and their masters.
    Stowe’s characters are powerfully and humanly realized in Uncle Tom, a majestic and heroic slave whose faith and dignity are never corrupted; Eliza and her husband, George, who elude slave catchers and eventually flee a country that condones slavery; Simon Legree, a brutal plantation owner; Little Eva, who suffers emotionally and physically from the suffering of slaves; and fun-loving Topsy, Eva’s slave playmate.
  • Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls – A loving threesome, they ranged the dark hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country. Old Dan had the brawn. Little Ann had the brains, and Billy had the will to make them into the finest hunting team in the valley. Glory and victory were coming to them, but sadness waited too. Where the Red Fern Grows is an exciting tale of love and adventure you’ll never forget.

Authors with Multiple Works:

Arthur Miller

  • Death of a Salesman (play)
  • The Crucible (a play)

Edgar Allen Poe

  • The Cask of Amontillado
  • The Tell-Tale Heart
  • The Pit and the Pendulum
  • The Raven

F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • The Great Gatsby
  • Tender Is the Night
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

John Steinbeck

  • Of Mice and Men
  • East of Eden
  • The Grapes of Wrath

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Louisa May Alcott

  • Little Women
  • Little Men
  • Eight Cousins

Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The Prince and the Pauper

Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • The Scarlet Letter
  • Twice Told Tales

Tennessee Williams

  • The Glass Menagerie (play)
  • A Streetcar Named Desire (play)
  • Cat on a Hot Tine Roof (play)

Washington Irving

  • Rip Van Winkle
  • Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Willa Cather

  • My Antonia
  • O Pioneers!

William Faulkner

  • As I Lay Dying
  • The Sound and the Fury
  • Light in August
Plan Your High School Electives ~ FREE PRINTABLE PACK

Plan Your High School Electives ~ FREE PRINTABLE PACK

Since entering the homeschool high school years with my first child, I have done a lot of research and learning.  There are so many things to think about and so many options to choose from!

Breaking things down into more manageable steps can help to keep the process from feeling totally overwhelming.  Today I want to pass along something that has helped me by offering a FREE Printable Pack: Plan Your High School Electives to my subscribers.

Plan Your High School Electives: Free Printable Pack from Starts At Eight

Plan Your High School Electives Printable Pack is a neat version of what I “created” in my own personal notebook.  I use the word “created” lightly when it comes to my notebook because it is my brain dump of everything and not necessarily as neat or organized as one would like! 😉  It really helped me to narrow the field in an aspect of high school that felt extremely vast and unmanageable.

What is Included in Plan Your High School Electives Free Printable Pack:

Plan Your High School Electives is a 3 step process of research, conversations with your teen, and a narrowing down of choices and how you will fulfill them.

  1. Step One: Checklist of High School Electives Options – an extensive list of options to think about and check off ones you and your teen feel could be possible options
  2. Step Two: Top 10 Electives to Explore – question to help you narrow the field of options, along space for keeping track of possible resources, curriculum, classes, etc.
  3. Step Three: Final Elective Choices – the final choices your teen will be engaging in along with course descriptions, number of credits and a resource list

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The Big Book of Homeschooling

To get tons of great advice, and move beyond the basics of academics, pick up a copy of The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas. Some topics included are things like active learning, learning with video games, helping teens/tween become independent learners (one of my chapters), teaching on the road, learning with movies, high school literature (one of my chapters), and gardening.

This book can carry you through all your years of homeschooling, covering the stages your children will mature through: preschoolers, elementary grades, middle school, and high school. As your life situation changes, you will find new chapters that apply to you. You can view the full table of contents to see all 103 topics!

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Time Management for Teens

Time Management for Teens

Entering high school has brought many changes about for my teenager.  One of the big changes is the need for teaching time management for teens to her.  It is an important life skill she will need not only in high school and college, but in the workplace and at home in her adult life.

Time Management for Teens from Starts At Eight

For many years I have done all the planning and time management.  With the use of Homeschool Tracker  I have always printed weekly assignment sheets for the all of our children. (Here you can see How to Organize Your Homeschool Year with Homeschool Tracker)  For high school though, I have switched my teen to a paper planner – The Four Year High School Planner from HEDUA.

Homeschool Tracker

My goal in giving her the Four Year High School Planner was to have her plan out her own weeks.  I made her a skeleton list of approximately what she needs to accomplish each week from which she then decides how to schedule out her time.

Weekly Skeleton School Work List:

  • Math 5x
  • Science 4x – The DIVE Cds have a 4 day plan with one of the days basically being a catch up day.  She has opted not to use a catch up day and only schedules 3x
  • History 3x
  • Lightning Literature 3-5x – This depends on if it is a week where she is reading a long book and thus has chapters and questions each day or if it is a work on papers week.
  • Photography 2x
  • Latin Roots 3x – Latin Roots is set up for 3 cards per week.  She has opted to do them all in one day.  Then once every 3 weeks is a review week where she schedules time for me to drill her with the flash cards she has made up to that point.
  • Logic 1x – We are using The Art of Argument (you can see my review here).  We do it together and plan on taking as long as we need to complete it so 1 day each week is what we are doing.
  • Computer Programming 3x
  • Violin 5x

From that list she plans out her own weeks for me to check and approve.  On Sunday night each week I go through the planner to ensure it is complete and ready for the week.  This allows us to put the responsibility in her hands.  She knows what she needs to cover, and  how to do that each week.  Then if work is not complete she loses out on free time, tv time, friend time, or whatever the case may be until she completes the work in her planner.

There are times when I will see that we have a busy couple of weeks, like the weeks in December before Christmas, or we just have an unusual amount of out of the house time, or days we are unable to be home to focus on school work.  When that occurs I will recommend she stretch one week over two, or tell her to leave out math on certain days, etc.  This allows her to see how we need to be flexible sometimes, and adjust to the ever changing needs in our lives, while still keeping up with the tasks that need to be completd.

Time Management for Teens from Starts At Eight

Steps To Managing a High School Schedule:

  1. Create a skeleton list for your teen to use as a reference.
  2. Each month have them fill out the Month in View to account for things like field trips, medical appointments, unusual days off, etc.  When using a month in view it is helpful to use different colors, and to section of portions of the squares for repeat items.  In the bottom of her squares to drew a line to block of a section for her gymnastics schedule which is a year round repeating event.  Then colors are used on other items to designate things that are just her, or things that are not her but affect her schedule in some way.
  3. Have your teen plan out his/her week (In the case of history and Lightning Literature for my daughter, she plans out by unit which can be 3 weeks).
  4. On Sunday night go over the planner to make any changes necessary such as additions where things were missed, the spreading out of the days, or removing things you won’t get to.

Looking for more organizational help for your teen?

Check out these articles:

  1. 5 Reasons to Limit Your Teens Texting Time
  2. Money Management for Teens
  3. 4 Year High School Plan ~ FREE Spreadsheet Printable
  4. Plan Your High School Electives ~ FREE Printable Pack

Plan Your High School Electives: Free Printable Pack from Starts At Eight

So You’re Scared to Homeschool High School

So You’re Scared to Homeschool High School

So You're Scared to Homeschool High School from Starts At Eight


Teaching high school is different than I thought it would be.  I am really not so much teaching as I am guiding and schedule driving.  Someone once told me not to stress about parenting a teenager as you would grow and change as your child did, thus being more prepared to handle each stage as it comes.  I believe this is helpful in the case of choosing to homeschool high school.  Even if you haven’t homeschooled all the way through, you have raised your child up and know them better than anyone.  To homeschool high school you need a little patience and perseverance and some preparation.  Check out 3 Things I Learned While Preparing to Homeschool High School.

By doing your research you can find all the tools you need for a successful homeschool high school experience.  The heavy teaching responsibility for my high schooler has been taken off my shoulders by the extensive and comprehensive options available to teach a high school student.  Many folks worry about being qualified to teach higher level courses, the fear of having to learn or relearn material that was to us decades ago, can keep us from attempting to homeschool our children into the high school years.

Don’t let this fear hold you back.  Homeschooling high school has proven to be less labor intensive for me than homeschooling the younger grades was/is.  Why you ask?

Homeschool High School is Less Labor Intensive Because:

  1. Your child is older and more self reliant
  2. Given their growing age, they can and should be taking on more responsibility.  This should include time management, self accountability, and a say in what/how they can and want to learn something.
  3. Surprisingly enough there are many curriculum options available for the homeschool high school years.  Is there less than in the elementary years?  Yes, but there are still good solid options available to teach your high school student so the burden does not fall directly on you.

Start by involving your teen in the process of their homeschool high school journey. What are they interested in learning? How do they feel they learn the best? What is their end goal? College? Trade school?

I set up a 4 Year High School Plan printable to help us lay out a plan for the homeschool high school years.  You can download it and use it to help plan out your teens high school years.

4 Year High School Plan/Spreadsheet from Starts At Eight

Join me next week on a journey through How I Teach Homeschool High School:

High School Check-List from Starts At Eight
Day 1: How I Teach Homeschool High School Language Arts
Day 2: How I Teach Homeschool High School Math
Day 3: How I Teach Homeschool High School Science
Day 4: How I Teach Homeschool High School History
Day 5: How I Teach Homeschool High School Fine Arts

Besides just planning and teaching the main subjects for high school, the other thing to consider is what electives your high school student will take to round out their experiences and their transcript.  Here are some posts to help you through that process.  [Also coming in Feb 2014 is a FREE Plan Your High School Electives printable pack.]

The bottom line is that you shouldn’t let your fear keep you from homeschooling high school. Trust that you know your child better than anyone, and will take whatever steps necessary to help make their life a success. Take the time to do the research, find programs that can teach what you cannot, and involve your teen in the process. YOU CAN homeschool high school!

More Help for Homeschooling High School

Homeschooling Teenagers from Starts At EightHelp for Holding Teens Accountable from Starts At Eight7 Things You Should Never Say to Those That Homeschool High School from Starts At EightCareer Exploration for High School Students from Starts At EightBlogs to Read If You Are Homeschooling High School from Starts At EightTeen Drivers: There is NO Substitute for Experience from Starts At EightThe Scoop on Earning AP Credit in High School from Starts At Eight

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