The “Get it Done” Approach to High School

The Get it Done Approach to High School 

Do you feel badly that you don’t love doing dishes or washing the car? Of course not. You know these tasks have to be done, but you don’t particularly enjoy them.

You probably take a get it done approach to the jobs: knuckle down and push through to get to the good part — theĀ result of the job’s being done.That feeling of accomplishment is what you want your child to focus in on when it comes to an unpleasant part of homeschool.

Except for those rare, super-academic teens, every student has areas of school that are distasteful. It’s normally a matter of aptitude and personality preference. Disliking a subject isn’t wrong. It simply is.

  • Do you discredit your physician because he doesn’t like art?
  • Do you think less of your auto mechanic because he doesn’t stay up late reading classics?
  • Do you disparage a professional writer who doesn’t like math?

No. You evaluate professionals on the basis of their field of expertise. Our teens are still scoping out what field to invest in. In the meantime, they have required credits to earn which fall in all academic areas — both preferred and disliked. Unfortunately, we can’t evaluate them the same way that we look at a professional adult. But keep that future reality in mind if you start to feel guilty or distressed over your child’s get it done approach to homeschool.

You may wish that your child enjoyed math because you like the subject so much. But it’s okay if your child doesn’t. You might long for your child to spend hours reading books because your own childhood was filled with memories of reading or because you think reading will benefit your child in college admission tests. But if your child isn’t an avid reader, it is not a reflection of poor parenting or weak character.

We are all different. And isn’t that truth one of the main reasons we chose to homeschool in the first place?

Allow your teens to take a get it done approach to the distasteful subjects. As long as they are truly getting it done and fulfilling the requirements of your state, then you can feel good about their education. Don’t invest more than is necessary. Don’t prolong the pain.

You don’t linger over cleaning the shed, do you? When it’s adequately organized, you rejoice and move on to something more fun. Allow that same attitude in homeschool lessons. Get it done with integrity and bask in the earned credit.

Instead of pushing kids to love what they dislike, encourage your children to savor learning in the areas where they are passionate. Invest your money and time there so that school is motivating. As a bonus, you are honing expertise in areas where your child is naturally gifted and will likely spend her higher education years and professional life.

There is no shame in this get it done approach, so embrace it!


Jimmie Lanley is the mother of one creative teenaged daughter. Living abroad in China necessitated the original choice to homeschool. But now that she and her family are back in Tennessee, Jimmie can't imagine any other way to educate her high schooler. Jimmie's Collage is where she blogs about homeschool. In the early years, Jimmie's lesson plans were full of hands-on activities and lapbooks. As the years passed, she began using more and more notebooking and became so passionate about the method that she created her second blog, The Notebooking Fairy. That site features free notebooking printables and how-tos plus the affordable eBook guide Notebooking Success. Jimmie is co-owner of iHomeschool Network, a social media company.

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2 Responses to The “Get it Done” Approach to High School

  1. Louisa Torres says:

    My 15 year old daughter was not only wasting her time in Public School, was also engaging in risky behavior, recently pull her from the school and tried School on Line but she is telling me is to difficult or maybe she is saying is to much reading, either way I need to school her some how. Can you please send me a list of books I need to purchase for her and teach me how she can get credit for what she learns at home Thank You and God bless you.


  2. Jamie says:

    So good to hear that you are wanting to homeschool your daughter. LHSHS doesn’t provide curriculum, however, we do have an extensive directory of available options for all high school subjects. If you’ll just go to our homepage you’ll see it there! Good luck!

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