What is Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers?

It’s a curriculum that teaches teenagers skills and values they’ll need in the adult world they’re about to enter.

      It walks them through processes like....

¨         researching a place to live

¨         figuring out health insurance

¨         understanding credit

¨         learning about basic investing


.... with an attitude of prudence, and a goal of minimizing debt.


      It also reviews concepts they’ll need for....

¨         getting along with family, friends, coworkers and clients

¨         finding a spouse

¨         living their values, and making sure those values are reflected in their work   

.... and helps them reflect on the principles you’ve taught them since they were small.


Literature and mathematics are important, but so is getting ready to take on the adult world. Barbara Frank designed this curriculum for her own teenagers so they would have some preparation for living on their own.  They worked hard and learned a lot, and are now independent young adults.  She hopes that Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers helps you prepare your own homeschooled teenager for life “out of the nest.”

More about Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers

Most homeschooling parents place a lot of emphasis on getting their teenagers ready for college. But that's only four years out of their lives. What about life after college? Shouldn't we be preparing them now for adult life, by teaching them to live and work ethically and responsibly? By showing them how to handle money?  By putting the goal of financial freedom within their reach?


And what about the teenagers who aren't going to college? Issues like buying a car, obtaining credit and understanding health insurance become more urgent for those who will soon finish homeschooling and tackle that first full-time job.

Parents’ Role

Parents' Preparation

Parents will find they don't need much preparation time to use Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers. Once they've obtained the required resources and provided access to research tools, all that remains is to customize Life Prep to their specific teenager.


Customizing the Curriculum

Customizing Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers is easy. The book explains how to customize this curriculum based on whether your teenager is work-bound or college-bound. Your teenager's specific interests and goals are also considered.



Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers is a parent-friendly book written by a veteran homeschool parent.  She originally designed it for use with her work-bound teenage daughter. The following year, she revised it to use with her college-bound teenage son.  That's why Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers contains what you need no matter what your teenager's post-homeschool plans may be.


Try finding a book about homeschooling work-bound teenagers. It's not easy! Most homeschooling books are geared toward preparing homeschoolers for college. But not all homeschooled teenagers want to go to college.


There are many bright homeschoolers who would prefer to work after they've finished homeschooling than to spend four years studying. Often, their parents agree with their decision. Increasing numbers of homeschooling parents are starting to question the wisdom of sending their offspring away for an expensive college education, in light of the lowered educational and behavioral standards at some colleges and universities.


Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenager provides ample preparation for work-bound teenagers. They have more immediate needs than college-bound teenagers. They may need a car right away so they can drive to work. Once they start working, they'll need to know about health insurance and tax withholding. And after they've had a chance to save up some money, they'll want to move out on their own. They'll need to know how to find an affordable place to live. All of these needs are addressed in Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers.

Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers

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Projects and Assignments

Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers includes step-by-step projects that guide teenagers  to an understanding of practical financial matters. It also includes reading and writing assignments that require them to think seriously about their goals for their personal lives, and how they will integrate their values and their work.


College-bound teenagers study college-preparatory subjects such as Advanced Math and foreign languages, but they also need to prepare themselves to handle challenges to their worldview by college professors and fellow students, and to get along with people of different backgrounds. Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers provides reading assignments that will encourage them to do just that.


In addition, homeschoolers headed for college need to know how to write a college  application essay. Once at college, they'll need to be able to handle the temptation of credit cards (many of today's college students graduate with massive credit card debt in addition to their college loan debt).


After graduation, they'll be faced with all the hurdles that come with adulthood, including obtaining health insurance, renting or buying a place to live, and handling their finances responsibly. The step-by-step projects in Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers provide instruction on those topics and many others.

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Life Prep For

Homeschooled Teenagers

by Barbara Frank


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Life Prep…. Both because of the content and the design, I think homeschoolers are likely to find this one of the most practical and important resources for high school.


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100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum


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Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers



This expanded version includes everything in the original

Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers



·       The Financial Freedom Project. This addition to the Project List is based on a workshop Barbara Frank presented to a group of homeschooled teenagers at the March 2006 InHome Convention in suburban Chicago. It compares the lives of two fictional teens and illustrates how the choices they make in their youth eventually affect their freedom as young adults. This project includes a list of questions for your teen to answer after reading the selection.


·       A new section, For Parents, includes Part-time Work for Teenagers and Credit Cards. These two selections provide you, the parent, with food for thought about two important subjects looming in your teenager’s future.

  • What is Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers?
  • More about Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers
  • Projects and Assignments
  • Parent’s Role
  • Work-bound
  • College-bound
  • Free Sample Project
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    Life Prep for Homeschooling Teenagers is a fabulous starting place for any panicking parent of a teen. I know. I am one of those panicking parents.

    As talk around the house turns to driving and plans for the future, as a homeschooling mom I wonder if we have focused too much on the reading and math. As I look at my growing kids, I'm wondering if diagramming sentences is a good lesson for life or should we focus on balancing a checkbook?

    Thankfully, Barbara Frank has blazed that trail and written a book to to share her advice.
    Life Prep for Homeschooling Teenagers is laid out in an easy to read fashion, with information for the work-bound teenager as well as the college-bound teenager.

    Personally, I was impressed with the reading list included in this book. The list is just the sort of "out of the box" reading list that I was looking for to fill in some educational gaps. It's easy to focus on books that colleges consider to be "the classics" but Ms. Frank's reading list covers books ranging from
    Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters' First 100 Years to the PBS video series Affluenza (which I have seen and enjoyed).

    For me, the best part of
    Life Prep was the projects. Written in a workbook type format, this section allows teens to dream big, then springs a little reality on them. Got a teen looking at a fancy car? Have them explore price comparison, car purchasing and securing insurance using the study prompts found in the book. Got a teen dreaming of a job? Have them look at taxes to see just how big that paycheck might end up being.

    If you have a teen you want to prepare them for all aspects of grown-up life. That can be a stressful thought. For me, I'm hoping to relax a little, enjoy my years with my teen and rely on Barbara Frank's
    Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers.



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