Episode 24: Preparing for Life After High School

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How can you help your homeschooler get ready for adult life? What are the options? When to start? Stephanie Morrison and Barbori Garnet discuss aspects to consider for “Preparing for Life After High School” in Episode 24 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show. If you have a teen, tune in!


Connect with God’s Word 

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 ESV)

Connect with The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine 

For more on today’s topic, click on the links to these recent articles from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine:

Connect with Today’s Host and Guest

Today’s host, Stephanie Morrison, has previously podcasted on the related topic High School Graduates: What Do They Look Like? in Episode 12 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show. 

In today’s episode, Stephanie spoke with guest Barbori Garnet. A homeschool graduate based in Alberta, Barbori Garnet is a writer, artist, musician, gardener, and author of Home at the Office: Working Remotely as a Way of Life. She is on staff at The Old Schoolhouse® and The Canadian Schoolhouse and has authored the following articles for The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine

Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show “Each child is unique, so we can’t prepare for each one in the same way.” —Stephanie Morrison

Connect with the TOS App

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Connect with is the curriculum site of The Old Schoolhouse®. With over 400 courses available for PK–12, there’s something for everyone. Here are two courses that might especially be worth adding in for your high schooler.

Living Life with Purpose Homeschool Curriculum

How can your teen find purpose in life? Whether a teen is overwhelmed or underwhelmed, Living Life with Purpose can provide strength and encouragement through solid Biblical teaching and educational videos. Through four lessons with accompanying worksheets, students are guided through the “deciding period” known as the teenage years. 

What’s Next? Discovering God’s Will for Your Life

What is God’s will for my life? How can I know I am choosing the right path? Almost every high school student struggles with these important questions. What’s Next: Discovering God’s Will for Your Life is a six-session course in which students receive Biblical encouragement as they read about folks from the Bible, such as Ruth and Esther, and as they work to find God’s perfect will for their lives.

As mentioned in today’s episode, provides Free Printable High School/College Prep Worksheets. Get ready for high school or college with these free printable worksheets anyone can use. From planning for future events to making sure everything is tracked in a simple and organized checklist, these high school/college printables are the way to go. There are plenty of planners, checklists, forms, logs, transcripts, and more. You are welcome to share them with your friends! 

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Connect with The Canadian Schoolhouse

Have you visited The Canadian Schoolhouse site yet? It’s brought to you by The Old Schoolhouse®. Today’s host, Stephanie Morrison, directs The Canadian Schoolhouse. She shared Life After Homeschooling, an excellent collection of articles from The Canadian Schoolhouse filled with additional resources. 

Connect with Homeschool College Directory & Resources 

You have kept them home, taught them well, and prepared them for life. The time is coming when your high schooler will graduate, spread their wings, and fly. The team that has walked beside you through the homeschooling years is ready to illuminate the path into post-secondary education. The Old Schoolhouse® is pleased to offer Homeschool College Directory & Resources, filled with colleges vying for the attention of homeschoolers. Plus, discover invaluable articles specific to this stage of life and other helpful resources to keep your grad on the right path.

Connect with The Homeschool Minute 

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Connect with the Homeschool Influencer Network

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Connect with Upcoming Episodes

New episodes of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show are released every Monday. Check back right here for show notes and links at Here is what you can look forward to next:  

  • 7/17/23: Episode 25—“Lapbooks, Notebooks, or Unit Studies – Should I Use Them?” hosted by Christine Weller of and The Canadian Schoolhouse
  • 7/24/23: Episode 26—“Homeschool Planning: Breathing Room and Simplicity” hosted by Heather Vogler of The Old Schoolhouse®
  • 7/31/23: Episode 27—“Before You Begin: Getting and Staying Organized”  hosted by Heather Vogler of The Old Schoolhouse®

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Recent Show Notes

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What will homeschool graduates do after high school? In Episode 64 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show, Christine Weller discusses reasons to homeschool through high school, including the flexibility and adaptability of homeschooling. Homeschool graduates can succeed no matter where life takes them. Find the show notes for “What Do Homeschool Graduates Look Like?” on
Episode 63: Myth Busters: Socialization and Isolation
How do you respond to questions about socialization? In Episode 63 of The Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show—“Myth Busters: Socialization and Isolation,” Stephanie provides a deeper view into our children’s socialization. Explore aspects of behaviors and customs worth learning, intentional protection, and meaningful outings. It’s not just about getting our kids around other kids to play!
Episode 62: How to Homeschool When Mom Is Sick and Tired
What happens in your homeschool when mom is sick and tired? Deborah Wuehler shares how she taught independence to her children, created checklists, and put together to-go bags to help her continue the homeschool routine during those times. Tune into Episode 62 of the Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show podcast—“How to Homeschool When Mom Is Sick and Tired” for practical tips and encouragement from Deborah.
Episode 61: Are Conventions Really Worth Attending?
Listen in as several homeschool state leaders share about the value of homeschool conventions in their states. Should you go to an in-person convention this year? Is online encouragement enough? In Episode 61 of The Hey, Mama! Homeschool Show—“Are Conventions Really Worth Attending?” Heather chats with Paul and Gena Suarez of The Old Schoolhouse®, Tauna Meyer of OCEANetwork, Anne Miller of HEAV, Kim Blom of Homeschool Iowa, and Rob Prigge of MACHE. These leaders are filled with a wealth of information that you need to hear!

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"Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).