Welcome, welcome and welcome again! We are so glad to have you back for another week and another letter of Blogging Through the Alphabet with myself and Annette from A Net in Time! This week we are conquering the letter H. We have had so much fun up to this point and hope you will continue to join us!
Homeschooling High School
The dreaded ages of many homeschool families, high school! I have heard many times, "Will you homeschool all the way through high school?" As if this time of the homeschool journey was any harder than the first 8-10 years! This year Moe Man will be finishing up his Sophomore Year of high school, and starting in on his Junior Year in the fall. I don't know where the time has come, but there was never a moment when I stopped and said "You're too old, time to stop what is working for you!"
When it comes to homeschooling high school, the first thing you want to look at are the resources available to you. There are of course, tons of blogs that tell you how they have done it, how they are doing it. These are great, but they are not you. Remember this. Your child will learn different from every other child out there. I personally have three favorite sites that I go to for my resources:
This site is perfect for giving me the main resources. They have a lot of free links that talk about what you need to know and how to do it.
Being from Minnesota, I like to go here if I don't find what I need on the HSLDA site. I also like to see the state specific information that I can find here.
I love, love, love this site! Lee Binz is here for us as homeschool parents with kids in High School. She has what we need and if she doesn't she tells us where to go! I have read several of her books that she has available and love her free webinars and many other free resources.
As you get into the high school grades, making sure you pick the right curriculum does become a thing. You need to make sure that your child has the right amount of credits and in the right subjects so that they can graduate. If this seems daunting, have them help you! When I was in high school at the public school, I was given my list of options, the requirements needed to graduate and was told to make wise choices. I expect the same out of my kids.
While I have the final say over the chosen courses, I allow Moe Man to pick his favorite areas and classes. I will tell him what the core subjects are that he needs, he picks them out and then we spend about a week or so looking at electives. This is where he is given the reins, so it takes a little longer.
This is where I love to find sites that help me help him come up with ideas. If you go to Pinterest, you can find a lot of blog posts about homeschooling high school, the newest and coolest curriculum choices, but sometimes you just want something simple. These are just that and they are on the lower end of the price scale.
This site contains all you need to homeschool your high school student, and it is free! I love this site and we use many of their subjects in our homeschool. Right now, Moe Man is taking the Biology with Lab course and loves it! I love that I can have him find something here and know that I will have all that I need to include it in his transcript.
While this is not a free website, the cost of this is minimal, considering you have classes and resources for everyone in the family. Moe Man is in love with the Drive Thru History that he is using to supplement his current World History course.
This is a great page from Mercy is New. There are so many good choices here, and for the low cost of Free, a homeschool mom couldn't be happier!
Are you at a complete loss of what you could/should be teaching to your child? This list has it all. All the required courses, all the different electives you can choose from, everything. If you have a child who just doesn't know what to do, send them over to look at this list. If they don't walk away from this list with an idea or two, they are not ready for high school.
Most of all, as a homeschool mom of a homeschool high schooler, you need support. Support from your family, your husband, and other homeschool moms. Reach out. Talk about your fears, talk about your struggles. Not everyone has a family who supports their decision to homeschool, especially through high school. If you have that kind of support, love it, embrace it and use it!
If you don't have that kind of support, find another source of support. While I do have the support of my family, sometimes I need a different kind of support. I find that online. It may sound silly, but I do. I am a member of some great Facebook groups that support each other as homeschool moms. Not only that, but I have found a friend or two who is in the same situation I am in, and we have bonded. I know that I can reach out to them when I need to, and I am there for them when they need me as well.
When it comes down to it, homeschooling high school is really not that scary. I feel more stress at the younger ages to build that strong base, by the time high school arrives, I know they have the base and I just need to keep the paperwork to prove it!
What scares you most about homeschooling high school?
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