Homeschooling alone is hard. When your child is in preschool, they have lots of fun and crafts. Once they reach elementary school, you are able to help them learn, you make the learning as fun as you can, find books and unit studies to make the learning hands on and fun still. But when you get to high school, panic sets in. How will you make this learning fun? How will you teach the subjects you had a hard time learning? What in the world were you thinking taking the homeschooling this far? Let me tell you what I wish I had known before I started homeschooling the high school years in my house.
How Fun It Would Be
Homeschooling is fun, it doesn’t matter the age. Watching your kids learn is fun. Even when they are grown, when you see them learn something new, you get excited. Even though they are in high school, you can still have fun planning unit studies and hands on activities for them. This is a joy of the homeschool life. Your child wants to know more about something, take a break from the curriculum and get some hands on happening for them. This is something that you can write into their transcripts. This is a learning experience for them, it is a hands on experiment or field trip, whatever you want to call it. It doesn’t matter that they are older, they can still have fun like the younger ones, and when they are busy having fun, so are you!
How Hard It Is
Yes, it can be fun, but it can also be hard. You are talking about harder subjects, which means some struggles with the learning. Not only that, but you have teenagers! Did you know that teenagers think they know more than we do? It is almost like they think we skipped that age in life and just got “old” and we don’t understand them. I don’t think they will realize the truth until they are our age, but until then, we have to deal with the attitudes that come with the age. The kids want to be independent, but they still need us. Not only are we the parent who is struggling to help them become independent, but we are the teacher that has to say, nope, you need to listen now.
How Much I Would Learn
Wow, who would have thought I would be learning as much as Moe Man! I never thought I would be in high school again when I thought about teaching high school at home. Only, I need to know what the kids are learning in case they need my help, so I am learning alongside them. Most of the time I end up sitting next to them as they work on their independent lesson so that I know what is happening when it comes to the questions and I need to help them answer them. Not only am I relearning the subjects I learned in high school, but I am learning a lot about my children in the process. I see how they learn and learn to adapt their learning to their styles. Four kids in our homeschool, and four different learning styles. Yes, some are similar, but they are each different in their own way and I have learned to adapt to that, especially in high school!
The Amount of Resources There Are
The amount of resources that you are able to find for your younger age homeschool kids is ridiculous. Everywhere that you turn you can find something for preschool up to grade 3. Have you seen that? I notice that all the time. But you know what? There are some great resources available to the high school age as well. You just need to know where to look. Tina Robertson has some great planning pages that I showed you yesterday, as well as Donna Young. SchoolhouseTeachers.com has some great classes as well as planners and parents helps to get you on the track you need to be. And if you haven’t heard of Lee Binz, The HomeScholar, you are missing out on a huge resource! The resources are out there, you just need to look for them. You are not alone in homeschooling your high school student.
The Adventure I Would Take
I thought this would be a journey, but the adventure that I have been on is something I did not expect. I did not expect to get so emotionally involved in what was happening with Moe Man. I didn’t realize how much I would stand back and watch him pave his own path as I wanted to run and catch up to him. Having a high school student is one thing. Watching and being the teacher of your high school child is something different. You are in charge of what they become. You have the control of making sure they learn what they need to learn. This alone is an adventure. No matter where this adventure takes me, I am willing to go on it for my children!
What are some things that you wished you knew before you started homeshooling the high school age?
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