HOMESCHOOLING HIGH SCHOOLERS
by Tamara Eaton

Even veteran homeschooling parents sometimes panic at the thought of homeschooling through high school. When tempted to worry, it's helpful to start thanking the Lord for all He's accomplished in your homeschooling in the past, knowing that He will continue to carry you through to the end!

Here are some practical tips:

  1. Realize it's more important to give your child the "tools" he needs for learning and researching, etc., than that you cover ALL the subjects. You'll NEVER be able to cover EVERYTHING, even the very best schools can't do that. What you want is to help your child develop into a lifetime learner.
  2. Prayerfully research and list the subjects your child needs to cover during high school in order to meet his future goals--college? Trade schools? Entrepreneur? Make these priorities and don't get so caught up in all the "frills" or "field trips, etc" that you neglect these areas.
  3. When you see a weak area (and we ALL have them!), research your options to cover this area most efficiently, then talk to your child and plunge in with enthusiasm. It's amazing how much can be accomplished in a short time if you're concentrating on one area without distractions.
  4. Take note of all the gifts and strong points of your child and APPRECIATE them. Don't get so caught up in the "weaknesses" that you no longer see the strengths. God has made us all so unique, with special gifts and we want to develop those areas in our children (with His help!).
  5. Talk to other parents who are homeschooling their high schoolers and encourage one another. Homeschool parents come up with GREAT innovative ideas for covering even those sometimes "tricky" subjects like chemistry or physics.

Finally--and most importantly--ask the Lord to show you what to do for high school and how to prepare your child for the future. He loves your child even more than you do (imagine that!) and He will bring you through the next few years triumphantly. Who else knows the end from the beginning and the past, present and future and promises to lead you every step of the way? Nothing is hidden from Him either, so He has the complete picture-- sometimes we only see a little part of it.

Isaiah 46:9-10 "... I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure."

Psalm 9:10 "And they that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee."

James 1:5-6 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering."

Psalm 142:3 "When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path."

Just think of it--infinite wisdom--available to us, but only through prayer and commitment to Jesus. No wonder the enemy would seek to distract us from prayer! It's an awesome, truly amazing privilege to be able to go to the Lord for EVERY need and see His faithfulness! Put your faith and confidence in Him today--you are NOT alone, He will lead your family and give you His peace--just ask Him!

HELPFUL RESOURCES

These materials have been recommended by Christian Homeschool Forum members who are currently homeschooling their high schoolers:

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Isaiah 54:13