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:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
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!
These materials have been recommended by Christian Homeschool Forum members
who are currently homeschooling their high schoolers:
- CHRISTIAN HOME EDUCATORS' CURRICULUM MANUAL: Jr. High and Sr. High
by Cathy Duffy-- Cathy Duffy has done a marvelous job of covering many
different homeschooling needs and materials. Not only does she describe
many programs and materials, she gives helpful teaching advice,
suggestions of what to study and when to study it, tips on learning
styles, graduation options, etc. (Available from most homeschool catalogs,
including the online chfweb.com
- THE RELAXED HOME SCHOOL by Dr. Mary Hood-- Very practical,
encouraging and easy to read. The author suggests ways to make learning as
stress-free as possible for all ages. Gives advice on how to prepare your
teens for college or career or both, as well as record keeping.
- HOMESCHOOLING HIGHSCHOOLERS by McAlister and Oneschak -- This
book comes in two volumes (I think the two volumes have now been
consolidated into one). First volume is all the information about
evaluating the high school years, career and college exploration and
preparation, goal-setting, transcript making, course outlining, etc. It is
brief enough for you to not be overwhelmed yet still carry away all that
you need to know to do high school. The second volume includes more
coursework examples and extra forms for a whole year of transcript and
course description forms.
- APPRENTICESHIP PLUS (Patterning Learning Upon Scripture)-- Inge
Cannon gives a seminar that is absolutely invaluable (and comes with a
comb-bound book of workshop notes/graphs, etc.). Concerns "high
places" in homeschooling, burnout, *real* goals for highschoolers
rather than being subject to the "norm" in homeschooling-- like
diplomas/accreditation. Warming to review again and again. Available from:
Education PLUS (864-281-9316) PO Box 1029, Mauldin, SC 29662
- SENIOR HIGH: A Home Designed Formula by Barb Shelton-- Barb walks
you through the steps of finding a "big picture" vision for your
homeschooled child's high school years. Especially helpful is Barb's
encouragement to seriously seek the Lord for His plan for your homeschool
and not just imitate the world's or anyone else's "formula" or
expectations for high school. She has helpful ideas for applying real life
learning to high school "credits" (if you choose to go that
route) and various reproducible forms for record-keeping, planning, etc.
Senior High: A Home Designed Form+U+La is available from: Barb Shelton,
182 No. Columbia Hts. Rd., Longview, WA 98632 (BEShelton@aol.com )
- SCROLL'S HIGH SCHOOL GUIDE TO HOMESCHOOLING EXCELLENCE by Diana
Johnson is a very good, concise book on the essential considerations and
approaches for homeschooling a high schooler. It contains a detailed list
of books at every grade level, and can be used to construct a total
curriculum plan for 9th thru 12th grades. Topics include: record keeping,
schedules, figuring and applying credits, various homeschool styles,
alternative high school diplomas, grading and alternative methods, early
admissions to local colleges, remedial to advanced level suggestions.
Resources listed include: video, correspondence, satellite, and umbrella
schools. Course listings offered include remedial to advanced level
suggestions. (She includes information about Texas law, and the first
version is a bit Texas specific, but a revision is planned in the near
future that will be more general.) Available From : The Scroll Christian
Bookstore, 2719 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75701, (903) 566-8263 (903)
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