When we started this ride, I never pictured myself going all the way through high school. I honestly couldn't really picture anything other than getting past the first quarter much less envision what homeschooling high school would be like. I remember telling friends and family that we'd go through middle school for sure, but high school? There was no way I could homeschool through high school! I thought homeschooling through middle school would give my son the time he needed to breathe and find his way. When the high school years came we'd reconsider the path.
Well, fifth grade came and went, middle school flew by, and now I have a soon-to-be 11th grader. Where does the time go?
After 8th grade, I considered sending him back to public school. I didn't feel qualified to teach high school and I worried my education would be enough.
Would I be able to teach at that level?
How could I provide what a high school student would need?
Although I was scared, I wasn't ready to throw in the towel just yet. Homeschooling was no longer a path we continued to help our son, but it had become a lifestyle that fit for both children. My kids were thriving and loving it. Our homeschooling future looked much different than I pictured it that first year, but homeschooling high school? I wasn't so sure.
It doesn't help that the naysayers really come out of the woodworks when you have an older child.
You're gonna put him back in public school for high school, right?
There's no way *I* could do that! How are you going to teach Chemistry?
They look at you like you have four heads when you confess you're considering staying the course.
There's definitely a drop off of older kids in the homeschooling community. It's pretty common in our area for homeschooled students to enroll in public school for high school. I just wonder how many homeschooling parents make that choice out of fear. That's what I almost did.
I weighed the pros and cons a thousand times before we decided to continue homeschooling through high school. Despite my fears, homeschooling won every time.
It turns out homeschooling high school is pretty awesome!
It's not anything like I thought it would be. In fact, it's been the easiest part of my homeschooling journey thus far!
If you’re considering homeschooling through high school, but worry you’re not capable, I hope you find some encouragement today knowing I was scared of the job, but I love it and I'm so happy we kept going!
Homeschooling high school is possible!
High school students are independent. In the younger years, I had to hover over my son in order for him to complete his school work and it was draining. Those years are over now and most days I worry I don't spend enough time with him.
High school students can self-teach. I worry I’ll get flak for saying I don’t teach my son, but in many ways, he teaches himself. I would have never thought I’d be able to do this. I worried my own education would be enough, but now that we’re here I see the high school years are more about me managing and less about me teaching.
High school students get to read the good books. This has been one of my favorite things about homeschooling high school so far. We just finished Of Mice and Men, and now I know: there is nothing cooler than being moved by the same novel as your child!
High school students do well in online classes. If there’s a subject I can’t (or don’t want to) teach, there’s always a way to outsource. Online classes really come in handy in high school!
I get to see the fruits of my labor! I’ve invested blood, sweat, and tears on this journey. All those years of pulling my hair out over fractions and long division are paying off! He’s grown and matured so much and I've been able to watch every step of the way!
Hope for homeschooling the younger years. My boys are six years apart. Many of the trials I’m enduring with my fourth grader are the same challenges I had with my oldest when he was younger. I have living proof we’ll get through it! I take comfort in knowing that the homeschooling battles of today will pass and surprisingly when high school comes around again I know it will be easier!