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Homeschooling High School. This is a time when many parents being on the whole homeschooling thing. Why? They find it too intimidating. Too hard. They feel like they aren’t smart enough, or want their kids to have a REAL diploma.
Iknow. I always said by the time high school came around I’d be singing the kids up for online public school. But, then I realized something.
It’s not that hard to homeschool high school! Believe me, my friend Ann wrote all about it.
By the time you are homeschooling high school your kids will be pretty well independent learners. This means LESS supervision, and more responsibility on their shoulders. This is not a bad thing.
Homeschooling high school also offers amazing benefits to both parents and kids.
Reduced Peer Pressure
Listen, I hated high school. Yes, I liked my friends and prom. But, high school kind of stunk. You are pressured in so many different directions, and the lack of parental supervision often leads to trouble.
By homeschooling high school, your kids won’t experience as much peer pressure. Yes, it may still be there to an extent from homeschool group or even youth group, but the level will be a lot less
You can provide a higher quality program
Who knows your children better than you? No one! THismeans that if you are reaising a budding writer, you know to invest in a quality writing program. Have a child interested in veterinary medicine? Zoology and vet science is hwer eyou want to focus. Homeschooling allows you the opportunity to offer your high schooler resources that can strengthen the areas they hope to study in college. It also allows you to tailor their education to improve weaker areas while highlighint their strengths. There is not eaching to the middle. Students can push past their comfort zones in areas where the excel and spend extra time in areas where they struggle. There are no boundaries, and that is a great thing!
You are providing your high schooler with real life experiences
Let’s face it, high school is fake. When will a child ever again spend a whole day with kids their own age? NEVER. Homeschoolers are able to experience real life opportunities everyday. They have a flexible schedule and are able to regularly take learning opportunities outside the classroom.
Have a student who is interested in graphic design? They can shadow a successful graphic designer in the middle of the day on a school day! Have a student who is interested in auto body, photography, medicine? Same thing. The ability to career sample or even apprentice is HUGE at this age, and can allow your high schooler to truly experience what life would be like on that career path. This is a real life experience that many high schools can’t offer.
More Time for Special Talents
Homeschoolers are tearing up spelling and geography bees, music and robotics competitions and more. Why? They often have more time to pursue these special talents than their public school counterparts. No homework means more time to focus on their interest. No set schedule means they can practice an instrument for hours instead of minutes due to moving on to the next class.
The last four years at home is a huge stepping stone for our teenagers academic and spirutal lives. The teen years are foten deemed challangeing and yes, that may somtiems be true, but what better time to spend training up your children than those formative years. You will have the ability to watch them rise above societiesy expectations and can help them mature in godliness and focus on their own unique gifts and talents.
These are just a few of the many reasons to homeschool high school!
Misty Bailey is a work at home homeschool, mom. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments of her blog Joy in the Journey.
Have you ever felt like the homeschool day was over and you missed something? Like you spent the day running to and fro but never really connected?
One thing we have to realize is that even though we homeschool, we can still be absent from our children’s lives. This absentness comes in the form of distraction, busyness, and laziness. It can happen to the best of us, and if we don’t watch it, we can miss out on some precious moments.
So, here are five ways to be more present in your homeschool day.
- Leave the phone in the other room-Out of sight and out of mind can make you less distracted and more focused on the task at hand.
- Keep school hours-Don’t answer the phone, the door, or make plans during a set time each day. We all know how easy it is to get sucked into a phone call, only to realize an hour has passed. Set hours for school and keep it!
- Make eye contact-Each and every time you speak to your children make a point to make eye contact. Take your eyes off the task you are doing and look at your child when speaking. This eye contact speaks volumes to a child!
- Take a snapshot-But not with a camera! Take a mental picture of what you are doing. Imagine your children sharing this moment with their children. What memories do you want them to have of your homeschool days?
- Make a choice-The best way to be present in your homeschool day is to CHOOSE to be there. Choose to be intentional with your time and energy. Too often we get sucked into social media, text messages, or our to-do list. Put down the outside distractions and make a choice to be present.
As my oldest enters into her middle school years I am realizing how quickly the time really does fly by. I am looking back at lost moments, lost lessons, and lost memories. I am realizing that just like many other moms I have been lost in distractions. Moving forward I am going to make the choice be more present. Will you join me?
Misty Bailey is a Christian wife and work at home homeschool, mom. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued, homeschooling and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
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Homeschool convention season is underway and many of you are making preparations to attend our upcoming Southeast Homeschool Expo. We can’t wait to see you and are looking forward to bringing you an amazing Expo!
If you have never attended a convention before here are a few reasons why you may want to consider coming this year! If you are a seasoned homeschooler you may think we have nothing to offer, but we do! Even seasoned homeschoolers can benefit from encouragement and an opportunity to meet with vendors.
Before you attend our homeschool expo you may wonder what you can do to prepare. Here are three ways to prepare for a homeschool expo!
Check out the Schedule
All conventions will have a schedule of events. This will tell you when the exhibit hall is open, what workshops are offered, and when the convention will shut down for the night. This is important because you will want to know how to plan your day while at the homeschool expo.
Check out the Vendors
Many homeschool conventions (including ours!) have a HUGE exhibit hall. This is where much of the action is at. The exhibit hall will house vendors offering a wide variety of resources such as curriculum, educational toys, books, amazing products and much more. Checking out the vendors will give you an idea to research what they are offering BEFORE coming to the convention and will let you know which vendors are high on your priority list. Many say they can spend one day alone just in the exhibit hall. So, knowing who will be there and where you want to go can help you plan your day while at the homeschool expo.
Look Over the Workshops
Many come to the homeschool expo just for the vendors, but they may miss the many workshops the expo has to offer. Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned homeschool you can find advice and encouragement in the many workshops our homeschool expo offers. Make plans to attend at least one workshop while attending the homeschool expo, although we’d love if you’d attend more!
As you make preparations to attend our homeschool expo remember to breathe. Yes, planning season is here, and yes you have a list of things you want to do, but don’t forget to enjoy the experience. We want you to come and enjoy yourself. Take some time to prepare, bring a friend and your list and spend some time with us at the upcoming Southeast Homeschool Expo.
Misty Bailey is a work at home homeschool mom. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.