“Any child who can spend an hour or two a day, or more if he wants, with adults that he likes, who are interested in the world and like to talk about it, will on most days learn far more from their talk than he would learn in a week of school.” ~ John Holt
The high school years are the best years to homeschool. Their foundation has been laid, their basics have been learned and now the ball is in their court. These are the years to start nudging them to fly as they are pointed in the direction they need to go.
These are the years they need to be taking responsibility to learn and grow. You can only force feed so much, these are the years they must be feeding themselves under your supervision. You can make your 5 year old eat her peas, but at 15 years old she needs to choose which vegetable she likes and know it will benefit her health.
The high school years are the worse time to throw kids into a classroom where all their freedom to learn is taken away as they conform to be force fed more. As they prepare to stretch their wings to fly, lets give them room to grow, to explore, to soar high in the direction they are being called!
The reasons to homeschool through high school are the same reasons for the earlier grades except more intensified! Between YouTube, Pinterest, Khan, NeoK12, co-ops, tutors, other homeschool parents and endless curriculum there is no reason why homeschool is not do-able.
Here are some great articles why you should homeschool through high school:
10 Reasons to Homeschool Teens-
1. Continue the Family-Building Process
The teen years are a strategic time to cement relationships that last a lifetime. Parents can continue as the primary role models. You can make sure that your teen is instructed and discipled consistently each day with moral training and sound doctrine.
2. Cement Family Relationships
Relationships are the most important thing in family life. When teens are away from home for six-to-eight hours a day, subtle changes begin to erode relationships at home. Divided allegiance or “serving two masters” can shake their foundation. The result is weakened family ties and parental influence.
3. Provide an Excellent Learning Environment
Receiving one-on-one instruction is the most effective way to learn. At home, academics have priority, and there are no classroom distractions. Conversely, studies show that barely one third of the school day in traditional high schools is dedicated to academics.
4. Individualize Education Based on Needs
You can customize your teen’s education to provide motivating opportunities to develop gifts and abilities. In areas of academic weakness, you can provide extra time and help. No classroom setting can offer this consistent and loving support.
5. Accelerate Academic Progress
Many homeschooled children are academically ready to do college-level work between the ages of 14 and 16. Additionally, researchers have found that age/grade isolation or segregation actually inhibits socialization. Available data demonstrates that homeschooled children are ahead of their public school counterparts in maturity, socialization, and vocabulary development.
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Recommend Resources for High School
Schools and the Obsession of Wasting Time
Do Schools Kills Creativity? (video)
The Confusion About Socialization
If you need it, you’ll find it here! (Home School Legal Defense)
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