If you’re home schooling and have children ready to go into high school, don’t fret. Above all, don’t put them back into the public school system, thinking they’re ready to take on the world, just because you think you’ve trained them so well thus far.
The teen years are when your children have the most difficulty with peer pressure. What happens in the teen years leaves its lasting mark for the rest of a person’s life. Your child and your whole family will be better equipped to survive what the world dishes out when you home school right on to the finish.
You can home school through high school. If you’ve been teaching your children already, you should be accustomed to the increasing level of challenge with each school year. If you’ve been doing it this long, surely you can stretch your brain power just enough to get your child through high school work.
Don’t be afraid of it. Anything you can give your children will be better than what they get in the public schools.
When you need help, seek out other home schoolers. Who do you know in a local or state support group who can help with that tricky science or algebra? Don’t hesitate to get help when you need it.
Let me tell you about an online resource I think you’ll get a lot of good out of. It’s the Home Schooling Through High School pages from Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA). It’s their goal to help and encourage parents who are teaching high school aged children.
Whether you’re just thinking about high school or are already steeped in it, there are resources and information available there to help you. They’ll be regularly adding more resources, so visit the site often. Keep in touch with their free newsletter.
HSLDA has two high school coordinators who are home schooling moms who’ve graduated their last child and are available to answer members’ specific questions, provide general advice, and offer encouragement. They’re there for you before, during, and even after high school, when you’re ready to send your child off to college.
By the way, if you’re not already a member of HSLDA, you should be. It’s simply good insurance. If you’re ever in any legal trouble regarding home schooling matters, they’ll be there to help you. HSLDA is there for you—from your first day of home schooling right through graduation day.
Don’t put off plans for home schooling through high school. You can do it! Your children will be glad you did.