Starting next fall I will have only high school students in my little homeschool. The idea of homeschooling high school used to intimidate me and spawn so many questions. Now, the biggest question is: where did the years go.
I mean seriously, y’all, they went by so quickly.
Homeschooling high school isn’t as nerve-wracking as it may seem, but it’s not all fun and games either. Some of the pros and cons as I see them are:
It isn’t as much fun as homeschooling elementary. I mean, really. Chemistry? Physics? Algebra? Those aren’t nearly as much fun as playing Multiplication War to learn multiplication facts or using homemade dowel-rod-and-string fishing rods to practice sight words.
But, that doesn’t mean it’s not fun. While there are some delightful picture books for young kids, it’s kind of cool to get a second chance at all those classics you missed in high school. You’ve got to read them so you can discuss them with your kids, right? Plus, you can take some pretty big deal field trips with high school students.
It can be intimidating. Beginning to homeschool high school can feel like starting homeschool all over again. You’ve got to start worrying about credit hours, transcripts, and graduation.
But it doesn’t have to be complicated. With some simple planning, homeschooling high school doesn’t have to change a whole lot from what you’ve already been doing.
It can require more detailed record-keeping. Obviously, homeschooling can require more record-keeping, particularly if your student is college-bound. You need to understand how to figure credit hours and you really don’t want to procrastinate on updating your student’s transcripts.
But it can be very conducive to interest-led learning. It may not seem so, but the high school years can be just as interest-led as the elementary years – except now you get to count your student’s passions as electives. (And you may need to keep reminding yourself of this fact, like I do.)
It can make you feel very uninvolved. Having high school teens who are independent learners (especially those using workbooks) can leave a homeschool mom or dad feeling very uninvolved in the process – until something doesn’t make sense.
But it can give you some free time. I am taking my second creative writing course, y’all! I never could have done that when my kids were younger. Well, not without staying up until the wee hours of the morning, anyway.
It means you’re almost finished. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel – a culmination of all those years of hard work and all those sleepless nights worrying.
But it means you’re almost finished. Depending on where you are in this journey and what kind of day you’re having, you may not be able to comprehend this statement, but I’m going to miss it. I’m going to miss it a lot.
If you’ve got a kid or two in high school, what would you list as some of the pros and cons?
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.