I have a precious reader named Carol, who just sent me a question regarding homeschooling.
“I have a homeschooling question for you. I have a daughter who is currently in 10th grade. We are looking into different options for her for school for maybe even the rest of this year, for sure next year. Homeschooling is one of the things we are considering. I know you’re not there yet with your kids, but I was hoping you could point me in the right direction as to where to look for info on homeschooling a high schooler. What do you plan on doing when your kids get that age?”
Well, Carol, I plan on making certain that I’m adequately medicated. I will then play my 8-track tapes that I’ve been saving, at full volume, and rock out to Queen and The Doobie Brothers, anytime my children have friends over. I will wear the same dress, everyday, for two weeks straight. And steadfastly refuse to brush my hair.
And further, I will sit in the back seat with Fiddledaddy, and flick him until he slugs me in the throat. Whereupon I will tattle on him. And take his favorite doll. Just for sport.
Oh, I jest. (Sort of.)
The high school years seem blissfully far away. We’re taking it one year at a time. I really do see us continuing to homeschool through high school. If we see that it continues to be what is best for our kids and our family.
I may sound like a broken record, but honestly, attend a homeschool convention if possible. I know that our local convention has all kinds of seminars on homeschooling high schoolers. In fact, I’ve already started packing for our homeschool convention.
It’s in May.
Depending on your local homeschooling laws, you could also look into duel enrollment. Homeschooled High School aged kids are able to take some local college courses. And there are a number of really wonderful on-line courses available, I know that Bob Jones really excels in this area.
Here is where I want to turn the discussion over to you all who are homeschooling high school aged kids, or have survived and are finished.
Also, I would love it if those of you who are teaching high school in the school system would weigh in with your experiences. What are some of the obstacles you are faced with when working within the “system” while trying to meet the needs of your students?
And let me say, for the record, how much I respect you all who are teaching in the public and private schools. I know that there are many many of you who have such a heart for the children. And that you put in very long hours, and take a lot of heat.
I’ve spoken with Carol a little bit about why she is considering a change. The only thing that she is comfortable divulging right now is that her school system is rather large, and is having a difficult time meeting the needs of students who need extra help.
I know she will appreciate any advice or ideas that you give her.
Y’all rock. Have a great weekend.
I’ll be back tomorrow with “Saturday Stirrings” and my new friend Mr. Linky.