Many of you who are homeschooling young kids at the moment might look at high school with fear and trepidation. But now that two out of my five kids are in high school, I am even more confident of the benefits of homeschooling through graduation. Here are 9 benefits to homeschooling high school, and this list is only the tip of the iceberg.
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9 Benefits to Homeschooling High School
When you homeschool high school, your teen has the freedom to pursue his interests. Is he crazy about history? He has the freedom to spend extra time studying his favorite subject. Is he an athlete? You can adjust his schedule so that he can participate in sports teams. Is he a musician? He now has the time to practice his instrument more than he would if he was attending public school.
Your high schooler can receive homeschool and college credit for classes in high school. Just research Dual Enrollment at your local community college. Tuition is usually lower than you would normally pay as a college student. Your high schooler can fulfill requirements that your state has for graduation while at the same time earning credit toward his college degree. Total win.
Do you have an entrepreneurial high schooler? Homeschooling provides the flexibility and time to start a business. Think of the life skills your teen will learn as he starts a business and learns to manage money, time, customers, and responsibilities. You can even count business hours toward elective credits.
Unique Learning Opportunities
Your high schooler can work in an internship or apprenticeship. Do you have a friend who is an electrician? Allow your teen to work with him one day a week to learn the trade. Does your daughter love to sew? Have her partner up with an expert seamstress in your town and learn by doing. Homeschoolers have the ability to craft unique learning opportunities, especially in high school.
Family Responsibilities and Bonds
Because your high schooler learns at home, he can personally contribute to the running of the household. He should at a minimum be doing his own laundry and bedding, while also taking turns with meal prep and clean up, and yard work or household projects. Your high schooler can also participate in family life at a deeper level than his peers who are at public school all day. Your teen practices compassion as he reads to his younger sibling. As the parent, you are able to be the primary influence in your teen’s life. In a few short years, they will leave the nest and your role as the parent will change again. Embrace the last few years of creating strong family bonds.
Homeschool provides an unparalleled opportunity to customize your teen’s educational experience. Once you define the specific goals for each of your kids, you can tailor his courses in high school to capitalize on his interests. If your state requires 3 credits of science to graduate and your child is not going to need more than that on his transcript, instead of slogging through physics or advanced biology his senior year, let him take those additional credits in English or journalism, because that is where his passion lies. If your daughter is looking to major in music in university, then load up on electives that will help her transcript shine and help her grow in her strengths.
When you are homeschooling the little years, everything is mom intensive. You might feel like you’ll never progress past this exhaustive stage, but you will! As your kids grow, each stage in homeschooling brings more independence for them and less daily work for you. Your high schooler is now a mostly independent scholar and you are a cheerleader, mentor and coach.
Your high schooler should also be gaining responsibility for his own schedule. Kids in public school are told when to go to class, what assignment is due the next day, and what to study for the chapter test. Your homeschooled teen has learning goals to accomplish and has to arrange his school schedule to meet those goals. He uses tools to manage his time and assignments.
You can take college trips whenever it fits your schedule. Your family can also visit museums, vacation destinations, or take field trips on the “off season” when most kids are in school. Your teenager can work a job or go to an internship when other kids are in a brick and mortar school. Want to visit grandparents? No problem, just do it. We love the flexibility that homeschooling high school brings.