How to Start Homeschooling High School
The requirements to begin homeschooling differ across the United States. However, the process of getting started will require a few basic “first steps.” These should include:
- Develop your homeschooling goals
- Research your state laws and fulfill their requirements
- Understand your student’s learning styles and what motivates them
- Research curriculum that supports your homeschool goals and your student’s learning styles
- Organize your homeschooling location, your curriculum, your four-year high school plan, and your daily schedule
- Take a deep breath, and get started!
How to Homeschool Highschool Students
Teaching the adolescent can be a challenge, but we can all remember how being an adolescent was a challenge! As parents, it’s vital that we not only invest in our teenagers but also understand the teenage dilemma and work to become part of the solution.
- Build meaningful rapport with your highschooler – express genuine interest in them
- Make sure teaching is interesting – don’t drive them to boredom
- Get plenty of sleep – research shows that teenagers need 8-10 hours of sleep
- Build choices into your homeschool – opportunities to choose classes or methods of study
- Tailor learning to their interests
How Homeschooling Highschool Works
For many parents, homeschooling high school is difficult to imagine. The process is very different from that of a typical public education, however, homeschooling high school is exciting, liberating, and truly individual. Homeschooling high school isn’t much different from homeschooling younger children. The main concern during the high school years is a preparation for career and college, record keeping, meeting state requirements, and developing courses that are appropriately challenging. Each of these concerns is easily resolved by working through the process.
- State Homeschool Requirements -Many people often believe that you must fulfill the state requirements to graduate. While this is true, the state requirements are simply a minimum for the homeschooling family. Most homeschool families start with their end goal in mind and then build their four-year high school plan from those. If your student has a goal for the future such as a career or a specific college that they would like to attend – then aim for the entrance requirements of that goal and build your high school on meeting or exceeding those goals.
- College Prep – The preparation for a college education does not begin when the student is about to graduate. It begins as early as possible, and most often at the beginning of high school.
- Record Keeping – This is a vital aspect of homeschooling high school and isn’t something that can be put off. Records must be kept, but they can be kept in a variety of ways. Choosing a record-keeping method that fits your homeschool style is important.
- Highschool Curriculum – There is such a wide variety of amazing tools to use for teaching high school, the difficulty often lies in finding which one is right for your student. Options range from online school to self-taught courses and everything in between. Take the time to research which type of curriculum will fit your teens learning needs.
Homeschooling high school takes effort, but it is an investment well worth your time!