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Homeschooling the High School Years (Part 2- The Benefits)

Welcome to part two of a five part series focusing on our experiences homeschooling through the high school years. This series will tackle what high school learning looks like at our house, the benefits of homeschooling the high school years, the curriculum we use (plus activities outside the home), how we prepare for college, and our advice for both the child and the parent.

♥ We have several years experience with public schools (within the U.S. & Canada), private schools (within the U.S. & Peru), and homeschooling. My oldest son graduated from a public high school. My oldest daughter spent one year in public high school and then was homeschooled the rest of her high school years. My youngest daughter was homeschooled all the way through her high school years. All three have gone on to further their educations through universities. ♥ I am currently homeschooling my youngest son for his high school years, and we love our days together. ♥

So, why do we homeschool through the high school years? Here are our top ten reasons:

10. Because we’ve made it this far so why not take it to the finish line? Plus, I’ve seen high school life today. No, thank you!

9. Because learning can be family-style. Bonus- People of all backgrounds and ages attend college together!

8. Because when I was in high school, I was like a walking zombie! I functioned on very little sleep (Thank you, Mr. Homework) and high stress. I always felt as if I was clueless to something important going on at school. I ate poorly and burned out half-way through the year.

7. Because I believe teenagers need their parents’ love and influence more than ever. These are confusing years for them.

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6. Because home is where love abounds, where morals and values are instilled, and where a teen feels automatic acceptance and security. In other words, home is a natural and nurturing environment, conducive to learning. Bonus- pajama days and hot breakfasts.

5. Because my teen is one-of-a-kind and deserves an education that fits him. Bonus- college life is also tailor-made!

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It looks like they raked the last of the snow to make this snow-bear, haha.

4. Because teenagers are still kids, and kids need time to play, daydream, create, and read for fun. Bonus- impromptu snow days!

3. Because it’s so freeing to be on our own time schedule and calendar. Bonus- this actually helps teenagers prepare for college life!

2. Because having a confident teen who values being a child of God over popularity, is priceless. Bonus- God gets to be a part of his school days.

1. Because my time with my teen is too precious to settle for the tired bits left over after each long school day, punctuated by hours of homework. Bonus- I get to share in his school days, even when I am not directly involved.

On a quick, serious note, the things my oldest two experienced at their public high school constantly tested their moral character. While they remained strong in our values, they admitted it wore them down physically and mentally to be exposed to that kind of worldly environment every single day. It was so much nicer to keep my youngest daughter away from all that and watch her flourish at home.

♥ Have you homeschooled or are you homeschooling your teen through their high school years? What would you add to this list? Thanks for reading. ♥

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I am a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which means I am a follower of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, and I believe in God as my Heavenly Father with all my heart. I'm the wife to one amazing man and the mom to four children who bring me incredible joy. My oldest three are now young adults. One is currently serving a mission in Peru. The other two live at home while they work and acquire a higher education. I'm still homeschooling my baby, who is a teenager, and we've been homeschooling for over eight years now. My other hobbies include photography, crafting, and reading.

9 thoughts on “Homeschooling the High School Years (Part 2- The Benefits)

  1. I think it is amazing what a teen can do when allowed to follow his/her own interests instead of jumping through all of the high school hoops. I require much typical high school work, but my teens also spend untold hours that would not belong to them if they were going to school each day engaged in really personal and inwardly driven learning.

    That said, the downside is that when a homeschooled teen chooses not to thrive (as my eldest is doing) then Mom blames herself (as I am doing).

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    1. I dare say, Anne, that your eldest would slack off if they were in public school as well. You’re doing an amazing job with all of your kids. And I know from reading past posts that your eldest has accomplished some cool things. Take that to heart dear mama. You ROCK!

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