Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Homeschooling High School: What it Looks Like From {Almost} the End of Sophomore Year

There's been some talk with my other Schoolhouse Review Crewmates about the lack of blogs about
high school.  It gets harder and harder to blog about high school, because life gets more personal for a teen.  My goal is to be honest and transparent about home education in our house, but I do not want to regret anything that I may post about my homeschooled high school student -- now or in the future.

And to be most brutally honest: sometimes it isn't fun to blog about homeschooling high school. Sometimes, this is just a hard task and I don't want to talk about it.

But, maybe a post like this will help someone:  Homeschooling high school is 100% doable.  It is a blessing to be able to talk, discuss and watch this man develop from my little boy.  There are many resources out there for helping with the high school journey.  Do not be afraid.

If God is calling you to homeschool high school, you will be able to do it.

I think of the homeschool journey like this:


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The elementary years are fun and play.  Introducing ideas and discovery. The middle are more serious.  Solidifying skills.  Writing.  Seeing connections.

But high school -- that is the fruit.  The relationship you built during the "fun" and "skill" years blossoms here:  this is where you tackle ideas and faith and The World and My Place in It.  The work you've put into the younger years bears fruit now.  Wouldn't you want to be the one to nurture that fruit?
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I am sharing these glimpses of our two years of homeschooling high school with you.  Some of these memories came with a little more lecturing (from me) than necessary.  Some come with laughter and teasing between my son and I.  Some come with muttered prayers for grace for both of us, and even tears (from both of us).  But, it is all couched in love and the joy of seeing my boy mature.

Homeschooling High School.... 

It is staying up late with your child the first night before a big project is due, so he won't feel all alone downstairs...
...and it is saying "good-night" at 11:30pm a few weeks later as your high schooler reaps what he has sown in terms of time management lessons.

It is agonizing over the enormous multitude of ways a high schooler can be educated at home, worried that a wrong decision will forever doom your child from The-College-of -His-Choice...
...and it is remembering that you love your child more than any other teacher or administrator in the world, and that your decisions are guided by the hand of God, and all is well nestled in His palm.

It is watching your student say, "No, I like doing all the math problems," when you tell him he doesn't have to do each problem on each worksheet...
...and it is sending him back to research more supports for his paper's thesis.

It is watching that kid discover passions and pleasure in learning new things...
...and holding him accountable for the work and deadlines, hopefully with encouraging words, but sometimes having to apologize for less encouraging words.

Homeschooling high school is when your son asks your opinion on his English paper...
...and making him re-do a Biology test because he really needs to understand it better.

It is the advice often given out of love and experience ("take notes while you read")...
...and it is not shouting out "I told you so" when advice is not heeded.

Homeschooling high school is looking at your son's literature reading list and being intrigued enough to read one of the selections ahead of him...
...and reading a second of his lit. books because he reported it was his favorite book of the year.

It is pulling out an air horn to wake him up in the morning...
...and receiving a nightly kiss while he jokingly calls me "Mommy."

It is struggling to grade his paper not for a grade...
...but to encourage his growth as a writer, a thinker, and a debater.

Homeschooling high school is seeing yourself in your son...
...seeing your mistakes and your successes, and remembering that experience (not advice) is often the best teacher.

It is knowing if he is eating his veggies at lunch...
...and not caring if he doesn't eat breakfast until 10am, pj bottoms still on.

It is encouraging your child to take his training run mid-day because he's been working hard...
...and supporting his work ethic when he chooses to sit out a Saturday because he is behind.

It is looking for opportunities for your child to explore their area of interests...
...and teaching perseverance because sometimes, you just have to jump through the hoops to achieve your dreams.

It is listening to thesis statements, questioning word choices...
..laughing and teasing one another all in the same breath.

It is being able to finish up one math course half way through the year...
...and start the next right away.

Homeschooling high school is seeing your son mature in his faith in slow steps and great leaps...
and praying, praying, and praying at each movement.

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Homeschooling high school is one of the hardest and scariest things I've ever done...

I hope it hasn't ruined my relationship with my son due to our constantly being together....
...and yet that struggle of constantly being together gives me hope that both of us are experiencing character growth through Christ that will honor one another and Christ throughout our lives.



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