As a homeschooling mom of two teen boys who are in high school I have found limited resources pertaining to their age group. This is due to most homeschooling moms working with their children through elementary and junior high. Or, like me, their classrooms are now computer based with limited interaction.
But we did not start here. I have been teaching my boys for over ten years. It has taken a lot of hard work to get us to this point. We have come to a place where our boys are working primarily on their own in a college prep environment. However, we did not get here without our share of struggles, and we know what it’s like to face failure and press on.
Scheduling is Only Half the Battle
Of the many things I have learned through the years, I have found scheduling and organization to be of great importance but, above all, it is in the doing that counts. If you spend too much time fussing over the details you will find yourself in a place of confusion.
I suggest setting a standard schedule that suits your home situation. Make sure it is applicable to your state requirements then establish a pattern of consistency and stick to it. Yes, you will want to leave room for adjustments but, remember, if you start out unorganized it will likely lead to problems in the future.
This also points to adequate record keeping. Make sure you keep track of assignments, grades, attendance and reports. This will be of vital importance when you are submitting work to your local Department of Education and filling out transcripts for college.
Be Open to Trying New Things
In the beginning we researched and found using workbooks best suited our classroom environment. We then moved on to various added materials to fit each grade level. We even had a season where we shared classes with our neighbors and used those areas of greatest skill to help and support one another. I am stronger in grammar, writing, spelling, and vocabulary and taught those courses; while she focused her expertise in math, history and geography, etc.
This is an excellent step for those who intend to send their children to high school. They will have a greater understanding of what it means to switch classes, be on time, and have respect for the authority of other teachers.
With that in mind, I want to stress one last point. Make sure your students understand your rules and adhere to them. Wavering may cause you to struggle as they get older and only add frustration and stress. As teenagers, they will want to establish independence but they also must understand proper boundaries. This will help as they approach college and the work force. Once they have completed the required courses, you will want to ensure their ability to transition with as much ease as possible.
Over all, we have had a great homeschooling experience and are ready for the next phase. We have learned a lot from each other and definitely recommend homeschooling those who are seeking wisdom in this area.
This is a guest post written by Ginger Wade of Here’s My Cup, Lord.