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Why Homeschool Teens? – High School Homeschooling

28 Aug

Posted on Crosswalk.com: Tuesday, August 9, 2011

By Elizabeth Smith: Speaker, Lobbyist, and Veteran Home-Schooling Mother

When our children reach the high school years, we begin to question whether homeschooling can really provide them with what they need—spiritually, socially, and academically. But homeschooling is effective in high school for the same reasons it is effective in the younger grades. As a matter of fact, homeschooling in high school can yield great dividends in the life of your teen.

Here are 10 reasons why you might want to consider homeschooling your teen.

1. Continue the Family-Building Process

The teen years are a strategic time to cement relationships that last a lifetime. Parents can continue as the primary role models. You can make sure that your teen is instructed and discipled consistently each day with moral training and sound doctrine.

2. Cement Family Relationships

Relationships are the most important thing in family life. When teens are away from home for six-to-eight hours a day, subtle changes begin to erode relationships at home. Divided allegiance or “serving two masters” can shake their foundation. The result is weakened family ties and parental influence.

3. Provide an Excellent Learning Environment

Receiving one-on-one instruction is the most effective way to learn. At home, academics have priority, and there are no classroom distractions. Conversely, studies show that barely one third of the school day in traditional high schools is dedicated to academics.

4. Individualize Education Based on Needs

You can customize your teen’s education to provide motivating opportunities to develop gifts and abilities. In areas of academic weakness, you can provide extra time and help. No classroom setting can offer this consistent and loving support.

5. Accelerate Academic Progress

Many homeschooled children are academically ready to do college-level work between the ages of 14 and 16. Additionally, researchers have found that age/grade isolation or segregation actually inhibits socialization. Available data demonstrates that homeschooled children are ahead of their public school counterparts in maturity, socialization, and vocabulary development.

6. Have Direct Influence over Peer Relationships

Homeschooling allows parents to fulfill their God-given responsibility to oversee the choices and amount of time spent outside the family. Parents can mentor their teens as they develop the important lifeskills of evaluating and choosing friends, resolving conflicts, and handling romantic relationships.

7. Protect from the Pressure to Conform

Teens feel strong pressure to compromise their standards and personal identity to conform to “the group.” Few are mature enough to withstand constant pressure.

8. Maintain Flexibility

Homeschooling allows great flexibility for family plans and work or service opportunities. Through these venues, teens can gain valuable experience to help prepare them for future adult responsibilities.

9. Create a Safe Learning Environment

News headlines tell us that the presence of drugs and violence are escalating on high school campuses across the country. Homeschooling offers a safe haven for learning, and it provides more opportunity for parents to recognize and lovingly intervene if their child exhibits at-risk behavior.

10. Allow God to Show Himself Strong

2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” Let us look to God and trust Him as our provider during these special years.

Copyright (c) 2011 HSLDA.

via Why Homeschool Teens? – High School Homeschooling.

The Year of the Split

26 Aug

By Rosanna Ward

A “split” in bowling is when you leave pins on either side of the lane, but the ones in the middle are gone. I’m calling this school year “the year of the split” — I will be teaching my daughter Virginia, who is a senior in high school, and son Joel, who is in the first grade.

I don’t think it will be really difficult, but I will miss the middle years. Virginia is done with the classes I like teaching, such as History and English. Thankfully Virginia is an independent learner and only needs help with Biology, but I am planning some fun outings just for the two of us — an art show, museum tour, and a play or ballet to finish up her Fine Arts credit.

My Split kids!

On the other hand, Joel will take up much more of my time and energy, and I am getting prepared and geared up for that. We start Monday, August 29. He is on the cusp of reading and that — plus basic math facts and copy work — will be our main focus. But I have some fun and exciting things planned for him too.

This year is our American History rotation, and field trips abound. A visit to Harn Homestead to experience a one-room school and imagine what it was like to farm and keep house in the 19th century. Along with that, a visit to Fort Gibson and a Civil War reenactment are on the calendar. Thanks to a couple of Joel’s great aunts, we have a season pass to the zoo, which we will use for science field trips. He will also take part in a local homeschoolers P.E. class.

We will get together with my homeschooling sister Elizabeth and her daughters probably two days a week to do some activities as well. With them, I will teach Music, Art, Science Experiment procedure, and American History.

This year’s American History class is where most of my planning and excitement has centered. I am a genealogy addict and have been researching my family history for over 16 years. This year, I am planning to incorporate our family stories into American History, answering questions like “where were our ancestors during historical events?” Our ancestors can be traced back to the Mayflower, Colonial, Revolutionary War soldiers, pioneers, Civil War soldiers on both sides, WWI soldiers, CCC alumni, orphanage alumni, Pearl Harbor survivors, and WWII soldiers — just to name the big ones.

It is my hope that I can make history come alive and be relevant for my students. I am excited to get started, and I know this will be an unforgettable school year!

— Rosanna Ward is a devoted wife of almost 19 years and mother of four children, two of which are currently homeschooled. Her oldest daughter has graduated, and her youngest son is a toddler. She is a homeschool graduate and has been homeschooling for six years. Rosanna loves to study History and Genealogy, and currently resides in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

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