Starting to Homeschool in High School?

Homeschooling high school students may seem daunting (yeah, chemistry, physics, and trigonometry are serious buzzkills) but we are here to tell you that homeschooling in high school can be one of the best experiences you ever have!

We looked to our homeschool veterans and asked what they were doing? What is their secret? 

Strategies for homeschooling teenagers differ a lot from homeschooling younger children. Teenagers need to feel a sense of identity and independence more than Primary school–aged children do. Fostering an independent spirit can be beneficial for your child as they move on to work, university and beyond. Allowing them to have a role in their academic choices and in their community can also prepare them for the years ahead. Here are important tips for homeschooling teenagers.

Start the Day Later

Teenagers’ circadian rhythm is different from Primary school children. One of the perks of homeschooling is the ability to start the day later. Generally, a teenager’s circadian rhythm kicks in at 11 p.m. Beginning the school day later will allow them to get plenty of sleep and be awake enough to focus on their lessons.

Don’t be afraid to split the day up, too. Many older kids find that learning at night allows for better focus and motivation.

Give Them Freedom

Self-reliance and resilience are tools everyone needs in adulthood. Give your homeschooled teenager some freedom. Here are a few ways to encourage their independence:

  • Environment – Don’t constrain them to only learning in one area of your home. If they feel more comfortable in their room or another area of the house, let them make that choice.
  • Time Management – Time management is a skill that will help your homeschooled teen in university and the workplace. Have them set up a timetable to help them stay on track.
  • Curriculum – Allow your older child to play a role in designing their program. When they choose the electives they want to study, they can better explore their interests and passions. With over 130 Electives to choose from in Grade 9 and 10, students can try one and change at any time.
  • Volunteer Opportunities – Encourage your child to explore volunteer opportunities outside the home. Volunteering at a food bank, animal shelter, or polling place can help them narrow down their career interests when they’re deciding on a future degree or entering the workplace. It is also a great idea to get in touch with “Men’s Sheds” as many allow teens to join in their activities.
  • Extracurricular –Encourage them to discover what they love! Allow them to enrol in sports, art classes, dance, or music classes. Let them decide if they want to stick with it or move onto something else. Give them the freedom to find a hobby they love!

Be Available

Even though it’s crucial to instil independence in your home-schooled child, always make yourself available to them. One of the most important tips for Homeschooling teenagers is to offer guidance and support when they need it.

hold them accountable

Even though they are maturing and are fast becoming adults, they still need accountability. Make sure that you give them the right balance of responsibility and accountability.