Reasons to Homeschool Through High School: My Top Reason

JMJ123  *Many parents choose to send their homeschooled kids to a brick and mortar school for high school, thinking it has to be that way.  I am inviting those parents and students to consider extending homeschool into the high school years.

Ring the School Bell 123/180 Days

Today was Sabrina’s last day of Driver’s Education. Yay! Sabrina is also elated to be done with  the tedious instructional classes in Encino, as useful as they were.  And I am so done with the traffic-filled commute to get there.  Today was her first behind-the wheel instruction with me, the mom.  Except for a brief scare when she appeared to be headed right for the metal chain-link fence, she did great.  We found a great parking lot to practice in, as well as a townhome complex across the street, where the maximum speed limit is about 10 miles an hour.  Perfect.

As I took Sabrina to her last day of driver’s education, I thought about how close of a relationship we have.  This reaffirmed that I had made the right decision to homeschool through high school.

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Sabrina, high school senior

My Top Reason for Homeschooling through the High School Years

Many parents choose to send their homeschooled kids to a brick and mortar school for high school, thinking it has to be that way.  I am not saying, by any means, that a child can not succeed or become a well-rounded individual in a tradtional school setting. I am, rather, inviting those parents and students to at least consider extending homeschool into the high school years. Personally, I have many reasons for homeschooling through high school, some of which include the following:

  • It is much cheaper than a private school education.
  • The curriculum can be tailored to the individual.
  • There may be less distractions and drama in the school day.
  • The student has an opportunity to be more efficient with his time.
  • Creative outlets and personal interests are more likely to fit in the schedule.
  • Dual credit may be possible while taking concurrent community college classes
  • Peers may have less of an influence on the student’s development.
  • Opportunities for talking with your child may be more plentiful.

I could go on some more, but I will save a few for another day!

My top reason to prolong homeschooling a bit more, is to buy 4 more years of family-centered time at home, a time of crucial character development that can affect the rest of their lives.  By extending homeschooling through the high school years, there exists 4 more years of relatively carefree childhood that they hopefully will thank me for later.  My two eldest daughters are now at university, and both realize how nice it was to be home for high school.  Although they are enjoying their university experience, they are now buried in schoolwork and part-time jobs.  Really, what is the hurry to do this sooner?

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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is an excerpt of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.

May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette

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