Homeschooling High School “Don’ts”

Many homeschoolers worry about what they should do for high school. Many assume it isn’t even possible! They are afraid they don’t have “what it takes” to teach high school level work. What about subjects you as a parent know nothing about? How do you make sure your children are prepared for college? What about college admission?

Homeschooling High School "Don'ts"

I’m here to encourage you and tell you that you CAN homeschool high school! But I want to focus on some of the homeschooling mistakes that parents often make. These “Don’ts” can help make your homeschooling high school experience less stressful and more enjoyable!

What NOT to do:

  1. Don’t try to do 4 years of high school before Freshman year.
  2. Don’t try to write course descriptions for classes you haven’t begun yet.
  3. Don’t think you have to change everything to homeschool high school – keep doing what works in your homeschool.
  4. Don’t make your children take tests for high school when they are in junior high.
  5. Don’t expect your children to demonstrate “senior” behavior the first day of freshman year.
  6. Don’t expect your children to work longer hours than the working spouse in your home.
  7. Don’t expect perfection, or perfect attentiveness, especially not all day long.
  8. Don’t let your children over-commit and become overwhelmed.
  9. Don’t be afraid to include non-book learning on their homeschool transcripts. You can include volunteer work, extracurricular activities, and hobbies such as coding.
  10. Don’t sacrifice your relationship with your child over schoolwork.
  11. Don’t be afraid of subjects your children are interested in that you feel you can’t teach. Find the necessary resources and supply the encouragement they need.
  12. Don’t be afraid to learn something new right along with your children.
  13. Don’t believe that there is a “perfect” high school curriculum. Just use the one that works best for you and your child.
  14. Don’t wait until senior year to work on your transcripts and records!

Don’t assume that you can’t homeschool high school: you can do it, and I’m here to help! Check out TheHomeScholar for books, CDs, DVDs, and more to help you homeschool high school, make transcripts, and prepare your children for college and beyond!


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