This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Advice for Moms of Homeschool High Schoolers. This post is running concurrently on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
We 7Sisters have graduated our kids from homeschooling high school. We have also advised several hundred others. So, by experience and by learning from lots of homeschool mom-friends, we have LOTS of advice for moms of homeschooling high schoolers!
Some advice for moms of homeschooling high schoolers
As you know, with the ability to tailor curriculum to their child’s unique needs and interests, homeschooling offers a flexible and personalized approach to education. With having been through it all with several kids, we want to give you some advice that we wish we knew early on. We’re not here to judge or give you a formula, but rather to be honest, vulnerable, and transparent. Think of the following advice for moms as a conversation over coffee with your older sisters!
One important lesson we have learned is that there’s not ONE right way to homeschool. Our sister, Marilyn, used to say that all the time, and it’s stuck with us ever since.
The ability to customize the curriculum to suit your teen’s learning style and pace is a wonderful advantage to homeschooling. Homeschooling allows for one-on-one instruction, enabling you to adapt lessons to your teen’s strengths, weaknesses and interests.
This kind of individualized approach fosters a deeper understanding of concepts, promotes critical thinking skills, and encourages a love for learning.
When you feel pressured to follow a specific curriculum or teaching method, remember that you have the freedom to homeschool in a way that works best for your teens.
Do not let peer pressure or mom shaming get to you. Trust your instincts and do what feels right for your family.
Choose The Right Curriculum
You have the power to choose the curriculum materials that align with your child’s interests and values. Choosing the right curriculum is a crucial aspect of homeschooling and one of the best advice for moms we can give.
We have all made mistakes in this area, such as picking up a math curriculum that ends up being too advanced for your daughter. So, when selecting curriculum, keep your teen’s abilities and interests in mind.
It’s okay to challenge them, but be mindful not to overwhelm them. And remember, you can always supplement their learning with your own side projects and interests.
Know Your Teen’s Personality
Understanding your teens’s personality is also key. As Kym, our resident extrovert, discovered, it’s important to consider the needs of both the students and the teachers in your homeschool.
If you are an extrovert like Kym, make sure you find ways to engage with others, even if your kids are more introverted.
On the other hand, if you need more time at home, communicate that with your family and find a balance that works for everyone.
One of the best tools for learning about your teen’s personality and using that in your homeschool is the book Star Finder by our friend, Anita Gibson. Learn about it in our interview with Anita about helping teens find their star!
Go On Tons Of Field Trips
Field trips are a fantastic way to bring learning to life. Whether it’s a history trip to Gettysburg or a visit to a waste processing plant (yes, we’ve done that!), these experiences create lasting memories and deepen understanding.
And do not forget to take care of yourself along the way. Check in with yourself regularly and make sure you are filling your own tank. (Need a little gentle support and encouragement for your own self-care? You will love all the homeschool mama self-care support that our Cousin Teresa Wiedrick shares on her blogs and podcast at Capturing the Charmed Life- that’s what she’s all about!)
You cannot pour from an empty cup, so prioritize self-care and find activities that rejuvenate you.
Follow Your Teen’s Passions
Homeschooling goes beyond academic instruction. It also offers opportunities for personal growth and the development of essential life skills.
One piece of advice for moms we cannot stress enough is to follow your teen’s passions. Each of us is unique, with our own gifts and interests. Instead of trying to fit into someone else’s box, tap into what makes your teen special and help them explore their what makes them get excited.
Encourage them to pursue their interests and provide opportunities for them to develop their skills. By doing so, you are preparing them for a future where they can thrive and make a difference.
Check In With Your Homeschool Overall
Take a step back every month and evaluate how your homeschool is going. Look at the overall well-being of your family and make adjustments as needed.
It’s not about sticking to a rigid schedule or completing every lesson perfectly.
It’s about creating a healthy and balanced homeschool environment where everyone can grow and learn.
Remember, you are not alone in this journey. We at 7SistersHomeschool are here to support and encourage you every step of the way. We are grateful to be part of your homeschool journey! Keep having fun and enjoy the adventure! (Hey, join our fun 7SistersHomeschool Facebook group for real-time encouragement and support.)
Thank you to Richie Soares with Homeschool and Humor for writing this blog post!
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