This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Advice for Moms of New Homeschool High Schoolers. This post is running concurrently on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
Know someone who is transitioning to homeschool high school? Pass this episode along to them! Sabrina, Vicki and Kym have lots of encouraging tips for success and enjoying the high school years with your teens.
Sabrina, Vicki and Kym are part of the 7SistersHomeschool team. We love to pass along the things we learned in homeschooling our dozens of teens for dozens of years, along with decades of advising and teaching our local homeschool high schoolers in group classes and co-ops. Titus 2 in the Bible tells us that the “older women should help along the younger women” (that’s the 7Sisters version, anyway). So that’s what we are about at 7Sisters Homeschool and that’s what the Homeschool Highschool Podcast is all about.
So with our love for you all, here is advice for moms of new homeschool high schoolers!
There are so many things we want our new homeschool high school moms to know but here are some things we have learned the hard way or the easy way (from the moms who mentored us).
The first and most important tip we have for you is this: There’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school!
There are so many teens and they are all unique. There are so many different families and they are unique. We are free to adapt curriculum and goals to fit our teens’ and family’s needs!
So do not allow any too-enthusiastic (or too-judgmental) mom to tell you that you MUST use a certain curriculum or teach a certain way.
There is no such thing as a Pinterest-perfect home or Pinterest-perfect homeschool.
As our friend, Colleen Kessler of the Raising Lifelong Learners podcast says, “every day you must juggle a lot of balls, so every day you need to wake up and decide which balls you need to drop today.”
There’s no such thing as a Pinterest-perfect homeschool…because there are all these people involved and people are not perfect! Which leads to the next bit of advice:
Have grace for yourself, your teens and your homeschool community.
There will be things that happen that are not so pretty… they may be funny… or sometimes not. Maybe you and yours will get on each other’s last nerve or your science experiment might almost burn the house down (not that Vicki is mentioning herself or anyone like that…ahem…). Maybe you are all exhausted. That is where grace comes in. Accept God’s grace and give it to each other.
If you are feeling stressed and start to feel guilty that you are not a good homeschooling high school mom, remember this bit of advice: Motherhood is all about guilt.
It is not awful to feel guilty, it is simply part of motherhood. So turn it over to God and allow his grace and his growth to work in you and yours. (BTW- Have you had a chance to have some fun with different types of homeschooling high school moms? Check out our episode on Heavy Equipment Motherhood.)
So never underestimate the power of a deep breath.
Give yourself permission to stop, breathe, recalibrate. Stress is going to hit. The goal is not about avoiding stress, discomfort and pain as a parent. The road is bumpy. The battle is enormous, but it is SO worth it. It is SOOO worth it.
As Kym says, “Homeschooling high school is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.”
You have lots of time to learn how to do this homeschool high school thing. Your teens have lots of time to learn it, too. Be good to each other. Understand you might doubt yourself. We all know teens tend to doubt themselves. This is a long project but you all can do it!
Help teens lean into exploring, discovering and developing the plans and callings that God has given them.
Homeschool high school years are the best years for helping teens glimpse God’s mind for them.
Career Exploration is one of the most important courses for teens.
Teens can explore and discover the ideas God has for them. If teens don’t have a clue about their future, start with this episode. If they have some settled interests, check out this episode. And check out 7Sisters’ Career Exploration textbook..
Build a meaningful transcript with courses that build interests and skills.
Have your teens learn with textbooks and non-traditional courses. (Don’t forget to document!) Remember, all of life is education!
What courses do your teens need?
We have that here for you in this post.
How do you teach what you don’t know?
You can’t be an expert on everything. We want to help our teens become independent learners, so here are some ideas:
- Phone a friend.
- Take an online course like at Study.com (Note, they listed 7Sisters on their top 20 homeschool blogs!)
- Take a course at the local community college.
- Join a co-op.
Know the answer to the eternal, infernal question: What about socialization?
First off, let’s be clear about the definition: Socialization means to pass on the values, norms and traditions from one generation to the next. Homeschooling, we believe, is a wonderful format for that! But also, our teens are not hiding out in the basement for four years. Check out this post and this HSHSP episode.
Homeschooling is a lifestyle and a relationship
Homeschooling high school will change your life and will begin to be a special, unique lifestyle for you. It will affect your entire life rhythm.
Also, spend time with your teens, just being there. (More tips for talking to our shy teens in this Homeschool Highschool Podcast episode.)
How do you choose curriculum?
- Watch what your friends like (they might be similar to you).
- Join 7Sisters Facebook group.
- Join our friend Anne Karako’s FB group: It’s Not that Hard to Homeschool High School.
- Vicki: You CAN do this!
- Kym: Enjoy the journey. It will be good. AND pray, first, last and always!
- Sabrina: You be you!
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