This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Tips for Homeschooling High School, Interview with Natalie Mack. This post is running concurrently on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.
Tips for Homeschooling High School, Interview with Natalie Mack
Vicki and Natalie are so excited to finally connect! We have been waiting to connect to share Natalie’s expertise on homeschooling high school!
Natalie Mack is a retired Navy chaplain’s spouse (after thirty-four years of service). She is a passion military spouse advocate because she knows that the military spouses are the ones who are holding military bases and military families together. The whole family serves!
Not only that, but she is a homeschool mom (who is a passionate advocate for all homeschooling families- and especially military homeschooling families). She has five kids.
- Her oldest graduated from Liberty University and George Washington University (Masters in International Education- fluent in Mandarin and conversational in Russian). She is currently an International Baccalaureate coordinator for the Washington DC public school system.
- Natalie’s second daughter is a “kick-butt soccer athlete” who played Division One soccer for Liberty University. She recently completed her Masters in Social Work at Howard University. Besides preparing for her social work career, she is also on a professional indoor soccer player.
- Her oldest son graduated from American University’s School of International Service. He worked on a Congressional campaign for a season and is now working for a nonprofit.
- Natalie’s second son is an Honor College student at George Mason University, a Bonners scholar there.
- Her youngest son is fifteen. He is kind of like an only child now because his siblings are all in college or beyond.
Despite being down to one high schooler at home, Natalie is still super busy. When her kids asked her why she was still so busy, she told them that she is finally doing all the things she could not do when she was homeschooling five kids as a military wife. This is a new season but there is no time to sit around eating bonbons!
These days, when she is not working on lessons with her youngest, Natalie is:
- Teaching homeschool co-op and group classes
- Working for Homeschool Legal Defense Association as an outreach co-ordinator to military families and homeschooling high school parents
- In leadership in a large military homeschool support group at Fort Bell (she has been in military homeschool family leadership for nineteen years)
- Writing a NEWLY released book of homeschooling success tips- 101 Tips for Homeschoolers: Loving Your Homeschool Experience
Advice from Natalie about homeschooling high school:
Natalie has gained lots of wisdom over many years of homeschooling high school! Here are a few.
When things feel thankless, remember that someday your teens will be grown up- they will thank you then
Natalie knows from experience. Sometimes homeschool days can be thankless. On those days, you have to keep on keeping on- putting one foot in front of the other. You will make it. You can do this!
Trust the process
You may feel like you are venturing into the unknown when you start homeschooling high school. That is okay. You can do this. Try not to get overwhelmed by the newness of it all (and the fears of failure). You can trust the process where you are learning how to homeschool high school right along with your teens.
Take time to enjoy your teens
Of course, while your teens are in high school, academics are priority. However, try not to get so focused on those academics that you do not have time to enjoy your teens. Who says that every day you have to max it out till four o’clock? If you and your teens work on academics intensely all day, every day, you (and your kids) will not have anything left to give.
Use the flexibility of homeschooling to take time to enjoy. You will want your teens to still like you (and it is hard for them to do that if they feel burned out).
There will be bad days when no schooling gets done
No one will go to hell just because it is a rotten day and schoolwork needs to be set aside. Tomorrow is a new day full of grace for you and your teens. You can model resilience for your teens- it is a GREAT life skill.
So on terrible, no-good, very-bad days, remember grace and fresh starts tomorrow!
Join a support group
Natalie knows how the support groups have been important for her homeschool success and encouragement. She suggests to look for:
- Local homeschool support groups
- Military homeschool communities
- Also, check out homeschool Facebook groups:
- Natalie is part of Simply Homeschool Facebook group
- And she likes 7SistersHomeschool Facebook group
Remember lots of prayer
Prayer is the key to success! You need God’s strength, grace and peace for the homeschool high school journey! God is there to helpl.
Also check out these Homeschool Highschool Podcast episodes if you have a teen who is thinking about a military career:
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