Are you thinking about homeschooling your teen?
Parents ask us all the time, “How do I know if homeschooling is right for my teenager?” This question does not come with a one size fits all answer, so we have compiled a list of eight reasons why you should consider homeschooling your teen.
Homeschooling gives flexibility.
Homeschooling allows your teen to focus on subjects and topics that they are interested in and spend more time on subjects and topics that are more challenging for them, in public school, this is not always that case. Public school students that struggle in certain areas are less likely to have the time to spend on subjects that challenge them because there are more students to teach and less time for the teachers to spend one on one helping students that require more study to better understand the subject matter.
You can homeschool your teen for free.
Homeschooling can be done on any budget and in most cases for little to no cost. Finding resources for homeschooling your teen on any budget is as easy as doing a quick google search. We recommend checking your state’s graduation requirements before choosing a curriculum or schooling style. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, however, the requirements that each state has for graduation vary.
You are not bound to traditional learning.
Because you have the flexibility of schooling style and curriculum your child is not bound to traditional learning through textbooks, lectures, and tests. Homeschooling allows your teen to customize their education. Most homeschool teens will create a learning structure based on their interests and post-high school plans. Teens often intern for local businesses, volunteer in the community and work one on one with mentors in areas of their passions and interests.
Dual credit for teens that are college bound.
There are several available options for teens that are planning to attend college after high school. Duel credit allows them to earn college credits while earning their diploma. Dual credits can be earned by attending local college-level classes, using online college-level subject matter as well as passing college-level exams. Teens that are homeschooling and earning dual credits are saving money because they are earning college credits while still living at home.
Homeschooling helps eliminate bullying.
Bullying seems to have become a right of passage in public schools these days. This is one of the number one reasons parents start looking into homeschooling options of their teens. Bullying is never okay and all kids no matter what age deserve an opportunity to have an educational learning experience without the fear of being bullied. Home education eliminated the stress that is caused situations with involve bullying.
Teens are independent learners.
Most teens are capable of learning independently and require little direction in the learning process. Parents become mentors that offer support to their teens for planning and encouragement to find the things they need in order to accomplish their goals.
Every family that decides to homeschool has their own reasons for doing so. Homeschooling in high school does not have to be stressful or scary. There are a ton of online resources to help get you started and keep you on the right track. With homeschooling becoming more popular the number of resources that are available has also increased making homeschooling more doable for every family.