A call to homeschool high school

Homeschool high schoolWritten by contributor Cheryl Pitt of the 2:1 Conference for homeschoolers

When we began homeschooling in 2001, we decided to take it year by year.  Don’t get me wrong.  I felt homeschooling was a calling, something I was supposed to do.  But that didn’t make it any less overwhelming.

So, being the level-headed, open-minded, easy-going mom I thought I was, I lived by the motto:  We’ll homeschool until it doesn’t work for us anymore.  We’ll let our son decide if he wants to go to public high school.

Now, honestly, I’m not here to judge anyone.  I firmly believe that every family has to do what they feel called to do as a unit. But for me, for my family, that motto is a cop out.  It’s a non-committal stance based on fear.
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Are you qualified to teach high school?

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Resources for teaching high school at home

“I‘m just not qualified to teach high school.”

Have you ever thought this? When someone says these words, they often carry in their minds an image of the stereotypical high school, believing they must duplicate every aspect of it from pre-calculus to biology lab.

It’s enough to make a homeschooling parent wave the white flag of surrender before even getting started.

But thankfully teaching upper level grades is not at all like this anymore! A TON of resources now lie at our fingertips–incredible options like online math and science, foreign language with native speakers via Skype, and early enrollment in community college.

I haven’t reached the high school years yet, so I asked for backup on Facebook from those of you who have. Many of you chimed in with the resources you’ve found most useful along the way, creating an excellent thread to bookmark for later reference.

As you approach the high school years, here are a few resources that can help you teach with confidence.
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Easy ways to show teens you care

Affection for teens
Written by contributor Cheryl Pitt of the 2:1 conference

I‘m one of “those moms”. The irritating ones who refuse to accept society norms as the status quo. Just because society as a whole says this is the way it is, doesn’t mean that’s the way it has to be. I’m sure many of you would agree with me because homeschoolers, in general, are a very independent-minded group.

That’s why whenever I hear horror stories of teens who suddenly refuse to hug their mothers in public, who quit saying “I love you” and roll their eyes ten times a day, I refuse to accept it. It doesn’t have to be that way, I tell myself. Our teens can choose to rise above the low standards society has set before them.

I believe that, wholeheartedly! My family has been blessed to know several teens who haven’t gone through a difficult phase. It does happen…

It just hasn’t happened in my house yet.
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Getting comfortable with high school freedom


Written by contributor Cheryl of the 2:1 conference and CherylPitt.com.

“Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.” Moshe Dayan

What happened to our love of learning? Where did the fun go? Why am I always frustrated? Worse, why are the boys always frustrated? This can’t be all there is.

These are questions I asked myself in January. I was stretched to my limit; some might say I was burnt out. You see, I homeschool high schoolers, three high schoolers. Mine are all boys – boys about to be men.

I’ve found teens to be fun but curious creatures. When they’re young, mom is their hero. When they’re older, she’s an impediment to adulthood. Even in the most respectful of teens, a natural separation – a gap between dependence and independence – begins to take place and that can be a difficult river to navigate.

It was for me.

The Root of the Problem

I had high school tunnel vision. I was so focused on the fact that my teens would soon be leaving, I didn’t leave room for living.
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Sarah’s homeschool day in the life (with a 12- and 15-year-old)

Written by contributor Sarah Small of SmallWorld at Home

The sky is just starting to lighten. From my regular perch I watch a new day come, wait for the riot of color as the sun pops up over the mountains. The next few hours are mine. This is the “me” time that stay-at-home moms crave: my creative time, productive time, devotion time, exercise time. I write, pray, run, plan, catch-up, check things off—and add things to—my to-do list. I shower quietly, without my ears tuned to the cries of “Mommy!”

You with little ones don’t have this—I know. Your little ones are your alarm clock.

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But one of these days, you’ll have middle and high schoolers who sleep in late—and you won’t.

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