Tips for Homeschooling Teens
intent on fighting their parents at every turn. Even teens who were previously wonderful darlings who readily went along with all the educational plans put in front of them, may now balk at their parents' plans. That's normal. It's part of how teens push to develop their own identity and get mentally and emotionally ready for a life on their own. But at the same time, parents want their teens to be on track to do well as adults, to be prepared for college or careers or trade school or whatever life holds for them.
Here are some ways to move past these attitudes and successfully homeschool a teen.
Or... Learning Doesn't Have to Come From Textbooks. Even in High School
What do you if, when touring a museum and discovering an historic courtroom that's been preserved, you hear the children pretending to part of a real trial, but you realize that they are doing it all wrong? They didn't understand enough of how courtrooms are supposed to work to get their play-acting right. If you're a homeschool parent, you might go home and research mock trials and reserve the courtroom to act out a mock trial. This was such a more interesting way to learn about civics and our government than just reading through laws or boring details about our legal system.
When I was in high school, I hated studying Shakespeare. I needed a translator as I couldn't understand the English used. But as an adult, I have been to see some of his plays in the theater and have seen adaptations in movies. Plus I realize that there are many references to Shakespearean works or characters in our culture. There are reasons why these are considered classics.
I wanted my children to have a quality education and wanted that to include things like Shakespeare without feeling tortured by it like I did.
Many parents, especially those of high school students, wonder if they need to use accredited curriculum or an accredited program, but accreditation applies to schools, not curriculum. There is no such thing as an accredited textbook, but there are accredited schools that use a variety of textbooks or other resources.
What is accreditation?
Accreditation means that an accrediting agency has reviewed all aspects of the operation of a school; it has examined its facilities, its policies, its faculty and student manuals, etc., has interviewed its faculty and administrators, and has given its approval to the school's program of instruction, operations, and facilities. Accreditation gives a guarantee that the school meets certain standards.
Q: How do you teach home economics at home?
A: Some people just involve their children in their daily living. The child gets involved in cooking, cleaning, mending, sewing, etc. as parents do it or as the child is curious and asks questions about different jobs. Others are more formal about it. It's up to you, of course, and what works for you.
Q: I've heard a lot about working with a child's interests, but I'm not sure that I agree. It sounds good, but my 10-year-old isn't interested in learning multiplication or division or higher level math. This sounds like I should quit pushing him to learn it. Or am I missing something?
A: Working with a child's interests can mean spending time learning whatever the child is interested in. So, if he wants to know about sharks, spend time learning about
Ever been to a meeting that didn't interest you at all? It can be hard to get anything out of such a meeting, but if it is on a topic of interest, it's easy to gain a lot of new insight from such a meeting.
The same applies to kids. Whether a parent focuses on letting the child study what the child is interested in right this minute or work instead on first getting the child interested in the things that the parent wants the child to learn, studying what a child is interested in will result in faster, more efficient learning. As