So you made it through the younger years and now that you are facing homeschooling through the teen years you don't know what to do. Homeschooling teenagers is certainly a whole new ball of wax compared to the youngsters. Have faith in yourself. You've managed to get this far and you are perfectly capable of handling it from here on out. Keep in mind that other homeschooling families have "been there, done that" which helps to pave your way.
Or perhaps you don't have the success of the younger years behind you. Perhaps this is all new and you've just removed your teenager from school and are in a panic wondering if you made a mistake. How will you do this? Can you do this?! Where do you start?? Take a deep breath and relax. You can homeschool your teenager!
This page is dedicated to helping experienced and new homeschoolers alike tackle the teenage homeschooling years. Your kids are growing and maturing and there are even more choices and options available to you and to them. Just like starting out homeschooling the youngsters, you're going to need to plan your route. Take a look at all the resources around you. Give some thought to your teaching style and to your teenager's learning style. Think about what you and your teen want; where you want this journey to take you. What are your teenager's interests? What is your budget?
Now let's plan the trip.
Let's cover the basics.
The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education by Grace Llewellyn. A former teacher urges teenagers to free themselves from the world of cookie-cutter conformity produced by factory schooling, to think for themselves and to take charge of their lives and learning.
Real Lives: Eleven Teenagers Who Don't Go to School by Grace Llewellyn. Grace presents first-hand accounts showing the wide variety of worthwhile things teens can do if given the opportunity. Highly recommended for teenagers who are new to homeschooling--and their parents!
Guerrilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids a Real Education With or Without School by Grace Llewellyn. Want your child to develop a lifelong love of learning? Grace and Amy show how parents can keep the joy in learning by respecting and encouraging natural curiosity and interests, and by removing forced learning and arbitrary learning timetables. Practical advice for incorporating fresh ideas about education.
Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for College Admission by Jeanne Gowen Dennis. Although it is designed for Christian homeschoolers, this book has information helpful to school-at-home homeschoolers of any or no faith. Includes information gleaned from many interviews with college admissions officers and transcript information.
Homeschooling: The Teen Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 13- to 18- Year-Old (Prima Home Learning Library) by Cafi Cohen. Cohen, who has been there and done that, addresses the learning years most often given short shrift by other homeschooling books.
Homeschoolers' College Admissions Handbook: Preparing Your 12- to 18-Year-Old for a Smooth Transition by Cafi Cohen and Linda Dobson (editor).