2. Decide what your mutual goals for the future of your student are, high
school degree, GED, college and so on.
3. Find out your teen's best learning styles. I'd use POC4U to aide this.
4. Research ways to do an education along with your teen. I recommend The
Teenage Liberation Handbook.
5. Pick out curriculum (if any) WITH your teen. I do not recommend buying a
full curriculum the first year. It tends to lead to frustration and a waste of
6. Be flexible, expect change.
7. Locate local groups and resources.
8. Don't forget to make it fun, relax now and then, just enjoy each
9. Be sure to keep your student in touch with any friends they really want to
spend time with and which you do not feel are a really bad influence.
And finally, relax, relax, relax. The very best thing you can do is
de-school. Let your students find what their are passions and pursue them.
I have one that has won a four year academic scholarship and one that has won
a renewable athletic scholarship. That's only my student athlete's first college
visit and offer. There are more offers to come.
Stressing over making your child learn or doing what the public or private
schools are doing or doing enough won't help you or them. I wish someone had
told me that when I began and that I could have wrapped my head around it and
Love them. Like them. Trust them. Support their dreams even when you don't
like or understand what they are. This is the best gift you can give anyone.
It's also a gift that will allow them to do things that will impress you over
When I first began this journey 20 yrs ago my oldest was in 9th grade. Never have regretted one second of home educating my DC. You can do this and will be so glad that you spent the time with your child/children :-)