But Im already overwhelmed (thanks google) just trying to find out how to go about it :( Im in NYS and have no idea where to even begin.
In my group, HOMESCHOOLING OUR TEENS TOGETHER I gave my best tips as follows:
1. Look up your state laws. Make sure you are in compliance. I like this site rather than HSLDA
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 money.
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 other.
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 believed it.
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 the years.
July 14, 2013 at 2:23 PM
I started homeschooling DD partway through 9th grade. Scared out of my mind, but the rewards have been amazing!
July 14, 2013 at 3:19 PMYou can do it!!
by bren_darleneJuly 14, 2013 at 6:24 PM
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 :-)
by mommy4lyfJuly 14, 2013 at 6:35 PM
As long as your 10th Grader is willing, it will be a smooth sailing.