When our oldest daughter was coming to the end of her middle school years, I was terrified about the thought of homeschooling her through high school.
How could I possibly teach her higher level science, math, foreign language, and everything else?
Would my kids end up being social outcasts if I kept homeschooling them? Would they even be able to get into college or get a job with their mom-given homeschool diploma?
Through talking with others and going to EVERY single one of the classes on homeschooling through high school at a local homeschool conference, I realized that these concerns weren’t valid at all, but were actually just three common homeschool myths.
Myth 1: High school is too hard for me to teach.
A lot of the classes your child will take, you also once took. I have found that the second (and third and fourth) time through the Algebra 1 textbook has been much easier for me than the first time through and I have been able to help when necessary.
Most curriculum marketed to homeschoolers is written to be self-taught by the student, especially the high school curriculums. Through Apologia’s wonderful science books, my kids have learned biology, chemistry, and physics all on their own. I believe the ability to self learn a skill or subject matter is a wonderful side effect of homeschooling that benefits them through adulthood!
Inevitably, they sometimes have questions that are beyond my ability (or desire) to learn. For those questions, we have found people in our community that are willing and able to help. For instance, when my kids needed help with Calculus, they asked a retired math teacher at our church for his help. He was more than happy to help them. There are also many online resources that can be searched out and utilized.
Myth 2: Homeschooled kids won’t have the same socialization opportunities as public school kids.
This could actually be a good problem; not all socialization opportunities are good opportunities!
Homeschooling allows you to skip the negative socialization and focus in on having good clean fun. With a little searching, you can probably find a likeminded group of friends with whom to have events. Many churches have teen groups and many homeschool groups offer outings for teens. If you can’t find anything, have your teen plan an event and encourage others to take turns planning events. I know of several homeschool groups in my small rural area that host dances and other fun events for their teens.
They can practice their ability to socialize with adults when asking people in their community for help with some of their course work; see Myth #1. This will benefit them later when they need help from a college professor or need to discuss a problem with a supervisor at work.
Myth 3: Homeschool kids can’t get into college or get a job.
The fact is, most colleges love homeschool graduates. According to the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) homeschool students are increasingly being actively recruited by colleges. The NHERI also found that home educated adults are more likely to be active in their community. I personally know many homeschooled graduated kids that have gone to college, have jobs, and are thriving out in the real world.
After dismissing these myths for what they are, I felt peace about homeschooling through high school. Our youngest is now a senior in high school and has been accepted by both of the engineering schools to which he has applied.
All of our children received academic scholarships based on their performance on college entrance exams and have been able to thrive in the workplace. I am confident all of our kids received a solid academic and social experience throughout their high school years.