My daughter has also been thinking about possibilities for her college major, although the final decision isn't until next year. When she was mulling this over in her mind, she asked if we could go on a country drive together. I was delighted!
Since we built a strong, close relationship during the high school years, she still seeks us out, shares her heart, and values our input.
And isn't that such a privilege, as a parent, to be there, while your child is making important life decisions...My daughter isn't looking to her peers for input... For the big questions, she looks to us, for guidance, and support, and wants us to be a part of her decisions.
That's my biggest reason for continuing to homeschool during the high school years...Relationships are strengthened and built up during that time, so they are strong and present as my teen ventures forth.....for a gap year, a vocation, or into community college or a four year one.
Below is a peak into one week of our senior year, and when we saw, so clearly, the benefits of doing high school at home. This was during springtime, when we were all about graduating our daughter from our homeschool.
The Value of Homeschooling High School
Homeschool Graduation was beautiful and meaningful to me and my family. It marked an ending and also a beginning,..... or so I thought. Actually, I am finding that even though it is an ending in many ways....it feels more of like a "continuing", so to speak.....Does that make sense to you?
I am finding that my daughter needs the same support and guidance while commuting to college, as she needed during our homeschooling years. And, as she is taking this big step, with all the newness of it, she actually needs me even more. But in, maybe, a different way now....
Monday, we went to a new beach, and were chatting, and relaxing.....
I am so glad that we homeschooled high school, as it has given me the time to really connect with my teen.Wednesday, it was time for my recently graduated teen to sign up for her first college classes.... already! My teen wanted support for that. Did I mind? What a gift to be asked to be a part of these early college decisions! And it reminded me of earlier times when I had helped her start a new activity.....
When my teen needed to contact her advisor, like she did today, she knew just what to do, and got it all set up.
She knew how to do this from all the practice she got in making phone calls/emails to her group leaders during her homeschool years.Homeschooling high school also gave her time to explore her interests and participate in activities. That helped her to get to know her strengths, and develop interests and goals that might become a college major later....while earning high school credit at the same time.
As you know, from previous posts, my teen did Youth and Government activities during high school. So it was no surprise to me that she choose a government class for this fall....and she also is looking for something in leadership, maybe in the business school.
Doing electives and activities not only helps to build the college applications, but also develops interests and talents, which may help with finding a college major or a vocation.And I was there beside her, as she decided..... and took this important step....
Then Friday, we headed out to our favorite local marina, and spent the day...My daughter was done with her babysitting job for the week.
And we got to do our photography together again.... My favorite thing to do with my teen! Photography was one of our homemade electives during junior year.
Homemade high school electives added a lot to our days, and alot to my daughter's homeschool transcript as well.
Parenting a young adult..... I am just learning as I go....
and my daughter is helping to show me the way....
What's happening at your house this week? Are you on break, or are you already homeschooling? If you like, please leave an answer to this question, in the comments:
"What's the top reason for homeschooling, in your house?"
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Betsy is mom to her now college junior, whom she homeschooled from day one. She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early years, high school & college and wrote the book - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind. She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting.
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