How Homeschooling helped my Daughter make the Dean's List

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This week we found out that my daughter made the Dean's List. She surprised us by doing that fall quarter of her first year at college, then again in the spring.  So we are celebrating in our house this week.  My husband went out a bought a small cake, and we enjoyed it together all week.  It was delicious....and it is all gone, lol!

My reason for sharing this is to encourage other families who are thinking about the college, and wondering if their kid could make it there.  

Homeschooling high school created an environment, for our daughter, that nurtured and prepared her well for college.  Of course, as a newbie to all this college stuff, I worried about that a lot, when we applied.   Knocking on the door, of a four year college, seemed so daunting at first.  

But now that I look back, I can see how homeschooling, not only prepared my teen well, but it also gave her a number of distinct advantages. 

No matter where your child is headed, directly into a vocation, to a tech school, community college, or a gap year, or a four year college, homeschooling high school can be a great way to prepare them.  

Here are seven advantages of doing high school at home:

1. Homeschooling provides a strong foundation, and a soft place to fall, so crucial for our kids, during the teen years.  

Nothing like knowing that a warm, cozy home is a waiting our teens, when they just finished a difficult day at their part time job, a new activity, or just finished up with an SAT test.  

2.  The 1 on 1 focus that we can provide our kids, can catch most any gaps that we worry about.

We can review, go back, switch up our curricula, or even add another year of high school, if that would help our teen.

Stream and Fish Ecology Project

3.  We get to foster and grow their interests!  YES!  

Stream and Fish Ecology Project

Following their interests motivates our teens so much, even for doing the less interesting work that would be required for that field of study.  

Or sometimes, they learn important skills that will be used later in another way. For example, my daughter built up her memorization skills through learning the complex steps involved in irish dancing. These strong memorization skills came in handy, when studying for her college entrance tests.

Later, when she wanted to try her hand at becoming a leader, we looked for activities that would foster those skills. 

Governmental experience with TeenPack or Youth and Government

Helping our kids discover their inner-most gifts and interests, not only helps them grow, it also creates strong motivation for them to learn, study those things that will help them in the future.

4.  Since we can do interest-led learning from the get-go, our kids tend to become motivated, self-starters.  

Encouraging their interests builds self starters!  That is just what many colleges are looking for, and that is just what college students need, to succeed.  

My daughter shared that she noticed a majority of the kids on campus, seemed to lack this important trait, and did not necessarily have the drive to work hard and succeed, that we hope all kids would have.

Homeschoolers, on the other hand, learn how to organize their studies, plan their days,and prioritize what needs to be done first, etc....... all skills that are essential to success in college or a new vocation.

My teen even took our workboxing organizational style with her to college!

5.  We get to build in nature study and family time into the high school day.

Especially in the teen years, we want to be the kind of parents that our kids would come to with any problems or concerns. Homeschooling can help with that, too.  Isn't that why many of us chose this path?

In our family, we built in mom-daughter mini road trips when we could fit it in.  This gave us time, in the car, when eye contact was not required.  That was key for my daughter to feel comfortable to share her thoughts and concerns about the day.  And time spent in nature together was priceless.  My daughter also found she liked to take pics of birds!

6.  Life skills are learned day by day.

Learning dress-making skills
My daughter did not need a course in family finances, or a list of how to's for managing a checking account.  She saw me doing these things, everyday, starting as a a young child, and was curious and always was wanting to know more.  And while homeschooling, she naturally joined in with chores, cooking, gorcery shopping....all those things that teens need when they get their first apartment.  Life skills are a natural part of our kid's days.

7.  Learning how to find and use resources

Here was the key for my daughter's success in dealing with her precalculus class.  During homeschool, she saw me search for and find resources, as we chose curricula, searched for a dance class, or surfed the net for help in algebra, from Khan Academy.  

Her first thought, when faced with this difficult math class, was not how could she find a way to drop it.  It was, instead, a question to her mom----What resource would help me?  And, let's find something quick!

Little did I know that our homeschooling would provided her with what she would need as she got out and tried her hand at college, for the first time.

It's an adventure, and I can't wait to see what happens next.  

Are you homeschooling teens?  What advantages do you see them having, by learning at home?  I love reading your comments.  And don't forget to linkup to the Blog and Tell, and share your story!

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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 yearshigh 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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  1. Fantastic post and I agree with every one of your points! I would also add or maybe elaborate on the point that they tend to be self-directed. My son was almost completely independent as far as schoolwork by his senior year, and this carried over to college beautifully. He understood how to make his own schedule, how to divide his time into workable units. Homeschooling is an incredible tool for college success!

  2. Thanks, +Sarah Small, for sharing your thoughts and experiences! You are such an encouragement to other families, and I like what you said about your son and self-starters. I even added a bit more to that section. Have a great week,

  3. All great points and I agree! Our oldest son was a rather reluctant student during his homeschool years, but because we could do many of the things you mentioned in this post, he was well-prepared for broadcast school and excelled there. While it seemed (to me!) like he hadn't practiced skills like time management or self-motivation much at home, he was head and shoulders above his classmates at the broadcast school in these areas. So much so that the school has been actively recruiting in the homeschool community since our son graduated. :-)

  4. Thanks, Kym Thorpe, for sharing your wonderful story. It is so encouraging for families to hear that your son's broadcast school was actively recruiting homeschoolers! Congratulations to you and your son upon his graduation, and our best to him in his future vocation as a broadcaster.

  5. It's encouraging to see a fellow homeschooler doing so well, thank you so much for encouraging.

    1. Thanks so much, Lacey Charrene, for your nice comment. My teen is sitting beside me right now, studying for her math final.....and I am glad that you found my post encouraging. My best to you and your kids,

  6. Just stopping by from Weekly Wrap up. Even though my oldest is only in 4th grade your post is so encouraging. Thank you.

  7. Hi, J Mama Bee, and thanks for sharing from Weekly Wrap Up. I love linkup up there, and seeing how other families spent their week. So nice to hear that my post was an encouragement! That's why I blog. Have a great week with your 4th grader!

  8. Thanks so much for your great perspective on home schooling. All of my kids went traditional school and when they were in elementary school, home schooling was just becoming popular. I not only admire people who homeschool because of the time, effort and patience it takes but also because it seems to be doing wonders for many children. Good job!

    1. Thanks, Rebecca Meng, for stopping by and sharing your encouraging thoughts. I am so glad that families have choices regarding their kids education. So nice to read your comment!

    2. Thanks, Rebecca Meng, for stopping by and sharing your encouraging thoughts. I am so glad that families have choices regarding their kids education. So nice to read your comment!

  9. Great Post! I don't know why I'm so suprised that my son is doing well in college. I guess it was because it was the #1 question folks asked me all these years - how will they ever adjust? He's made great friends, made great grades, recieved kind notes from his teachers, and has an eye on his own future. He's starting his 3rd term after spring break, the end of his first year. I'm pretty excited for him.

  10. Thanks, Pebblekeeper, for sharing your son's story. It will be a great encouragement to other families who are looking at college. Isn't it wonderful to watch our kids blossom in college?

  11. Thank you for this article. I have two homeschool highschoolers right now and one middle schooler (I have one public school graduate away at college). I am prayerful over transitions and motivation. Your article has helped me really step back and consider some options.

    1. I am so glad to hear that! Thanks,The Faithful Homeschool, for sharing your thoughts. I wish you well in whatever way your and your family decide to go. Have a good rest of the week,

    2. I am so glad to hear that! Thanks,The Faithful Homeschool, for sharing your thoughts. I wish you well in whatever way your and your family decide to go. Have a good rest of the week,

  12. Hi Betsy! Isn't it great to see kids continuing to grow and develop past their homeschool years? It's been nice hearing them reflect on their homeschool years and what it gave them, and most of all to have them truly appreciate and thank us for their education.

  13. Thanks for your comments, Mary @ Fit and Fed! Seeing our kids grow and develop past their homeschool years, is for me, the cake. And the icing is hearing appreciation for their education. I have been blessed with both nice to hear, isn't it! My best to you,


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