I remember when our two oldest children were in the throes of middle school.
High school was just around the corner, and, well, just the thought of tackling high school got me unnerved, to say the least.
If it wasn’t for the cool encouragement of friends who had already gone that route, my kiddos may very well have ended up in a traditional high school (although now, on “the other side” of things, I shudder to think about it.).
For those of you who may find yourselves in a similar situation, this is the book for you!
Ann Karako’s book Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School: How to be Sure You’re Not Missing Anything is your own encouraging, seasoned homeschooling friend in book form. In the 79 pages of this ebook in PDF form, you’ll find wisdom and experience that will provide just what you need to approach homeschooling high school with confidence. You and your student will be well prepared for what lies ahead!
Do NOT let the fear-mongers make you feel like you have to jump through a lot of hoops or your kid won’t succeed or get into college. p.25
Written in conversational tone and peppered here and there with a few simple emojis and common text abbreviations, one gets the feeling at times that a friend is responding to a quick text or emailed request for help, which admittedly many of us do from time to time with each other, right?
In the 9 chapters of her book, Mrs. Karako covers the most common fears parents have related to the issue of homeschooling high school, such as:
- What are college requirements?
- What should WE require in our own homeschool?
- How do I plan core courses?
- What about electives?
- Choosing curricula…ugh!
- Defining concepts such as scope and sequence… and more.
Relevant and useful forms are conveniently included both in the section where they apply and in the back of the book, and provided simply as helpful tools, rather than “must haves”.
What About Electives?
After covering the basics of core subjects, Mrs. Karako also covers the “how” and “what” of choosing electives, probably the most exciting and creative aspect of developing a high school program.
Once you’ve gotten as far as planning high school electives, you’ve gotten to the easy part! Whether you are giving a letter grade or it’s just a pass/fail course, your kids will enjoy doing something other than the hardcore subjects for part of their day. And here is where flexibility and creativity can come into plan, as you work with each child to develop a wonderful homeschool high school experience for both of you. p.54
I appreciate how she outlines other non-academic skills that you also want to consider covering during the high school years; skills that will ensure your young adult will be a prepared and self-sufficient adult. (Are you familiar with the concept of “adulting”? Ugh…)
Someday I want to meet Ann Karako, so I can personally thank her for writing this book: a simple (homeschooling high school really isn’t rocket science!), friendly, trusted (she’s graduated 4 of her own already) book to encourage you to homeschool for the long-haul.
You CAN do this homeschool high school thing! With a plan in hand that is based on solid research of actual facts, you have everything you need to have a successful high school experience with your teen! p. 76
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Are you a homeschooler teaching high school now, or is it on the horizon? What have been your fears? Or what encouragement can you share with others? Please feel free to use the comments…
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