The topic of this week’s Homeschool Minute is homeschooling your highschooler. I admit, Keith and I have discussed this and our cop out is “well, by then all the basics will be covered and they can integrate back into public school in 9th grade”. It scares us, and I’ve also worried that my kids will “miss out”.
When I sit back and analyze what they are “missing” all I have to compare to is my high school experience. Truly, there isn’t a lot I’d want them to duplicate. I look at the social interaction – and much of it isn’t beneficial to raising our kids. Contrary to popular belief, most homeschooled children are not sheltered. They live and learn in the “real world”. They have relationships with people of all ages – all hours of the day. Their daily influences aren’t from 25 same-aged children on the playground or those who dominate the classroom. We are involved in our community, our church, our family (near and far) and with friends whose relationships we cherish.
We aren’t raising a bunch of sheep that will be fed to the wolves. We are raising shepherds who will help guide and protect the sheep. And I really can’t imagine it any other way.
As time goes on, my comfort level with teaching my children increases. My confidence is reinforced when I work with them and know they are learning. My heart is happy because I know their life is rich and full of opportunity. I’m convinced they aren’t missing anything that is important to their childhood or their life potential.