Homeschooling Through High School

Facing the Giant!

Does the concept of homeschooling through high school feel like a giant looming up before you? Perhaps not too unlike David facing Goliath?

How many of you have seen the movie Facing the Giants? Do you remember the scene when Coach Grant Taylor singles out Brock and tells him to do the death crawl one more time, making him promise to give his very best? With Jeremy on his back and blindfolded, Brock gives his best effort to crawl to the 50 yard line. However, Coach Taylor doesn’t tell him when he has passed the 50 yard line and continues to ask him to give his very best and not to give up. He reminds him of his leadership ability and how he can make or break his team, depending on the effort and attitude he gives off.

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How is homeschooling through high school like facing a giant?

It’s an incredible moment, isn’t it? Movie scenes can be powerful because they tug so strongly at our emotions. This scene makes you want to stand up and cheer Brock into the end zone, doesn’t it?

Another movie scene that tugs at my emotions is from the Return of the King, when the giant nazgul looms over the fallen body of Theoden, King of Rohan, ready to strike the final death blow.

Then a warrior stands between his fallen body and the giant demon-like monster, warning it not to take a step closer to the fallen king. The nazgul hisses in reply, “No living man may kill me!”

The warrior whips off his helmet to reveal the beautiful face of Eowyn who shouts, “But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Eowyn I am, Eomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my Lord and kin. Be gone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you if you touch him.”

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Sometimes it feels like we are facing a giant. Sometimes we feel small and like we don’t measure up to the task presented to us. Sometimes we feel like we don’t have what it takes to get the job done.

I write to you today to tell you that you do have what it takes to homeschool your teen through high school. I am here to tell you that it isn’t as hard or as GIANT of a task as it might feel to you right now. You have incredible influence and the ability to do this important task. I am excited to tell you that you CAN successfully equip your teen with a quality, real-life, well-rounded (or laser-focused) high school education capped by an official graduation by implementing four basic strategies.

Homeschooling through high school is not only DOABLE, but FRUITFUL. I am excited to break it down for you and show you how.

Todd and I have been teaching our kids at home for 15 years. We have graduated 2 of our children and have 4 more to go. I have been “teaching” high school students for the past 6 years. This year, I will not have any high schoolers under my care, as my current students are 8th, 7th, 3rd and 1st. However, starting next year, I will be once again homeschooling a high schooler and will continue to do so for the next consecutive 11 years. If I am not an expert now, I certainly will be by the time I am finished.

Opponents of homeschooling will say that your kids are going to miss out… miss out on the social life, the friendships, the prom, the sports…

If you have homeschooled for any length of time, then you know that homeschooled kids are just as socially active as traditionally schooled kids. By homeschooling through high school, our teens were able to gain valuable work experience, apprentice opportunities and shadow under experts in their field. They had the flexibility go on missions trips, do some extensive travel, apply themselves to music and serving through our church’s worship team. They also had the time available to focus on home-related skills and take some college classes.

Homeschooling through high school gives your students the freedom to pursue a real-life, well-rounded education by giving them TIME to pursue their interests and important skills. Instead of 8+ hours of instruction in the classroom and homework, they can finish their schoolwork in half the time providing the flexibility to pursue their unique interests.

Here are the four basic strategies that you will need to implement as you prepare for and home educate through high school:

  1. 1. Planning
  2. 2. Recording
  3. 3. Outsourcing
  4. 4. _________

Perhaps the last one is the most important one of all, but I’m going to taunt you by saying that you will need to attend the Homeschool Expo coming up the week of August 19-23 to get the full message. In my session on Homeschooling Through High School, I will go into detail how to implement each of these strategies so that you can successfully equip your teenager for real life, college and beyond… and award them a diploma in 4 years or less.

Get your tickets now for the Homeschool Expo!

Question: Which aspect of homeschooling through high school worries you the most? the least?

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