High School, College, and
By Tia Linschied, Senior Editor of HSB
This year my oldest
daughter graduated from
homeschooling. It seems
like it was only a few
short years ago that I
was answering the question, “What about high
school?” My daughter
was only 6 years old then; high school was
the furthest thing from my mind! As we
continued homeschooling I noticed that the
closer we got to high school, more and more
homeschool students started going to public
school. Their parents were driven by fear
that their children needed an accredited
diploma, that they wouldn’t be able to teach
those tougher subjects, and that these things
were needed in order for their students to
get a college education.
I was scared too! I had never taken
algebra or chemistry in high school. Yet, I
was convicted that homeschooling was the
best answer for my family. I talked with as
many families with high school-aged
homeschoolers as I could. I read all the
books available at the time about those who
had gone before us. In one way it was like
researching homeschooling all over again. I
found that it really was just an extension of
everything we already had been doing.
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are out there. You don’t have to face it all
on your own. People are fascinating in that
they love to share their experiences. One
look at all the blogs on www.
HomeschoolBlogger.com will tell you
that! Since I love blogging, I’ll point out
three resources that you will find helpful as
you continue to homeschool your own
The first thing you always want to do
when researching is find others who have
been there, done that—like my beloved
daughter, for instance! Her blog title is
“Defective Compositions,” and you can
find her blog at www.Homeschool
Blogger.com/Eyebright. Her posts are
enjoyable, witty, and thought-provoking.
Her growth over the last few years has
amazed me, and she writes about her ups
and downs with homeschooling, her spiritual life, and her relationship with her
family. She writes about all the things she
has learned and what she has taught
herself. Learning to sew is just one of the
many things she has accomplished, and she
didn’t learn it from me. It has shown me
that I had nothing to worry about, that I
didn’t have to know how to do something
in order for her to learn it.
Of course, you don’t want to just learn
more from the students; you’ll want to find
out more from the parents themselves!
Every parent is different. I remember
sitting at one homeschool meeting with a
panel of three parents who explained how
they went about homeschooling their children during the high school years. One was
as relaxed as you could get, one kept a few
records, and one put together a portfolio,
recorded grades, and gave credits for each
subject. All three of them had children who
were in college.
Lori Lane is a parent who has graduated
two of her children from homeschooling.
She’s one of the weekly columnists on the
HSB Company Porch (www.Home
and she writes the “Homeschooling
Through High School” blog articles
h%2BHigh%2BSchool/). Lori helps you
organize your thoughts and goals for your
high school student. She wants you to see
beyond the daily how to’s and reach for the
end result. What is it that you and your
child want to be and do? Once you know
that, then the rest will fall into place.
Homeschooling doesn’t have to end
after twelfth grade! There are people out in
the world who homeschool and don’t even
know it. Online distance learning is the
perfect way to keep going with your education without all the expense. The gas saved
alone would probably pay for your courses!
Amanda Suryan is a homeschool graduate
who helps readers find out more about
online college classes. Her weekly column
titled “Going the Distance” will explain
what to look for and what you need to take
care of first, and it will introduce you to
some online colleges and more (www.
Not only can you learn from other bloggers, but blogging also is a great way for
you to keep in touch with your college-bound student or for your high schooler to
post some of his or her writing assignments and get feedback from others. I
know blogging has encouraged my own
daughter, even the challenging comments
that question her beliefs and choices.
There’s a lot to be learned through blogging, from writing and communication
skills to HTML. Go ahead, start a blog and
continue your own education at home!