There are many reasons to think that it's harder to homeschool high school than earlier grades. Even experienced homeschoolers, in fact, sometimes balk when their kids hit the teen years. But usually he challenges of educating kids through high school are more than offset by the rewards for both you and your child. Homeschool teens tend to have more initiative than kids in school, because a lot of what they do is up to them. As they become more independent, many homeschooling families even find that their teens don't feel the need to push their parents away. Here are some common reasons why parents are hesitant to homeschool their older kids, and suggestions to help you -- and your teen -- deal with them. Not sure of your Shakespeare? Trembling at the thought of trigonometry? There are lots of ways to handle subjects you don't feel qualified to teach yourself. They include finding a tutor, taking advantage of homeschool coop, or signing up for adult ed or community college classes. In case your teen doesn't drive or have access to public transportation, getting students to those outside classes can be an issue.

Is it harder to homeschool teens

Look for creative solutions like carpooling, holding instruction at a nearby library or other facility, or finding tutors who can come to you in case transportation is a problem. It's true that when children hit their high school years, many families decide to send them to a traditional school. There are often fewer homeschoolers around in the teen years. But that doesn't mean they have to go to school to find age-appropriate activities. Here are some suggestions. There are lots of things teens can do that kids in school may not have access to. For instance, I set up a series of workshops for homeschoolers at my local maker space where they learned 3D printing and soldering. Encourage them to join or set up their own activities. My son joined a group of friends that met weekly to play role-playing board games. Local homeschooling teens also planned get-togethers like indoor rock climbing and made their own horror movies. Getting out into nature and learning outdoor and other new skills is a popular way for homeschool teens to bond. When summer camps are quiet and available, these are often held during the school year. Texting and chatting online can help teens stay connected when it's hard to get together regularly in person. The addictive nature of electronics can be a concern for some people. But you may want to give your older child more leeway about "screen time" such as online gaming with friends if it's used to fill in the gaps between meet-ups in person. It's not hard to find colleges that are very interested in attracting homeschoolers while applying to college can be somewhat different for homeschoolers than for students from traditional schools. You can help the college application process go smoothly by making sure you are meeting your state's homeschooling regulations and by keeping good homeschool records as your child moves into the upper grades as a parent.