7 Benefits of Homeschooling & Dealing with "Those" Questions -

Summary:  Deciding to homeschooling high school can bring up "those questions" from others.  Here's a number of reasons why homeschooling teens is a great educational option.  #homeschoolhighschool  #highschool #homeschooltocollege

Are you getting "those" questions about your choice to homeschool when meeting people for the first time?  

Do they even interview you with tons of questions about homeschooling your teen?

I remember those days, but not so fondly.  Especially when we were in the thick of it, homeschooling during the winter months, which often kept us in the house more than we liked.

My husband and I knew we were doing the right thing for our daughter.  But when hit up with multiple questions about our homeschooling, and sometimes we just did not know what to say.

Once our daughter got into college, those questions all but dropped.  Finally!  

And she did fine in her college classes, so it was obvious to our worried friends, that homeschooling had not "wrecked" her.

Actually, we credit homeschooling for helping our 2e kiddo get into college, and also in her making Dean's List there. 

Thinking back, there were a number of factors that made homeschooling our best choice for our daughter.  

I share 7 ways that it did below.  

And when friends and neighbors asked about our choices, I often drew my answers from this list.

Feel free to use any of these ideas, when you are confronted with folks who challenge your educational choices.

7 Benefits of Homeschooling High School

1.  Homeschooling can best meet your teen's individual learning needs.

Homeschooling created an environment that nurtured and prepared our daughter well for college.  It gave us the flexibility to not only challenge her intellectually, but also explore and find ways to accommodate for her learning issues, similar to ADHD.

If she had been in public or private school, she would have been faced with learning most everything through listening to the teacher, in front of the class.  That would not have worked for our daughter.  And if she was tested, with only verbal directions, she would have failed.  In homeschooling, we used visual and tactile (hands-on) approaches, and she loved learning and excelled in it.  

As a homeschooler, she was able to learn in the way that she liked best. That is just the tip of the iceberg...

2. Homeschooling builds confidence by providing a strong foundation, and a soft place to fall, so crucial for kids, during the teen years.  

Nothing like knowing that a cozy home is a waiting our teens, when they just finished a difficult day at their part time job, a new activity, or just finished up with the ACT test.  She was well rested and able to focus on her test prep.  Later, in college, she is still taking advantage of this, as she commutes to campus.

3.  The 1 on 1 focus of homeschooling catches any learning gaps.

As homeschoolers, we can review, go back, switch up our curricula, or even add another year of high school, if that would help our teen.  

My daughter benefited from the freedom to switch curricula or approaches when needed, gearing our homeschooling to her strengths.  She was a visual learner, and we could set up her learning to focus on that, as opposed to auditory learning, and that made all the difference for her.

She could work ahead on some subjects, take extra time for others. It allowed us to accommodate for her sensory issues easily, day to day. 

4.  Homeschooling allows for time to build special gifts and foster and grow your teen's interests.  

Following their interests motivates our teens so much, even for doing the less interesting work that would be required for their chosen field of study. 

Helping our kids discover their inner-most gifts and interests, not only helps them grow, it also creates strong motivation for them to learn, study those things that will help them in the future.

When my daughter wanted to try her hand at becoming a leader, we found activities that would foster those skills. 

Homeschooling gave her the time, and the resources, to pursue her interests in leadership.  And when my daughter applied to her college honors leadership program, her high school activities helped her get accepted.  More information on Youth and Government and the Mock Youth Legislature program can be found in Chapter – Electives and Activities.

5.  Interest-led learning produces motivated, self-starters.  

Encouraging their interests builds self starters!  That is just what many colleges are looking for, motivated and independent learners,and those are things that makes a college student succeed.

6.  Homeschooling teaches self management skills

Homeschoolers learn how to organize their studies, plan their days, and prioritize what needs to be done first, etc....... all skills that are essential to success in college or a new vocation.

My teen even took our workboxing organization style with her to college!  Organizational skills learned at home were key to her success in her freshman classes at college.

7.  Homeschooling teaches problem solving and researching skills

My daughter watched me search and choose homeschool curriculum each year.  During homeschool, she had often seen me search for resources, as we chose curricula, searched for a dance class, or surfed the net for help in algebra, from Khan Academy.  

Through the years she learned how to problem solve and research things for herself, as she did that every day in our homeschool.

When faced with a difficult class in college, she put her problem solving skills to work.

So her first thought, when faced with this difficult college math 
class was not how she could find a way to drop it.  It was, instead, a question to be answered - What resource would help me to deal with this?

She came to me and we worked out a plan together.  She completed the class and did well in it.  Homeschooling taught her the problem solving skills to do that.  

Those are my top 7 reasons why homeschooling prepares our teens well for college.  

What would you add to this list?  

I helped my daughter get accepted by each of the college on her list, including a tier one U, with scholarship offers.

Have you seen my new book yet?  

Do you want a guide to high school and college, plus my exclusive guide to the Common Application for homeschoolers? 

I have gathered together all my best tips for high school and college and put it into my new book, Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd Edition

It gives you everything that you need to plan your high school homeschool for your college bound teen.  Plus how to help them get into the college of their choice.

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This book is an easy-to-read guide to college for homeschoolers, recently updated with 7 NEW chapters 

Recommended by: 
Lessa Scherrer, Certified College Counselor
                               from College Inside Track

"Betsy has a wealth of understanding and knowledge to share with the parents of college bound homeschoolers.  She provides support, encouragement and step-by-step advice on all aspects of the homeschool high school and college application process. This book is a must-read for parents considering homeschooling high school and for parents in the thick of the application process."


Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,

Betsy is mom to her now college grad, whom she homeschooled through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshighschool
collegegifted/2e and wrote -Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd Edition,   She offers homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting and has had some of her articles picked up by the Huffington Post.

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  1. Great info! One of our daughters worked 20+ hours, took a full load of credits at university and still was on the Dean's list. She learned how to budget her time and study through homeschooling.

  2. Wow! That is very impressive! 20+ hours is A LOT along with a college load. My daughter also benefited from learning time management during high school at home. And it sure pays off, doesn't it! Congratulations to your daughter on her great accomplishment! Learning how to organize and study during high school is one of the many perks of homeschooling. And I hear that a lot of ps students may come to college without that skill. Thanks for stopping by, Samantha!


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