The average age of children being homeschooled has increased over the years, just as the number of children being homeschooled has. Parents who have taught their children at home for several years, or since the beginning of their child’s education, are finding it natural to continue at home through the high-school years.
There is a variety of traditional curricula available for secondary education, as well as video correspondence courses. Bob Jones University Press, Christian Liberty Academy, A Beka, and others, all offer support for parents teaching high school at home. For more information on their programs, contact these publishers and others and ask for their catalogs. Some private schools also allow homeschooled children to take classes on a part-time basis.
The teen years are a critical time in the lives of our children. Some parents decide to end homeschooling to allow participation in school functions such as sports and other extracurricular activities. Many homeschool support groups are already organizing these types of activities and others are considering doing so. If involvement in these types of activities is important to your family and they are not available, check with your support group leaders. Perhaps they have been waiting for someone to “pick up the ball and run with it.”
Articles dealing with topics of interest to homeschooled teens, such as college, apprenticeships, GED testing, and driver’s licenses can be found in The Virginia Homeschool Manual, available from the online HEAV Store. Additionally, several books have been written that offer helpful information to high-school students. For example, helpful resources can be found in the Junior High/High School Curriculum Manuals by Cathy Duffy, or in Mary Pride’s Big Book of Home Learning.