Laurie4b Posted June 15, 2009 Share Posted June 15, 2009 I am seeking input on how you deal with any feelings of pressure or anxiety related to homeschooling in high school. I loved homeschooling in elementary through middle school. I felt like I was giving my kids such a gift--teaching done at their level, creativity, lots of free time left over to figure out what to do with themselves--time they used to play outside, play dress-up, create stories with Playmobiles, etc. I loved being able to intermingle teachings of our Christian faith with school subjects. I liked the closeness of family. Our family has never been of the mind that homeschooling is the one and only best way for our kids to get an education and be raised with certain values. For us, we have been quite sure that it was best for us and our children through middle school. As a Christian family ,it was important to us that our kids be taught to think and evaluate and understand worldviews before we sent them off into a secular education environment, but we've always been open to the idea of public high school. Our kids have been told that once they are in high school, it's their choice as to whether or not they homeschool. The two of high school age have chosen to homeschool. And I feel a lot of pressure/anxiety that I didn't feel in their younger years. In their younger years, I felt I was giving them all that we wanted in a broader sense PLUS a superior education. Neither of my kids wants to get into an Ivy League School, but one wants to get into a competitive university. I feel pressure about all kinds of things: their standardized test scores (very good, but not knocking it out of the park), their course selection, how I grade, etc. I feel anxiety about one son who I feel doesn't get out much with friends. (His dad was kind of self-contained at that age, but I'm not sure if this ds is like his dad or just a little shy. He's around other kids, but doesn't do much that's purely social. ) Am I doing enough to build up the rest of the "resume"? <shallow breathing starts> With homeschooling in high school, I take the "general contractor" approach, and try to find good outside classes for my high school students: local co-op type offerings, cc, and online. I still feel the pressure, though. My ds's rely on my "guidance counseling" to a large degree. Do you feel these kinds of pressures? Did they increase with high school? How do you deal with them? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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