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Travel tips for high school parents
When our members talk, we listen-and one of the things on many parents' minds these days is high school. To some, the thought of teaching chemistry, trigonometry, or literature at the high school level makes them want to steer for the nearest exit ramp.
However, when we hear from parents who have graduated their high schoolers, it turns out that the shadow of the unknown usually looms much larger than the task itself. In fact, homeschooling through high school could be compared to a road trip across America. The speed limit varies from state to state. There are high and low points along the way. Fuel, road maps, travel games, friendly advice, and other resources are readily available. Once-in-a-lifetime memories and unexpected vistas may be just around the bend. And a tremendous sense of satisfaction is felt upon reaching the destination.
HSLDA is committed to helping our members find the right resources for a successful high school journey. In fact, we're launching a brand-new program called "Homeschooling Thru High School."
We want to assure parents that homeschooling a high schooler doesn't take special training, but it does take dedication and the right resources. We're backing up this statement in two ways.
First, we've hired two veteran homeschooling moms as HSLDA's part-time high school coordinators: Diane Kummer and Becky Cooke (see bios below). Having recently completed the high school adventure with their own children, they understand the fears, challenges, and pressures involved. These ladies bring down-to-earth wisdom and experience to help us design new materials, write encouraging website content, better determine what parents need, and answer members' questions.
Second, HSLDA.org now features a brand-new high school section. Our vision is for this to become a clearinghouse of resources for parents. Through our high school program, you'll be able to access:
|>>||Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers).|
|>>||Links to resources from state organizations and local support groups, enabling you to connect with homeschoolers in your area. |
|>>||Real-life stories of other families' struggles and triumphs while homeschooling through high school.|
|>>||Articles on topics such as evaluating and choosing curriculum, testing, transcripts and recordkeeping, sports and extracurricular opportunities, preparing for college or apprenticeship, and socialization.|
|>>||Monthly e-newsletter geared to encourage families who are homeschooling high schoolers.|
|>>||New publication: You Can Homeschool through High School!|
|>>||New high school column in the Court Report.|
We encourage you to check out this new section of our website! And if you still have questions or doubts about how to meet the challenge of homeschooling through high school, please call HSLDA and ask to speak with a high school coordinator personally.
We're here for you!
HSLDA's new high school coordinators
Becky Cooke homeschooled her three children through high school. She and her husband Jim augmented their children's education with community college courses, tutoring, small group classes, and extracurricular activities. All three children were accepted to the universities of their choice. Now that she's "retired" from homeschooling, Becky tutors K-12 students, mentors young professionals and international students, helps homeschooling moms with transcripts and college applications, and does freelance editing. "My role with my children is now one of encourager, listener, and advisor-when asked!" laughs Becky. She looks forward to using these same skills to help parents continue teaching their children through high school.
Diane Kummer and her husband Tom homeschooled their two children from kindergarten through 12th grade. They used a variety of teaching options, including co-ops, community college, online courses, part-time attendance at a private Christian school, and parent-taught subjects. The Kummers' daughter recently graduated from college, and their son has begun his undergraduate work.
For the past seven years, Diane has coordinated events, activities, and support meetings for her church's 190+ homeschooling families. Within her own homeschool group, she developed a program that provided additional accountability for high school families and offered evaluation of credits, diplomas, and transcripts. In addition, she teaches high school-level math classes for homeschooled students. She has a B.S. in business administration from Pennsylvania State University and worked as a commercial lending officer before she became a mom.
Diane has a heart to inspire moms in their teaching. She is excited about encouraging other parents to keep going and to have fun while teaching high school!