What HAP Parents Say
“The homeschool program was able to provide him continued education at a time when he needed less stress and pressure in his life” – Dr. Manalo, Alabang, Philippines

“Julianne is enjoying her preschool homeschool work.”-Mr. Domingo, Switzerland

“Although he admits he misses his classmates, overall he is happy with homeschooling.”- Mrs. Patricio, Bacolod,Philippines

"I would recommend homeschooling to everyone."-Ms. Pantaleon, Pasig, Philippines (Ms. Pantaleon's son, graduate of our Deped-accredited program, was admitted in a university in Loyola heights)

"Thank you for providing us a good service I truly appreciate it." - Mrs. Lawi-an, Dubai

"Sa pagaaral gamit ang "homeschooling" ito ang natutunan namin ng mga anak ko, ang mag-aral nang may katuturan. Pinagaaralan namin ang mga bagay bagay na nakakatulong sa tunay na buhay at mga bagay na gusto nila. Wala kaming ginawa kundi magaral, mag-"enjoy" at galingan sa aspeto na yun. Ang "homeschooling" para sa amin ay pag-aaral nang may katuturan at patutunguhan. Natanggap ang mga anak ko sa kolehiyo. Galing sila sa US Program" - Mrs. Alarcon, Cavite, Philippines

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How Do I Homeschool High School?


“Are you going to homeschool high school?” a well-meaning person asked me and my oldest daughter, who was at that time a mere 5 years old. My response was, “Well, I don’t know yet.” What I was really thinking was, “Can’t we just get through kindergarten????”

When the time did finally come to consider high school, the answer was a resounding “YES, we are going to homeschool high school!”

What an awesome time high school is. We are finally getting into some really cool topics and subjects and I would hate to miss out on them.

Do I know everything there is to know in order to teach high school subjects? Of course not. My children don’t expect me to know everything. Quite often I am learning right along side of them.

Don’t let your limitations stand in the way of home schooling your high schoolers. There are always other people out there who have the knowledge you need.

There is also peer pressure to consider at this age. I know it was tough when I was in high school. I have heard that it is fierce now.

Why, then, would I take my budding teenager who has never been in a classroom with 35 other students at one time before, and toss her into the middle of it now? The pressure put on teens now-a-days is unprecedented. Why not take these four years and provide them with even more formation and strengthen their resolve to know and defend their faith?

“But what about their social life?”, you might be thinking.

It is true, this is a very social time in a young person’s life. Use that natural social ability to get them involved in activities in your homeschool group (if you have one), in your church and in the community.

There are so many possibilities for social interaction, I think that you will find that too much socializing is more the problem than not enough.

“How do you deal with those really tough subjects?” might be your next question.

There are many possibilities. In our area, quite often there is a parent with a particular interest who volunteers to teach a group of high schoolers. In the past we have had parents teach:







We have been very blessed to have such a wide range of topics covered. Hopefully you can find others in your area who might be interested in doing the same.

Another option for those hard-to-teach subjects is the local community college. My daughter and two of her friends took speech through the community college and it was a fine experience. The book was awful, but we worked through it. The teacher loved having students in her class who were enthusiastic about learning and who took pride in giving well-prepared speeches.

Look into your local college and see what they offer. Many times they are more than willing to let high schoolers into their classes. As a bonus, you earn high school and college credit for the same class.

Depending on your situation, there is also the possibility that your high schooler can take a class or two through the local high school. You would need to decide if this is something you are willing to do and then contact the local principal to find out how they feel about it.

My daughter took drivers ed through the local high school over the summer and was joined by three other homeschoolers. Again, it was a fine experience, and in this case, a much cheaper alternative to a private driving school!

Finally, I thought it would be best to let you hear from some high school students and graduates themselves. What a better way to get a feel about how to homeschool high school than to hear about it from the student’s point of view.

There are so many ways to homeschool high school that I hope you take the opportunity to read through each of the testimonials. I tried to find students with a variety of backgrounds to show you the many varied faces of the homeschool high school.

Vicki is a Junior in High School who lives in Michigan.

Laura is a graduate who lives in Illinois

Sarah is an Illinois high school graduate

Do not force your child to study

It is better for a child to study out of his interest than force him. Make ways to motivate your child. Give him rewards after. Explain how his lessons will make him get his goals in life. Connect the lessons to his hobbies and interests. Be creative.

Tips on Homeschooling

Provide and enrich educational experience by using a variety of resources and learning materials like books, Internet, videos, photographs and others

Interact with your homeschooling mentor. Keep the necessary contact numbers ready in case you need guidance

Enjoy your home schooling sessions and put your own creative ideas into practice.

Homeschooling During the High School Years


Home schooling during the high school years can be a fun and rewarding time for both the child and parent. This time can be used to keep, maintain and even deepen a relationship with your child during a high stress time of their lives. This can be a time to build a trust with your child so that they are willing to listen to council that you would like to share with them during this time of their lives. Also, as a Christian parent it can be the time to guide your child in their Christian walk and to help with any questions that they have so that their relationship with the Lord is their own; which will help them as new choices and decisions come their way in the upcoming years.

As your child enters the high school years record keeping becomes very important. You will want to start recording the things that your child accomplishes so that you can report them for college admission considerations. This is the time to start looking at the requirements of the top three college choices that your child is thinking about attending. This will help in knowing what they require from incoming freshman. Also, check your state requirements in what they recommend a high school student to have before graduation. Some things that we learned along the way is to start a record writing down every book read during the high school years either for school or free reading. Keep up to date with your records; this will help if you need to present them for scholarships or grants.

Keeping track and recording your child’s extracurricular activities are just as important as recording the grades of the academic classes. For homeschoolers this is important because sports can also be counted as physical education credit as well as extracurricular. Colleges are interested in a child’s outside activities only to show that they are a well rounded person, sports, 4-H, part time job it isn’t important to a college what a student is involved in just that they have a well balanced life and are active in academic as well as extracurricular activities.

During this time of your child’s development it is important for them to start learning life lessons while they are still in a safe environment and still have you as a sounding board to hear from them and have some input towards their dreams and decisions. This is a great time to teach about finances, if they have a vehicle its time for them to pay for the bills that occur from that vehicle; hopefully there isn’t a payment on it; but there will be insurance that has to be paid, gas, maintenance such as new tires and oil changes. All of this is to teach them that as they get ready to step out on their own there are financial things that they will be responsible for and this is a step towards learning this responsibility.

This is a busy, exciting time for your teen. They still have their school work to keep up with; they are busy with extracurricular activities as well as many of them having jobs to help them earn the money they need for their special purchases. Its also a time for teen parents to start paying more attention to record keeping to help our teens take the next step in their educational process as well as being there to listen and give sound advise as your kids contemplate what they will do next in their lives.
Shawn Snyder is a WAHM with 3 grown children and a loving hubby who gives her the freedom to follow her dreams. She has an online business selling personalized children’s products. And a passion about raising the next generation of adults with love, respect and some good old fashion work ethic. Visit her blog at The Odd Couple Blog.

10 Ideas to Uncover Your Home Schooled Teen’s Interests


“Hey Mom. Did I take chemistry?”
“Yes, honey, you took it last year.”
“I did? Are you sure, ’cause I don’t remember it”

The above conversation took place while a friend’s daughter, who did high school from home, was filling out a lengthy college application. The mom and I chuckled as she related it to me saying, “Guess that was time well spent.”

We all know that not everything in life is fun and we do well to impart this truth to our kids as we home school them. No matter how much we may enjoy something, there will be aspects of it that we don’t enjoy, but, oh well…that’s life!

Having said that, let’s consider the other side of the coin – courses designed or chosen specifically because they appeal to the interest(s) of our child. After all isn’t the freedom to decide what to study one of the major advantages to home education!?

Studying a subject that is of natural interest usually lends itself to more enthusiasm, more self-initiative and better retention. However, as our kids reach high school age interests often change. Determining what those interests are can be a puzzle, both for the parent and the teen.

If you can relate, here are 10 ideas to help you find those “hidden” interests as you home school. Don’t jump at the obvious; dig to determine if there is an underlying thread or threads. What presents itself at face value, may only be a sign of the deeper attraction.

Above all else, pray! Seek Wisdom to uncover the Designer’s design for your teen that will help you “set the course” as you home school high school. (For ease of writing, I will alternate between “he” and “she”.)

1. Give your teen a piece of paper and ask him “If money were no object, and you could do anything you wanted, what would you do?” Have him list the activities that first come to mind.
2. What kinds of TV programs does she choose to watch? What kinds of music does she like to listen to? What types of books or magazines does she enjoy reading?
3. What topics do people (of any age) seek his advice on? Are there any topics for which he seems to be the “go to” person?
4. Does your she gravitate toward children or babies? Does her interaction come naturally?
5. Take him to a large bookstore and give him $20 dollars (if the budget doesn’t allow, use a pretend $20). Giving him all the time he needs, let him loose to choose books, magazines, music….whatever interests him. Talk about his choices. What exactly was the appeal? (Remember not to jump to the obvious – ask questions)
6. Consider any hobbies she is or has been involved in or has expressed interest in.
7. What does he do in his “free time”? Does he prefer being indoors? Outdoors?
8. Has she ever won any awards, trophies or recognition for something? What was it?
9. Does he volunteer any where? Why? What does he like about it? What doesn’t he like?
10. Pay attention during “natural” conversations noticing any topic that lights up her face or makes her conversation and body language become more animated.

As you go through this process, talk to others who know your child well – siblings, friends, grandparents, etc. What interests have they observed. What can they imagine your teen doing after graduation?

As you continue homeschooling through high school (or even if you’re just beginning) having a handle on your teen’s interests can help you determine what direction to head them in..

Consider this quote written by a shipmate of Ernest Shackleton, the expedition leader of the ship Endurance, written when Shackleton was young:

“When he was on the subject that…. appealed to his imagination, his voice changed to a deep vibrant tone, his features worked, his eyes shone, and his whole body seemed to have received an increase of vitality…. Shackleton on these occasions… was not even the same man who perhaps ten minutes earlier was spouting lines from Keats or Browning….”

Sometimes, the God-given bent is easily discovered, sometimes not. Sometimes you may be surprised to find it’s something entirely different than you expected. Keep digging and praying.

Let me know if these ideas help you in uncovering your homeschooled teen’s interests, or any ways you have used to find your teen’s bent as you do high school from home.