I hope my last-minute homeschool journey brings you encouragement, and shows you that you can graduate your homeschooler. Though I’m not an expert, I’m a firm believer that a successful home education is possible even when you start at the last-minute and even when you have no idea how you’re going to pull it off.
A little over three years ago, after much prayer, my husband and I decided to homeschool our then Kindergartener, 2nd, 4th and 6th graders. I was so exited, I bought lots of books and set up a space in our home. My girls were counting down the days left in their public school career.
I also have two older children, who at the time were enrolled in a charter school. My oldest would be a senior that fall, and my daughter would be a junior. Homeschooling was not an option for these extremely social kids. These two had ZERO interest in homeschooling. They both felt it was weird and that homeschooled kids were awkward.
Since we were going to be homeschooling the little ones, I quit my job and started to do tons of research, and the more I learned, the more I wanted to homeschool the oldest two; but I was terrified. How was I going to make sure my high school senior graduated with the proper credits? How could I even consider homeschooling these high schoolers when I had no idea what I was doing, and high school grades are “for real grades”?
I’m not doing it it, no way, no how.
As that summer came around, I realized how little graduation credits they both had. I was heart-broken, scared and didn’t know how to tell my son he would not graduate. He wasn’t the best student, and we all knew that but the courses the counselors had chosen for him were useless. He had a million elective credits, but no history or english credits. His math grades were extremely low, but somehow he was always promoted to the next level. My daughter, who was about to begin her junior year, had enough usable credits for a 1st semester freshman.