If your teenager had issues in middle school and you have decided to homeschool during their high school years, then it is important you choose the right curriculum to best match your teenager's learning style. There are many different high school curriculums available, and choosing the right one is often the difference between success or lack thereof.
If you have never selected a homeschooling curriculum before, then these tips will help you purchase the right one:
Tip: Choose a Curriculum Fitting Your Teen's Learning Style
People learn in a variety of different ways, and your teenager is no exception. Perhaps your teen learns well with hands-on experiments and by visiting interesting places. Or, alternatively, they may learn better by reading a textbook and then working their way through a workbook or writing a paper. To achieve success with their high school curriculum, your son or daughter needs one that matches their natural learning style. This will make learning easier, faster, and more effective.
Tip: Let Your Teenager Select Their Own Curriculum
Since one of the things you are trying to teach your teen is how to make responsible choices and take charge of their education so they will be successful in college, it's important to let them select their own curriculum. If you think about it, do you like to read books selected for you by other people? Of course not, because everyone has their own idea of a "good" book and one that's lacking.
Some teens like a curriculum with a lot of great photos and some humor, while others see that as corny and want something more straight-to-the-point. With a good match, learning will be easier and less stressful for everyone involved.
Tip: Choose a Curriculum that Is Self-Teaching
Unless you are a multi-subject high school teacher, it isn't appropriate or necessary for you to teach every high school subject to your teen. And, for many parents, they find trying to be too involved in their teenager's school day tends to cause unnecessary conflict and arguments.
To avoid drama and give your teen the freedom of doing their school work independently, select a curriculum that is self-teaching. This type of curriculum spends all of its time and resources educating your teen rather than trying to teach a subject to both of you. It's more effective and allows you to be the parent in your relationship and bypass student-teacher difficulties.
Keep these tips in mind as you select a high school history curriculum and other subject curriculums.