So it is looking more and more like I will be also homeschooling my oldest next year, who will be a 9th grader (in addition to my young boys, who will be 8 and 6). Now I have a million doubts running through my head.
I want her teenage years to be happy ones. I want her to have good friends, and be involved in things that she likes. I don't want her feeling like she's a prisoner at home. I don't want 'home' to become a place that she hates, where she feels trapped, etc.
Yes, I will do everything in my power to ensure she gets out of the house and opportunities to mix with her peers. I'm already planning on having her take a class or two at the homeschool co-op, and be part of a theater group. She will continue her cello lessons as well, and maybe rejoin the rock orchestra that she really enjoyed last year.
Truth is though, with me quitting my job, money will be tight. I don't know if I can afford ALL of the things I mentioned above. It might, in reality, be ONE class at the co-op, theater, and cello lessons. I don't know.
I guess what this long-winded question is really trying to ask, is if your highschoolers ever express discontent at homeschooling? Do they ever wish they were in a 'real' school?
I would love to hear about your high school homeschoolers and how they feel about about their homeschooling experience.
I will add that right now she is totally on board with homeschooling. She appreciates the freedom that comes with homeschooling vs. having to adapt to an institution. But I know she is a little sad at missing out on 'the high school experience'. Dances, football games, lockers - Yes, she is sad she won't have a locker LOL. I know these feelings are normal but I guess my fear is that they will just grow in intensity as the year starts to the point where she is seriously unhappy. Please tell me how this all played out for your homeschooled high school kids!
Oh, and a little background- Right now she is in a Waldorf school, which she LOVES. (It only goes through 8th grade). It is small, and tender-hearted. She has 9 kids in her class.