HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Homeschooling the High Schooler
Authors: Paul and Gena Suarez, editors
Publisher: The Old Schoolhouse, republished in 2009
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: For parents
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Suarez, Paul and Gena, editors. Homeschooling the High Schooler (published in 2006 by The Old Schoolhouse). Teaching your children at home how to read, learn penmanship, or do addition and subtraction, along with elementary science and history or geography, while they do take effort and planning, are not overly daunting. However, the thought of trying to instruct your own children in algebra and geometry, biology and chemistry, American and English literature, term papers, or the entire history of the world in their high school years can be a bit sobering. When our local homeschooling group had a meeting on homeschooling high school we always had a huge turnout. Two of the most popular sets of seminars when we started the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo were Carolyn Schriner’s “Homeschooling for High School and Beyond” in which she explained all about high school curriculum, testing and transcripts, and scholarships and financial aid; and Scott and Kris Wightman’s “College Without Compromise” in which they explain how to use the high school years to prepare for college. Each set of seminars is three hours long!
Several good books about homeschooling through the high school years have already been written. A new one on the subject, Homeschooling the High Schooler, has been prepared by Paul and Gena Suarez, creators of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, along with Nancy Carter, project editor. This book has tons of interesting and helpful information, but does not appear to claim that it has every detail. Rather, it has general articles of encouragement written by several well-known authors from the homeschooling community and lots of resource references listed (books, websites, etc.) that will be helpful in planning to homeschool through the high school years. Writers include Ronald and Inge Cannon of Education PLUS, Christine M. Field who authored A Field Guide to Homeschooling, Maggie Hogan of Bright Ideas Press, Ann Zeise of A to Z Home’s Cool Homeschooling website, Coie Igarashi who at the time was a homeschooled high schooler, Claire Novak who is a homeschooled high school graduate, and others.
The book is divided into three parts. Part 1, “You Can Homeschool Through the High School Years,” contains a lot of the general articles of encouragement. Part 2, “Options and Resources to Help You,” offers material on credit by examination, curriculum planning, dual enrollment, high level math, high school science, and language arts. Part 3, “Preparing for the Future,” has advice on transcripts, how to turn extracurricular activities (e.g., work experiences, computer design, etc.) into credit courses, preparation for college, apprenticeship for vocational training, and encouraging entrepreneurship. While the authors make helpful suggestions, they do not necessarily tell you what to do but instead provide access to the resources that will help you chart your own course. Whatever method of homeschooling your family has chosen, you should be able to find a lot of helpful information and material in this book. As the father of a fifteen-year-old and a ten-year-old when I first read the book, I found it fascinating and extremely beneficial. It is also available as an e-book and an audio book.