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Mom Wants to Have Her Teens Homeschooled

Homeschooling Expert Advice from Isabel Shaw

Q: I am considering having both my son and daughter homeschooled. This year they will be attending what I believe to be one of the worst high schools in California. It's filled with violence, gangs, and drugs. It's horrible! About how much would it cost me to have them schooled at home while I'm at work? Or, if I can find a group in the area, about how much would that cost?

A: Generally speaking, homeschooling is usually done by a parent, guardian, or family friend. By high-school age, most students are able to work independently, requiring only occasional supervision by an adult. The parent assumes the role of facilitator, offering guidance, encouragement, and assistance when needed.

I suggest you read Homeschooling: The Teen Years by Cafi Cohen.

You'll find a list of independent study programs that may work for your kids if you, a relative, or a friend are willing to provide the necessary help and support they require. Another option is to contact the Homeschool Association of California. Perhaps they are aware of other programs in your area that can accommodate your children. Ask for their free 32-page guidebook for new homeschoolers. You can call them toll-free for more information: 1-888-HSC-4440. Good luck!

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Isabel Shaw is a freelance writer and homeschooling mom of 15 years. She and her husband Ray homeschool their two daughters, Jessica and Amanda. Besides being a contributor to FamilyEducation.com, Shaw has written for Home Education Magazine, The Link, Homeschooling Horizons Magazine, The Homeschool Gazette, and other publications.


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