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How to Begin Homeschooling a Teen

Homeschooling Expert Advice from Isabel Shaw

Q: My 17-year-old son just does not like school. He was diagnosed with ADD in the fifth grade and school has always been difficult. We held him back in the first grade at the advice of his teacher. I still don't know if that was the right choice. My question is: How do we begin with the homeschooling process? I don't want him to get so disgusted with school that he quits, and he has asked about this option.

A: Teens represent the fastest growing segment of the homeschool population. Most, like your son, have been labeled and faced many difficulties in the school system. The good news is, homechooling seems to be a very successful option. For more information about homeschooling, please read these articles:

Homeschooling Teens
Homeschooling Your ADD or Special Needs Child
How to Homeschool

If you need more help or advice, please write again. Best wishes to you and your son!

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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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