Homeschooling High School

April 23, 2013 @ 6:32 am | Filed under:

In case you’ve missed the discussion in yesterday’s comments: I’m reviving my old learning-notes blog and taking it to invitation-only so we can chat about homeschooling/unschooling teens (among other topics) in a more private setting. If you’d like an invitation, drop me a line or leave your email addy in the comments. 🙂

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  1. Becky says:

    Yes, please : ) . I find myself quite suddenly with a tenth grader, and we’ve already been to the open house at the college in town. Thanks!

  2. Jodie says:

    I would love to join this conversation. I know our time is short and I feel like I’m overwhelming my 15yo with all the things I want to share with her. My public school education is showing and I’d rather avoid that in these last precious years.

  3. Anne says:

    We would love an invitation. We are just beginning the teen years now, with 14 and 13 year old daughters who have been mostly unschooled all their lives. annedye at

  4. Charlotte says:

    Me too, please!

  5. Natalia says:

    I would love an invite. I have been reading your blog for years, and wouldn’t want to miss the conversation.

  6. Joy says:

    I’m a couple years away from having a high schooler; but that time will fly, won’t it? Would love to join the discussion.

  7. Robynn says:

    Would love to join you high school blog discussion.

  8. Sherry W says:

    I have been reading (yes, yes – lurking) for a very long time. Probably about 5 years. Maybe more. Thanks to your inspiration, we have completed our 4th year of Journey North. Thanks to all your discussions on writing, my brain started whirring, and my son has been blogging about cars for two years (

    We have always homeschooled, but my son really wanted to try high school this year. So, off he went. My daughter is still at home with plans to start high school homeschooling this September. I would love to be part of the discussion group. Thanks for all the wonderful posts over the years. Reading your posts is always a highlight.

  9. Becca says:

    I would love an invitation. High school doesn’t feel nearly as far away as I’m comfortable with!

  10. Celeste says:

    I’m interested as well! My kids are still very young, but we are definitely planning to homeschool the whole way through.

  11. Kirsten says:

    I would love an invitation. My son is going in to 9th grade (or would be if we hadn’t taken him out of school a few years ago) and I’m thinking lots about how unschooling with high school-aged kids will work.

  12. annie says:

    I would love an invitation, as well. My oldest is only going into first grade, but I’m pretty sure if I blink twice she will be 14 already. Thank you!!

  13. Hilde says:

    I would like an invitation. I love reading your blog.

  14. Marie says:

    I’d love to hear more about what your “tidal” homeschooling methods look like during the high school years and how you navigated the college entrance process. Thanks so much for offering to share! mgoldruth at

  15. Mimip says:

    Oh please send me an invite! I don’t think I’ve commented on here before buy I would be lost without your recommendations on books over the years. My oldest starts 8th grade in the fall and for the first time ever, I am truly terrified on what lies ahead educationally over the next 5 years!

  16. sarah says:

    You know I’m in!!! Can’t wait!

  17. Fe says:

    I’m another with high school in the (decreasing) future, but I’m starting to think about the broad strokes, so I’d love an invitation.

  18. Camille says:

    Yes, please, send me an invitation. Ninth grade (or thereabouts) starts/continues next year.

    Thank you.

  19. Elizabeth says:

    Interested please. We are deep into sophomore/junior year here… Thanks!

  20. Vicki says:

    Please send me an invitation. I homeschool my 15 year old with special needs, and have gotten so much inspiration from you over the years. Thank you!

  21. Beth says:

    I have been a long-time lurker to your blog, and homeschool (with “tidal” unschool-ish tendencies) my rising science-and-art -focused daughter and son. Thanks for considering sending an invite.


  22. Teresa says:

    Yes, include me please! cedarroseatiowatelecomdotnet

  23. Kate says:

    I’d love to be included. I have an unschooled 8.5 year old, but high school doesn’t seem so far away these days. They sure do grow fast!

  24. Scott says:

    Yes, please? Pretty please?

  25. Melissa Wiley says:

    You just made me LOL. Thought I sent you one last night! No? #youmarriedanitwit

  26. Scott says:

    Um…that was a link to a College Humor video you sent me. Close enough?

  27. Scott says:

    Oh, and you also sent me a request for peppermint tea.

  28. Mamalion says:

    Yes please? I have 2 in college, 2 in high school, and 2 in later elementary, but still feel like I’m learning this process… mamalion (at) roadrunner (dot) com

  29. Phoebe says:

    Me please, oh please.

  30. GeekLady says:

    Yes, please! I’m not strictly concerned about homeschooling elementary or middle grades, but I do feel like I’m shooting in the dark not having a good concept of homeschooling in high school. Without HS, the lower levels feel a little directionless.

  31. Rachel says:

    I would love to hear about your approach to high school (we’re getting close). I’ve learned so much from you over the years, especially how to ride the tides in all aspects of our lives!

  32. Andrea says:

    I would love to join this conversation… I have one in grade 10 and one in grade 8… One in grade 6 and another in grade 4 …

  33. Angela says:

    I’d love to be included, too. 🙂 My oldest will turn 17 in the fall, and I have to confess that the last two years of homeschooling scare me!

  34. Rebecca Saff says:

    My husband and I have been reading for quite some time and we’re about to switch from me being the primary homeschooler to him. Our oldest is middle school and so we’re quickly moving toward the high school years. David really limes the idea of tidal learning so we’ll see how things change next year. I’m sure he’ll want to join too.

  35. Traci Ruiz says:

    My twins start 9th grade next year and I have been homeschooling since they were 3 years old. Would love to be included! Thank you!

  36. Kimberlee says:

    Congrats to your grad! Your new blog sounds grand and I’d love to visit. (truly I can relate to the sharing vs privacy struggle for both teens and special needs) I’d bring pots of tea along if I could! Thanks!

  37. Lisa says:

    I’d love to join the conversation. My oldest is starting ninth grade in the fall, and we’ve been pretty unschoolish all along…we’re trying to envision what that will look like in the high school years.

  38. Tracy says:

    I’d like to listen in on the conversation…

  39. Mrs. H says:

    Would love to be included! I have a 16 ds and a 13ds.


  40. selvi says:

    I would really like an invite to the new blog. I’m so glad you are doing it, because I’ve really been missing the homeschooling discussion. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences.

  41. MaryA says:

    Yes, please! Sign us up, too.

  42. Joan says:

    I’m in!

  43. Heidi says:

    Yes, please!

  44. KimP says:

    Please? I’m making my way through, high school with my oldest and would surely love the input and ideas from others! I look forward to your blog posts, btw. 🙂

  45. KaeleyAnne says:

    Oh my! I’d love to lurk on that blog too! But my oldest (only, right now) is just 20 months old, so I don’t think I’d be able to contribute much to the discussion.

    I’m trying (and slowly succeeding) to get my husband to consider homeschooling when we get to that point. His most recent concern has been related to high school, college prep, and college admittance and whether or not we would have the capability of teaching a high school student. My thoughts are that we could wait until the little one is a bit older to worry about that aspect of home schooling. And, we (are going to) have PhDs in Environmental Engineering and Political Science, so I think that, between the two of us, we can manage high school.

    Anyhow, since homeschooling high school is not talked about in detail very often online, I’d love the opportunity to see what homeschooled high school is like for when we get there in 12 or so years.

  46. Desiree says:

    Me, please! My daughter is *almost there*!

  47. Amy says:

    We have not reached the high schoolyears yet, but will be there in one year! Would love to join in on the conversation!

  48. maria says:

    Oh yes please! And thank you! 😀

  49. Michelle says:

    I’m not sure I’ve ever commented here before, but I read, and take lots of inspiration! I’d love an invite – my oldest is almost 5, but I’m ready to learn all I can from those who have gone all the way through.

  50. Chloe M. says:

    I’d really love an invite, pretty please?

  51. Amy says:

    I’d love an invite also. My oldest 2 girls are 15 and 13, I can use all the help I can get.

  52. Rachel in central VA says:

    I’d love an invite- my oldest is 13, and like the rest I could use the help and inspiration!

  53. Rachel in central VA says:

    It might help if I left my email huh? 😉 spinneretta at gmail dot com

  54. Kori says:

    I would love an invite. We are not there yet but HS lurks in the back of my mind. Thanks.

  55. kmom says:

    yes, please!

  56. Rose says:

    May I please join in the conversation? My oldest is about to enter his high school years and I am so wishy washy about how to do relaxed homeschooling while preparing for college entrance.

  57. Lindsay says:

    Yes, Please! My baby is off to college but I’d love to stay in on the conversation.

  58. Lisa says:

    I would love to join. My highschoolers are 15,14 and 13. Thank you!

  59. JenRay says:

    High school seems like a long way off, but it probably isn’t. And at this point I feel like we might not homeschool through high school. Maybe if I follow along here, I will feel like it is possible. I’d love an invitation, thank you.

  60. Michelle says:

    I would love an invite. Thanks. michelleblimes at

  61. Celeste says:

    Didn’t get one yet either!

  62. Jeanne says:

    And me as well. Please!

  63. Monique says:

    Oh please include me! I have one in high school, one about to enter this fall, and more to follow.

  64. Mindy says:

    Yes, I would love to hear what everyone has to say.

  65. Laura says:

    Please send me an invitation. We’re suddenly in a situation where we’re having to consider alternatives to the public high school my 10th grader currently attends. I would love some more information to make a good decision.

  66. Clarissa says:

    Please include me too, thanks!

  67. Karen says:

    I would love to be added to your high school list, thank you!

  68. Jenn says:

    Yes, please…my oldest is going to be fourteen:/ Yikes! Where does the time go?

  69. joy says:

    I would love to see how other people are managing it!

  70. Emily C says:

    I would love to see how you homeschool/unschool high school! My oldest is going to be 14 this summer, so we’re about to embark on that adventure and I’d love to see what you do. I’ve always been inspired by your learning notes and homeschooling posts in the past.

  71. Jelinda says:

    My oldest is 14, so we are knocking on the door for high school in the near future. I have enjoyed your posts during my hsing journey, and look forward to having somewhere/someone to discuss hsing high school with!

  72. Irene says:

    Yes, please!

  73. Katy says:

    I would love an invite! No kids in high school, but they will be 🙂

  74. Patti Smith says:

    I have two 16 year olds in tenth grade (!) and would love to be part of the conversation on homeschooling highschool.


  75. Jocelyne says:

    Yes please! This has been on my mind a lot lately as we get closer.

  76. Rebecca says:

    Yes please. Thank you

  77. Jen says:

    Me too please! We are doing things differently this time around.

  78. Tracey Kennedy says:

    Yes, please!

  79. Marcus says:

    We’d love to be a part of this as well!

  80. Dawn says:

    First time to your site today. We begin our second year of high school next year (’13-’14). Did SOS this year and, while he liked it, I found it too “hands off” to me. Does that make sense? Looking for insight and info. Would appreciate anything you have to share!

  81. Julie says:

    I would love an invite/password. Always looking for some encouraging words about homeschooling high school.

  82. Leigh says:

    Would love to join!
    Thank you so very much!

  83. Alison Manzer says:

    Please include me on your homeschooling highschool learning notes blog – Thanks!!!

  84. Alison says:

    Would love an invite too

  85. Anna Edwards says:

    I would love to get to read about your ideas. We have so enjoyed the homeschooling process around here and hope that continues as we move into the high school years this fall.

  86. Jen Mix says:

    Would like to join the conversation. Thank you.