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It’s exciting to talk to more and more homeschoolers who are educating their children through high school. Those high school years can be very rewarding and challenging at the same time, and Charlotte Mason’s methods give a great balance between discipline and enjoyment in high school.
But those same parents with older students often confide that their approach to the high school years is accompanied by a bit of anxiety, some second-guessing, and a lot of questions.
For example, here are some questions we’ve been asked recently:
- Is narration enough for high school?
- How do you keep lessons short in those upper grades?
- Should I give my high school student a weekly checklist of assignments and the order in which they should be done or let him manage his time? If he manages his own time, how can I make sure he is varying the sequence of subjects?
- Which is more important: page count or number of books?
- What would an exam week look like at that level?
- My main concern is doing enough but not too much. How do I know if I am overdoing it or if he needs more of a challenge?
- How do I award high school credits for subjects that are mainly reading and narrating?
All good questions. And we’re sure you have more.
So we want to spend some time answering your questions about homeschooling high school students with Charlotte Mason’s methods.
While we don’t claim to have all the answers, we are more than willing to share our thoughts and ideas and give encouragement as best we can. Between us, Karen and I have graduated seven high school students using a CM approach, and we’re happy to share with you what we’ve learned along the way.
And of course, as each question is discussed, we welcome other veteran CMers who have high school students or graduates to join in the conversation by leaving their suggestions and ideas in the comments section.
We realize that some of you are just starting on your homeschool journey and won’t be facing high school for many years yet. That’s okay. It’s always good to get a preview of what lies ahead. We hope that these posts will help you clarify what direction you’re heading. You move toward what you focus on; so hopefully, by getting a picture of a CM high school clearly established in your mind now, you will be able to progress along that way with confidence.
So we invite you all to send in your questions. We’ll gather them and answer them in future blog posts. You can post your question as a comment on our blog, post on our forum thread, write your question on our Facebook wall, tweet to @SimplyCM, or send your question through our Contact form. You can even write it on a piece of paper and mail it to us here in Georgia. Just get those questions to us, and let’s see if we can help you walk with confidence through the high school years the Charlotte Mason way.