Homeschooling High School: Challenges and Solutions


Socialization can be a challenge for homeschooled high schoolers, but intentional efforts can create opportunities for peer-to-peer interaction.
Spending quality time with your homeschooled teen can help alleviate the feeling of running out of time.
Letting your teen take on more responsibility can be daunting, but it's important for their growth and development.

It can be incredibly rewarding to see your teen grow and thrive academically, but at the same time, it can also be overwhelming to balance their education with socialization, quality time, and allowing them to take responsibility for their own learning. But don’t worry, you’re not alone! In this article, I’m going to share three common challenges of homeschooling high school and provide practical solutions to help you and your teen navigate these difficulties. First up, we’ll tackle socialization strategies. It’s no secret that homeschooling can sometimes leave teens feeling isolated and disconnected from their peers. But fear not; there are plenty of ways to help your teen stay connected and engaged with the world around them.


I’ve discovered some effective socialization strategies for homeschooling high schoolers that will help them build relationships and connect with peers. One of the solutions is to explore virtual options. With the advent of technology, it’s now possible to join online communities that cater to specific interests. This can be a great way for homeschooled teens to meet like-minded individuals and form friendships. From virtual book clubs to online gaming groups, the possibilities are endless. Another strategy that has worked well for many homeschooling families is community involvement. Encouraging your teen to volunteer at a local organization or participate in a community event can be a great way to meet new people and give back to the community. Additionally, joining a local sports team or theater group can provide opportunities for socialization and skill-building. Whatever the interest may be, finding ways to involve your teen in the community can help them develop a sense of belonging and purpose. As a nomad family, we are also encouraging our children to stay connected with their friends since they’re small. So we have some nomad family friends that we sometimes meet around the world to spend some time together.

Spending Quality Time

Planning activities that my teen and I both enjoy is key to strengthening our relationship during these crucial years. It can be easy to get caught up in the daily routine of academics and forget to make time for bonding with our teens. But by intentionally creating opportunities to spend quality time with our teens, we can build a stronger relationship that will benefit them for years to come. To make the most of our time together, my teen and I enjoy cooking together. We experiment with new recipes and enjoy the end result together. We also love spending time outdoors, whether it’s taking walks, hiking, or going on bike rides. Here are a few other ideas for spending quality time with your homeschooled teen:
  1. Playing board or card games
  2. Planning a short trip together
  3. Attending a concert or other live event
  4. Volunteering at a local organization.
By investing in our relationship with our teens, we can create lasting memories and strengthen our bond. So let’s take the time to plan activities we both enjoy and make the most of these precious years together.

What Are Some Fun Ideas and Tips for Holiday Homeschooling with Teens?

Looking for exciting holiday homeschooling ideas for teens? How about creating a virtual holiday cookie exchange where teens can showcase their baking skills? Or organize a DIY gift-making session where they can craft personalized presents for loved ones. Additionally, consider planning a holiday-themed book club or hosting a virtual game night with friends. These interactive activities will make holiday homeschooling enjoyable and engaging for teenagers.

Letting Teens Take Responsibility

As my teen grows older, I find myself gradually relinquishing control and allowing them to take on more responsibilities. It can be daunting to let them make decisions for themselves, especially when it comes to things like driving or managing their own schedule. But I know that it’s important for their growing independence and self-confidence. I’ve learned that the key to letting my teen take on more responsibility is to do it gradually. It’s important to give them small tasks at first, like managing their own schoolwork or planning their own schedule for the week. As they become more comfortable with these responsibilities, we can move on to bigger things like driving or managing their own finances. And throughout the process, I’m here to support and guide them, offering advice and encouragement whenever they need it.