Homeschooling: The Teen Years by Cafi Cohen

Subtitle: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 13- to 18- Year-Old

Published: 2000

Genre: nonfiction homeschooling

Length: 318 pages of text, 344 pages with index

Interest: I’m a little nervous about Mr. Curiosity getting close to high school and how to modify my unit study style of homeschooling for high school or turning our topics into courses on a transcript. So, time for some research.

Summary: This book attempts to address all the components of homeschooling a teen. It breaks the information up into three parts. The first part covers details of what homeschooling can look like and why homeschooling a teen can be a good thing. The second part goes into some details of covering the topics a high schooler is expected to take. The final section talks about resources homeschoolers often utilize, like co-ops, the library and the internet. At the end of each section, the author summarizes key elements as simple starting points, and books that expand on the topics.

Final thoughts: This book was much more helpful than I expected. It was general enough that it would work for everyone from a school-at-home approach to a more unschooling approach. I’m not sure how many new ideas I got from the book, but It definitely bolstered my confidence that my approach will continue to work for us through high school. The biggest downside to the book is when it starts talking about internet resources (and sometimes even book or magazine recommendations). The specific websites are typically way out of date (geocities, anyone?). It was interesting to see how much things have changed in 15 years on the internet, with resources being much more available now compared to previous decades.

Title comes from: It is descriptive of the title.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 79/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge

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