Texas Homeschool Highschool Questions

by Denise
(Cibolo, Texas USA)

Texas Homeschool Highschool Help Needed

Texas Homeschool Highschool Help Needed

Texas homeschool help needed. Are you currently homeschooling a high schooler in the great state of Texas, or have a Texas homeschool graduate? Please help this mom...


What courses are required for a Texas homeschool work-bound teen who hates school?

My fourteen year old daughter is failing high school. She says she hates it, and she's waiting to turn eighteen so that she can drop out. I want her to have a high school diploma so that she can have a better chance of getting a job.

She's a smart girl, but she doesn't do her home work, and she's pretty much just taking up space in the class rooms. When she was home schooled 7-8, she had a 3.8 GPA. She wanted to go to high school so I let her.

I'm getting ready to withdraw her from school because she's not even trying. Home schooling her for 7th-8th grade was living hell!! I had to take away all of the things she enjoyed, and punish her by not letting her do things she wanted to do, and have the things she wanted to have just to get her through the 7th and 8th grade.

I just want a high school diploma in her hand so that she can at least have a chance. She says she doesn't need school to be a Tattoo Artist and to do piercings....Lord help me! So, anyway, What courses are required in the state of Texas for a home schooled WORK BOUND teen. Can I make my own curriculum for her made up of the things she likes to do? She writes songs all the time. She has always been a great writer. I'm currently reading The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education by Grace Llewellyn.

Thank you!

Hi Denise,
Thanks so much for posting your story; I know you are not alone in your concern and struggles with your daughter. It's disappointing to send a homeschooled student to public school with great grades and watch it all slip away. However, all is not lost!

Your daughter is only fourteen; there is time for you to do something. A great thing about homeschooling is the opportunity to customize your child's education around their interests. Use the guidelines for graduation for Texas (below) but focus on your daughter's strengths to fuel her excitement for learning.

One of my daughters loves to write books, specifically historical fiction. When she was younger, I had problems trying to get her to do any type of schoolwork, unless I sat with her the whole day. Whenever I left the room, I would return to find her writing. So one year we scrapped most of our curriculum and I allowed her to write a book instead.

She was in her glory everyday. Since it was an historical fiction book, I required it to be historically correct. She spent time reading and learning about the time period, as well as the geography of the area. As she wrote, she would make spelling and grammar mistakes = instant spelling lists and language arts lessons!

Perhaps you could something similar with your daughter. If she enjoys writing songs, let her. Enroll her in a music class or purchase a homeschool music course so she can learn all facets of music from theory to actually playing an instrument.

Her interest in tattoos, although scary to you, could provide some great educational lessons. Do I hear art history anyone? :) Many older people who got tattoos during their younger years, regret it. Perhaps you can find a few people who regret getting a tattoo or a piercing, so your daughter can hear first hand the cons of tattooing and piercing your body. Doing a study on any side effects, infections or diseases (science and biology) that can result may deter your daughter from wanting one or going into this profession.

Don't forget, kids do a lot of things because of "the shock factor". You never know, this interest of hers could be temporary. I have two teens that have lots of teen friends; a teen's interests change almost daily. The more you ignore or make a big deal about something she's interested in, the more likely she will continue to like it. She may never outgrow her love of tattoos and may end of becoming a tattoo artist but she will remember, someday, that her mom tried to do all she could to reach her daughter, love her and enter her world.

Look for a homeschool support group/co-op that you can join so your daughter can meet and interact with other teens; this may be the perfect incentive to get her work done at home. You will also find support and helpful ideas. I'm not sure if you go to church, but church youth groups also provide fun and wholesome activities; youth pastors and volunteers can also help you nurture her spiritual needs.

If you want to follow your state's recommendations, here is a link to the Texas graduation requirements:
http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/student.assessment/resources/grad/2008-09_GradBro.pdf

There are three plans; one only requires 22 high school credits. Perhaps someone else who home schools in Texas can provide/post further help for you. I know some parents do not follow the graduation requirements of their state exactly. They may modify them slightly or a lot, but still make sure their child is ready for college (meets college admissions requirements) or the workforce. A diploma doesn’t guarantee success in the workforce, so make sure you cover any missing areas, so your daughter is well-equipped for life.

Hope this helps!
Blessings,
Heather

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