Home educating a teenager can be a fantastic blessing or a challenge to parental will-power. Tragically, too many parents balk at the idea of home educating an adolescent. Balking is understandable if the curriculum of parental choice requires mom to teach high school courses with books designed for academic experts. However, balking is not necessary when the parent chooses Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum. Don’t let the word “Accelerated” scare you. It simply means that the student is allowed to accelerate studies to complete courses as rapidly as desired or as slowly as needed to earn transcript credit.
The month of May can be frustrating or exhilarating for students and parents. A lot depends of how parents motivate students to “end well.” Mind-shaping is a good technique to apply. By this, we mean that wise and creative parents use achievements as incentives to help the student keep his/her mind on completing prescribed courses by the end of May. For eighth graders, the promise of “entering high school” is huge! For an eleventh grader, becoming a senior is “big stuff”! And rightly so. Achievement is its own reward. Students who complete academic prescriptions by the end of May deserve praise and pats on their backs!