Homeschooling 16yo Teenager Help

I have a 16 year old daughter who is pregnant. Her school does not work with her at all with morning sickness. I am going to enroll her in an Educational Oppurtunity School Monday but I believe I want to homeschool her instead. I just have no idea how to get started.


Hi, you haven't said where you live so I am assuming US.

You first need to find out what the State regulations are for homeschooling in your area - especially what is required for graduation. If you google 'homeschooling' and the name of your state you should find the information you need. This should also help you to find your local homeschool groups. There is nothing like talking to homeschoolers in person to help you figure out how you would like to do things. If you can't find your local homeschool groups then let me know and I will see if I can help.

You need to decide with your daughter whether she wants to work towards a high school diploma - and what method you will use. There are lots of options, including putting together your own homeschool curriculum - to signing up with a virtual academy. Take a few weeks for deschooling while you both decide how you want your homeschooling to work. Please don't rush into signing up with an expensive academy or with a curriculum provider until you have done some research about homeschooling. Take a look at some free homeschooling curriculum like Ambleside, before you buy.

As you are new to homeschooling, I would recommend you read Homeschooling: The Teen Years: Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 13- to 18- Year-Old - that should give you a good feel for your options. And your daughter will probably enjoy reading The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education. This book is quite expensive at the moment so try your library (I have heard they are going to reprint soon so it should get cheaper!).

I wish you both the best of luck - you have an exciting time ahead.

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