Homeschooling a Seventeen Year Old

Whether this is your first year of home education, or your twenty-first, you are probably feeling excited (and maybe even a little anxious) about this homeschool year. That’s because as parents we know that along with the privilege of schooling from home comes great responsibility.

You are likely on this page because you are curious about what homeschooling a seventeen year old is like, what other seventeen year olds may be learning, and what seventeen year old online homeschool curriculum might look like.

We’d love nothing more than to be able to tell you exactly what to expect this year, but without a crystal ball, that’s not really practical, Instead, we thought you might appreciate some general developmental and learning milestones common to seventeen year olds. Just remember that this info is only a guideline, and individual children will always have unique paths of growth and maturation.

Common Characteristics of Seventeen Year Olds

Your 17 year old may be exhibiting more maturity than you’ve seen in recent years, but that doesn’t mean they still don’t need a lot of parental guidance. By reminding your teen that you are always there for them, you may be able to calm some of the anxieties that naturally occur as they enter the first stages of adulthood. With all the choices coming at them concerning current activities and future plans, your seventeen year old will need some tips from you on how to make wise decisions and how to stay on top of deadlines.

Other things that can be common to seventeen year olds include:

  • fewer mood swings than in previous years
  • feeling both excited and apprehensive about the future
  • often feeling tired, especially if they are overscheduled
  • improved organizational skills, and an ability to juggle a busier schedule
  • experimenting with drugs and/or alcohol

What To Expect When Homeschooling a Seventeen Year Old

Parents of 17 year old homeschoolers can often second guess themselves. They wonder if they have done “enough” to prepare their homeschooled high schooler for life after graduation. As long as you have researched course requirements from colleges or universities your student is interested in, are staying on track with those requirements, and are keeping an accurate homeschool transcript, you’ve accomplished what is needed.

If your high schooler has college plans, this is a great year to help them get their feet wet in college studies by signing them up for dual enrollment with a local community college. Most states allow homeschoolers to participate in dual enrollment opportunities where they can earn both homeschool credit and college credit for courses taken through those programs. Attending community college courses either in person or online can give your teen insights into what college will be like and will let them practice many of the necessary college-readiness skills.

What Seventeen Year Olds Are Learning About

While your choice to educate your child from home is an exciting one, it’s natural to wonder how your seventeen year old’s learning compares to traditional classroom learning. Age seventeen is a common year to learn about:

  • how to fill out college and scholarship applications
  • advanced math (if they have completed two algebra courses and a geometry course already)
  • US government and economics
  • comparing/contrasting similar literary texts
  • writing arguments with clear supporting evidence and examples
  • paraphrasing information without plagiarizing
  • physics or advanced chemistry
  • fine arts electives

How Time4Learning Can Help Your Seventeen Year Old

Many homeschooling parents report to us that they feel overwhelmed in trying to figure out exactly what to teach their children. Time4Learning understands that home education is a responsibility parents don’t take lightly, and that parents simply want to make sure their child is progressing appropriately. Our program takes the guesswork out of the homeschool day by providing multimedia lessons in multiple subjects that can be correlated to state standards.

That doesn’t mean you aren’t actively involved in your child’s learning. We give you access to printable lesson plans, teaching tools, detailed reporting and parental support through our online Parent Forum. You can customize your child’s learning path from there. You can let your student move through lessons sequentially from the beginning of a subject to the end, or you can pick and choose lessons, dependent on any current gaps in your child’s learning. You can choose to use the built in progress reports, or track your child’s progress on your own. You can even allow your child to work in different grade levels for different subjects if your child needs more or less instruction in specific areas. Time4Learning provides seventeen year old home school courses that can be tailored to the needs of your individual child.

NOTE: This website provides information of a general nature and is designed for information and educational purposes only and does not constitute medical or legal advice.

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