A Homeschool Teenager’s Perspective: How to Homeschool High School


If a person (homeschool teenager) is interested in something, they’ll do it. If you don’t love something, you won’t do it. So, it’s almost not even a choice. You’ll do it if you want to and you won’t do it if you don’t want to.

Madelyn Wiedrick

A teenage perspective on homeschool high school

Madelyn is a dancer, a chef, a scientist, and a kind, nurturing heart (oh, and a just-graduated homeschooled teen).

She assumes she can do anything: If I asked her to build a rocket ship, she’d head to Google, willing to please. After an hour, she’d have a wrinkle above her nose and a tear in her eye, realizing that no matter how much she wants to please and how talented she is, she can’t do this today (no rocket ships, yet, but she can do almost everything else).

She follows directions: cooking with cookbooks, considering the ideas of her parents, estimating times of arrival, deciding when mom should leave the house so she won’t be late. She’s got her math workbook finished before her siblings are awake and downstairs. She has her daytimer filled with plans for her physics class so she doesn’t miss a beat.

She has a zest for life: She makes a cheese soufflé with Julia Child verve, animating and dialoguing her way through her cooking show, and worked her way through that cookbook on her own blog. She wants to be a marine biologist, obstetrician, and when she’s done with that, a science teacher (and she’ll do cooking school in the evenings).

She has the work ethic of a medical resident. Her physician dad bought her a needle driver and at sixteen, she’s been practicing surgical stitches. She’s learning medical procedures on an app, until she finishes high school, then she’ wonders if she’ll eventually start a science degree so she can work towards an actual medical program.

She puts her hand hard to the task and doesn’t let up until it’s completed as expected. Her hard work and tenacity will pay one day…maybe in dollars, definitely in reputation, and certainly in achieving what she wants.

She is our Madelyn.


I don’t think you’re going to have a great time trying to get a kid to do something they don’t want to do. Because, surprise, surprise, they’re not gonna do it. Yes, they can do a page of math and actually do that, but if they don’t want to learn it, they won’t learn it.

Madelyn Wiedrick

Considering Homeschooling your High Schooler?


Madelyn’s Advice for Homeschool Parents:

  • Be open.
  • Listen to what they want.
  • Spin their interests so you can give them the math and the English that they need, but do it in a way that they can receive and engage it.

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Get more encouragement in the book: Homeschool Mama Self-Care: Nurturing the Nurturer

Homeschool Mama Self-Care: nurturing the nurturer

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