I’d like to say that I have fond memories of my middle school years, but truthfully they were pretty cringe-worthy. I just knew that when I became a mom one day and faced those years with my own kids, I would try to make the most out of an awkward time. Thankfully, homeschooling makes that easier to do just by the virtue of spending so much time together and knowing each other well.
Even still, middle school is definitely a time of transition physically, emotionally, and educationally. My oldest daughter is now in the middle of her freshman year of high school, so we recently navigated these middle school waters in our homeschool. I learned a few things that I want to remember when my younger two daughters hit that stage (they’re 7 and 9 now).
Making the Most of the Middle School Years
I had an opportunity to write a chapter on this subject in the latest book from the iHomeschool Network, The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas: Volume 2. It’s available as a pdf that can be read on any device, or as an ebook and print book on Amazon.
In my chapter, I cover the following topics as related to the middle school years:
- Teach Them to Learn
- Skills to Focus On
- Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities
- Preparing for High School
We personally focused on gaining independent learning skills. My daughter has taken on the responsibility of deciding what she would like to study and finding resources to use. This year she’s taking several online courses in her particular areas of interest — writing, designing, and computer coding. These courses will prepare her to start her own business, which she is actively pursuing. It’s exciting to see her develop those talents now.
If you’re looking for more ideas in your homeschool for all ages and stages, you’ll appreciate The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas, Volume 2, from the iHomeschool Network bloggers.
From the Description:
There are so many big ideas when it comes to home education, we couldn’t just stop at one volume! New for 2017: The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas: Volume TWO. We welcome 38 moms who share their expertise on 57 topics.
- Need ideas for getting Dad or grandparents involved?
- What should you do if you have anti-homeschool family members?
- Need help creating socialization opportunities for your homeschooled teen?
- Are you confused about how to assign high school credit for courses and electives?
- Would you like to make back to school time special for your kids?
- Are you a city-dweller who longs to go outside for nature studies?
- Need ideas for raising tomorrow’s thought leaders and entrepreneurs?
- Do you have a child who is a chronic worrier?
In this book, we once again go beyond the basics of academics and delve into delightful, yet practical topics like dual enrollment and college prep, transcripts, personality and learning styles, ADHD, book clubs, flashcards, STEM, small spaces, and oodles more! The 38 experienced homeschool moms who contributed to this book don’t hold back from sharing their best advice about managing your homeschool, your home, your life, and your sanity.
The book is divided into easy-to-read sections and there really is something for every homeschooling family:
- Ages and Stages: Teen and Beyond
- General Homeschool Helps
- Learning Resources: Language Arts and Literature
- Learning Resources: STEM
- Learning Resources: Training Hearts
- Learning Resources: Unique Needs
- Managing Your Life: Unique Homeschool Situations
My favorite aspect of the book is being able to pick it up and start reading on whatever topic I need at the moment. I like to have the print copy on my shelf for reference and keep the ebook handy on my Kindle. I can read it on the go anytime that way.
Even though I’m a contributing author in the book, I still need this resource for myself! There is truly a wealth of helpful tips and useful information here. I highly recommend adding this book to your homeschooling home library.
Disclaimer: As a contributing author, I received a free copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.