Your homeschool experience with your high schooler can be a wonderful opportunity for you to strengthen your relationship with your teenager and to have fun along with him as he grows. You may be struggling or hesitating now, but be encouraged by the many other parents who have taught their own--or several of their own--high schoolers. These families are reaping the rewards as their children graduate from college and begin jobs or start families. As homeschooling mom Elizabeth Smith says, "The teen years were the best years. I wouldn't have traded them for the world."

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Andrea Longbottom is a student at Patrick Henry College and works part-time in HSLDA's Communications Department. She grew up in Southeast Texas and was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school. Andrea will graduate from PHC in December 2005 with a degree in literature.

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ix Cafi Cohen, "Running through Walls," Home Education Magazine (May/June 2000),
x Marcia Somerville, "Which Class Is Most Important?" (workshop, 2005 Montana State-Wide Home Educators Convention and Curriculum Fair, Billings, MT, June 24, 2005).