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The pessimist would say, "The summer is already half gone." The optimist would say, "We still have half the summer to enjoy!" Which are you?
I usually wait until mid-summer to finalize what I am doing for the coming school year. Because I have been homeschooling for 20 years and we have graduated 3 children from homeschool and only have one left, I have a pretty good idea of where I am going for the next school year, so I take my time. But, all children are different. My "baby" is no exception. I realized this week that I needed to start making some real decisions. So I talked with her about her options and we came up with a plan.
She is leaning toward not attending college but pursuing her dream in makeup artistry. A college degree is not needed for a pursuit of this kind, but we do want to keep our options open. Since dual credit is a very inexpensive option in going the college route, we are continuing our last two high school years with many dual enrollment courses.
At the beginning of the school year, I set up loosely made lesson plans that will help my children know what is required for the semester: papers, quizzes, tests, reading assignments, etc. They get to decide the pace of these courses. If they want to move quickly through the assignments or double up on days to make a free day here and there, great. The one thing we do/did not allow is getting behind on their school work during a given week. Schoolwork is due by Friday afternoon or consequences will be suffered.
My advice, make sure you physically check their work before they are allowed to ...... (fill in the blank). I have learned that their, "Yes, I finished the assignments," could be very different from what you consider a "finished assignment". As for the classes lead by someone else, keeping on track should be their responsibility and the consequences of getting behind may not be faced every week, but it will catch up to them.
I have found that letting go of the homeschool apron strings and letting them answer to another instructor (college courses, online classes) is a very good step toward a responsible adult life. (The dual enrollment classes also look very good on their high school transcripts.)
Three junior years down and one to go..... Here is our 11th grade course line up.
- Sonlight Core 300 mixed with Mystery of History Vol 4. (1 high school credit) I love both of these!
- Write at Home high school English (1 high school credit)
Foundations in Personal Finance High School Edition for Homeschool (1 high school credit) I purchased the entire course. DVD"s workbook and student book
- Rosetta Stone Spanish (1 high school credit)
- Apologia Marine Biology (1 high school credit) I highly recommend purchasing the DVD complete course as well as the notebooking journal. For her, the more reinforcement and learning tools the better.
- Dance (1/2 high school credit)
She will earn 71/2 high school credits and 6 college credits by the end of her junior year. It will be a tougher year than last but I know she is up for the challenge.
Update (June 16, 2020) Our "baby" graduated from high school last spring. She has since graduated from esthetician school and is now a master esthetician. I have spent the last couple of years creating downloadable resources for you. It was a learning process to homeschool high school and now, after 22 years of homeschooling (15 of those years homeschooling teens) I have a wealth of knowledge and experience on how and what to do to prepare a teen for life after high school. I want to share it with you so you can homeschool your teen successfully and have a cheerleader, me to help you through the four crazy, wonderful years. You can find all my downloads here.
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Enjoying the journey,
Michelle Osborn is the owner and founder of Yellow House Book Rental, specializing in providing homeschool curriculum for rent or purchase, as well as counseling and guidance for homeschool families. She is a wife, a 22-year homeschool veteran, and mom of four amazing children and five adorable grandchildren. Three of her children are now entrepreneurs, running their own businesses and doing quite well. Michelle’s passions include serving by leading worship at her church and encouraging homeschool moms through one on one, social media and speaking engagements. She has found her niche in helping parents homeschooling their teens through the high school years and on to pursue their dreams
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