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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, (for classes that I am teaching) that would help my children know what is required for the semester: papers, quizzes, test, reading assignments, etc. They get to decide the pace for 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. School work 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.
- Lumerit Scholar Foundations. (3 high school credits, 6 college credits) This includes three courses.
- Write at Home high school English (1 high school credit)
Math U See Algebra 2 (1 high school credit)
- Rosetta Stone Spanish (1 high school credit)
- Apologia Marine Biology (1 high school credit)
- 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.
Enjoying the journey,
Michelle Osborn the founder and owner Yellow House Book Rental, a service to homeschool families. She is a 20-year homeschool veteran of four, two married, one in college, and one teenager at home.
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