I stressed over the transition from middle school to high school. I worried my daughter would get “behind” in her studies. We struggled with schedules and checklists and planners and keeping up with the lessons.
I did her a disservice the last couple years with review items and I should have listened to my gut and let her be to complete the core four: science, math, history, and literature. She got bogged down and overwhelmed with all I expected her to do. And I cannot live vicariously through her with the education I would have wanted.
I realize she is so much more successful if I just back off.
We still have curriculum: books and a schedule to complete. I discussed how I would like her to cram it all in the next couple months but she’s not interested. If she wants to “waste” her summer, so be it.
The awesome thing?
She’s been learning so much.
I must keep an active, safe conversation flowing.
I listen to her rattle on and on and on about her play rehearsals and what he said at CAP or what she learned about lab science that day.
It can be tiresome but I give her my undivided attention. I must make sure she feels important. Otherwise, she will clam up and there will be no relationship there. I am trying to maintain attachment before she feels that peers are more important than family.
What can homeschool high school look like?
Civil Air Patrol
Liz is currently a C/MSgt.
So proud that Liz received the Air Force Sergeants Association Award for Cadet Leadership!
Several CAP cadets are also members of JROTC and Liz was invited to the JROTC Ball.
Liz was AMAZING in the play Kindertransport with KMC Onstage. She won an award.
Liz earned first place at our little homeschool science fair.
She worked really, really hard on it and actually did all the research and data and analysis in the medical laboratory.
She learns well this way and applies what she reads in her books.
We had loads of fun at an eclipse party with these fun glasses!
We love to read and watch the films based on the books we read. We go to the library weekly and use Netflix and Amazon to view movies.
I am currently thrilled to be reading through some of my favorite books that I read and used to teach to my students.
Sometimes, we just read the book and don’t do massive amounts of analysis and work. Sometimes, I have her narrate orally to me what she learned. We like Venn diagrams and notebooking. We’re working up to a couple literary analysis essays in the next couple months.
I don’t force grammar studies or formal writing. We get lots of grammar learning with Latin and foreign language. Liz is a natural writer with all the reading she does and when I work closely with her, I know which areas need improvement.
We recently visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.
We’ve been traveling and learning about events and culture to tie in with our history studies.
It’s such a wonderful opportunity to live in Europe and see all the cultural and historical sites.
Liz is on the E in Amsterdam outside the Rijksmuseum.
There we all are!
We love to read about our favorite artists and attempt to recreate something in that style…
but to actually see the originals?
Alex was also thrilled to see his boats from his favorite art game – Art Ditto.
We enjoyed the artistic flower sculpture and displays at Keukenhof.
Liz is slowly completing the algebra program with VideoText.
We plan to log in her activities in a portfolio to make transcripts easier.
It’s been an uphill battle with homeschooling and parenting the last couple years but things are settling down well and I’m seeing the fruits of her labor and I am so proud of her.
I look forward to seeing greatness during high school years. Liz is a social butterfly and unafraid to try new things and I pray for wonderful learning opportunities in her future. Dual credit is a great option for many students. Look into your state and local colleges for more information!