These are my two cuties who are growing up way too fast and turning into the most amazing people I know.
I have 4 children total, but they are grown and for the most part have moved out (yes, they are equally amazing!) For this page's purpose, I will only focus on these two, because they are the ones getting homeschooled.
A little bit about our homeschooling journey. They started normal public school in kindergarten - they are only one year apart. I started having troubles with the school and my daughter who the older one in 2nd grade. It was a nightmare - my daughter was a straight A student, always was given high marks for helping, being sympathetic, etc, etc. Gag worthy really. This 2nd grade year however, her teacher and long term sub called her uncontrollable, with an inability to learn from HER teaching (with straight A's mind you) and when I told the teacher that she had been recommended for gifted and talented, she laughed in my face, telling me my daughter as not only NOT gifted, but probably remedial.
I had enough, I almost pulled her right then and there, but hubs talked me out of it. Ultimately, we made it one more year. I pulled them both out of school after Laney's 3rd grade year and Koen's 2nd grade year.
It was bliss homeschooling them for 2 years, then puberty hit my daughter and she wanted to go back to school. I started that 3rd year, but by January, they were back in public school. They finished the year there and started the next year, but they were back at home by spring break. No more public school no matter what.
NEITHER ONE LEARNED ANYTHING THAT YEAR! I feel like we lost an entire year. I bet they can test better though.
So, I half-heartedly finished the year with them - they got math, grammar, writing, reading, no history or science. Even the first part of this school year has been tough due to my business exploding.
As the 2017 started, we made some decisions - we are most definitely homeschooling through high school!
Deep breath! I can do this! Or rather THEY can do this!
The biggest change is I will be graduating them together - they are the same curriculum level for everything aside from grammar and writing. It will be like one is honors and one is regular. I will not keep Koen an extra year just for an English class, when he more than likely will be going into a tech oriented school.
People are always curious about curriculum and I am no exception, so here are our curriculum choices.
Math - Saxon all the way! We will do the Algebra 1, 2, then Advanced Math that incorporated the Geometry. I am not at all concerned about timing for the SAT or ACT - they can take it their senior year if they want.
History - Sonlight, American History, Church History, 20th Century World History, Government and Economics.
Science - Mr. Q's Advanced Biology, Chemistry, Physics and then we are doing a year of Astronomy.
Foreign Language - Classical Academic Press, Latin Primer A, B, C
English/Literature - Classical Academic Press, Writing and Rhetoric series, Sonlight Language Arts and Literature. The literature coincides with history, but Laney (who is interested in the liberal art field, specifically writing) will have more advanced literature and analysis work, including British Literature. Also, Wordly Wise - all the way through book 12.
Logic - Classical Academic Press - The Art of Argument, Discovery of Deduction, The Argument Builder, Everyday Debate, Rhetoric Alive 1 and hopefully 2 (if they come out with it before we get to it!)
Electives - their choice as we get there. Default of Driver's Ed and Personal Finance
Arts - We are doing a year of learning about the histories of different types of arts and then seeing them - an art museum and local gallery, the ballet, the symphony, the opera, a play, a musical, performance art, modern dance, a concert - rock, country, jazz, etc. Photography exhibit, and also the big one - we plan on going to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir during this time. Basically, any type of art we can think of, we will research it, write a paper, go see. We are not limited to just these things.
PE - We have not decided officially, but we are doing a semester of 5K training and runs, then they can chose yoga or golf for the next semester.
That is the high school plan! I am still going to take it year by year and allow ourselves to seek help if we need it for a class or two. I am not considering dual credit at this time. Both my husband and I are ok with them taking their time with the education - there is no rush. Our curriculum is already pretty intense, and college is for more things than getting a degree. It is a transition time that is important!
Please ask if you have any questions! This is a ever morphing adventure we are on, and I would love to hear from you!