"Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise." ~Andy Stanley

June 10, 2008

Homeschooling high school

What I learned this year:

~Homeschooling high school is not as scary as I imagined it would be

~It is excellent practice for college

~Christian songs from iTunes make great rewards for a diligent school week and a great attitude (for only 99 cents!)

~Teaching Textbooks is my mathematical lifesaver!

~Sonlight's Core 100 is great if you have a kid who loves a schedule and wants to work on their own and LOVES reading

~I am spoiled because I have a highly self motivated high school student to practice on ; )

~Co-op type classes aren't for us right now

~Online courses from the school district offer great electives but are MAJORLY time consuming. Never take more than one of those classes at a time

~If a free language course from the public library IS ever offered online again, print out all the tests because you never know when that language course company will cancel the library's contract without notifying any students and you will be left high and dry with no records to show for the work accomplished

~Free time is precious and spent wisely

~I wouldn't trade these years with my teen for anything!



Yvonne said...

The library has free online foreign languages again. Sam is taking French... We just found it this week.
It's not as nice as Rosetta Stone...no pictures. Just text and sound.

I agree with your assessment of FLVS...very time consuming. Andrew is taking Web Design, Matthew is in Latin.
They love it...but it's busy.

Co-op classes aren't great for us either in this season. Although during the summer, we were able to get four families together to do Financial Peace for the Next Generation by Dave Ramsey. It's wonderful!! So it is a "sort," of co-op...but it's low key and flexible.

We miss you guys! Andrew and Sam are playing guitar now. It's so much fun!


Toni said...

Good points, Becky. And our library did the same thing with the language course, though we didn't need the test records. How frustrating for you.

We did decide to buy the language program for the coming year, since we used it for nearly a full year and were happy with it. But sheesh, good thing all can work from one DVD because it's PRICEY!

Jamie said...

When I get to where you are . . . I will be coming back here for this great stock of info!

momtofivekids said...

You are right, it's not so scary. My oldest son is starting 12th grade in the fall. He's always been homeschooled.
"free time is precious and spent wisely" -so true!