Over the many years I’ve served as a homeschool advisor for high schoolers, one of my most difficult advisees has been me. That’s because I’ve had 5 kids in high school over the years and when I get it figured out for one kid, the next one comes along and needs something completely different!
So here’s the case study on my own family:
Kid #5 is a junior this year. He, of course, needs a completely different high school experience than his older siblings. Seth is into music. He also likes music. When he’s not doing music, he plays guitar. He is also handy with languages and vocabulary.
He has no desire whatsoever to go away and do the college dorm experie
nce after he graduates. While all his siblings spent time in Christian colleges, he might just end up at the local university or community college. This means 2 opposite things for his transcript:
1) If he goes to the community college, he will not need a bunch of honors-level courses on the transcript. The school does little with scholarships, so he’d be wasting his time to put tons of hours into high powered courses, unless he’s simply developing his gifts.
2) If he goes to the local university, he’ll need at least one honors-level course each year. He’ll also need physics and pre-calc- things he doesn’t want to take.
I’m leaning toward community college (don’t tell him that, he needs to decide…). The local universtiy is 15 minutes from home but just over the state line (out of state tuition, don’t you know).
Since we really don’t know where he’s headed yet, we do know to lean into his giftings- music, language arts, languages. So here’s what this year looks like:
Language Arts: Honors Level (because of his vocabulary giftings, we do lots of reading and writing anyway). He is using Sabrina Justison’s literature study guides and writing guides from 7 Sisters, too. He does extra vocab on freerice.com.
Math: He fired me (in a polite manner) as his math teacher. This year he is doing a Level 2 (average high school) Algebra 2 from AGS. 7 Sister, Sara, is teaching him. Math is something we both hate so this is a good thing.
Social Studies: World History and Philosophy (I’m teaching a group class beta testing the latest edition of the text my oldest son and I wrote). He’ll do this as a Level 3 (college prep) because he’s capable but doesn’t need more than that.
He’s also doing Civics in a co-op at Level 2 and “leveling up” by completing an extra textbook and keeping up with current events with World Magazine.
Science: Chemistry. Also Level 2 because he really doesn’t need more than that. He’s using Holt Chemistry Visualizing Matter.
Latin: He doesn’t have to worry about levels with languages. He has already completed Spanish 3 and wanted to move onto Latin.
Music: Music Theory class, Homeschool choir, voice lessons, umbrella school praise band,
church worship team, Christian pop band. (No levels, just logging hours in each area).
Career Exploration: Recording studio apprenticeship. (His brother-in-law owns a small studio and he spends time there. His band also records at another local studio).
Student Leadership: Training and investing in his umbrella school’s culture, listening to John Maxwell and Steven Covey audio books.
Phys Ed: Personal fitness.
He’s having fun, concentrating on what he loves. That makes a happy homeschooler and a happy homeschool mom.
What is your homeschooler working on this year?
Happy to be linking up to TheDaisyHead’s Homeschool High Link-up!