Mother of a high schooler. Almost. (Plus, a good movie.)
I can’t believe I’m old enough to have an almost-high schooler. Wow. The good news is that he really wants to continue homeschooling for high school. The bad news is that I feel a little intimidated by all the changes in record-keeping I’m sure to have to do. (Transcripts! Argh!) The good news is that it’s only February; I can learn what I need to in time, I’m sure.
Does anyone have a “homeschooling your high schooler” book to recommend? I just put three of them on my hold list at the library… It looks like most of them are along the lines of, “You can do it!” and I feel more of a need for practical advice, like, “Here’s what you need to do differently than you did with K-8.” We’ll see.
We — my 8th grader (Ethan), and my 6th grader (Grant) — are on the last week or two of Sonlight Core 4.* Looking at what Sonlight offers, I think we’ll start Ethan’s high school experience with Core 200. Up to now, I have rather avoided curricula that is overtly Christian**, but it looks like Core 200 would be interesting and informative for both of us. 🙂
So, that means Ethan will have only three months with Core 5, and not do 6-8 at all. That’s OK, I think, as Cores 6-8 study more in-depth what was studied in previous Cores. And, the reason we went so slowly through the Cores in the first place is because we studied them more in-depth than the assigned curriculum led us to — extra books on the era of study, both fiction and non-fiction, extra videos, etc.
This is off-topic, but, speaking of extra videos, our family watched Sergeant York last week, when it aired (commercial-free!) on TCM. It’s a biopic from 1942, telling the true story of a reluctant American World War I hero, played by Gary Cooper. What a wonderful movie! I cried. It’s about equal parts morality play, patriotic war movie, and romance: good for the whole family.
*Yes, I have an 8th grader in Core 4. Yes, he is well-educated. He tested at a cumulative grade equivalency of 13+ (post high school) on the nationally normed ITBS. Last year.
**My own private, Christian K-12 education was HIGH on Bible and the history of the Jews and Christians… All very interesting and valuable, but it should not — in my opinion — be the sole study of history that a child undergoes. I received only a vague, cursory, incomplete education in history, and have felt the neglect ever since.