7th grade consisted of buying $500.00 worth of books, writing my own lesson plan and schedule, with minimum success.
8th grade consisted of registering at an online academy; again with minimal success.
9th grade has me rethinking this whole situation. Although I know what the basic requirements are for each high school grade in Michigan in order for my daughter to get a diploma, the emphasis will be on the things that interest her. The things she is passionate about, as well as the things that challenge her.
So she is starting French, working through some pre-test SAT books, reading about Joan of Ark, and practicing math skills.
I have no idea what the coming weeks will bring, but I certainly feel much better about this method than the previous ones I have tried.
One assignment is left for Erin’s homeschooling. And that will conclude two years of homeschooling. And I will be speeding to the high school with her to get her registered for her Freshman year in public school.
I really do not know how I managed to get through two years of this. And kudos to those of you who do it for much longer, and for more than one child. Most people who have never attempted to homeschool do not realize how difficult it truly is.
Rewarding? Absolutely. And every single grade is hard-earned. I know Erin and I both learned a lot from this experience, but I would be lying if I said I was not thrilled to be done with it.
And I made it clear to Erin and my 10 year old (Cassidy), that no one will ever homeschool again. I hope I can hold true to that. Obviously if there was an issue with the education they were getting at public school, I would have to reconsider that statement.
I am praying with fingers crossed that it never gets to that point.
I did already make it very clear to my homeschooler that she will be doing a report and presentation on this trip for her Social Studies class. Brownie points never hurt 🙂
We saw a lot of amazing things at the Presidential Museum and Library yesterday, and did also tour the Lincoln home. Some of the things we did yesterday are below. We also visited Lincoln’s New Salem today, as well as a local zoo. That post should be up tomorrow.
We are leaving tomorrow so I have a 6-7 hour drive back home; it is also possible that absolutely nothing will get done once I make that drive!
If you live in Michigan and have children in school (public or home), then you are surely familiar with the new standardized testing for Michigan called MStep; formerly the MEAP test.
Oddly enough, out of my four daughters, and the youngest three are still at home, they are all doing the MStep testing right now. Kendall is in 11th grade, Erin homeschools 8th grade, and Cassidy is in the 5th grade. All of the possible grade years that you would get tested in.
Since Erin homeschools, her testing took place in a local hotel about 20 minutes from us. While she started her testing, I hit some local parks to get some pictures, and then started reading a book while I waited for her to finish up. She has testing tomorrow as well, and then 3 days next week.
I have big plans this weekend of getting Erin ahead on her homeschooling assessments. Her school requires that she completes Educational and Technology assignments, which goes over using your computer, good study habits, being safe on the internet, and the like. This is one of two classes that actually has both semester’s worth of assignments available.
I know the feeling!
Her grades ending this semester are mediocre at best, and I am trying to develop a schedule that she will stick to and follow in order to get the grades that she is capable of achieving.
I can honestly say I get discouraged, more often than not, when working with her on her assignments. I am sure it is the mindset she has versus mine. I have gotten 2 college degrees online, and am about half-way through my Master’s degree, also online. For her entire life she has watched me spend hours on the computer doing homework, reading textbooks, and complaining about the difficulty of going to school online. I was hoping some of that would have rubbed off on her, but as of yet, it has not.
If she can finish this school year on a strong, positive note, I may not be so strongly against her doing another year of homeschooling.
What do you do when your homeschooler can’t find the motivation they need to stay on task?
…because apparently my 13 year old homeschooler saw no big issue with skipping her two small assignments, and studying for a test, in order to get on the PS3 and play video games with her dad (who is 4 hours away).
I asked him if he was aware that she did not do her homework and he said no he was not; he asked and she told him it was done already.
Yep, you should ALWAYS believe what the teenager tells you when you ask a question.
And this, my friends, is why I am grateful he only sees them once a year. Now I just have to do something about the daily contact, and obvious bad influence, he is having on them.
Technology is not always a blessing; sometimes it is a curse!