I was emailing a friend the other day about books on homeschooling, unschooling, and things in between.
It is, after all, that time of year thou may'st in me behold, when curriculum catalogs, or none, or few, or many, do hang about the house.
On a related note, I recently heard from a blog friend (well, not that recently, and I'm sorry, BlogFriend, for taking so long to get this post started!) and she had the following questions:
- What did you think high school would look like for your oldest and how that has become a reality?
- What do you think you might do differently for Ramona as she enters high school?
- What would you do exactly the same?
- Do you have set subjects that must be tackled by the laws of the state?
- If not, what plan did you follow for coming up with his coursework or are you using a curriculum like Kolbe or Seton?
Those are great questions begging for a series of blog posts. And of course, I'm hesitant to answer them because -- as my sidebar notes -- I'm not an expert on anything. But I can tell you what's worked for me. The other reason I'm hesitant to answer is that not only does every family have its own style and needs, but every child within a family is different. "An Edmisten Education" won't look exactly the same for Anne, Betsy and Ramona.
But, all those things add up to the same short answer that I offered in an email the other day: "You find what works for your family and then you do it."
But short doesn't always equal easy. Finding what works is challenging. But it's unavoidable. Sometimes you just don't know what works until you try it, tweak it, throw it out, and try something new. That's just part of the journey, dear Homeschooling Mom, not a failure on your part.
Tomorrow I'll tackle the first question (What did we think high school would look like, and how has that become a reality?) but for today, I'll just summarize a little bit about where we are right now:
Anne-with-an-e just graduated from Green Gables Homeschool. She applied to and was accepted at a great Catholic college, and even got a lovely scholarship. It was encouraging to me that an Edmisten Education got her there. She ultimately decided, though, to spend at least her first year of college (possibly two, we'll see) at home, getting her Gen Eds out of the way. This feels like the right choice all around, and everyone is happy with it.
Betsy Ray just finished her sophomore year of high school, so I'll be talking about her in this series, too.
Ramona just finished 4th grade. (Wait, what? Isn't she three years old?!)
So, next year I will be homeschooling only two students (and I assume I may occasionally have to prod a college student to get her Psych homework off the kitchen table.) That's where we are at this moment.
Tomorrow I'll begin the nostalgic look back on our foray into Homeschool High School.
An actual photo of our homeschool: