Thursday, August 8, 2013

Homeschool High School Future

When I started out homeschooling my daughter I used a traditional schooling method because of my background as a teacher. I soon, and I mean very soon, learned my teacher background was more of a hindrance than help to me. I had to learn that homeschooling involved lots of flexibility and much less direction from me. I had to learn to let my daughter take more of a lead.

Several years and tons of curriculum and teaching styles later we settled in with unschooling. It was a good fit for my daughter. I am not so sure it was a good fit for this lesson plan writing, hands-on momma! I truly had to (and still have to) learn to loosen the reigns a whole bunch.  :)

Last year was our first year of homeschooling high school. Wow! I must say I was intimidated and more than just a little bit scared. We had been using Time4Learning the last several years as a supplement to her unschooling and really loved it. For this traditional background mom and teacher, T4L gave me great comfort that my child was actually learning something. I know, I know, she was learning with her unschooling more than I ever realized at the time, but I could see something tangible with Time4Learning's record keeping. Anyway, we jumped into high school and the initial jump was as fast as it got. After that everything slowed down. Like I said earlier, I let high school intimidate me I think mainly because we entered as unschoolers. I just couldn't see how to record life skills on a transcript so I didn't even attempt a transcript last year. (I will say I read another blog in this awesome blog hop that gave me great ideas on using a binder method for setting up a transcript this year--thanks, Teachable Moments!).

This year I envision a much different year for both my daughter and myself. I am going to use the binder method for keeping up with the transcript PLUS, and most exciting to me, my daughter is enrolling in Time4Learning's new homeschool high school courses. Yeah--they finally added high school classes.

Since we are already familiar with how T4L works this was an easy choice for us. And since they do the record keeping I can simply transfer the courses and descriptions to her transcript. That is going to make things much easier for me this year, and I know I will be more at ease.

My daughter's future is already looking brighter. I let her choose what she wants to take. She selected Algebra I, English II, World History, Biology, and Economics/Personal Finance. They also have an online writing tutorial that I am interested in her exploring. She enjoys writing, but she needs to sharpen it up and explore other types of writing than just story writing.

What do you envision for your homeschool student this year? Please share. I'd love to read what you have to say.