Saturday, March 10, 2012

Preparing for High School!!!!

Here I sit on the very edge of the next chapter in our homeschool journey.

HIGH SCHOOL!

Really?

Could it be?

I can clearly remember a conversation with my husband so many years ago that went something like this:

"Hey Honey, did you see how grounded "so-and-so's" children are in their faith and how much they love to learn?"

"Yes, I noticed."

"You know, they've been homeschooling and have graduated 2 out of 5 kids already.  The graduated kids are fully functioning adults!"

"That is remarkable!"  "They certainly aren't like the neighborhood kids!!"

"Well....I'd like to try homeschooling preschool and kindergarten....How badly could I mess up?"

"There's NO WAY you could mess up!!"

And so it began....

We flew through "preschool" and finished Kindergarten early.  Now we were faced with a problem.  It was "time" to enroll him for Kindergarten, but he was 1/2 way through his 1st grade curriculum.  Putting him in school at his 'chronolgical' grade would leave him bored.  The school wouldn't consider putting him in school at his 'ability level'.

So....we continued on.

I had planned on just taking one year at a time and evaluate schooling for the next year - each year.

Somewhere, somehow homeschooling became less about "keeping up with public school" and more about a "lifestyle of learning".

I'm so grateful for this metamorphosis in thinking because today my highschooler-to-be not only has a strong foundation on Jesus, BUT has a love for learning and a desire for knowledge.  Something I desperately wished I had gotten from my schooling years.

The journey has been worth the hours of preparation, teaching, counseling and skinned knees from much prayer.

Which 10 years later leads us up to this ---

HIGH SCHOOL!

Really?

PRAISE THE LORD!!!!

Galatians 6:9 - Let us not grow weary in doing good for in due season we will reap a harvest if we do not give up!

15 comments:

  1. Oh, Lisa! Bless you! You are about to embark on a new, amazing journey. High school is a celebration of who your children are becoming, a wonderful glimpse of what God will be doing through them. I adore the relationship I have with me two young adult grads (soon to be college grads). Wouldn't trade the days I had with them for anything, even the days of putting together scholarship essays, college admission packets, and resumes. I pray you will CELEBRATE HIGH SCHOOL well.
    Cheryl Bastian
    www.cherylbastian.com

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    1. Cheryl, thank you for your beautiful reply! Thank you for sharing your experience and to CELEBRATE :-)

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  2. I am there with you! We downloaded entrance requirements for a couple colleges my daughter would like. Then looked at the states requirements. Time to make the Freshmen schedule and dive in! New adventures coming soon!
    God bless
    Heather Laurie
    www.specialneedshomeschooling.com

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    1. Thanks for visiting Heather! Bless you too!

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  3. We'll be starting high school next year too.

    Love Cheryl's response "I pray you will CELEBRATE HIGH SCHOOl well"

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  4. We all grow up together! LOL Very inspirational post...thanks, Lisa!

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    1. Yep - I'm so grateful for Mentors who go ahead of me ;-)

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  5. Ahahahaha! That's exactly how we started and still somedays think about it! :)

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  6. We are finishing up our first year of high school here...it has been an adventure with lots of learning {for Mom}. I had to keep reminding myself and my daughter that home school high school doesn't have to look like PS high school. We'll get it soon! =) ~ Jen @ www.gricefullyhomeschooling.com

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    1. It's truly wonderful that we don't have to emulate PS!!! Glad to hear you are still standing after your first year :-) Thank you for visiting Jen!

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  7. Lisa, we are just starting! The Boy has begun Biology, Algebra and a more in-depth study of Greek History (his choice). We're still in middle school for writing (he despises writing).

    Surprisingly high school is not intimidating to me...

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    1. That's very encouraging Taunya! Thank you for visiting!

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  8. We start High School next year too although I know I am supposed to be homeschooling my 4 kids been a rough year & I seek out blogs, as yours to find encourgement & Glad I found you! I know that nothing I do goes unseen in MY FATHERS EYES!

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