But we don’t just study English…Oh, no!
More stuff is coming~
I usually like to approach any topic by referring back to a portion of one of my favourite poems by Rudyard Kipling.
I keep six honest serving-men
(The taught me all I knew);
There names are What and Where and When
And How and Why and Who.
What do they study?
Where do they study?
When do they study?
How does it all look?
Why homeschool high school?
Who can homeschool high school?
Also, what does family study look like with a wide age range? How do you challenge olders with younger siblings around? How do you approach sciences, language, math and other subjects “organically”?
Over the next few posts, I’ll address the above questions as best I can across the range of subject areas for high school and how it fits in to the life of me, my family and my young adults.
Just so you know where I’m coming from. We have four children who have finished homeschooling and gone on to do Other Stuff. They all have some post secondary years under their belts. The eldest is halfway through a Classics degree, which is a very slow process for her as depression is a major player in her life, and she can only do what she do. She is presently working and doing theatre and learning how to manage her illness and still live a productive life.
Our second daughter has a three year certificate of Christian Humanities from Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy in Ontario, a small, Catholic liberal arts college. She is presently working and training to be a doula.
Our third daughter did one year at the same college, and a short stint at an interior design academy, discerning that it wasn’t for her. She is working and doing some part time study.
The first of our boys (he’s seventeen) is off at the same college for his first year. He may only spend one year there, perhaps more…he hopes to go further into study in finance and business. So the first four kids have all spent one year or more at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom. We don’t make them go.
They want to go. They have our support to attend this college, and we would prefer they do one year at a well reputed Catholic college for the purpose of adult spiritual formation on many levels, and with like minded peers. So we’ve encouraged it, but not insisted on it. But OLSWA is a beautiful, conservative, small and faithful college and they have gone there by choice.
Also, none of theses four have a high school diploma. They are allowed to get one if they want to, I will support their decision, but because I don’t really give a flying rip about it, well…I guess it rubbed off.
Just so you know.
In the big scope of things we always have to remember this. There is always more than one way to skin a cat. While in our family we have a desire to not limit the choices our children have to pursue courses of study or training, we need to keep in mind that nothing is ever carved in stone…if they were missing a course they needed to enter a program of some sort, they could take it, even if they had graduated three years earlier.
Tomorrow I’ll address some of the WHAT. WHAT subjects, WHAT do they need for college or university. WHAT they heck is wrong with me. That sort of thing.