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Interview question three:
"Do you plan to keep homeschooling through high school? How do you assess if your big kids are getting enough of what they need for whatever comes next?"
Ah. This is a bigly question with sub-questions and sub-sub-questions which you follow until you arrive at tunnels that lead to labyrinths that result in roller-coaster rides through black holes into as-yet undiscovered universes. But the short answer is "yes." And "with great fear and trembling."
Now for the longer answer.
So far our two eldest are in high school and they are still homeschooled (freshman and sophomore year as we speak). We do try to look at each child individually and assess their needs each year, though, and (I hope) remain open to where the Holy Spirit is guiding us in terms of their education and growth, so maybe it will happen that some child(ren) will not be homeschooled in high school and that will also be fine. But for now we are and it seems to be going well.
In terms of assessment, every year I've voluntarily administer the California Achievement Test (CAT) to my kids so that we can see together where they are already strong academically and where we need to focus more of our efforts. This year I might do something a little bit differently with my high schoolers because I'm crazy like that and can't just leave well enough alone. We also do things like take practice AP, CLEP, and PSAT tests just to get a feel for what the knowledge expectations are and so far we all feel pretty confident that we are being sufficiently diligent about their education.
Also, and maybe this will do nothing but reveal how poorly prepared I am to be attempting this at all, I often look at what they're working on and say "well, I never learned about that in high school and still managed to get my diploma, so..." Is that bad? Is that terrible? I don't think it is. I think if I were sending them to school I would be totally happy with them just "getting the grade" even if they didn't retain the information (that is a shortcoming on my part, not commentary on going to school in general!), whereas with this set-up I'm like "ZOMG, you better have the fund of knowledge of a doctoral candidate at Yale by the time you turn 17, okay?!?!?" Or I WOULD be like that if I didn't actively remind myself of my real-knowledge to high-school diploma ratio when I started college, which was something like 2/100.
Anyway! I started rambling there, didn't I? Always. Always with the rambling.
Lastly, I've been absolutely blessed with an enormous, supportive homeschooling community, both online and "in real life" (a term I kinda hate because that implies that friends who I know via the internet are either not real people or not part of my real life, BUT I DIGRESS). I throw myself at the feet of these generous ladies whose children have gone on to really real graduate from really real colleges and I say "help me!!! Tell me everything I need to know!!! Do I really need to do four entire years of Michigan history based on the advice on this random website I just found at 2 a.m.?!?!?" If you've not been a recipient of one of these emails, facebook comments, or after-church talks, consider yourself especially blessed, truly.
So there it is. Assess the needs of each child individually, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you, keep tabs on what The World will be expecting them to know depending on their goals for the future, and don't be afraid to ask for help. Those are my homeschooling high-school strategies as a very, very new new new high-school mom who prays and hopes she doesn't want to pat herself on the head in a few years when she goes back and reads this while saying "aw, bless her heart."
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