All posts tagged: college

Why My Teens Don’t Dual Credit

My oldest is graduating from high school in just a couple months, and no, he’s not receiving a bachelor’s degree at the same time. He isn’t transferring credits as a high school freshman, and he’s not accelerating his studies. He’s just graduating as a normal (don’t laugh) homeschool student with a mixture of regular and honors courses and a normal amount of high school credits. According to my facebook feed, that should make me a complete failure as a homeschool mom. Why didn’t he take dual credit and CLEP and community college and Oxford prep? For Pete’s sakes, how do I expect him to get into college? What have we been doing for the last four years, anyway? When my students were younger, I was so enamored with the idea of dual-credit. After all, as a homeschool student myself, I had worked hard to complete four full years of high school material in three. If college work had been available to me, I know I would have jumped at the chance. But my own students …

How much #homeschool record keeping do you need? via lagarfias.com

Keeping Track

Record Keeping. I think those are bad words in the homeschooling vocabulary. Too much time, too much money, too much effort is wasted on record keeping when the goal of homeschooling is to be learning how to learn. The burden of record keeping often hinders that purpose. A disclaimer Some of my beloved readers live in states in which record keeping is mandatory. So you must take everything in this post with a grain of salt. But still hear me out. I am in your corner, too. The principles I am setting forth will apply to you as well, I promise. I am trying to be a blessing here, not a burden. Actually, I want to lift the burden. And watch it roll away down the hill. Whee! First, some history. Remember, I am a homeschool graduate. Back in the late 1980s and early 90s, it was barely legal to home educate in Michigan, where I grew up. Parents like mine joined legal organizations like Home School Legal Defense and hid inside the house during …

Ask the Grad – Tricia Lewis

This week’s “Ask the Grad” features one of our readers and homeschool mothers – like you – who is also a homeschool graduate. She shares what it was like to be home educated, what she did after graduation, and why she chose to homeschool her own children. Ask the Grad by Tricia Lewis Hi!  My name is Tricia, and I am a homeschool graduate.  I had a ten-year reunion in Japan with my entire graduating class . . . of one, of course.  But let’s not tell the end of the story before the beginning; my homeschool experience started in third grade. My parents started homeschooling in part because of the experiences that one of my sisters and I had in public school.  I went to public school from K-2, and my sister just went to half-day kindergarten, but my parents saw peer pressure working on me, and the effect that teasing as well as some physical difficulties had for her.  She has microtia, (a congenital ear deformity with a genetic component),  as do two …

Ask the Grad – Daniel Mount

Since I wasn’t tied down to spending most of my day with age-mates, I got plenty of experience making friends of all ages. In point of fact, I’ve never worked in or seen a job situation yet where one only works with age-mates, so this was actually quite an advantage. Most importantly, I was able to be discipled by my parents in the truths of the Christian faith—and to be there to watch as they lived those truths.

Ask the Grad – Evan Travers

Today’s Ask the Grad is a young man from a large homeschool family.  Evan Travers is a homeschool graduate who is finishing a degree in computer science and honing his photography and social media talents.  He shares with us how to raise men prepared to excel in the next generation. When I tell people that I was homeschooled, it has not been uncommon to get a rather surprised response. A raised eyebrow, a low whistle, I am used to such answers. I have found through experience that I will almost always get that reaction up front, but once a person gets to know me, and hear my story, they usually end up wishing that they were homeschooled too. I am very glad I was homeschooled. It has been such a huge blessing to me, and I would not have chosen any other way. I am very grateful to my parents for making that choice in a time when it was such a strange and alien path to choose for your children. I have reaped nothing …