Thankfully, I'm not too far off track in what I've been doing for record-keeping, grades, etc. However, we got a lot of new information about after-high-school options, testing, etc. Right now I'm overload about all the stuff you have to do for a college degree, but at least we have a lot of choices now as to how to get that done. I'll cross that bridge a bit later.
In no particular order, these were some of the points about high school I thought noteworthy:
- All the same reasons you chose to homeschool for the elementary years still apply. Don't give in to fear.
- Don't let 'college' drive your life or your homeschool.
- Don't be driven by the calendar--consider a 'gap' year after high school.
- At Ivy league schools, 1% identify themselves as born-again Christians. If you send your children to Rome, don't be surprised if they come back Romans.
- Character is pre-eminent!
- Whatever character flaws your child has will come out even more in high school.
- Any tendency to laziness and other character flaws in your child really show up in math. (Good heads-up.)
- Education is discipleship and all of life is education. Do as many field trips as you can.
- Don't spoon-feed them. Make them take responsibility for their own education, help make them to be a self-motivated problem solver.
- In public schools, they cover only about 80% of the math textbooks--so don't feel you have to complete a book in a year.
- There's a huge dearth in America of students headed for STEM--S=sciences, T=technology, E=engineering, and M=mathematics.
- Enrollment of students in military service academies who were homeschooled is 5-10%.
- Attach the Word of God to everything we teach.
- To quote Vodie Baucham, "If you need to go to college, do it fast, cheap, and close to home."
- We need to teach our children how work; we need to change our definition. When you work, you bless someone and bring glory to God.
- CLEP test scores are good for 20 years.
- Kids will rise to high standards if you set them high.
- Colleges look for students to have had American, British, and World Literature. Always teach literature in the context of history.
- Outlining, timed essays, and research papers are important to learn. Homeschooled students are typically not good at taking notes--make 'em learn!
- Engross your children in the book of Proverbs.
- In a study, millionaires said their reasons for success were 1.) honesty, 2.) supportive spouse, 3.) self-control, 4.) hard-working, and 5.) gets along with people. Having a college degree was #16 on the list.
Onward and upward!