Over the past several years, I’ve been part of a lot of conversations about dual enrollment. Once junior high or high school hits, it tends to be a large part of what we research, stress over, and schedule out. From the conversations I’ve been a part of, both in person and on social media, the motivation for this tends to range among the following:
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I posted part of this poem on my Facebook page a few days ago, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.
There is freedom waiting for you,
on the breezes of the sky,
and you ask, “What if I fall?”
Oh, but my darling,
What if you fly?
I’ve written a bit about my son…he’s a non-stop, driven, out-of-the-box kind of guy. What I don’t write or talk about much, however, is how I learned to let him fly.
One of the amazing things about homeschooling is the ability to daily pour into our children – to mentor them, disciple them, watch them grow, and laugh with them. We get to be a part of both the little, random details and the major milestones in their lives. While the daily side of it might get a bit chaotic at times, I honestly can’t think of a higher privilege.
That niggling little thought looms, though, and it pops up at the weirdest times: what about when they leave home? Did I do enough? Will they be ready?
I had heard of the movie, Cheaper by the Dozen, and seen the recent version with Steve Martin. We laughed like crazy. I had heard that there was an older movie, but had never seen it. But somehow – no idea how – I had no idea that it was actually a book until my son was assigned to read it for a co op class.
And oh, my word, is it good. It’s so good, in fact, that we ended up putting a halt to some of our lesson plans and designing a unit around this book just for fun. There is so much good stuff to dig into!
Confession time: I love curriculum. I love to research it, read through it, plan it, and expand upon it. It really doesn’t even matter what subject. It’s just fun. My motto? “You can never have too many books, only too few bookshelves.”
But watching my son grow up, I’ve slowly noticed that something is lacking from many curriculum options: actual, practical life skills.
I like science and I think it’s incredibly interesting, but I’ve never been what you’d call “good” at the technical side of it. I completely understand why things happen as they do, but I can’t really explain them in “science-y” terms.
For example, I passed 10th grade chemistry (barely) because my teacher realized, in May, that I still had no idea how the equation applied to the experiment. I could practically write a story about why something worked, but I couldn’t write a simple lab report. He realized I hadn’t been handing in my reports all year because I had no clue how to do them, so he took pity. I kid you not.
Enter my gifted, non-stop, completely out-of-the-box child who took (and passed) high school biology at age 11. He followed it up with college biology at 15. I knew I was in over my head!