Jan 19 2008

Homeschooling High School in College?

It’s be SO long since I updated things here! Not that I think any­body really missed me, but still, I should have kept it up a bit better.

Katie tried attend­ing a good high school near us, and loved it. She got great grades, was cho­sen to work on the year­book (it’s a very com­pet­i­tive process there), and was even made the chief pho­tog­ra­pher right away! She was also get­ting involved in other activ­i­ties, and she made some good friends. She really loved the art classes, in particular.

Unfor­tu­nately, her health suf­fered. She has severe rest­less leg syn­drome, fibromyal­gia (which causes sleep prob­lems), and truly hor­rific migraines in addi­tion to being aller­gic to all kinds of things. The migraines aren’t well-managed any more, so that she has a migraine almost every day despite tak­ing Trilep­tal as a pre­ven­tive. She’s had to use her res­cue med­i­cine so much that it’s no longer very help­ful, either. She just can’t get any decent sleep, thanks to the RLS and fibro, which means that she needs a min­i­mum of ten to twelve hours every night, and still wakes up unrested. And our insur­ance has gone stu­pid, repeat­edly refus­ing to cover her allergy med­ica­tions, in par­tic­u­lar. 1 Right now, they’re refus­ing to cover Provigil, which was the only thing keep­ing her awake enough to even con­sider attend­ing school. She’s under doctor’s orders to stop dri­ving until the sleep sit­u­a­tion is ame­lio­rated, and has been for some time, so she’s been delayed in learn­ing to drive and get­ting her license.

So she’s back at home, which is a real dis­ap­point­ment to her. We’ve decided to try mak­ing the best of it, and focus on the good things. For instance, she’s no longer held back to any­one else’s learn­ing pace, and she doesn’t have to jump through bureau­cratic hoops. She can learn when­ever she is awake, hon­or­ing her body’s need for more sleep than most people.

She wants to take col­lege classes online, which is how I’m man­ag­ing to con­tinue my edu­ca­tion despite health prob­lems. I think it’s a good idea, so now we’re con­sid­er­ing schools and money. While the Uni­ver­sity sys­tem schools here in Geor­gia tech­ni­cally have all their core classes online, the real­ity when I attended South­ern Poly was that the entire school usu­ally had only one or two seats for any par­tic­u­lar course, and of course those seats were taken immediately.

We’d love to hear about the expe­ri­ences of any other home­schooled teens who are fin­ish­ing high school in col­lege, par­tic­u­larly those who are tak­ing classes online.

Her even­tual goal is art school, and while there is a local school that has an online pro­gram, I just don’t see how it’s pos­si­ble to learn some things through the inter­net. Nei­ther does she. So we’re also look­ing for good art classes to sup­ple­ment what­ever she does online. We’re in Decatur, and since nei­ther she nor I are dri­ving, close is good. MARTA acces­si­bil­ity is absolutely necessary!


1 hey insist that every­body should be just fine with Clar­itin, which is avail­able over-the-counter. Not so!


Nov 05 2006

The “S” Word

Tag:Tag , Cyn @ 16:19

I just wanted to post a link to an inter­est­ing but very basic arti­cle about social­iza­tion, since it con­tin­ues to be some­thing idiots bring up regard­ing homeschooling.


Oct 29 2006

Will we regret homeschooling later?

Tag:Tag Cyn @ 22:01

I don’t think so, hon­estly. And, if she’s any­thing like those who par­tic­i­pated in a recent sur­vey, I don’t think Katie will, either.

…accord­ing to “Home­school­ing Grows Up,” a research study on adults who were home­schooled, 74 per­cent of those who were home­schooled are cur­rently home­school­ing their own children.…The “Home­school­ing Grows Up” sur­vey said that out of the more than 5,000 sur­veyed, 95 per­cent say they are glad they were home­schooled and 92 per­cent say hav­ing been home­schooled is an advan­tage to them as adults.

From Are home­school­ers pre­pared for the real world?


Sep 17 2006

Learning by Doing

An awe­some arti­cle by Seed mag­a­zine (my cur­rent favorite mag­a­zine!) about learn­ing by doing. Appar­ently that’s how we learn best. When we learn by doing, we retain the infor­ma­tion we’ve learned much bet­ter than if it’s pre­sented to us in an abstract way.

How We Know: What do an alge­bra teacher, Toy­ota and a clas­si­cal musi­cian have in common?


Aug 29 2006

Katie and high school

Tag:Tag , , , Cyn @ 11:26

Katie is absolutely lov­ing school.

Well, she loves the social aspect, and the chal­lenge of inter­act­ing with new instruc­tors. She isn’t happy about liv­ing by a bell, and of course all of us are adjust­ing to liv­ing on the school’s timetable in general.

At the end of the very first day, she called and asked if she could go hang out with her new friends at a nearby cof­fee shop. That’s my girl, the extro­vert. She’d already made friends and con­tin­ues to do so. So much for any wor­ries (which we didn’t have) about her social skills.

She’s doing well aca­d­e­m­i­cally, too. We talk about her school work and she asks for input at times, so I know what she’s doing. It isn’t nearly the same as the level of involve­ment required for home­school­ing, but it’s something.

She isn’t accus­tomed to the adver­sar­ial rela­tion­ship some teach­ers and staff mem­bers auto­mat­i­cally assume towards stu­dents, and it isn’t some­thing I ever want her to accept as right or nor­mal. Expected at this level, maybe. But not right.

I’m still hav­ing some “empty nest” feel­ings, but see­ing her thrive cer­tainly helps deal with them. Home­school­ing was def­i­nitely the right thing for us for the past few years, and did pre­pare her well for high school. We have no regrets at all there!


Aug 06 2006

In transition

Tag:Tag , , , , TechnoMom @ 14:02

Katie is going to high school in a few weeks, a 10th grader. The school is much larger than the one she attended last fall — approx­i­mately the same pop­u­la­tion as my own alma mater when I was there.

I, at least, will con­tinue to write here, as I’ve been inter­ested in home­school­ing and edu­ca­tion much longer than I’ve had a child at home offi­cially being home­schooled. In fact, I first heard of home­school­ing as a mod­ern real­ity right after I grad­u­ated in the mid-1980s, and was imme­di­ately intrigued. I read every­thing I could find about it, and have kept up that con­nec­tion since then.

Katie is all excited, of course. I’m excited for her. I fear she may be damp­en­ing that excite­ment down a lit­tle because she knows that I’ll miss her, but she shouldn’t. That’s just a nor­mal part of being Mommy. Let­ting go is in the job description.Trying new things is in hers.


Aug 05 2006

Online Writing Labs

So any­way, I meant to post about those Online Writ­ing Labs (OWLs) that many col­leges have put online.

Their con­tents and qual­ity vary widely from one col­lege to the next. They’re intended to help stu­dents write their papers at what­ever time they get around to doing them, wher­ever they hap­pen to be. Good ones include online access to ref­er­ence tools such as dic­tio­nar­ies, the­sauruses, and gram­mar usage guides, a link to the school’s library, any for­mat­ting stan­dards estab­lished by his school in par­tic­u­lar, and some­times more spe­cific mate­r­ial depend­ing on the type of stu­dent expected to be using the OWL.

Unfor­tu­nately, some schools have slapped a list of links up on a set and called it an OWL. I won’t be rec­om­mend­ing any of those piti­ful lit­tle things.

Yes, it’s per­fectly fine for oth­ers to use these sites. They aren’t behind the school’s fire­walls, so they are a resource that has been gen­er­ously shared with the pub­lic. If you find one espe­cially help­ful, con­sider send­ing an email to the site’s authors/editors, thank­ing them for their efforts


Aug 05 2006

Neat resource!

I was brows­ing through a mag­a­zine about writ­ing today and came across an arti­cle about online writ­ing labs (OWLs), sug­gest­ing that writ­ers make use of them as ref­er­ence tools.

I was dis­tracted, though, by this: Ink, “A Free, Mul­ti­player, Online Game for Writ­ing & Community.”

Imag­ine that you’re surf­ing the Web and you dis­cover a site called Ink…You click Enter, and your browser loads a chat win­dow and the image of a cityscape. A cap­tion informs you that you are in the City Cen­ter. Almost imme­di­ately, some­one notices that you’ve arrived and begins talk­ing with you in the chat win­dow. “Wel­come to Ink,” the stranger says. “This is a great place. But we have a prob­lem right now, and I’m hop­ing you can help. Our neigh­bor­hood isn’t doing well. We need to get a group of peo­ple together to address this prob­lem. Can you help us? We need to design a flier that will moti­vate peo­ple to come to a meet­ing where we can talk about this prob­lem. We need to draft a res­o­lu­tion that we can cir­cu­late to those who show up. We also need a brochure that explains why other cit­i­zens should vote for our pro­posal. And we’re going to need a white paper to explain to City Coun­cil the prin­ci­ples that inform our pro­posal. We’ve got a lot of work to do. Can you help us?”
The pub­lic beta opens on August 15, and they’re doing this as a Cre­ative Com­mons project. I need to put that date on the calendar!

Jun 06 2006

Driving Lessons

Tag:ChatOmbre @ 11:06

So, for the past week or so, I’ve been tak­ing dri­ving lessons. First I had 30 hours (spread out over a week, of course) of in-class study, most of which was about the law. Then, yes­ter­day I started on my 10 hours of behind-the-wheel lessons.

Both of my teach­ers (one in class­room, one in the car) have been very good. I think I’ve learned a lot already. I’ve fin­ished all of my in-class hours, and 3 of my behind-the-wheel hours. Yes­ter­day I went on the express­way! I was ner­vous when I started dri­ving, but then by the time I’d got­ten there I was calm, so it wasn’t that scary. I felt all zoomy afterwards.


May 25 2006

Writing Wednesday

Tag:TechnoMom @ 0:24

Today was the resched­uled date for Katie’s writ­ing group, so off we went to one of our favorite bookstores.

Unfor­tu­nately — due to the resched­ul­ing, I think — Katie was the only “mem­ber” who showed up. The group is just for high school “womyn,” and the only other per­son to attend was the facil­i­ta­tor. As it turns out, other peo­ple (not high school­ers) wan­dered in and out through­out the sched­uled time. I think the girl got a lot of atten­tion, which isn’t a bad thing at all. She missed see­ing her sis­ter writ­ers, though.

I hung out in the front of the store, stitch­ing. I was insanely early for a Stitch ‘n Bitch ses­sion sched­uled there for 7, but I got a good two hours of time in on the Fairy Tale Sam­pler, along with some good conversation.

The offi­cial SnB was the first they’ve hosted. I was a lit­tle uncer­tain about going, as the focus was clearly on knit­ting. I needn’t have wor­ried, as peo­ple were doing a vari­ety of needlework.

Katie wrapped up the lit­tle test piece she was knit­ting, but she ran out of yarn. She picked out her next piece, though, which will require a trip to Nease’s. Oh no! The hor­rors! ;-)

We got to edu­cate at least four dif­fer­ent peo­ple about home­school­ing, too, which was a bonus. Meet­ing Katie is the best answer there is to the “S ques­tion,” as she’s clearly not lack­ing in social skills. We def­i­nitely left peo­ple with good impressions.

I think I’ll go to their next adult women’s writer’s group, as well. It’s been so long since I’ve writ­ten any­thing but non-fiction that I feel a bit odd, but Katie is a good influence.


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