I ended up switching all my hopes and plans for this year to bju online. I needed the extra help with planning and teachings, so far it’s going well. I mean, it’s not easy. The science is difficult and not easily explained. Today we reviewed cell division and the phases but totally went over her head. I probably need to take a few days to watch online youtubes on it. Math is challenging. I enjoy world studies, but Im not sure my daughter gets it. She watches videos, reads the chapter, does the extra work and activities, we review the chapter and test, then the test…… she cant remember anything. She seems to pick up small parts here.
When I think back to 7th grade, I only have memories of peers, parties, boys and how neat my math book was. I don’t remember learning any of this stuff she is learning – and I made it through to college dean’s list -except a vague memories of cell division and my science experiment that was used by the school as what no to do the following year. ugh. My mom told me to do it on my own the day it was due so I ran to the 5&10 bought play dough with stolen quarters from my dad’s cheeseball canister and made the digestive system with play dough on a poster. I still to this day think it was good considering no parental help. Not to worry, I got in the Honors Science Society in High School for my high school science experiment. I totally manipulated my findings, but got awards.
I do love bju even though it is challenging. I don’t torture her with every single thing like the constant quizzes. We do go over them, but I don’t make her do them on her own, hoping she’ll use it to study for final test, but were still working on it.
God help me!
Now my other daughter is in 12th grade, she finished all her high school required classes early so she is taking dual enrollment this year. Has no been an easy ride. I am SO glad I made her start college now while at home for a few classes. In her extra time she is filling out the applications for college and between you me an the fence here, I don’t want her going away. I just think she needs another year to grow up, but it’s in God’s hands. If you’re on you way to high school, here’s a heads up- Put most of your focus on SAT or ACT. No one is really interested in my homeschool transcript even though she has worked very hard on all her classes. They will consider the grades for dual enrollment, so passing the Pert test is another priority. Get the SAT book out and go over and over and practice timed tests. Start in 8-9th grade. This is good for both getting into the college of your choice and scholarships. You don’t need to be a genius to get a perfect SAT, it takes lots of practice. However, you may also be testing against a new superdrug for add that a lot of kids are taking for the test- kids that dont need it it and only take it for the test. If your kid needs it, that’s okay. I have one daughter who qualified for the drug and extra time on tests, but I didn’t do anything about it. She is now in her 3rd year of college, yes studying is difficult for her and takes extra time, but it was my conviction not to drug her. This is who she is, who God made her to be and I’m not giving her drugs to be like everyone else. It probably would make life easier, and I could use it myself, but I’m very concerned about addiction and long term effects. If it was up to doctors, she would have been on drugs for the last 14 years. Anyways, I got off track , what i’m saying is- in today’s world when your child takes the SAT and they are not on brain altering drugs they will not score as high as those with undeserved special privileges such as longer test time and brain enhanced focused drugs- SAT now is like going to the Olympics against a player on steriods. More and more moms want to get rx for the test so they can keep up and trust me – more than you know are on it.
So one daughter is transfering to another college to finish up elementary education. Not impressed with the salary options out there for her and many of her friends graduated but have not been able to pass the teacher certification test which I find absurd!. They go through 12 years of schooling, 4 years of college, but it’s still not good enough, they need to pass a test. Maybe for that one, Ill let her take the rx so she doesnt have to take the test 5x like others. She teaches college bible study, Awana, middle school youth on sundays and thursdays at her college church group. It’s been the best having her so active in the church. She has made lots of friends and they are always doing something fun as a group. Were blessed to be close to colleges where we live so she lives at home, her choice, while finishing up college.
My 12th grader in dual enrollment who is getting ready for college stresses me out. She wants to go far far away. I have a shirt I wear on days when I can’t take it. It says “Don’t feed the trolls” Thats how I cope, I don’t entertain negativity. Don’t need it. What stress? sat scores, deadlines, fees, transcripts, gpa, recommendation letters, volunteer hours, housing – I honestly can’t wait for next year when all this will be complete. I hope next year is stress free!
My youngest in 7th grade loves being home, loves cooking and wakes up happy every day. – until math time. She is in AHG , awana, youth group, volleyball and dance.
I think my neighbor is having an affair…and I think she’s worried we saw something today. My dog got out and ran in her garage and I don’t know what was going on but she was leaning over someone in her car at 11am in her garage. So weird. Then my pool man showed up unannounced in my backyard and I was back there wearing only a tshirt and underwear. UGHHH
My day…and its only begun. Going out to dinner soon….