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It is back-to-school time and for the first time in 9 years we had to make a prayerful decision. As I have mentioned before, I told Pepper and Jake we would homeschool them into High School and then re-evaluate where to go from there.

Homeschool Comic
Ok, this made me laugh b/c of people’s complete misconception of socialization in homeschool children! 🙂

Learn. Graduate. Succeed.

I am pretty sure I secretly wanted the choice to remain the same, but I promised them as 2nd and 3rd graders so now here we are.

We have gone twice to talk to the counselors at the high school about “transitioning” them both into public school. We were told to submit our transcripts and any test scores and they would let us know our next steps. Well, we have done all of that and have yet to hear back from anyone.

We have called and left messages and attempted to go to the school but that did not pan out either. I even talked to another homeschool mom who has been trying to get her son registered since June. She is meeting the same brick wall.

So, we all sat and talked about it and made an executive decision as a family to continue with our homeschool journey! I, for one, am ecstatic!

I got online and researched curriculum and finally bought books from Amazon yesterday {gotta love free 2-day shipping with Amazon Mom}. I have been in contact with the local community college about Dual Credit courses and will have Pepper ready for those next semester {we do not have enough time to get her testing done for the application process this semester}.

And on top of that, Pepper wants to accelerate her learning so that she can graduate this year with Tony Stark. I told her that if she could pass her ACT and get into college then I would agree to that.

Therefore, we will be prepping for the ACT this year, among other things, and preparing her for the adventure known as college.

Jake will only be a Sophomore and has no desire to accelerate his program at only 14 years of age. He is pretty casual in every thing he does. Thus, we will continue on with his learning path as usual.

They both have tentative careers picked out so we know a little more about which “electives” we need to focus on as well.

One of my favorite things about homeschooling is being able to adapt our “schooling” to meet their needs rather than adapting them to meet the state’s requirements. And yet they still learn!

Princess and JJ will continue on in public school… for now.

We evaluate each year, child-by-child. Every one of my children are unique in their own ways and I want them each to be able to learn the best they can. I recognize their differences and respect them and pray that, in the end, we made the right decision in each of their lives in relation to their education.

As it stands right now, Princess and JJ will go through elementary school in a public school setting {barring any difficulties along the way} and we will re-evaluate once they reach middle school. Pepper and Jake are set to finish as homeschool graduates and I may never let Monkey out of my sight! 🙂

All in all, we have a plan: Learn. Graduate. Succeed.

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

~Proverbs 22:6

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