August 20, 2013

Homeschool High School Begins

Recently Cayli and I enjoyed a quiet afternoon at Barnes & Noble. She read Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story for her online biology class while I planned our homeschooling week.

Calendar-wise, Cayli is technically an 8th grader this year; however, she has stacked her year with a whole bunch of highschool credits.

Graduating early isn't necessarily her goal. We just happen to meet regularly with other other homeschool families that also have science and math lovers in 8th-9th grades, so it just made sense to capitalize on their interests and earn a few credits, too.

So Cayli is studying, for 1 credit each:

  • Biology
  • World History
  • Algebra 1
  • Literature/Composition
  • Photography/Graphic Design
We are using Oak Meadow's syllabi for all of the above. I appreciate their critical thinking questions for each chapter and their assortment of hands-on projects.

Counting credits is all-work, no-play so she'll also continue her harp studies and baton twirling (both of which should earn enough hours to account for music and PE credits over the next few years).

She is also working as a student-teacher at one of the studios where I work. She helps me teach younger violin students and she even has her own student who is playing the lyre harp.

Cayli is self-motivated. She keeps up with her own schedule and assignments. She would like to pursue medicine as a career. This year she gets a jump-start on her goal!