Today my 16 year old and I had a talk that I liken to what I vaguely remember my high school guidance counselor discussing with me. We talked about her desires, plans for the future, and how to get there. We reviewed what she’s already taken, credits she has remaining, and what the options are. Last week I wrote about how I want to let her own her education, because it is just SO important that our kids understand that it’s for them and about them… it’s not happening TO them.
Certain questions are still sticking out: Homeschool or Running Start? College prep, or just go with what we’d already planned and deal with the extra math & science in community college after high school? All of these things have to be carefully considered. She has almost made the final decision against Running Start. She said she’d rather take community college after high school rather than for high school. I understand her trepidation.
Then there’s the fact that I am not teaching a future veterinarian or CPA, but most likely I am preparing a future foreign missionary for life. How do I go about THAT? There’s no books about it that I have been able to find. “When to Teach Tagalog” just isn’t among the titles you see in the homeschool catalogs! You can see that we have some praying to do.
Her wants for this year:
Creative writing, a painting class, and interesting courses that allow her to be creative. Can you tell that creativity is important to her? 🙂
Her needs for this year:
US History, English, consistent structure that flexes as needed, and to reconnect with the family since she’s been gone for a year.
It really sounds so simple, and yet… here I am, asking myself “Am I qualified to teach high school?” Of course I am. I am a home educating mother with 13 years experience. I am not afraid to delegate courses to others who are either more experienced, qualified, or interested in them than I. And you shouldn’t be afraid either. We can do this. With the Lord’s help, we can do anything.
I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. Phil. 4:13