Who woulda thought, but man oh man, it’s complicated making decisions in regards to your children’s schooling pathway. As you al know, I homeschool my 3 treasures, but it’s more accurate to say that they do Distance Education. We are ‘homeschooling’ this particular semester due to changes at the school we were enrolled with, but this was always going to be a temporary arrangement until I found the best DE fit for my children. I thought I had found it when I was told of a new College opening only 2 suburbs away, but further investigation proved that maybe it wasn’t. Nothing against their curriculum or activities on offer, (that, in fact, was awesome) but I’ve been finding that my children are getting rather bored with their ACE paces. While they probably would have reasonably happily continued with their paces throughout their schooling, I don’t believe I’m being a responsible parent to just continue with something they’ll toretate, but should find something that they will actually LOVE. (well, ok, at least really like.)
DH has also shown some concern over this year and last with the kids not doing a huge amount of computer work, with their curriculum being almost 100% paperwork etc. This is always been a little bit of a concern for us as it doesn’t entirely prepare them for university where they will predominantly work on computer, transferring files, uploading /downloading files, making spreadsheets, scanning in & emailing images, getting files from one digital device to another etc etc. As well as future workplace proceedures possibly involving all of the above and maybe more. The on-line DE will much more thoroughly prepare them for the future.
So, as a result, everyone is very happy with the decision to go with on-line DE as of first semester 2016. Well, Master 10 won’t be so happy, as he has a further year of paces before he can go onto on-line curriculum as a grade 7er in 2017.
It has certainly been an interesting journey if I look back on the kids starting school, until now. It seemed like it was going to be such a seamless pathway. In lots of ways it was while they were at ‘mainstream’ school, but I guess with Miss 14 getting into the high school subjects, it makes things a bit more challenging. Decisions needs to be made etc so as to have the BEST pathway mapped out for her to reach her desired goal. And with Master 13 only two years behind her in school, these decisions aren’t far away for him either.
While the ACE paces hold a lot of great content, and revise a lot of important topics often, they are proving to be a little boring for the kids at the end of this second year. Now, having said that, I don’t want to knock ACE as a curriculum as I really do think it is a sound resource, but I think it just comes down to different kids suiting different styles of learning, etc. It is a real blessing to have been able to have these 2yrs with all 3 kids at home on the ACE paces and I don’t regret this pathway.
God has truly been so faithful to us through this time. One of those ‘memories’ came up on FB last week. It was a memory of the school holidays ending 5 yrs ago and I was saying that I would miss the kids when they returned to school, and then jokingly said “Maybe I should homeschool them”…. followed by a comment that went something like this “Nah, I care too much for my sanity to do that. LOL” Very funny to read back on when you see how the journey mapped out later. Is my Sanity in place?? Probably not at times (LOL), but I know that I’ve followed God’s leading throughout.
With all this in mind, it makes me pretty excited to see what God has in store for us in the future. Even when something has seemed confusing or illogical, we’ve always been able to look back and see that it was the best path for us as a family…. proving that God’s totally got this !!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
I can’t blog about this without once again mentioning the great Godly friendships that I have in my life, both homeschooling Mums, mainstream school Mums, and also educators. I know that God has placed these people in my life to confirm leading from Him. (& when needed, correct me of misunderstood leading.). It’s also beyond beneficial to have friends going through the same decisions and being able to discuss things with them, bouncing ideas off one another etc. I am also so grateful for the help we’ve had from seasoned homeschool parents who’s children are through and now into university, or even completely through uni and now in the workforce. It’s been of great encouragement to have these seasoned HS parents to speak to as it really highlights how much diversity can be in a child’s schooling pathway. For example, I have some friends who have solely schooled with ACE from Prep to 12 and now their children are either in Uni or successful in the workforce, others did part HS (with ACE or other great curriculum) and part on-campus schooling. (This seems to be more prevalent in the southern states… it doesn’t seem to happen so much up here… although that could be changing.)
Also, there are many situations where children are HS’d up to grade 10 and then they go to a good day school for senior. I just love the diversity and that we as parents can really take control of our children’s education and make sure they are learning in a way that is best for them as a whole person !!
There are certain elements of our homeschooling lives that I won’t change with the transfer over to this new DE plan. The most obvious being normal household chores and responsibilities (Some might be saying “Well, why would you think of changing these anyway?” but I’m mentioning it because some of these are within the school day, so I’m just making the point that these will continue around the on-line schooling set-up.). The 2nd being our Character training. I’ll still have the kids work on a particular character trait and corresponding scripture verse for a period of time that I will determine as suitable. Also, excursions separate to those of the school we’ll be enrolled with. I will continue to attend other homeschool excursions, as well as organise excursions with other homeschoolers.
So now to dive into the on-line diagnostic testing !! Woot Woot !! Fun times ahead !
Blessings Peeps !! xox