I am joining the iHomeschool Network this week to discuss “Growing a Success”, whether it be a scientist, writer, doctor, missionary or …
Really, it gives me an opportunity to discuss the tagline of my blog…I Teach the Way They Learn. In other words adjusting the homeschool plan to accommodate gifts and learning delays.
Right now you are probably in one of two places in your home school…Your student knows exactly what they want to be when they grow up OR your student does not have any idea on what they want to study or do after high school.
Adjusting the Homeschool Plan for Knowing What You Want to Be:
My first two children from a young age both knew what area of study they wanted to major in at college. Once they became confident in that decision we began altering their school lessons to reflect those desires.
My oldest son, for example, has always wanted to be a meteorologist. When he was in highschool we made the choice for him to learn Latin. Since science terms comprise a large part of his studies; Latin would serve him best.
Since he was taking AP/Honors science classes we focused on history programs that only provided the basics. Now my son does like history but there is only so many hours in a school day and we focused on his science classes.
I found a Meteorology video series, bought a textbook and outlined a selective course his last year of high school.
My daughter is looking at attending 2 year college to become a pastry chef. My daughter hates and struggles with math. I am pretty sure this past conference season while I was shopping for a geometry program and mentioned we were not going to do proofs…well the math people were astonished.
Instead she has focused on recipes with weighted ingredients and conversion charts for cooking measurements. I am planning a “How to Run a Business” class for her senior year. She is currently writing a 10 page paper on the history of pastries. At the end of the year she has a 5 course meal planned for her final project. She is currently following the Food Cottage Laws in our state. It seems our state is very strict on what home kitchens can create.
I would look at what the state requires for high school credits and then I would brain storm ways to tweak the class descriptions to match my children’s goals while still fulfilling the requirements.
Adjusting the Homeschool Plan for When You Do Not Know:
Now before you think I have been on easy street with two kids who have clear desires on what they want to be when they grow up; let me introduce my third child.
The only thing this young man knows is he loves to eat and he thinks he will move to New York City with his guitar.
Yes he takes weekly piano and guitar lessons. He can also play the ukulele. I do not mind investing in music skills…I do doubt they will support him as an adult. Yes, I know he might…but in the mean time he needs to be able to support himself in adulthood, you know because he loves to eat.
Since he will be a freshmen this coming school year I need to consider some goals for career exploration. At least for the next year I am going to continue exposing him to various job and education opportunities, in hopes of sparking a fire.
Summarize Adjusting the Homeschool Plan:
Be creative…Be bold…Be prepared to change things.
Do not be intimidated by the system. Fuel their passions.
You can homeschool high school! They can attend college or earn certifications in specialized fields.
Give them the time in the schedule to pursue their passions, even if this means average work in other subjects.
Adjust the homeschool plan to reflect their talents.