Independence Day — 2 Comments

  1. I am so happy to see that you have started to blog again! I always find your posts on homeschooling to be the most interesting ones in the homeschool blog world (this is a big compliment as I read a lot of them).

    I would love to read more about how your homeschool year went, how it worked out with biblioplan and how you teach your children after high school. I have a high school graduate next year (my first!!). After high school her plan is to take some college courses while volunteering at our local church, while still living at home. I am curious to know more about how other homeschool mamas cope with their children’s new independence. Du you help your post-highschool students with school work? Which rules or rutines are they to follow an which can they skip now that they’re no longer under your care?

    With much love

    • Hi Cathy! Wow- thank you for the compliment!

      Biblioplan did work out well for us, and we bought the next set to use again this coming year. We mainly ended up using the teacher’s guide and the Companion text. We also incorporated Mystery of History at the beginning of the year, Story of the World later in the year, and a lot of the literature selections. Instead of the Cool History books, we assessed their learning by incorporating projects from our much loved History Revealed book. We did not love all of the literature and ended up putting some of them on the shelf, but I think that’s because ancient literature in general can be tricky to navigate. I should really do an entire blog about just how we use BP, because it is so versatile, anr I am pretty sure no one else uses it this way! :)

      I have only graduated one so far, and she is pretty independent with her college work. Initially I spent a lot of time counseling her with what to study, and I helped her with degree plans, registration, etc. But after that, she mainly took ownership of it herself. Her Lumerit counselor was really helpful too. At this time, she does it all and just keeps me updated with what’s going on. She has just one year left! Actually, she recently wrote a blog about how to survive college. Your daughter might enjoy reading it as she is getting started:

      My next son will be doing dual enrollment with Liberty University’s Edge program next year, where he will get both high school and college credit for his courses. The classes are much less expensive as a high school student. Since he is younger and a different personality, I believe he will need a bit more help with the logistical side of things, at least initially, but the school work will be done independently. We are doing a lot of aptitude books and things right now, counseling him about different career options that may suit him, and giving him things to consider that he may not have thought of before.

      Rules and routines… I’m seeing that it is different for every kid. My daughter cooks dinner twice a week, and she does her own laundry. She also helps me with unscheduled things as needs arise. I don’t ask her to do much else because she is busy, and honestly those things are already a huge blessing! My son has a job at Chick Fil A and works a lot of hours (which will probably need to be cut back when he begins college level work), so I mainly just have him do his own laundry and help when we are cleaning up after meals or tidying the house. It’s hard to rely on him for other chores because he’s gone a lot at work.

      We really haven’t had to set other rules for my daughter because she lives very responsibly. However if I had a young adult, over 18, with character issues, or who only wanted to play video games, etc., I think it would be perfectly reasonable to set some rules that they need to abide by while they are living in our home, so as not to enable them. Hopefully they will have established good habits and character by then, but they do all have minds of their own, so we never know exactly what the future will hold.

      God bless!