When I was in High School I attended a
small Christian School where I got quite
behind. In the 11th grade I transferred
to another Christian School where the standards
were much stricter. In order to graduate I
had to cram three years worth of work into
I am sure this had its benefits in my life.
I definitely learned goal setting.
I excelled at memorization,
which helped me pass fact filled tests.
The down side was that there is very little
from those years that impacted me or made a
long term difference in my life.
As we have homeschooled for many years I have
come through many phases. This means my children
have been subjected to many phases...poor things!
Initially, there was the attempt to be a
"School" at home. We were very, very structured
and I was very demanding.
Mikey still bears some of the ill effects of this
approach. Chelsea thrived with it.
Important lesson learned....
Know your child's learning style.
Embrace the differences whenever possible
and use them to your advantage.
Then I went through the many, many
field trip phase. We were so busy
and put so many miles on the car.
Of course, my fear of school district
intervention had us doing stacks and stacks of
paperwork during these years as well
so that our portfolios could be thick
Again, poor kids!
Finally, we have reached the High School
Years. What an eclectic blend of learning
styles in our homeschool.
I have one artistic and creative learner.
One busy, active and practical learner.
And one work processor with a creative bent.
Before school began this year I purchased
expensive Accounting curriculum for the two
youngest. We learned the terms and tried
valiantly to go farther. I am not totally
giving up yet...however, for the months
of January through April we are using the
concepts in a very practical manner.
Each child will run their own "financial
household", so to speak. They will maintain
their own checkbooks, pay their own "bills"
and "repair their own vehicles"...all on paper.
They have already estimated the expense of
living on their own...now they will experience
the time consumed in being a responsible
budgeter and billpayer.
Each of these months will find "bills" in their
"mailboxes", "medical emergencies", "company for
dinner" to drive up their expected grocery bills, etc.
Will they learn accounting?
Not in the most formal sense of the subject.
Will they learn something of value?
I'll let you know!
Based on our first couple of sessions on the
subject, I would have to predict - definitely!
I hope that you will always keep in the front
of your mind..."Are my children learning today
or are they busy processing work?"
Every subject can be approached from many sides.
Not all are as effective.
Always seek the most effective for the giftings
and skills of your students.