Highschool Homeschooling Summer Courses

highschool homeschoolIn our last post we talked about summer learning. Yes, we are joining the ranks of those that homeschool all year round. As a former teacher, there is something in me that just “balks” at that idea. My mind, my body, and my soul need the summer break!!!!!!  Uh – hem… excuse that…

Anywayssss… it looks like we will be doing Summer School – Lite Edition. As I mentioned before each of the younger kiddos need a few specific areas worked on, and our highschool daughter has a few areas that we neglected this year.

We have tried to incorporate “dual enrollment” with our highschoolers, and have begun this as well with our oldest daughter. They are doing dual enrollment with a local Bible College that I work with. By the time she graduates, she will have an Associate of Arts degree in Bible. This doesn’t really assist her with credits or course load when she enrolls in university, however, it does prepare her for how college courses are given and what is expected and required. We are a dedicated Christian family, and since our daughters are attending state institutions, we want to make sure that they are rooted and grounded in their faith. During these highschool dual enrollment courses, it is a great time for them to take inventory of what they really believe, study it out, and take a stand for it.

Dual Enrollment also acts as a “Wow” factor with the university and – as with her sister- they eagerly grant acceptance into their program. Of course, in this Associate’s degree there are other courses besides Bible that are required  including such things as a world history highschool course, Biology, Physical Science, English Comp., and Speech. Though she takes the course from the college, it actually counts as her requirements on her highschool transcript. Ahhh… the beauty of dual enrollment!

Have you used dual enrollment with any of your homeschool students?

Busy… Busy… Busy…

Wow… I really can’t believe just how busy our summer has been. I was hoping for a laid back  – lots of rest – summer.  It seems we’ve been rushing about with All Stars Baseball and visiting family out of state that we haven’t had a whole lot of time to just rest and refocus. Yet, today has been a start. I was able to delete most of my 1600 plus emails and get the kids back on some of their online summer work. Which for all the fun online sites and and games that I put into their accounts really didn’t motivate them to “jump on” it today.  They did rather drudgingly get going and eventually starting warming up to it.  However, we did sit down and look at some online games that we could apply to the states that we visited in the past few weeks. US state games is an awesome way to incorporate some facts into your experiences this summer.

The next few weeks look a bit more promising… maybe I’ll still be able to have that “laid back” summer after all.