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  1. I'm thinking ahead to 8th grade planning, which necessitates thinking ahead to high school planning. And it brings me face to face with the elephant in my particular room: I'm not sure if the high school program I envision is going to be the high school plan that my dd wants to follow. :huh: My dd loves homeschooling, and has no desire to go to high school ever - she thinks at this point. She loves learning at her own pace, getting to follow her interests, and having free time to dream and fantasize and play. Her passions are horseback riding and acting, with a side of writing plays and moviemaking, perhaps, although she likes acting the most. We have a local stable nearby where she takes lessons and works twice a week, and we have a local children's theater company that puts on several high-quality productions each year. So her passions are being fed to the extent I can afford. I tailor her classes to her interests as much as possible. But here's the thing - with the best will in the world, I have trouble seeing horseback riding or acting turning into career paths. I think they are fantastic interests, and I support her desire to pursue them whole-heartedly. But I can't help feeling that it's my job to make sure she keeps her academic options open. So I'm planning a strong college-prep high school (she definitely wants to go to college, I'm not pushing that). And I want to make sure she has time to pursue acting and horseback riding as extracurricular interests for as long as she wants to. So my plan is to do 4x4 for sure - 4 english, 4 math, 4 science, and 4 social science, as well as Spanish at the cc. I guess the tension is that I can think of all kinds of electives that I think would be useful, help enrich her mind and life, and expose her to other things she might come to love and want to pursue. Or, she could spend all her electives doing theater classes and equine science classes. What would you do? Would you try to direct your child at all via their electives? I don't mean direct them toward becoming a doctor or a lawyer, I mean direct them toward broadening their exposure and trying out things you suspect might interest them? Or do you have your core requirements and leave the electives strictly up to them? It's not much of a confession to admit that I love science, and I'd love my kids to pursue some kind of science. I try not to be pushy about it, but I do insist that they will have the math skills and the science background so that if they decide to go that route, they will be able to. But when it comes to planning, I find myself planning out this ideal high school sequence for a Biology or ES student. And I'm not sure whether that's the student I have. And I'm not sure how to balance my own enthusiasm/passions with hers, and to be supportive, un-pushy, yet encourage exploration. Does anyone else grapple with stuff like this?
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