Kfamily Posted September 13, 2011 Share Posted September 13, 2011 High school moms, I feeling very discouraged lately. My family is on the same page about homeschooling for high school, so that's not the issue. I've been reading a lot lately about what it take to get into college...SAT 2 tests, SAT/ACT scores, AP, etc. and it just feels so discouraging. It seems that we could easily use every bit of our energy and time on setting up a transcript for her to meet the needs of whatever college she attends. (And really, she's only in 9th this year and we're moving to Japan for most of her high school years so it is really hard to know what college she will attend. I think it will most likely be a liberal arts college, since this is where she will be happiest.) I guess, I homeschooled the girls to allow them a chance at a really profound education and now that my older dd is old enough to catch that fire on her own, it feels so frustrating to have to hold her back in her own specific interests to make sure she meets all of the above college demands. And I know that many of you will remind me that she can follow her own interests on her own time, but really how much time will be left over for her? And mostly, I'm afraid of seeing her passion dissolve. It would be so easy if her passions were for math and science. It seems you can never go too wrong with these interests, but having a passion in languages, literature and history just doesn't seem to hold up the same way. How do you moms balance this? I really wish dd and I could follow our own hearts, something I've nurtured in them for so long, but she does want to go to college. Her ambitions are a bit unrealistic, but she is only 14. I think with time she'll have to adjust her dream of going to Oxford. (And dh and I are on a tight budget for college as well.) And who knows where she will end up for college. Of course, we encourage her to dream big. Any advice for a homeschool mom new to high school? I think we could manage a few SAT 2 tests and I do plan on having her take the SAT and ACT. How much more would we need for her? And one more question, a little related, how important is to use the standard or typical textbooks? Would the more preferred textbook vs. many good classics, good living books and a good spine bring about a better test score on the SAT 2? My dd is not a fan of a standard textbook although she will be using them as needed. Would it be a bad idea to create a syllabus for a subject which includes books for her spine that are less well known? Does this even make sense?:lol: Thanks for any guidance!:grouphug: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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