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Susan in KY

Credit Where Due: Reflections on Finishing this Race (or, Stop In for a Moment and Rejoice with Me! )

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Hi, Folks,

I have been absent from this board so long that I had a notice on a post 3 years old! 😂 Today, however, I decided to pop back in and say thanks to my people who got me through the early years and on the right track. Next week we graduate our youngest. Homeschooling, despite its successes and stomach-pitting vertical drops, has been good to us. I won't go into the full story here, but with the youngest fully dual enrolled and now about to ship off to college, the dc have made the transition well. DS has a 4.0 and loves university, which is an amazing miracle to those who know our story. DD is headed to her dream school, a top ranked, small Christian college in the Midwest, fully funded for the first two years, with a hope to pursue a calling to use data analytics to help rescue victims of human trafficking. She is an overcomer. All those years spent in patient, sometimes frustrated, slogging away—accommodating learning "differences" and whatever else was going on—they all paid off. DD wound up with multiple scholarships and awards, and worked diligently, steadily, and determinedly for each and every one. 🎉🎉 (What happened to the party emoji?)

I want to thank you all for my best homeschooling finds. It began by focusing on the true, the beautiful and the good and making liberal use of nature study and narration of all types in the younger years, thanks to Charlotte Mason and Classical Education. After good old Charlotte, you all introduced me to Don and Jenny Killgallon and Michael Clay Thompson (who collectively got my kids 35s or 36s on the English portion of the ACT), as well as Singapore Math, and Singapore Science, which landed me my career after active teaching wrapped up. I never would have been in a position to take the leap if not for you. I just got paid for writing the Math in Focus 2020 Edition teachers manual (grade 4). Rejoice with me!

Thanks for being a community I could come to and find answers to questions I didn't even know I had.

For those of you exhausted today from working with a seven-year-old you know is incredibly bright, but who has trouble holding a pencil and melts down occasionally from sensory overload, the successful end to all this is a lot closer than it feels. If sometimes a tear slips down your cheek from being overwhelmed, or the resistance you face is fierce and you're not sure you can make it, let me reassure you that you can, and the rewards that follow are that much sweeter.

I've been a member here since before the board euphemisms teA and bOOks came into being, way back when Ree wasn't the Pioneer Woman and she would give stuff away from her junk drawer. It's been a long time, but not long at all. Thanks, SWB for making it all possible, and for hosting this community so we can set our kids up for success. I am so grateful for the space, and for all of you who spent the time making research and execution a bit easier for the rest of us. 💜
 

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Well thank you so much for the look into your life! I’m an old-timer, too, although maybe a tiny bit “newer”. I am on my last hurrah with homeschooling; my youngest goes to B&M high school next year. 

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Rejoicing with you, Susan!  (that's apparently the sparkles emoji so I'm just remembering the times the glitter was all over the homeschool table)

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I have also been here since before the euphemisms and remember Ree being on the board. Fun days! 

Congrats on launching your young ones. It can be a long but rewarding journey.

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Good to hear from you!

Mine are commuter college students, but my heart will always be here. This board became my support group as we pushed all the way to end with high school graduation and through all kinds of ups-and-downs in life.

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How wonderful to get your update, Susan. Best wishes to you and yours!

Regards,

Kareni

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