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The Real Big Change :-)

on April 2, 2010

Some part of me is still having chills run down her back at the thought of more beagles and then puppies.  Whew.  That joke hit a little too close to home.

Actually, there is some big change news that isn’t an April Fool’s joke.  And it’s something I have been praying about for months.  At this point, I seem to be getting my way with God – LOL.  It has everything to do with this guy:
  

As everyone in the free world knows, Austin has been planning to attend our local high school next year when he’ll be in the 9th grade.  After filling out alllllllllllllllllll the paperwork {talk about a hand cramp!} we were headed over to the high school to drop it off with the registrar.  About halfway there I asked him if he was excited and he said, “I don’t know.  I’m not sure I want to go there.” 

I nearly ran off the road.

All I have heard about for the past two years is “Skyview this” and “Skyview that” and “how good it will be to get out of this house.”  {That last one really put me in a good mental place.} After I gathered my thoughts I asked him where this was coming from.  True to 14 year old form, he didn’t know.  I asked him if he had been praying about it like his father and I encouraged him to do.  He said, “Yes, and I still don’t know what to do.”  Ahhhhhhhh, real life up close and personal.

We talked and came to the following conclusion: he’ll do 9th & 10th grade at home and then for 11th & 12th do a program called Running Start.  Running Start is a Washington state program for high school juniors and seniors to do those two years by attending a local community college.  So when he’s done with “high school” he’ll have his first two years of college done.  All you need to do to get into RS is to take a test.  Many homeschooled kids around here take this path for high school.

I had it in my mind for so long that he’d be going to high school that I never thought once about a curriculum.  Or anything else for that matter.  Part of me was a little disappointed that he won’t be going to Skyview.  It has so many opportunities there that I just can’t give him at home.  I was very blunt about that and explained it all to him.  The two areas I was most concerned about was advanced art and advanced computer.  He said he didn’t care about the art and all of the advanced computer stuff can be bought or done when he goes to Running Start.  Pretty smart guy.

Now that all the curriculums are coming out with their spring catalogs, I’m all over them.  I have a pretty good idea of what I’m going to do.  And I am so happy.  Either direction he went, there are pros and cons.  My heart wanted him to stay home because the last two years of homeschool have been so amazing, verging on unbelievably wonderful.  Not that we don’t have our struggles and some days I’d like to slap the teenager right out of him.  But overall, it’s been great.  And I’m so blessed I get to be a part of it for at least a couple more years with him. 

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One response to “The Real Big Change :-)

  1. Debbie says:

    Yep – that IS real life – up close & personal. All the praying – waiting – not knowing – praying some more. Sounds like a good plan and I’m praying it is a good choice for all of you. I LOVE the spring curriculum catalogs – although we’re not sure about homeschooling yet. =) We’re at the starting line of homeschooling, so I love reading about the entire process. Thanks for sharing!

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