While he pays for my mistakes (again, poor kid), he also remains my guinea pig as I continue to grow as a teacher and therefore, together we enter, High School: The Final Frontier. Lesson learned over the past couple of weeks: high school is better taught in large chunks (subject matter and time), removing all the tiny little pieces. Translated, drop all the little twenty minutes here, twenty minutes there, and start to narrow your annual focus. That is a tough call for someone who wants to get it all done (read my former post ;) and Know I do know better, I'm just floundering a bit to get in the right groove).
Next lesson: add to the "smaller focus" the thought: you have 4 years of high school to work through a pace correct for each student and don't fret so much about affording college. Did I just say "college" and "don't fret" in the same sentence! Oh my! I must be growing! I've been under self-imposed pressure to get them ready for college by grade 10, allowing them to take their first college class their sophomore year and graduate with an Associates and High School diploma simultaneously. That is a possibility still, but I (again) lost focus on the import of individual education and was so looking forward, that I was just about to miss what happening today. As is the case with
It's a tough lesson. I'm certain to louse it up again, perhaps several more times, but the seed is planted and I have made a few more changes in his schedule to do just the things I am certain the Lord has shown me, including:
- Stop stressing about college to come and instead
stressfocus on high school ;)
- Drop vocabulary...we are studying Latin -- the language that produces over 60% of English vocabulary and use amazing history and using a great writing program...we don't need vocab. too.
- Cut back on science reading, i.e. reducing living books for him, b/c he doesn't learn best this way AND he is most likely not entering a science field (science will get enough attention to suffice state standards). We will read all the living books planned about Evolution, though. I gotta prepare him to defend his faith.
- Spend plenty of time on math. The kid loves it and I need to make sure that doesn't change.
- Focus history on battles. The kid was also born to be a military person. It suits him in every way I can imagine (shrieks his mother).
- Give him plenty of time for music...his other love.
- Dropping Logic after Dec. until next year, at which time he'll finish with Writing as a deep instruction subject area and will switch to assignments coinciding with other areas of learning only (he's doubling on writing right now).