Monday, August 29, 2011

Turning 17 and Back to School!

Getting ready to enter the hallowed halls of learning! 

My firstborn turned 17 today!  WOW, how time flies! He also started back to his College classes.  It was a BIG day around here!

I honestly don't think we ever posted about the end of his first class that he took over the Summer.  It was a good experience. Not only did he get an "A" (94.38 points of a possible 95 points, English Comp I.) but, he also got a whole new view of a whole new group of people.  I think the education he got about others probably made more of an impact on him than the actual class did!  He has just never interacted with people who are just suffering through education to get to the paycheck at the end.  He loves learning, and hearing people declare they are just there because the "have" to be is foreign to him.  He also was impacted by seeing people much older than himself returning to College.  I think this was the first time he really thought about how fortunate he is to be getting these classes under his belt while he's young.  He saw how much harder it is to have to work and support yourself (or even a family) while studying and working towards a plan. He's always been thankful that he was homeschooled.  But, I think being where he is right now has cemented his love for homeschooling.  :^)

So, for the Fall term he is taking English Comp II and Public Speaking.  He's really excited about Public Speaking, because he LOVES to talk. (Like his mama!  LOL) He still needed one Speech credit for his High School transcript.  So this will cover it.  I figured these were good classes to start with.  Everyone tells me success in College is all about being to communicate.  So, that is part of why we chose to take these classes first.  Other than that he's working on studying for the PSAT and SAT and doing his last High School P.E. credit.  (A Fitness and Nutrition study I am putting together for him.)

So, that is where we are right now.  It's looking like it will be a great school year, although different from what we are use to.  This is the first time he's been away from home so much!  I sure am going to miss him. 

Happy Homeschooling,


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Homeschoolers' College Admissions Handbook

I LOVE THIS BOOK!  I found it by chance at a used bookstore a few weeks ago.  (Although, I really don't believe in chace, I know it was a God thing!)  How blessed I feel to benefit from the homeschoolers who have walked this path before us!  This book is a HUGE help and a HUGE time saver! It is putting everything together in simple launguage that we can easily understand.

If you have a child who is ages 12 and up and you are planning on sending them to College, you need this book.  You can "peek inside" at the link I posted above. 

My favorite part (so far) is the chapter that explains all you need to know about the PSAT, SAT, ACT, SAT-1, AP and CLEP.  It has taken all the alphabet soup that has been swimming in my brain and made it make sense! As soon as I finish it I am going to have my son read it too!

I also noticed recently that it is part of the Sonlight College and Career Planning Kit!  (You can read more about it HERE.)  I am thinking we may need to order this kit next!

Happy Homeschooling,