Well, it’s official. We’re finished with our eighth grade year! Can you believe it? I can’t. Next year we’re crossing into what I feel to be the scariest homeschooling territory: High School.
We ended this year with my son taking a CLEP Test for College Algebra after completing Saxon Algebra 2, and using the CLEP prep on the DIVE CD that came as part of his math package. Navigating the road to signing up for the CLEP, while getting appropriate ID for a minor under 13 was a bit of a hassle, but we managed to do what we had to do. Along with LOTS of hours of studying, my son went in and passed with flying colors. Yay! We were just both glad it was over, and relieved that we didn’t have to worry about math for awhile.
With the CLEP test behind us, it was time for me to figure out my son’s curriculum for next year. Normally I would have figured it out months ago, but I’ve been a bit behind with planning high school. Maybe it was a bit of being overwhelmed with the thought of planning high school. I was a bit unsure how I wanted to handle it, and not quite sure what I wanted to use for certain subjects. I had only one or two things decided on.
Thankfully, the pieces of the puzzle have managed to fall into place. I have most things decided and planned. (I will make a full curriculum post within the next few weeks.) The only thing we have left to figure out and decide on is my son’s elective for next year. My son has a summer computer class, and since his elective will most likely be in some sort of computer programming or graphic design, I’m waiting to see which he prefers best before asking him to make a decision.
The thing I’m dreading most with high school is the record keeping. I’ve always kept records, including grades, attendance, books my son has read, and information on field trips. High school is obviously more important, though. I don’t want to enter into senior year panicking because I didn’t do what I should have from the beginning. Course descriptions, volunteer hours, club activities, and who knows what else have to be recorded. There’s also the dreaded transcript. I know there are various services and programs out there, but I’m not quite sure how I want to do it. It’ll be cheaper in the long run to just do it all myself, but will saving the money be worth the hassle of doing it all myself, with the risk of making mistakes? I’m honestly not quite sure, but I know I’ll work it out eventually.
So yeah, the excitement and dread of high school is upon us. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out. Let’s just make it through my son’s freshman year, first, though. We’ll take it one grade at a time. High school, here we come!