Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Thinking thinking always thinking

Sometimes it really feels like my brain is going to explode! I've said before that with our first baby having seizures and a stroke at 3 days old, I've never been one to like the old adage "When they are little they have little problems, when they are big they have big problems." Sometimes they can be really really little and have some pretty big problems. That being said, that saying seems to hold a little more water when it comes to homeschooling. Homeschooling high school is a whole new ballgame. Actually the "schooling" part gets easier, less of the teaching falls on me. I have a new answer when asked if we are done with school this year or if we are schooling through the summer, "I'M done...Jonathan on the other hand has some more work to do". (Madi too if she wants to get ahead in math.) I am spending a lot of time trying to figure out how to document all of this high school stuff. Not only that, I'm trying to figure it out in a way that I can describe it to others because I am continually asked about this. Incidentally it's the same feeling I get when I am asked about my Catholic faith, I know what I believe, I just have a hard time getting it from my brain (and heart) to my mouth. At the convention, I learned that it is really a good idea to sign up for the PSATs in the spring. (this test is given once a year in October and you register for it at your local high school) {not to be confused with the SATs which are given multiple times a year and you register with}. Contrary to popular belief the PSAT is not just a practice for the SAT, but when taken in your junior year it can qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship... it is actually called PSAT/NMSQT. Anyway, it is recommended that 10th (and even 9th) graders take it too, in which case it sort of is practice. Well I called the local school today and you'd think I asked the lady if anyone there had three heads. "THE PSAT ISN'T GIVEN UNTIL THE FALL!!" Yes I know, I explained, but I was told it was a good idea to sign up early. "Well maybe try back in August," was the best advice she could give me. This was the guidance counselor that I was talking to, the person paid to know this kind of thing. It seems like I know at least as much as she does. I guess I'm keeping up in that regard. Another session that I went to at the convention was about getting high school credit for internships. The first 35 minutes of the 50 minute session were about finding out what your 11th or 12th grader might be interested in. There wasn't a ton of information there for parents of a 9th grader who has spend 300 hours at the theatre since February. I think we've pretty much narrowed down his interest!

I'm going to go eat now because everyone is home and supper is ready. This blog post isn't finished yet, but since I can't seem to finish a conversation or a thought anymore anyway, it seems rather fitting.

I really came on here to link to this book list that I want to explore.


Cindy said...

Thanks for the link-always looking ahead to find books for Tucker to read. (Now that we are officially beyond the picture books) Also noticed you(or someone) is reading The Hunger Games-enjoy!

I subscribed to the blog the book list came find the best stuff!

Julie said...

Just realized this post is full of typos, but now I'm in bed on my iPod. I'll have to try to fix it another time.