Pearls and Dreams
My 15 year old son ...
This child is 15. He was homeschooled for most of his schooling.Before all of you start telling me what a good job I've done ...don't ..this kid is just ... self taught. I supervised, I pushed, I shoved and I cajoled, I provided the opportunity, I forced the opportunity ...but not once did I ever show him a single academic thing ... he is entirely self taught. I got tired of arguing with him in 8th grade and decided he needed someone else to be accountable to in high school.
He's gone from homeschooling to a school of 9th & 10th grade only ...2400 member school. He's done great, great grades and even on the studen council (ok, just how does one go from homeschooling to that large of a school & on the student council in one fell swoop?????) I guess by being
So, he's got lots of friends, good grades ...he brings home report cards from his teachers with quotes like "pleasure to teach'' (OHHHKAY ...so if he's such a pleasure to teach, then why is he in your school instead of my home?????????)
Anyway, he's doing good. I've gotten emails from all his teachers telling me what a remarkable adjustment he's made. 3 have told me that they've never had a homeschooled child make the adjustment so well, and yet, they feel that he'd be fine if he wasn't that he seems fine to just 'be in his own skin and that is such a rare quality to see in a teenager' (got that in all their emails, wonder if they''d talked? LOL)
All of them have asked me about what text books we used because they are impressed with the quality of his education. Not too bad for a poor family homeschooling with garage sale books and hit and miss when it comes to organized curriculums and doing a lot of talking about what's going on in the world and at times ...not even having books, just the TV, computer & paper & pens!
So, today, we get a letter in the mail, he's been inducted into the National Honor Roll. Wow. Just wow.
I'm amazed that he's my child. I'm amazed quite frankly, at both my children. How in the world I got so lucky ...is beyond me!