You know, I think it's pretty typical for most high schoolers to begin at age 14. I know I was, and both of my older dd's have been 14 when they started as well. Even if they can do some "high school level" work at age 13, in my experience there seems to be a big jump in maturity level between 13 and 14. Since girls tend to mature faster than boys, this is even more true for boys, I think. (Generally speaking.) But girls, too. I did see a big jump in both of my girls during that year.sbbrown425 wrote:This is why I so love this discussion forum. I am in a similar situation. While attending Christian school my dd was skipped from 1st to 2nd grade after one month into the school year. We started homeschooling when she started 4th grade. I believe it was just in time (God's time) because we soon started running into educational difficulties for her. Not bad but she did need more time to learn some concepts. I realize even more now that we will likely need that year back. She is now 13 yrs old and starting "9th grade" but she too want to complete 1850 plus with her 11yr old brother. I do not believe she is ready for the level of independence that the MFW High School requires. I even discussed it with the MFW consultants and they suggested that she start high school MFW at age 14 yrs. This may mean an extra year of high school and we (dd and I) are okay with that... Have to see how the hubby feels about it? She will be doing high school science, math (algebra 1), language, and electives.
Anyway glad to know that its okay and the learning and maturity is more important than the age at graduation. We love MFW.
My oldest dd and I were talking about a friend of hers yesterday (a boy) who's the same age, and who's very, very smart. He's a strategy thinker and engineer type like his Vice President of a large company dad, and he's an only child so he's received a LOT of 1-on-1 attention over the years. (Yes, he's always been homeschooled.) He got a 32 on the ACT the first time he took it without even trying. But my dd was surprised to hear that even HE struggled with Algebra 1, and found Algebra 2 much easier. I pointed out that he's always worked a grade level or two ahead, so it's very possible that even though he could do the calculations in Alg 1 at age 13, he may have struggled some with the abstract concepts and had to "think through" it pretty hard, perhaps with help from his formerly a Special Ed teacher mom or his engineer dad. So by the time he got to Algebra 2, he was more mature and ready for the higher thinking skills at that level.
Anyway, all that to say that there is value in waiting until they're 14 to start high school. In fact, I find it strange that so many 13yo's ARE doing high school level work these days! Not that they shouldn't be able to, but just thinking about the type of society we live in, what with being inundated with temptations of sin and an "entertain me" lifestyle and attitude so prevalent today.... To me, being "academically" ready for higher level work just doesn't mean that much. I think I'm becoming the oddball in that way of thinking, though.