Hi Julie,thesummerfields wrote:My daughter has already completed Ancient History as well as World History and Literature levels of high school. She started the 11th grade level about a month ago and I have to say I am concerned. We are busy family with a lot of chores on the farm and places to go only a couple times per week but they are important. Right now she does school from 9am to 5pm! Is this normal? She does take 2 small breaks but then gets right back to work on her studies. She is doing a good job with everything it's just that it takes her so long! We can't do much as a family it seems in the afternoons. Is there something we can drop? Something less essential to her education in MFW package we can eliminate or simplify?
She is doing:
She is a bit of a slower reader, and she is big on taking notes and is careful to make sure she retains things etc. She REALLY enjoys MFW and has learned so much and has a strong walk with the Lord. I just worry at this rate she will burn out soon, spending that many hours on schooling. She wants to be able to serve in several ways in the afternoons and evenings a couple nights per week, but with school taking so long she isn't able to.
- The MFW US History to 1877 package
Jacob's Geometry (finishing that up in the next few weeks, starting Alg. 2 soon)
Rosetta Stone Spanish Level 1
We got as many of the books in Audio Versions as possible to help her be able to multi-task a little. She listens to audios while she weeds in the garden, and brushes and feeds the horses etc. So at least she can be productive in other ways during part of her school time. She has also noticed her weight creep up this last month from being so inactive for so many hours of the day....before school started we were go-go-go with lots of physical activity around the farm etc,.
Help, we need help to balance it to our lifestyle.
<hugs> on getting bogged down. In my experience with public schoolers around here, 11th grade is typically the hardest year. That said, 11th graders range all over the board. My ds had one friend who was up all night sometimes doing homework until 6 a.m., and another who was in alternative school and summer school and still needed help.
I do think your values of having some family and service time in these last couple years at home are also of value. I like to brainstorm and maybe something in there will seem a good fit.
- First, the electives. It looks like she's earning 6.5 credits this year, and at our local public schools, they schedule 6 classes per day. There is also a "zero hour" but it mostly is for band/choir type things. So, if necessary you might drop the personal finance this year, or see if she could do it in the summer. Some kids are dropping foreign language at this point, but it looks like your dd is just ramping that up.
- Math would remain a priority for me, since she's just finishing Geometry. I personally think it's really important to be solid in that area, so I would keep pushing forward on that one.
- Probably by 11th grade, and with your farming background, Biology won't be too heavy of a challenge at this point. However, if it is bogging her down, there is a Virtual Homeschool Group that is free and has lectures she can watch, with slightly easier quizzes/tests (because they are multiple choice, and because the quizzes can be repeated -- and then the tests can be done only once). The labs still must be done at home, and I would try not to let those slip through the cracks, but perhaps some of her hands-on work with animals could sub out a bit of it?
- For Bible, not sure if you're doing the "parent/teacher involved" option 1, but we did that one. And I found that I needed 2 days to get through a thorough review and new lesson. Some kids won't need it, but my ds benefited from my really going over the lessons, so I stretched out that semester of Bible into the 2nd semester, and cut some from the 2nd semester schedule.
- For History, there are occasional "optional" activities, and she could just cross those off her lesson planner. Not sure if she's getting bogged down with the jump up to history studying/testing/etc., but if she is, I've been in conversations where different families adapt different parts of this, from letting them do the student sheets using the answer key, to letting them do open book tests at least at first. This seems consistent with the kind of test-prep study sessions some of the high school teachers are doing. Again, where to tweak here really depends a lot on the particular student.
- For English, how is she on the grammar? I know I started my oldest dd on a grammar review around this age (long before MFW had high school) and found she really didn't need it at all. You could evaluate that need, and maybe she's already mastered portions of the review book, or all of it.
- For Literature, I was juggling my ds's book club assignments and his college course reading and his just generally having a bad year due to losing his father the summer before 11th, so I did a lot of juggling. I just read him excerpts of Plymouth Plantation, and he did the Progeny Press guide using the movie version rather than reading Scarlet Letter (we used the 4-hour movie, which has quite good coverage). He did read Ben Franklin & Frederick Douglass, but those aren't long. His book club had just done Red Badge of Courage and we subbed out Billy Budd. He still has had plenty of exposure to American Literature with all the shorter readings in there, as well. It will be different for your dd, since I expect she isn't reading in a book club, etc., but just letting you know that you can make these kinds of changes and still get a valuable education with all of the Lit Supplement readings and the Early American Lit book, and mixing and matching exposure and study for the rest.
Well, there's some brainstorming to start the conversation. There are a few conversations on US1 in the Archives, as well, but not a lot yet.
From Another Julie