bcbbmom wrote:By the time I finally ordered US History to 1877 and it arrived, we were set to start school the next day. Basically, my dd just grabbed all her books and got started! Honestly, I was glad that she would be able to teach herself, because I have 2 kiddos doing ECC, as well as a toddler, and this is our first year! Well, about 3 weeks into the school year, we find out she has mono and strep. It hit her hard, so she basically ceased doing any school for a few weeks.
Now she just doesn't have the motivation that she had previously, and she's complaining that I spend so much time with the boys, guiding and directing them, and she would like for me to do that for her. I think I need to just go through all of her stuff and spend some time letting it soak in. After that, however, how much do I need to do with her? I feel like she needs to be mostly independent with her school work at this point, but I also want to make sure she's getting all she can out of it. She's also doing math independently, and I just ordered IEW because I don't know how well she was taught in public school. She's a very creative writer, but I wanted to make sure she knew about the structure of writing, as well.
Do you set up your high schooler's schedule and then check to make sure they completed it, or do you just trust them to get it all done? I feel like we need to have a way of holding her accountable. I'd love any advice or ideas! Thanks!!
Wow, I am impressed with your jumping into all that for the first time and just struggling "a bit"! You're doing great!
Also, about the dd with mono, I would just plan on cutting out a book or an assignment. And I'd give her some more time before you expect to see her normal ambition reappear.
As for how closely we monitor our kids, I think that depends a lot on the family size, the particular child, and just the homeschooling style. Each home school will look differently. For those with larger families like yours, many times the oldest is quite independent, but because you are a new homeschooling family, things might look differently.
In general, the manual is set up so the student checks off each assignment and the parent checks off each day, and then there is a weekly parent meeting to discuss the content. That parent meeting, as well as the content of some of the writing and other assignments, should give you a pretty good idea of whether she's doing her work. Were you using that method before she got sick?
I have a few other random questions and brainstorm thoughts to start the conversation.
1. Is she an 11th grader? Did you choose US1 (US History to 1877) because of her age, or because she needs American history, or for any particular reason? I ask because often those who start MFW high school will choose AHL (Ancient History & Literature), which allows for some more adjustment time to high school (or to homeschool in your case).
2. If at all possible, I'd try to save the IEW course until things settle down and you see some room for it. If she's already wanting help, then starting a "big" new program right now might not be the best idea. The SWI courses aren't all that long in themselves, but it's like a whole new lingo and to-do list.
The writing in US1 is not extensive or detailed. The focus in US1 is reading original documents and literature from our founders and those who influenced our early history. The first big "essay" isn't until like week 20, with the Scarlet Letter. Therefore, writing instruction might not be something that's needed right up front. Of course, work on writing is always useful, but a good creative writer might not need big program like IEW with 20 sentence openers and such, but may instead just need time spent on instruction in the argumentative essay or other nonfiction essays in the limited time that you have, not sure. Just thinking it would be nice to wait on that.
3. Did you give any thought to choosing the Bible option of doing the Worldview lesson together with your child every week? Would your dh (dear husband) be able to do that with her every week? I think it's one of the biggest benefits of the year, and it might give her the parent attention she craves.
4. Is she doing okay with her science? Did you choose Chemistry this year, and is her math on par with that?
Well, just to get the conversation started
Hopefully more families will be on the board over the next few days!
<hugs> for your efforts for your children.