Monday, September 5, 2016

High school / College Prep

So Skylar is going to be 15 soon and while she hasn't completely nailed down exactly what she wants to be when she "grows up", we have been kicking around some ideas for her to gain some direction. She's always loved history and just by that love has covered a good bit of high school subjects such as Gothic Literature, Greek Literature, British Literature, Modern Literature, British History and American History. As a result her writing and speaking are fantastic and very mature and well thought out. One thing we may do is grab a GED test taker prep book for Language arts just to see where she falls Language arts skills wise.

She's expressed an interest in possibly working at the crime lab, so our first stop has been to look up the educational requirements for said job. Lots of science of course in the mix and we have never done any traditional science in our homeschooling. So those are some things we will be addressing if that's a path she wishes to take. There are a lot of great online courses she can take for these so those are possibilities.
Next on the list is getting her a visit with the crime lab so she can see how she does, more so looking to how she will be in the morgue before we focus on a heavy science load for high school credits.

Regardless of the career path, she is going to do some of the Life of Fred books we have sitting on the shelf and work through those and take those as far up the ladder as her interests go. Just so she has the college prep "math" under her belt, although untraditionally.

She's also expressed an interesest in reading up on Psychology, so we are getting her some of the series by Travis Langley, first stop being The Walking Dead Psychology: Psych of the Living Dead.

We found an accredited college that offers online Associates and Bachelors Degrees for a very very affordable price. And we discussed her doing like a general associates or bachelors and then doing a focused science study with a minimum of 14 college level credits in addition to that if she is interested in the science focus, which would meet the job requirements for the job she is interested in. And then if she wants to take it further once she is working she can pursue a higher level degree if that's needed. And she possibly can work somewhere that pays for college tuition or she can work in her chosen field and contribute some of those earnings toward any further education.  This college does require a portfolio for homeschool admission so that is something I started to put together based on things she has under her belt already from this year. They get pretty detailed with wanting pictures of the front cover of books used as well as the title page of the book. But I think it's easier to accomplish that than it is to pay over $1,000 for a high school diploma that doesn't cover near the diversity of subjects she has and can cover if we go it on our own (as our state law permits us to do).

We are 100% committed to any of our kids who want to pursue college or trade school to do so without taking student loans or going into debt, so cost has to be kept in mind. We had discussed her doing a high school diploma course online but when I saw the list of subject courses (all which can be easily covered by us without the program) we decided against paying for a program for high school, since we can easily issue our own high school diploma.

She's also got a job in mind that provides training, benefits and a great pension and so that would be a nice plan also, if that's something she wants to pursue, and she can do so as early as 18 and be out there in that career, so that's also something she is kicking around.