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Monday, March 16, 2009


Rolling along, in a routine, and then WHAM!, something new.

Sarabelle, who has been attending the local high school and doing well with her mostly honors classes, but hates it, begged last night to return to a homeschooling program. She acknowledged this would not be the easy way out -- that would be staying in school -- and realizes she will have to work harder at home, but prefers that option now. Most of it has to do with the fact that her best friends here homeschool and she enjoys participating in the P.E. group and 4-H Cooking Club with them and misses the freedom of being able to jump in the car and go off on a field trip or just a quick trip over to the island at a moment's notice.

She has nearly all the credits Florida requires for graduation already except for American History and Government credits, so she is beginning Volume 2 of the Great Ideas Program The Development of Political Theory and Government with all its associated readings and going through Hakim's A History of US series.

I want her to tune up her writing skills and would like to have her begin either Horner's Rhetoric in the Classical Tradition or D'Angelo's Composition in the Classical Tradition. She will also benefit from an SAT prep.

Some other books on her To Read If You Can list are:

How to Read a Book
In Defense of Elitism
Amusing Ourselves to Death

As this makes plans for attending my New Jersey brother's spring wedding so much easier I am happy to comply, but it necessitates a study of my own in crafting transcripts for college.

Now to send off another letter to the county school superintendent announcing our intention (now that we are on their radar), officially withdraw her from school, and return her books...


Teacher of One said...

Edu-Track software will create transcripts. The software is developed by homeschoolers for homeschoolers.

Texas_Teacher said...

My daughter is using volume 2 & 5 of the Great Ideas this year. We are around half way through and I started her reading a high school level government book. They give a two line nod to Hobbes and she just wonders how they can truly understand what they are reading without having read Leviathan or Plato or Aristotle.

Donna Boucher said...

You are a great mom and teacher!

You will be able to whip that transcript up in no time.