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Posted by on Sep. 22, 2011 at 10:15 PM
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Okay, so my daughter is a freshman. She is very self motivated, and she works on school for about 5-6 hours per day. I don't push her to work that much, she just enjoys it. (Her little brother is a completely different story lol!). Here's my dilemma: if she continues at this pace, she'll be finished with all of her curriculum by the middle of December. What do I do? Do I let her finish, and then just give her review work until the end of the school year? Or do I go ahead and let her start her sophomore year after Christmas? I know she's retaining the information, so I'm not concerned that she's going too fast. Is it normal for home schooled high schoolers to finish this quickly? If she stays on this pattern, she will finish high school in two years! Anybody have any advice for me? Thanks much!!

Mom of Laura-my 13 going on 30 angel, and 10 year old Nathan, the happiest kid in the world who happens to have Asperger's.

by on Sep. 22, 2011 at 10:15 PM
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usmom3
by BJ on Sep. 22, 2011 at 10:46 PM

 Let her keep going & then get her in dual credit classes for collage or let her go to collage early!

Knightquester
by Bronze Member on Sep. 23, 2011 at 12:42 AM

I agree with usmom3, I have kids working ahead that will graduate and go to college early as I did when I was homeschooled.  The thing is if I feel the child is ready to move ahead I do give the child a chance to choose to review the material they've covered and become stronger in it and maybe have a light rest of the school year of work, or to move ahead to the next grade level material which is what they tend to choose.

Today my children's CT informed me it'll be fine for my second child to attend college courses next year, so I figure since she's so young, at least till she's 16, I will send her with my husband for protection and she can take evening courses.  It's a scary thought that they can grow up so fast, but I can't imagine holding them back if the brains and maturity are there.

carolkey74
by on Sep. 23, 2011 at 8:04 AM
Quoting Knightquester:

I agree with usmom3, I have kids working ahead that will graduate and go to college early as I did when I was homeschooled.  The thing is if I feel the child is ready to move ahead I do give the child a chance to choose to review the material they've covered and become stronger in it and maybe have a light rest of the school year of work, or to move ahead to the next grade level material which is what they tend to choose.


Today my children's CT informed me it'll be fine for my second child to attend college courses next year, so I figure since she's so young, at least till she's 16, I will send her with my husband for protection and she can take evening courses.  It's a scary thought that they can grow up so fast, but I can't imagine holding them back if the brains and maturity are there.




What type of testing do you do? I am thinking about having her take tha California or Iowa achievement tests. I don't think she needs to take the ACT until she has algebra 2 under her belt. We are registered through an umbrella school, and a counselor told me that it would look strange on a college transcript if she does two years in one. I dont know if I agree with that assessment. I thought if I put testing results on the transcript, it would help validate that she knows the material.

Mom of Laura-my 13 going on 30 angel, and 10 year old Nathan, the happiest kid in the world who happens to have Asperger's.

mem82
by Platinum Member on Sep. 23, 2011 at 10:19 AM

I would let her move up. If she knows the materials, then let her go.

oredeb
by on Sep. 23, 2011 at 10:25 AM

 let go on! i did that with all my kids when done with all their work for that year, order the next years work!! yea for your daughter!!

luvthesoap
by on Sep. 23, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Let her work at her own pace. When she's finished with this years matreials, start her on next years. THeres no reason to hold her back, since she is doing so well.

Betty in ky

Knightquester
by Bronze Member on Sep. 23, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Each state is different, the kids right now do state tests and when they hit 9/10th grade they're permitted to take their ACT, SAT and their high school exit exam I believe it's called CAHSEE.  I was homeschooled in a different era and different state so the laws were slightly different but where we're at now I know two homeschooled 15 year olds that completed high school and are in college right now, one received a full scholarship to Davis.  Colleges test prior to enrollment, if she's applying for scholarships they will look at her transcripts, tests scores and so forth.  As for what the counselor said, I too think that's a bit odd, my brother and I were in college at 16 and people didn't consider it too strange, we did get a few surprised comments but nothing negative.

My daughter will be taking Algebra I at the community college next year, really I am just going to play it by ear and see where she's at when she's your daughters age, if she's prepared to graduate and head off to college then I'll support her, otherwise if she wants to keep gathering college credit and building up her high school transcripts that too I'll support.

Quoting carolkey74:

Quoting Knightquester:

I agree with usmom3, I have kids working ahead that will graduate and go to college early as I did when I was homeschooled.  The thing is if I feel the child is ready to move ahead I do give the child a chance to choose to review the material they've covered and become stronger in it and maybe have a light rest of the school year of work, or to move ahead to the next grade level material which is what they tend to choose.


Today my children's CT informed me it'll be fine for my second child to attend college courses next year, so I figure since she's so young, at least till she's 16, I will send her with my husband for protection and she can take evening courses.  It's a scary thought that they can grow up so fast, but I can't imagine holding them back if the brains and maturity are there.




What type of testing do you do? I am thinking about having her take tha California or Iowa achievement tests. I don't think she needs to take the ACT until she has algebra 2 under her belt. We are registered through an umbrella school, and a counselor told me that it would look strange on a college transcript if she does two years in one. I dont know if I agree with that assessment. I thought if I put testing results on the transcript, it would help validate that she knows the material.


oredeb
by on Sep. 26, 2011 at 12:06 PM
have you decided anything carol yet???
carolkey74
by on Sep. 26, 2011 at 12:25 PM
Quoting oredeb:

have you decided anything carol yet???



I'm going to let her go at her own speed, give her an achievement test when she finishes the curriculum, and let her start sophomore curriculum in January. This is only our second homeschool year; we were in the ps system until then. She was certified gifted in the ps system, but the gifted services they provided were nothing more than busy work. It's taking me awhile to get the ps mentality out of my system lol! It's just hard to think of her as a high school graduate at 15. We will look at online classes until she feels ready to go on to regular college, or she may be happy with the online format. I finished college online, and loved it.

Mom of Laura-my 13 going on 30 angel, and 10 year old Nathan, the happiest kid in the world who happens to have Asperger's.

oredeb
by on Sep. 26, 2011 at 3:18 PM

 ohhh that sounds great!!!

Quoting carolkey74:

Quoting oredeb:

have you decided anything carol yet???



I'm going to let her go at her own speed, give her an achievement test when she finishes the curriculum, and let her start sophomore curriculum in January. This is only our second homeschool year; we were in the ps system until then. She was certified gifted in the ps system, but the gifted services they provided were nothing more than busy work. It's taking me awhile to get the ps mentality out of my system lol! It's just hard to think of her as a high school graduate at 15. We will look at online classes until she feels ready to go on to regular college, or she may be happy with the online format. I finished college online, and loved it.

 

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