There is a big email list called “homeschool2 college.” It is exhausting just to read! I can’t imagine and surely couldn’t bear such intense pressures on the family, of trying to do everything schools do fulltime for — to? — many children at once, as large homeschooling families taking this approach must do.
I suppose I always vaguely knew but never felt the real impact, of what all school-driven folk homeschooling or otherwise, go through to get their kids into college, even when all the schooling and drive is, well, homework. So here I am, hit upside the head again with the glaringly clear truth that anybody schooling at home has more in common with charter school parents than our unschooling does, by FAR. We’re the ones who should be griping about the confusion!
Wonder if that’s why they strain at any gnat of difference they can conjure, rightly afraid they are in fact indistinguishable from those schooling at home exactly as they are and for the same reasons, except with some public assistance to pay the bills?
All the while, you can’t help laughing to see them swallowing the camel of our differences within home education! (Matthew 23:24 for the non-bible readers among us)
Anyway, back to getting our kids in college from home: I wrote a note to the 1500 or so other homeschoolers on the list, with whom we apparently have so little in common that they should stop calling what they do home “education”and stick to homeSCHOOLING:
I’ve been reading here since joining and haven’t seen a story quite like ours yet, so I’m just adding it to the wealth of info here. If it’s needed by someone particularly, let me know and I can provide details, etc.
First let me say we planned nothing. And enjoyed everything.
Starting at age 15 under our state’s dual enrollment provisions, now 17-year-old Favorite Daughter happily and gradually made the transition from radical unschooling (no curriculum, courses, tests, grades or textbooks at all, including no SAT or ACT type admission tests) to college, where she’s on the president’s list and loving the honors program. Her professors are offering her small English and arts scholarships even, as they see what she can do and the sheer joy with which she does it.
She’s more than halfway through the associate of arts degree at this point, and blossoming academically in all directions at once, as she prepares to make that next transition, to university and then grad school in the liberal arts.
So after all that, last month I finally “graduated” her from home education, figuring that — in a reverse of the usual reasoning — the course credits and grades on her COLLEGE transcript were in good enough order to earn her a HIGH SCHOOL diploma! 🙂