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    Dd came to me today and told me that she had thought about going back to school. But said she changed her mind because she would miss her friends. Whew! Dodged a bullet. We have had this talk before. In this district...its a big NO.
    Later this evening she asked me how many more classes she has left to take. Hmm? I have her grades from classes she took at the co-op and I kept the records of what we have done at home. So we went to the TEA website and check marked what she has already completed. And YIKES! She has 3 more classes and she graduates! She needs geometry, us government and one elective, she chose drama for next year. Yikes! Holey Moley!!What the heck?!?! Time has just flown past us! I had no idea she was that close!

    Im a bit sad. Im a bit happy.

    Whats funny.....A few weeks ago, hubby asked me if we had given up on homeschooling!? I asked why he thought that.I was seriously puzzled! He said that he hadn't seen us do any lessons at the table. I told him at this point shes pretty much studying independently. So I caught him up to speed on what she was studying, how far along she was in the books.

    This year dd has been very out going. She is still in Girl Scouts, she has added Civil Air Patrol, and added Student Council with her co-op. She has been volunteering with GS and SC. She really surprised me! I also found a really nice troop for her. They do quite a bit. Arts and crafts, volunteering, GS classes at the council, a bit of camping. Its a small troop, 6 girls, and they are all 9th and 10th graders.

    So I am looking back and being very grateful that we chose homeschooling. Its been one heck of a journey that I DO NOT regret. Yes, there have been some bumpy roads. Some tears. And a lot of laughs. She has met some really great friends.

    Now...the last question....what does she do for ages 16 & 17?
    Bobo 13 yrs old - marches to the beat of her own drum, driven, out going and loud, yet she loves nature
    Booger Boy 21 yrs old - quiet, self assured, confident and laying his own path

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    My son's 16 he's been doing dual enrollment the past year and a half. Any chance she could do that?
    DS- 16 11 grade Dual enrollment, 2 co-ops, volunteering, LOF trig.

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    I have two suggestions:

    Making the assumption that she wants to continue on to college at some point, I was also going to suggest dual enrollment. So what if she has more classes than she needs to graduate.

    Some general recommendations:

    1) Select a college/university whose credits will most likely be accepted elsewhere. We were lucky in that a satellite campus of a Big 10 university is 15 minutes from our house. All of the credits my kids earned there transferred to the schools they ended up choosing. If you are so lucky that you know where your DD wants to go to college, most have a transfer guide online that lets you check if the courses would transfer.

    2) If your daughter isn't sure what she wants to do yet, take "General Ed" or "Core" classes. These are typically called things like English 101, Speech 101, Chemistry 100...things like that.

    3) Take a course or two for fun...maybe things she's interested in but hasn't had time for.

    4) Make sure she's serious about dual enrollment. She will be creating a grade record for herself that other universities would want when she applies.

    On the other hand, is there a job field she's interested in that she could find some work in or volunteer? Possibly even find a mentor? Ideas like if she wants to be a chef, she works in a restaurant, or wants to be a vet and finds work or volunteers at a veterinarian or animal shelter? My son was lucky enough to find a part time paid internship programming for a family acquaintance while still in high school. It just took some asking around. She's involved with Civil Air Patrol--can she work at your local regional airport?

    Congrats on both of you making it this far. I recall the sigh of relief when my kids hit this stage. (Although along with it came the panic of college applications and my role as "guidance counselor!!")
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    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    As I finish reading this, hubby says : Dd should of stayed a toddler for like 10 years"!!!! He saw a baby on tv, LOL!

    We have talked about what she would like to do. She says she is really interested in Interpretation and languages. She has studied quite a few. Her favorites are French, Spanish and Russian. For years I have found papers around the house with her scribbling's of Japanese, Russian, French and Korean alphabets among others she has shown interest in. She is interested in either the Air Force or Coast Guard. She says gap year, enlist and then use the GI Bill for college. She will be 15 in 4 weeks. I realize shes young, this can change. We have many colleges here. They say not until shes 15 for dual credit.

    I am just shocked. I didn't realize how far along she is. I think about it and we were only going to home school for the remaining elementary years. Then a report on tv came out about the middle school...nope, then there was a drive by at the high school aimed at the principle during school hours...nope. And she has just done so well. Why set her back by going back to ps?

    Over the summer I will be contacting the college, its a 10 minute walk. The one thing dd has complained about is not having anyone to converse with when it comes to french and russian. So maybe she can start there?

    I didnt think she would be done so soon. I thought I had another 2+ years.
    Bobo 13 yrs old - marches to the beat of her own drum, driven, out going and loud, yet she loves nature
    Booger Boy 21 yrs old - quiet, self assured, confident and laying his own path

    umbers cucumbers!!!!

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    We have talked about what she would like to do. She says she is really interested in Interpretation and languages. She has studied quite a few. Her favorites are French, Spanish and Russian. For years I have found papers around the house with her scribbling's of Japanese, Russian, French and Korean alphabets among others she has shown interest in. She is interested in either the Air Force or Coast Guard. She says gap year, enlist and then use the GI Bill for college. She will be 15 in 4 weeks. I realize shes young, this can change. We have many colleges here. They say not until shes 15 for dual credit.

    Over the summer I will be contacting the college, its a 10 minute walk. The one thing dd has complained about is not having anyone to converse with when it comes to french and russian. So maybe she can start there?

    I didnt think she would be done so soon. I thought I had another 2+ years.
    Again, you can STILL homeschool for two more years. If she wants, use this time to learn things she wants to learn. Both of my kids graduated with more classes than they needed because we decided they would go away to school at the typical age. They used some of that time to really focus on their interests--writing for DD and programming for DS. Also, it can also show commitment to certain subjects to college admission staff. They also used that extra time to work part time, just to earn and save some $$$.

    As a way around the dual credit age minimum, since you are so close to a college, is it financially possible to hire a college student to simply teach and converse with your daughter in her language of choice? When my DD was interested in Spanish, we had another homeschool mom (who had grown up in Mexico) to simply have conversations with her.
    Carol

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    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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