No, I’m not talking about the weather, though it is that time of year of severe cold. We have been waking up to about -10 to -15 the past few mornings, and barely getting to single digits during the day. Today we went to the library before it got dark, because during the day it was at least 1 out, but once the sun goes down it drops down below zero again. We should get up to the 20’s and 30’s in about 5 days, and I am really looking forward to that. During these arctic cold blasts it always reminds how blessed I am to have such a warm house, that doesn’t cost us an arm and a leg, two functioning vehicles, no dead batteries and no frozen pipes. Thank you Lord.
BUT, that is not what I’m talking about in my title when I say it’s that time of year. 😉 I’m talking about it’s that time of year to start going over curriculum choices again. 😀 We buy our curriculum with money from our tax return, so I start looking at what needs we have in January. This year has been a lot easier than usual. Sarah is going into her senior year, and almost graduated this summer, about a year early. But then as we talked to her, there were a couple of more subjects we felt she should do, so she’ll finish next year, though with a very light senior year schedule. She’ll also be studying for either her SAT or ACT test, we aren’t sure yet which one she’ll be taking.
She hasn’t been sure what she wants to do with her life, doesn’t really want to go to college. She wants to be a wife and mother, which we are totally blessed with. But she knows that she can’t just sit around the house after she graduates, so she’s been trying to decide what she wants to do. I was praying and thinking about it the other day when I thought of something she might want to study. I know that part of our jobs as homeschooling parents is to be a guidance counselor too. When I went to school, the guidance counselors would helps us decide what we might be good at while seeing how we did in school. I realized how much Sarah likes math and numbers (and keeping things organized), and I realized she might like something in accounting. When I brought it up to her she started getting excited about it too. We still aren’t sure if that is what she will do, but we are looking into it. We are even having her do an Accounting 101 1/2 semester course next year to see if it’s something she is really interested in. She’s already asked to help me with our taxes this year so she can see what that’s all about. Who knows where this will lead, but it’s good that there is a bit of direction. And if this isn’t what the Lord has for her, then we’ll continue to pray about it and see what else the Lord shows us.
The only shock this year with Sarah’s curriculum is that for her Pre-Calculus course she needs a specific calculator that is $100!!! She can use this particular calculator with her ACT or SAT test, but still. I about fell over when I saw that price. We’ll get it for her, because Paul always insists we never skimp on educational things (which I completely agree with), but still there was a bit of a sticker shock there. 😉
Paulie’s curriculum choices are pretty well set. I bought some of his curriculum last year, so we already have some of it. We aren’t changing anything, so its pretty simple for him, thankfully. Having to help Sarah get situated with choosing the ACT or SAT, trying to decide about possible college courses and she might try and get a job this summer, I’m busy enough with helping her. I’ll be helping him with all of this in a couple of years, at least then I’ll know what I’m doing. 😀