Happy 2013

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Mon, 12-31-2012 - 9:26am

Happy to New Year to all!  Hope you and your children have a great year of learning, joy and happy times.

What educational goals or concerns do you have for your children in the New Year?

 

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In reply to: singrorge
Fri, 01-04-2013 - 5:04am

Happy New Year!

DD 14 seems to be doing fine in school and has learned how to manage nicely. She is focusing on her violin and is working hard to meet the goals she sets for herself. She'll be travelling with the European Honors Orchestra in April and is looking forward to that.

DD 10 is a whole different story. She gets by with no effort in school and doesn't seem to care about achievement, as long as it's "good enough." Her huge passion is still music. I have no idea how to help her set goals in this area. We'll play things by ear and see how she develops and how she feels. Right now she's happy writing and recording songs and is doing wonderfully on the violin. She's still caught between a hyperawareness that something is "weird" about what she does and her own extremely high expectations. For example, the last time she played for an audience there was some surprise that she could play the way she did, and DD misinterpreted the buzz as being a criticism of her (largely imaginary) mistakes. She is lucky in that other older students have taken her under their wing and show support for her. That's what she really needs, because she knows very well that ultimately neither her father nor I can really judge her progress or help her. I guess our educational goals for her for this year are to help her explore her passions without killing herself and to help her find balance and feel secure in what she does.

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In reply to: singrorge
Tue, 01-01-2013 - 1:18pm

The kids have their own goals for their education this year but we have no concerns or goals as parents. They are doing great and happy with their schools. 

DD 15 is attempting to get her "intersegmental transfer curriculum" certificate at the community college which comes with an agreement from all our state and UC schools to accept the courses as completion of lower-division general ed requirements (without the "well, we'll take this class but not that class" game.) 

DS 12's goals are largely in P.E. He's in advanced PE because he has a good work ethic but he's behind in ability with the other kids. He wants to better his mile time and get at least average scores in his strength tests. 

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In reply to: weedosmom
Mon, 12-31-2012 - 8:19pm

Happy 2013 everyone!  DD 21 is a senior in college and her educational goals are to (1) finish her thesis  (2) graduate and (3) find a job.    I don't think DD 15 has any special educational goals but she is enjoying the free time she has now to pursue her twin goals of reading as much as she can and playing violin as much as she can.  Oh yeah and catching up on sleep.

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In reply to: singrorge
Mon, 12-31-2012 - 2:39pm

Happy New Year!

We put a lot of thought into our educational goals for 2013.  For the first half, our goals focus primarily on the social growth.  But our current educational setup is not going to be good long term.  For the second half, we will switch from a school/homeschool blend to a purely homeschool blend.  Our biggest frustration point is math.