their own speed. Our sons started their
four year American School curriculum
after working through their elementary and middle school curricula (
Calvert School) one year at a time, following a traditional school year schedule.
Our daughter, though, was determined
grades throughout. To combat boredom,
she felt were interesting and challenging.
Still, she was bored. In fact, in spite of
and seventh grade in one year. One day
grade and to begin ninth grade in the fall.
She presented a compelling argument
eighth grade, and we had no legitimate
reason, aside from the “traditional school
enrolled her in the American School college preparatory curriculum, paid the
required fees, and the courses started arriving in the mail.
She dove in, loved the courses (well, ex-cept;for;British;Literature),;and;excelled.
She was no longer bored. She was having
fun. And she felt as if she was moving
forward on a schedule of her choosing,
And her grades were excellent.
old,;we;knew;she;was;nearing;comple-tion. During the year we applied for both
she and her brother to attend our state
homeschool convention (CAPE-NM)
graduation. April rolled around, and she
Wow! How did that happen? It hap-pened;because;we;stepped;back;and;fol-lowed;our;daughter’s;lead.;We;allowed
and question. We wanted her to learn the
material, not do time until she was of traditional graduation age.
For years our daughter had said she
wanted to attend college and then at-tend;medical;school.;She;talked;of;being
a forensic pathologist or an orthopedic
surgeon. She prayed. She planned. She
questioned. She sought advice.
Her father and I stressed that she continue praying about her decision. We
stressed that our desire was not that any
of our children attend college, graduate
school, law school, or medical school
because they thought that was what we
or other family members thought they
should do. Instead, they needed to iden-tify;their;gifts;and;seek;that;which;would
great. We would support our children in
A few months ago my daughter told
me she was in a quandary and wanted
my advice. She said she had contacted
Le;Cordon;Bleu,;spoken;to;an;admis-sions counselor, had an initial phone
interview a few days later, and now
wanted to attend culinary school. Fur-ther,;she;wanted;to;take;a;dual;major;in
begin this course of study this past fall
She sought advice.
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