Monday, November 5, 2012
Home School High
I am so proud of my 10th grader Princess. She has an incredible work ethic and she is so responsible. I am also excited about her future. While she works diligently on her studies, I am constantly researching ways to make sure she is prepared for every future opportunity.
We visited our first college fair this week at the local community college. She was really impressed with one admissions representative we spoke to. The rep spoke very enthusiastically about her school and made us like it. But it is a small school with a population of 745. Too small for my tastes but it made me realize how influential a rep can be for a school. We also got a chance to speak with an academic advisor for the community college since Princess will take a few classes next year through dual enrollment. We peaked into a few classes that were in session and it left us feeling pretty excited about next year.
Another exciting thing this week was getting Princess' first Literature paper graded by a community college ENG 101 professor. I'd been looking into resources for having outside grading done for papers this year when I stumbled across a college professor who frequents TWTM forums. She was willing to grade Princess' papers at the agreed upon rate we discussed. She sent me her resume and a copy of her college faculty ID as verification of her qualifications. I sent her a copy of the first paper by email and by snail mail along with a check for the fee. Her written evaluation of Princess' paper was worth her fee (which is inexpensive to begin with) 10X over. It was chocked full of detail on ways to improve the paper and kudos for the things she did well. She used her classroom rubric and scored the paper a 89%. Princess was very excited with the feedback. So was I. I am so pleased with this arrangement and with having "outside" evaluation of her writing skills.
What else is working well?
Weekly lesson sheets - my diligence in giving the girls these sheets every Monday morning is working wonders for keeping us all on track.
VocabVideos.com - I did a review of this product a few weeks back. Princess looks at a video segment each week. She does the online quiz, and crossword puzzle and I encourage her to use the new words in literature papers in conversation. I am also learning new words. Quite often I comment on how assiduous Princess has been with her studies. :)
I pray that all of this diligence will pay off at PSAT and SAT time!
This is the first time I am linking up with theDaisyHead and Home School High.