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Want an accredited high school diploma for your homeschooler?

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Have you imagined that moment? The moment when the Pomp and Circumstance march plays loud overhead and reality hits you like a brick wall. The doors open and all eyes are focused on your baby boy or baby girl, all gussied up in their cap and gown, as they march down the aisle. They entered the room as your prime pupil whom you spearheaded their education, but from this point forward, your role in their education will shift as they move to the next chapter of life.graduation

Aside from feeling like your guts have just been ripped out because your baby is growing up, you want to feel good about this moment. You want to feel like you’ve had all of your ducks in a row so to speak. Every ‘t’ has been crossed and every ‘I’ has been dotted. You did your best and now your little homeschooled darling is the beneficiary.

In homeschooling, there are always a myriad of options, and many of them are based on pure preference. The bottom line is that I am an avid, almost borderline psycho researcher. The purpose behind my sharing is to justify my craziness by saying that I help others as well as my little party of five.

As with anything in life, it is important to have a plan and work the plan. You should be mindful of your education goals for your children from the beginning, of course allowing flexibility for the Lord’s leading along the way. As your student approaches high school or maybe they are already in high school, you may want to consider your options regarding their diploma.

A homeschool parent has every right to create their child’s transcript based on work completed and submit that when they apply for college. I know families who have done this and it has worked fine for them. They took standardized tests such as the ACT or the SAT and they experienced a smooth transition to colleges, such as Texas A & M University. So, by no means should you feel obligated to pursue anything else.

However, if the idea of flying solo on such a major milestone seems scary, then listen up and your family may benefit from choosing the same option as our family.

My quick synopsis of the situation is that in the arena of accredited high school diplomas there are more options than you can envision. We have tried many and researched even more. One option is an online high school that you enroll in and you must use their entire curriculum and the delivery of that curriculum may not be the best. It may be costly and the options for curriculum from a Christian Worldview in a highly engaging format are certainly few if they exist at all. There are also programs like Veritas’ Scholars program that allows you to do a certain number of classes on your own with curriculum approved by Veritas, but you must also take a certain number of required courses through Veritas Press online. Their live online courses, not self-paced, average around $700 per course. In some cases, this is more costly than a college course at an online Christian University. If it is in your budget, then they certainly offer a fine education. Finally, there is this little jewel of a place that I found called Central Christian Academy out of Winterpark, Florida.

Central Christian Academy (CCA) is an accredited member of the Florida Council of Private Schools since 1995. Central Christian Academy offers two main programs. One is where you purchase curriculum through them that has already been pre-approved, or they also offer a program where you can select the curriculum of your choice and submit it to them for pre-approval. I absolutely LOVE the fact that I can choose my favorite curriculum and all I have to do is send them an email with my plan and they email me back approval. It is very easy submitting your work and tests to them. They have been a pleasure to work with and I have found no other program that offers the same credibility and flexibility. For students in high school, they charge $365 per year to keep your child’s official records. It is less for lower grades, but we didn’t feel it was necessary to use such a service for the lower grades. Also, if you refer a friend, then they will credit your family $100. If you would like to sign up for next fall, please use the referral form that I have added to the files section of our Facebook group or you can email me and I will be happy to send it to you. Since my husband is in full-time ministry now, this will be a blessing to our family and I greatly appreciate it! Then feel free to modify this form and pass it on to your friends so you can earn $100 towards your child’s enrollment.

I will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Also, here is a link to the school’s website if you need more detailed information:

http://acces-inc.com/cca/

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Happy Homeschooling

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I read an article this morning that reminded me of why I started this craze on curriculum.

This article was talking about how this frustrated homeschool mom could not get her child to sit still and often he would literally fall out of his chair. For me, I would find my son gazing out the window, looking through binoculars, and searching for deer. I could not turn away for a second or my student would escape. At the end of the day, when I would grade his papers, it was as if he hadn’t watched one single video. I know he did though, because I was there and I watched him as he sat at the computer for 5 or 6 hours and unfortunately retained NOTHING. So, when it was time for us to be finished, escape this wretched school, and have dinner, I would grade his worksheets and it was an absolute train wreck. He and I were frustrated, weary, and feeling like failures. This nifty program that I paid top dollar for, left me faced with trying to teach him all of these concepts so he could complete the worksheets and ultimately pass this grade. The worst part was knowing that the next day we would have to wake up and repeat the whole process. Other than being completely drained from the full day of nagging and me reminding him to pay attention, he seemed to be able to get the concepts when I would explain them. The days seemed to drag on and I was so frustrated that I would find myself threatening public school if he didn’t shape up.

We had been doing Abeka DVDs since my oldest was in Kindergarten. This curriculum worked well for my oldest and one of my other boys, but it clearly was not working for this one. My boys are good boys, of course I’m partial, but I realized that maybe this one son needed a different option.

I decided to go to my first and only homeschool show ever. I approached each exhibitor’s booth and quickly became his or her interrogator. I wanted to know EVERYTHING and I would not leave one stone unturned. With my husband and I both being college graduates, we were almost scared to change curriculum in the fear that our boys would not be prepared for college themselves. So, for me this quest to broaden our horizons was serious business. I learned so much that day, but the one thing that was a God moment for me was when I met this attorney dad who was manning a booth while someone else took a break. As he asked me questions, I explained my dilemma. He flat out rebuked me and said, “You are focusing on the curriculum too much! It sounds like you need to focus on the METHOD.” It was like a light bulb went off and I had clear direction.

From that moment forward, I have researched and scanned the whole gamut to try and find the best curriculum with the best method of delivery. My kids have been my official product testers and they are the final vote. The climate in our home is so wonderful now. All three of my sons LOVE their school. The one son who didn’t do well with Abeka is doing extremely well and is now doing more advanced work without a hitch. Things that they learn in school are often topics of discussion at the dinner table. I feel so confident about what they are learning and how they are retaining it.

The boys are learning from the book of Proverbs this year. In Proverbs 4:7 it says, “Wisdom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom and with all thy getting get understanding.”

In all of my years of ‘getting’ info on curriculum, I have learned that all children are unique. They learn in different ways and their interests are different. As a homeschool mom, you have a unique opportunity to custom tailor your child’s education to help them flourish into what God wants them to be. Here’s to Happy Homeschooling!