Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Just Another Chapter in our Homeschooling Life

Last Saturday, Marina received her high school equivalency diploma. I am now officially off the hook for one child's education. She worked very hard pulling together the 24 credits for this. Hopefully, by the end of next June she will have her associate's degree in the visual arts. The credits she earned  for the equivalency diploma count toward the associate degree, or I would have pushed for her to attend an out of state school. As I've mentioned before, New York residents must have a high school diploma or GED in order to receive a college degree from a New York state college or university. Which is funny when you consider she's been a straight A honor student at the community college. Obviously, she can do the work. The diploma was just another hoop we've needed to jump through.

There is a story my mother told about her uncle. When she was eight or nine, he was  attending college. My mother remembers how he gave her little lessons while he was studying. He told her that school was a waste of time up until you go to college. 

When Marina received her diploma, she told us that now she has proof she could have passed high school if she had gone. As if there was any doubt!

One child down, two to go. I'm not sure we will follow the same route with Chase. He has plenty of options now that he is sixteen. He might choose to do an internship, volunteer, look for a job, work on creative endeavors, or prepare for college, like his sister. If I have learned anything from homeschooling, it is that each of my children follow their own path, and my job is to advise and support them. 

Sometimes I nudge. Even when they know they can fly, they aren't always willing to leave the nest without a gentle push.

8 comments:

seekingmyLord said...

Congratulation, Marina!

Anonymous said...

Te felicito, Marina! You are talent and heart wealthy. I love you and I'm so proud of you.
I also know that Chase and Sierra have their unique talents and they love to emulate your dedication and your commitment to learning. You are their inspiration and can guide them in reahing their own heights.
I love you all as my sweet treasure, Buelo

Kez said...

Congrats Marina! Good luck with the next steps you take :)

Paula Vince said...

Congratulations to Marina. What a fantastic achievement. I like her comment, which reflects on your homeschooling achievement too :)

Inner Elder said...

So proud of you, Marina. You are a star. Congrats to you too, Tina. Love, Mom/Grandma

PS I am reading a novel about Frank Lloyd Wright in which there is an interesting quote about his antagonism towards the traditional education in architecture in his day. He believed it stifled creativity. He dropped out of school. The rest is history. Will show you the quote when I see you. Mom

call*me*kate said...

We are very happy for Marina! Well done! I love, love, love the comments from "Buelo" and "Inner Elder" ... can they adopt me?!! Actually, you and Marina inspired me as well. Todd was strongly encouraging me to get Chad started with college and I wasn't eager about it. But reading your posts about Marina's experience helped me get him started - thanks! Cristina, I'm so glad I found you as a blog friend. You've done so well with your kids. Good job! - Kate

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Marina! I'm sure that you will continue to excell in the rest of your courses. Enjoy the rest of your summer. Love Aunt Linda

Stephanie Ward said...

Kudos, Marina! :)

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