I read the book by Mona Lisa and Kip Harding about how they sent their kids to college at ages 9-12 and had graduates with Bachelors degrees before age 20. I have also read many books about early college, testing to get college credits and so forth. I have mulled over it, tried some things and learned a lot.
I have seen all the arguments about how kids are capable of so much more and how we are holding them back. I decided not to hold my kids back, but have discovered that this also means not pushing them forward. I am not holding my kids back or pushing them forward. I am letting them be where they are and enjoy it. I am not going to them back, nor am I going to try to push them ahead, either.
Holding a child back is bad. We need to let them do what they are ready to do. Pushing them ahead is just as bad, but in the other direction. I realize that homeschool can be so different from public school in this hold back or push forward thing, but I can also see that there is so much that my child needs to do in the middle school and high school years to be ready for the next set of years.
I have been getting my child through the middle school years. She is now approaching the maturity and readiness needed for High School learning. I can see how there is no way she can skip high school and do early college, either. She needs to do things to be ready and she also needs the time to get ready mentally, emotionally, spritually and socially.
I have still not decided whether my kids will go to college or not. I have been reading about having them do univeristy on their own (Zero Tuition College, etc.) and I am still so unsure. For now, I have decided to prepare them for university the whole time they are under 18, and, when they are 18, they can decide. I will present the information on learning without paying the University tuition, about scholarships, about college life and will encourage them to “try” the university at least one semester to experience it. Then I will let them decide. We have money saved up for education beyond age 18. Scholarships would still help and earning money while in it would help, also.
We shall see what the future brings. For now, I am going to finish this last year of middle school with my child and enjoy this part of her life with her. Middle School is an important part of life and education!
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