Ring the School Bell 16/180- “New Baby” Years and “High School Senior” Years

*daisy in water photo by Melissa T

          I had to let go of the notion of one-on-one tutoring this week.  Planners to the rescue once again. Thank goodness I had the premonition that this would be an extra hectic academic year, and thus filled in the girls’ lesson planners for the semester.  The children will have to hone their independent study skills and self-discipline virtue for the next few days.  It’s not quite a “New Baby Year” as some of my friends have sometimes taken with the arrival of a new baby and all his/her needs, but  it is a “High School Senior Year” in my case, and that, I am finding, requires a bit of extra work!  I do wish that I had done some of this research over the last year, but honestly, that might have been difficult too, since I was still working at Golden Valley Charter School, a school that caters to homeschoolers, and my research time would have been limited.  It is what it is. A mistake on my part, but we will work it out.

White kitty
Watercolor by Melissa

        Sabrina is interested in exploring several campuses, and I stumbled across university open houses on the internet.  What?  I didn’t even know these existed.  What a great idea.  Schools host open houses for prospective students, which apparently most kids attend in their junior years.  And so… I signed up for four of them, UCLA, USC, LMU and CAL ARTS.  We also want to visit Mount St. Mary’s  in Brentwood and Pepperdine in Malibu.

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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs.  Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year.  It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar.  Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?”

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Follow along with us day-by-day through the school year.  Hope you will join us!

May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine.    Annette


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