Saturday, January 25, 2014
Homeschooling While in Finland/Kotikoulua Suomessa(kin)
Missy has been in Finland two weeks now. She is loving it!! She is already asking about staying longer than the planned three months, and may have found a way to stay:)
One of our reasons to send our teens to Finland one at a time is to get stronger at Finnish language. Missy understands Finnish fairly well, but has had trouble speaking the language since it had been years since her last visit.
Mr T took a Finnish class during his trip to Finland last year, earning one of his required high school foreign language credits. Missy signed up for two classes to earn both credits this trip. This means four classes a week, on top her regular 9th grade school work.
Her teacher encouraged Missy to apply for a new Finnish class, starting in March. The class would meet four days a week for four and half hours each time. If she gets chosen to attend this class, Missy would have to stay in Finland at least another month.
She seems to like that idea, a lot. Mama, not so sure...
When Mr T went to Finland, he had finished most of his 8th grade homeschool work by Christmas. We have found high school classes to be more time consuming, and since we had so much going on in Florida during the fall semester, Missy was not able to get quite as much done. While in Finland, and taking Finnish classes at the local community academy, she still needs to get her usual school work done.
If we were not using AOP Monarch, an online curriculum, I don't know how we could have sent Missy overseas, and still be able to keep up with school. She is seven hours ahead of us in Eastern European time zone, and by the time I wake up, she is done with her school work. I go over her work online, grading as needed. (Most of Monarch is automatically graded.)
We communicate by emails, text messages and FaceTime. Missy is great at working independently, and so far has been able to keep up. She had a little math trouble last week, but was able to figure it out before we needed to ask for help.
We have now been homeschooling for over four years. I am so thankful God lead us to consider home educating, and dear friends helped us find first SOS, then Monarch for our schooling. What a great fit for our family. It has been so incredible to be able travel and learn, and now even send our teens to Finland and still continue their regular high school work.
If you are ready to switch to Monarch, or would like to try a class, Alpha Omega Publications has a 20% off sale coming up on January 31st. One day only. Click here to learn more.
Alpha Omega Publications is a sponsor of Our Mothership Adventures. We have been given free curriculum in exchange of our honest reviews. You can read our disclosure here.