As homeschooling parents, we want to make sure our children are prepared for whatever God calls them to do in life. How can we accomplish this as we teach our high schoolers, Marcia?
Well, I think it's really important when you enter the high school years to begin to realize that your children will be specializing in something. Scott and I looked at each of our children and tried to discern what God was calling them to be. I don't think we can prepare our children for everything God could possibly call them to in life, but more look at, "What's the first step? Does my child seem to have a musical gift? Does he seem to be very verbal? Is he an artist?" and to go ahead and allow the children to sort of step into these while still remaining broad enough for changes, like "Do they want to go to college or don't they?" I wouldn't say early in the high school years, "My child will never go to college." I'd rather prepare him so he could go to college, and then if he turns to a vocational training, that would be fine, too.
Well, how many of your children went to college?
Of our children so far, five out of six have chosen the college track, but one will only be doing a two-year community college. Another has chosen to go to Patrick Henry, which is very challenging. And we've done everything in between. Of our five children who are going to college, they've chosen five different colleges.
So are you satisfied that you were able to prepare them adequately for college?
Yes. My children have informed me that they are very well prepared.
Well, Marcia, that's very helpful. And I appreciate that answer. And until next time, I'm Mike Smith.