Before letting this kids go last week, we knew school would be a big part of the decision. In order for him to come home frequently, he couldn't be enrolled in public school. At the same time, I couldn't expect any willing host family to take on the challenge of a 7th grader's education. After our abysmal experience with online school last year, we knew that option was out. That left me.
How does one HOME school when one doesn't have the child at HOME?
I've decided to do a combination of online and paper school. Really, by the seventh grade, the children are quite independent in their studies. Not that I'm not there for instruction and questions, but it isn't quite so parent heavy as the younger kids.
Except the creating of the curriculum. That is very parent heavy. It is nearly all parent, actually. My children all participate in the creation of the content of their curriculum, but it is mostly fueled by the parents.
The first bit of work will be based on Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Before he starts reading the book, he will learn some things about pirates, look up definitions and search pictures. He will memorize a classic poem (Derelict by Young Allison---yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!) and write a paper about a real-life pirate. I may have to allow the viewing of a few movies (Princess Bride, Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan . . .). His spelling/vocab will come from the book. We'll eventually incorporate mapping, first aid and sword play as well as how trade routes, commerce and government play into piracy. His math skills will be used a bit, but he will have math supplemented with an unrelated course in Algebra.
That is just September. October brings the related Robinson Crusoe, survival skills, research into cannibals, and the unabashed viewing of Cast Away.
Doesn't this sound like fun?