About 3 weeks ago, our oldest dd (12, 6th grade, using CTC) came to us with a serious request to go to public school. Her reasons were in summary that she wants more responsibility, more challenge, to be graded, more independence, and a locker wouldn't hurt either! In subsequent conversations with her, it seems that she feels CTC is a little too easy. She wants pressure. A couple weeks ago she asked me to give her more work! My husband, who is a college political science professor, began doing a government course with her. I asked her if she was happy to be having more work. She said, "No, I don't want more work, I want it to be harder!"
Without going into all the discussions dh and I have had since, we will most likely be telling her this week that we've decided to keep her home. We've prayed about it A LOT, done a lot of investigating, dh even visited the local middle school for 1/2 day. We've taken her feelings very seriously, because she came to us very rationally and respectfully, and we can tell that these feelings are all part of the new phase of life that she's entering (middle school/adolescence).
So my question isn't so much about what to do about that decision, but any ideas about how I can make CTC, and then RTR, "harder" for her?! I looked at RTR on-line and, while I think that it looks wonderful, I fear we'll have the same issue next year! I have begun assigning her grades in math, grammar, some of her writing, and a few other things, but I don't think that's the whole solution. Has anyone out there encountered a similar situation - either with their middle-schooler suddenly asking to go to public school, and/or wanting more/harder work/challenge? Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks so much.
Tracey, married to Steve for 13 years
DD 12 - CTC, R&S Math, R&S Grammar 5
DS 10 - Preparing, R&S Math, R&S Grammar 4
DD 7yo - Beyond, R&S Math