Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with the new job and the concert tickets

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Friday, y’all! I can’t believe it’s May already. I won’t lie; it’s been a good school year, but we’re still counting down the days until summer break. We’ve only got two weeks left. I can’t even wrap my mind around that.

We’re thinking about making some big changes next year and taking a much more interest-led approach. Although my kids like workbooks well enough, I’m really tired of feeling like we’re trying to cram information that they don’t care a bit about down their throats.

I’ve tasked them with coming up with a plan of what they’d like to study, how they plan to study, and how they plan to demonstrate what they’ve learned. We’re all really excited about it and looking forward to seeing how this plays out.

Spoiled Jack

There is just no describing the level of rottenness with this cat.

They’ll still be doing math with Teaching Textbooks – well, Megan, at least. I may be looking for a business math course for Josh. He is very interested in pursuing a business degree and opening up a restaurant franchise. I’m hoping to arrange for him to talk to a guy at church who is a franchise owner so that Josh can get a good feel for what kind of education he needs if that’s he decides to pursue that avenue.

He is also very interested in auto mechanics. We’re hoping to allow him to pursue that in a more hands-on approach by making mods on the Mustang that he plans to buy from Brian in a couple of years.

Brianna got some exciting news this week. Although we set the bar pretty low with cosmetology school (those words are dripping with sarcasm, just in case you didn’t catch that), I am so stinking proud of her for pursuing the job she really wanted – and getting it!

There is this one salon that she’s really had her eye on. They just do up-dos and blow-outs, which is what she’s most interested in, along with make-up. She applied, then she was persistent (no, not obnoxious) about checking in with the manager and letting her know how much she really wanted to work at the place.

The manager really liked her and interviewed her last week. This week, she had a second interview with the owner. Both of them were impressed with Brianna and saw potential, but thought she needed more experience and some training, which she does because she’s fresh out of cosmetology school.

So, they offered her an apprenticeship position. The manager is going to be working with Brianna one-on-one to get her trained and ready to go onto the floor as a stylist. She said the timing all depended on how quickly Brianna learns, but they’re anxious to get her trained.

This was instead of the front desk position they did mention offering her, so that tells me that they really saw her potential as a stylist. I am so proud of her for going after the spot she really wanted and demonstrating the she’s right for the position.

Because I recently had someone find my site with the search question, “Do homeschoolers have a more difficult time finding jobs,” I asked Brianna if if it had come up during the interview that she was homeschooled. She said it did. It was something that was just mentioned in passing and seemed to have no bearing on the job offer, positive or negative.

Brianna has probably had just over half a dozen or so interviews in her lifetime and has been offered 5 of those jobs, so I’d say that being homeschooled has not negatively impacted her job opportunities.

I also made Josh a happy kid this week. I bought tickets for him and Brian to go see Guns N’ Roses this summer. Josh is a huge fan of Slash, the guitarist.

I told Josh that I never dreamed way back when I was 17 and jamming out to Paradise City on cassette on my way home from my job at Wendy’s that decades later I would have a teenage son excited to go hear that same group in concert.

Captain America

Megan dragged me to the mall the other day and I got way too excited to see this.

Now, I’m looking forward to a laid-back weekend after a busy one last week. My big plans are to take a nap for Mother’s Day and hopefully go see Captain America. I’m Team Cap, by the way, though really, as in real life, I just want everyone to play nicely.

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. Well done Brianna! I shall look forward to seeing what your guys come up with for their interest led learning. It has been such a blessing for my three older children to follow their interests. As C13 says, it has helped her to become more authentically her 🙂
    Have a great weekend!

  2. Kitty belly!!!!!!!

    Ok, now that it’s out of my system……congratulations to Brianna! What an exciting opportunity to get her foot in the door. I am completely jealous of the G&R tickets. And I look forward to reading more about the interest-led approach for next year, especially how they plan to demonstrate knowledge.

    On the homeschooled kid job front, I think that in some cases it may actually be a benefit in the interview when it comes up. M,15, beat out a lot of other applicants for the job she wanted this summer because it was a panel interview , and one interviewer in particular kept asking questions about homeschooling and how M knew she was learning, was graded, met other humans, etcetera. The person who called to offer her the job specifically mentioned her calm responses and ability to explain herself concisely when answering those questions as one reason that she was the successful applicant. So maybe all those years of answering the socialization question and having math questions fired at her by hs skeptics actually paid off!

    1. That’s really cool about your daughter. And way to go on staying cool during a panel interview. I hate those! So nerve-wracking.

  3. My family and I are definitely Team Cap also! Congrats to your daughter on the apprenticeship and training! I think the interest led learning sounds like an awesome idea! Thanks so much for hosting, and hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day 🙂

  4. Congrats to Brianna–that’s really exciting!

    We saw the movie last night and loved/hated it. That’s all I’ll say. But I’d love to hear your reaction to it after you see it! 🙂

    1. Yeah, I have a feeling that’s exactly how I’m going to feel about the movie. I’ve already said I’m afraid I’m not going to like this one.

  5. How fun that you let them kids help plan the year. We, too, are gearing our homeschool towards interest-led studies. I don’t know why I’m so nervous about ditching the curriculum and letting the kids learn what they want, how they want. It just makes sense and they learn so much better this way. I’m crossing my fingers that I don’t get too antsy and secretly plan the entire year myself, without taking their thoughts into consideration. Sometimes it’s hard to just let go… 🙂

  6. That’s awesome! I’m so happy for Brianna. And Guns n Roses?? They were my favorite group in high school! I love that they’re still popular. I hope Josh has fun!

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