Here are some books that are very important for my 12 to 15 year-olds. At this age, we are transitioning them from mainly studying what they love, to requiring some things that we believe they really need to master, to do well in adult life.
They will study their preferred majors and minors most of the time, but at least once a week, they need to spend a couple hours with some of these books.
At ages 12 to 15 I want my children to study leadership, economics and grammar while I expose them to many options for a future calling or career. If they already have chosen an occupation, we get specific. For example, you can’t just major in horses. You need to choose one or two horse-related career options to train in. You can’t just focus on general photography. You need a specific market. You can’t just major in the Arts. You need to focus your skill building in one main area, maybe two…like producing a musical. You can’t just keep playing around with lots of different artistic mediums, you need to master the one you love the most.
By age 14, they need to make a serious choice about what calling or career they want to pursue so we can focus on training, gaining experience, skills, providing equipment, volunteering or internships in the area they choose.
From age 14 to 18 we will help them turn their dream into an income source, or help them get involved with others who are living out the calling they want to pursue. They will gain 4 years of practical experience in the field. I will also ONLY require them to learn the math specialized to their future occupation. If they change careers, they will have something to fall back on. And, they might just have a source of passive income to help them take the next step.