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Teaching Your Teens Wisdom in a Social Media World

The world is different than it was 10 years ago! Twitter, Facebook, blogging, and other aspects of social media have invaded our world with good and bad results. Guiding your teen through the social media maze may seem difficult, but here's a resource that provides helpful pointers and advice.

Building Your Teen's Public Speaking Skills

Public speaking comes naturally for some students, while others would rather undergo a root canal! Whatever plans your teen may have after he graduates from high school, communication skills will serve him well on the job, in his private life or as he continues his education. When thinking about elective course options for your teen, a speech or public speaking course may awaken your teen's rhetorical abilities!

Tips for Writing College Recommendation Letters

When your teen applies to colleges, he may need to submit one or more letters of recommendation with the application packet. I’d like to share some tips to consider as you guide your teen through the letter of recommendation process.

When thinking about letters of recommendation, here's what you need to know ...

Help! My Teen Refuses to Do Her School Work!

 

As I field questions from homeschool moms who are seeking my advice, one question comes up rather frequently. “My teen refuses to do her course work. What can I do?” I’d like to share 5 suggestions from my experience as a consultant and former homeschool mom.

 

What Colleges Expect: A Statement on Preparing for College

Many homeschool parents desire to prepare their college bound teens to not only successfully meet the required admission requirements of the college of their choice, but also to hone the skills necessary for the challenges of college level courses. Academic deans from 10 selective colleges in Pennsylvania detail their expectations in the article, “What We Expect: A Statement for Preparing for College.”

Senior Project Ideas

 

Some public and private schools require students who are seniors to complete a senior project in an area of interest. Although not a requirement for homeschoolers, as a homeschool parent you may want to assign your teen a senior project that provides him with a capstone experience prior to graduation.

What is a weighted GPA?

 

Grade point averages (GPAs) are typically noted on high school transcripts.  When calculating the GPA, you must decide if it will be weighted or un-weighted. What is the difference between a weighted and un-weighted GPA?

 

Designing an Elective Course: Photography, Anyone?

 

Teaching high school at home enables your teen to choose from a limitless number of elective course options. There is an abundance of curriculum available in many different subject areas. But if you can’t find pre-packaged materials, consider designing a course from scratch. As an example, let’s design a photography course!

 

Literature for Teens

 

Whether your teen is a reluctant or voracious reader, would you like some ideas to help your teens dig deeply into literature?

We’ve come across some wonderful resources for you!

Update on the Revised SAT and Coleman Webinar

 

The SAT college entrance test administered by the College Board is undergoing a revision. The new version of the test will debut in March 2016. You’ll want to stay abreast of the changes to the test and learn about the proposed revisions from David Coleman, President of the College Board.

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