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USA Science and Engineering Festival

 

The USA Science and Engineering Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. in April of 2014, and would be an excellent field trip for all of your children grades K – 12! It features 3,000 hands-on science exhibits, workshops and performances, and sponsors of the event have specifically extended invitations to homeschoolers to attend.

Spendopedia

As homeschool parents, are you looking for ways to creatively provide your teens with hands-on activities and real life experiences that bring their textbook learning to life?  If your teen has an interest in writing, public policy, or website work, Spendopedia may be a resource avenue to explore.

Free Test Prep for the SAT and ACT

 

On average I recommend a student begin preparing for the college entrance tests about six months prior to actually taking the test.

There are many resources available to your teens as they prepare for the college entrance tests. Test prep books and resources, online or live classes, and private tutors are all readily available. Here’s just a small sampling of the tools available.

Homeschool Diplomas

 

I receive many questions from parents relating to homeschool diplomas. Some parents are fearful about diplomas and want answers that will help them separate fact from fiction.

Let’s start with a definition. A diploma is a document bearing witness that a prescribed course of study has been completed. 

Online Walking/Fitness Support Group for Homeschool Moms!

 

As this will be my last post of 2013, I wanted to wish you all a very Happy New Year!  I pray the Lord blesses each one of you with new enthusiasm, vision, and joy as you homeschool your teens.  Because the beginning of a new year is always a great time to start something afresh, let me pass on an idea for those of you who may be looking to “shape up” in more ways than one in 2014!

Ideas for Teen Writing Projects

The next time you assign a writing project, show your teen that you’re a good sport by writing your own composition. Then ask him to evaluate your writing. This will give your teen practice in editing as he searches for grammatical or punctuation mistakes. You can also suggest he gives you ideas as to how you can improve your paper. These activities will help him to focus his attention on the details of your composition, and also put these same efforts into gaining a better understanding of how to improve his paper.   

How Can I Possibly Teach High School Courses?

Whether you are looking ahead to teaching high school in a few years, or you are in the midst of teaching high school, there may be times when you lack confidence to provide a certain course to your teen. One way to address this concern is to become aware of the many different possible options. A smorgasbord of choices is available including parent-taught courses, CD/DVD instruction, tutors, online courses, co-op classes, or dual enrollment courses.  Line right up and catch a glimpse of the feast!  

The Temperature of Your Home (and Heart!)

 

Have you ever given thought to the temperature of your home? Not the air temperature controlled by your thermostat, but the “temperature” generated by your heart attitude. Your teens grow best in temperatures set to the warmth of Christ’s love! Here are some tips as you set your heart and home to God-glorifying temperatures.

ASVAB Career Exploration Test

For many teens, the high school years provide a great opportunity to explore various careers.  Where do your teen’s strengths lie and what careers are best suited to him?  The ASVAB Career Exploration Test  may be a useful tool as you help your teen sort through options.

The Test measures abilities in eight different areas, including general science, auto and shop information, and word knowledge.

Technology for Teens Checklist

As your teens progress through the high school years, you’ll want them to stay on top of technology.  A plan of action to systematically teach various skills will prepare your teens for the workforce, college, or other post-high school plans.

Good keyboarding skills allow your teens to speed up the process when writing compositions.  Proficiency in computer applications such as Word, powerpoint, excel, and others will help your teens organize and present data for presentations. Free tutorials are widely available.

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