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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.

Teaching Time Management to Teens

The high school years are busy ones for you and your teens, but they also provide a wonderful opportunity to teach time management skills. Here are some ideas as you assist your teen in this area.

Encourage your teen to keep a personal calendar. He’ll need to track his course assignments, sport practices and games, music lessons, youth group activities, part-time job schedule, and much more!

Should my teen take the SAT or ACT?

 

Both the SAT and ACT are recognized by the vast majority of colleges as college entrance admission tests. What are the differences between the tests and which test should your teen take? Let’s begin by providing a brief recap of each test.

 

Let’s Go to the Movies!

This past winter I introduced you to Ken Sande’s new ministry entitled Relational Wisdom. I’ve enjoyed receiving Ken’s weekly emails in which he highlights a clip from a movie and then provides discussion questions. These clips and questions are wonderful to use as a spring board for discussion with your teens that won’t come across as “preachy” but will instead provide the spark necessary to initiate meaningful conversation.

When Can I Designate a Course as Advanced Placement (AP) on the Transcript?

I receive questions from homeschool parents relating to when a course may be designated as AP or Advanced Placement on the transcript.  The answer may surprise some of you!

According to the College Board website, in order for a course to be designated “AP” or “Advanced Placement” on the high school transcript, the course must be reviewed by the AP Audit Department of the College Board. A course bearing an AP designation signifies that the College Board has determined the course meets its standards for this level of course. 

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