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Life Skills for Teens

The high school years are a prime time to teach important life skills to your teens. Some skills will be taught spontaneously as you live life with your teen on a daily basis. Teaching other life skills may take some intentional planning. A checklist for teaching life skills may help you organize a strategy to instruct your teens in eight areas: home management, nutrition and health, financial management, job preparation, computer skills, cultural arts, volunteering, and spiritual preparation.

A Fun Way to Prep for the SAT

If your teen is college bound, you may be planning to have him take the SAT college entrance test administered by the College Board.  Prepping for the test is important to give every advantage for scoring well.  Besides using SAT scores for admissions purposes, colleges may also use the scores for placement purposes when deciding for which level of college courses your teen may register. In addition, SAT scores are sometimes used by scholarship sponsors to award scholarships.

The 4-Year High School Planning Form

One of the things I enjoy as I fly to various homeschool conferences is the view from my airplane seat.  Talk about getting the big picture!  Many things are actually clearer from a view thousand miles above the ground, and I appreciate seeing how various locations “fit together” from my view high in the sky.  The 4-year high school planning form is a tool you can use to provide you with a bird’s eye view of the high school years.

Colleges Providing Homeschool Scholarships

As a follow up to these previous posts on college financial aid and scholarships, you may want to check out this link that lists colleges (by state) that award scholarships specifically to homeschoolers.

The link also lists private scholarships to homeschoolers as well as homeschool organizations that offer scholarships. Some of the scholarships may require writing an essay, attaining a certain GPA, or accumulating community service hours.

High School Math and Other Horror Stories

I hope the title of this blog post grabbed your attention!  Some of the phone calls I receive from HSLDA members deal with the math courses their children are taking.  Parents ask me questions about tips for teaching math, curriculum choices, and where to find help. Because others may benefit from the information, I thought it was time to pull out an article on teaching high school math that I wrote for the Court Report magazine.

The College Admissions Officer: A Wealth of Information

If your teen is college bound, the 11th and 12th grade years will be consumed with researching colleges, narrowing down the list of colleges to which your teen will apply, and then completing college applications . You may even be considering an alternative college route. Along the way, questions are sure to come up. Who can you turn to for answers? The College Admissions Officer!

College Financial Aid: Who’s Got the Money?

The shock of college costs has sent many parents scurrying to find possible sources of financial aid for their college bound teens. Let me help you as you try to sort out the various ways to pay for your teens’ college expenses.

Financial aid falls into three main categories: scholarships (grants), loans, and work study programs. Many families find they need to make use of all three in order to pay for tuition, room, and board fees.

Can My Teen Earn High School Credit Prior to 9th Grade?

It is possible for students to earn high school credit prior to the 9th grade.  However, certain items need to be taken into consideration.

Check your state’s legal analysis to find out if your state requires a specific number of credits be taken during the 9th – 12th grade years.  A couple of states are very specific about the years during which credits must be accrued.  Most states, however, do not specify when credits must be earned. 

Honor Societies and Awards for Homeschoolers

 

Homeschool students have the opportunity to showcase their excellence in academics and extracurricular activities in many ways.  College, job, and scholarship applications may all ask for a list of awards and honors that your teen has received.  What are some ways that homeschooled teens can gain recognition for their achievements?

Grade Point Average Calculations - You Can Do It!

 

Grade point averages provide a quick way to compare a teen’s academic record in relation to others. They are shown on high school transcripts and may be used as a factor for college admission decisions and eligibility for scholarships.  Calculating a GPA is not difficult – let me show you how!

 

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