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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. 

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.

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