High School

Reading Aloud

   I'll never forget being in Mrs. Clark's third grade class. I was in one of the lowest reading groups ---the Sparrows. Who were they trying to kid? All the students knew that the best readers were the Blue Jays and Cardinals! It was embarrassing seeing the other kids try to keep from giggling as I mispronounced words and got tongue- tied.  I needed patience, time and encouragement -- something Mrs. Clark didn't provide -- but something we can give to our kids as homeschooling moms!

Is Your Teen Ready for the SAT/ACT?

Parents are always interested to know when their teens should begin taking these tests. There is not a hard and fast rule. Often you can gauge when your teens are ready to tackle them. Since the math section covers material from basic math, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and some Trig, your teen will need to realize that these scores may be lower if he/she has fewer math courses completed when starting to take the tests. In light of that, it may be wise to consider completing at least Algebra 1 and Geometry before taking the tests.

Helping Your Teen to Balance His Schedule

I remember my children’s teen years, and sometimes I wonder how we lived through them. Someone always had to be somewhere, and as much as I tried to keep a rein on activities, many times I felt like screaming, “WHOA!”

   How do you help your teen to bring balance into his schedule? How do you train her in time management skills that will be useful now and the rest of her life? We’ve found some helpful resources for you.

Have Fun Homeschooling - 3 Tips For A Wonderful Year

Right now I'm sitting at my desk in the room upstairs that used to be our "homeschool room" --- a small guest room that we converted into a cozy school room. I remember during our early days of home teaching when the morning sun would pour in the windows, warming the carpet, making it comfortable to prop a few fluffy pillows on the floor for reading. I would read aloud; then I'd have Austin and Justin take turns reading aloud too. 

Introducing an Exciting Opportunity for Young Musicians

Seeking instumentalists ages 16-19 for a tuition-free experience of a lifetime

   Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute will to bring together the brightest young players from across the country in the summer of 2013 to form the National Youth Ochestra of the United States of America.

   Following a comprehensive audition process and a two-week training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians, these remarkable teenagers embark on an international tour to some of the great music capitals of the world, led by a different conductor each year.

Helping Teens Look Ahead to Careers

 

During the high school years, you may want to carve out some time to guide your teen in thinking about his/her future career.  What would be helpful and where do you start?

In order to help your teen narrow down the choices, consider designing and offering your teen a Career Development elective course...

Starting a New School Year - How to Prepare for a Great One! Part Two

 

Dear homeschooling moms,

Last week I shared some foundational tips to help you plan for a great next school year. If you missed that post, click HERE to read this list. In addition to those, here are a few more thoughts on how we can prepare for a super year of homeschooling...

Starting a New School Year – How to Prepare for a Great One!

Dear homeschooling moms,

   My favorite time of year for me as a homeschooling mom is right before we start up a new school year. I’m excited about spending time learning with my children and teaching them new things. I enjoy picking out new literature we’re going to read together and finding interesting field trips we can take in conjunction with our topics of study. I love the thought of my kids being engaged in their education—wanting to learn, working hard, and being committed to their own discovery. They love reading and this adds to my love of homeschooling.

Civics Anyone? Check Out the New iCitizen High School Curriculum

Do your high school plans include teaching your teens a civic course?  If so, take a peek at Generation Joshua’s new iCitizen course.

It is a student friendly, well-written, and informative civics text that will not disappoint you!  Parents will find it comprehensive yet easy to use as it includes a syllabus, review questions, essay suggestions, and online tests and quizzes.  Each unit is loaded with helpful ideas for supplemental resources (movies, websites, articles, and more.)

Who’s Afraid of The Big Bad Transcript?

It would probably be scarier to yell “transcripts” in a room full of homeschool parents than to yell “fire”!  At least it seems so from the number of questions and expressions of panic I receive from parents teaching their teens at home.

   Let me help to put your fears to rest. Simply defined, a transcript is a record of the academic course work that a student completes during high school.

Resources for the New School Year

 

Thinking about highschool? Want to find some excellent resources, links, articles and suggestions to help you as you plan out your high school courses? Check out the high school pages on the HSLDA website!

 

Bright Spots - Homeschooling Opens Doors for Olympian Gymnast Elizabeth "Ebee" Price

   Gymnast and homeschooler Elizabeth Price has earned a place as an alternate to the United States Women’s Gymnastics Team, after years of hard work and determination. With a combination of both raw talent and vigorous training by Coach Donna Strauss of the Parkettes of Allentown, PA, sixteen year old "Ebee" has had success.    

Opening Ceremonies tonight! Encouraging Our Kids To Aim High

I can't wait for the Olympics to start! Tonight's the night for opening ceremonies ---

I'm thinking about some of  the Olympic ideals -- the tenacity,perseverance and dedication of all the athletes --

I wonder what all the moms are thinking..... after all, they're the ones that have driven the kids to practices, meets, work-outs. Maybe they're wondering if it will be worth it all.

Is Your Teen Spiritually a Long Way from Home?

Your son or daughter may live, eat, and sleep in your house, but is he/she a long way from home spiritually? Nothing can be as discouraging for parents as seeing their teens turn away from the Lord in spite of their good efforts to raise them in the nurture of the Lord.

   What’s a parent to do? As someone who empathizes with your heartache, I suggest that you soak in His word.  You’ll find that the Lord will supply you with cool water for your journey. 

You're A Natural Teacher, So Teach With Your Own Style!

 

Whether you're brand new to homeschooling, or a seasoned veteran with 20 years of experience under your belt, why is it that in mothering & in teaching, we have the tendency to think that we somehow need to be like someone else or do things like someone else?  Maybe it's just me -- but I think it's easy to fall into the trap.

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