High School

What Does It Take To Homeschool? Part II

If you and I sat next to each other to enjoy a cup of coffee together, and you were to ask me what it takes to homeschool, I'd say, "Perseverance." In What Does It Take, Pt. 1, we talked about the commitment that it takes on the part of the parents. Yes, homeschooling is a huge commitment.

To teach day in, day out, week in, week out takes tenacity and an attitude that says, "I'm going to stick to this!" And that's hard—especially when we don't always see immediate results or fruit. 

New Trends to Check Out!

 

What do Rebecca RatherKen Forkish, and Clara Polito have in common? They are all part of what is now being called the Craft Culture. These are individuals who are following their passions and developing a craft. Whether it’s baking, cooking, woodworking, or weaving, entrepreneurs are enjoying the satisfaction of using their talents and abilities to delight the rest of us.

 

Preparing Your Teen for College and Job Interviews

As your teens progress through the high school years, it’s helpful for them to develop good interview skills. Colleges and employers may use an interview as part of the application process for securing admission or employment. How can you best prepare your teens so that they interview with confidence and poise?

Here are some links that provide good advice as to the questions he/she may be asked.

Memory Strategies to Remember!

We often hear from moms who are frustrated because their child is having difficulty recalling information from day to day. They say, “He knew his multiplication facts (long division steps, science definitions, etc.) yesterday, but today, it’s as if everything is brand new.” There are many specific strategies that can be used to help students hold onto information. Today, I thought I’d describe just a few. 

Victory!

The homeschooling community and proponents of school choice all over the world are still rejoicing over the wonderful news that the Romeike family is allowed to stay in the United States. After seeking asylum because of Germany's persecution of homeschoolers, all of us watched and hoped and prayed that they wouldn't be sent back ...

When the Supreme Court declined the Romeike case, I couldn't help but think of how I'd feel if this was our family. What if we were going through this?

What Does It Take To Homeschool? Part I

The house was unusually silent. She poured her morning coffee, and strode from the kitchen to the little school room upstairs, the carpet muffling the sound of her footsteps. She sat at her desk, took a sip of steaming coffee, and glanced around the room. A tall bookshelf in the corner, three desks, and some fluffy pillows on the floor. On the walls next her were NASA pictures, reminding her of those visits to Cape Canaveral.

Reading Lists for Teens, Take Two!

Whether you have a teen who is an avid reader or one who is often reluctant to pick up a book, you are probably looking for noteworthy book suggestions to keep your teen reading!

Some time ago, I provided ideas for reading lists for teens. I provided four links to great book lists, as well as four reference books with extensive reading lists. Since then, I’ve located more great resources for parents to use as they compile a list of reading material for their teens.

What Factors Do Colleges Use for Admission? - Answering Your Questions About the College Application Process

Colleges use a variety of factors when making admission decisions. But which ones are most important for the schools your teen is applying to? There’s a way to find out!

The Common Data Set is helpful when trying to determine how important factors (such as interviews, grade point average, high school course load, and extracurriculars) are to specific colleges. Simply do an internet search by typing in the name of the college and the words “common data set.” This usually brings up the college’s input to the Common Data Set. 

Supporting Persons with Disabilities through the Holidays

I am so thankful for the wonderful resources available to families who are teaching children with special needs. Technology tools, low tech adaptive equipment, multi-sensory curriculum options―these are just some of the resources that make it possible to successfully teach a child with special needs at home. In addition to those tools that you can ‘buy’ are the wonderful people resources that homeschooling families can access. One such person is Barbara Newman who is a church and school consultant for the great folks at CLC Network. She is a special education teacher, author, and speaker who has a passion for creating environments that include, support, and celebrate people with disabilities. This week, I am pleased to introduce Barbara as a guest blogger. Enjoy! 

Round Two - Convention of States $7500 Scholarship Opportunity

 

February is already here, which means round two of the $7500 COS Project Scholarship Contest has begun! Are you excited?

The genre for February is: Historical. You can include anything from history in your video or graphic—and COS means anything.

Treasure Trove of High School Help and Resources

As a parent teaching your teen at home, at times you may become overwhelmed by the many different aspects of high school you must stay on top of.  From academics, to testing, to keeping on track and knowing what comes next, you may need a systematic and organized approach to finding information.  Let me highlight the basics and provide you with a “one stop shop” to find key facts and resources during the high school years.

Don't Balk - Encouraging Moms to Move Forward Confidently as Homeschool Teachers

 

I never liked when the coach put one of the twins in as pitcher during those baseball games. I sat in the stands on the edge of my seat watching those husky batters step out, one by one, amidst cheers and chants, "Knock that ball outta here! Homerun!"

 

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.

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