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Recordkeeping Revisited

 

One of the less interesting but vital parts of homeschooling high school is recordkeeping. In this blog post Becky Cooke, Homeschooling Consultant,  discusses common questions and answers about recordkeeping. Revisting the sticky topic of recordkeeping in the home. 

 

Bright Spots - Highschool Graduate, Business Owner, and Scholarship Recipient

 

At the young age of 16, Dyer, Indiana resident Joshua DeBoer is a highschool graduate, a business partner for Tech Team 911, and now a scholarship recipient. 

In April, DeBoer recieved a Westwood College scholarship totaling $90,000 from school president Bruce McKenzie. His ambitions are to study Network Technologies with a major in Systems Security at the River Oaks campus in Calumet City. 

 

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.

Homeschooling Survival - taking time to cleanse the palate


I've been doing a LOT of writing for work lately. I don’t mind  writing articles, and appeal letters, and thank you notes, and blog entries…really, but sometimes my head needs a break, especially when all the writing is piled on top of the homeschooling. As I sat thinking about this today I realized...I needed a palate cleanser for my BRAIN!

Congressional Medal of Honor

I think there should be more said about the Congressional program to home schoolers because most of them are already doing what they need to earn it and I think that award had a lot to do with the fact that both of our kids got full, total, complete scholarships through their doctorates. Our two were the only two kids in Minnesota that year to earn it yet I know almost every one who is home schooled could.

Helping Our Children Stand Strong in a Changing World – Teaching Your Kids a Biblical Worldview, part 2

 

Not only do we need to know what His Word, the Bible says about all of life, our children need to understand the various belief systems throughout history and how they impact polity and culture. Giving our children a biblical worldview education trains their minds to evaluate and expose the myths, lies, and errors of the world's thinking...

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. 

Volunteering

Many of you are making final preparations for the upcoming school year while others have already started. In both instances, I encourage you to leave time in your schedule for your teens to volunteer in their neighborhood, community or church.

You may be saying, “Oh dear, something else to think about and add to the plan. Is it really necessary?” No, but the experience is considered an asset to your teens’ resumes. It shows that they are interested in serving their communities.

Helping Your Children Realize Their Biggest Dreams

Today’s post is a bit unorthodox. You will hear about an incredible new audio drama by Phil Lollar, co-creator of Adventures in Odyssey, and what YOU can do to help make it a reality. (It’s called Iliad House and you’re about to get the inside scoop because I am a member of the team!) 

You will also find out the dirty little secret behind why I never became a veterinarian. But most importantly, you will hear the practical steps that my parents and mentors have taken to help me realize my dreams so that you can help YOUR children do the same. (Get ready to be impressed by how many things you are already doing to help make your kids’ dreams come true!) So today’s post is a little about me, but it is mostly about you.

To Our Kitchens, O Mothers

...I pictured myself back in my college days at the University of Maryland giving a speech to my fellow classmates. I envisioned telling them what I'm about to tell you. A few people, including the professor walked toward the podium. I knew that they wanted to usher me out of that lecture hall quicker than a flash...

I think that moms really set the tone at home, and that when it comes to nurturing their families --- no one is quite as good as a loving mother. And, specifically when it comes to nutrition, mothers are extremely influential. 

Including Children with Special Needs in Co-ops

We were all designed for relationship—not only relationship with our Heavenly Father, but also with one another—we need one another, so we can't go it alone. But did you know that people with disabilities are the largest population group missing from the body of Christ? Today I would urge families who are homeschooling children with special needs to consider participating in a local, homeschool co-op which can be a good place to find assistance and encouragement! I would also like to encourage families who are serving and participating in co-ops to be welcoming and inclusive of those with disabilities. The Lord Jesus was always reaching out to the blind, lame, deaf, and sick, showing love and compassion. And, we who are Christ's followers are called to do the same. 

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.

Common Core - How Does it Affect You?

Common Core proponents offer upbeat descriptions of utopian educational goals along with detailed practical lists of what students should know and be able to do in grades K–12 in mathematics and English language arts. But those goals and standards are just two facets of the conglomeration of federal funding, preschool–workforce invasive student tracking, and one-size-fits-all computer-based learning that has become the Common Core.

Next Step?

What is your teen’s passion? Recently in conversation with a young lady, I learned that she has the desire to write stories about little known people groups in the world. She wants to bring to light their way of life and need for the Gospel. She is currently raising support to join a mission organization to work with a team to tell the stories of people groups in Southeast Asia.

How do you or your teen know what his/her passion is? Here are some good questions to ask...

Make It A TV-Free Summer

...The family of four sat motionless in the family room that night after dinner. All facing the same direction, their eyes stared at that blue screen, conversation abated. They couldn't hear the symphony of summer crickets and frogs in the little koi pond outside their patio door. And they didn't hear the breeze blowing or the distant whistle of the train...

As we calculated the many hours wasted in front of the TV, we decided to do something radical. We said goodbye to TV-viewing that night fifteen years ago, and don't regret it one bit! 

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