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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.

Why American History

I trust that you all had wonderful opportunities to celebrate our nation’s birthday on July 4th. The music, food and fireworks always fill me with pride and patriotism for our country and thankfulness for the gift of freedom that we hold.

You may have seen this You Tube video that circulated around the 4th; but if not, take a few minutes to look at it: What is the Fourth of July? Did it give you added motivation to teach Civics, US History, and US Government to your teens in high school?

Welcome Summer

What comes to mind when you think of your own childhood summers? Swimming on hot days, camping in the backyard, chasing those elusive butterflies, or running through the cold sprinkler? Side-walk chalk and jump rope? Gardens and snow-cones? Walking barefoot in the grass? However you spent your summers growing up, I encourage you to savor the upcoming moments and days with your family throughout the season ahead...

Make It An Active Summer

It's easy to forget that kids need a lot of physical activity as they grow.  Fresh air, sunshine, and plenty of movement is  beneficial for all of us, but especially important for children's coordination, growing bones, and mental acuity. I encourage you to help lead the way in this area, and enjoy burning some calories in the process. After all, we're meant to move!  So, here are some helpful suggestions to get all of us moving this summer. And, don't worry -- you don't have to be super coordinated or athletic to take part in these fun ideas... 

Happy Independence Day

What are your plans for the 4th of July? A cook-out or picnic? Fireworks? No matter what you do, I encourage you to talk about America and our great American documents and all that they mean to us. The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights --- introduce them to your kids and continue to emphasize their significance...

Last year, I wrote a blog called Treasuring Freedom. I shared a picture of my nephew at his Marine Officer commissioning in Delaware. I'm so thankful that we have men like him that are willing to stand on the front lines to defend our nation and serve in the military. 

7 Favorite Field Trips

One of the great things about homeschooling is the ability and opportunity to experience interesting field trips. An exciting excursion, an all-day outing, or family holiday -- no matter what you call it, you're sure to create some lasting memories when you venture out for a day of discovery and fun.

I absolutely loved coordinating field trips, and orchestrating a variety of unique learning experiences through day-time or over-night traveling. 

Good Old Map Reading

"Trust the GPS," Jay told me on the phone before I installed the new contraption on the dash board of my old white van a few years back.  It was a breeze finding my way to the Science Center in Baltimore, Maryland that afternoon. I loved having help on every turn, and eventually became quite dependent on my new navigator. Then, one evening several months later while the twins and I were on our way home from a music recital, I realized that I often allowed my brain to switch to autopilot, and had neglected many great opportunities to teach the boys how to read a real road map...

High School Seminars

 

 

We’ve heard from enough of you these past couple weeks asking about the availability of upcoming high school seminars in various locales that I wanted to give you the line up of possibilities.

 

Celebrate Father's Day

What characteristics stand out to you as you think of your father? What do you admire most about him? Perhaps it's his gentle manner or quick smile. Maybe it's his generous nature, or his wit and wisdom. Now matter what good things we remember about our dads, I'd like to encourage all of us not only to give tribute to our fathers, but to think of ways we can express appreciation to our husbands in their vital roles as dads.

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.

Congratulations Graduates & Homeschoolers Of All Ages!

Temperatures climbed into the 80's that bright day last year. Graduation day. I remember how my heart skipped a beat or two when each of the guys put out their hands to receive their high school diplomas.

      "I'm so proud of you!" I said afterward as we basked in the wonderful feeling of having completed our homeschool journey.

     Big smiles. Everyone squinted as we snapped pictures. I stood on my tip-toes to give each son a kiss. Thoughts of all our official last days of school flooded my memory... 

Helping Our Kids Stand Strong in a Changing World, Part 1

I got back from speaking at the North Carolina Home Education (NCHE) Convention in Winston-Salem last weekend, and one of my workshops was on the topic of giving our children a biblical worldview--the why, the what, and the how. With our culture radically changing before our eyes, I believe this topic is more important than ever before. What are we doing to help our children stand strong in a changing world?

3 Helpful Tips As Your Kids Study Music

 

I kept my eyes on the highway as our old white van whizzed past small towns in Maryland's rolling suburbs.  Monday night, 5:25, three years ago.  The twins had only recently gotten their driver's permits, so I decided to drive Austin to orchestra rehearsal that night.  His straight-forward comment broke the silence.  "Mom --- I have to tell you --- I'm quitting orchestra tonight..."

Resources For Assessment

Spring is a busy time of year—from spring cleaning, planting and gardening, to yard sales and more, there is an abundance of things on our to-do lists. Spring is also typically the time of year that many homeschool parent-teachers buy curricula and materials for the coming school year. Keep in mind this can be an ideal time of year to assess your children. By taking inventory of which skills children have mastered and which skills need to be strengthened or addressed, your planning for instruction in the summer or the coming school year will become clearer and strategic.

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.

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