High School

Let My Students In: Hope As Your Teens Go Through The College Application Process

Let's say that your teen took the PSAT's, the SAT (maybe several times!), and feels that college is the next step.  But what if they're still unsure about which college to attend?

       At exactly this time last year, that was our scenario.  The twins took all the necessary college prep classes during the high school years, took the SAT twice, visited seven different schools --- and still had no clear idea of exactly what to do!  

Credit by Examination

A question I am frequently asked by homeschool groups I speak to is, “How can students acquire college credit while in high school other than by taking college courses?” One answer is through credit by examination. The term basically means credit that a college awards based on the score that students receive on a national standardized test. The major tests that fall into this category include AP (Advanced Placement), CLEP, and DSST tests. Each college has its own policy as to which tests will be accepted and what score is required to receive credit.

Conference Season

Spring and summer are the seasons for state homeschool conventions. Are you planning to attend one? It will be well worth your time and money. How?

The vendor halls are chocked full of wonderful resources for you to see and handle. You’ll have opportunity to talk with the publishers or their representatives about their materials. Many times you’ll be able to see portions of the curriculum demonstrated or sit in on a short session that explains how to use it to its fullest advantage. If you have questions, they can be easily answered here. You’ll also be able to ask other parents for recommendations and reviews.

At The Table


It's not just about what's on the table that counts --- it's about who's around the table that's important...

Have you ever thought about the fact that every time your family gathers around the table you have a wonderful opportunity to teach? 


Enriching Your Teens' Summer

What better way to keep boredom at bay than to provide enrichment opportunities to your teens during the summer time. It’s not too early to plan how your teen spends his or her summer. There is something to be said about a break from a schedule, academics, and assignments, so don’t let these precious months pass without thinking about ways to add enthusiasm to the high school years.

Why Read Our Newsletter

Did you know Diane and I (HSLDA high school consultants) write a free, monthly email newsletter? We’ve done so for quite a few years so you can imagine the wealth of information available in them. The next question is, “Do you wish to receive this newsletter in your email box the first Thursday of each month?” You simply have to sign up for it on our high school website. If you are hesitating because you just don’t have time to read one more thing, I’d like to proffer some reasons why it’s worth receiving and reading.

Conversational Competence

Conversation is just like a tennis game, except that no one is trying to win. The point is that it takes two people to keep the ball in motion. You hit; I hit. I serve; you receive. The whole idea is to keep that ball moving. Different shots, styles and angles.

Here are six simple things to teach our kids about face to face conversation. Plus, they're good reminders for us!

Tackling Tricky High School Issues Part 2


A few weeks ago, I discussed some of the tricky high school issues that many families encounter related to homeschooling a teenager with special needs or learning disabilities.  Today, I will address a question we receive very frequently.  I hope you will find this information helpful!


Finding a Writing Mentor for Your Teen


Are you looking to relieve some of the pressure you feel when evaluating your teen’s compositions?  Would your teen benefit from a writing coach that provides helpful ideas to improve his writing skills and possibly provides some motivation to write?  A Patrick Henry College writing mentor may be exactly what you are looking for!

Tackling Tricky High School Issues Part 1

Recently I presented a workshop for parents who have struggling teenagers. Tackling homeschooling through high school may seem like a daunting task already. There are often many additional questions that arise regarding “tricky” high school issues when one has a child with a learning disability or special challenges. Today, I thought I would share some of the frequently asked questions and answers regarding homeschooling struggling high school age students.

Publishing Students’ Works

   Just yesterday I was reading a quote from Matthew Henry, Bible commentator, on Proverbs 3:27: "Wherever the Providence of God casts us, we should desire and endeavor to be useful; and, when we cannot do the good we would, we must be ready to do the good we can. And he that is faithful in a little shall be entrusted with more." Chuck Swindoll in his book, Wisdom for the Way, applied it this way: “You were going to write a best-selling book, but the opportunities just haven't come along. Are you willing to write for your church [or homeschool] newsletter?”

Relating to Your Teens

   Teaching your teens involves more than covering the subject material.  It also requires relational wisdom!  I recently heard Ken Sande speak.  He is the founder of Peacemaker Ministries and a new organization called Relational Wisdom 360. I learned much from Ken’s remarks that I could use when relating to family members and others.  Since some of his comments were specifically directed to relating to teens, I thought my notes from Ken’s talk would be helpful as you teach your teens at home... 

Friends - Hard to Live without Them


Last weekend my husband and I had the opportunity to celebrate the marriage of a friend’s son with many of our friends from former days. Then when we returned home, we were invited to dinner with another set of friends. Afterwards, in awe I thanked the Lord for the people He brings into my life to enrich it beyond measure. He reminded me again that without the body of Christ we can fall into despair, even over minor things.

Do You Need a Guidance Counselor?

At the end of one of my seminars during a speaking engagement, a man told me that he was grateful for the information I shared, but he wondered who would be his teen’s “guidance counselor” in the coming days.  I said, “I’m happy to be your teen’s guidance counselor!”  Guidance counselors direct parents and teens to helpful information regarding future plans – college, career, or the military.  As an HSLDA high school consultant, I can help you find the same type of information. 

A Primer on Using the Dictionary by BETTY STATNICK

   Many College registrars look for good study skills in enrolling students, "We find that all students, not just the ones who have some learning struggles, are very deficient in study skills."

"One of the most important skills students can learn in school is the ability to use language in an effective way...the single most important tool in the educational process of acquiring language skills is a dictionary that meets the needs of the student." (foreward to "Webster's New World Children's Dictionary")


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