High School

Grade Point Average Calculations - You Can Do It!

 

Grade point averages provide a quick way to compare a teen’s academic record in relation to others. They are shown on high school transcripts and may be used as a factor for college admission decisions and eligibility for scholarships.  Calculating a GPA is not difficult – let me show you how!

 

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!

Harmony Rising: Online Music School Enriching Homeschoolers

Jeremiah Baker began playing the saxophone at age twelve. Immediately he fell in love with the instrument, and knew that his life’s purpose was to share the joy and love of music with the world. Being from a very small town in Virginia and having very few resources, Jeremiah had no idea what lay in store for him. But despite the odds he remained positive and focused.

 

SAT and ACT Test Score Options

Both the College Board and ACT give students several options relating to reporting their college entrance test scores to colleges. When your teens register online for either of the tests, the College Board and ACT permits them to identify  4 colleges to which their test scores can be sent for free.  Because there is a fee charged for each subsequent school you later wish to send scores to, most students will take advantage of these free score reports.  It doesn’t matter if your teen ends up not applying to one of the colleges to which the score was sent.

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")

I Can’t Wait Until…

   Twenty eight years ago when my daughter was born, friends hosted a baby shower for me. The ladies blessed me by giving me notes of wisdom on index cards.  The advice given on one of those cards has stuck with me over these many years.  It simply said “Enjoy each season of your child’s life without wishing it was the next season.”  I took that advice to heart, but it was a struggle especially during my homeschooling years to not say, “I can’t wait until…”  Have you had some of these same thoughts?

Joyeux Noël!

“Home for The Holidays”

- it's a song, a film, and a sentiment that is rather hackneyed this time of year. I love being home for the holidays, but I decided to think a little bit bigger this year. Bigger than connecting with my out-of-state grandparents. Bigger than making time to enjoy festive traditions with my local family and friends. Bigger than our Christmas cookie contest (although that was very interesting!)

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