High School

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!)

Music Matters

Music is considered by many to be the universal language. This time of the year that is most evident. Familiar Christmas songs, secular and sacred, are playing everywhere you go. If you are like me, you are quickly drawn into a song, especially one that is meaningful or catchy. When I think of music, I think of heaven – angels saying (in song?), “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of Hosts” around God’s throne (Isaiah 6:3); and the angels who announced Christ’s birth with “glory to God in the highest…” (Luke 2:14). Won’t it be wonderful to some day be a part of that heavenly chorus?

Using December Creatively

  The approaching holidays may seem daunting with all the extra preparations and shopping hours to be added to your already full schedule of homeschooling and parenting. Do you feel behind the eight ball, trying to finish the school semester while planning for Christmas? Is your grace tank running on empty? Before falling into the holiday blues, I want to suggest some ways to reorient your vision and to take advantage of your resources.

Need Help Teaching High School at Home? We’ll Come to You!

   Becky and I enjoy meeting many of you when we travel and speak at homeschool conferences throughout the country. We encourage you to support your local conferences and attend them whenever you are able. Likewise, we also take great delight in welcoming many of you to HSLDA in Purcellville, VA where we present high school at home symposiums. But for those of you who are unable to attend those events in person, we’ll come to you!

Looking for a Challenging Course for a Motivated Teen? Consider AP!

 

   Advanced Placement (AP) courses and tests are available to homeschooled teens interested in studying a subject in depth and may also be a way to earn early college credit.  What are AP courses, how does a homeschooler register for AP tests, and what are the advantages of taking an AP course?

 

Teaching Study Skills to Teens

 

   As you prepare your teens for their post-high school plans, take time during your school day to teach study skills. These skills will be helpful whether your teen enters the work force, enlists in the military, or enrolls in a college or trade school. Let’s take a look at some of these important study skills and helpful resources.

 

What's So Important About IEPs?

Is there anything more confusing than an IEP? If your child has OR has had one in the past, you know what I'm talking about. It seems like the same thing is stated 2 or 3 times, in 2 or 3 different ways throughout the document- creating a rather large stack of papers. Well, a few years ago, HSLDA Special Needs Consultant, Betty Statnick, addressed this topic. I'm reposting her thoughts for you today. I hope you will find this helpful if you are pondering the question-What’s So Important About IEPs?

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