High School

How Do I Evaluate My Teen’s Writing?

You’ve given your teen a writing assignment and the composition is completed. Now the sweating begins.  I’m not referring to your teen’s sweat glands, but yours!  How do you evaluate what your teen has written? 

   I remember when my children would give me their compositions and I would not know where to begin to critique and analyze them.  I could handle science and math – it was easy for me to evaluate their knowledge and progress in those courses. But, evaluating their writing was a different animal.  Let me provide you with some tips I learned along the way that may be helpful to you.

Mission-Minded Teens

 

   Cultivating a heart for missions begins when it is fixed on Jesus and He places the desire in your teens. You can grow that interest through the courses you teach such as geography, history, Bible, and foreign language. Learning about regions of the world, their terrain, crops, culture, and religions will provide opportunities to talk about various ministries available...

Homeschooling On The Difficult Days

Homeschooling would be easy if...

If I didn't have all this laundry to do, if I didn't have to prepare dinner, if I didn't have to juggle the family calendar, if my kids were older, if we didn't have these pesky appointments, and so on!  

Just when we get on a schedule and things start to run somewhat smoothly -- one (or several) of the children need to go to the doctor...

Recordkeeping for High School

By now, most of you have begun another school year and I hope you are off to a wonderful start.  The beginning of each school year is a great time to take a few minutes and lay out a plan for recordkeeping that will save you valuable time in future years when these records will come in handy.  What records do you need to keep?

The answer to this question will vary depending on the state in which you live, so be sure to check out the HSLDA legal analysis for your state and note any recordkeeping requirements such as attendance, hours of instruction, testing requirements, and so on.

Reading Aloud

   I'll never forget being in Mrs. Clark's third grade class. I was in one of the lowest reading groups ---the Sparrows. Who were they trying to kid? All the students knew that the best readers were the Blue Jays and Cardinals! It was embarrassing seeing the other kids try to keep from giggling as I mispronounced words and got tongue- tied.  I needed patience, time and encouragement -- something Mrs. Clark didn't provide -- but something we can give to our kids as homeschooling moms!

Is Your Teen Ready for the SAT/ACT?

Parents are always interested to know when their teens should begin taking these tests. There is not a hard and fast rule. Often you can gauge when your teens are ready to tackle them. Since the math section covers material from basic math, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and some Trig, your teen will need to realize that these scores may be lower if he/she has fewer math courses completed when starting to take the tests. In light of that, it may be wise to consider completing at least Algebra 1 and Geometry before taking the tests.

Helping Your Teen to Balance His Schedule

I remember my children’s teen years, and sometimes I wonder how we lived through them. Someone always had to be somewhere, and as much as I tried to keep a rein on activities, many times I felt like screaming, “WHOA!”

   How do you help your teen to bring balance into his schedule? How do you train her in time management skills that will be useful now and the rest of her life? We’ve found some helpful resources for you.

Have Fun Homeschooling - 3 Tips For A Wonderful Year

Right now I'm sitting at my desk in the room upstairs that used to be our "homeschool room" --- a small guest room that we converted into a cozy school room. I remember during our early days of home teaching when the morning sun would pour in the windows, warming the carpet, making it comfortable to prop a few fluffy pillows on the floor for reading. I would read aloud; then I'd have Austin and Justin take turns reading aloud too. 

Introducing an Exciting Opportunity for Young Musicians

Seeking instumentalists ages 16-19 for a tuition-free experience of a lifetime

   Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute will to bring together the brightest young players from across the country in the summer of 2013 to form the National Youth Ochestra of the United States of America.

   Following a comprehensive audition process and a two-week training residency with leading professional orchestra musicians, these remarkable teenagers embark on an international tour to some of the great music capitals of the world, led by a different conductor each year.

Helping Teens Look Ahead to Careers

 

During the high school years, you may want to carve out some time to guide your teen in thinking about his/her future career.  What would be helpful and where do you start?

In order to help your teen narrow down the choices, consider designing and offering your teen a Career Development elective course...

Starting a New School Year - How to Prepare for a Great One! Part Two

 

Dear homeschooling moms,

Last week I shared some foundational tips to help you plan for a great next school year. If you missed that post, click HERE to read this list. In addition to those, here are a few more thoughts on how we can prepare for a super year of homeschooling...

Starting a New School Year – How to Prepare for a Great One!

Dear homeschooling moms,

   My favorite time of year for me as a homeschooling mom is right before we start up a new school year. I’m excited about spending time learning with my children and teaching them new things. I enjoy picking out new literature we’re going to read together and finding interesting field trips we can take in conjunction with our topics of study. I love the thought of my kids being engaged in their education—wanting to learn, working hard, and being committed to their own discovery. They love reading and this adds to my love of homeschooling.

Civics Anyone? Check Out the New iCitizen High School Curriculum

Do your high school plans include teaching your teens a civic course?  If so, take a peek at Generation Joshua’s new iCitizen course.

It is a student friendly, well-written, and informative civics text that will not disappoint you!  Parents will find it comprehensive yet easy to use as it includes a syllabus, review questions, essay suggestions, and online tests and quizzes.  Each unit is loaded with helpful ideas for supplemental resources (movies, websites, articles, and more.)

Who’s Afraid of The Big Bad Transcript?

It would probably be scarier to yell “transcripts” in a room full of homeschool parents than to yell “fire”!  At least it seems so from the number of questions and expressions of panic I receive from parents teaching their teens at home.

   Let me help to put your fears to rest. Simply defined, a transcript is a record of the academic course work that a student completes during high school.

Resources for the New School Year

 

Thinking about highschool? Want to find some excellent resources, links, articles and suggestions to help you as you plan out your high school courses? Check out the high school pages on the HSLDA website!

 

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