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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?

Recipe for Teaching Teens

   

   Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching. Are you trying to keep on track to finish up some last assignments before taking time off to enjoy gathering your family together for a day of giving thanks? You may also be busy hunting down those favorite family recipes to add to your Thanksgiving feast. While looking, I have a recipe for you to help in teaching your teens. I am sure you will think of more ingredients to add, but let me help you get started.

Transcript Review

    We are hearing from many of our members with questions pertaining to transcripts. Deadlines for college applications are fast approaching which means transcripts must be completed and attached to these applications. If you are hearing conflicting information on what you can or cannot include, don’t waste your time worrying. Pick up the phone and call us at 540.338.5600 or email homeschool@hslda.org.  

Planning the College Visit

 

   Fall is a great time to plan a college visit.  And with that planning comes some questions: What should you be sure to do? What information should you gather? Should you schedule a meeting or just show up? All these will be answered in this blog post taht explains all sides of planning a college visit, by Diane Kummer.

 

College Application Deadlines Approaching!

Are you under the gun to get those college applications completed and meet the deadlines?

 
Organization is the key!
 

   Becky Cooke provides key tips and useful ideas for staying on track with the college application process, and encouragement for keeping calm trusting God's plan.

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.

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