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Teaching Your Teens Wisdom in a Social Media World

The world is different than it was 10 years ago! Twitter, Facebook, blogging, and other aspects of social media have invaded our world with good and bad results. Guiding your teen through the social media maze may seem difficult, but here's a resource that provides helpful pointers and advice.

Tips for Writing College Recommendation Letters

When your teen applies to colleges, he may need to submit one or more letters of recommendation with the application packet. I’d like to share some tips to consider as you guide your teen through the letter of recommendation process.

When thinking about letters of recommendation, here's what you need to know ...

Take the Plunge into Marine Science!

Most high schoolers complete 2-3 years of science usually consisting of Physical Science, Biology, and Chemistry.  However, some students struggle with that regimen while others dream of more exotic science careers.  Both types of students will benefit from different science options.  High school teens enthralled by an aquarium show featuring sea lions, seals, dolphins, and killer whales might be good candidates for marine biology.

Teaching Math - Counting Everything, Everywhere You Go

 

I told Meg, my older daughter, that I had a half-baked idea for a math project. "Cool!" she said, but the word "baked" reminded her of our not-very-successful and not-yet-baked-at-all cuneiform cylinder seals. They were lying on the stove all squashy and green. "It isn't with salt dough, though, is it, Mommy?"

Help! My Teen Refuses to Do Her School Work!

 

As I field questions from homeschool moms who are seeking my advice, one question comes up rather frequently. “My teen refuses to do her course work. What can I do?” I’d like to share 5 suggestions from my experience as a consultant and former homeschool mom.

 

Can We Skip Doing Math Today?

When I was in elementary school, I remember enjoying doing workbook pages, especially math ones. Yep, I was one of those weird kids. I also wrote left-handed back when all the desks were made for right-handed kids. My first grade teacher even tried to force me to write right-handed. It didn’t work. My resistance to conversion may have pushed her to retire early; for me at the very least, it ruined any interest in handwriting for a long time.

GIVEAWAY - Inside the Common Core: Its Creation and Effects

We're giving away 5 copies of the Building the Machine DVD here on the blog!

The documentary introduces the public to the Common Core States Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and its effects on our children’s education. This DVD set (the original documentary, bonus parent interviews, and six supplementary episodes) tells the Common Core’s story in the words of leading educational experts, including members of the Common Core Validation Committee, along with parents, teachers, and a social worker.

Homeschool Now USA - Promoting Homeschooling During School Choice Week

What better way is there to welcome in the New Year than the opportunity to choose a school for your children? Should you choose public school, private school, or perhaps a charter school? How about homeschooling? There are many options to choose from. And with School Choice Week coming up January 25-31, we're here to encourage parents nationwide that they can homeschool!

Homeschooling Through Hard Times

Breathe. Try to keep calm. Claim and walk out the Scripture promise from Isaiah 26:3, "You will keep him in perfect peace, he whose mind is stayed (or fixed) on You, because He trusts in You." The past couple of months have not been easy for me—life (and thus homeschooling) has been broadsided by broken appliances, family sickness, a loved one hospitalized, a car accident, relative visits, and did I forget to mention the holidays and all the preparations that those entail?

Senior Project Ideas

 

Some public and private schools require students who are seniors to complete a senior project in an area of interest. Although not a requirement for homeschoolers, as a homeschool parent you may want to assign your teen a senior project that provides him with a capstone experience prior to graduation.

The Scoop on Short Stories

 

If novels are more of chore than a delight for your high school student, consider adding some short stories to the reading list. Besides being short, these stories offer students good material to practice their budding literary analysis skills. Parents interested in more information on developing discerning readers can read the Homeschooling thru High School October Newsletter.

What is a weighted GPA?

 

Grade point averages (GPAs) are typically noted on high school transcripts.  When calculating the GPA, you must decide if it will be weighted or un-weighted. What is the difference between a weighted and un-weighted GPA?

 

Designing an Elective Course: Photography, Anyone?

 

Teaching high school at home enables your teen to choose from a limitless number of elective course options. There is an abundance of curriculum available in many different subject areas. But if you can’t find pre-packaged materials, consider designing a course from scratch. As an example, let’s design a photography course!

 

2nd Annual Special Needs Struggling Learner Homeschool Conference

We are so excited about the upcoming Special Needs Struggling Learner Homeschool Conference. It’s coming up soon, so if you haven’t explored this opportunity, now is the time to do it! The folks at FPEA have a vision to support and encourage people who are homeschooling children with special needs not only in Florida, but across the nation. We really appreciate the work they did last year in organizing this national conference and are thrilled that they’re offering it again this year.

Literature for Teens

 

Whether your teen is a reluctant or voracious reader, would you like some ideas to help your teens dig deeply into literature?

We’ve come across some wonderful resources for you!

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