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Creating a Course Description

A course description is a document providing details of your teen's high school coursework. Some colleges request course descriptions as part of the application packet. Although no one may ever ask to see your teen’s course descriptions, they serve as back up for courses shown on the high school transcript. What information is usually indicated on a course description?

Electives to Spice Up Your Teen's High School Program

As this school year winds down, many of you are gearing up for the next school year! In the midst of your planning, take time to think about elective courses your teen may enjoy. There is a myriad of elective choices that can pique your teens’ interest, teach them new skills, and increase their motivation. We’ve gathered resources to help you as you explore the possibilities!

Options for Curriculum for the Next School Year

 

When I was homeschooling my two teens many years ago, there were not nearly the number and variety of curriculum choices as there are now. Making curriculum decisions can be overwhelming! Here are some fantastic resources for you...

 

The New SAT – Coming Spring of 2016

If your teen is college bound, most likely he will take either the ACT or SAT college entrance test. Recently, the College Board announced the SAT test is undergoing a revision and the new version of the test will debut in spring 2016. What changes can you expect on the revised SAT?

Although the test revision is still in progress, here are a few changes that have been announced...

Speech and Language Resources

 

Do you have a child who has some speech/language difficulties such as articulation problems, receptive or expressive language difficulties, or even using appropriate social skills and language within social settings? It is not uncommon!

Need a Guide for Teaching High School at Home?

Are you in the midst of teaching your teen at home?  Or is high school on the horizon in a couple of years for your middle schooler? Where do you find help when teaching high school?

Check out HSLDA’s 32 page booklet entitled A Guide for Homeschooling through High School!

New Trends to Check Out!

 

What do Rebecca RatherKen Forkish, and Clara Polito have in common? They are all part of what is now being called the Craft Culture. These are individuals who are following their passions and developing a craft. Whether it’s baking, cooking, woodworking, or weaving, entrepreneurs are enjoying the satisfaction of using their talents and abilities to delight the rest of us.

 

Preparing Your Teen for College and Job Interviews

As your teens progress through the high school years, it’s helpful for them to develop good interview skills. Colleges and employers may use an interview as part of the application process for securing admission or employment. How can you best prepare your teens so that they interview with confidence and poise?

Here are some links that provide good advice as to the questions he/she may be asked.

Memory Strategies to Remember!

We often hear from moms who are frustrated because their child is having difficulty recalling information from day to day. They say, “He knew his multiplication facts (long division steps, science definitions, etc.) yesterday, but today, it’s as if everything is brand new.” There are many specific strategies that can be used to help students hold onto information. Today, I thought I’d describe just a few. 

What Does It Take To Homeschool? Part I

The house was unusually silent. She poured her morning coffee, and strode from the kitchen to the little school room upstairs, the carpet muffling the sound of her footsteps. She sat at her desk, took a sip of steaming coffee, and glanced around the room. A tall bookshelf in the corner, three desks, and some fluffy pillows on the floor. On the walls next her were NASA pictures, reminding her of those visits to Cape Canaveral.

Opportunities for Struggling Readers

As a reading specialist, I am always looking for great resources and opportunities to assist students with reading and print disabilities. Recently, I came across a couple of great opportunities through the organization, Learning Ally, (Formerly Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic).

Home school parents, if you have a child who struggles with reading, is dyslexic, or is impacted by a print disability, I hope you will check out these opportunities!

What Factors Do Colleges Use for Admission? - Answering Your Questions About the College Application Process

Colleges use a variety of factors when making admission decisions. But which ones are most important for the schools your teen is applying to? There’s a way to find out!

The Common Data Set is helpful when trying to determine how important factors (such as interviews, grade point average, high school course load, and extracurriculars) are to specific colleges. Simply do an internet search by typing in the name of the college and the words “common data set.” This usually brings up the college’s input to the Common Data Set. 

Treasure Trove of High School Help and Resources

As a parent teaching your teen at home, at times you may become overwhelmed by the many different aspects of high school you must stay on top of.  From academics, to testing, to keeping on track and knowing what comes next, you may need a systematic and organized approach to finding information.  Let me highlight the basics and provide you with a “one stop shop” to find key facts and resources during the high school years.

Spendopedia

As homeschool parents, are you looking for ways to creatively provide your teens with hands-on activities and real life experiences that bring their textbook learning to life?  If your teen has an interest in writing, public policy, or website work, Spendopedia may be a resource avenue to explore.

Free Test Prep for the SAT and ACT

 

On average I recommend a student begin preparing for the college entrance tests about six months prior to actually taking the test.

There are many resources available to your teens as they prepare for the college entrance tests. Test prep books and resources, online or live classes, and private tutors are all readily available. Here’s just a small sampling of the tools available.

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