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Common Core: It's the Biggest Reform You Know Nothing About

March 31 is the launch date of Building the Machine, the first investigative documentary about the Common Core. Building the Machine will introduce the public to the Common Core States Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and its effects on our children’s education. The documentary, created by HSLDA, compiles interviews from principle educational experts, including members of the Common Core Validation Committee.

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.

Reading Lists for Teens, Take Two!

Whether you have a teen who is an avid reader or one who is often reluctant to pick up a book, you are probably looking for noteworthy book suggestions to keep your teen reading!

Some time ago, I provided ideas for reading lists for teens. I provided four links to great book lists, as well as four reference books with extensive reading lists. Since then, I’ve located more great resources for parents to use as they compile a list of reading material for their teens.

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!

Weekend to Remember - HSLDA Giveaway

Picture this: a long weekend getaway, just you and your spouse―no kids, no cooking, no dishes or laundry, no snow shoveling or yard work―just you, your love, and a chance to focus on each other and on nourishing and revitalizing your relationship. You’ll come away from that relaxing weekend encouraged, and with a whole lot of hope and practical tools to build and grow your relationship.

Now I’ve heard it said that one of the best ways to improve a relationship is to reduce stress...

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. 

Round Two - Convention of States $7500 Scholarship Opportunity

 

February is already here, which means round two of the $7500 COS Project Scholarship Contest has begun! Are you excited?

The genre for February is: Historical. You can include anything from history in your video or graphic—and COS means anything.

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.

Homeschool Diplomas

 

I receive many questions from parents relating to homeschool diplomas. Some parents are fearful about diplomas and want answers that will help them separate fact from fiction.

Let’s start with a definition. A diploma is a document bearing witness that a prescribed course of study has been completed. 

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