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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!

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.

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. 

Online Walking/Fitness Support Group for Homeschool Moms!

 

As this will be my last post of 2013, I wanted to wish you all a very Happy New Year!  I pray the Lord blesses each one of you with new enthusiasm, vision, and joy as you homeschool your teens.  Because the beginning of a new year is always a great time to start something afresh, let me pass on an idea for those of you who may be looking to “shape up” in more ways than one in 2014!

Ideas for Teen Writing Projects

The next time you assign a writing project, show your teen that you’re a good sport by writing your own composition. Then ask him to evaluate your writing. This will give your teen practice in editing as he searches for grammatical or punctuation mistakes. You can also suggest he gives you ideas as to how you can improve your paper. These activities will help him to focus his attention on the details of your composition, and also put these same efforts into gaining a better understanding of how to improve his paper.   

Music, Movement and Learning!

 

We love to sing and dance and move at our house. My kids are such tactile, kinesthetic (wiggly) learners! I continue to learn that rather than fight against this natural bent in their learning preferences to incorporate music and movement into my teaching times, be it acting out Bible stories or putting motions to poems, to singing directions during important routines and transition times. 

How Can I Possibly Teach High School Courses?

Whether you are looking ahead to teaching high school in a few years, or you are in the midst of teaching high school, there may be times when you lack confidence to provide a certain course to your teen. One way to address this concern is to become aware of the many different possible options. A smorgasbord of choices is available including parent-taught courses, CD/DVD instruction, tutors, online courses, co-op classes, or dual enrollment courses.  Line right up and catch a glimpse of the feast!  

Technology for Teens Checklist

As your teens progress through the high school years, you’ll want them to stay on top of technology.  A plan of action to systematically teach various skills will prepare your teens for the workforce, college, or other post-high school plans.

Good keyboarding skills allow your teens to speed up the process when writing compositions.  Proficiency in computer applications such as Word, powerpoint, excel, and others will help your teens organize and present data for presentations. Free tutorials are widely available.

Teaching Time Management to Teens

The high school years are busy ones for you and your teens, but they also provide a wonderful opportunity to teach time management skills. Here are some ideas as you assist your teen in this area.

Encourage your teen to keep a personal calendar. He’ll need to track his course assignments, sport practices and games, music lessons, youth group activities, part-time job schedule, and much more!

Should my teen take the SAT or ACT?

 

Both the SAT and ACT are recognized by the vast majority of colleges as college entrance admission tests. What are the differences between the tests and which test should your teen take? Let’s begin by providing a brief recap of each test.

 

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