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Helping Our Kids Stand Strong in a Changing World, Part 1

I got back from speaking at the North Carolina Home Education (NCHE) Convention in Winston-Salem last weekend, and one of my workshops was on the topic of giving our children a biblical worldview--the why, the what, and the how. With our culture radically changing before our eyes, I believe this topic is more important than ever before. What are we doing to help our children stand strong in a changing world?

Resources For Assessment

Spring is a busy time of year—from spring cleaning, planting and gardening, to yard sales and more, there is an abundance of things on our to-do lists. Spring is also typically the time of year that many homeschool parent-teachers buy curricula and materials for the coming school year. Keep in mind this can be an ideal time of year to assess your children. By taking inventory of which skills children have mastered and which skills need to be strengthened or addressed, your planning for instruction in the summer or the coming school year will become clearer and strategic.

Elective or Extracurricular?

The terms “elective” and “extracurricular” are often confused, so let me define what I mean when using these words.

An elective is a course that is considered part of the academic course load that makes up your teen’s high school program.

Extracurricular, on the other hand, is a term to denote activities outside the academic program.

Twelve Reasons To Start Homeschooling This Fall

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to teach at home? Are you new to the whole idea of homeschooling? Maybe you're in the information-gathering stage, or perhaps you're already planning to begin homeschooling after summer.

Maybe you and your husband are ready to start teaching your kindergartner, or maybe you're just curious about the whole idea. Perhaps you're taking your kids out of the public school system. If so -- fantastic! You won't regret it.

Credit by Examination

A question I am frequently asked by homeschool groups I speak to is, “How can students acquire college credit while in high school other than by taking college courses?” One answer is through credit by examination. The term basically means credit that a college awards based on the score that students receive on a national standardized test. The major tests that fall into this category include AP (Advanced Placement), CLEP, and DSST tests. Each college has its own policy as to which tests will be accepted and what score is required to receive credit.

Testing: Scores and S'Mores

I can’t believe how quickly the weeks and months are flying by.  My family and I actually have an invitation to a home school graduation ceremony this Month!  Apparently, the 2012-13 school year is rapidly coming to a close.   For many of you, standardized testing will be a part of your end of the year activities, and realizing how stressful the idea of testing can be; I thought I would direct you to a great article that Betty Statnick wrote a few years ago.  It’s called, Testing: Scores and S’Mores.

Conference Season

Spring and summer are the seasons for state homeschool conventions. Are you planning to attend one? It will be well worth your time and money. How?

The vendor halls are chocked full of wonderful resources for you to see and handle. You’ll have opportunity to talk with the publishers or their representatives about their materials. Many times you’ll be able to see portions of the curriculum demonstrated or sit in on a short session that explains how to use it to its fullest advantage. If you have questions, they can be easily answered here. You’ll also be able to ask other parents for recommendations and reviews.

Honor Societies and Awards for Homeschoolers

 

Homeschool students have the opportunity to showcase their excellence in academics and extracurricular activities in many ways. College, job, and scholarship applications may all ask for a list of awards and honors that your teen has received. What are some ways that homeschooled teens can gain recognition for their achievements?

Easter Joy! Activities and Traditions

 

Happy Easter, my friends. I just love Easter—it is absolutely my favorite holiday! The beauty of spring, new life, and most importantly, the message of this season and rock solid foundation of the Christian faith—Christ crucified, risen from the dead, and coming again—are all reasons I enjoy celebrating this special, holy time with my family. 

The Pronunciation Project

"Say again, please,"  I bemoaned. "Either you're mumbling, or I have a major hearing problem!" 

    After much debate, we surmised that it could be a little of both. Nonetheless, all through our homeschooling years, I reminded the boys that it was crucial to pronounce words clearly and to articulate the consonants whether speaking or reading aloud. 

Grade Point Average Calculations - You Can Do It!

 

Grade point averages provide a quick way to compare a teen’s academic record in relation to others. They are shown on high school transcripts and may be used as a factor for college admission decisions and eligibility for scholarships.  Calculating a GPA is not difficult – let me show you how!

 

Why Read Our Newsletter

Did you know Diane and I (HSLDA high school consultants) write a free, monthly email newsletter? We’ve done so for quite a few years so you can imagine the wealth of information available in them. The next question is, “Do you wish to receive this newsletter in your email box the first Thursday of each month?” You simply have to sign up for it on our high school website. If you are hesitating because you just don’t have time to read one more thing, I’d like to proffer some reasons why it’s worth receiving and reading.

SAT and ACT Test Score Options

Both the College Board and ACT give students several options relating to reporting their college entrance test scores to colleges. When your teens register online for either of the tests, the College Board and ACT permits them to identify  4 colleges to which their test scores can be sent for free.  Because there is a fee charged for each subsequent school you later wish to send scores to, most students will take advantage of these free score reports.  It doesn’t matter if your teen ends up not applying to one of the colleges to which the score was sent.

Finding a Writing Mentor for Your Teen

 

Are you looking to relieve some of the pressure you feel when evaluating your teen’s compositions?  Would your teen benefit from a writing coach that provides helpful ideas to improve his writing skills and possibly provides some motivation to write?  A Patrick Henry College writing mentor may be exactly what you are looking for!

Publishing Students’ Works

   Just yesterday I was reading a quote from Matthew Henry, Bible commentator, on Proverbs 3:27: "Wherever the Providence of God casts us, we should desire and endeavor to be useful; and, when we cannot do the good we would, we must be ready to do the good we can. And he that is faithful in a little shall be entrusted with more." Chuck Swindoll in his book, Wisdom for the Way, applied it this way: “You were going to write a best-selling book, but the opportunities just haven't come along. Are you willing to write for your church [or homeschool] newsletter?”

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