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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. 

18+ Reasons Why I Homeschool

 

Having a list of reasons why I homeschool helps me remember the benefits and blessings at the time of our school year when I am usually feeling most like a failure...

 

 

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.

Harmony Rising: Online Music School Enriching Homeschoolers

Jeremiah Baker began playing the saxophone at age twelve. Immediately he fell in love with the instrument, and knew that his life’s purpose was to share the joy and love of music with the world. Being from a very small town in Virginia and having very few resources, Jeremiah had no idea what lay in store for him. But despite the odds he remained positive and focused.

 

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?”

Relating to Your Teens

   Teaching your teens involves more than covering the subject material.  It also requires relational wisdom!  I recently heard Ken Sande speak.  He is the founder of Peacemaker Ministries and a new organization called Relational Wisdom 360. I learned much from Ken’s remarks that I could use when relating to family members and others.  Since some of his comments were specifically directed to relating to teens, I thought my notes from Ken’s talk would be helpful as you teach your teens at home... 

Do You Need a Guidance Counselor?

At the end of one of my seminars during a speaking engagement, a man told me that he was grateful for the information I shared, but he wondered who would be his teen’s “guidance counselor” in the coming days.  I said, “I’m happy to be your teen’s guidance counselor!”  Guidance counselors direct parents and teens to helpful information regarding future plans – college, career, or the military.  As an HSLDA high school consultant, I can help you find the same type of information. 

A Primer on Using the Dictionary by BETTY STATNICK

   Many College registrars look for good study skills in enrolling students, "We find that all students, not just the ones who have some learning struggles, are very deficient in study skills."

"One of the most important skills students can learn in school is the ability to use language in an effective way...the single most important tool in the educational process of acquiring language skills is a dictionary that meets the needs of the student." (foreward to "Webster's New World Children's Dictionary")

CLOSED | GIVEAWAY - Give Them Grace Book

   The HSLDA Store is giving away two free copies of the book Give Them Grace by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick & Jessica Thompson! To enter, all you have to do is share your answer to this question, “What is your favorite Holiday Tradition?

   We’ll randomly select two winners from all the entrants! Hurry, because the giveaway ends this Friday, December 14, at midnight eastern standard time! Tell your friends and family!

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