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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!

Need Help Teaching High School at Home? We’ll Come to You!

   Becky and I enjoy meeting many of you when we travel and speak at homeschool conferences throughout the country. We encourage you to support your local conferences and attend them whenever you are able. Likewise, we also take great delight in welcoming many of you to HSLDA in Purcellville, VA where we present high school at home symposiums. But for those of you who are unable to attend those events in person, we’ll come to you!

My Math Dilemma

   In 2001 when I first began teaching at home, I was so excited to get started. Feeling called by the Lord and compelled to teach the boys in a home setting, I went to great lengths to set up a cozy little room upstairs, get all the right books, attend homeschool conferences, and consult with experienced homeschooling moms. That summer, the twins turned seven, and by the time fall arrived -- I was completely ready! Or so I thought....

The Three R’s for Getting Started Homeschooling Kids with Special Challenges

   I have recently spoken to many members who are new to homeschooling and have children with special learning challenges. I have also had the opportunity to talk with seasoned homeschooling families who are now sailing into “unchartered waters”, due to facing a recent diagnosis of Autism and Aspergers. To be sure, there are countless families who are in similar “boats” and feeling waves of fear, doubt, loneliness, and quite frankly just overwhelmed and reeling with uneasiness.

Looking for a Challenging Course for a Motivated Teen? Consider AP!

 

   Advanced Placement (AP) courses and tests are available to homeschooled teens interested in studying a subject in depth and may also be a way to earn early college credit.  What are AP courses, how does a homeschooler register for AP tests, and what are the advantages of taking an AP course?

 

Teaching Study Skills to Teens

 

   As you prepare your teens for their post-high school plans, take time during your school day to teach study skills. These skills will be helpful whether your teen enters the work force, enlists in the military, or enrolls in a college or trade school. Let’s take a look at some of these important study skills and helpful resources.

 

What's So Important About IEPs?

Is there anything more confusing than an IEP? If your child has OR has had one in the past, you know what I'm talking about. It seems like the same thing is stated 2 or 3 times, in 2 or 3 different ways throughout the document- creating a rather large stack of papers. Well, a few years ago, HSLDA Special Needs Consultant, Betty Statnick, addressed this topic. I'm reposting her thoughts for you today. I hope you will find this helpful if you are pondering the question-What’s So Important About IEPs?

Math- Help!

 

   Confession- I am not a math person.  I came to this conclusion while in high school.  I made good grades, but one day my Geometry teacher, who always began each school year by saying, “There are no dumb questions in this class.”; had to hold back spontaneous laughter after I challenged that statement with a sincere question...

 

Transcript Review

    We are hearing from many of our members with questions pertaining to transcripts. Deadlines for college applications are fast approaching which means transcripts must be completed and attached to these applications. If you are hearing conflicting information on what you can or cannot include, don’t waste your time worrying. Pick up the phone and call us at 540.338.5600 or email homeschool@hslda.org.  

Planning the College Visit

 

   Fall is a great time to plan a college visit.  And with that planning comes some questions: What should you be sure to do? What information should you gather? Should you schedule a meeting or just show up? All these will be answered in this blog post taht explains all sides of planning a college visit, by Diane Kummer.

 

CLOSED | GIVEAWAY - Meet the Skeptic Book

 
   The HSLDA Store is giving away five free copies of the book Meet the Skeptic by Bill Foster! To enter, all you have to do is share your answer to this question, “What is your favorite quote about wisdom?
 

   You should also drop by Home School Heartbeat this week to listen to Mike Farris interview Bill Foster about Meet the Skeptic! You can listen in here.

   

How Do I Evaluate My Teen’s Writing?

You’ve given your teen a writing assignment and the composition is completed. Now the sweating begins.  I’m not referring to your teen’s sweat glands, but yours!  How do you evaluate what your teen has written? 

   I remember when my children would give me their compositions and I would not know where to begin to critique and analyze them.  I could handle science and math – it was easy for me to evaluate their knowledge and progress in those courses. But, evaluating their writing was a different animal.  Let me provide you with some tips I learned along the way that may be helpful to you.

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