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Archive: November 2010
11/18/2010 1:41:48 PM
Benefits of Early Planning

In order to keep your highschooler on track, we suggest that you use a 4 year planning tool to generally map out your teen’s high school plan. Although you likely will make changes to your 4 year plan, having an overview of the entire 4 years of high school will make yearly planning easier for you. In addition, you’ll be able to take advantage of discounts for early purchases of curriculum or early registration of online courses. 

11/17/2010 1:49:47 PM
National High School Moot Court Competition

Homeschoolers are welcome to register and compete in the National High School Moot Court Competition sponsored by the American University Washington College of Law. The competition provides students with the opportunity to research legal questions and showcase speaking skills. Details and registration information are now available.

This year’s competition will focus on a 4th Amendment school search issue.  The problem will be released on or about January 10, 2011.

11/12/2010 9:15:05 AM
Page Programs with States Family Policy Councils

If you have teens who are interested in learning and participating in your state legislative session, consider contacting your state’s family policy council. Many have page programs where your teens can experience the activities of a legislative session firsthand. There will be unique opportunities to observe legislative committee meetings, floor sessions of the House and Senate, and much more.


Pages may also assist the organization’s legislative staff in the accomplishment of their daily tasks, delivery of information to the legislature building, as well as taking on some administrative responsibilities.

11/11/2010 1:16:31 PM
Is Your Teen Ready for an Online Course?

Online courses provide an opportunity for homeschooled teens to take a wide variety of courses, experience an outside teacher, and possibly earn college credit. In order to assess whether your teen is ready for the challenge of an online course, these websites may be helpful:


Am I Ready for Distance Learning?


Are You Ready to Learn Online?


11/11/2010 11:33:22 AM
Resume Writing

During the high school years, assign your teen the project of creating a resume.  Add to the resume each year of high school or whenever your teen acquires a new skill. offers some examples and much information on writing a resume. See our high school website for more helpful sites.



11/5/2010 9:29:56 AM
Free online courses from universities

You may be familiar with Open Course Ware Consortium which is a group of universities who have made some of their courses available to the public free of charge. These courses include taped lectures, syllabi, and course resources all of which are downloadable to you. Other schools have followed suit – see the following list. This information is courtesy of Ben Kaplan’s website.

If your teens have an interest in an area that homeschool courses are not available, check out some of these offerings. Even though your teens will not receive college credit, you can use the courses for high school credit. Your teens will also get a taste of what to expect in a college class.

  •  Offers courses from 10 elite universities, including 130 full courses and more than 3,500 video lectures.
  • Connexions ( More than 16,000 learning "modules" are organized into nearly 1,000 learning collections (such as a statistics course).
  • OpenCourseWare Consortium: 13,000 members post materials and lectures from 250 universities worldwide.
  • Director of Stanford's continuing education program has gathered 2,700 audio and video lectures from more than 25 universities.
  • The popular video portal offers 200 full courses and 60,000 videos from about 300 colleges and universities.
11/3/2010 3:45:24 PM
Filling Out the FAFSA

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the most important financial aid form that should be completed if you desire federal financial aid for your teen’s post-high school educational expenses. 


Recently, the form was revised to provide 4 choices regarding the status of your high schooler.  Choices include:  high school diploma, GED, homeschooled, or other.  HSLDA previously recommended that the “high school diploma” choice be selected, but now HSLDA recommends that “homeschooled” be chosen if you are teaching your teen at home.  For background and up to date information regarding HSLDA’s change of position, please see the following link:

11/3/2010 1:45:31 PM
Does your teen have senioritis?

Your teen’s motivation to complete his senior year with enthusiasm may need a little help.  The National Association for College Admission Counseling’s website provides your teen with encouragement to finish out his high school years well.


11/3/2010 1:38:45 PM
College Preparation Checklist

This 28 page free booklet by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators gives parents and students tips on finding money for school, taking the right classes, and choosing a career.