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Carol Becker

High School Consultant

Carol is an educational consultant with experience running homeschool co-ops and tutoring students from middle school through community college.

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Why You Want Carol for Your Event

  • In her role at HSLDA, Carol works closely with homeschooling families, guiding them through the high school process.
  • Carol has started and directed two homeschool co-ops—one focused on humanities, one focused on science.
  • She’s a seasoned tutor with over a decade of experience in one-on-one and group settings.
  • Carol and her husband homeschooled their two children K–12.
TRAVELS FROMWashington, D.C.
HONORARIUMBecause her workshops are offered as a free service to the homeschooling community, Carol simply requests that all of her travel and related expenses be covered. In addition, she also requests a complimentary exhibit booth (if speaking at a state or regional homeschool conference).

Sessions by Carol Becker

Creating a high school transcript is a vital part of your teen’s high school records—but it doesn’t have to be hard! In this interactive, practical seminar, you’ll create a transcript that can be used as a pattern when designing your own. The session will guide you through transcript essentials, evaluation of credit, grading guidelines and scales, and calculation of grade point averages (GPAs). In addition, you’ll receive sample transcripts showing other formats for you to consider. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
How do you plan a program for your homeschooled high school student? What subjects do you teach and when? Do you follow a basic high school plan, a general college prep plan, or a rigorous college prep plan? How do you evaluate credits? Determine grades for a course? What about a transcript and diploma? If you are just beginning to think about homeschooling during the high school years, this seminar will help you organize your thoughts and begin laying the groundwork for a viable four-year plan. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
If your teen’s post–high school plans include college, you’ll want to carefully plan out his high school years. This seminar will provide you with tips and resources to help you better understand how you can prepare your high schooler for the challenges of college, as well as aid you in helping him select and apply to colleges as a homeschooled student. You’ll receive information on making the most of a college visit, interacting with college admissions officers, and gathering the information needed for the college application. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
Why is documentation of high school course work important? Keeping good records does not need to be time consuming or burdensome—it will actually save you time and effort in the long run. In this workshop, you’ll learn how and when to track your student’s progress through high school. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
You’re not just your teen’s teacher; you’re also his guidance counselor! Find out how to maneuver through the entire college admissions process—from narrowing down the selection of colleges to filling out college applications, applying for financial aid, and asking the right questions that will help you discern whether your teen is spiritually, academically, and emotionally prepared for college. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
Once a teen hits the high school years, a myriad of teaching options for providing high school courses becomes available: parent-taught classes, co-op classes, private tutors, community college courses, online courses, and correspondence schools. Each option is viable—but which should you pursue for your teen? We’ll help you narrow down the list. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
Because all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, adding extracurricular activities to your high school program will increase your teen’s enthusiasm and motivation during these years. Wisely choosing these activities provides opportunities for your teen to follow an interest, hone his talents, serve others, or simply enjoy new experiences. However, setting limits is important, too! Come and receive ideas and suggestions to consider as you explore many different extracurricular options. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
As your child grows older, you may be considering high school at home—but you’ve got your doubts. Why is homeschooling high school a crucial decision for your teen? How is it possible? What help is available? This session will answer your questions—but more importantly, it will encourage and challenge you to explore the steps you should take as you weigh the possibility of teaching high school at home. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
As a parent homeschooling a teen (or thinking about homeschooling a teen), you may have doubts about your ability . . . and your sanity. Are you weighed down by the seriousness of high school? Do you question your competence to teach your teen? Come and be encouraged as you discover a new long-range perspective for teaching your teen that is filled with much hope, faith, help, and joy! BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
Preparing your teens for their post-graduation goals requires advance planning. This seminar provides a timeline and checklist to ensure that important items are not overlooked! For parents of college-bound teens, discover tips for the application and financial aid process. For parents of teens headed directly into the workforce, explore job hunting and workplace skills. For parents of teens interested in a military career, learn about the military’s homeschool enlistment policy and hear tips for applying to the service academies. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
The high school years present an opportune time to develop skills that young adults will use the rest of their lives. Learn about the importance of teaching finance, health care, car ownership, job preparation, spiritual principles, and more. All of these areas will benefit your teens when they take that giant step into independence and adulthood. A list of suggested resources will be provided. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
Are you wondering what tests your teens need to take during high school? College admissions tests? Tests for college credit, placement, or military enlistment? Tests necessary for certain scholarships? Career tests? When/where should they be taken? How can your teen prepare for them? Come with your questions and receive answers and new confidence. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour
The high school years are a prime opportunity to equip your teens with skills they will need for future success. If your teen is headed to college, the workforce, or the military, they will benefit from study and time management skills. This session provides parents with ideas to incorporate these skills into high school coursework and lists resources to help teens cultivate these essential skills. BOOK THIS SESSION
1 hour

Biography

Carol and her husband Jim homeschooled their son in grades 1–12 and their daughter K–12 using a variety of teaching options. The Beckers’ son has a master’s degree in Information Technology and a B.S. in Systems Engineering, and their daughter earned a B.A. with Highest Distinction in French. As a High School Consultant for HSLDA, Carol relishes the opportunity to encourage and equip homeschooling mothers because they are raising the next generation of leaders.

During Carol’s homeschooling years, she established two homeschool co-ops. The first encompassed History, Geography, and Drama and ran for eleven years accommodating students in grades 2–12. With a B.S. and M.S. in Engineering, Carol also has a passion for science, which led her to form and direct a science co-op when her son entered the high school years. She successfully guided a group of dedicated mothers and homeschooled scholars through Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

Convinced that homeschooled students must develop and hone analytical writing skills, Carol has shepherded two different groups of homeschooled students through a three-year original high school English program consisting of Composition I with Literature, Composition II with American Literature, and British Literature. Carol has tutored writing students from middle school, high school, and community college. She has also taught Algebra 1 & 2 and Geometry.
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