Do you have a child who has some speech/language difficulties such as articulation problems, receptive or expressive language difficulties, or even using appropriate social skills and language within social settings? It is not uncommon!
What do Rebecca Rather, Ken Forkish, and Clara Polito have in common? They are all part of what is now being called the Craft Culture. These are individuals who are following their passions and developing a craft. Whether it’s baking, cooking, woodworking, or weaving, entrepreneurs are enjoying the satisfaction of using their talents and abilities to delight the rest of us.
As your teens progress through the high school years, it’s helpful for them to develop good interview skills. Colleges and employers may use an interview as part of the application process for securing admission or employment. How can you best prepare your teens so that they interview with confidence and poise?
Here are some links that provide good advice as to the questions he/she may be asked.
We often hear from moms who are frustrated because their child is having difficulty recalling information from day to day. They say, “He knew his multiplication facts (long division steps, science definitions, etc.) yesterday, but today, it’s as if everything is brand new.” There are many specific strategies that can be used to help students hold onto information. Today, I thought I’d describe just a few.
Whether you have a teen who is an avid reader or one who is often reluctant to pick up a book, you are probably looking for noteworthy book suggestions to keep your teen reading!
Some time ago, I provided ideas for reading lists for teens. I provided four links to great book lists, as well as four reference books with extensive reading lists. Since then, I’ve located more great resources for parents to use as they compile a list of reading material for their teens.
As a reading specialist, I am always looking for great resources and opportunities to assist students with reading and print disabilities. Recently, I came across a couple of great opportunities through the organization, Learning Ally, (Formerly Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic).
Home school parents, if you have a child who struggles with reading, is dyslexic, or is impacted by a print disability, I hope you will check out these opportunities!
Colleges use a variety of factors when making admission decisions. But which ones are most important for the schools your teen is applying to? There’s a way to find out!
The Common Data Set is helpful when trying to determine how important factors (such as interviews, grade point average, high school course load, and extracurriculars) are to specific colleges. Simply do an internet search by typing in the name of the college and the words “common data set.” This usually brings up the college’s input to the Common Data Set.
I am so thankful for the wonderful resources available to families who are teaching children with special needs. Technology tools, low tech adaptive equipment, multi-sensory curriculum options―these are just some of the resources that make it possible to successfully teach a child with special needs at home. In addition to those tools that you can ‘buy’ are the wonderful people resources that homeschooling families can access. One such person is Barbara Newman who is a church and school consultant for the great folks at CLC Network. She is a special education teacher, author, and speaker who has a passion for creating environments that include, support, and celebrate people with disabilities. This week, I am pleased to introduce Barbara as a guest blogger. Enjoy!
As a parent teaching your teen at home, at times you may become overwhelmed by the many different aspects of high school you must stay on top of. From academics, to testing, to keeping on track and knowing what comes next, you may need a systematic and organized approach to finding information. Let me highlight the basics and provide you with a “one stop shop” to find key facts and resources during the high school years.
The USA Science and Engineering Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. in April of 2014, and would be an excellent field trip for all of your children grades K – 12! It features 3,000 hands-on science exhibits, workshops and performances, and sponsors of the event have specifically extended invitations to homeschoolers to attend.
As homeschool parents, are you looking for ways to creatively provide your teens with hands-on activities and real life experiences that bring their textbook learning to life? If your teen has an interest in writing, public policy, or website work, Spendopedia may be a resource avenue to explore.
On average I recommend a student begin preparing for the college entrance tests about six months prior to actually taking the test.
There are many resources available to your teens as they prepare for the college entrance tests. Test prep books and resources, online or live classes, and private tutors are all readily available. Here’s just a small sampling of the tools available.
As this will be my last post of 2013, I wanted to wish you all a very Happy New Year! I pray the Lord blesses each one of you with new enthusiasm, vision, and joy as you homeschool your teens. Because the beginning of a new year is always a great time to start something afresh, let me pass on an idea for those of you who may be looking to “shape up” in more ways than one in 2014!