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Help! My Teen Refuses to Do Her School Work!

 

As I field questions from homeschool moms who are seeking my advice, one question comes up rather frequently. “My teen refuses to do her course work. What can I do?” I’d like to share 5 suggestions from my experience as a consultant and former homeschool mom.

 

What Colleges Expect: A Statement on Preparing for College

Many homeschool parents desire to prepare their college bound teens to not only successfully meet the required admission requirements of the college of their choice, but also to hone the skills necessary for the challenges of college level courses. Academic deans from 10 selective colleges in Pennsylvania detail their expectations in the article, “What We Expect: A Statement for Preparing for College.”

The Story Behind My Morning Dream by Jenny Rose Arsenault

Homeschooling a child with special needs can be challenging. Things that come easily for other kids require a tremendous amount of effort and energy for the struggling learner. It can be frustrating for parents and children when those areas that come ‘more easily’ to them aren’t always recognized in terms of academics.

Taking part in HSLDA’s contests allows students to focus on areas that are easier for them and that bring much joy.

Homeschooling Through Hard Times

Breathe. Try to keep calm. Claim and walk out the Scripture promise from Isaiah 26:3, "You will keep him in perfect peace, he whose mind is stayed (or fixed) on You, because He trusts in You." The past couple of months have not been easy for me—life (and thus homeschooling) has been broadsided by broken appliances, family sickness, a loved one hospitalized, a car accident, relative visits, and did I forget to mention the holidays and all the preparations that those entail?

Senior Project Ideas

 

Some public and private schools require students who are seniors to complete a senior project in an area of interest. Although not a requirement for homeschoolers, as a homeschool parent you may want to assign your teen a senior project that provides him with a capstone experience prior to graduation.

The Scoop on Short Stories

 

If novels are more of chore than a delight for your high school student, consider adding some short stories to the reading list. Besides being short, these stories offer students good material to practice their budding literary analysis skills. Parents interested in more information on developing discerning readers can read the Homeschooling thru High School October Newsletter.

What is a weighted GPA?

 

Grade point averages (GPAs) are typically noted on high school transcripts.  When calculating the GPA, you must decide if it will be weighted or un-weighted. What is the difference between a weighted and un-weighted GPA?

 

2nd Annual Special Needs Struggling Learner Homeschool Conference

We are so excited about the upcoming Special Needs Struggling Learner Homeschool Conference. It’s coming up soon, so if you haven’t explored this opportunity, now is the time to do it! The folks at FPEA have a vision to support and encourage people who are homeschooling children with special needs not only in Florida, but across the nation. We really appreciate the work they did last year in organizing this national conference and are thrilled that they’re offering it again this year.

Literature for Teens

 

Whether your teen is a reluctant or voracious reader, would you like some ideas to help your teens dig deeply into literature?

We’ve come across some wonderful resources for you!

The Price is Right: Free Online Math and Economic Resources

Because homeschooling families are always conscious of keeping curriculum costs down, many will benefit from two new free resources now being offered online by college trained professors.

Dr. Jeff Haymond, a professor of economics at Cedarville University, has authored a free online textbook,  No Free Lunch: Economics for a Fallen WorldThis introductory economics textbook investigates the free market system from a Christian worldview.

We Found It At A Conference!

This spring, each of the special needs consultants had the opportunity to travel to several state homeschool association conferences. Along the way we not only met wonderful families, speakers, and vendors, but we also came across wonderfully exciting teaching materials, games, curricula, and organizations. So, for this blogpost, we will share some of our new favorites. We hope that you will be inspired to share the “treasures” you have discovered this conference season as well.

Showcasing Interests, Abilities, and Activities

As I look back on my homeschooling years, it amazes me just how God directed our path. In my son’s 8th grade year, I wanted to prepare him to attend the public high school, so I signed him up for two outside classes. As my husband had played on his high school basketball team, he knew how important this could be for our son, so we also signed up our teen for winter basketball, which a local homeschool organization offered. Our son enjoyed being part of the team, and this pleased my husband.  

Update on the Revised SAT and Coleman Webinar

 

The SAT college entrance test administered by the College Board is undergoing a revision. The new version of the test will debut in March 2016. You’ll want to stay abreast of the changes to the test and learn about the proposed revisions from David Coleman, President of the College Board.

PSAT Registration Process for Homeschoolers

 

College bound teens may want to take the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) administered by the College Board. The test is given once a year in October. Many students take the PSAT as practice for the SAT college entrance test, and a high PSAT score may qualify your teen for a National Merit Scholarship. 

 

Guidance Counselor Tips

 

As homeschooling parents, we feed our families, raise our children, designs school courses, teach multiple subjects, fill out transcripts, host graduation parties, and provide career counseling. So many hats; so little time! Not surprisingly, the most challenging role can be helping our teens consider the myriad of career opportunities available out in the big wide world.

 

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