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When High School is Just Around the Corner

For parents who realize that middle school will soon be drawing to a close, HSLDA has some great resources to help you prepare for the challenge of homeschooling through high school, understand the personal and academic records you should keep, and begin the process of developing a 4 year plan for your teen.

Building Your Teen's Public Speaking Skills

Public speaking comes naturally for some students, while others would rather undergo a root canal! Whatever plans your teen may have after he graduates from high school, communication skills will serve him well on the job, in his private life or as he continues his education. When thinking about elective course options for your teen, a speech or public speaking course may awaken your teen's rhetorical abilities!

Tips for Writing College Recommendation Letters

When your teen applies to colleges, he may need to submit one or more letters of recommendation with the application packet. I’d like to share some tips to consider as you guide your teen through the letter of recommendation process.

When thinking about letters of recommendation, here's what you need to know ...

Take the Plunge into Marine Science!

Most high schoolers complete 2-3 years of science usually consisting of Physical Science, Biology, and Chemistry.  However, some students struggle with that regimen while others dream of more exotic science careers.  Both types of students will benefit from different science options.  High school teens enthralled by an aquarium show featuring sea lions, seals, dolphins, and killer whales might be good candidates for marine biology.

Teaching Math - Counting Everything, Everywhere You Go

 

I told Meg, my older daughter, that I had a half-baked idea for a math project. "Cool!" she said, but the word "baked" reminded her of our not-very-successful and not-yet-baked-at-all cuneiform cylinder seals. They were lying on the stove all squashy and green. "It isn't with salt dough, though, is it, Mommy?"

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.

 

Can We Skip Doing Math Today?

When I was in elementary school, I remember enjoying doing workbook pages, especially math ones. Yep, I was one of those weird kids. I also wrote left-handed back when all the desks were made for right-handed kids. My first grade teacher even tried to force me to write right-handed. It didn’t work. My resistance to conversion may have pushed her to retire early; for me at the very least, it ruined any interest in handwriting for a long time.

GIVEAWAY - Inside the Common Core: Its Creation and Effects

We're giving away 5 copies of the Building the Machine DVD here on the blog!

The documentary introduces the public to the Common Core States Standards Initiative (CCSSI) and its effects on our children’s education. This DVD set (the original documentary, bonus parent interviews, and six supplementary episodes) tells the Common Core’s story in the words of leading educational experts, including members of the Common Core Validation Committee, along with parents, teachers, and a social worker.

Homeschool Now USA - Promoting Homeschooling During School Choice Week

What better way is there to welcome in the New Year than the opportunity to choose a school for your children? Should you choose public school, private school, or perhaps a charter school? How about homeschooling? There are many options to choose from. And with School Choice Week coming up January 25-31, we're here to encourage parents nationwide that they can homeschool!

When High School is Just around the Corner

 

For parents who realize that middle school will soon be drawing to a close, HSLDA has some great resources to help you prepare for the challenge of homeschooling through high school, understand the personal and academic records you should keep, and begin the process of developing a 4 year plan for your teen. 

We've got lots of resources to get you started >>

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?

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?

 

Honoring Our Veterans - GIVEAWAY and Membership Offer!

Veteran's Day, November 11th, is the day we come together as a nation and celebrate our heroes who've sacrificed their time and their lives so that we can live in freedom. Those brave men and women fought for our freedoms and rights as citizens of the United States. Among other things, they fought for our freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and our freedom to homeschool. They keep this nation safe for families to teach their children as they see fit.

Designing an Elective Course: Photography, Anyone?

 

Teaching high school at home enables your teen to choose from a limitless number of elective course options. There is an abundance of curriculum available in many different subject areas. But if you can’t find pre-packaged materials, consider designing a course from scratch. As an example, let’s design a photography course!

 

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